Tell us about your latest book, who is
the main character(s) and what can we expect when we pick it up?
My latest book is ‘Blood for the Snow’, Book 4 of the contemporary dark fantasy series, Light Adua. Book 5 should be following at the end of the month.
‘Silver to the Heart’, Book 1 is out already, of course, and it’s perma-free across all retailers. Set in modern-day New Orleans, except for Ana, a human girl, all of my characters are vampires. Called Elder in the series, the vampires wield magic, and they are a diverse bunch.
For instance, one of my main characters, Drake (Vanya) is a Russian telekinetic, but he’s lived in New Orleans for almost three centuries and could be called Southern. My favorite, Ayasu Sasuke is a telepath and a Japanese warlord. He still lives in Japan but being the commander of the Elder Council, he comes to New Orleans when the dark war begins. Another important character who doesn’t appear till book 2, is Dalila, a healer from Tanzania, she an empath who can manipulate emotions. These are my good guys, and a twenty-seven-year-old girl from Maine is Guardian of the Realm.
The main antagonist is a mad templar knight who is dead at the beginning of ‘Silver to the Heart’, but in a world with magic, see where that goes…
Give us an out of context quote from your book to warm our hearts:
“I’ll hold Feodor and Darius for you. So that you may have a little time with those who love you. But I can’t free your mind, so this is a farewell, my child. And if you can find it in your heart to do so, please consider forgiving an old man for his miserable failings.”
Who are some authors that you look for inspiration?
I’m a working screenwriter and I also write poetry, so my list is incredibly varied. But for fantasy, I love Naomi Novik (His Majesty’s Dragon), Sue Lynn Tan (Daughter of the Moon Goddess), Frank Herbert (Dune), and many, many more of course, but those three, I hold in the highest regard.
For poetry, I love Silvia Plath and Yusef Komunyakaa, and for screenwriting, my favorites are Aaron Sorkin (A Few Good Men, The Social Network) and Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind).
However, do not take my list as a hallmark
of my writing. As a 1-star reviewer on Goodreads puts it, my writing is, “… not
YA fantasy, it’s urban/paranormal. The writing is immature despite the adult
content,” —what she calls ‘immature’, I call humor but potato, potahto…
Fire down below! What’s the first object you save?
My imaginary cat. Imaginary because my husband is allergic, but his name (the cat) is Henry the VIII and he’s murderous orange.
Advice for newly sparking writers in three sentences or less:
Hang in there and hold on for dear life.
Which of your characters would you want to share a campfire with, and
Drake. And once you read my book, you’ll know why (it has to do with fire). Also, he’s a good vampire who doesn’t kill humans… most of the time.
Tell us about what you are reading at the moment or anticipate reading in
the future? Any new books you are looking forward to?
For fiction, I’m currently reading ‘Dreams of the Dying’ by Nicolas Lietzau, and this summer, I’m looking forward to finishing the Conqueror series by the fabulous Conn Iggulden. For non-fiction, I’m reading ‘Twilight of the Gods: War in the Western Pacific, 1944-1945’, and it’s phenomenal.
Can you briefly describe your writing process for us?
First, I outline, then begins the mumbling
to myself as the characters start speaking to me. After the first draft, I do
multiple page 1 rewrites, and finally, I edit till I’ve lost my mind.
next on your writerly horizon?
Light of Adua is an ongoing series. I finish the series first, then in my head, I’m fostering a few ideas for a historical fantasy leaning to the dark. I’ll be back here when that happens but, in the meantime, please check the Light of Adua, a contemporary dark fantasy series. ‘Silver to the Heart’, Book 1 perma-free.
Silver to the Heart
by Brien Feathers
GENRE: Dark fantasy, urban fantasy (adult, not YA)
— So begins the apocalypse, with death and a story of love —
An old soul (several centuries old), the lover, fighter, and telekinetic Drake receives an order to safeguard Ana, a mortal with Elder Talent.
Ana, an artist beset by haunting visions, falls for the perfect stranger while venturing home to mediate emergent family chaos.
Past-warlord and present commander Sasuke wields his telepathic might to outwit Council traitors in an effort to save the human realm and its Guardian from a new Dark War.
Criminal and light bender Lou, now sought by the Council to answer for his sins, seeks shelter with the Reverend—an Elder fit to bypass rules of magic meant to be unbreakable.
As time’s last grains of sand deplete, an ancient battle may renew, with pieces of the fractured realm imperiling man’s modern world. Though few on Earth are cognizant, dark days now lie ahead. . .
One fate, two paths, six singular perspectives, and plethoric danger.
Contemporary fantasy at its polychromic finest—pure delight.
NOTE: This book is free.
Arrogant men stood different, carried themselves different, and smirked when they should smile. The redhead clearly enjoyed his own company and Ana dug people who loved themselves—narcissists. Her therapist would say that was a problem, but she wasn’t here, so who cared?
Tilting his head in a question and looking directly at her, the redhead arched an eyebrow; she’d been staring at him. A normal person would have smiled, maybe even waved, but Ana rolled her eyes and turned back to the bar. Because I have no game.
“Here, girl,” said the bartender, and her drink appeared. When Ana exchanged her card for the bourbon, he asked, “Open tab?”
“Nah, I’m about to be out of here.”
“Hey, how old is the kid over there? The redhead on the terrace, six o’clock,” asked Ana. She lived alone and had no dignity, so why not?
The bartender stared behind Ana, squinting. “I carded him already.” Yeah, because Ana looked like she was from the liquor license revoking… agency?
“I’ve seen him in here before. He’s all right,” said the bartender answering the question Ana hadn’t asked. “The blonde is hot, though,” he continued.
“Is he looking at me?” Ana asked.
“Nope, he’s looking at the blonde.” With that, he took her card and turned.
Ana threw a glance over her shoulder—carefully. He was talking to a blonde wearing an off-the-shoulder black dress. The woman’s face was turned away from Ana but the snooty attire said ‘not a college kid’. Perhaps he liked older women, which was good, because Ana wasn’t eighteen or nineteen… or however old he was. At twenty-seven, she was already trying to rob cradles—she would need more than one therapist soon.
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