Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Writer's View: Jennifer Lohr


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Jennifer will be awarding a $25.00 Amazon Gift Card to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to seen the other stops on the tour.

The Author's View: Outside My Window


In the morning as I sip my freshly brewed cup of coffee, I often find myself ‘zoning out’ of our kitchen window. I live in a beautiful area, in upstate New York. We are surrounded by trees and nature. It is very quiet here, and I can easily be submerged in the peaceful setting. I love nature, and am not afraid to admit that it talks to me… and I’m also not afraid to admit that I listen to it, too.

When I was a teenager, I remember packing a notepad and pen, a snack, and my walk-man into my backpack. Then I’d walk off into the woods near my home, sit in nature, and just write. I would love to watch the wind blow through the upper limbs of the trees - it looked like they were waving. Listening to the wind can be very therapeutic.

We live in a neighborhood, but it was well-planned, allowing nature to encompass each lot. Our front and back yards are bustling with action – squirrels, birds, and cats are a constant. In the distance you can often hear pecking of the enormous wood-pecker, pounding into a random tree trunk; or the different species of birds chatting away to each other. In the warmer months, crickets serenade the moon, and you might think you’re camping as you sit around the fire-pit and gaze up at the stars.

Outside my window I see a beautiful, magical world that we all live in. I’m not afraid to admit that nature speaks to me, and I also admit that I listen to it, back – does it speak to you? Are you listening..?

Baltic Mist - A Timeless Saga is Jen Lohr's next big creation. It all began when she came across Egil’s Saga, written in the mid11th century, chronicling the life of Egil Skallagrimsson. The history surrounding the Viking awakened within Jen an unquenchable thirst for knowledge of the Norse culture. A story was soon born, seen through the eyes of a young woman named Helga, originating from a character in Egil's Saga.

Baltic Mist begins on a farm Norway, and takes the reader through the epic adventures of Helga's enchanting life. Beginning in Book One, her tale falls against the backdrop of Scandinavia's conversion to Christianity. The saga continues in Books two and three to a finale that no one, even Helga herself, could have ever imagined!

A must read!

Enjoy an excerpt:

“…My point is here made, for you can find the pleasure or the insult in any given moment.” I began to step closer to where he stood, unafraid of the images I saw in my mind. He was aggressive and unpredictable. I could see him as a child, maybe in his seventh or eighth year, plunging the blade of axe into another boy and leaving him dead. But I remained unafraid. His heart was forceful, and he was destined for greatness. I knew harm to me or mine he would not commit.

“The lineage from which you spawn is a glorious one, Egil: grandson of Kveldúlfr, the ‘Evening Wolf’ and very wise, shape-shifting Viking. It was he that owned much land from his plundering. You fled to the Land of Ice with your father, then returned…and here you now are. You are talented in words, a gift that gains you options in battle…for you may utilize them, or your sword. Either way, you will surpass and succeed. You will be spoken of for centuries beyond today.” Egil was speechless but honored.

“But be warned: The King’s messenger’s friends,” I continued, as I allowed my mind to purge its knowledge, “…they were told to slay you – and the party you are seeking to join up with after you leave here? They have deserted you. The ill-meaning men await you now in the wood, and with weapons ready they are expecting you…be assured.” I finished and inhaled, as I was winded.

“How did you know all of this, Helga?” Egil questioned me. Breaking my eyes away from his I subtly shook my head - I had no answer for him…I did not know how I knew, I simply just knew.

“Did you tell her of this?” Looking to his companions, Egil asked. They were equally confused. I had obviously revealed knowledge that none of us were privy to.

Egil looked genuinely unnerved. Here this great man of many lands stood in front of us all. He who was known to viking and frightened of no one was now at a loss for language and decision.

About the Author:
Jen was first published when she was a sophomore in High School, and has been writing short stories ever since. The Baltic Mist series is her fictional novel debut. She lives in upstate New York with her husband and their four children.

Website ~ Blog ~ Norse Mythology Site ~ Facebook


Buy the book at Barnes and Noble or Amazon.

13 comments:

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Jennifer Lohr said...

Thanks do much for having me! I'll be checking back throughout the day to answer any questions it just have a chat.
Thank you!
Jen Lohr, author

Elise-Maria Barton said...

Hi Jen, thanks for joining us again today. I went to Amazon this morning to 1-click Baltic Mist but saw that the site shows the book as a novella at only 69 pages. I can't imagine how this great story could be told in so few pages. Is this an error or is this a segment of a planned serial? If so, are there plans to incorporate the saga into one book?

ilookfamous at yahoo dot com

Jennifer Lohr said...

Hi Elise! Thanks for letting me know - yes, that's incorrect. The 'condensed' doc (must be formatted differently for ebook platform uploads to Amazon & Nook) is actually 113 pages. The book series is 3 total, & when the final 2 are published, I plan on combining them into an omnibus. Admittedly, I've been a bit disappointed with the Kindle Direct Publishing (although I'm grateful to have been able to make my work accessible through them) for this reason & because no matter how many times I upload a 'revised' copy (& it's always the same one, I just hope maybe they'll 'get it right') the pages run together or words are missing, bolded, run together... I'm sorry to hear the issue isn't fixed.
Thanks very much for letting me know!
Best,
Jen Lohr, author

MomJane said...

How beautiful your surroundings sound. You are very lucky. I love the woods.

Your book sounds fascinating

Jennifer Lohr said...

Hi Mom Jane!
Yes - it's lovely in our little 'neck of the woods.' ;)
Thanks for the kind words, too - I genuinely hope it's the popular opinion. Thanks for commenting!
Best,
Jen Lohr, author

Karen H in NC said...

Love the description of you 'nature yard'. I'm living in an apartment now, so I miss that but I do still hear birds singing in the nearby trees, so that's something!

kareninnc at gmail dot com

Jennifer Lohr said...

Hi Karen!
Thank you - this is one of my favorite guest posts I've been asked to do because I think it's something I can easily take for granted. Thanks for commenting!
Best,
Jen Lohr, author

Rita said...

Thank you for the peek outside your window.

Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

Jennifer Lohr said...

Hi Rita!
You're very welcome & thanks for taking the time to comment!
Best,
Jen Lohr, author

Andra Lyn said...

That's a very lyrical guest post jennifer! I had a house in the Irish Hills in Michigan growing up,and I felt EXACTLY the way you write about. Nature has a lot to bring out creativity,light, and life!

Thanks so much for sharing!

andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

Jennifer Lohr said...

Hi Andra!
Thanks - I'm glad you liked it! Michigan/ Wisconsin is very beautiful, too - I was able to visit the UP back in 2000 & was amazed.
Thanks so much for taking time to comment!
Best,
Jen Lohr, author

Mary Preston said...

Sounds lovely!!

I'm lucky to live in an area with beautiful wilderness around.

marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com