Spotlight & Giveaway: Braided Dimensions by Marie Judson

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This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Marie Judson will award an epub copy of one of her books to a randomly drawn winner.  Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

 

Description of Braided Dimensions

 

Celtic mythology, medieval history, and modern-day mystery blend in this story where past and present collide.

 

Kay, a professor of ancient languages, finds herself drawn into a hidden realm of magic and danger. Transported to a medieval world on Halloween night, she meets Baird, an enchanging stranger who claims to know her spirit, and Duff, a burly silversmith who welcomes her as Kyna, long-lost kin. Kay joins them in a festive celebration where she discovers she can understand their arcane tongue, as ghostly figures haunt the night.

 

When dawn comes, she is in her own time, still holding a silver pendant that connects her to Baird and his world. She struggles to return to that time even as Baird is endeavoring to find her and unravel the secret of their connection. Follow Kay and Baird on their journey across dimensions in this novel of intrigue, adventure, and magic.

 

Read an Excerpt of Braided Dimensions

 

braided dimensionsFranklin Street Café had a lively crowd bathed in the lurid orange glow of gauze-covered lights. A projector flashed images of old Celtic stones onto the wall. A fabric forest hung across the entrance to the next room, the air permeated by yeasty aromas of pizza crust and ale. Shouts of conversations battled to be heard over haunting music and the clatter of dishes.

 

Where were the nyads and faeries? In place of the figures of enchantment in the email invitation, Kay saw a faux belly dancer who never should have revealed her midriff, and men dressed in bathrobes and tennis shoes attempting, she supposed, to convey Druidic high priests. With absurd disappointment at seeing no apparent magic, she thought she wouldn’t stay long. Then her attention was drawn by a hand-printed sign offering homemade organic mead, and pressed through to the bar. A young waitress, her peachy complexion disturbingly pierced with lead posts, asked for her order.

 

“Could I taste the Moonlight Mead?” she requested.

 

“Certainly.” The young woman behind the bar handed over a sample.

 

Pushing aside glued-on mustache hairs, Kay sipped the tasty brew, then ordered a twelve-ounce, and again surveyed the crowd. She considered making the glass of mead a solo act when she noticed a birdlike creature, tall and hunched like a heron, tattered feathers splaying from head and neck. It stalked, with wild-bird grace, across the projection of ancient stones, through the cloth trees, into the next room. Kay’s drink arrived, and she followed the strange apparition.

 

Interview with Author Marie Judson

 

Do you have a favorite scene? If so, what was it? (Some spoiler here)

I would have to say I have two favorite scenes. The first is where Kay meets Baird. I love the feeling of her encounter with someone from ancient time, in her monk costume, on the dark street, dangerous seeming yet feeling safe. He takes off her mask and she’s revealed. There’s a reason for his seeming familiarity. Not only did she spend time with him years before, but she was in his mate, Kyna’s spirit, living in her, sharing her emotions, with Baird. That’s the twin scene of what comes later, when we experience her going into Kyna’s spirit, living in the past with her, attending the Winter Faire. There’s a conundrum of time, where the past is experienced in her future. She drew herself there by working with language texts. She did not recall that earlier time, memories suppressed. I loved crafting thoese scenes, living in Kay and experiencing them with her, also researching for the medieval parts so they feel real. I enchanted myself!

 

Any challenges in writing this book?

It was very difficult writing the parts where Kay is inside Kyna’s spirit, to make clear who was doing what. It took years and many, many iterations of the chapters. Thankfully, I had the members of my writing group to read it to each week. That was years ago and I had forgotten how arduous it was when I decided to convert the book from first to third person a month or two ago! Having the book recorded for audio, listening carefully to each chapter, I discovered places I missed where the she’s get confusing. I’ve just sent off another manuscript, all cleaned up.

 

Is there a character you’d trade places with? If so, why?

In ways, I wouldn’t mind being Kay for parts of her life, though I think it gets scary! I modeled Kay after me in some ways so that I could express that voice, the feeling of leaving academia, and then, amidst the angst of it, encountering magic. I had just left a Ph.D. program without defending and Kay leaves university teaching. I felt distress so shared hers. As I worked the mundane data input job in the same town of the book’s setting, I felt the magic of stepping into another dimension as I walked the same streets. I imagined myself wielding the powers she gains, having the knowledge of medieval life, runes, language, powerful objects.

 

What do you love most about writing?

Writing keeps growing in me. When I started writing fiction after the Ph.D. program, I felt I could suddenly sink down into myself, find the emotions and scenes there. I think that was partly after the extreme difficulty of spending seven years writing a dissertation, but also the inner work I got into in order to survive those years! Some of it was pagan spiritual work. It seemed like I’d opened a door to a world in which I could write. During the decade I’ve been writing, with a constant writing group meeting weekly, I’ve discovered the miracle of how changing a single word or phrase can flip the entire trajectory of a story. I love how having notes from writing group allows me to face revision without any dread. Fantasy and sci fi are my genres; I’m not sure I could feel this way writing any other. I can be anywhere, in any mood or environment and the writing comes to me.

 

Do you have a favorite genre you like to read (other than the ones you write in)?

Fantasy and fantasy sci fi have been my go-to genres since adolescence, though I also read classics. A while back, while consulting in ed tech for schools, I discovered listening to audio books in the car. Driving from school to school, I’d drop into another world. Mysteries were most readily available though I also discovered Anne Rice’s vampire chronicles (check my blog out for my five favorites!) and enjoyed Charlain Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse series as well. Fantasy audio books were somewhat limited, at least the kinds I like, with mind powers, etc… I’d say they are even now when we can access online audio libraries. So I’ve read a lot of mystery series, mostly by women: Elizabeth George, Agatha Christie, Kay Scarpetta, Kathy Reichs. I also am an avid watcher of detective fiction, binging on British series mostly.

 

What other books have you written?

I’ve written two series so far. My first was Braided Dimensions, time travel fantasy which has four books going on five: Book 2, Stretched Across Time; Book 3, Strange Alliances; Book 4, Pasts Undone. Book 5 might be called Magic in Berkeley. I plan to start work on it later this year. My second series is Lost Xentu. It was actually the first series I conceived, when my children were small. Even the name, Elf Stone of the Neyna, came to me back then and stayed the same as I finally brought the book into reality during the past few years, followed by Book 2, A Far Cry. I’m now working on Book 3, Missing Moon.

 

About Author Marie Judson

 

braided dimensionsMarie Judson is a schoolteacher on the wild coast of Northern California. Language and the mind are her passions. An ardent fantasy reader since childhood, she also loves singing, dream work, and crashing waves. Follow her blog at https://mariejudson.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/marie.judson.writer

Website: https://mariejudson.com/

 

 

Book Video: https://youtu.be/50AdR_Ib4KQ?si=QQHZCHobmTm-okML

 

 

Marie Judson will award an epub copy of one of her books to a randomly drawn winner.

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  • Goddess Fish Promotions
    April 15, 2024 at 6:33 am

    Thank you for hosting and featuring today’s author.

  • Marie Judson
    April 15, 2024 at 6:30 pm

    Thank you for hosting me, Deborah! It’s a beautiful site.
    Marie

    • Deborah
      April 15, 2024 at 9:16 pm

      Thanks very much, Marie! Great to feature your book here today!

  • Sherry
    April 15, 2024 at 10:14 pm

    Sounds like an interesting book.