YAPC would like to welcome Ieda Herman to the blog today. She is here to answer some of our questions and share some info about her book The Silver Arrow. If this looks like a book you would like to read, please go get a copy!
YAPC: How would you describe your book in 20 words or less without using the blurb?
Ieda: The Silver Arrow is an adventure story set in Iceland with an undercurrent of dealing with and accepting loss.
YAPC: What’s your current guilty pleasure?
Ieda: Coffee and cookies, definitely. I’m also a big fan of dark chocolate and if I can get that in a cookie, so much the better.
YAPC: Aside from writing, what do you enjoy doing on your spare time?
Ieda: I love to do anything active and adventurous – paragliding, river rafting, rock climbing are some of my favorites. When I was ten years old, I wanted to fly like the seagulls in Iceland and even tried to jump off the barn roof with a flour sack tied around my neck – that didn’t work by the way. I finally got to fly when I was 88 years old and went paragliding for the first time.
YAPC: What started you on your journey to be a writer?
Ieda: I have always jotted down thoughts and ideas for stories. I have piles of them everywhere. I got serious when I wanted to write down my memories of growing up in Iceland to share them with my friends and family. My first book was basically a memoir of my childhood.
YAPC: What do you love about writing?
Ieda: I like being able to share stories about Iceland. I had such a great childhood of adventures growing up in Iceland and it’s such fun to share that experience through books.
YAPC: What’s the hardest part of writing a book?
Ieda: As English is a second language for me, I dislike the constant correction of my English. Like most writers, I think the whole editing process is pretty tedious – I would much rather be writing new stories..
YAPC: How did you come up with your premise for your books?
Ieda: When I read Jules Verne Journey to the Center of the Earth, it caught my attention that the guide was Icelandic. Which made sense, because the cave the entered was in Iceland. When I finished the book, I kept thinking about the guide and wondered what his life after that might have been and how adventurous things were for him after that. The Silver Arrow follows his grandchildren and their adventures following his journal.
YAPC: Your favorite books and author?
Ieda: Sagas, author Snorri Sturluson
YAPC: Where can your fans find you?
YAPC: Favorite place in the world?
Ieda: Iceland, of course! I love going back to explore, travel the country and have fun. This past year, I went fishing and caught three fish at the same time – all over 25 pounds and boy were they heavy!
YAPC: Are you working on anything new and if so when can we expect to see it?
Ieda: Yes, I have several projects in the works. One is a sequel to The Silver Arrow, called Inner Space Aliens. I expect it to be published in the Spring 2017. I am very excited about it and have had so much fun with the characters of Finna, Kali and Erik in their continued adventures.
A young Icelandic girl, Finna, lost her father in a shipwreck and now her Great-grandfather is missing. The police believe he drowned, but Finna isn’t convinced. Using clues from hidden papers written with a secret code, Finna and her twin brother Erik along with their best friend Kalli set out to solve the mystery.
They follow the trail from Iceland’s Snæfell Mountain to a cavern under the Icelandic glacier. They are guided by Great-grandfather’s mysterious journal and Finna’s friend Odin, one of the Hidden. They find themselves pulled through a mysterious vortex to another planet. Along the way, they encounter strange and terrifying creatures, Nordic gods and an alien civilization. After her brother and best friend are kidnapped, Finna finds she must use her archery expertise, an ancient artifact and all her courage to save them and an entire planet.
The fate of the alien world and the future of Earth depend on her true aim!
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About the Author: At 91, Ieda Herman has finally accepted that she may be unusual. For years, she has heard comments about how adventurous she is, how active and that she is an inspiration. She responds that growing old is not a choice but how you do it is up to you. Getting up in the morning should never be an accomplishment. There are things that must be done, things that are good to do, and other thing you enjoy doing.
She credits her vitality to her Scandinavian heritage, or Viking blood as she is fond of saying, a natural curiosity, and constant movement.
The release of her newest book, The Silver Arrow (IBSN: 978-1535203623) is the result of her most recent efforts. The Silver Arrow, is a Young Adult Adventure story, where Ieda shares the Icelandic experience using the landscape, culture, and Nordic mythology to weave an entertaining tale. Ieda uses her books to promote education and interest in Iceland and the culture.
Since turning 90, she has scaled 60 feet of an indoor climbing wall, practicing for her exploration of the Icelandic cave that inspired Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth. She has gone paragliding off the southern cliffs of Vik in Iceland, appeared with her daughter giving presentations on Iceland, and enjoys local festivals and events. A family BBQ in Texas afforded her first opportunity to sit in the driver’s seat of a fire engine, an impromptu fishing trip gave her the thrill of snagging THREE 25+ pound fish on the same line, all at the same time!
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