Author Interview: Yvonne Hertzberger

Yvonne HertzbergerName: Yvonne Hertzberger

Do you write with a pen name? If so, what is it?

No, I use my real name. If I were writing in more than one genre I might consider it to avoid confusion for my readers, but even then I think I would stick with my real name.

In which country were you born, and which one do you live now?

I was born in the Netherlands but came to Canada as a toddler and became a Canadian at the age of six – even signed my own card. I remember it well. J

Which genres do you write in?

I categorise my work as Epic Fantasy (epic because it is a trilogy) but many readers of Historical Fiction think it would fit there as well. I can’t do that, though, as my ‘world’ is not a real place. Some even think it ought to be Romance but that actually is a minor theme.

How many books have you had published? (feel free to name them all)

Two, so far, with the third in the works to finish the first trilogy. The series is called “Earth’s Pendulum”, book one is “Back From Chaos” and book two is “Through Kestrel’s Eyes”. The third will be titled “The Dreamt Child”.

Which was your first published novel?Yvonne Hertzberger - Through Kestrels Eyes

“Back From Chaos” came out late 2009.

Which is your most current published novel?

Wish I could brag and give you another, but the answer has to be “Through Kestrel’s Eyes”. J

What’s the working title of the next book you plan to publish?

“The Dreamt Child” will close off the current trilogy. It is about 1/3 written and will answer all the questions I left hanging in book two, though that book can stand alone as well.

Do you read hard cover, paper books, ebooks or audio? Or a mixture?

Since I got my Kindle last year I have added ebooks to my reading. I used to think e-readers almost blasphemous but am a convert, now. So I read all kinds. I have not tried audio books. I think that is because I like to hear with the inflections and voices I imagine and not someone else’s interpretation. It is why I am a slow reader – I hear it all in my head.

If you could be a character from a book, which would you choose?

That’s a tough one. I have not a specific character I would like to be, but I think I would choose one with more spunk than I have, one who has less fear of risk and even intimacy (in the complete sense, not necessarily sexual).

What is the first 300 words in you latest novel (ending with a period)?

I felt no pain now; not the weariness from my headlong flight, not the burning of the pain in my fingers, nor the bone deep chill in my limbs. The cold brought peace and the desire to sleep. If this was what Earth wished for me, I resigned myself. This sleep would be my last.

As if from far away I became aware of the sound of voices. Almost unconscious, I had not the strength to move and so could not indicate to them that I lived. Truth be told, I knew I hovered near death. Perhaps Earth had no further need of me and would allow me to sink back into her eternal embrace. Is that what I wanted, to be free from my duties to Earth, released from my gifts? I had not had a choice in receiving them.

Perhaps rescue would be no more than a wishful dream. But no, this was real. I had been found. The voices above me penetrated dimly through the foggy haze of my awareness.

“Ho, what is this?” I heard one mumble as he stumbled over my cocoon of branches, leaves and snow, and his boot uncovered a patch of my red cloak. With my seer’s sight I sensed him scrabble the remaining cover of snow, leaves and branches away with his hands.

“Farsh! Merrist! Over here!”

“Hey, watch out! That branch almost took my eye out,” one complained as he emerged out of the trees to stand behind the one who had discovered me.

“Not so loud!” cautioned the other as he joined his companions. “Do you want to be heard?  Corrin will not thank you if we are taken.”

“What have you there? A woman? Is she dead? What is a woman doing in the snow here?”

Who is your favourite character in this most recently book?

I love Liannis, the main character from whose point of view this is written. She is just coming into her full strength and has so much to learn, which allows her to grow and develop. We see her doubts, her wishes, her tough decisions and all the consequences of those. I think she has a lot of struggles that many women, and even men, must face to become who they will be. But her father Klast is my fave in the first book.

The questions from a to l are for your main character in your most recently published novel:

a) Name: Liannis

b) Male or Female: Female

c) Age: Seventeen when it begins.

d) Where were they born? The demesne of Bargia on the One Isle. The One Isle is divided into areas called demesnes, each ruled by a lord)

e) What is their favourite colour? Sky blue.

f) Are they married? If so, what is their spouse’s name? No, she is a seer. Romance is forbidden – one of her struggles.

g) Do they have children? How many? J

h) Are their parents dead or alive? Alive.

i) Who is their best friend? Lionn, the lord’s son, with whom she grew up.

j) Who is their worst enemy? Garneth of Lieth, a traitor.

k) What is their favourite flavour of ice cream? Sorry, no ice cream in the late bronze, early feudal age. She does love honey cakes, though.

l) What do they fear the most? That she will not have the strength to fulfill her destiny. The One Isle’s very survival depends on it.

Now, back to you. A few quick questions:

Wow, these are tough. I have a hard time pinning myself down to one. lol

Favourite colour: Canary yellow

Favourite movie:  Dr. Zhivago, the only one I’ve see four times.

Favourite song: Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves, from Nabucco

Favourite musical artist: Eva Cassidy

Favourite ice cream flavour: Pralines – but I can’t have that any more as I have a dairy issue. Sigh.

Biggest dream you hope to accomplish before kicking the bucket: To have my writing recognised by enough writers and readers that it gets respect beyond my circles. Or to become a grandmother. 🙂

Toss me some links to post:


Goodreads Author Page

Amazon Author Page

Smashwords Page


Others: Twitter

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8 thoughts on “Author Interview: Yvonne Hertzberger

  1. Another great interview. Yvonne, your books sound fascinating and I love that Dr. Zhivago is your favourite movie as well. Bets of luck in fullfilling your dream.


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