Character Interview: Anubis from Descendants of Isis by @KelseyKetch


Happy Thanksgiving! Today, I have posted an interview with one of my minor characters, Anubis, from the Descendant of Isis.

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As transcribed from an interview held in Duat.

Egyptian Art Print Ancient God AnubisKelsey: Holy cr*p-sh*t! It’s bloody cold down here.

Anubis: *Laughs* You’ll get used to it.

K: Not likely. I hate the cold. How do you even stand this harsh environment?

A: After living here for thousands of years, you get used to it.

K: *Silence* Right. With how young and handsome you look, I always forget how long you’ve actual lived. All the history you’ve must have witnessed.

A: Actually, I haven’t witnessed much. My time is pretty much spent here, finding and guiding souls to their final destination, then weighing their heart on the scales of Ma ‘at. Kind of a 24/7 job with how many people die. And the little free time I have, I enjoy other, more recreational activities. However, Horus does attempt to keep me up to date on the latest in what you call pop culture.

K: That’s the perfect lead into my first interview question. In Son of Set, you’re first introduced teasingly “nipping” at your half-brother, Horus, while you both were in your animal forms. Have you and your half-brother always had such a great relationship?

A: I’d say we have a pretty normal relationship, I guess. There are times where we get along and times where we are at each other’s throats.

K: So, like normal brothers.

A: Yeah, I would say.

K: But, honestly, you’re not normal. Well, not by mortal standards, at least. What’s it like being a god?

Judgement of Ani by DevilsHavenA: *Laughs* Well, it might seem spectacular, I guess, being a god. But when you live in a world of gods and goddesses, it’s really not as special. Everyone has powers. Everyone has talents. Some which make my abilities seem . . . embarrassingly enough, like simple parlor tricks. So, being a god really doesn’t feel any different here. In the mortal world, it might be more fun, but not here.

However, being a god has its perks. Like I mentioned, each of the gods and goddesses here have their special gifts or talents based on the duties they were born for. Mine focuses on protecting souls on their journey to the Hall of Judgment. That includes battling demons and facing harsh and poisoned environments. So, a god needs great strength and general magic, and transfiguration is very handy. Common, but handy. But my real ability is to see into a soul’s heart and communicate with it.

K: *Voice cracks a little* See into hearts. So, you can see into my heart? Are you seeing into my heart, now?

A: *Eyes move down and a devilish smile appears* Maybe.

K: Okay! *Uses notepad to cover chest* Um, you mentioned protecting souls on their journey through Duat. Could you tell us about your position and duties as a god?

A: I’m often referred to the God of Mummification. However, I’ve had many other titles: ‘foremost of the westerners,’ ‘he who is upon his mountain,’ Lord of the Sacred land,’ ‘the one presiding over the God’s pavilion,’ and ‘he who is in the place of embalming.”

K: Wow.

A: Yeah, mouthful. Not they mean much these days, except to a few. Basically, I’m involved in everything related to the journey into the afterlife. I see over the graves and tombs to protect the bodies of the pure. I’m the overseer of the embalming rites and rituals. I guide souls through Duat and protect them from harm. And I’m the Guardian of the Scales.

K: You weren’t kidding earlier. Sounds like a full time job.

A: It pretty much is.

K: Amazing. In addition, there was a time when Isis asked you to train a young lady—a descendant of ancient priestesses—in her ability to use the power of Ma ‘at. What was it like working with Natara Stone?

A: Our time was too short, really. She was a great student. Despite the logical rationing she used as a wall, she was very open to learn and adapt. Yet, I wish I had more time to hone in her abilities. There is so much more to Ma ‘at. So much more to the power of Ra. Unfortunately, she was forced to face Set before I could truly unlock her heart’s power.

K: At least she had Seth O’Keefe. He was able to protect her, is that not correct?

A: *Glares* I guess. Though, from how I understand it, he was the reason she was captured by the Sons in the first place.

K: An honest mistake, I’m sure.

A: *Silence*

K: Why do you not trust Seth?

A: Because he is a Son of Set. He is a descendant of the priest that served my uncle during one of the darkness times in Egyptian history. They encouraged corruption, stripped people of their free will, and lead chaos into the streets. And Seth is a descendant of the worse kind of Son. He is a Charmer—one whose power can influence others’ thoughts and emotions through magical impulses, and even their memories if the pulse is strong enough. The souls they touch will never get to pass into Osiris’s Kingdom. That lineage destroyed thousands of lives, just as my uncle had destroyed my mother and my family.

K: But Seth has shown to have a caring heart, has he not?

A: A Son of Set is a Son of Set. If it wasn’t for Natti’s love for him, I’d rip his heart out myself and feed it to Ammit without even a bat of an eye.

