R. L. Lafevers - 2010

R. L. LaFevers
 

R.L. Lafevers is the author of the Theodosia Throckmorton  and the Nathaniel Flood books.  That is a dry statement.  She is, in actual fact, a magician.  She has taken ideas, those slipperiest of sprites, and woven them into something magical. 

Nathaniel is a young man with a strange aunt and a mission; to protect the magical beasts of the world.  This leads to some pretty harrowing adventures as his aunt flies, drives, and occasionally rafts him around the world in search of dangerous animals and people to protect from them.

For the female perspective we have Theodosia; a young lady in possession of an uncomfortable talent.  She can see curses.  As her parents run the Museum of Legends and Antiquities there are quite a few to see.  She has several secret societies after her for one thing and another, an assistant who used to be a pickpocket, a younger brother who isn’t at all sure he trusts her or her abilities, and parents who don’t believe in magic.  She’s swamped!  And the reader is thoroughly transported.

 

 

 

 

Sara

Do you have a favorite Egyptian deity, site, or artifact?

R. L. Lafevers

TourEgypt.net used to be my favorite site, but the

y¹ve just redesigned it in
the last month or two and I can¹t find any of their old articles that I
loved so much. But they were a WEALTH of information. They had floor plans of
the temples, photographs, all the stuff I needed for the books.
 

Sara

Pets; help or hindrance to the writing process?

R. L. Lafevers

My early pets’ years: lessons about life and love and loyalty and responsibility and friendship. Not to mention the sense of wonder they brought to my life. And they provided a wealth of material for my writing!!
 
But as our sons have grown up and moved out, our pets have dwindled in
number. We're down to one, lone former-demonic cat named Oreo. She is old
and crotchety and fickle and an out and out crank, but she is, much to her
dismay, highly amusing and is definitely the prototype for Theo's cat, Isis.
Another reason we've cut way down on pets is that we live in the foothills

 and have quite a lot of fascinating wildlife around us; coyotes, bobcats, skunks, raccoons, roadrunners, quail, doves, creepy vulture pigeons (that's
not their real name, but I haven't ever gotten around to researching what
they really are) and we've discovered we really enjoy experiencing these
creatures in their own environment rather than putting them in a cage inside
the house.

 


Sara

Even though there is quite the age gap, do you imagine that Theodosia and
Nathaniel will ever meet?

R. L. Lafevers

What a brain twisting question!  Let's see, in 1928 Theo would be thirty-two years old. Probably working on a dig somewhere in Egypt. So if she and Nate would ever meet, it would probably be on one of his and Aunt Phil's trips to Egypt. Hmm. Perhaps they crossed paths when Nate and Aunt Phil stopped over in Egypt on the way to Africa.

 


Sara

  Do you have any literary guilty pleasures that you indulge in?

R. L. Lafevers

Literary Guilty pleasures. Well, I adore a good historical romance novel.
Especially the ones with lots going on in terms of the time period or
emotional intensity. In addition to old favorites like Laura Kinsale and
Loretta Chase, I have recently discovered Joanna Bourne and Sherry Thomas,
fabulous authors, both. Hmm. What else. I'

ve read The Hunger Games and
Catching Fire three times now, most recently to get ready for the Mockingjay
release. There. Now you know all my deep, dark, literary secrets.
 


Sara

  Can you tell us anything about the fantasy novel you're working on or is
it still a secret?

R. L. Lafevers

You know, I feel like I've been the biggest tease about that, and I haven't


meant to be. It's just that I'm obsessed with it and only being able to
write about it in fits and starts around the other, contracted projects. But
it is still fairly secret until it's finished and sold. BUT, I will tell you
that it takes place against the backdrop of medieval France. There is a very
dark romance at its core, and it incorporates all the issues that fascinated
me when I was fifteen; love, honor, duty, desire, death, religion, and free
will. (Still fascinate me, come to think of it!)
 
Sara

  Have you been to Egypt yet?  And, as a corollary, what is your ideal
Egyptian vacation?

R. L. Lafevers

No, I have not been to Egypt yet, although I would dearly love to go! My
ideal Egyptian vacation would include a cruise up the Nile in a luxury
dahabeeyah, stopping at all the points of interest along the way for as long
as I need to explore them. As a tour guide, I’d love to have Major Grindle,
whom you haven’t met yet but will in Book Four, Theodosia and the Last
Pharaoh. Or possibly Awi Bubu. Either of them would know all the most
interesting bits and secrets about those ruins.
 


 

Sara

 What mythological creature would you most like to meet?



R. L. Lafevers

A griffin, hands down. They combine two of my favorite animals, the eagle and the lion. Wait. Do you mean animal? Or any creature, including the human-like ones? In that case I would have to think about it much, much longer!

 
Sara

Although you write series do you prefer to read series or stand alone
books?

R. L. Lafevers

You know, I don’t care if books are stand alone or in series as long as they are engrossing. If they are in series, I do love going back and revisiting the same characters, but if I love the author and they write about different
characters and situations, I usually find that I enjoy those books as well.

 
Sara

  What is on the well supplied Egyptologist's reference shelf?
 
R. L. Lafevers

Magic in Ancient Egypt Geraldine Pinch
Ancient Egyptian Magic by Bob Brier
Symbols and Magic in Egyptian Art by Richard Wilkinson
Legends of the Egyptian Gods by Wallis Budge
Wonders of the Past (Hammerton)
Ancient Egyptian Myths and Legends
The Travelers Key to Ancient Egypt by John Anthony West
A Passion for Egypt by Julie Hankey
Whose Who in Egyptian Mythology
The Mummy by Joyce Tyldesley
Egypt Uncovered
Egypt: Gods, Myths, and Religion
Guide to the Valley of the Kings Alberto Siliotti
The Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt
The Complete Temples of Ancient Egypt by Richard Wilkinson
Rape of the Nile by Brian Fagan
           
 
Sara

What is the perfect sandwich?

R. L. Lafevers

The perfect sandwich is the South Coast Turkey sandwich that a little deli
in the area makes. It is turkey and provolone on sour dough with basil
mayonnaise, slices of red pepper, and then heated. I haven¹t had one in
years, but now I am craving one. Guess where I¹ll be going for lunch today!

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