Nadja Losbohm was born on December 14th, 1982 and lives in Berlin, Germany.
Her first fantasy novel “Alaspis – The Search For Eternity” (German edition available only) was published in 2012. Since then she has published the popular series of fantasy romance books “The Huntress”. In German there are parts 1-5 available (ebook and paperback). “The Huntress – The Beginnings” is the first part of the series and the first English book Nadja Losbohm has published.
Book title: The Huntress – The Beginnings
Genre: Young Adult Urban Fantasy Romance
Synopsis: Ada Pearce is an average young woman. She is 5’4” tall, overweight, and doesn’t play sports of any kind. Shortly after her 21st birthday a mysterious priest informs her of her destiny as a huntress. Ada doesn’t believe that story at first, but when she finds out that creatures of the night threaten the human population, she accepts her destiny, gives up her former life, and moves into the secret rooms of St. Mary’s Church, which had been built hundreds of years ago, and begins her training. In flashbacks, the protagonist herself tells her story, beginning with her first meeting with the enigmatic and unapproachable priest, through her first year of training and her secret life, to the problems she encounters on her first hunt, and the issues which crop up when a priest and a woman live together…
I ran down the street. The glow of dawn was slowly breaking above the rooftops. There was a wonderful play of colors that started off with yellow before it turned into pink and purple then finally blended with the remnants of the nocturnal blue. Damn it! Damn it! Damn it! I ran like mad through the backyards and felt something running down my arm. I immediately knew it was blood. My blood. That damn beast must have had a go at me with its claws. That’s another scar. Great! I already had a notable assortment of those. Almost every type of monster had left a mark on me, except the vampires, and I really had no intention of getting too close to those.
Racing through town, I felt like I was running in place. The church wasn’t yet within sight. “Please, please, please!” I begged and looked over my shoulder. Panic overcame me after I realized that the monster had caught up with me and was getting ever closer. Shit! Why was I so slow today? I ran through an empty intersection. The traffic lights were on orange, like every night after a certain hour. I turned around the corner at the Chinese restaurant where red paper lanterns hung down golden tassels and colorful plastic flowers sat on the windowsills. I zigzagged hoping to shake the monster off, but it was no use. It was still on my tail. Desperate, I whispered Father Michael’s name and tried to imagine what he’d say to spur me on and make me run faster. But then I saw the church tower. The cross on top looked down at me. Thank God! I gathered every bit of strength I had and raced down the alley towards the church. I ran, winding my way around the trees. I heard the monster panting behind me. I couldn’t see it, but it sounded like it just dashed through beds of flowers. In the corner of my eye, I saw rose bushes and soil flying about. People would probably think that a bunch of drunkards were on a rampage again. Then I saw Father Michael. He was standing on the stairs in front of the church door. His dark silhouette paced restlessly back and forth. The lanterns’ yellow light cast a black shadow on the walls of the church. I was so glad to see him I started crying. That’s not a good idea, Ada! The tears obscured my vision. I blinked a few times, but the tears in my eyes just wouldn’t stop coming. I called Father Michael’s name and saw how he turned abruptly. His cassock fluttered. How long had he been waiting there for me?
I couldn’t wait to reach him and be inside the safe haven of the church walls. My feet weren’t quick enough and I stumbled. I tripped over the curb. I thrashed around with my arms before I fell down flat on my face. I felt my hands and knees scraping the asphalt as I heard Father Michael shouting. I struggled back up on my feet and looked at the church. The Father came running towards me across the square. “Where’s the sword?” he shouted. I automatically reached to my side but there was nothing. Damn! I must have dropped it as I fell. I looked around and saw it a few meters away. Just as I wanted to run and get it, the Father pushed me aside and grabbed it. I watched the scene with big, wide eyes. My heart almost stopped when I saw the monster getting ready to jump. The Father stood there calmly. He looked like a statue holding a sword and waiting for the right moment to use it. The monster took off and pounced at him. One of the two screamed but I couldn’t tell who. The only thing I could clearly discern was the Father standing right under the monster, which was hovering over him. Father Michael’s arm swung up before the sword slashed the monster’s belly open. The Father turned and whirled around before he finally settled on his knees behind the dead monster. Mesmerized, I glared at him. I had never seen anyone move like that. He was as gracious and supple as a dancer, yet as precise and relentless as a machine that had only one purpose: to kill. I couldn’t take my eyes off him as I walked towards him. He took my breath away. He looked like a knight on his knees before his king, offering his sword in allegiance. “That was … incredible!” I murmured, looking back and forth at him and then the dead monster. Father Michael raised his head and looked at me, but didn’t really see me. His eyes were distant, almost veiled. He seemed to be in some kind of trance. He blinked before the veil fell off.
