- Thief Eyes grew out of my travels to Iceland. During my first visit, I found a story I wanted to tell-or perhaps the story found me. During my second visit, I researched the story I'd begun writing. You can see photos from my second visit here.
- I also wrote about my explorations of Iceland's lore for the Endicott Journal of Mythic Arts: Into the Fog-Icelandic Land and Lore.
- Thief Eyes begins at Thingvellir, in the geologically active rift valley where Iceland's parliament once met and where many of the scenes in Njal's Saga take place.
- I've been watching the Eyjafjallajökull eruption with much interest, especially since the final scenes of Thief Eyes take place in valley the volcano is located in-and also because I stayed in a hostel with a view of the glacier.
- The Saga Centre in
Hvolsvollur has an exhibit on Njal's Saga, which much of Thief Eyes is based on.
- If you want to read Njal's Saga, I recommend finding a contemporary print translation, as the older translations online tend to be less accessible/readable. I enjoyed both the Robert Cook and Lee M. Hollander translations. (If you have another translation to recommend, let me know!)
- The Icelandic Museum of Sorcery and Witchcraft is in the Strandir region of Iceland's Westfjords, an area my characters also visit during the course of the story.
- The Westfjords' Arctic Fox Centre wasn't open yet when I visited-sounds like a good excuse to go back to me!
- The staff of SeaWorld San Diego generously let me visit with their arctic foxes as research for Thief Eyes. Here's a video and photos from that visit.