Friday, February 22, 2019

Tales From The Deep Web (Book One) by Luna Nightshade

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Today we are interviewing Luna Nightshade about her new horror novel, "Tales from the Deep Web," the first book in the Tales from the Deep Web series.

Tell us a bit about yourself.
I am a 20 year old horror author and first time mother. My home is towards southern Florida and I live with my soon to be husband and three dogs. Life has been pretty hectic preparing for the newest addition to my family but I still manage to find the time to write. I am an avid horror movie fan that will watch pretty much any horror movie unless it's considered an exploitation film. 

Describe the plot of your book, "Tales From The Deep Web," in a few sentences.
Tales From The Deep Web is an anthology with multiple interconnecting plot lines. The main plot of the book centers around a satanic cult that uses the deep web to find victims that they can brutalize. It starts with a supposed curse that revolves around a live video feed in which the cult performs rituals that summon demons and even Satan to the Earth. 

Who do you think would most appreciate this book?
I believe that horror fans would appreciate this book, especially if they like to read graphic stories about what can happen if you were to ever use the deep web. Other people that might appreciate this book would probably be just your average reader that likes their books to be full of graphic detail. 

What inspired you to write this story?
My soon to be husband actually inspired me to write this book. He had dabbled in writing a few years back and had come up with a deep web story of his own. I read the story and was immediately drawn to the idea of writing stories about how horrifying the deep web can really be. Another source of inspiration for me was the fact that whenever I read stories that people would tell about it, they would assume that deep web and dark web are synonymous when in reality they aren't and I wanted to distinguish the difference between the two. 

Tell us a bit about the protagonist.
There are many protagonists in this book. Each one has a unique story of their own from the deep web. The first two protagonists are just your average teenage boys and as you dive deeper into the book, the age of the remaining protagonists has increased to people in their twenties. 

Who was your favorite character to write?
My favorite character to write had to be the protagonist in chapter four. Her name was Mistress Lily and she was a Dominatrix in the BDSM community that liked to play favorites with the people that would frequently come to her for pleasure. 

Are there any authors who have influenced your writing style?
Honestly, there aren't really any authors that inspired my writing style. I know some people say that Stephen King or Dean Koontz inspired the way that they write their books but, that isn't the case with me.

How do you feel about the increasing popularity of ebooks?
I actually love the increasing popularity of ebooks. Though some people prefer a printed book, others will continue to read ebooks. Ebooks are becoming vastly superior to the printed version of any book simply because an ebook doesn't age or fall apart like a physical copy. 

What are your goals as a writer for the next ten years?
My goals as a writer for the next ten years is to hit best seller lists and becoming the biggest name in the community of horror authors. I am aiming to become a bigger author than people like Stephen King within the next ten years. Honestly, within ten years, I want people begging me to release a new book so that I have more of a reason to write and publish my work.

Is there any aspect of writing you don't like?
The aspect that I don't like about writing is the random bouts of writers block. It's extremely frustrating, I'm sure that any other authors that would possibly be reading this know just what I am talking about. Writers block puts me behind on my personal deadlines for my works. 

Is there anything else you'd like potential readers to know about your book?
To any potential readers out there: I love you all and thank you for your support!

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Caldric Blackwell, The Sacred Artifact

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Today we are interviewing Caldric Blackwell about his new middle grade fantasy, "The Sacred Artifact," the second and final book in the Young Alchemist series. 

Tell us a bit about yourself.
I grew up in the Bay Area, but went to college in Santa Barbara. In college, I studied English and psychology. After writing short stories for a while, I eventually transitioned to writing children's books. I’m currently living in Southern California.

Describe your new middle grade fantasy novel, "The Sacred Artifact."
This book concludes the Young Alchemist series. The story follows fourteen-year-old alchemy student Craig Pike, Cornelius (a famous alchemist), and Audrey, a witty archer, on an adventure to uncover the secrets of a sacred artifact. Their adventure takes them to a number of magical places, including the birthplace of alchemy itself. They soon discover their journey is more complicated than they anticipated, and they aren’t the only one looking to uncover the secrets of the sacred artifact.

How was writing “The Sacred Artifact” different from writing the first book in the series?
Good question! In the first book, I introduced readers to Craig Pike and Audrey Clife and the world of the Young Alchemist series. In this book, I get to really develop the world and introduce a cast of new interesting characters. Readers also learn more about the history of alchemy. The even get to see where Cornelius, Craig’s teacher, trained and meet his teacher!

Who was your favorite character to write?
That’s tough! I really enjoyed writing more about Craig and Audrey because they’re so familiar to me. I think my favorite character to write, though, is Quintus. He’s a wise, ancient alchemist who taught Cornelius. He’s very quiet and reflective, and it was a nice challenge trying to capture his character for the reader. He is a pivitol character in the plot, so I wanted to be sure I did him justice for the readers.

You mentioned earlier that the book takes place in new locations. Can you tell us about some of them?
Sure, this book is really an adventure story. You have the characters travelling to exotic locations to solve the mystery of the sacred artifact. I didn’t want the characters staying in any place for too long. And I didn’t want them visiting places that seemed familiar. Part of the fun is taking them out of their element. They journey across swamps, riddled with pirates, barren planes, a great metropolis, and my favorite place…a tundra region! The characters travel take a ship across a place that is similar to the Arctic Ocean. It was fun having the characters cope with the challenges that such an environment poses! 

Was it hard wrapping up the series? 
Yes and no. I knew how the series ended pretty early on. The challenge was getting to that ending in a way that was fun for the readers. I wanted the readers, who have been with the characters for hundreds of pages, to have closure when it ended. This book is interesting because it both expands the world of the series while at the same time ending it. So it was certainly a balancing act. I was sad writing the ending, having spent so many years with the characters, but I think I did the story justice. 

What do you have in mind for your next project?
I’m currently working on a young adult book. It’s very different from my other projects, but I’m excited about it.

Anything else you want to add?
Anyone interested in learning more about my middle-grade novel The Sacred Artifact or any of my other books can find more information at https://www.caldricblackwell.com.

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