Sunday, May 27, 2012

Interview with Berinn Rae, Author of Hellbound

Also join us as we talk with Berinn Rae on BlogTalk Radio this Wednesday, May 30th, at 3:30 PM PDT!

1.      Hey, Berinn, so first off, your favorite TV show is Firefly? LOL!! Mine too!!! Which was your favorite episode and why? 

Pick just one? Are you kidding me? Wow, this is going to be a tough interview. Okay, let’s see. I’ll take the easy way out and go with “Jaynestown” simply because I had a crush on him (and Mal, of course, but who wouldn’t!).  Mal… Jayne… num, num, num. Sign me up for the crew!

2.      LOL! *singing* “Jayne! The man they call...Jaaaayne!” OMW! Love it! Why don’t you tell us a bit about yourself?

When I’m not fantasizing about the return of Firefly, I’m just like any other writer in that much of my free time goes to writing (and reading). I’ve just signed a contract for a new alien trilogy, and I’ve learned quickly how demanding writing can be.  I still have a day job, but that’s boring, so I’ll talk about my hobby… I fly vintage airplanes.

WHAT?!! Really?

 Yup, like the wind-in-your-hair open cockpit biplanes from the barnstorming days. I find flying a carefree time and a perfect balance to my otherwise butt-in-chair life.  Oh, and I’m also happily married to a fellow aviator, and together we pamper our extremely spoiled Gordon Setter named Annabelle.

3.      NICE! Your book, Hellhound, is out. Tell us a bit about your book.

Hellbound is the second book in the Guardians of the Seven Seals series. The evil Dominion has fallen, but factions still exist. One of those factions is an outlaw hellhound building his own army to go after the Seven Seals himself.

This is Orion’s and Lana’s story. Orion is the Alpha of all hellhounds and host of the Third Seal. Lana was an ordinary woman until she was brutally attacked and turned into a hellhound… all without any help or guidance. She thinks she’s cursed and is hunting the hellhounds were turned her, who just so happen to be the same ones Orion’s hunting. Lana’s a tough woman, maybe tough enough to be an Alpha’s equal… but you’ll have to read their story to find out.  :)

4.      Your premise sounds intriguing. What can you tell us about your hellhound and nightmare mythology?

I’ve always been fascinated with old legends and how they came to be. When I read about the Seven Seals in the Book of Revelations, I felt that those two were a legend of sorts. I asked myself, What if the Seals were powerful marks branded on a living being, and if that being were killed, a Seal would be broken? From that premise, I blended in other legends and creatures, making sure they would tie in smoothly with biblical lore (e.g., werewolves became hellhounds). And the world built itself from there!

5.      What inspired this book? 

Rafe is the most tortured—and powerful—of the Guardians, so he’s always been my personal favorite. I’ve been excited to write his book as soon as I worked out the series idea. I’d say he’s the one providing all the inspiration for his story.

6.      Tell us something about your characters that we wouldn’t be able to figure out by reading the book. 

Orion went through a dark time (which you will learn a bit about in the novel), but he actually nearly went feral and roamed the woods as a hellhound for some time. Which, once you get to know him, doesn’t go with his rock-solid personality at all! I’m hoping to share his past as a short story sometime.

7.      What can you tell us a bit about book 3, Fireflight

Ooh, Fireflight will be the darkest and sexiest of the series yet. Rafe, a dragon and a Guardian, is captured by a free-spirited witch. But when her coven imprisons them both, sparks are going to fly in every direction. Oh, and all of the Guardians are going to make an appearance!

8.      Where can readers purchase your book? 

9.      May we read an excerpt from the book and can you provide it here?

You bet! Here’s a quick excerpt from Ch. 2: 

For the first time since Lana Wolfe’s world had gone to hell in the proverbial hand basket, a spark had ignited in her soul. Hope. Hope for something beyond days of stalking and nights of killing. Hope that maybe she wouldn’t become one of the monsters that stalked the night.
Because Orion was different. He seemed like he’d been one of what she hunted for . . . well, for a long time. Yet he didn’t reek like the others. Quite the opposite. Her heightened senses drank him in like a parched sponge at an oasis.

Coming to Orion’s every night made her feel safe. There was magic on his farm. Even if for only a couple of hours each night, spending time here had been a welcome break from the hunt. The peace surrounding this place had made her believe the monsters couldn’t sully this oasis.

Except the stench in the air now warned her that hope was . . . hopeless. She was never safe. And now Orion wasn’t, either.

Her jaw clenched. She had covered her tracks. She was sure of it. There was no way the monsters could’ve tracked him from her trail. 

From the safety of the tree line, she scanned the area. Her fur bristled when she saw lizard-like shapes sprawled across the backyard.

Dead monsters. Orion's work.

She counted. Six total. Killing one monster was a feat. But six?


10.   Where can your readers connect with you on the web?

Thanks so much for having me!!

About Berinn

Berinn Rae writes romantic science fiction/fantasy about extraordinary women with kickassitude. Her EPIC-award finalist Guardians of the Seven Seals series follows mythical creatures we believed in as children, only to be forgotten as we aged. When not writing, she can be found flying old airplanes, watching SciFi movies, playing RPGs, and pampering an incredibly spoiled sixty-pound lap dog.

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