K: *Gapping* All right. Moving onto some current pop-culture. What did you think of the movie Gods of Egypt?

A: *Exhales and smiles thinly* It wasn’t bad. I’m not as big of a fan of it as, say, my little brother is. But, then again, I’m not the star of the film. *Gives wink*

K: *Giggles* True. I could see why your brother would then take a liking to the movie. But Anubis was still a very important character in Zaya’s journey through Duat. How did you feel about how the screenwriters, graphic designers, and actor portrayed your character?

A: *Leans cheek on fist and shrugs* I’d say they did all right, for the most part. Unfortunately, they didn’t really capture my true physical appearance in any since of the word—as you can tell for yourself. Even in a were-form, I don’t have gold veins running through my body, as cool as that might be. Also, many people of this day-in-age tend to confuse Wepwawet and myself. My fur being the color of obsidian while Wepwawet has the slate gray, which was used in the film. Plus, being in our were-forms often takes more energy than either our human or animal forms. It would be exhausting to stay in that form for that long. That’s why I often wear a golden mask at the judgment ceremonies instead.

K: And what about the character’s strick, but caring personality? Personally, just sitting with you today, I think they were fairly accurate. Particularly the caring part. You were often depicting adjusting the scales in favor of the hearts in your charge.

A: Well . . . *blushes* thank you for the compliant. I like to think I’m a little more laid back than that character, but I’m just grateful they didn’t depict me the villain other movies have in the past.

K: How do you feel when the media shows you in such a negative light?

A: Disappointed, mostly. I get people’s hesitation of me. My duties as a god represent something people fear most. Especially, now-a-days. But I’m honestly not a bad guy. And Ammit—Ammit is a pussy-cat.

K: How would you feel about having a novel written about you someday?

A: *Laughs* How do you mean that? As a villain?

K: Not necessarily. I mean as the main character, good or bad. How would you feel about having a novel focus on your story?

A: *Long pause* I think I would like that. It would be nice to get out of the shadows and have a book crafted around my story.

K: Okay, my final question is for all those single folks out there. Are you single or married?

A: Um. *Fidgets nervously and rubs the back of his neck* Divorced actually, but I don’t want to go into that, if you don’t mind.

K: Of course not. But are you currently in love with anyone?

A: There’s someone I’ve admired for a long while, but I don’t see it going anywhere.

K: *Smiles* I won’t press any farther. Thank you so much for meeting me today to answer some questions.

A: Thank you for coming here to interview me. And if you have any other questions, feel free to call my name. I’ll even give you an exclusive tour of Duat, if you are interested. *Gives me a wink*

K: Oh. Ah, I’ll think on that.

A: Yeah?

K: Yeah.

Thanks for reading! Have a happy holiday, and be sure to leave Anubis some comment love!

Author Interview: A. H. Amin, Author of the Psychs Series


Today, I am honored to feature an interview with author A. H. Amin, author of the Psychs Series!

A. H. Amin was born in Iraq, and he had lived most of his life in Kuwait. He studied dentistry in Emirates in his first years and then he continued in Egypt.

He had first came across to his talent when he had met a group of students in Emirates who were discussing the making of a movie. After seeing how his ideas had impressed them, he started to take a little intrest in literature.
He started finally after he came up with the idea of a new fiction thriller book, Psychs, which was his first published book, after he received good criticism about his new idea.

At present he continues to write the Psychs’ series and planning for the next one.

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Welcome to Ketch’s Book Nook, A.H. Amin! Let’s start the interview with you tell us something unique about yourself.

Well if you ever happen to spot me in a crowd you will find me as the one zoning out… I’ve always had an imaginative mind because I was born as an expatriate, moving from one place to another and hardly retained the friends I acquired. Eventually, this turned out to be good practice for my writing path. I also play the piano and I like drawing too… oh… and I am a dentist, thought I should keep that information about me for last, just in case you have a phobia of dentists.

No phobia of dentists here. 😉 But on the subject of you being a dentist and a writer, how do you balance the time between two careers?

I have to say, it was not easy, but eventually I developed a system in which I could stabilize that equation, and in this day and age with the digital world intertwining with the real world, doing that have become possible, not easy… but possible. I plan my writing first before I start the actual work by writing notes of each chapter, and then I try my best to write 1000 words per day at night, more than a thousand words on the weekends. I then filter what I wrote after the first draft 10 pages at a time. I try to separate the life of dentistry from the writing life, but when it becomes hard to do so I give writing a break, although it will be all I think about in the end.

Was it always your dream to become a writer?

In a way, yes. I have always been fascinated by the idea of creating a story, but I have never pictured myself doing the actual work, and I mean being someone who sits down and actually write. I thought I would make a movie instead of a book. So the answer is, yes, it was always my dream to be a story teller.

