Interview with Hugh B. Long

Why did you write this book in particular?
This is the book I wanted to read 25 years ago, but it didn’t exist. I imagined a world in which Norse mythology was more than just the basis for epic stories. I wanted to see what a future might look like if the world had been formed as described in the old stories, and one tale in particular: Voluspa, which is part of the Poetic Edda, highlights the mythic beginnings of the world. I fantasized about what the world would look like with those beginnings, and projected that into the future.
How did you become interested in the topic?
Like any kid, I was fascinated by adventure. That included hard-boiled survival stories by the likes of Farley Mowat. Fantasy was also a big influence, starting with the Arthurian myths and continuing with the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, which is where I discovered the Runes. That lead me to Norse Mythology, which Tolkien borrowed from heavily. I’ve since written several non-fiction books on Norse Mythology and Norse culture. Then, because I was also fascinated by science and technology, I began reading science fiction. Vern, Heinlein and Asimov were some of my early influences. So, I wanted to write stories that had a sweeping epic feel, had Norse DNA, and were set in a future world.
What did you hope to accomplish by publishing your book?
All my non-fiction books were designed to educate people on the impact that Norse culture has on our present day lives – for example: Five days of the week are named for Norse Gods and Goddesses. Why did they not teach me that in school?
With my fiction, I want to continue to educate people on those times and culture, but mainly I want to entertain. I’m writing exactly what I would want to read.
Who is your intended readership?
People who love a mystery, adventure, and want to be emotionally invested in characters. I want to tell gripping tales, but also ensure that humanity is present in all it’s raw and ugly glory. I expect people who love fantasy, science fiction, as well as historical fiction, will enjoy my books. I’m really blending those genres.
When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
From the time I was maybe 14, I knew it was my ultimate dream. I dabbled throughout my career in hi-tech, writing technical articles for a magazine, but only recently took the plunge and began writing full time. I was recently reading about Lee Child and how he started writing at 40, well I was 41 before I made the commitment.
How do you research your books?
The fiction is the easy part, with regards to research, but I did want much of my science to be at least based in reality. Sure, I digress from reality, but hey, it’s science fiction! For example, worm-holes are really based on the theories of Einstein and Rosen, hence the Einstein-Rosen Bridge. And in my book we use microscopic bridges for instantaneous communications without a limitation on distance – The ERBT (Einstein-Rosen Bridge Transceiver), most folks just call it the stellar-comm. Other bits of technology like my starship power plants, use the concepts of Dark Matter and Dark Energy. My characters use a gadget called a Dark Matter Tap to pull that energy into phase with our Universe so we can use it to power hyperdrives.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I collect functional swords, enjoy Nordic Walking, and I read voraciously (2-3 books per week)
Are you working on another book?
Absolutely. I have 9 books planned in the Tribes of Yggdrasil series, and I’m also writing a serialized story called “Draugr’s Saga” which is about Viking Zombies. I release one episode a month (about 30 pages) and will be doing 12 episodes. After the 12′th serial, I’ll publish a paperback Omnibus.
Published 2014-07-10.
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Books by This Author

Northern Wisdom: The Havamal, Tao of the Vikings
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 75,800. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » European philosophy, Nonfiction » History » Medieval
The Orient has long shared its ancient wisdom, and so now do the Northmen. Northern Wisdom presents ancient Viking parables and knowledge in a delightfully accessible modern format. Combining Teachings on par with Buddha, Lao Tzu, Myamoto Musashi, Nicollo Machiavelli & Sun-Tzu , "The Havamal" sheds light on forgotten lore of the dark ages.
Northern Plant Lore: A Field Guide to the Ancestral Use of Plants in Northern Europe
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 124,460. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » herbal medications, Nonfiction » History » European
Over a thousand years ago the Anglo-Saxons used willow bark to treat headaches; modern pharmaceutical companies use the same basic ingredient - salicin. They boiled the bark in holy water and added a few other unnecessary ingredients, but they had a basic treatment that worked a millennia ago! And they called this the Dark Ages? Explore Anglo-Saxon Herbal Medicine that actually worked!
The Yggdrasil Codex
Price: Free! Words: 15,640. Language: English. Published: July 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » General
In this life there are a great many profound questions that have yet to be answered. In the short story The Yggdrasil Codex, two University researchers stumble upon an incredible secret encoded on ancient Scandinavian runestones. Their discovery leads them into the world of modern code-breakers and ultimately leads to a revelation with galactic consequences!