Debut author Robin Bridges hits the ground running with this month's release The Gathering Storm, the first in her Katerina Trilogy. The story follows Katerina Alexandrovna, teen Duchess of Oldenberg, who has the supernatural ability to raise the dead. Inspired by Russian fairy tales and Slavic mythology, Bridges shares how she penned such a unique, magical tale in this exclusive interview. And then be sure to check out an excerpt of the story and enter to win your own copy of The Gathering Storm below!
RT BOOK REVIEWS: The Katerina Trilogy is all about Katerina Alexandrovna, the teenage Duchess of Oldenberg. What first intrigued you about her character?
ROBIN BRIDGES: When I first came up with the idea for The Gathering Storm, I thought about using a real person to base my main character upon, someone like Grand Duchess Xenia or Dariya of Leuchtenberg. But instead I created a completely imaginary character for Katerina, someone whose ultimate destiny couldn’t be found in any history books. I wanted her to be someone who didn’t quite want what everyone else wanted. I wanted a bright young girl who had a dream, but a lot of obstacles in obtaining her dream.
Giveaway Alert: Five lucky readers will each win a copy of The Gathering Storm by Robin Bridges. To enter tell us why you’d love to meet heroine Katerina by leaving a comment below or emailing your comment and your US mailing address here with the subject line "Robin Bridges’ Gathering Storm Giveaway!" Winners will be announced on January 24.
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Winners: Alicia Jespersen, Jillian, Stephanie Scott, Barbara Elness, Caroline