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Experiences and Places Inspire Me

Marianne Scott Author Interview

Underneath the Fireflies follows a woman with supernatural abilities who tries to take a relaxing vacation only to have a disturbing vision that puts her in danger. What was the inspiration for the setup of your story?

Inspiration is an illusive thing. You can’t just find it when you want it. When I’m writing a novel, a premise isn’t necessarily the inspiration that makes my story unfold. Generally speaking, I think authors find inspiration from people they meet and events that happen around them. For me, inspiration, such that it is, usually comes from a place, particularly a location. There is substance in scenery. It is tangible and affects many of your senses, sight, sound, and smell, in particular. Unlike an idea for a story, I find I’m influenced by experiences, the things I’ve done, and the places I’ve been. Underneath the Fireflies was inspired by a visit to a west coast island located between Vancouver Island and mainland British Columbia. The mountains, the ocean, and the old growth forest there are mesmerizing. The nature there washed over me in an almost spiritual way. I felt connected to nature and to the land in a way I normally don’t feel. It infused my whole being with a sense of awe. Situations like that are what truly inspire me to write. Then to add to the magic, when I learned about the west coast sea wolves, I was hooked and knew they had to be part of my story. But in a larger way than a land mammal, which is why I created a wolf spirit, whom I named Scout, and broadened his being to a greater connection to his Indigenous Ancestors. All that was left was to introduce a protagonist with unusual abilities, who was called upon, in that same spiritual sort of way through nature and environment, to avenge a terrible wrongdoing that had taken place there and to balance the forces of nature by bringing a killer to justice.

I had a family connection to the island as well. My sister lived there with her second husband in a timber-frame home that overlooked the ocean. It was truly a piece of heaven. It seemed fitting to create a protagonist with a similar familial connection. It gave her a place to go to regain her equilibrium as she healed from a traumatic incident that caused her to have a mental breakdown. My sister and her husband call their property “Abalone Hideaway,” a name I found so perfect I used it exactly as-is in the novel.

Location was also the inspiration for my first three novels, spy thrillers in which the characters’ safehouse is located in St. Jean Cap Ferat in Southern France. In real life, the house is known as the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild estate. It is now owned by the state. I visited there in 2015 and was captivated by its grandeur and immediately knew it had to be part of my story. The third book in the series, a prequel entitled Reinhardt explains how the main character acquires the place and all the wealth associated with it. Finding Ruby Draker starts off the series in New York, where a psychopath on a killing rampage targets her family. Shadows in the Aftermath, the second book, continues the saga with more locational anchors as the pseudo family, made up of the psychopath’s victims, tries to stop the killer.

I suppose that a writer always has a story on their mind. I found that as I dwelled on these exotic places, the perfect characters emerged, finding their way into a story filled with conflict and characters who found refuge in the peace and beauty of these very special places while a villain tries to destroy them and all they hold dear. 

Grace is an empath in need of a mental health break but must struggle through challenges to stop a killer. What was the inspiration for the main character’s traits and dialogue?

A story isn’t a story unless your main character has a problem. It’s easy and typical to have a protagonist who has an enemy trying to kill them. But, given that we all have problems that interfere with our lives, I wanted my main character to have a unique problem not only resulting from outside forces but with special inherited personal traits that no one would believe even if she disclosed them. Grace is conflicted because she has to keep her ability (her visions) a secret or be considered unstable if she reveals that she discovers a two-year-old murder in this bizarre way. This power she has has been with her all her life. In Toronto, Grace has a vision of a sinister technology that enslaves the minds of the Danton International workers, a place where she is employed as a public relations executive. When she tries to stop an evil plan perpetrated by the CEO of the company, Evelyn, the CEO tries to kill her instead. But the forces of good are on Grace’s side, and Evelyn meets her own death in a terrible accident at the plant.

Yet Grace’s ability of visions that reveal bad actions isn’t actually that far-fetched. I think we all have a bit of empathic ability. Haven’t you ever felt that something was amiss, but you couldn’t point to exactly what? I get that feeling in churches, especially the old European churches that inter their dead in crypts below the church floors. So creepy, it makes my skin crawl. That sense of the dead lurking underfoot overpowers my awe of the beautiful sculptures and mosaics that adorn the incredible architecture of these magnificent buildings. I think that’s what makes Grace’s powers believable. A reader can relate to the feeling of “something isn’t right” or something is about to happen.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

The universal theme of good verses evil is always present in a thriller. But, because the murder is of an Indigenous woman, and the island is the home of the Island Nation Band (a fictitious Indigenous tribe), it allowed me to explore very important themes of gross injustices that have been happening in Canada regarding murdered and missing Indigenous women. The story also explores the racism Indigenous people continue to experience through the white inhabitants’ treatment and resentment of the island’s original inhabitants, many of whom still live on the island. Tying these themes together is also the theme of bridging the generational gap with understanding and compassion as the younger characters Elias, Holly, and Hugo struggle to find their place in a world that at times can seem filled with senseless hatred.

