Meet the Authors From Darkness Rising
I'm thrilled to be a part of the Darkness Rising Box Set. Being surrounded by so much talent is absolutely inspiring. I wanted to share a bit about my fellow authors in the set. What better way to do that than have them answer a few questions both about themselves and the story we are all looking forwards to?
Jennifer Ann Schlag is a dark fantasy author who takes reality and smashes it into fantasy. Her favorite animal is the wolf and she sometimes includes one in her books. When not writing, she is reading about philosophy, and trying to take awesome sunset pictures.
Book Title: Dark Lust: The Path to Fae
One world shall bind them while the other separates them.
When Dante Aerllius discovers that someone precious to him is kidnapped and taken to the human world, he uses his special shadow-walking abilities to break through the veil of Fae-Prime which protects his world from the humans. Although he is no stranger to visiting the human world, much to the dismay of his people, this trip is not a pleasure visit. If he isn’t careful with his magic, he may never be able to return home.
He begins to question the rules of his world when he meets a human girl who possesses the same abilities as him and knows far too much about the Fae. The attraction turns into a crazy lust, and he asks her to come home with him. Only humans are not allowed in the Fae world. He creates a love tie: a binding that will allow her to travel through the magical barriers. Unknowingly weakening the veil by doing so, and allowing the dangerous forces of the Dark Fae kingdom to move about freely, the entire world of Fae is set to be polluted with darkness that will last forever. It’s up to Dante to set things right or he loses more than the woman he loves. Excerpt:
"When Dante looks down into her eyes, he almost forget his purpose for coming to Earth. The human world is no place for the Fae. They simply cannot co-exist. Although his family has done business with them for the past thousand years, these humans, in this time, are not interested in an exchange of goods. He should run from her. Pretend that she isn't here.
"What's your name, stranger?" she asks.
"You always give your full name?" She giggles. "My name is Hailey Yuneberry."
"That's a unique last name. Long history?"
"Never mind. Tell me, Miss Yuneberry, where can I find a good steak dinner around here?"
"Why, you have ran into the right person, again. That's what, three times today we have run into each other. Must be fate. You believe in fate, Mr. Aerllius?"
"Absolutely. My people -- I mean my family basically live off of it.""
Question: Who is your favourite character in your book and why?
Answer: Dante Aerllius. Because he is so audacious. He thinks he knows it all. I love how wrong he is and when he finally realizes it, it's priceless.
Question: Please describe him/her/they a) physically b) their personality.
Answer: Tall, black hair, baby blue eyes, medium build. Conceited, manipulative, bold, and complete disregard for the rules.
Question: Could I have a couple of quotes from your book of dialogue that shows that personality?
Answer: "Don't knock it, little human, until you've sampled me." "I swear that I am telling you the truth. I don't know what else to tell you. Come on, after the good times we've had, you think I would lead you astray? I am Dante Aerllius, I am going to be king someday. I have to be honest." "I swear I did not come here for you. You're nothing to me. I mean you are, but if I don't find her, I'll be forced to show a side of me that isn't pretty. You don't wanna see all of this godliness melt away, do you?"
Question: What genre would you say the book falls into?
Answer: Dark Fantasy
Question: Are there any trigger warnings and/or explicit content readers should know about?
Answer: Some curse words. Some scenes that have violence which may be considered really dark. Some sexual suggestive scenes.
Question: Do you have any upcoming events?
Question: What is next for you? Do you have anything in the works?
Answer: Releasing my sequels to my first book published Night First: The Divinity of Damien Calla. Continuing The Twin Lands series, and releasing paranormal romance books this year.
Question: Do you have any special mentions? (Editor, cover art etc...)
Answer: Katie Jenkins is an excellent book cover designer. She has created covers for me for Damien Calla. And she is working on my Path to Fae covers. I also love Rebecca over at Dark Unicorn Designs. She designed my book Heir of Dragmoore. Really talented ladies.
Question: If you could go anywhere in the world where would it be? Please describe the place rather than just a name. The weather, the time of day, the ground, the surroundings, foliage, etc...
Answer: Rome. I have felt a connection to Rome because of the history there. I feel such a pull to go there but sadly can't afford to right now. I love exploring places. For me, I want to see the Vatican up close. I'd sneak into the catacombs if I could. I want to be surrounded by all its beauty. There's so much conspiracy and rumors circulating around the Vatican, and Rome has been apart of history for thousands and thousands of years. I feel like no matter what the season, no matter what time of day, Rome is going to be a magical, fulfilling place.
Question: If the character from above were in that place what would they be doing?
Answer: Dante would be causing a whole heap of trouble in Rome. Goodness, what wouldn't he do? I mean, he's been around longer than Rome, so for him it'd be a new playground. He'd probably sample all the food and liquor. He loves his food and liquor. He'd probably have a girl on his left arm and on his right. He'd definitely make the Vatican's head turn with the magical abilities he possesses.
Question: If your character was allowed one chance to say anything to your readers, what would he/she say?
Answer: "Don't believe everything you see. There are things that scare the crap out of me sometimes, and they're in my head."
Question: If your character could donate to any charity, which one would he/she choose?
Answer: The Wolf Conservation in New York. Because Dante loves animals and he loves wolf the most.
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