Today I am featuring Crystal Collier for her Soulless blog tour. I was thrilled to be able to sign up, as I loved Moonless (which is FREE today, Nov. 7th!), and I am happy to bring her first author interview on Write with Fey to all of you. Welcome, Crystal!
Please tell us about your current release, Crystal.
The Soulless are coming.
Alexia manipulated time to save the man of her dreams, and lost her best friend to red-eyed wraiths. Still grieving, she struggles to reconcile her loss with what was gained: her impending marriage. But when her wedding is destroyed by the Soulless—who then steal the only protection her people have—she’s forced to unleash her true power.
And risk losing everything.
SOULLESS is book 2 in the Maiden of Time trilogy.
Author: Crystal Collier
Publisher: Raybourne Publishing
Series: Maiden of Time, #2
Publication: October 13th, 2014
Category: Young Adult (YA)
Genre: Paranormal Historical
1. What books would you compare to SOULLESS?
A Great and Terrible Beauty, A Season of Witches, The Clockwork Angel (series), Jane Eyre + Supernatural, The Faerie Ring. Think one part scary, one part romance, one part action, one part history, and one part fantasy.
2. Those are ALL great books! How did you pick the title for your book?
During Pitch Wars 2012, I was blessed with the most wonderful writing coach (and marketing guru), Sharon Johnston, who caught the vision of where I’m going with my series. We tossed back and forth several potential titles, but when she threw out the progression of MOONLESS followed by two other titles ending in “less,” we knew we had gold. Soulless not only represents the moral dilemma Alexia faces, but is the name of the predators who threaten everything Alexia holds dear.
3. I think the titles ending with "less" was a brilliant idea! If your book had a soundtrack, give us a list of a few songs that would be on it.
Have you ever heard of Two Step From Hell? Any author who is serious about writing action or fantasy should totally check them out. Their songs that influenced this book:
4. What would women find irresistible about your hero?
Kiren is mysterious, brooding, hopelessly romantic and self-sacrificing. He’s tortured but compassionate and extremely moral. Oh, and let’s not forget those tantalizing blue eyes.
5. I know I find Kiren irresistible! What would we find in your heroine’s purse if we went snooping?
Alexia doesn’t carry a purse, but if she did you might find her favorite book hiding in there, along with a tattered calling card (once bestowed upon her father by Kiren), a hairpin that belonged to her long-dead mother, and a time-box (often mistaken for a puzzle box).
6. How old were you when you read your fantasy book? What was it?
The Windrose Chronicles (Aka The Dark Mage) series by Barbara Hambly… I’d actually read a TON before this, but in 7th grade this was my first 700+ page book, which was actually 3 books smashed together. (And my first adult novel.) It made a lasting impression and is a story I love to this day.
7. Share three random facts about you.
I wrote a musical called IMMORTAL.
My nickname in high school was Chicken, and it was totally cool.
I’m more comfortable in front of an audience of thousands than one on one.
❀ Unleashing the dream world, one book at a time ❀
Crystal Collier is a young adult author who pens dark fantasy, historical, and romance hybrids. She can be found practicing her brother-induced ninja skills while teaching children or madly typing about fantastic and impossible creatures. She has lived from coast to coast and now calls Florida home with her creative husband, three littles, and “friend” (a.k.a. the zombie locked in her closet). Secretly, she dreams of world domination and a bottomless supply of cheese. You can find her on her blog and Facebook, or follow her on Twitter.
Thank you for telling us about your much-anticipated sequel to Moonless, Crystal. I hope to read Soulless soon!