Separated by time. Brought together by fate.
Linnea felt a shiver travel the length of her spine.
It hadn’t been a joke – the runes really had shown her destiny.
Indulging her fascination for the Viking language and losing herself in an archaeological dig is just what Linnea Berger needs after her recent trauma. Uncovering an exquisite brooch, she blacks out reading the runic inscription, only to come to, surrounded by men in Viking costume, who seem to take re-enactment very seriously.
Lost and confused, Linnea finds herself in the power of Hrafn, a Viking warrior who claims her as his thrall and takes her on a treacherous journey across the seas to sell her for profit. Setting sail, she confronts the unthinkable: she has travelled back to the ninth century.
Linnea is determined to find a way back to her own time, but there’s a connection forming with Hrafn. Can she resist the call of the runes and accept her destiny lies here …
– When and where do you prefer to write?
I write when I feel inspired so that means some days I’ll write all day (and all night), and others not at all. I love writing that first draft, when everything is new and exciting and I’m not quite sure what the characters will do next (they tend to have a mind of their own). The editing stage, not so much … As to where – either at my desk in my study or sitting on the floor with my laptop. I have a very elderly dog who prefers me to be down at his level and right next to him, so lately I’ve spent a lot of time on the floor.
– Do you have a certain ritual?
Not really, but unless I’m only just starting out, I tend to read through at least a chapter of what I did the day before so that I get into the story again. That way it’s easier to just carry on.
– Is there a drink or some food that keeps you company while you write?
Chocolate! My stories are all fuelled by Cadbury’s Bourneville – far too much of it in fact. I’m not a great tea or coffee drinker so chocolate gives me a boost instead.
– What is your favourite book?
I’m afraid I could never pick just one as I have lots of favourites, but my ultimate comfort read is Georgette Heyer’s Cotillion – that never fails to cheer me up.
– Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?
I might, but whatever it is, it will always feature romance of some kind. So far I’ve already tried historical romance, timeslip romance, YA romance and now time travel – I’m not sure I’d be any good at anything else!
– Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?
Not friends or people I’ve met, but I do base them on famous actors and singers sometimes. Mostly something about the way they look and talk will inspire a character and I make up their personality to suit my story.
– Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?
I used to but these days I’m more likely to write myself an email on my mobile. It’s easier in the middle of the night too as I can actually see what I’m writing, rather than fumbling around in the dark for pen and paper. I also take a lot of photos with my phone to remind me of certain places and things.
– Which genre do you not like at all?
I don’t dislike any particular genres, but I hate stories with sad or confusing endings, or anything involving cruelty to animals.
– If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
I’d be happy to co-write a book with any of my friends in the RNA, they’re all great authors.
– If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?
At the moment I have two countries on my bucket list – Iceland and Italy. I really want to go to Iceland to do some research for my next Viking story, and after that I’d like to visit Pompeii and Herculaneum with a view to setting a story there.
Thank you, Christina Courtenay and Rachel’s Random Researches
About the author
Christina Courtenay writes historical romance, time slip and time travel stories, and lives in Herefordshire (near the Welsh border) in the UK. Although born in England, she has a Swedish mother and was brought up in Sweden – hence her abiding interest in the Vikings. Christina is a former chairman of the UK’s Romantic Novelists’ Association and has won several awards, including the RoNA for Best Historical Romantic Novel twice with Highland Storms (2012) and The Gilded Fan (2014). The Runes of Destiny (time travel published by Headline 10th December 2020) is her latest novel. Christina is a keen amateur genealogist and loves history and archaeology (the armchair variety).
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