It’s no secret that I love history. It’s one of my favourite things. I grew up in a family that practiced Karate and found myself immersed in the culture of the Japanese and their warriors, soaking up their mythology, their practices and beliefs. The way their warrior code worked. I was fascinated by it all. After doing some searching through the family tree it came upon me that I can trace my ancestors back to Nordic bloodlines. That’s right, my family are technically Viking settlers. This all only came to light recently as I delved into the Nordic mythology, Odin, Thor, Freya, Loki, their tales were epic. So epic they were taken down as poems called sagas, spanning generations.
In school I learned about Egyptian mythology and Greek mythology. One thing I found similar was that they all celebrated more than one god, known as polytheism. The gods were all similar in their own ways, Odin as to Zeus, Thor as to Ares and so on. But their warriors and the codes they lived by were all different, having completely different cultures altogether.
I use a lot of Norse inspiration taking words from their language and Old High German and blending them to suit my needs. It’s the source from which my world was born and I’m pleased with the way it’s turned out: life in Vikinsa is hard and often without justice. Much like life for the Norsemen of old, some things are simply given. Everything else must be taken.
So this is one of my inspirations: Mythology. It inspired nations, and it inspires my books.