What inspired you to write the Psychs series?

I wanted to create something unique and out of the norm where I am from, because in the fiction thriller genre, the types of stories, whether they were books or movies, they don’t put much thought into it in the middle east, and that is surprisingly strange coming from the world that brought books like One Thousand and One Nights, Aladdin, Sinbad and Ali-Baba. I think that that spirit got diluted with time and I, among other unique authors, are trying to bring that spirit through our writing and hope to inspire others like us to share their part of creativity.

You use a unique method when it comes to weaving Psychs’s timeline and perspective. On the one hand, we follow Hassan in a first-person account during his younger years in a more modern timeline; on the other, the reader gets to see an omnipresent third-person view of events that are occurring for Hassan ten years into the future. What made you decide to take these two points of view and what was it like to write them?

The reason behind this was because I didn’t want to write the actual timeline when the scenes change, I wanted the reader to know that by just noticing the change in the writing style, as if he or she is stepping into another story, as if they are reading two books at the same time. Writing them was a very interesting thing, because when it comes to the first person, in which we follow Hassan through his younger years, it felt like writing my memoir, because even though the story was fiction, the feelings are real and based on my personal experiences in my college years, it felt more personal than writing them in the third person.

If you could be any one of your characters, who would it be and why?

Well it is not who I would want to be that matters, it’s who I already am… though each character has a part of me, I would say that Adam Goldfish have had the largest share. Creating Adam was not easy, and I had to recreate his situation, I even sat for hours in my room, pulling my hands inside my shirt just to imagine how it felt like to be inside a prison without hands. I like Adam in this book because he really doesn’t give up, he is a hard headed person… like me 🙂

In Psychs, we get the chance to meet and get to know some interesting secondary characters, including Adam and Elizabeth. Will Hassan be meeting these characters again in the second novel, Iblis, or any future novel in the Psychs series?

Yes… he will, and sooner than you think… that is all I have to say.

What are your future goals for the Psychs series, and what other novels are on your writing wish list?

The main books concerning the Psychs series are four. I am planning on releasing spin-offs too, one of them is already out there for free, Psychs 1st, which follows Hassan on a path where he finds himself in doubt about the choices he made for his life. Another novel I plan to release, hopefully this summer, is Kima, an inspirational story based on an actual event that had occurred in South Africa in 1928, following two kids who meets a mysterious woman with an unbelievable story to tell. I am also working on a comic book series which I am personally illustrating, the first issue will be released soon, marking the first of 26 to come.

Tell us about favorite place to write? What makes it your favorite?

Any quiet place where I can set my laptop on is a good writing environment for me honestly. But writing ideas, collecting data, and planning the chapters events… in other words, the actual thinking, is something I like to do in a library. It feels as if I am absorbing the knowledge from the books around in an osmosis way, it helps me think clearer.

What is your favorite genre to read?

I don’t have a specific genre honestly, but I like the books that have something for everyone. Like if it was a romance story, I’d like the character to be a lawyer for example whom her mother is the victim and the opposing council is the one she ends up with… hey! I think I just found my new idea 🙂

Which do you prefer, warm weather climates or cold weather climates?

I prefer warm weather, I like sunny days and clear blue skies, it is more relaxing to me. The only thing I like about cold weather is wearing jackets.

What is the best thing that ever happened to you?

Seeing my first book in print. It was the closest thing to having my first born.

I have to agree. Thank you, A.H. Amin!! I should be receiving my paperback of Iblīs here shortly, and I can’t wait to read it. Readers, be sure to check out A. H. Amin’s thrilling series for yourselves. You can purchase his novels in e-format and/or paperback using the links below. 

Psychs 1st (Psychs  #0.5)

Psychs 1st’ is a spinoff from the ‘Psychs series’ that tells the story of young Hassan, a guy with eight ghosts connected to him by the tragic event of his birth. He decided to visit the United States in an effort to put closure to 7 of the ghosts by visiting their families and give them letters with a fake story of how he got them, only to discover that he is there to do much more than that.

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Psychs (Psychs #1)

It started with a feeling, followed by a realization, then ended up into a future. All that started by the tragic event of his birth and revealed by a near death, and ever since, he had never been alone. Sequential events started to occur in two cities, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, escalating into chaos. At that point, he finds himself in an enigma he’s not aware of the cause. Using his miraculous gift, which gives him knowledge and guards him, he will be placed in that chaos to try and figure out the truth, and for that, he is being marked. In these perilous times, he can only hope for a miracle other than the one he has.

