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Interview With Author TC Marti: Elementals of Nordica Book Series


About TC Marti


If my friends had to describe me with one adjective, it would be unorthodox. I rarely do things by the textbook, and you can see that in every book that I write. While I draw heavy influences from some of the most popular book, film, and television series out there, I also love fusing genres together and taking tropes past their limits.

You won’t see the typical good vs. evil trope in most of my works, but instead varying shades of gray. My works, while they lean heavy into speculative fiction, are also primarily thematic, often stressing the importance of individual liberties in both the social and economic sectors.

And while war is a general concept in each series that I write, my characters rarely take a no-prisoners approach. Instead, they are more equivalent to Jedi in Star Wars, where they tend to be more diplomatic, but when the situation calls for it, they will pull off some epic battle scenes.

As a writer, I often either write 2,000 new words per day for new novels and short stories unless I am busy editing a work, then it’s not uncommon to see me editing between 30 and 50 pages at a time.

When I am not writing fiction, you can either catch me lifting weights in the gym or running on a trail. I am also a big fan of the Buffalo Sabres, Arizona Cardinals, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Phoenix Suns.

And without further ado, I’d like to introduce you to my flagship series, Elementals of Nordica.

About Wind Wielder


It is tough to place Wind Wielder into a specific genre, hence the reason I’ve always said this one is more speculative than anything else, though some have dubbed it a science fantasy. The book’s roots trace back about a decade, and it’s one that I have rewritten about a dozen times before I was finally satisfied enough to share it with the world in January 2022.

One major theme I wanted to pass to readers in Wind Wielder is the extent a small group of elitists will go to control a global narrative. In it, we learn the Tamurian Empire claims that it expanded its sphere of influence to every corner in the World of Eidolon for humanitarian purposes, both to assist developing nations, and to protect its people from would-be enemies.

However, it is revealed that this is not the case. Nations and regions under Tamurian influence may think they are living in a utopia, but it is nothing more than a dystopian world. This is something Sion Zona and his friends discover when they are framed for starting anti-government riots in Tamurian-controlled South Nordica and forced to flee the region.

When they end up in Nordica, a thirteen-county sovereign state north of South Nordica, they learn a few inconvenient truths regarding the Tamurian Empire. They also learn that Tamuria will stop at nothing to apprehend anyone they deem a wanted criminal. So yeah, Sion and his friends are in some hot water here.

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About Wind Master


Wind Master leans more into science fiction than its predecessor, Wind Wielder, but it still contains strong fantasy concepts. Tamuria is after Sion, and they are pulling out all the stops to arrest him. But Sion has other ideas, as he wants nothing more than to free seven important people from Tamurian prison camps, situated not only across the World of Eidolon, but over the Five Worlds.

One thing I love about Wind Master is that it takes the reader from believing this series takes place in one world, and instead introduces them to several. This opens up the shared universe that Wind Master and Elementals of Nordica are part of. If you read my Chronicles of Rondure or Sentrys of Terrene series after Wind Master, you will catch even more action in the worlds Sion travels to.


About Wind Keeper


Remember when I was talking about differing shades of gray as opposed to good vs. evil? Wind Keeper is the first huge example of this trope coming to life. In it, you will find corruption on all sides of the equation. This book, which marks the final chapter of the Eidolon Trilogy, also marks a turning point in Elementals of Nordica, as Sion discovers he must find a few souls located in other worlds if he wants help in freeing Eidolon from more than just the Tamurian Empire.

The main theme in Wind Keeper involves trust. There is a lot of betrayal going on in this book, and it comes from both the sides you thought were good, and those you may have labeled as evil. Independent thinking and courage to turn your back on narratives that seek to belittle, intimidate, and ultimately, force others into compliance are two other major themes.


About Wind Ruler


Available in April 2023, Wind Ruler is Book IV in Elementals of Nordica, and Book I in the Five Worlds Trilogy. Loss and dealing with loss are the major points here, and Sion is going to deal with many of them as he travels across the war-torn World of Rondure.

My favorite thing about Wind Ruler is that it dives into the visionary and metaphysical concepts not just in Elementals of Nordica, but in all four of my current book series. In this one, you meet the Three Sisters, who are based on the Norns in the Nordic Traditions, and yes, they are out to shape Sion’s destiny whether he likes it or not.

This book may involve a lot of war across multiple worlds, and Sion’s struggle to ultimately meet the Second Sister. But it also involves characters close to him stalked by the Third Sister, and their respective decisions when confronting Her will forever change Sion Zona’s character.

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