Is this the first book in the series? If so, when is the next book coming out and what can your fans expect in the next story?

I find it interesting that some readers wonder if there was a story that takes place before the opening scene of Underneath the Fireflies. Maybe they intuited it! The truth is, I had started a novel, entitled The Walker Trait, which focuses on a woman with extra sensory ability, an ability to pick up on residual energy resulting from violent or evil actions. This woman, whom I named Grace, struggles with her empathic powers. After all, who would believe someone has visions of past crimes? Grace’s power is engaged because illegal activities take place at the Danton Electronics company in Toronto, where she works. The backstory reveals that Grace is adopted but has biological parents who are also empaths. They gave her up at birth to protect her from opportunistic individuals who learned about their exceptional abilities and wanted to exploit them. Grace’s adoptive mother, Maria, is actually her aunt, who, together with her husband Leo, rescue the infant Grace immediately after birth. I liked the story, but something about it led me to writing Fireflies rather than it being ready to be a story on its own, and I abandoned it 100 pages in. I believe a story has its time and its place to come into the world. Perhaps when the time is right, I will finish it as a prequel.

Now, I am working on a sci-fi thriller. The working title is Unseemly Visitors. It involves an interstellar portal where two other-worldly humanoids find themselves transported to Earth. It’s new territory for me as I explore the concept of a universal overlord, referred to as The Council, a restrictive Directive forbidding interplanetary contact, and cosmic bounty hunters exterminating those who engage in such transgressions. Most importantly, I’m having fun!

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No matter where Grace Walker goes, her extra sensory power goes with her. She’s an empath and sees things—terrible things. After a tragic accident at the place where she works, she decides to take a mental-health break on a remote West Coast island. But she no sooner gets to Galliano Island when a vision of the murder of an Indigenous woman draws her into a disturbing and threatening dilemma.

How does she tell the authorities she witnessed a murder—in a vision? As Grace, her parents, and her want-to-be boyfriend investigate, trying to find evidence, the killer becomes aware that Grace is about to expose him. Now Grace has become the victim, but her gift of sight compels her to solve the crime and bring the killer to justice.

Giving Abuse Victims A Voice

Author Interview
Colleen Hollis Author Interview

Karma Two follows a boy born into poverty who, while living on the streets, gets a chance to change his life for the better and help others in the same situation. What was the inspiration for the setup of your story?

The setup for the story was that I wanted to find a way to keep true to the storyline from the first novel, while giving a voice to many abuse victims I have encountered throughout my actual life. Having lived a life where I endured my own share of abuse, I met many that had even worse abuse than me. I wanted to loosely incorporate scenarios where I had either experienced or witnessed the horrible treatment myself or tell the stories of those I encountered in nursing school on a psychiatric ward or the abused women and addicts I’ve helped along the way. As difficult as the material may be to read, the unfortunate part is that some of these situations have people with real names behind the made-up characters. When I read this book I remember my friends and family and our fight to make a better life from the little we were given to work with. While not everyone made it out, I am honored to tell their stories for them.

AJ was dealt a hard hand in life and he turns it around before setting out to help others do the same. What were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?

Coming from a life of poverty and abuse it wasn’t a far stretch to imagine a character who, like me, just knew there must be more to life than what he was born into. I knew if I wanted to see change that it would have to start in me. I would need to find a way to forgive my betrayers to push forward on my own new path with a lighter heart. Having been from the scenario I was raised in, I found compassion for those who by choice or the luck of the draw are in less-than-optimal circumstances in life. I wanted to create a character that showed even the harshest of lives don’t have to break you. Within my own healing journey I have found ways to give back to those who are still struggling in aspects of their lives and through this I’ve further continued to heal myself. I wanted to incorporate those traits into my character as well, to give him relatability and compassion for others that the reader would feel is always present.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

Some of the most important themes I wanted to incorporate within my storyline were: to keep a stark contrast between the two AJ characters, to incorporate spiritual concepts that would intrigue the reader to get them thinking, and bring awareness to several key causes that are dear to my heart as well. I wanted to highlight certain important character traits in my characters such as determination, perseverance, loyalty, generosity, accountability, integrity, hard work, and honesty, to name just a few.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

I am currently working on a Hospice Children’s Line of sorts that should be starting to be published and ready for purchase by the end of the year. Colleen’s Bereavement Line will be ready before you know it so keep an eye out.

