Dream Interview of H. B. Bolton: Finalist in The Best Indie Books of 2013 Awards
December 25, 2013
[It’s that time of the year again when The New Kindle Book Review is running its Best Indie Books of the Year awards. Top five finalists for the 2013 awards in various genres were announced September 1, 2013. In keeping with our tradition established last year in the first year of the awards, we have asked each of the finalists who care to participate to provide us two pieces: a dream interview and a dream review. Although these will appear under my byline and Caleb Pirtle’s, the posts are the work of the finalist authors. We hope you enjoy them and use them as an introduction to the works of these fine writers.-SW]
Up today for an interview is H.B. Bolton, author of The Trickster’s Totem, a finalist in the sci-fi/fantasy genre.
My dream interview by H.B. Bolton
C.S. Lewis: We’re delighted you could join us today.
Me: For me, this is a dream come true. I’ve never been to the Eagle and Child pub. I can see why you meet here. I could sit for hours, relaxing by the fireplace. In fact, I feel like I’m in the shire, nibbling chips with Bilbo himself.
J.R.R. Tolkien (pipe in hand): To be sure, to be sure.
C.S. Lewis: It is a pity we didn’t invite the others from our little group, the Inklings. You would be enthralled at the conversations we have.
J.R.R. Tolkien (chuckling through rising rings of smoke): I recall having a few deplorable ones as well.
C.S. Lewis: You know, Tollers, we shouldn’t discourage her from paying us another visit. After all, she did travel all the way from the States and had to cross through time just to offer us a little insight into the mind of a 21st-century fantasy author.
J.R.R. Tolkien: Agreed. Ms. Bolton, would you care for another pint?
Me (edging forward my enamel mug): Thank you, and please call me Heidi.
J.R.R. Tolkien: I’m interested in the concept behind the first book in your Relics of Mysticus series, The Serpent’s Ring. You know, I was practically raised on Norse stories. What inspired you to send your characters to Asgard?
Me: My ancestors came from Norway. Even my dad’s name is Norwegian: Thor. I thought it would be fun to have my characters, Evan and Claire, come across a few of the lesser-known gods and creatures from Norse myth. Did you know that the sea god Aegir had nine daughters, and each one was named for a different characteristic of ocean waves? What am I saying? Of course, you already know that.
C.S. Lewis: You don’t, however, include Norse mythology in your second book.
Me: I’m fascinated by all stories from mythology and tales from legends. In the second book, The Trickster’s Totem, I send Evan and Claire into the Native American Spirit World, where they must capture the mischievous Coyote Trickster.
J.R.R. Tolkien: Fascinating, indeed. My friend here and I often discuss how more stories ought to pull the human spirit into the realm of the divine.
C.S. Lewis: They do tend to add to life, don’t they?
Me: I think so. It’s my dream to inspire children by taking them to mythical lands.
J.R.R. Tolkien: Never forget that a single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities.
Me: Speaking of dreams, Mr. Tolkien, I once heard you experienced having the same dream come to you almost every night.
J.R.R. Tolkien: That is correct. Only, I refer to the troubling nightmare as my Atlantis-haunting. You see, in sleep I had a dreadful dream of the ineluctable Wave, either coming out of the quiet sea or coming in towering over the green inlands.
Me: I’ve had a similar reoccurring nightmare. Only in my dream, the wave towers over the condominiums that sit off the Florida coast. A few times, there have been ominous sharks swarming inside the wave. My character, Evan, has had similar dreams. I open The Serpent’s Ring with one of them.
J.R.R. Tolkien: My dream was somewhat exorcized by writing about it. You see, when Faramir speaks of his private vision of the Great Wave, he speaks for me.
C.S. Lewis: Dreaming expresses the movement which becomes possible at a point where two worlds interact. Time then becomes dislocated, and both worlds appear dreamlike.
J.R.R. Tolkien: Quite right.
C.S. Lewis: In any case, Heidi, I’m quite looking forward to discovering what happens next in your series.
Me: Thanks. I plan to have Evan and Claire visit Avalon in the third book. A well-known wizard is in trouble, and could use their help and mystical abilities.
C.S. Lewis: Arthurian legends — fascinating subject indeed!
J.R.R. Tolkien: Might I assume dragons will be included?
Me: Well, a literary giant once said, “It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him.”
J.R.R. Tolkien: Rather sound bit of advice, if I do say so myself.
Me: I believe you once did … or will one day.
*Illustrations are from The Trickster’s Totem