Genre: Paranormal, Erotic Romance, Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Melange Books
Publication Date: February 19, 2019
Thank you, Tara, for coming to visit us at ROMANCING THE BOOKS AND MORE! Now, let’s get on with it, as I’m sure readers are itching to know about you and your latest book, Year of the Demon.
Q: Where did you get the inspiration for Unhallowed Love? How are the books connected?
A Good Year grew out of a short horror story I dreamed called Invisible Stings merged that with another dream-story titled Revenge about a film executive getting supernatural revenge on her enemies. My mother wanted a new story about Shaker, the key demon mentioned in the final books of my paranormal Promise Me series, so I made him the demon of the tale. After reading, she wanted to know “what happens next?” so I decided to expand the story, using a chapter for each month. So a short story became a book which then became the Unhallowed Love Series, with book three Year of the Incubus already in progress. The books feature the same characters, centering on the key couple of demon Shaker and his human Mistress, Debbie.
Q: Why did you design the series as a continuing series of books with the same couple instead of a series where each book features a different couple?
The series is still young, so it might very well be that for further books in the series the focus goes instead onto another couple as well as Debbie and Shaker. This is one reason why this series is in third person instead of first, so that I can switch if that’s where the story takes me. For example, Debbie may take time off to have a baby, and if so, someone else will need to head up Pandora while she’s gone.
Q: In Year of the Demon, what was the greatest hurdle that Debbie faced? Without giving anything away, how did that affect her?
Debbie faced her husband and great love Shaker being sent to Hell and then tortured by his master, and the death of her father; one event a supernatural disaster and the other a heartbreak which all of us must eventually face. Coupled together, the two things are enough to have her attempt suicide.
Q: Tell us more about Shaker. What did he think of having a permanent relationship with Debbie and possibly of having a family?
He really loved his time with her, because she was the first person he was ever bound to who didn’t treat him like either a plaything or a weapon. He badly wanted a family with her, and hasn’t given up on that. While he can’t give her the daily togetherness that a human husband could, he’s committed to doing everything in his power to protect her and make her desires reality. And he does do that in the book, time and time again, even when he suffers as a result.
Q: He sounds wonderful. Which character was the hardest to write? Why?
The demons are hardest to write, because I’m a Christian. While I can imagine a demon that is much like Shaker – highly intelligent and capable of emotion with a capacity for good as well as evil that perhaps got judged unjustly – my faith requires me to be sure to draw a distinction between him and truly evil forces here on earth which are just out to harm all life. I go over and over my content to make sure that I’m not glorifying evil, or writing something that’s going to cause someone to try to go summon something out of Hell.
Q: Which character was your favorite? Why?
I like Debbie and Shaker, but faerie sorceress Myrrh is my favorite to write. I had been working on a short story involving her, and decided she’d be a good fit here to add to Team Debbie. She’s brash, powerful, and beautiful, but reserved and somewhat of a loner, her only real companions being a mysterious murder of crows. Most of the supernaturally powerful characters in the series so far were male, so I wanted to introduce a female to be reckoned with.
Q: What’s next in the series?
Year of the Incubus (book 3) is in progress, but I’m still deciding on the overall story arc. A Good Year focused on Debbie and Shaker getting together and making Pandora successful. Year of the Demon focuses on their commitment, but also their temporary separation, even as Pandora became more successful. Look forward to Pandora’s further expansion in Year of the Incubus, but also a major shift – if not several – to keep the series captivating!
Thanks a lot for your time, Tara!
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