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Despite the optimism of his name, Arizona Sunshine Jacksyn, or AJ, was not born into a life of sunshine and roses, nor with a silver spoon in his mouth (this time). His mother, Ember Elizabeth, struggles to provide for her two sons while dealing with addiction and trauma. As a result, AJ is forced to fend for himself at a young age. He endures abuse in foster care and is later forced into prostitution. Despite these challenges, AJ is determined to succeed. He works hard to rise out of poverty and create a better life for himself.

In Karma Two, the conclusion to the story begun in Karma One, AJ is given the chance to right past wrongs and find the happiness that has eluded him in previous lifetimes. With the help of spiritual guides, AJ tries to break free from the cycle of greed and power that has haunted his family. Will he be able to overcome his past and create a brighter future?

Tell Me About Your Scars

Josh Wood Author Interview

Struggle Bus: The Van. The Myth. The Legend is more than just a memoir; it is a source of amusement, reflection, and a testament to having faith. How did your Craigslist ad for a van manifest into this inspirational book?

I learned long ago that one of the best “ice breaker” questions to get a group of people to start talking/interacting is this: “Tell me the story of one of your scars.”

Scars are painful in the moment but often provide a lifetime of stories—sometimes painful, sometimes hilarious, sometimes both, always memorable. It dawned on me that our viral Craigslist ad was essentially a long list of our van’s scars. I thought it would be fun to tell all the fun stories (in gory detail) of our van’s many scars—as much to preserve the stories for our family as to give others something to laugh about. I think my ridiculous little book did just that.

I appreciated the candid nature with which you told your story. What was the hardest thing for you to write about?

The stories of our kids’ medical issues were easily the hardest things to write about. Even though there’s a dose of humor in many of the stories, reliving the moments brings back sort of an echo of the extreme parental fear, panic, and dread each of those moments created. I physically winced retelling many of the stories. That said, I think it was oddly therapeutic to write about all our moments—good and bad. I’d recommend it to any parent.

What is one piece of advice you wish someone had given you when you were younger?

I can’t remember where I heard this quote (and I’m probably butchering it…sorry), but there’s some truth in it:

“In your twenties, you’re constantly worried about what everyone else is thinking about you.

In your forties, you stop caring what others are thinking about you.

In your sixties, you realize that no one was thinking about you the whole time.”

Basically, I wish I would have spent less time caring so deeply what other people think. Of course, young Josh Wood probably wouldn’t have listened had anyone given him the advice to stop caring so much about what other people are thinking. I will never be smarter than I was at 20-years-old. Oh, to be young and stupid.

What is one thing you hope readers take away from your story?

First and foremost, I hope readers take away the peace, hope, joy, and genuine fun that faith in Jesus infused into the messes of my life. Additionally, I hope parents both A) embrace some new ways to engage with their kids…and engage their families as a whole with the world around them; and, B) feel some grace and solidarity for not being the perfect parent. Life is too short and too hard to hold yourself to an impossible standard. Embrace the messes of life (both self-inflicted messes and those out of your control), stumble forward, and try to laugh along the way.

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‘The Struggle Bus: The Van. The Myth. The Legend.’ is designed to take you, dear reader, on a ride with the Wood family in the van that became an Internet sensation.
This one-of-a-kind literary adventure you are about to embark on is about more than a viral van. It’s about managing the wonderful chaos of a family of 11. It’s about parenting. It’s about marriage. It’s about success. It’s about failure. It’s about faith. It’s about fun. It’s about a van becoming a metaphor for life as it is given a fun-filled beatdown for the ages.
As you roll along with the Wood family, you just might feel driven to:
• connect a little more with the God who made you.
• give yourself a little more grace when you fail.
• smile and laugh a little more—both at the Wood family’s expense and your own.
Hop in, buckle up, hold your nose, laugh, and join the Wood family to explore one of life’s fundamental truths: the struggle is real.”

We Are Not Always In Control

M. C. Ryder Author Interview

A Dance Between Light and Darkness follows the combined worlds of vampires and werewolves who must unite against a sinister evil. What was the initial idea behind this story, and how did that transform as you were writing the novel?

