Eva Gordon has written five full-length novels, three fantasy novels, The Stone of the Tenth Realm, Gaea’s Keeper and the sequel to The Stone of the Tenth Realm, Alchemist of the Tenth Realm, science fiction titled Post-Apocalyptic Genome, and Werewolf Sanctuary, a paranormal romance in her Wolf Maiden Chronicles.
She has a BS in Zoology and graduate studies in Biology. She taught Biology, Environmental Science and Anatomy/Physiology in both public and private high schools. Her ackground in science and passion for wildlife biology inspires her writings. She moonlights as a faculty member of the Grey School of izardry, an online school for kids and adults interested in magic and lore. I am in the departments of Beast Mastery.
She is passionate about wildlife and the environment. She combined her love of animals and writing by teaching about animals in fiction workshops for the Hearts Through History Romance Group, including one on wolf biology and lore and ancient falconry.
The Stone of the Tenth Realm
Sophie Katz, escapes a Nazi concentration camp. By way of Prague and with the help of a golem and the Kabbalah she is transported into the 10th Realm, a magical dimension that parallels the world she left behind. Logan Macleod, a man hunted unjustly for a murder, runs to the Bestiary, a forest so dangerous no man dares enter. Drawn by his bagpipes, Sophie and Logan meet. As love ensues, the Tenth Realm’s evil parallels the Third Reich’s atrocities. Together they must join the armies fighting Gustaf Hissler, Adolph Hitler’s doppelganger. Will they survive?
DE: What inspired you to create THE STONE OF THE TENTH REALM and
juxtapose it with the Third Reich?
EG: I was inspired by an old non-fiction book called Hasidic Tales of the Holocaust by Yaffa Eliach, which spoke of real life paranormal miracles that saved people from death. The Third Reich is no doubt one of the most evil regime that has ever existed and I thought why not have such monsters in a fantasy novel. My heroine, Sophie escapes from our realm and into the Tenth Realm, which is one of magic and where the Third
Reich exists but is called The Guild of the Golden Rose. Like the Chronicles of Narnia, Sophie and her friends must fight the same
sinister type of evil. Fortunately, in the new realm Sophie learns she has the powers of mental alchemy and with the help of her love interest, Scottish werewolf Logan MacLeod, she becomes a powerful force in fighting Hitler’s Doppelganger and his minions.
DE: Can you tell us a bit about the research involved and how the research sparked flights of imagination for the Realm?
EG: I had to do historical research for the first chapter, which began in
Terezin Concentration camp and Old Prague. I also delved deep into Jewish mysticism and myths about magical creatures such as the golem.
I love nature so imagining the Bestiary, a land of mythical creatures and vast forests and mountains was fun. I enjoyed creating an
alternative magical Earth that relied on magic rather than technology.
Magnificent palaces and underground villages, once my own wishful thinking, now become real in my novel.
DE: GAEA’S KEEPER deals with pollution and eco-destruction. What sorts of research did you do to give yourself a firm foundation in the possibilities of eco-survival, or was the world created so completely from scratch that you didn’t need so to do?
EG: As a former A.P. Biology teacher I had a firm background in global warming and wanted to create a fantasy world with the similar issue without being preachy. It combines the mythic rivalry of gods and the reality of a world ravaged by environmental pollution, there is plenty of magic, action and romance. Think an adult version of Dr. Seuss’s “The Lorax” meets Mythology. I especially love my main character, Kendra who has the gift of animal speak. This story is currently being edited and
should be out this summer.
DE: Do you start from character or from theme with most of your work?
EG: In the very beginning I start with a theme but soon my characters come to life. I would say it’s a mixture.
DE: Are The Wolf Maiden Chronicles your only series, or can you see doing more with the characters from the other books in the future?
EG: A major publisher is looking at my Wolf Maiden Chronicles and I hope it will become a 5 or more book series. The Stone of the Tenth Realm is book 1 of a trilogy. Book 2, Alchemist of the Tenth Realm is written and the publisher has a copy. Gaea’s Keeper is a stand alone.
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