AN INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR SANDY NATHANWhere did you get the idea for the novel?
About five years ago, my brother died suddenly and tragically. He was my only sibling and adored little brother. I was grieving, with all sorts of thoughts and feelings arising. About three months after his death, I had a dream. In the dream, a shining creature like an angel hovered above me. She was absolutely good, a being of love and light. She appeared to me as light. The light dropped closer and finally merged with me, so that I got to feel what it was like to be that angelic creature.
That was the angel in the first book of the Tales from Earth's End Series, which my creative process turned into an angelic alien sent to earth on a vitally important mission. The dream was the basis of The Angel & the Brown-eyed Boy.
The rest of the plot of The Angel
popped into my brain in the next few days. When I finished writing that book, Lady Grace
was rocketing around in my brain. I wrote it down. Lady Grace
is the story of what happens after the radiation clears enough to permit life on earth to continue. None of the survivors knows exactly how much time has passed since the nuclear conflagration. When I finished writing Lady Grace,
its sequel was front and center in my mind. That sequel is Sam & Emily: A Love Story from the Underground
. Lady Grace,
like the other books in the series, is an action-filled adventure with elements of sci-fi, and fantasy. And it's a love story of epic proportions. What's unusual about it--besides pretty near everything--is that two of my characters from my other series Bloodsong Series' first book, Numenon: A Tale of Mysticism & Money,
"jump ship" and have roles in Lady Grace. This was really fun to write and I hope you enjoy reading it. The idea of having Bud, Wes and Will Duane show up just happened--serendipity.
How did you come up with the title?
The book is about rejuvenation and personal change. It's about grace and the power of grace. Lady Grace
is a perfect title.
Who is your favorite character?
My favorite character is Lady Grace. I noticed after writing the book that its major heroes are female. I wrote the story without being aware I'd done that. I guess I'd have to say that my favorites in most books are those tough and wonderful women that save the day.
Do you have plans for sequels? Can you describe them? When will it/they be released?
Yes. The sequel to Lady Grace
and the third book in Tales from Earth's End was issued in May 2012 and is available on Amazon now. Sam & Emily: A Love Story from the Underground
is a breathtaking romance of legendary proportions. It takes place in the underground bomb shelter on the Piermont estate after the nuclear meltdown. I've been told it's the best thing I've written. The Kindle book should be out very soon.
A fourth volume in the series is shaping up in my mind and partially written. That follows directly on Lady Grace.
This is going to be a few years out. I have two series in process: The Bloodsong Series and Tales from Earth's End they're going to intertwine, but not merge. First, I have to get them to the same point in time.Numenon,
the first book in the Bloodsong Series, takes place in 1997. When we see Bud and Wes in Lady Grace
, it's 2015. Eighteen years have elapsed since Numenon's
characters first appeared at that marvelous Native American retreat led by the ancient shaman, Grandfather. Much can happen in eighteen years: We have to see what our billionaire, Will Duane, and his little band of outlaws have been up to.