A Dance Between Light and Darkness takes place a period of time after the events unfolded in the predecessor The Darkest Side of the Moon. Once enemies, I wanted to explore how vampires and werewolves could unite when setting aside differences which was necessary when a new sinister threat emerged. There was a driving force that united them. They didn’t always see eye to eye, but processing and asking the right questions revealed truth along the way and the realization they were not always in control of certain situations. There wasn’t a concrete idea in the beginning. I allowed the characters to take the lead, knowing what I had in mind for the end.

Were you able to achieve everything you wanted with the characters in the novel?

Yes, plus so much more with contrast between light and darkness.

What draws you to the world of vampires and werewolves and makes it ripe for you to write such a great fantasy story in it?

First, I’m honored that you consider it a “great fantasy story.” My interest to the vampire and werewolf world stemmed from some of the well-known books, shows, and movies like Twilight, The Vampire Diaries, and Underworld series. I took it even further, making it my own and blending in difficult real life subject matters as well.

What is the next book that you are working on and when can your fans expect it to be out?

I’m currently working on publishing the third book, All I See Are Dark Clouds and a novella tie-in, The Neighbors. They both should arrive sometime in summer 2023.

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The war is over. Vladimir has been defeated, but not without tragedy. Now, a new era has begun. One where vampires and werewolves are united for the greater good. The future is bleak. Vince has found himself in charge of the vampires while he mourns for the one he lost. He fears he’ll turn into the evil that’s naturally in his blood. When bodies start piling up with Dragon’s Eye symbol, Vince goes on high alert. He discovers someone from his past is still at large he wants to settle a score with, along with an unknown threat. One that may just be more of a sinister evil.

Success In Life Is A Team Effort

Michael Sauls Author Interview

The King’s Bloodhound: Bald Foot Curse Book 2 is an intriguing fantasy novel. Why was it important for you to write this book?

The first novel, The Bald Foot Curse (TBFC), ended on a cliffhanger. The Sheriff caught some of the minor villains, but the Baron got away. My protagonist, Rinad, was still grieving the loss of his best friend, Spencer, and Squire Stroud went missing. I felt I needed to continue Rinad’s story to give closure and satisfy fans from the first novel.

Rinad struggles to overcome his own self-doubts and value in order to help his kingdom. What were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?

Being a forgiving person was one idea that drove this story. Another is not letting others define who you are because that is something one should do themselves. Rinad experienced some traumatic events in his youth and in TBFC. As an adult, he learns to let go of old grudges, face his grief, and ultimately find his self-confidence. 

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

Faith has always been a foundational part of Rinad’s story. He has to rely on his friends, his deity, and his employer to succeed. He isn’t super powerful, but he is talented, resourceful, and surrounded by friends. But the main focus of this story was that Rinad needed to learn to have faith in himself. I think it is an important message that people need to hear. We aren’t alone in the world. We all need one another and sometimes a little help from a higher power makes all the difference. Success in life is a team effort.

Where does the next book in the series take the characters?

Underground. Rinad’s next story is going to be an effort to break up the human/Demi human trafficking ring that is powering the evil Farin empire. Stroud will be back as a knight this time using his particular talent to help stop the smugglers in route. Rinad as a lifelong woodsman will be dealing with a different problem. Exploring the mines beneath Farin is not his cup of tea. And we will learn more about Rinad’s people, a whole tribe of halflings with bald feet.

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In this fantasy, Rinad, a halfling tracker, must overcome his self-doubts to save a kingdom from upheaval. Sheriff Ridgemont takes on Rinad as a royal huntsman after the halfling demonstrates excellent tracking skills. As the sheriff investigates the misdeeds of Baron Castaro, it becomes more apparent the shadow of evil spreads across the kingdom. It will take all the combined efforts of Rinad, his allies, and a little divine intervention to defeat the evil baron.

We Need Change

Kashonia Carnegie PhD Author Interview

Brainwashed: A True Story of Psychological Domestic Abuse And The PTSD Aftermath shares your story, scientific evidence on the impact of abuse, and the importance of breaking the cycles. Why was this an important book for you to write?

Issues such as Childhood Psychological Abuse and how that can affect someone’s later life and acceptance of domestic violence, and then PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) are all currently such important issues yet so very poorly understood. It’s my hope that Brainwashed will help to change that situation.   

I appreciated the candid nature with which you told your story. What was the hardest thing for you to write about?

