HUNTERS OF THE DREAM
by Ingrid Koivukangas
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.
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AN INTERVIEW WITH INGRID
-What inspired you to become a writer?
Books have been a part of my life since I can remember. The stories they held spoke to my imagination and sense of wonder and adventure. I fell in love with books when my second grade teacher read The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe out loud, a bit at time, to our class over a few weeks. It inspired me to write my first story when I was seven. I always intended on becoming an author but I took a detour and became an artist and designer first.
-If you could visit your book’s world for a day, what one thing would you do?
I would want to board the Flora de la Mar with, Aurora, the leader of the Hunt, and time travel to the different moments in history that the story includes. I’d want us to see the ancient world that Vaadin, the Shaman, is transported from – thousands of years into the future. Visit the studio of the painter, Bartolemmo, as he paints the portrait of the Labyrinth Man. Experience the world of Beaumont Seabring and visit his skrying room. Be transported to the fairy world of Eirwen and hear the magical music made there. Witness the moment that Ronan Havelock becomes a Selkie, and finally discover where Nana Brin really comes from.
-Give us a fun or interesting fact you learned researching this book.
Hunters, does have some historical facts interwoven into the story. One of the most interesting for me to research was Beamont Seabring’s modified time traveling ship, the Flora de la Mar (Flower of the Sea). The real Flor de la Mar was a Portuguese carrack built in Lisbon in 1502. When she was built she was the largest ship of her kind. For nine years she made regular trips from Portugal to India. She was ship wrecked in a storm in November 1511, off the coast of Sumatra, and all treasure aboard was lost. Her treasure has never been recovered and it is said she is the richest vessel ever lost at sea.
-Which of your characters would you go out for drinks and pizza with?
I’d like to go out with the whole crew! It would be so much fun to sit around a big table talking with them. Watching them interact with each other, hearing their stories.
-What do you enjoy reading in your free time?
I read a lot of different kinds of books. Lately it’s been a lot of gardening and farming books. My husband, Robin, and I have a ten-acre farm we call Alchemy Farm. Which we’re turning back into a working farm, selling flowers, willow, fruit and veggies from our farm gate stand. I’m sure looking forward to curling up with a good fantasy fiction book this coming winter, once the farm chores are done!
-Is there a genre you could never write? Which and why?
Gosh. I’ve never been asked that before. I’m not sure. It would depend upon the story and what genre it needed.
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.
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