Author of ‘Children of Midgard’ (The Freyerton Saga, Vol.1)
“Children of Midgard may keep you up at night. It may fill you with a sense of wonder and adventure. It is certain to stick with you and make you think about the power of family, the meaning of destiny, and the value of people you pass on the street every day”.
CAN YOU TELL US WHAT YOUR BOOK IS ABOUT?
Mythology, horror, fantasy, and superheroes merge into a wild adventure when 12 years old twins Stephen & Joanne learn that they’re descendants of Norse gods and develop super powers, which they must use to rescue their Dad from a malevolent, psychopathic shape-shifter. Not all gods are good.
WHAT SETS YOUR BOOK APART FROM THE COMPETITION?
‘Children of Midgard’ tells an exciting story that starts with a terrifying scene and never lets up. Every scene advances a character, the plot, or both. World-building is extensive but concise, largely done through dialogue and action rather than exposition. It is a unique mashup of multiple genres, and while all of the elements feel familiar, the way they are told is fresh and wild.
ANY FUTURE PLANS FOR THE FREYERTON SAGA? CAN YOU GIVE US A TASTE OF WHAT’S TO COME?
The Freyerton Saga is planned to have nine or ten volumes, one for each of the nine realms in Norse cosmology. Each book will be self-contained to a certain extent, and as the series progresses, more people from Freyerton will emerge with powers, ultimately leading to a conflict that threatens to destroy the town and the High North along with it.
Volume 2, entitled ‘Outlaws of Alfheim’, is already a work in progress. I have been plotting it in my head and will soon move to storyboarding and then writing. Jo will narrate this one, so the voice will be distinct besides the setting, her perspective revealing things about Stephen that he did not include in his story. It opens with a piano recital at the town hall. While Jo is playing, giants arrive with the intention of kidnapping the twins. A group of elves rescue Jo, Stephen, Lori Grimmick, and a new character who goes to school with them and does not know he is a descendant of gods. The twins’ actions in ‘Children of Midgard’ have led to a war between gods and giants. Rogue elves plan to take advantage of the situation by waging a guerrilla campaign that will drive giants from Alfheim, the world of elves. This violates a treaty between the United Republics of Jotunheim and the Pacific Kingdoms of Alfheim. All the twins want is to go home, but instead they will join the fight and become outlaws in Alfheim.
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I studied writing at Davidson College (North Carolina) with Pinckney Benedict and Dr Tony Abbott of blessed memory, who also mentored Patricia Cornwell when she was a student at Davidson.
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Editor Note: Released in January this year, Greg’s YA novel has received excellent reviews both on Amazon and Goodreads. It is available for purchase in the UK on Amazon, in all the standard formats as well as audiobook: https://amzn.to/40YeIv8