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Author Interview: Deborah A Bailey
1. How did you choose your genre? What made you write this book?
I’ve always been interested in science fiction and fantasy for as long as I can remember. For a long time, I only read books in those genres. Writing about magic and magical creatures is a way for me to use my imagination to tell stories that can occur in any world at any time. I got the idea for this story because of my interest in the mythology of the phoenix birds that regenerate. It took a while but eventually, ideas came to me where I could write about phoenix shifters who regenerate and open portals to other worlds.
2. Writers write what they know and must observe the world. Are you a firstborn, middle or last child, and how does this shape your view of the world?
Actually, I’m an “only” child which meant that I spent a lot of time around adults. Of course, I also had friends and cousins my age, but I think being around adults gave me a maturity that happened relatively early for me. I’ve always been told I’m an “old soul” and I’m not sure if that would’ve happened otherwise. But I did learn a lot about observing people and listening. Often people will seek me out to tell me details about their lives. Maybe it’s because they sense that I’m a good listener. But my ability to listen and learn has helped me a great deal in my storytelling.
3. Where is your favorite place to write?
Since I’m currently working from home (as a tech writer) I have my personal laptop set up next to my work laptop. I’m usually at my dining table where I can look out the window. So even though it’s also a workspace for my less imaginative work, it’s also a comfortable space for my fiction writing as well. But to be honest, I could write just about anywhere if I have my laptop. As long as I have some music in the background and a nice view.
4. How do you feel about killing your darlings, and what do you do with the remains?
I don’t like it at all! But I realize that at times things have to be cut. Sometimes I save those bits in a separate folder in case they come in handy for future stories. Or they can be jumping-off points for other ideas.
5. You are introduced to your favorite author. Who is it, and what is that one burning question you must ask them?
That favorite author would be science fiction author Octavia E Butler, who passed away several years ago. She’s been an inspiration for me, and I wonder what she’d be writing today. Her books were so prescient and when you read them you’re immersed in her worlds. My burning question would be what would she be working on today? A new book? Another book in one of her series? So much of what she wrote years ago has come to pass today and I wonder what her vision of the future would be.
6. Inquiring minds want to know…tell readers something about you that no one knows.
I once considered becoming a musician instead of a writer. Years ago, I played the clarinet in school bands in middle school and high school. I had a choice to continue and perhaps make a career of it. But in the end, I knew it wasn’t my calling, so I didn’t pursue it.
7. You are stranded on a deserted island with only a backpack for company. What three items are in your survival pack?
Interesting question! One thing would be a copy of Octavia E Butler’s Xenogenesis trilogy because I’ve re-read that many times over the years and I’d hate to be without it. My music, of course – so maybe I’d have to have my phone with me. And of course, my solar charger because I have to keep the music going – and perhaps I could call a passing ship if there’s a cell tower around!
8. If you could have one superpower in your existence, what would it be?
I’d like to be able to fly. I could travel quickly and be able to see a lot of things from above. I have a fear of heights so maybe flying might be a bit stressful. But hopefully, I’d overcome that after a while.
9. Favorite snack?
Barbeque potato chips with extra heat. I had some recently and they were delicious.
10. Indy 500 – Do you know how to get where you’re going, or do you drive the speed limit?
I know how to get where I’m going. In life I’m more of a sprinter than a marathoner, so once I’ve decided where I want to go, I’m on my way.
Worlds of Fire: Blood Red Moon
by Deborah A. Bailey
GENRE: Romantic Fantasy
Out of the ashes, a new beginning…
When his family and most of their kind were destroyed by the Guild, Derek inherited the position of Vampire Lord. Alchemists held the keys to creating portals to other worlds, knowledge they passed down to phoenixes. Their utopian society was crushed when the Guild invaded, intending to unlock the powerful secrets phoenixes possess. Lovers Derek and Avani met the night their city was sacked and after the city succumbed, they were lost to each other.
Love will be resurrected in blood and fire…
Having lost her memory, Avani became a protégé of the Guild Master, conditioned by magic to believe shifters and vampires were evil. Eventually, she was made Seeker, tasked with finding the Vampire Lord in order to gain access to phoenixes.
When Derek finds Avani, he neutralizes the magic that’s kept her from remembering who she is. However, the Templars have almost certainly made a pact with the enemy of all supernatural creatures, in order to gain access to the portals. Only a phoenix can save the world from utter ruin now, but that was precisely the asking price…
“You’re thinking about the Guild, aren’t you? They don’t deserve your thoughts, or anything else.” Derek was standing next to the tub, undressing.
How had he known? Could he read my thoughts? Another thing I’d heard that vampires could do. As if in response the stabbing pain increased, like something within me was fighting to get out. Each stab cut deeper and deeper and I doubled over.
The water was shut off. I felt pressure on my back, moving me forward. Then splashing as Derek joined me in the tub. He sat and braced his legs on either side of me. He put his arms around me, holding on as I shivered.
His presence surrounded me like the water. A vampire. My enemy. A dangerous predator who I’d been taught to fear and hate.
Derek pulled my hair back and bared my neck. Soon he would sink his teeth into me to save me. Or he would have his revenge for what we’d done to his people. Maybe that had been his plan all along. I’d be less trouble dead.
In the cooling water, his touch melted me as he glided his tongue over my neck. The pain in my chest slowly subsided. Not gone but not dominant anymore. My body was becoming attuned to him. My gasps of pain lessening as my breathing matched his. In and out. In and out. Steady. Deliberate.
The Vampire Lord and the Seeker. Finally, together at last. But not in the way I’d always thought we’d be.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Deborah A Bailey’s Paranormal & Science Fiction Romance novels include suspense, a bit of mystery, and a lot of romantic heat.
Her short stories have won awards from the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference and have been published in US1 Magazine and the Sun and are included in, Electric Dreams: Seven Futuristic Tales. She’s the author of non-fiction books and articles for various online publications.
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