Monday, October 22, 2012

Interview: Few Are Angels by Inger Iversen

Few Are Angels
After a fatal hit and run accident, Ella Monroe fears that she’s lost more than her beloved parents.  Horrifying visions of a past life and a disturbing voice in her head have psychiatric professionals convinced that she’s lost her sanity as well.  But when Kale--a dark and handsome stranger with a mysterious past--reveals the true meaning of her visions and the tremendous power she wields through them, Ella must come to terms with the devastating truths of her own past, while eluding an ancient Dark Prince who seeks to control not only her future, but all of mankind’s, by means of abilities that Ella is only beginning to understand.
Enter the shrouded world of an age old battle between an ancient race known as the Immortals and their bitter enemy Laurent, the so-called Dark Prince, who commands an army of half-breed vampires known as Chorý.  Both sides have been desperately searching for the prophesied emergence of the Arc, a clairvoyant with unparalleled power to recall the past and a soothsayer with clear vision into the future. 
The Council of Immortals has sworn to protect the Arc, whom they have identified as young Ella Monroe, a college freshman from Virginia living quietly and unaware of her powers or her past.  But a renegade Chorý has other plans for the protection of a girl he has loved through the ages.  Can Kale convince Ella of who she is, what she is destined to become, and what he once meant to her?  Is he truly the best protectorto shield the world from the devastating misuse of her powers that Laurent is bent on controlling?  Or will the forbidden love they share and Kale’s cursed condition as a retched and hated Chorý be used against them both?
This paranormal romance told from the heroine’s perspective builds in intensity and intrigue to a finale you won’t see coming.  Heart pounding action mixed with heartwarming friendships and heartbreaking romance will leave you breathless and begging for more.

1. How long did it take you to publish your first book, after you started trying?
When I decided to publish my book I was worried about how long it would take and I also had no clue what a query letter was, or whether or not to send it to an agent or publishing house. So, I researched ways to publish without having to jump through the hoops of sending query letters and hoping for the best. After I received my manuscript back from my editor I sent it to a formatter after that it took ten minutes to publish it using Kindle Direct Publishing and Upubit aka B&N Nook. It was so easy I thought I’d done something wrong!

2. How did you come up with the title?

Most people think that my novel is about fallen angels and it’s not. Few Are Angels refers to the people in Ella’s world. It also sums up the entire novel because Ella learns that there are few people that she will be able to trust.

3. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

When I was a teenager I lost my father to cancer. I thought the world as I knew it had come to an end, but I was wrong, it had actually made me stronger and pushed me into the real world where people leave your life and you have to learn to go on without them. In Few Are Angels there is a quote at the beginning of the book from Ernest Hemmingway. “The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.” I wanted to be the “some” that were left strong in the broken places.

4. Do you have any advice for other writers?

Don’t give up. Ever.

5. Can you share a little of your current work with us?

Right now I am working in re-releasing a short story called Goodnight Sam that I will be free on my site, Amazon, Smashwords and Barnes and Noble. I’m also working on a new series called, Ena’s Wolf. Here’s a brief synopsis:
Ena’s Wolf
(Blackwood v. Moon Trilogy)
When a man becomes a werewolf against his will the man is not wholly damned until he tastes human blood. In that instant, his soul is eternally damned and the eternal curse allows nothing to deliver his soul from the damnation of night. If the curse is placed upon him and he resists the call of human blood his immortal soul will still be damned and he may never pass the gates into Heaven or walk upon holy ground. Only when the curse is lifted shall his soul be free.

The students of Hovsgrove High aren’t letting the recent deaths of two students ruin their summer and why should they? It’s not like the deaths are related or caused by an evil presence prowling in the night, right? Summer vacation before senior year was supposed to be one of the best times in Ena’s life. Summer parties, cook-outs, hanging out at Mackie’s—a pool hall in Hovsgrove, with her cousin Vi and best friend T.W. was all ruined in a matter of minutes. The last day of school proves to be the worst day of Ena’s life when she witnesses a student chased into the woods and killed by an obscenely large dog. After the “incident” the only thing that Ena gets to see for the first three weeks of her summer is the inside of her bedroom. When no body is found and Ena can’t explain why she made up a story about a dog attack/murder, she ends up grounded and an outcast with the kids in school. Her only hope to salvage the rest of her summer vacation after her three week prison sentence is over is her cousin Vi and best friend T.W. The energetic, smart mouthed New Yorker Vi not only convinces Ena to sneak out to one of the best parties of the summer, but also convinces her to investigate the murdered student herself. Neither girl nor T.W. knows what is in store for them and as they start asking questions they find out that there are missing teens that the residents don’t know about. How could the HPD have missed this key information that a sixteen year and her friends uncover in a matter of days? Are the police really doing all they can to find the missing kids or is there something dangerously making its way throughout Hovsgrove and stealing teens in the night, without the fear of justice?

6. When naming your characters, do you give any thought to the actual meaning?

I use names that pop into my head, but I have researched a name or two to learn its meaning. In Awakened there is a character by the name of Anastaise. Because Ana was reborn a vampire on Christmas day, she was named Anastaise, which means born on Christmas day. Also, the word Chorý, which is the name of the vampire breed, means ill or diseased.

7. What book are you reading now? 

Right now I am swamped so I don’t have time to read, but I do have a large TRB list!
1. The Syndicate, by Shelena Shorts
2. Alice in Zombieland, By Gena Showalter
3. In my Dreams, by Cameo Renae
4. The Last Echo, by Kimberly Derting
5. Deifance, by Lili St. Crow

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