Today I am so pleased to welcome T. Strange to Joyfully Jay. She has come to talk to us about her latest release, My Zombie Wedding. She has also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving her a big welcome!
In My Zombie Wedding, Bone reveals that he’s met Edward’s galdrakarl (Icelandic necromancer, at least in the Undead Canadian series) grandfather before—and doesn’t like him. Which is understandable—he was a very unpleasant ghost, and probably wasn’t much more likeable when he was alive.
Besides calling him a náriðill (necrophiliac), which is probably not true but try not to think about that too hard, I wanted Bone to give Edward’s grandfather a really good curse, in the vein of, “May he…[something very unpleasant]”.
In Icelandic, because I don’t want to make my life too easy, now do I?
I asked my Icelandic translator, and she said she couldn’t think of a traditional curse off the top of her head, and, “We aren’t that big on curses.” Which made me want to pack my bags for Iceland—not that it would take much convincing, after my research for this book and My Zombie Fiancé. I would go for the Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Withcraft alone—real necropants! (Image is definitely NSFW and not for the faint of heart). Also their horses are adorable. (Images are NSFW because they’ll draw all your coworkers over and distract them with cuteness). I also had to research Icelandic Horses, and let me tell you, every moment was sheer agony.
Anyway. None of the Scandinavian curses fit quite right – though I considered “May the trolls take your friends” with unintentionally hilarious results:
This makes me picture someone asking their mom, “Can the trolls take my friends? Pleeeaaaase?”
So I turned to the old standby—Irish curses.
If you don’t already know, Irish curses are amazing. I would not ever want any of these levelled at me, because I’m pretty sure something genuinely unpleasant would befall me.
The great thing about Irish curses is that most of them aren’t supernatural—they’re things that could actually, legitimately happen to you and make your life hell. Two of the ones I shortlisted for My Zombie Wedding were, “May you be afflicted with an itch and have no nails to scratch with!” and, “May you crap blood and pus.”
In the end I chose, “My cat’s curse upon you,” because it’s vague but still threatening, and cat-based, both of which suit Bone very nicely. (If you were wondering, in Icelandic it’s, “ég legg álög kattar míns á þig”).
Any city is bound to collect restless dead. Armed with the notebook of Icelandic magic his ex boyfriend, Bone, gave him, Edward Grey has been tasked with removing troubled spirits or finding ways for the living and the dead to coexist in harmony. Between planning his wedding with his undead Canadian fiancé, Kit Ward, and his continued studies as a medical student, Edward didn’t need another commitment, but he can’t turn away people who are frightened or in danger.
A particularly vicious ghost gives Edward an ominous warning—they’re coming—and a few days later Edward’s notebook is stolen from him. While he’s attempting to find it, he and his mentor, Mariel, are confronted by a very powerful necromancer and barely escape with their lives.
On the run, Edward is pursued everywhere he goes, until the necromancers following him manage to capture Kit.
Edward’s hunt for his kidnapped fiancé will take him to the underworld and beyond.
T. Strange didn’t want to learn how to read, but literacy prevailed and she hasn’t stopped reading—or writing—since. She’s been published since 2013, and she writes M/M romance in multiple genres. T.’s other interests include cross stitching, gardening, watching terrible horror movies, playing video games, and finding injured pigeons to rescue.
Originally from White Rock, BC, she lives on the Canadian prairies, where she shares her home with her wife, cats, guinea pigs, and a small dog. She’s very easy to bribe with free food and drinks—especially wine.
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