Blast back in time to 2010 when Ted Dekker promised to give readers another trilogy in the vein of the Circle—but with a Tosca Lee twist. The Books of Mortals (Forbidden, Mortal, and Sovereign) take readers into a dystopian future where all emotion has removed and the nature of humanity has been forever altered. Except…
The Interview | The Books of Mortals with Tosca Lee
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Josh Olds: I wanted to have you on the program today because I’ve been really nostalgic in recent months and I have been going through all of Ted Dekker’s backless and revisiting all of those books…And in, I think around 2010 was around the time that you intersected. And with that trajectory, and I, I wanted to bring you on the podcast so that you could talk about the books that you’ve wrote with Ted and sort of your writing journey and how it intersected with his.
Tosca Lee: That’s like 10 years ago. Can you believe that? I mean, that was a decade. That is so weird to me, because I don’t think of it as a decade ago. Yeah, that was something I didn’t see coming. It was not part of my writing plan…I was in the process of transferring publishers, which means that my first two books were about to be rereleased by a different imprint…And so for me, you know, just a couple years into my career, that was an opportunity for me to get some new blurbs and endorsements.
I reached out to Ted via a group that we’re both members of…What I didn’t know at the time was that my name had been brought up to him as a potential co-author. So when I wrote to him and said, “Hey, would you do a blurb for this book?” And he said, “What are you working on now?” He wanted to know what the state of my career was and the contract situation I was in, and I was like, “Dude, are you gonna blurb my book or not?” And that’s how that conversation started.
The Books | The Books of Mortals
The Books of Mortals begin the launch of a trilogy—an epic new saga. Dekker fans will undoubtedly hearken back to his infamous Books of History and the Circle Trilogy that began it all. Forbidden is the second coming of the Circle, a new mythos sure to enrapture, entertain, and engage on a whole new level. With rich layers of meaning wrapped around the core of an explosive plot penned with eloquence and precision, Forbidden is how Story is meant to be written.
Three thrillers. Two authors. One last chance for humanity. The Books of Mortals are the brainchild of two of this generation’s master Storytellers. Dive deep, peel back the layers of your heart, and allow yourself to be moved by the raw power of Story. Prove that Life still lives within you, and live out that Story as you unleash the narrative of your soul.
The Authors | Tosca Lee
Tosca Lee is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of The Line Between, The House of Bathory Duology (The Progeny, Firstborn), Iscariot, The Legend of Sheba, Demon: A Memoir, Havah: The Story of Eve, and the Books of Mortals series with New York Times bestseller Ted Dekker.
A notorious night-owl, she loves watching TV, eating bacon, playing video games with her kids, and sending cheesy texts to her husband. You can find Tosca hanging around the snack table or wherever bacon is served.
The Authors | Ted Dekker
Ted Dekker is an multiple award-winning, New York Times and international bestselling author of over 40 novels.
His work has reached tens of millions worldwide and has been translated into numerous languages and adapted into major feature films (Thr3e and House). In 2013 NPR readers nationwide named him as one of the top suspense writers of all time.
Ted’s passion is simple: to explore truth through mind-bending stories that invite readers to see the world through a different lens. Story is the shortest distance between the human heart and truth, and to this he has devoted his life.