Thursday, March 17, 2016

Hunters of the Dream by Ingrid Koivukangas

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Why do you write juvenile fiction? What draws you to it?

I have loved reading since I can remember. I was deeply impacted by books that I read when I was growing up – as an adult too. I wanted to be able to create and share views of the world, seen and unseen, through storytelling.

What books were your favorite as a youth and why?

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Lord of the Rings, Dragonlance novels…I loved books that transported me to a magical world filled with adventure and challenges to overcome.

What did you want to be when you grew up? Why?

Astronaut, aka: StarTrek – wow, who wouldn’t want to go exploring where no man has gone before?!
Archaeologist, aka: Indiana Jones – more exploring!
Librarian - I loved books and it seemed like the best place to be, where the books are
Writer - I loved words and using them to make up stories
Musician - I love music and wrote songs when I was younger
Artist – I loved creating things and working with all kinds of mediums

What book is on your nightstand currently?

A few including, The Biology of Bees by Mark Winston, Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, The Flower Farmer by Lynn Byczynski, The Market Gardener by Jean-Martin Fortier and more!

Favorite TV show from your childhood?

StarTrek! I loved that they were exploring new worlds and learning about new beings, while overcoming incredible odds and danger. Boldly going where no man has gone before! Loved it.

Sum up your book for Twitter: 140 characters or less.

Aurora's a normal teen, then a long-silent Oracle awakens in response to the Darkness. Will she find courage to lead Hunters of the Dream?

You’re stranded on a desert island–which character from your book do you want with you? Why?

Beaumont Seabring. He has a time traveling 15th C carrack sailing ship!

Favorite class in high school. Why?

English class. Especially creative writing–it was like not doing schoolwork, and homework was a joy.

When the summer holidays begin, Aurora thinks she’s just a normal teenager about to have another boring summer. Then, for her seventeenth birthday, Nana Brin gives her a long-silent Oracle that has been passed down through their family for generations. The mysterious Oracle soon awakens in response to the creeping Darkness that is escaping and destroying all worlds. Aurora must quickly find the courage to come to terms with her calling as the Huntress of the Dream.

Check out this excerpt:

The cards rustled, shifting in their dusty threadbare bag. They had lain dormant, forgotten, for generations. The Oracle woke slowly, like a hound sniffing the wind, trying to catch the scent of what had disturbed it, before calling forth a warning. The Oracle bristled. Attuned to the subtle vibrations of the Worlds it sensed a shifting in the balance of energy. The Darkness was once again pulsing, sending out tendrils of elusive gloom. It too had lain waiting, patiently. Over time it had slowly gained power, recruiting those it could ensnare with its black promises. It could not yet escape from the confines of the agreement reached during the Great Darkness...but soon the winds would shift and change. Fully awake, the Oracle began to cast out its own response, filaments of white light unfurling, in a quest to find the Huntress before the Darkness did.

About the Author:
Ingrid Koivukangas, BFA, MFA, is an award winning environmental artist, writer, designer, Reiki Master and educator.

As an artist Ingrid works intuitively at sites creating new works in response to sites and their energies and histories both natural and human. Her work encompasses many media including site specific ephemeral, large scale public works, writing, video, photography, sound, web, sculpture, painting, drawing and printmaking.

Ingrid's artworks have been exhibited in Canada, the USA, Europe and Asia. She's been featured as an artist in residence on CBC-TV; has had numerous gallery exhibitions; has many site specific ephemeral works left in situ and large scale permanent public art projects.

Ingrid's artworks have been included in many publications and books including: Art in Action: Nature, Creativity and Our Collective Future, published by the Natural World Museum and the United Nations Environmental Programme and Art + Science Now: How scientific research and technological innovation are becoming key to 21st-century aesthetics by Stephen Wilson, Professor of Conceptual and Information Arts at San Francisco State University. One of her favourite publications to be included in is Scholastic Book's Now See This! Art That Influences.

Ingrid has a Bachelor of Fine Arts, with Distinction, from the University of British Columbia Okanagan and a Master of Fine Arts, Environmental Sculpture, from the University of Calgary. You can view her work at:

Ingrid lives on Salt Spring Island with her husband Robin, two dogs, Lucy and Scout, and a fierce cat named Hunter.

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