not as pretentious as the header image suggests, but just as awesome

“…important to me that the characters be recognizably Navajo”

Last Friday, debut author Rebecca Roanhorse was interviewed by Barnes & Noble for an exclusive cover reveal for her upcoming fantasy TRAIL OF LIGHTNING.

Congratulations Rebecca and thanks to Saga/ Simon & Schuster and B&N for this juicy press release!

“Debut Author Rebecca Roanhorse Answers 5 Questions About Her Apocalyptic Native American Fantasy Trail of Lightning” – B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog

Read the entire B&N article here!

Tommy Arnold, the cover artist, worked with the Saga Art Director Nick Sciacca and my wonderful editor Joe Monti to pull off a brilliant cover. I love it. As far as the characters go, I knew that I didn’t want any of the typical trappings non-Natives associate with Native Americans. No feathers, no braids (Navajos don’t traditionally braid their hair, anyway), nothing pseudo-mystical. If anything, I wanted a more of a rock n’ roll vibe—which is why, if you look closely at Kai (the character in the truck) he’s wearing an AC/DC shirt. It was even more important to me that the characters be recognizably Navajo, which is one of the reasons Maggie is wearing Ké Ntsaaí, which are traditional Navajo women’s moccasins. I think they go great with her leather jacket and her big knife.

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