“Yeah, really incredible!” he repeated sarcastically. He got up. “What the hell was the matter with you?” he said, snapping at me. He came towards me and stood right in front of my face. He was so furious, he panted and breathed quickly. I felt every breath of his on my skin. He scared me and I started to stutter. When he started swearing, I knew he was really, really mad. “You’re hurt,” he interrupted as his tone suddenly mellowed. He grabbed my arm roughly to check the injury. Feeling the pain, I took a strong, deep breath. “I’m sorry,” he said gently, his eyes softening. “You go on ahead. I’ll be right with you and see to your wounds. I just need to take care of this here,” he said, pointing at the dead monster.
Hi Nadja. Welcome onto the Fantasy Sci-Fi Network’s interview space shuttle. I haven’t spoken to you for a while and am keen to hear how your writing is progressing.
1. Please tell our readers about the other writing have you done?
My first fantasy novel “Alaspis” was published in 2012, since then I published a fantasy series of books, called “The Huntress”, and a children’s book with short stories and poems. All of them are written in German. I also wrote and published two English short stories, which you can read for free on Inkitt.
2. What’s the basic plot of your fantasy series?
You can describe “The Huntress” as some kind of journey. It’s the journey of Ada, who turns from an average young woman to a super-heroine. But it’s also the journey of Father Michael, an (almost) immortal priest, who has lived hundreds and hundreds of years. He’s got an Achilles’ heel, which I cannot tell you now, of course. He mostly has trained men, so it’s quite a shock to him, when he finds out the new hunter is a huntress, who also has got a very sharp tongue. So, trouble is sure to follow. The fantasy elements only play a minor part. The relationships between people are more important. Two very different people, who are not allowed to fall in love with each other, meet and fight against their inner demons. They learn, they grow as time goes by. And in the end, they face a tremendous conspiracy.
3. What song would you choose as the theme song of your book?
“Immigrant Song” by Trent Raznor and Atticus Ross. It’s the theme song of “The Girl with the Dragon tattoo”. I can literally see Ada, the huntress, run through the streets, chasing demons, monsters and vampires.
Thanks, that’s a very powerful image.
4. What music do you listen to when writing?
It depends on the story and scene. In the past, I found composer Hans Zimmer’s music very inspiring. I listened to his original soundtracks for movies “King Arthur” and “Pirates of the Caribbean” a lot. But Peter Gabriel’s “Signal to Noise” was also a great help when I wrote a fighting scene for “The Huntress”. If I write a quiet scene or historical stories I prefer singer Nolwenn Leroy from France. Her music is very atmospheric.
5. What are you working on now?
At the moment, I work on a new historical fantasy series of books and I translate a short story, which I’d like to share with readers for free on the internet. Kris Holt, a dear friend and fellow author, is going to edit it.
6. How did you go about developing your cover artwork?
Usually, the idea for the cover artwork suddenly comes to my mind, mostly when I don’t think about it at all. But then, I see a picture in front of my eyes and I know it’s a good one. Then, I talk to my graphic designer, Tom Jay, who’s a really great guy. He does most of the work, of course. I think we are a great team and I enjoy working with him.
Yes, the covers are striking.
7. List some great books you have recently read:
Robin LaFevers’ “His Fair Assassin 1-3” – these books are just wonderful; I absolutely love her writing style. Brent Weeks’ “Night Angel Trilogy” – I cannot pronounce the names of his characters, but his stories are really captivating, so I don’t complain. 😉
8. What’s your favourite line from a book?
“Each of us has heaven and hell in him” – from “The Picture of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde. It’s simple, but so, so true.
9. Who would you choose to read your audiobook?
That’s definitely actor Richard Armitage. He has such a great and powerful voice.
10. What’s your dream job and do you think you’ll do it one day?
I would love to be a full time writer. This is where my heart is at; this is what I really am. I want to make people dream and smile
11. You have been a member for a couple of years now. What’s your experience of the Fantasy Sci-Fi Network?
The Fantasy Sci-Fi Network is a wonderful group of very talented and inspiring writers, who
have been very supportive. I love these guys!
Favourite food: chocolate
Silliest saying: If you’d love me, you would do that for me.
Best holiday spot: Great Britain
Favourite song at the moment: Time and Again by A-HA
Star Wars or Lord of the Rings: Lord of the Rings
Number one thing to do on your bucket list: travelling to New Zealand one day
Tell you what, I’m heading to Hobbiton with the family this year and will see if Richard Armitage is lurking in Bilbo’s Hobbit Hole for you.
Thank you for the great responses, Nadja. You speak English better than many of us who were born into it. Auf wiedersehen. K.B.
Interviewed by Kasper Beaumont, author of the Hunters of Reloria fantasy series. www.huntersofreloria.weebly.com
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