Hey, peeps! Today I have Alythia Brown on my blog to talk about how she mixed a little fantasy and a little Lakota mythology to create her new release, Dakota Captive. Take it away, Alythia!
Dakota Captive had been a work in progress for years before I finally took it seriously and finished the book. I was living in Oregon for a short while and would jog in the forest, thinking about how the story would play out. At the time, my sons were three and zero and I didn’t have very much time for silence (or thinking, really), except when I was running. The serenity of nature pushed me to develop my plans.
I knew I wanted to write a story about the Lakota, but I didn’t necessarily want to write historical fiction and I knew I couldn’t break away from fantasy writing just yet. In my “spare time,” I read about Lakota mythology and ideas began to brew.
And then I remembered the Peace Pipe and my somewhat unusual trip to North Dakota when I was younger. My mother had realized that the artifact we thought was a wagon spoke was actually an authentic Lakota Peace Pipe and we embarked on a trip to return the pipe to the ancestors of the slaughtered people of Wounded Knee. I wanted to surrender this story to my characters so they could make it their own, mix in some Lakota mythology, and twist the entire thing into a fantasy novel.
I am currently working on book two in the trilogy. Now that all three of our kids are three and older, I hope to write at a faster speed!
wagon spoke. Alythia is the author of two short stories, published in the Mertales anthology, and she aspires to publish many more books for children, teens, and young adults.