So my question is: Did Alanna ever go to the Sea of Sand?
Tammy: I like the idea that Alanna’s time among the Bazhir was a symbolic crossing of the Sea of Sand–it makes me sound, well, deep!
No, Alanna’s never been. Not all heroes go. The Goddess certainly wasn’t going to risk her champion on a silly macho exercise that might take away Alanna’s raw humanity. I meant the great legendary heroes, like the versions in this universe of Cuchulainn, Gilgamesh, or Achilles. I’ve never written heroes like that because they don’t interest me that much.