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Iblīs (Psychs #2)

With no more options to venture through, Hassan will be left with only one choice; to flee and start up a new life, leaving all the ties that have braced his entire being. But some ties are too tight, when severed; it will change his balance and force him back to face a tragedy.
Following his leads, Hassan will find himself roaming the streets of London for reprisal. Even with eight spirits by his side, which are connected to him by the tragic event of his birth, he will feel outnumbered, going against the Minerva Group and its limitless arsenal of agents and brutes. Hassan will desperately try his best to stay out of their reach until he finds a way to cut his losses short.
But being too deep in the belly of the beast, he may end up losing more; his life, or even worse… his sanity.

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{Blog Tours} Character Interview and Giveaway: Perfect for You by Ashelyn Drake


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perfect for youPerfect for You
by Ashelyn Drake
Release Date: September 2014
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Summary from Goodreads:

Seventeen-year-old Meg Flannigan isn’t very self-confident, but what girl would be after her sophomore-year boyfriend dumped her by making out with another girl in front of her locker?

Now a senior, Meg catches the eye of not one, but two gorgeous guys at school. Sounds good, right? What girl wouldn’t want to be in Meg’s shoes? One cute boy happens to be her boyfriend, and the other? Well, he wants to be. And Meg? She’t torn between Ash, the boy she’s been with for nearly five months, and Noah who is pretty irresistible.

But Meg is playing with fire. Pitting two boys against one another, even if she doesn’t intend to, could end badly if she isn’t careful. PERFECT FOR YOU is a teen romance from bestselling author Ashelyn Drake, where one girl will risk everything to find her perfect match.

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***Character Interview With Ash***

Hey, everyone. It’s Ashelyn Drake, and I have a special guest with me. I’ll be interviewing Asher Davidson from my novel Perfect For You.

Ashelyn: Welcome, Ash!

Ash: Hey, Ashelyn. Our names are kind of similar. Was that intentional?

Ashelyn: No, it wasn’t. You came to me named, remember? Wait, I think I’m supposed to be asking the questions.

Ash: Right. Sorry about that.

Ashelyn: No problem. So tell me about your relationship with Meg.

Ash: Meg is amazing. We’ve been together for five months, and I’m dying to tell her how I feel. You know…tell her I love her.

Ashelyn: So why haven’t you?

Ash: Why don’t girls get how hard it is for the guy to be the first one to say it? What if Meg doesn’t say it back?

Ashelyn: Do you really think she won’t?

Ash: *shrugs* No, I’m pretty sure she feels the same way about me.

Ashelyn: How do you feel about Noah’s sudden appearance in Meg’s life?

Ash: *clenches jaw* I don’t get why Coach Moyers had to ask Noah to help Meg improve her game. She’s already the second best player on the tennis team. She doesn’t need his help.

Ashelyn: Do you really feel that way or do you just not want Noah hanging out with Meg?

Ash: They’re not hanging out. He’s coaching her.

Ashelyn: Ash…

Ash: Fine! I hate that he’s helping her. Yes, I want her to have a good season, but Noah’s a creep. He uses girls.

Ashelyn: But Meg is with you, so how would he use her?

Ash: I didn’t mean it like that. He’ll try something with her though. I know it.

Ashelyn: Do you not trust Meg to stop him?

Ash: I don’t trust Noah. He’s used to getting what he wants. Guys like him always do.

Ashelyn: That’s pretty much what he told me.

Ash: You talked to him? What did he say about Meg?

Ashelyn: Sorry, Ash, but we’re out of time. Thanks for answering my questions.

Find out more about Ash, Meg, and Noah in Perfect For You.

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$10 Amazon Gift Card & ebook of Perfect For You (INT) -> a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

ashelyn drakeAshelyn Drake is a New Adult and Young Adult romance author. While it’s rare for her not to have either a book in hand or her fingers flying across a laptop, she also enjoys spending time with her family. She believes you are never too old to enjoy a good swing set and there’s never a bad time for some dark chocolate. She is represented by Sarah Negovetich of Corvisiero Literary Agency.

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{Blog Tours} Character Profile and Giveaway: If Ever I Would Leave You by Jessica Jarman, Bronwyn Green, and Jenny Trout


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If Ever I Would Leave You_CoverIf Ever I Would Leave You: Arthurian Stories For A New Generation
by Jessica JarmanBronwyn GreenJenny Trout writing as Abigail Barnette
Release Date: 07/2014

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Surfacing
Bronwyn Green

A year after Tabby Nolan’s sister vanished from the Lake Michigan shore with her boyfriend, Liam, Tabby visits the spot where the two were last seen– and finds herself pulled into the crumbling world of Avalon.

Since his disappearance, Liam has been trapped in the mythical land, with no link to the world he knew. Now, their shared memories of Tabby’s missing sister are all they can cling to as Avalon dies around them.