Initially, I published the book in 2014, but then almost immediately withdrew it from publication because I did not want to be publicly reminded of my early life. But living through the most bizarre string of distressing experiences in 2022, that I talk about in Chapter 27, I knew I had to re-structure and republish the book, which I did in 2023. And so the hardest part was having to re-live all those horrific life experiences once again, that I’d previously written about.

What were some ideas that were important for you to share in this book?

Interestingly, when I first published the book the most important ideas to get out were to do with childhood psychological abuse and psychological domestic violence and the reason why people, especially women, remain in abusive relationships. But after this past horrific year, which is still playing out, suddenly, the most important part was to let the world know MUCH more about PTSD.  PTSD, is now one of the leading mental health issues in most countries around the world. BUT very few people realise that it is NOT just a MENTAL health issue, but can also result in physical brain damage, and that a trauma can be locked in your brain for life, waiting to escape at any time, as it did for me in 2022.  So now the most important chapters are those on PTSD—Chapters 23 to 27.

What is a common misconception you feel people have about psychological abuse?

Sadly, even today in 2023, those people lucky enough to have avoided a mental health issue, or who don’t have the courage to admit to having a mental health issue, still have a very denigrating attitude to anyone who is a mental health sufferer. You can have a broken leg and everyone will support you and totally accept it as tough luck. But have any sort of “broken” brain and all too often you’ll be treated like a second-class citizen, or worse.  This must change.

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Psychological Domestic Abuse, experienced as a child, a teen, or an adult in an intimate relationship, can have life-long effects, including the making of disastrous decisions, and on to PTSD, unless it’s understood and the victim/survivor is helped to summon the courage to do what it takes to heal.

After thirty odd years of relentless searching, at the age of sixty-three, Kashonia finally discovered that her greatest enemy was her psychologically abusive childhood. Before that, she’d always thought she’d had a relatively good childhood. Why? Because she hadn’t been physically or sexually abused as a child.

But the subtle psychological abuse she received as a child through until she was twenty was what predisposed her to accept, as “normal”, a very psychologically, and sometimes physically, abusive marriage.

Yet, no matter who read about Kashonia’s event-filled life, the only thing they recognized were the handful of physically violent experiences. They completely dismissed the far more insidious on-going psychological abuse.

It was clear that the only way to help people understand society’s monstrous, hidden epidemic of psychological abuse was to overtly explain it as she told her story. And this is what Kashonia has inspirationally done in Brainwashed.

In Brainwashed, Kashonia’s wry sense of humor occasionally appears as she uses forty years of Behavioral Science, Neuroscience, and Neurolinguistics research to overtly explain her extraordinary life of psychological abuse, its devastating PTSD aftermath, and why people stay in abusive relationships.

Courageously, she shares the serendipitous source of her most significant transformation which gave her the strength to escape her abusive marriage. This was also the mostly unlikely source of her spiritual journey, which has kept her going through the really tough times ever since.

Kashonia’s story is true for more people than we realize. Sadly, all too often the victim/survivors of psychological abuse don’t even realize they’ve been abused.

So her story and her greatest enemy could well be your story and your greatest enemy too.

Today, Kashonia is a Moral Philosopher with a PhD in the Ethics of Conscious Change and author of the Multi-Award-Winning Conscious Change Series of books. It was her life, as documented in Brainwashed that led her to research and write the Conscious Change Series.

In 2023, with a growing concern about mental health and PTSD in non-combatants, Brainwashed is extremely timely for a number of reasons.Brainwashed will be of comfort to other victim/survivors of psychological abuse, in helping them understand at a deeper psychological level, why they do/did make the decisions that they did.
It will also give those very lucky people, who’ve not endured what we victim/survivors have experienced, a greater appreciation of the complexities of psychological abuse, where the scars are all on the inside.
Brainwashed also highlights the life-long psychological damage that negative childhood conditioning can have.
It’s a reminder to psychologists, that even if their client insists they’ve had a good childhood, it must still be explored.
And with the growing community concern about mental health and the area of PTSD, Brainwashed will shed a vital light on what that can be like, and how Kashonia was able to heal.
Order your copy of Brainwashed now—available in Kindle/e-book, paperback, and hardback formats and soon as an audiobook.

We Make Our Own Monsters

J. Tilbury Author Interview

Tales from P.I.T. Crew: Case of the Wayward Son follows a paranormal detective who prefers working alone and has to assemble a team to find the missing children. Is there anything about Dr. Darell Diamonback that came from yourself or your life experiences? 

