Saturday, January 22, 2011
Paty Jager Returns with a new Paranormal Western Trilogy
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?
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.