But Tabby doesn’t want to be a replacement for her sister, and her growing attachment to Liam feels like a betrayal. As Avalon fades around them, Liam and Tabby must rely on each other– or be lost with the ancient kingdom forever.

Albion’s Circle: The Deepest Cut
Jessica Jarman

For nineteen years, Anna has been plagued by dreams of lives lived only in legend. Finally free from the family that believed her hopeless and worthless, she’s ready to start her life over—alone.

When Anna meets an enigmatic stranger claiming to be the legendary wizard Merlin, she is forced to question the very reality she’s struggled to accept. With the mythic figures from her dreams intruding on her waking life, Anna learns that she’s been reborn to fight an ancient evil alongside King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table.

Caught in an ages old conflict, Anna is the key to stopping a dark magic that will destroy the world—and Merlin wants to make sure that this time, Anna isn’t alone.

A Choice Fit For A Queen
Jenny Trout
writing as Abigail Barnette

For perpetual overachiever Madison Lane, a summer studying Arthurian mythology in the Welsh countryside with professor Thomas Evans is a dream come true, and the adventure of a lifetime.

Of course, the enormous crush Madison developed on the professor after a semester of his lectures at U of M has absolutely nothing to do with her desire to learn more about the enduring legend of Camelot. At least, that’s what she’s telling her parents.

When Madison meets fellow student Rhys Crewe, sparks fly, throwing her plans for wild fling with Professor Evans completely out of whack—as do her unexpectedly complicated feelings for Thomas. With tales of Arthur and Lancelot haunting her every waking moment, Madison has to make the most difficult choice of her life.

 

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***Character Profile***

Name:  Tabby Nolan

Age: 18

Personality:  She’s pragmatic, determined, loyal, giving, self conscious, feels inadequate, but manages to hide her self-doubts. She’d sacrifice everything for those she loves, but wouldn’t expect the same in return.

Tabby’s most important truth: Sometimes second best is all there is, and it will have to do.

Likes:  Sailing—she likes the feel of the water beneath her… it’s calming in its unpredictable nature. She likes the empty beach at nightfall—the breeze through the trees, the sand between her toes. Solitude brings her peace. She also loves her sister and would do anything for her. She wouldn’t turn down dark chocolate if someone offered it to her.

Dislikes: She dislikes feeling like a failure and really hates feeling like she’s let anyone down. She dislikes feeling trapped—both physically and emotionally and dealing with people who refuse to look at both sides of a situation. She allows herself to be motivated by guilt, and she hates that about herself.

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jessica jarmanJessica Jarman is an author, blogger, and rather obsessive fangirl. Having grown up in Upper Michigan and currently living in Minnesota, she is a Midwestern girl through and through. And wouldn’t have it any other way.

When Jessica isn’t working to get words on the page, she passes the time with her amazing husband and four children, attempting to be crafty (and failing miserably), squeeing uncontrollably over her favorite shows or curling up with a good book.

bronyn greenBronwyn Green is an author, blogger and compulsive crafter. She lives Michigan with her husband, two sons and three somewhat-psychotic cats. When not frantically writing, she can be found helping in her youngest son’s classroom or binge-watching Netflix while working on her latest craft project. Bronwyn loves to talk to her readers and can be found at www.bronwyngreen.com

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{Blog Tours} Author Interview and Giveaway: Honey Queen by Christina Mercer


 

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by Christina Mercer
Release Date: 05/31/14

Summary from Goodreads:

Love is honey sweet, but it comes with a fatal sting . . .

Melaina Maris needs wings to fly the gap between loving Sam and her family’s ancient curse that forces carnal love and then kills the male lovers. She won’t let the same fate that killed her father befall another. She refuses to allow her goddess-created bloodline to continue. But there’s no easy way out, especially after the curse turns her into the Honey Queen—savior to honey bees—intensifying her charms.

To help her fulfill the curse’s demands in the least harmful way, her grandmother takes her to mate with terminally ill Boyd. But Boyd’s gay. And an expert in mythology. Instead of having sex, Melaina learns how she might summon the goddess who created the first ancestor bee-charmer and cursed her bloodline. Melaina’s magic—tears to save honey bees from endangerment—could be enough to persuade the goddess to end the curse. But an unexpected discovery soon changes that hope, spinning Melaina into a swarm of love, friendship and death.

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“HONEY QUEEN will leave you tingling. Mercer delivers an unforgettable character connected directly to nature with a twist of mythology that exemplifies the power of love, and with enough courage, the power to change ones destiny.” Rachel Allen Dillon, award-winning author and illustrator of Through Endangered Eyes

“In prose so delicious, you can taste it, Christina Mercer’s HONEY QUEEN captures the genuine angst and yearning of YA fiction with a powerful honey-sweet twist of Mythic proportions. Readers will catch the buzz of Melaina’s riveting journey to convince a Goddess to save her bloodline, the love of her life, and all the bees. A wonderful reminder of the indelible bond between humanity and nature.” -Jordan E. Rosenfeld, author of Forged in Grace, Night Oracle and Make a Scene

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***Author Interview with Christina Mercer***

Where did the idea come for this book?

