by Ingrid Koivukangas
GENRE: YA Fantasy
When the summer holidays begin, Aurora thinks she’s just a normal teenager about to have another boring summer. Then, for her seventeenth birthday, Nana Brin gives her a long-silent Oracle that has been passed down through their family for generations. The mysterious Oracle soon awakens in response to the creeping Darkness that is escaping and destroying all worlds. Aurora must quickly find the courage to come to terms with her calling as the Huntress of the Dream.
The cards rustled, shifting in their dusty threadbare bag. They had lain dormant, forgotten, for generations. The Oracle woke slowly, like a hound sniffing the wind, trying to catch the scent of what had disturbed it, before calling forth a warning. The Oracle bristled. Attuned to the subtle vibrations of the Worlds it sensed a shifting in the balance of energy. The Darkness was once again pulsing, sending out tendrils of elusive gloom. It too had lain waiting, patiently. Over time it had slowly gained power, recruiting those it could ensnare with its black promises. It could not yet escape from the confines of the agreement reached during the Great Darkness…but soon the winds would shift and change. Fully awake, the Oracle began to cast out its own response, filaments of white light unfurling, in a quest to find the Huntress before the Darkness did.
Where are you from? Tell us a little about yourself!
I live on Salt Spring Island, situated on the Pacific west coast of British Columbia, in Canada. There’s a saying here that The Island is a magical place and it chooses who it wants. I have met many people, including my husband, who came here merely for a ‘visit’ and never left. I came for a weekend and within 24 hours had rented a house; let go of my apartment and studio in Vancouver and my teaching position – I moved two weeks later. That was seven years ago. There’s also a saying that The Island changes you, and if you aren’t willing to change it kicks you out. I’ve seen this happen to many people. Moving here allowed me to finally pursue my love of writing and dream of becoming an author. I guess I get to say!
Tell us about your book? How did it get started?
One of the first characters of, Hunters of the Dream, Beaumont Seabring, arrived during a fierce winter storm that was battering my house on the ocean. The lights were flickering, the wind was howling, the roof felt like it was going to fly off the house, and Beaumont Seabring began to arrive in my imagination.
How do you create your characters?
Some of the characters just ‘arrive’ – like Beamont Seabring – others materialize when I see or read a historical fact, some arrive in dreams or during meditations. Some of the characters, like Earth Mother, I have carried with me for years, waiting to bring her forward.
What inspires and what got your started in writing?
I love words and love writing. I write haiku, poetry, short stories and now, Hunters of the Dream. I wrote my first story when I was seven haven’t stopped.
How do you get your ideas for writing?
Some of the ideas for characters, and locations, in Hunters are based on historical figures, locations and facts. I love combining the world we know, with the world of fantasy, and true historical facts.
What do you like to read?
I read just about anything that is well written. I love fiction and non-fiction. When I was a child I read sets of encyclopedias when I ran out of novels!
What would your advice to be for authors or aspiring in regards to writing?
Just keep writing. Don’t give up. Find the people who will help you reach your goals…the ones who will cheer you on and help keep you on track.
Anything else you’d like to share?
The Eco Heart Oracle, which guides the characters through the story, came into existence around the same time as the characters. I took a year to create the artwork, and to meditate on the meanings, for each of the 48 cards. Some of these meditations, or journeys, have become chapters in the books. Although the Oracle is central to the book, a user of the Oracle does not need to be a reader of the book to access the Oracle for messages from the natural world.
( You can get your own free online Eco Heart Oracle reading here: bit.ly/FreeEcoHeartOracleReading )
Ingrid Koivukangas, BFA, MFA, is an award winning environmental artist, writer, designer, Reiki Master and educator.
As an artist Ingrid works intuitively at sites creating new works in response to sites and their energies and histories both natural and human. Her work encompasses many media including site specific ephemeral, large scale public works, writing, video, photography, sound, web, sculpture, painting, drawing and printmaking.
Ingrid’s artworks have been exhibited in Canada, the USA, Europe and Asia. She’s been featured as an artist in residence on CBC-TV; has had numerous gallery exhibitions; has many site specific ephemeral works left in situ and large scale permanent public art projects.
Ingrid’s artworks have been included in many publications and books including: Art in Action: Nature, Creativity and Our Collective Future, published by the Natural World Museum and the United Nations Environmental Programme and Art + Science Now: How scientific research and technological innovation are becoming key to 21st-century aesthetics by Stephen Wilson, Professor of Conceptual and Information Arts at San Francisco State University. One of her favourite publications to be included in is Scholastic Book’s Now See This! Art That Influences.
Ingrid has a Bachelor of Fine Arts, with Distinction, from the University of British Columbia Okanagan and a Master of Fine Arts, Environmental Sculpture, from the University of Calgary. You can view her work at: www.ingridkoivukangas.com
Ingrid lives on Salt Spring Island with her husband Robin, two dogs, Lucy and Scout, and a fierce cat named Hunter.
NOTE: Hunters of the Dream will be available at Amazon from February 22 to March 20 for only $0.99
Get a free online Eco Heart Oracle reading. http://bit.ly/FreeEcoHeartOracleReading
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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE
Ingrid Koivukangas will be awarding an Eco Heart Oracle Deck valued at $28 US, (the Eco Heart Oracle is an integral part of the Hunters of the Dream trilogy) to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour (International Giveaway).
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