Historical fiction with a fantasy/paranormal twist is the only way I can describe The Gathering Storm by Robin Bridges. I loved every minute of this story, it had just the right mix of the historical and the paranormal. It’s one of those stories that I have problems finding the right words because I love it so much, and can’t quite put things into logical thoughts that aren’t just GO, BUY BOOK NOW. So I hope you enjoy this interview with Robin and that you all fall for this amazing story as much as I did. You can read my full review HERE and be sure to check out our previous interview with Robin as well when we featured her in our Debut Spotlight.
1. If you could retell a scene from The Gathering Storm from another character’s point of view, who would you choose and what scene would you retell?
From THE GATHERING STORM, I think I’d rewrite the Smolni Ball scene from Elena’s point of view, where she dances with Nicholas and tries to cast a spell on him. From the second book, THE UNFAILING LIGHT, I’d rewrite the scene where Alix attacks Madame Metcherskey from Alix’s point of view.
2. Is there a supernatural character that you wanted to fit into the trilogy but could never figure out how to fit them in?
Goblins. My brother-in-law has been begging me to put goblins in a book.
3. Why did you choose to name the trilogy after Katerina, instead of something related to the supernatural story line?
It was the editorial staff at Delacorte who made the final decision on naming the trilogy. They wanted to name it after the main character.
4. If you could have a book party in Russia circa 1889, where would you host it and what would you serve?
How fun! I’d love to have a party at Peterhof, the Imperial palace by the sea. We’d have shrimp and lobster, fruit ices and creams, pastries, and sugar swans.
5. What is your favorite Russian word or phrase?
I love the sound of the Russian language. You could tell me “The toilet is overflowing” in Russian and it would sound beautiful to me.