How long have you been writing?
Practically since I could read! I remember writing stories in crayon in tiny, two-page booklets and wondering how on earth I was supposed to fit a whole story into such a small space. But, really, I wrote all through my teenage years, emulating the books I loved to read. In my early 20s, I was trying to be an adult and I didn’t write much for a while. But as soon as I wrote the first words of this project, I knew that had to change.
What was the most challenging part about writing The Blood–Tainted Winter?
This book and story actually flowed very naturally and I never experienced any major hurdles during the writing process. My daily routine helped me through a few tough sections. It was the editing process that proved to be more of a challenge. Finding good, committed readers was more frustrating than I thought it would be, and when it came to my own edits, that was a new experience for me. I’d never edited a full-length manuscript before and the prospect of doing so was a bit daunting because I wanted to make sure I got it right.
What is your favorite part of being an author?
It’s late in the story, the plot is spiraling, the main character is in trouble, things are falling apart and there is simply no way I can find the right threads to put it all back together, right? But wait! There’s a little plot-kernel buried in the early chapters, something I mentioned in passing, something that had absolutely no meaning at the time, and it’s the perfect solution to my knotted threads. It’s like I put it there on purpose. My brain must know something I don’t.
That. That’s just so much fun.
Will this book be part of a series?
Yep! The Blood–Tainted Winter is the first installment in The Song of the Ash Tree, which is a trilogy. The second book, The Hills of Home will release in 2016.
Do you have any works in progress you’re working on?
Of course! I’m getting my MA and have a dissertation looming. This means I don’t have much time for writing other than editing books two and three in The Song of the Ash Tree, but there are two projects in the planning stages. One involves the Black Prince of Wales and the other would be set in a not-too-distant future in a society addicted to dreams.
About the Book
Title: The Blood-Tainted Winter
Author: T.L. Greylock
Genre: Mythological Fantasy
Raef Skallagrim wants to take the sea road. His ship is fast and sleek, his crew skilled and eager, and they will seek out new lands and win fame in the eyes of the gods. But Raef’s father refuses to allow the journey and when a stranger brings word that the king is dead and a gathering has been called to choose a successor, Raef must set aside his dream for his duty to his ancestral lands and his father.
When factions split at the gathering to choose a successor, Raef finds himself mired in bloodshed and treachery. Forced to make an uneasy alliance with a man he does not trust, Raef must navigate the tides of a war among three kings while seeking revenge for cold-blooded murder.
But winter has come early to Midgard, and even the gods will feel the cold.
The eBook will be free on Amazon from December 18 to December 22 – just in time for Christmas!
T L Greylock is the author of The Blood-Tainted Winter, the first installment in a new Norse saga, The Song of the Ash Tree. She drinks tea (English breakfast with milk), wears neon colored socks, and once held an epic pigeon racing tournament in the gardens of The Tuileries.