July, Illinois – Iceland native and Morton, Illinois resident, Ieda Jonasdottir Herman, has an energy in her 90s many of us would be envious of in our 70s. She credits her vitality to her Scandinavian heritage, or Viking blood as she is fond of saying, a natural curiosity, and constant movement. The release of her newest book, The Silver Arrow (IBSN: 978-1535203623) is the result of her most recent efforts.
The Silver Arrow is a Young Adult adventure story, where Ieda shares the Icelandic experience using the landscape, culture, and Nordic mythology to weave an entertaining tale that carries a special message. “I wrote this book to help with closure in times of loss. In Iceland, so many family members are lost to the sea. They simply never come home again, and it’s as if they never were. In this story, three young teens seek to find answers and come to terms with the loss,” says Ieda Jonasdottir Herman.
Ieda uses her books to promote education and interest in Iceland and the culture. Her first book, Trolls-Monster Worm-Hidden People: Fond Memories of Iceland is an autobiographic account of growing up in the 1930’s in Iceland. This newest work of fiction is set in Iceland, incorporating prominent landmarks into the story.
Mrs. Herman has several appearances slated at local libraries in Central Illinois to speak on Icelandic culture and a book signing scheduled at I Know You Like A Book, at 4707 N. Prospect in Peoria Heights, Illinois on Saturday, June 30th from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Ieda has already started drafting the sequel to The Silver Arrow, which she will resume work on after she returns from a two-week trip to Iceland in August.
About the Author
A native of Iceland, Ieda Jonasdottir spent her first 19 years immersed in the Scandinavian culture, growing up with the stories of Hidden People, trolls, and her Vikings ancestors through the Sagas. She married an American, raised a family, and after retiring, she began writing short stories and full-length books, sharing the Icelandic culture and mythology in each. Ieda enjoys conducting seminars and presentations on Iceland, attending Scandinavian events, blogging, and sharing her knowledge of the country and history. She visits Iceland frequently, in between her speaking and writing schedule and enjoys spending time with her ten children, 16 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.