Publisher: Wild Thorn Publishing
Date of Publication: 03/15/2015
Number of pages: 400
Word Count: 84000
Cover Artist: Consuelo Parra
Ever since Bloody Fall, humans have lived in fear.
Even though the apparently senseless human massacres have ended, President Elizabeth Ryan's administration has been under a cloud of disapproval for failing to bring the terrorists to justice.
She braces herself as a new spate of carnage is unleashed.
Cordelia and Faustine are recruited back into action as the supernatural agencies go on high alert. Has their nemesis re-emerged?
I kneeled down for a better look. Whatever it was, it was clearly alive, and it shirked away, obviously frightened out of its wits. Could it be one of those pets humans liked to keep around? I transformed back to my human state so the poor little thing wouldn’t have a heart attack. “Here,” I whispered gently. “I’m not going to hurt you. Come on out.”
“Demon?” a little voice whispered. It was clearly something supernatural.
Troll? I’d never met a timid one before. “What are you doing here?”
“I sorta live here.”
“Can you come out?”
The troll scurried from behind the vent, crawled out of the fireplace, and stood up beside the couch. It couldn’t have been more than eight inches tall. I’d never seen one so small before. It was clearly female, with a pink bow attached to her unkempt blond Afro. She was rather grubby, I guessed from her journey through the fireplace. She wore little green dungarees bedazzled with pink rhinestones. And she had the most enormous green eyes that seemed to glow. “What’s your name?”
“I don’t have one.” Now that she wasn’t whispering, her voice sounded like a bee trying to speak human. “None of the underground trolls do,” she continued. “I guess we’re not important enough.” She lowered her eyelash-devoid eyelids, her lips trembling.
I touched her hand gently with my finger. “What would you like to be called, if you could choose your own name?”
“Yes, anything at all.”
“Humm. That’s hard. It’s hard to commit to a name. What’s yours?”
“Huh? That’s kind of old-fashioned. Where did that come from?”
Old-fashioned? That troll cheekiness didn’t take long to surface. “Cordelia is a family name; I’m named after my grandmamma. I like it, and wouldn’t want to be called anything else.”
“None of my family have ever had names,” she said, her lower lip trembling again. “Each subterranean troll family has a number, assigned by the Don. Then each family member gets given a letter. I am 4695h.”
“That doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue. Tell you what. Pick a name you want me to call you, and if you don’t like it, you can change it as many times as you want until you find one that’s ‘you.’”
“Humm.” She looked confused. “I can’t think of any nice names. Can you pick one for me?”
“Sure. How about…” I tried to think of a simple one, since she was unfamiliar with names. “Lucy?”
She nodded slowly. “I can… maybe… do that… Lucy.”
“Well, Lucy. What are you doing here?”
“Like I said, I live here. When I don’t live at home, that is. Do you want to see the room I sleep in when the demons are not around? It’s the same one that Dorian uses.”
“Sure, in a moment. Which demons are you talking about?”
“Dorian and his soap buddies mostly. And his son, Luke. I like Luke. He’s kinda hot.”
“When was the last time they were here?”
“Dorian was here a couple of hours ago.” She started fidgeting, lowering her eyelids and shifting from leg to leg.
“Do you know where he went?”
She shook her head. Then she pursed her lips.
“What is it?”
She stared at her feet.
She smiled. “I like that.”
“Focus, Lucy. Tell me everything. What’s with the odd expression?”
“Well,” she whispered, her voice so low that I had to bend down to hear her, “something bad happened.”
She raised her hands. “I don’t know.”
“Come on, Lucy! How do you know something bad happened, then?”
She suddenly crawled under the couch like a bug, and just as I was about to grab her tiny ankles and haul her out, she slithered back toward me—dragging something heavy.
I couldn’t get a good look at it. “What is that?”
“It’s Dorian’s arm,” she puffed, as I grabbed it, pulling it out—a bloody, shredded demon limb.
Did you always wanted to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?
I didn’t set out to be a writer or ever consider that as an option. When I was in kid I wanted to be a racecar driver, a ballerina, and a doctor. I went on to become an immunologist.
When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?
I still struggle with that. I am very confident calling myself a storyteller, but I guess after ten books, I’ve earned the right to call myself an author.
How long did it take to get your first book published?
The actual publication process involves tapping the “publish now” button, so seconds. The process from starting the novel to that moment took around four months.
Do you do another job except for writing and can you tell us more about it?
Not any more. I used to do research in aneurysm surgery, but I write full time now.
What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say?
The latest book is called RETALIATION and it’s part of the Bonfire Chronicles. This story pushes the complex political infrastructure of the supernatural world into the human one.
Who is your publisher? Or do you self-publish?
I publish under my own label— Wild Thorn Publishing. We have our own editor, proofers, cover artists, translators, and voice artists, and will soon be expanding and accepting queries from other authors.
How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?
I am very focused when I write a story, spending every moment during the process living the characters. I write between 3000-4000 words a day, and a novel is completed in six to seven weeks.
What can we expect from you in the future? ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?
I will be continuing on with the Bonfire Chronicles. I am also currently producing audio editions of my books and having them translated into various languages (German, French, Spanish, and Japanese). And I may consider starting a new series or write a stand alone book.
What genre would you place your books into?
What made you decide to write that genre of book?
It wasn’t planned at all. It’s just the way the initial story developed.
How long have you been writing?, and who or what inspired you to write?
I have been writing for five years now. My younger daughter, Lauren, inspired me to start writing by asking me write down the stories I was entertaining her with.
Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? ie You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?
No, I am a really busy mom. I write wherever I can—at hockey rinks, ballet lessons, at voice practice. I mostly write at night, though. It’s my favorite time.
Do you read all the reviews of your book/books?
I do keep an eye on them when a book is first published so I get an idea of how it’s being received.
Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?
I usually choose a tittle first.
Do you decide on character traits (ie shy, quiet, tomboy girl) before writing the whole book or as you go along?
I am not a planner. I just start writing and the characters appear and their personalities reveal with time. That’s what I love most about the process. I am surprised chapter after chapter.
What is your favorite book and Why? Have you read it more than once?
I love George Orwell’s 1984. And yes, I have read it several times.
Do you think books transfer to movies well? Which is you favorite/worst book to movie transfer?
It depends on the screenplay and very much on the actors chosen to play the roles. I have a lot of favorites among them is Memoirs of a Geisha. I’ve also watched some really bad ones. A recent one that comes to mind is Vampire Academy.
Your favorite food is?
I love Thai food. Throw peanut sauce on anything and I’ll eat it… as long as it’s vegetarian.
Your favorite singer/group is?
SHE SAID SAVE ME
Your favorite Author is?
Imogen Rose! :D
Globetrotter Imogen Rose was born in Sweden, educated in London (where she received a PhD in immunology), and is now an all-American Jersey girl. She is the author of two bestselling YA series— the Portal Chronicles and the Bonfire Chronicles, both of which have been translated into German, French, Spanish, and Japanese.
In addition to writing, Imogen loves to travel, explore Madison Avenue (she is a self-confessed Hermès addict), watch movies, listen to music, and hang out with her family, friends, and Chihuahua. When she is not writing, she can usually be found sipping a chai latte at an ice rink while watching her daughter slam pucks.