Darrell is a lot like me actually, then again, so is the rest of the PIT Crew. It helps me keep their personalities in check as sometimes when you have a broad spectrum of charters, voices can get lost or even sound the same. When you break it down: Darrell represents my intellect, Charlie my youth, Jaiden my feminine side and my heart, Ed my time as a marine, my stubbornness and my dogged determination, even Stravinsky represents my common sense and reason (though Jaiden does have a place there too with her blog at the end,) and I love animals so Nicodemus and Pooky made sense to me; everyone has their roll. Having a love of biology, science, CSI, and a bit of my background over all did help add to the gritty realism I tried to keep with this book despite the paranormal aspect, because take away the fantastic portion of the book and your still left with the underlined message: As a society, we make our own monsters.

How did you come up with the idea for the antagonist in this story, and how did it change as you wrote?

I do so love antagonists. I have ever since I was a kid, and the stronger the backstory, the stronger the villain. That’s why I focused a lot on the bogyman’s backstory so much. People needed to not only understand who he was, but why he was who he was, (if that makes sense). People love a good hero, but if you can bring a strong villain to the story, I feel those are the best stories. I had a pretty good sense of who and what I wanted the bogyman to be from the beginning: a psychopath and hopefully I portrayed him that way. He was the product of abuse though, so in understanding that, hopefully readers are able to still draw a connection to him and understand him a bit more and if not empathize then maybe at least sympathize with him by the end of the book.

Will there be another story about Dr. Diamonback in the future? If so, when will it be available?

Short answer: yes. Book 2- Tales From the PIT Crew: Mystery of the Missing Heart (I hope) should be out before the end of the year and I am in the process of penning book 3 as well- Tales From the PIT Crew: Secret of the Severed Soul. I even have ideas for books 4, 5, & 6 but I don’t want to get ahead of myself.

The legend of the bogeyman has become a reality.

CSI forensic psychologist turned paranormal investigator for a secret government agency, Dr. Darrell Diamondback hunts down the things that go bump in the night. But after a string of mishaps, he needs a solid win. Unfortunately, he is about to get more than he bargained for, especially when his handler is insisting the lone wolf detective start building a team.

But learning how to play well with others is the least of his problems. Children are being kidnapped across the Diamond Heights District of San Francisco by a psychopathic spirit, the bogeyman himself! While this detective must find the missing children, Dr. Diamondback is about to understand how personal this case really is.

Urban legend is true crime in this detective thriller featuring the supernatural. Fans of dark, witty, and haunting adventures will relish this exploration into a world where the monsters of our own making can bite back.

Tally’s Exciting Adventure

Eleanor Dixon Author Interview

Tally and the Angel Book TwoCanada follows a girl and her guardian angel who set off on a journey to Canada to break a curse in order to save her father. What was the inspiration for the setup of your story?

After I had finished the first book in the Tally and the Angel series, which is set in India, I had intended Tally to go to Greece. However, I spent a week in the Yukon, husky sledding, and I just knew I had to set my story there. The idea for the curse came from a chance TV advert for a new film about a very old story. My experiences on the husky tour coupled with events that had taken place during an earlier stay in Canada in the winter, just clicked into place and contributed to Tally’s exciting adventure.

Was there a reason why you chose this location as the backdrop for your story?

I wanted the second book to be as different as possible from the first and so the sparsely inhabited, frozen wastelands of North Yukon, seemed a great choice after the hot, dusty, crowded streets of India.

Are you a fan of the Young Adult Fantasy genre? What books do you think most influenced your work?

I have always adored Tolkein’s work and also C S Lewis. These are the two writers who have influenced me the most, but I have to admit, the Harry Potter series galvanized me into action and confirmed for me that it is not necessary, nor even desirable, to ‘write down’ to children. I think this is why adults, as much as children, enjoy the Tally and the Angel series.

Will there be another story about Tally and Jophiel in the future, or are you working on a different story?

There will most certainly be more stories about Tally! I plan for them to go to Greece next (at last). Though before that I am working on the fourth book in my other series, The Amberwood Hall Ballet School series.

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If Tally and her angel Jophiel can’t break the curse hanging over a North Yukon village since the Klondyke Gold Rush, Tally will never see her dad again. In a race against time, over frozen lakes and snowy mountains, Tally faces greater challenges than she ever imagined. Wolves, gold-obsessed hunters, and mythical beings from the stars threaten everything that matters to her. At least Tally has an angel on her side – but Jophiel seems to know these mythical beings already, and he is afraid too…
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