After several years of writing fantasy for teens and also beekeeping, I began to think about a way to merge the two. When first tossing ideas around with my youngest son, he came up with a title for the book and it stuck through the entire process. I had tons of fun writing a YA fiction that encompassed my love of fantasy, mythology, and honey bees.

What genre does your book fall under?

Young Adult Fantasy (mostly). Some have labeled it YA Urban Fantasy (though it’s set in rural Northern California), and others have called it YA Paranormal Romance. I refer to it as YA Fantasy with romantic elements.

How did you choose the name of your protagonist?

MELAINA MARIS contains “Mel” which is Latin for honey (I also use it in the character, Melisse—her first human ancestor and original Honey Queen). Maris means “of the sea”, which fits with her family’s oceanic-goddess ties.

Who pulls your heroine’s heartstrings?

SAM is her childhood friend who she falls in love with and does everything in her power to avoid.

Which actors would you use to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Abigail Breslin with long/wavy lighter hair as MELAINA (protagonist)

Tim Riggins as SAM (love interest)

Thomas Dekker as BOYD (terminally-ill friend)

Ian Somerhalder as TY (dangerously enticing obstacle)

Julie Christie as GRAN (mentor/guardian)

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What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Melaina Maris needs wings to fly the gap between loving Sam and her family’s ancient curse that forces carnal love and then kills the male lovers.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Almost exactly one year from start to finish, including running it through my critique group.

What about this book might pique a reader’s interest?

I believe this story is entirely unique, so for readers of YA fiction seeking a fresh look at fantasy/magic/Greek-“ish” mythology with romance spun through, this should appeal to them (especially those also having an interest in honey bees!). Another intriguing element is Melaina’s friendship with terminally-ill (and gay) friend, Boyd, who is both her greatest support and an emotional obstacle. The story weaves together a variety of personal relationships, grief, love, lust, and courage, as well as human-nature interplay, and yet it remains an easy/fast read.

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Release Day Buzz and Mini Interviews with Liz Colter, Amanda Block, and Adria Laycraft, authors of Fae


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Release date: July 22

Synopsis:

Meet Robin Goodfellow as you’ve never seen him before, watch damsels in distress rescue themselves, get swept away with the selkies and enjoy tales of hobs, green men, pixies and phookas. One thing is for certain, these are not your grandmother’s fairy tales. Fairies have been both mischievous and malignant creatures throughout history. They’ve dwelt in forests, collected teeth or crafted shoes. Fae is full of stories that honor that rich history while exploring new and interesting takes on the fair folk from castles to computer technologies and modern midwifing, the Old World to Indianapolis. Fae covers a vast swath of the fairy story spectrum, making the old new and exploring lush settings with beautiful prose and complex characters. Enjoy the familiar feeling of a good old-fashioned fairy tale alongside urban fantasy and horror with a fae twist.

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***Mini Interviews***

Liz Colter author of “The Last King”

What was the inspiration for your Fae story?

The primary inspiration for “The Last King” was my fondness for the ancient “Ballad of Tam Lin,” though I had a lot of fun throwing a variety of other characters from fairy into this story as well.

Was this your first foray into writing fairy stories?

Not at all. My unpublished novel, “Thiery’s Sons,” is about the uneasy coexistence of elves and mortals. To summarize the novel: Eighteen years ago an Elven woman’s seduction left Tristan with a half-blood son and a ceaseless yearning for her. Her return reveals the rest of her plan, one which traps Tristan and his realm between two deadly armies.

If yes, is this a subject you think you’ll be likely to write about again?

Definitely! I’m currently shopping a short story with True Tom as the main character where Tam Lin makes an appearance again. I find it interesting that some scholars believe Thomas the Rhymer and Tam Lin were the same character in the earliest versions of the stories.

Amanda Block author of “Antlers”

What was the inspiration for your Fae story?

For some time, I had been mulling over three separate ideas: an original tale influenced by English folklore (I had ‘featuring stag?’ written in my notes), a story about someone being imprisoned in a garden, and an environmental fairy tale. When I realised they would fit together very neatly, the rest of Antlers quickly followed.

Was this your first foray into writing fairy stories? If no, why do you write fairy stories? What is it about them that appeals to you?

