As you mentioned, when your run begins you’ll be shifting the spotlight from Loki and onto Sif, the book’s new protagonist. Which of her qualities are you most interested in exploring?
For any character, you need to ask the question, “What do they want?” For Sif, it really does seem to boil down to her wanting to be a better warrior, but I think she’s also got some seriously unplumbed depths. She’s never really had to be in charge of anyone but herself. I thought it would be nice to test her leadership qualities with some guys who do nothing but defeat her expectations.
What’s driving Sif’s desire to become a better warrior?
It really just comes from her wanting to be of the best possible service to Asgardia and to her people. But then there’s the rather serious problem of finding a place to put that energy.
How does Sif’s quest to be a better warrior initially unfold?
Sif goes looking for an ancient Berzerker spell, but it quickly becomes unclear what she has actually been given. The result is that she becomes embroiled with one of Asgardia’s dirty little secrets. It’s about the stories we tell, the stories we bury and how much truth there is in the stories we tell about ourselves. And, as well, the stories we tell children and what they’re supposed to learn from them. Also, big swords and bigger monsters.
Can you hint, tease, or talk about any of the supporting characters and adversaries Sif meets in her initial adventures?
We’re exploring some, maybe, unexpected relationships for Sif — with Hildegunde, for instance. And also, fleshing out her relationship with her Brother Heimdall, which seems to consist, currently, of very little. I’m falling head over heels with the crew of killers she hooks up with, and beyond that, monsters.