In early 2013 I began writing a novel that interprets and adapts Norse myth into an epic fantasy setting. On August 15, 2017, I published my first book Kinsmen Die.
Do you like the old stories of Odin and Frigg, Thor and Sif, Baldr and Nanna, Loki and Sigyn, Hel, Vidar, Heimdall, Freyr and Freyja, Hyrrokin and Vafthrudnir?
Do you like the (epic) fantasy genre?
If so, I think you’ll love my books.
And if you don’t know the Norse myths, then, after enjoying my books :), maybe they’ll launch you into reading the source materials — primarily the Poetic Edda and Prose Edda, but there are others (e.g., Saxo Grammaticus, the many Icelandic sagas, the historical account of Ibn Fadlan).
In writing my book(s), I have not only read the source material but have meticulously researched Norse myths through a multitude of secondary sources — Simek, Crossley-Holland, Davidson, etc. This blog is as much a recounting of that research as it is a glimpse into my creative process.
Right now I’m working on my first series of which Kinsmen Die is the first book. Book Two in that series will be out in October 2018 (ish); Book Three will be out in October 2019 (ish).
I also have plans and ideas and rough drafts for a second series. It will be set in the same fictional universe as And the Heavens Burn. It will happen after that first series, will include several of the same characters but will also feature many new ones — namely, the Svartalvar.
Feel free to drop me a line: mattbishopwrites at gmail dot com.