Welcome Laura Dasnoit to The Happy Book Reviewer! I’m excited to have you on today to discuss your paranormal urban fantasy book, Forgotten Legends.
Iris Borden is your heroine in Forgotten Legends. Iris private investigator who considers her life normal… aside from the dreams of Norse Gods! Then one day she’s tricked by Death into becoming a soul collector and propelled into a world she never imagined possible.
You had me at Norse Gods! Have you had a long-standing interest in Norse mythology, or did you research it for the book? (Or did a certain smokin' hot, blond-haired, hammer-wielding fellow spark the idea?)
Dasnoit: I researched Norse Gods for the book. I absolutely fell in love with the stories and can't imagine Forgotten Legends without the tribute. (Team Loki!)
Some books start as a kernel of an idea, or a character, or a scene, or even the whole plot all at once. What were your very earliest thoughts for this book?
Dasnoit: It all started with a scene. Iris was already a soul collector, dressed in black, and she was this godly image in my mind - the perfect heroine with a smirk to match. I fell in love and had to wrap a book around her.
Iris is a private investigator (before she becomes a soul collector), and word on the street is that you’ve been one too! Is Iris’ experience in this career similar to yours, other than getting tricked by Death, of course?
Dasnoit: There's a lot more trash collection in the real world of being a private investigator. I think Iris has the cooler side of the lifestyle!
What was the most difficult thing about writing Forgotten Legends?
Dasnoit: The one thing that would ruin the entire book if I said it! I know, I know, I'm horrible. I'm just not going to spoil it, just yet.
Haha! Okay, okay! I don't want to be responsible for any spoilers. How about this then... if a high school class were reading your book some day, what themes would you want them to be picking up on?
Dasnoit: Chaos and order. Destinies can change, even when they aren't supposed to.
Speaking of chaos and order, when you finished Forgotten Legends, did you have a long list of ideas for other novels you want to write, or do you start from scratch brainstorming new ideas?
Dasnoit: I started from scratch even though my mind is always buzzing with ideas.
What book have you read that that you wish you had written?
Dasnoit: The Alienist. It's just a perfect book all around.
I haven't read that one! Hey, by the way, you and I share a love of antique books! Do you have a prized piece in your collection?
Dasnoit: I think that's like asking if you have a favorite child! With that said, I'll attempt to pick one or two out of the bunch.
John Dryden - Fables Ancient & Modern - 1700
The Works of Alexander Pope - 1789
Excuse me while I wipe the drool from my mouth, and tell me, are you working on a next book? Can you give us a hint on what it is about?
Dasnoit: I have finished my next project. The book is a young adult filled with pirates, ninjas, steampunk contraptions, and furry little gnomes!
Hopefully that one will be ready for our Kindles and our hands soon. In the meantime, folks can get their Norse mythology fix and find Forgotten Legends at: