Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Brandy Nacole, Author of Darkest Reaches

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We're proud to interview Brandy Nacole, author of "Darkest Reaches – Spiritual Discord Series Book 3", as part of the "Darkest Reaches" blog tour.

Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m a mother of three kids who I hope inherits the love of reading like I do, and considering my daughters book shelf, I’d say it is looking good. Besides writing and reading, I spend most of my time outdoors hiking, trail riding, and canoeing. Many call me crazy due to my tendency to change my mind about plans, plots, etc., every five minutes, but hey, makes like interesting!

Describe the plot of “Darkest Reaches,” book 3 in the Spiritual Discord series, in a few sentences.

After Sabrina saved him from the hounds, Kayson now has to find a way into Hell to save her. His only option is to ask Iraja, a fallen angel who doesn’t do favors without a price. Meanwhile Sabrina struggles against temptations she was made for, ones she’s fought against for over a hundred years, while facing her biggest fears.

Who do you think would most appreciate “Darkest Reaches”?
Readers who enjoy paranormal and paranormal romance stories. There are all kinds of beasties in the Spiritual Discord series: vampires, werewolves, fallen angels, hellhounds, witches, demons, and more.

Iraja, a fallen angel, stands in the way of Kayson in this book, yet also has the potential to be a help. What can you tell us about Iraja?
When Lucifer created the hounds to destroy his blood children – full blooded witches, vampires, etc. – everyone believed they all had perished. But they haven’t. Iraja has kept his massive estate safe because of the full blood he has kept hidden and chained for decades. And while Iraja will help other fallen angels who need shelter, when it comes to the halfs, they die on site. For Kayson, his biggest struggle is going to be convincing Iraja to allow Katarina to help him save Sabrina, who is a half.

More than ever, Sabrina’s faced with the downsides of being a vampire in this book. Without giving too much away, could you describe her situation for readers?
Sabrina was turned against her will, making her a half, not a full blood. Shortly after being changed, the hounds were unleashed on earth to kill all blood children. She has been on the run since then, fighting against her vampire instincts and needs to stay off the radar. But after saving Kayson, she is now in Hell and being forced to embrace those needs and fearing her final fate – eternity in Hell.

How does this book compare to the first two books in the Spiritual Discord series?
While facing new threats and problems in "Darkest Reaches," Kayson still has yet to prove his intent that started in Broken Faith. He fell from Heaven because he believed what no one else does, that the halfs that remain on earth can once again obtain their souls if they so choose. As the story has built over the last two books, more and more are coming to terms with what Kayson believes.

Can you tell us a bit about your creative process for this book, from the initial idea to the finished manuscript?
When I first started plotting for Broken Faith, I was driving home to Arkansas from New York. By the time I got home, I had the plot for the whole series worked out. Some of those initial thoughts have changed but most have stayed intact. Once the plot is built, I do the necessary research needed for the book, build the characters, and then write the first draft. Proofreading, editing, and proofreading again seem to be a never ending process until finally one has to say “stop, you’re going to drive yourself crazy.”

Are there any authors who have influenced your writing style?
I look to many authors for support and guidance, but my biggest influencer is Richelle Mead. I fell in love with the VA series and her fun-loving spirit. She is quite the role model.

Are there any aspects of your life, outside reading and writing, that influence your writing style?
It seems that I can find ideas from most things around me. For instance, "Broken Faith" started churning in my head after passing two road signs. When my muses are refusing to talk to me, a good walk can usually get the motor running again.

Is there any aspect of writing you don't like?
Titles! Set me in front of a computer, I can write all day. And unlike most, I enjoy proofreading and editing, which is why I offer to proofread manuscripts for others. But titles are my kryptonite, no joke. I don’t know why, but sometimes it will take me months for the fireworks to light and go boom.

What do you have in mind for your next project?
I am currently working on a standalone, "Deep in the Hollow," based on a local legend in my area, which I’m hoping to have released later this summer.

A short blurb from "Darkest Reaches":
A year ago Jo's life changed forever, and everyone thinks what happened is her fault. But the mystery that lurks behind this small town will reveal not only Jo's innocence, but centuries of blood and despair.

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