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T.L. Bailey Author Interview

T.L. Bailey Author Interview

Eve of the Hunters finds Eve stranded on a jungle island fighting for her life while Nyx is releasing the Ancient Enemy. What were some themes you wanted to carry through from the other books in the series and what were some new ideas you wanted to introduce in this book?

I really wanted to show how far Nyx would go if he was unopposed, and that there were consequences to Eve and the others leaving to protect her. The whole idea for book two was that I had to bond these characters in a strong way, and fast. They all come from diverse backgrounds and had nothing in common with one another. I have learned from watching tragedy movies that a way to bond people is through surviving horrific ordeals together. It changes people. I wanted to see how my characters would act and how it would later change their views and their way of thinking.

I also was a big fan of the sci-fi movie, “The Island of Dr. Moreau” and I wanted to make a tribute to that movie. This was my mad doctor and his pets.

I enjoyed the prose and dialogue in this book. What is your writing process like in creating the interactions between characters?

I grew up watching “Abbot and Costello” movies and I have always loved the comedy/horror aspect. It was a touchy thing to do because everyone feels that horror has to be 100 percent serious and tense all the time. Yes. But we are human beings and unless this is planet Vulcan, we do have emotions. I think laughing or even making witty comebacks as you face down something atrocious, is simply masterful. I liked how I can do that through Rowan, he is my “Ichabod Crane” and I can use him to be witty and humorous. The interactions between Black slapping Roman when he says something stupid is my “Abbott and Costello” aspect. My whole love/hate between the good doctor and the pirate is my fondness of “Star Trek Bones and Spock” and their unspoken friendship.

What reader reactions have surprised you the most about your books?

This being a fantasy book I would have thought Argo or Lycaon being the top readers favorite character… but the pirate has won most readers hearts.

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

The third is The Dark Age Chronicles Eve of Destruction and will be available soon.

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Stranded on an elusive island in the middle of nowhere, Eve and the others try to survive the island’s thick jungle. As they explore their surroundings they find what looks like an Aztec pyramid built in the center of the island. They soon learn that the island’s inhabitants are far from what they think, and it sends them in their darkest fears as they race for their lives against creatures hell bent on consuming them alive, and a family of sadistic hunters out for fun. Together they must pit all their survival skills to outwit their newest prison: a Labyrinth full of deadly traps…….meanwhile, unopposed, Nyx unleashes mankind’s greatest foe….the Ancient Enemy.

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The Dark Age Chronicles: Eve of the Hunters

The Dark Age Chronicles: Eve of the Hunters by [Bailey, T. L.]

Eve has to get away from Nyx so that she can learn her powers, but it’s not a situation she would prefer but it has to be done. While she’s gone Nyx unleashes evil of all sorts. Thinking they have found a paradise, Eve and the others inadvertently get into bed with the enemy. They meet Lea and James whose depravity they could not begin to contemplate. They all have to fight a demon they do not understand. They must come together as a group if they are to survive. Without their collective wit and survival skills, they might never escape the labyrinth. How do they begin to understand their enemy? Will they live to tell the tale?

For a second installment in a series, this book does not disappoint. T.L. Bailey lives up to her reputation and produces a compelling tale of a team of survivors. A thrilling narration of people who are determined to fight to tooth and nail for the good of humanity. T.L. Bailey plunges the reader right into that abyss with the characters. The story is intricate and filled with well developed characters in a dark but richly developed setting. From the author’s masterful use and manipulation of language, the reader will find the chaos engaging but easy to follow. In simpler terms, be prepared to suffer right alongside Eve and the charming Black.

The dialogue is captivating in its simplicity. The relationships between characters are slow to start but profound once they have time to develop. There is something different in every relationship which is something that I looked forward to when the story circled back to them. The humor in the interactions, I thought, was sometimes out of place but usually fitting. It brought moments off levity that were well executed but broke the well established tension. To be scared of what could come next one moment but smile at something funny the next. That requires skill. I have mixed feeling about this to say the least.

Black is quite the fellow. He especially stands out when he speaks on the nature of human beings. He says that human beings are best when they are at their worst. It is easy to feel like he is the anchor of this whole story. Like he serves a larger role than anyone else. Eve seems inexperienced and almost naive. But, with Black around one feels certain that she could really use her learned power to serve and save others.

There are very minor, very rare instances of misspellings like ‘mist’ instead of ‘midst’. However, this book is far too entertaining and intriguing to penalize it for something ever so mundane. The sheer detail of narration and skillful writing makes it a gem.

Pages: 273 | ISBN: 1980478775

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