Olga Godim is my guest today at An Author’s Desk. She is a debut author at Burst, Champagne Book Group’s scifi/fantasy imprint. Olga will tell about her herself and her writing, and her first published book with Burst/Champagne.
I have 2 novels published. My first novel, Lost and Found in Russia, was published in Feb 2013 by Eternal Press, is women’s fiction, a story of mothers and daughters. It’s the only non-fantasy novel I’ve written. My second novel, Almost Adept, is a high fantasy adventure. It was released on Jan 6, 2014 by Burst/Champagne. It’s my first novel with Burst but I hope it won’t be my last. I’m predominantly a fantasy writer. My second fantasy novel, also with Burst, is scheduled for release in May 2014.
Olga Godim is my pen name for fiction. In my real life, I write for a local newspaper, and my articles have a different byline. Before I started writing anything, I was a computer programmer. I began submitting fantasy stories to magazines while still working at my computer job and I felt slightly embarrassed by my fantastic tales. Women of my age and profession didn’t make up stories of sword and magic. Or so I thought. So I decided to use a pseudonym. Olga is my first name, and Godim was my father’s first name. He died before I published my first piece, before I even started thinking about writing, but I wanted him to be a part of my writing life, so I chose his name as my nom de plume. Now, he’s always with me, a witness to my successes and failures as a writer.
I write at home because I need a quiet environment to write – so no music or other audio diversions. I drink coffee, so making coffee for myself is a legitimate distraction, as is checking my email several times a day and reading the blogs I follow.
Like any writer, I often have a few projects on the go. Right now, I’m almost done with the first draft of a fantasy a novel—a sequel to Almost Adept. It’s about the same protagonist, a young woman magician Eriale, visiting a kingdom where female magic is anathema. Only male servants of the local god are allowed to practice magic there. She has quite a ride ahead of her if she wants to complete her assignment for a client and help the local persecuted female witches at the same time.
My other project is a collection of short stories, all urban fantasy with a pinch of humor, united by the same characters—a young witch Darya and her familiar, squirrel Beatrice. I want to self-publish this collection as ebook only. So far, there are 8 stories already written, but I’d like to write at least one more.
Almost Adept started developing in my head long ago, after I read Mercedes Lackey’s Magic Price. In the end of the book, the hero dies, heroically, of course. I dislike such endings, so I started fantasizing: what if he didn’t die? What if… One thing led to another, until my adopted hero transformed into someone else entirely, relocated to my imaginary country of Varelia, and acquired a wife and a daughter. Considering that in Lackey’s book he was gay, such a transformation was really drastic. He changed his name, and his daughter became my heroine, Eriale.
Strangely, when I started thinking about Eriale’s adventures, they came to me backwards. First, I wrote a story about her, when she was about 30 years old. This story exists on my computer as the first draft of a novel. I’m going to revise it soon. Then I wanted to see how she started on her magic path – and Almost Adept got written.
I also have a couple of short stories about Eriale, both happening before Almost Adept. Both stories are available as freebies on my website.
For the seventeen-year-old mage Eriale, magic is a source of joy, and she often uses her magic to solve problems. Unfortunately, such solutions sometimes get out of hand. Her latest magical caper was a disaster, so she has to leave home in a hurry but she decides to turn her shameful fleeing into a quest to prove her Adept potential. She expects a glittering foreign escapade but ends up in Grumesh, the land rife with treachery and violence. A local courier Kealan becomes her only friend and ally. Together, they survive an explosion, a treacherous incarceration, and a daring escape. Sparks of interest ignite between them, but before Eriale can explore her attraction to Kealan, she discovers blood magic ruining amok in the city. Her priorities must change. As an aspiring Adept, she is duty-bound to find and eliminate the blood mage of Grumesh. She can’t allow her budding romance to distract her, or the blood magic will taint the entire land. No matter the cost—her life or her heart—she can’t let the vile mage win.
Thank you for visiting Olga and best wishes for success for Almost Adept. Rita Bay