Monday, August 4, 2014

Blogoversary Day Four: Interview & Giveaway With S.T. Bende

Hello everyone! I have decided to do something a little different this year for the blog's second blogoversary! This year, each day I will have a post or two from authors and bloggers that I ADORE! Many of them will have giveaways specific to the post, as well as the overall giveaway! The big giveaway has tons of prizes, from swag to signed copies of books!

Please welcome the spectacular S.T. Bende!


1. What's your favorite part of being an author?

When a reader tells me one of my stories made them smile, or that they fell for one of my characters the same way I did, it absolutely makes my day. Authors fall in love with our imaginary friends as we write them, and when someone out there feels the same way about our characters... it's just awesome!!

2. What's your daily writing schedule like?

My writing time starts in the evening, when everything's quiet. Right now I'm editing the third full Elsker Saga novel, TRO. I sit down with a cup of tea and McVities Caramel Digestives (the best cookies ever), and work my way through my editor's notes until I pass out. My process is a little different when I'm in the beginning stages of a story. All of my books are rooted in Norse mythology, so when I'm drafting a book I spend a lot of time doing research. I re-read the Prose Edda, and comb through textbooks on the Scandinavian myths, and flag things I think might work in a modern setting. That's actually my favorite part of the writing process. I might have to start a new story just so I have an excuse to do some more research. :)

3. If you weren't an author, what would you be doing?

I am a wicked good baker. I could totally run a bakery in a tiny little town like Bibury (where The Elsker Saga's Norse God of Winter, Ull, keeps a cottage). I'd make people smile with cookies, cakes, and Norsk waffles.

4. What type of books to you enjoy to read?

I love happy ever afters -- in everything from Young Adult to Chick Lit. But the Harry Potter books and Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing are some of my all time favorite reads.

5. Any advice to aspiring authors?

Write what you love -- not what you think you should write, or what you think will sell. If you love your story, your passion will shine through.


You don't win the heart of an immortal assassin without making a few enemies along the way. Kristia Tostenson prefers Earl Grey to Grey Goose and book clubs to nightclubs, but when she transfers from her one-stoplight town to Cardiff University in Wales she falls in love with Ull Myhr. Her new boyfriend isn't exactly what she was expecting. He's an honest to goodness Norse God - an immortal assassin fated to die at Ragnarok, the battle destined to destroy Asgard and Earth. Kristia's crazy visions are the only thing that can save their realms.

Her orderly life just got very messy.

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Author Bio:

Before finding domestic bliss in suburbia, ST Bende lived in Manhattan Beach (became overly fond of Peet’s Coffee) and Europe… where she became overly fond of McVities cookies. Her love of Scandinavian culture and a very patient Norwegian teacher inspired the books of The Elsker Saga. She hopes her characters make you smile and that one day, pastries will be considered a health food.

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To feature or review Elsker, contact ST at stbende(at)gmail(dot) . Thank you for your consideration!!


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  1. I like Norse, Greek and Japanese mythologies! Thank you for the giveaway!

  2. I like mythologies as long as I enjoy them :)

  3. I like Greek and Roman mythology. I always get confused with the gods that are similar, keeping track of which is which mythology, and I've always found that it's interesting that so many of them parallel in the two of them.