An Introduction to Rayden Valkyrie and Heart of a Lion
While at the 5th Annual Authors Fair in Madison, Indiana this past weekend, I was interviewed for a local television station and asked about things that drive my writing. My response centered upon the idea that I like to bring characters to life that inspire strength of character in others.
A clear example of this is found in my latest novel, Heart of a Lion, which is the first novel starring Rayden Valkyrie, beginning a three book story arc called the Dark Sun Dawn Trilogy. Rayden first appeared in the short story “All the Lands, Nowhere a Home” found in the Thunder on the Battlefield: Sword Anthology, but this novel really brings her character out full-force with all of the twists and turns in the storyline.
The genre is dark fantasy/sword and sorcery, and this book has all the goods that a fan of Robert E. Howard would enjoy. It includes hard-hitting, no-frills action, monsters, sorcery and the presence of the supernatural, and some sizzling sensual elements.
But for all of that, this book centers upon a blond-haired female warrior who has no place to truly call home. She is a woman who walks the world according to an honor code, one that is girded by her immense strength of character. She can fight with the best of warriors, but it is her inner strength that I am inspired by most.
She will not hesitate to put her life on the line against overwhelming odds if that is what is called for. Nor does she suffer the predators of the world, something made very clear in a rather stark and graphic event occurring early in the novel.
I invite readers of all genres to meet Rayden, as I strongly believe the example that she offers is universal in terms of inspiration. She has carried me through some tough times already and I know she can be a light to others. Rayden embodies everything that it means to have the heart of a lion and I feel strongly that all kinds of readers will enjoy their adventures with her!
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About Stephen Zimmer:
Award-winning author and filmmaker Stephen Zimmer is based out of Lexington, Kentucky. His works include the Rising Dawn Saga, the Fires in Eden Series, the Hellscapes and Chronicles of Ave short story collections, the Harvey and Solomon steampunk stories, and the Rayden Valkyrie Tales, including his latest release Heart of a Lion. Stephen currently resides in Lexington, Kentucky.
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