Saturday, January 22, 2011

Paty Jager Returns with a new Paranormal Western Trilogy

 The prolific Paty Jager has more than one book out this month, so I had to come back and ask her about her new Paranormal series which has me dying to dive in and get reading.  It has all the elements to intrigue me-- history, Native American lore, spirits, and of course romance.

Your Spirit of the Mountain book is a paranormal, which to some people would seem a departure from your historical and contemporary Westerns.  Can you tell us if there is a connection or is this a genre you will be continuing to write in?

Spirit of the Mountain is classified as a paranormal because the hero is a Native American spirit. To me it is a historical western because spirits were/are a large part of the Native American culture. I researched the Nez Perce, how they lived, their legends, their beliefs, and incorporated the spirit element which is purely my imagination into the facts. This is the first book of a trilogy.

What was the spark that interested you in pursuing this direction for your novels?

The spark or sparks to write these books came from two things: I attended a writer's conference and the editors were looking for historical paranormal. Since my brain thinks western, I figured I could write Native American spirits. The second—I've always been interested in the Nez Perce. I grew up in Chief Joseph's beloved valley in NE Oregon and have always felt a connection and empathy for the way they were treated. This trilogy is my way of bringing their plight to people through an entertaining medium--romance.

Your website indicates there is another Spirit book coming in May.  How are these two books connected and will there be more?

Yes, this trilogy is about three siblings who were made Nez Perce spirits by the Creator when their greedy father's actions killed a large number of the warriors in their Northern band and their families turned on the youngsters. The Creator took them from their area where there were blonde, blue-eyed Nez Perce(a fact I learned when researching) and placed them as the stewards for the country and band of the Wallowa Lake Nez Perce.

The first book, Spirit of the Mountain, is about the oldest brother who travels about the mountain as a white wolf and falls in love with the chief's daughter as she is being given to a warrior of their enemy the Blackleg.

The second book, Spirit of the Lake, is about the younger brother who is a bull elk and lives in Wallowa Lake. His character came from a Nez Perce legend about an antlered animal who lives in the lake.  He works to help a young maiden raped by an evil white man who pretends to be a friend of the Nez Perce. Together they prove the man is a traitor and fall in love.

The final book, which I'm writing right now, is Spirit of the Sky. This book is about the younger sister who watches over the Nez Perce from the air as a bald eagle. Her story takes place as the Nez Perce are being chased from their beloved land because they refused to go to a reservation that they didn't agree to live on. She has a hard time saving her people from the soldiers and finds one who intrigues her with his actions and words.

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The entire trilogy sounds great to me, and I must say I LOVE these two covers. The covers alone make me want to run out and buy them.  Thanks for joining us again, Paty.  I wish you great success with these books. To all my readers, pick up Spirit of the Mountain today in ebook or print.


Paty Jager said...

Thank you for having me here again so soon, Maggie!

Katalina Leon said...

Hi Paty! These are gorgeous book covers and the series sounds like a wonderful combination of elements.
Best wishes to you.

Paty Jager said...

Thanks Kat! I think the cover artists at WRP did an awesome job with these covers.

Terri Reed said...

Wow, interesting idea for books. I love the little town of Joseph and that whole area. We vacationed at Wallowa Lake a few years ago. Beautiful country. I love your covers too!

Paty Jager said...

Hi Terri,

Yes, Wallowa County is beautiful and the towns quaint.


Christine Young said...

I've read Spirit of the Mountain. It's a great read and I recommend it to all. Nice to see so many books out, Paty.

Paty Jager said...

Hi Chris! Thanks for stopping by. I'm glad you enjoyed Spirit of the Mountain.

Maggie Jaimeson said...

Congratulations, Katalina. You have one a copy of Spirit of the Mountain. Please contact me at maggie at maggiejaimeson dot com to exchange details on how I can get the ebook to you. Thanks for commenting on Behind the Book.