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?
Meet the Authors From Darkness Rising - Jess Reece
Jess Reece wrote her first story about a dog taking a ride on an alien spaceship to the moon, at just four years old, and has been chasing after fantastical ideas ever since.
Book Title: Whitechapel: A Daughters of Nyx Novel
A trio of deities, tasked by the goddess Athena with the protection of mankind.
A dangerous game of cat and mouse, pushing their skills to the test.
A race against time to stop a vicious serial killer terrorizing London.
The daughters of the goddess Nyx: Tisiphone, Megaera, and Alekto - otherwise known as the Furies - were created to judge and punish mankind for murder. When the sisters threaten to destroy all of humanity after their divine purpose is hindered, Athena charges them with the protection of justice, and throughout the ages they do just that.
Blending in with mortals, they are successful in solving terrible crimes, until the autumn of 1888, London. A vicious serial killer is terrorizing the Whitechapel district, and it will take all of their experience to stop the murders and bring the criminal - the notorious Jack the Ripper - to justice.
“You wasted several hours of your time obtaining what amounts to little more than an erroneous supposition.”
“Wasted our time?” Meg frowned.
“It’s hardly your fault, naturally,” Abberline smiled condescendingly.
“Excuse me,” Allie asked, “what is it that isn’t our fault?”
“Oh, no, I don’t think that’s a good—” Reid tried to interject.
“Your fault, ladies, is your God-given fragility. Women are simply not fit for the rigors of criminal investigation.”
“Not fit …” Allie echoed dumbly, so astonished at Abberline’s words that she was a loss for her own.
“If I may, my recommendation is to return to your home and focus what should be your priority.”
“And what would that be?”
“Why, a husband and children, of course,” he smiled.
“You insufferable boor!” Tis leaped forward.
“Tis, no!” Meg cried, only just missing her sister’s sleeve.
Allie was faster, spinning around to catch Tis about the waist before she could launch herself over the desk at the man. Abberline jerked backwards, staring at her with shocked eyes, as if she were a wild animal. Tis struggled in her sister’s arms, swearing viciously at him in her native tongue, but eventually settled down, though still shooting daggers with her eyes at Abberline. When Allie was certain her impetuous youngest sister was in control again, she released her.
Question: What genre would you say the book falls into?
Answer: Historical Fiction
Question: Are there any trigger warnings and/or explicit content readers should know about?
Answer: I don’t believe so, though this is a historical mashup about Jack the Ripper, so there may be some descriptions of violence that could possibly be too graphic for some readers.
Question: What is your favourite Quote?
Answer: “You have one chance, and one chance only,” she hissed. “Are you, or are you not, Jack the Ripper?”
Question: What advice do you have for new writers?
Answer: To borrow from Jodi Picoult, you can’t edit a blank page. Just get to writing. Even if its only a paragraph at a time, it will all come together eventually.
Question: Where do you write?
Answer: Generally, in my office, but honestly, wherever I can. I have several chronic health conditions, so some days I am stuck on the couch or in bed, and I take my laptop with me to write.
Question: Are your characters real to you? Do you speak to them?
Answer: My characters are absolutely real to me! They appear in my mind (and heart) as fully formed entities that sometimes do what I want them to do, and quite often whatever they damn well please!
Question: What piece of advice from other authors do you hear the most but choose to ignore?
Answer: I really dislike the advice to “write what you want to read.” Not ONE of my fifteen books came to me as something that I wanted to read but wasn’t finding on the bookshelves of my favorite bookstore or library—rather, they are flesh and blood stories that demand to be told. In other words, I am simply the conduit, and I do my best to put down on paper what the characters and plot tell me.
Question: Which do you prefer Novels or Novellas and why?
Answer: I prefer to read (and write) novels, because I feel like I can really get my teeth into a character, into the messy, wonderful, terrible, aspects of plot and character development. But I will never turn my nose up at a chance to read a fantastic novella!
Question: Are there any Easter eggs in your book(s)?
Answer: This book is unique in that there is not necessarily a chronological order to the books in the series—the main characters are, for all intents and purposes immortal, after all, so they have many adventures to tell over time. But there might be a hint or two that readers will find in later books that will inspire a big AHA! moment.
Question: What's your favourite food? Have you ever mentioned it in your book(s)?
Answer: My favorite food is anything salty and crunchy, and now that I think about it, I don’t believe I have ever really made a point of sharing that. I might be inspired to now, though!
Question: Do you have a writing Motto?
Answer: Let Me Tell You A Story…
I am an artist as well as an author, and I believe in telling a story, no matter what medium I use.
Question:If you could change the date to any year past or future, what date would you change it to and why?
Answer: This might be cliché, but I don’t think I would change anything (though I imagine my main characters of Whitechapel would!). Being a person with chronic health issues, I have learned to put as much value on NOW as possible, because I never know what tomorrow will bring, and yesterday isn’t always something I want to revisit. Nope, I am content with just enjoying each minute, hour, and day as it comes.
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