RELEASE DAY! [5 FAQs about S&S]
She's here. SPARKS AND SHADOW is officially available everywhere books are sold!
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In the meantime, let's do something fun. How about 5 Things You Might Not Know About Sparks and Shadow?
#1 - How did you come up with the story idea?
Everly’s story began in the mountains of Utah. My husband and I sat by the river on a camping trip and dreamed about a homeless bike messenger from Seattle. Later that same year, I went to Ireland for the first time and fell in love with the rolling green hills and moss-covered trees. I have always loved Fae mythology and elemental magic, so when we combined everything together, Sparks and Shadow was born!
#2 - What was the hardest part about writing it?
I was surprised how difficult the worldbuilding was when I started writing this story! I had a vague idea of the world of Faery, but thinking about things like weather systems, economics, technologies, languages, races and nationalities… it was overwhelming! But it was also really fun to ask the what-if question and hash out ideas with my critique partners.
#3 - What's the meaning behind the title?
The Rising Elements series is based on my elemental magick system. Each Fae can be bonded to one of five elements—earth, air, water, fire, and spirit—and use magick to perform everyday tasks or, if they’re rebellious, learn to fight. The entire series is based on a certain element (fire) for reasons I can’t name. I chose the name Sparks and Shadow because sparks are the first indication of fire, and Shadow is the love interest’s name. 😉
#4 - What is your favorite scene in the book?
My favorite scene is toward the end of the book, when Everly takes part in something called the Rite to gain her own bond with an element. It’s a deeply personal look at her past and why she acts the way she does. I love the insight it brings to her character!
#5 - Are your characters inspired by any real people?
My characters aren’t inspired by specific people, but there are elements of myself and my loved ones in every character I create. For example, there’s a character named Mina whose favorite way to take care of people is to cook homemade meals for them. That element of her personality came from my mother-in-law. And Shadow, the love interest, is inspired partly by my husband. There’s another character, Mary Beth, who struggles with drug addiction. She is loosely based on my little brother who lost his battle against addiction a little over a year ago. My heart and soul lives in every one of these characters!
If you've ordered a copy of SPARKS AND SHADOW, I want to say thank you. Your support means the world to me. I hope you love Everly's story as much as I do!
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