I would actually say that most of my writing is influenced by fairy tales. There are many, many reasons I like using them, at least as a starting point, but perhaps the principle one is this: I believe fairy tales are stories stripped down their purest and most basic form. Generally, there is no room for psychology or backstory, lengthy descriptions or character development – only plot. Philip Pullman, who recently reworked some of the world’s most famous stories in Grimm Tales for Young and Old, has said that a fairy tale is ‘made out of events’.*

As such, I find them a very useful writing tool. There are so many directions in which to take them: Snow White, for example, could be told from the mirror’s perspective, could be set in space, could evolve into an entirely different yarn about poison…But even if the fairy tale is turned upside down, or forgotten entirely in the development of the new fiction, I think at least beginning with a story structure that has been passed down hundreds of years, and that has survived countless retellings, can only serve to enhance and strengthen an original piece of writing.

Outside of your own writing, who is your favourite fairy character? What is it about them that makes them special?

I have always been fascinated by the eponymous hero of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan. First of all, and most obviously, he’s completely impossible: ‘the boy who wouldn’t grow up.’ But even aside from that, he’s a complex riddle of a character, who veers from heroic and carefree (‘I’m youth, I’m joy, I’m a little bird broken out of the egg!’) to tragic and morbid (‘to die would be an awfully big adventure’). I’m always surprised that Barrie’s play is only just over a century old – there is such a mythical quality to the idea of a boy blessed (and doomed?) with eternal youth.

Adria Laycraft author of “Water Sense”

What was the inspiration for your Fae story?

I wanted to write about the lesser-known native people of the American southwest, and the Kawaiisu gave me the perfect history and setting for the story I had in mind (desert, water shortages, stories of the Otherworld, and belief in spirits).

Was this your first foray into writing fairy stories?

No.

What is it about them that appeals to you?

Stories of magic, fae, and all things Otherworld have fascinated me my entire life. What appeals to me is that sense of more going on than we are aware of. I always want to remind myself to look beyond my assumptions and limited vision.

Do you believe in fairies?

While I have no personal experience seeing the Little Folk, some very close and trustworthy people in my life have seen both fairies and ghosts, so who am I to disbelieve?

***Authors***

With an introduction by Sara Cleto and Brittany Warman, and new stories from Sidney Blaylock Jr., Amanda Block, Kari Castor, Beth Cato, Liz Colter, Rhonda Eikamp, Lor Graham, Alexis A. Hunter, L.S. Johnson, Jon Arthur Kitson, Adria Laycraft, Lauren Liebowitz, Christine Morgan, Shannon Phillips, Sara Puls, Laura VanArendonk Baugh, and Kristina Wojtaszek.

 

Author Interview and TWO Giveaways: Chloe Miles, Author of The Faded Trilogy


Today, I am honored to feature an interview with Chloe Miles, author of the The Faded Trilogy!

Chloe is a lover of books, an iced coffee addict, a shameless chocoholic, and the author of The Faded Trilogy.

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Tell us something unique about yourself.

That I find it very hard to make it through an entire day without chocolate 🙂

What inspired you to become a writer?

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always had a vivid imagination and loved creating stories in my head. I’d always wanted to be an author or a scriptwriter, but life seemed to get in the way of those professional aspirations for a while. Then I discovered the world of indie publishing, came up with an idea for a trilogy, and here I am.

What inspired The Faded Trilogy?

I wanted to write a paranormal romance that was a little different to everything else that’s already been written. I loved the idea of earthbound spirits protecting the town from evil. And, being a hopeless romantic, I loved the idea of eternal undying love, especially between two characters who are so young but whose love is so rare and beyond their years.

What was it like to write Savannah and her story?

Savannah is very much like my teenage self. She is a little shy and reserved and more at home with her nose buried in her textbooks than confronting a room full of her peers … let alone coming face to face with The Forces and having to protect her entire town! (Thankfully, I never had to contend with the latter.)

We slowly see her emerge further and further from her shell as the series progresses, guided in the most part by Hunter’s unconditional love and undoubting belief in her.

She isn’t your typical butt-kicking heroine in the beginning of the series … but by the end … well, I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but let’s just say that she could give the best of the butt-kicking best a run for their money!

You created a world of different spirits who possess abilities to become human and control the weather. Could you tell us what it was like to build this world? What sort of research did you do?

There wasn’t any particular research that I did … just the inner workings of my own vivid imagination. It happened to be storming when I was coming up with the idea for the series, so that’s the inspiration behind the power over the weather that the characters possess and the unpredictable storms terrorizing the town. And I loved the idea of the spirits being able to heal people and passing this selfless ability on to The Chosen Ones.

If you could be any one of your characters, who would it be and why?

Savannah. She’s smart, has incredible powers, and she has the perfect boyfriend in Hunter Emmerton. He’s dreamy and kind and gentle and hopelessly romantic. He would do anything just to see her smile and keep her safe from harm. (I’m still waiting for my own Hunter Emmerton to teleport himself into my life any day now.)

Do you have any other books in the works? What are your future goals?

I want to dedicate my heart and soul to The Faded Trilogy and ensure its success before I move on to any other writing projects. You never know what may happen in the future in regards to other writing projects, but right now my heart belongs to Savannah and Hunter.

What advice would you give an aspiring author?

Write, write, and then write some more. The more you write, you better your writing becomes. And even when you think you have perfected your art, still keep writing. You never stop learning.

Where is your favorite place to write?

I usually write at my computer desk in my little home office. Ideas can come to me at any time though, so I always take a little notebook and pen with me wherever I go in case inspiration hits.

What is your favorite genre to read?

I always have and always will love YA. I don’t think anyone can ever truly outgrow it. You’re only as young as you feel 🙂

Warm weather climates or cold weather climates?

I live in Australia, so we have a mostly warm weather climate. But, in saying that, I love winter and I’ve always dreamed of experiencing a white Christmas.

What is the best thing that ever happened to you?

Writing The Faded Trilogy. As soon as the idea came to me, it was like this huge revelation of knowing that this is what I want to do for the rest of my life. I’m really proud of the series and hope that the readers can take some enjoyment away from having my stories in their lives.

Thank you, Chloe!! :)  

Now, you all reading this post actually have two chances to win the first novel of the The Faded Trilogy, Faded. The first, in honor of this interview, I’m giving away 3 e-copies. Open until midnight, June 12th. To enter, complete the Rafflecopter form -> a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Faded (The Faded Trilogy #1)

“Savannah wanted to kiss him, but she had never even kissed a human guy before, let alone a ghost. How was she supposed to kiss him if he wasn’t really there?”

Savannah has never been in love before, but she’s in love with Hunter Emmerton. He’s cute, funny, charming … and a ghost. How can you date someone if nobody else can see them?

When seventeen-year-old Savannah Fraser and her three friends are killed in a car accident, they are given a second chance at life by a group of century-old earthbound spirits who need their help.

Savannah learns she is a Chosen One, which means she can switch between human and spirit form, heal people, and control the weather—and she is also now invincible.

The Chosen Ones are the only ones who can defeat The Forces—a trio of evil half-spirits who are slowly destroying the perfect little town of Fort Everwick with violent storms and not-so-natural disasters—and stop them from harming everyone they care about.

The Forces are set on destroying everything Savannah knows and loves, but they also have a more sinister plan—they want a new member to join them. They won’t give up until they get the one they want—and they have Savannah firmly in their sights.

But what Savannah didn’t count on was falling in love with Hunter. She’s never loved anyone the way she loves Hunter, and she knows he loves her, too. But how can they be together forever if he no longer exists and she’s the only one who can see him?

Will Savannah have enough belief in herself to defeat The Forces, or will they be able to lure her to the dark side and turn her against her loved ones—and tear her and Hunter apart?

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See No Evil (The Faded Trilogy #2)

“You could have perfect vision and still not see the evil in someone. Well, at least not want to see it, anyway.”

The enthralling story that was built in Faded continues in exciting and unexpected ways in this action-packed sequel in The Faded Trilogy.

Are Savannah’s dreams predicting the death of someone close to her? Or is it someone even closer than she thinks? Can Savannah save one of her best friends—and stop another from suffering the same fate?

Savannah will need more strength than she ever has before if she is to defeat The Forces for good, and with Hunter’s love and encouragement to believe in herself, she finds the confidence she never knew she had.

However, while The Chosen Ones become more confident in their roles as protectors of Fort Everwick, The Forces only become more evil—and prove they will stop at nothing to win.

What will Savannah do that will change everything and determine her position of power over The Forces forever—and prove to them that she just might have it in her to beat them at their own game?

But while becoming their biggest threat, it also reinforces Savannah’s position as Gwen’s most cherished target.

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Ever After (The Faded Trilogy #3)

One of Savannah’s friends is hiding a secret that will change her life—forever.

In this heartbreaking yet heartwarming conclusion to The Faded Trilogy, Savannah is facing an epic final battle with The Forces—and the possibility of losing Hunter forever.

If Fort Everwick no longer needed protecting, and Hunter was free to cross over, would he stay with Savannah as he promised—or leave her to live the normal life she deserves?

Savannah can’t imagine her life without Hunter, but does he love her truly enough to let her go?

Until then, The Chosen Ones only have one thing on their mind—defeating The Forces. But they are stronger than ever—and not prepared to go down without a fight.

Will The Forces finally be defeated once and for all? And can Savannah and Hunter really live happily ever after?

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