Monday, October 5, 2009

The Doomsday Brethren, Interview With Shayla Black

I started reading about an intriguing world created by Shayla Black (aka Shelley Bradley) and knew that I not only had to read the series, but have her as a guest Over Coffee.

I’m pleased to have had a chance to talk with Shayla a bit about
The Doomsday Brethren Series and Seduce Me In Shadow, released September 29th. Shayla Black is a national bestseller and writes various genres, and now paranormal/urban fantasy romance.



When Shayla says, “Magic has never been so devastatingly sexy,” she means it. I have to tell you that her heroine, Sydney, is not the only one that thinks Caden MacTavish is yummy (as you know, I do have a weakness for sexy Scots). Get out your fans, girls, you’re gonna need them, because we’re talking a very hot hero.


  • You've also written Contemporary Romance and Erotica, what made you decide to branch into paranormal romance?

I’ve had this idea in the back of my head for about a dozen years. I finally think all the pieces of the puzzle fell together mentally for me, which enabled me to write the books. But they’ve always been in my head and near and dear to my heart.

  • I love to read paranormals, and especially with a new slant. Your series is called the Doomsday Brethren staring magical knights, wizards, and witches who must fight evil. What drew you choose magical warriors?
I’ve always been fascinated by magical worlds, and this was perfect for me to explore. The immortal human who walks in magical circles (TEMPT ME WITH DARKNESS), the wizard who doesn’t want to be a wizard (SEDUCE ME IN SHADOW), the wizard who yearns for more than his born station in life provides (POSSESS ME AT MIDNIGHT), the double-dealing wizard, the leader of the magical wizards, the broken wizard… These guys just came to me. But despite all their magical abilities, they have very HUMAN problems, and I wanted readers to be able to identify what these characters were experiencing emotionally.

  • What's special about your heroines, Olivia and Sydney? Any magic? Are they aware of these magical knights or just average women who walk into this blind?

Olivia from book 1, TEMPT ME WITH DARKNESS, was unaware of the magical world she was born into, then shielded from who whole life. The heroine of my current release, SEDUCE ME IN SHADOW, is Sydney, a human who is sure this magical world exists…but can’t prove it. She’s a journalist determined to dig until she finds answers. She gets a whole lot more than she bargained for…

  • What was the most fun about writing this series?

Dreaming up the new world, the characters and their interaction. Crossing between their world and ours is a ton of fun, and I enjoy making it accessible for us mere human, but still fantastical enough to take the reader on a journey.

  • What was the hardest to write?

Keeping all the strands of the plots together. These books are intricate, and as I write book 4, most characters have an established history and backstory that I’m working within, so keeping it all straight keeps me on my toes.

  • Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?


Don't give up. Tenacity is 90% of this business. Keep writing. Keep submitting. The minute you stop knocking on doors is the minute you lose all chance of selling. And it may be cliché, but read, read, read. Don't assume that what you like to read most is immediately what suits your voice. Try a few different things and see what feels good to you. Remember, your voice is what an editor is looking for. Tell the story that only you can tell.

  • When will your next book be published? Can you tell me a bit about it?

SEDUCE ME IN SHADOW just released 9/29, so it should be in stores now. Book 3 in the series; POSSESS ME AT MIDNIGHT, releases 10/27. Here are the “official” blurbs for both:

SEDUCE ME IN SHADOW

  • Ex-Marine Caden MacTavish has shunned his magical heritage all his life, but he will do anything to heal his desperately ill brother, a Doomsday Brethren warrior in mourning for his missing mate. Posing as a photographer, Caden must convince firecracker tabloid reporter Sydney Blair to reveal the source of her recent exposé on a supernatural power clash. Unfortunately, keeping his hands off the sizzling redhead proves as hard as getting them onto the potent and mystical Doomsday Diary he discovers at her bedside. A bloody rebellion led by an evil, power-hungry wizard is imminent. If Sydney divulges the book’s existence, she will jeopardize magickind’s most deeply guarded secrets and become the ruthless wizard’s number one target. Caden has never trusted magic’s cruel and dangerous powers, but he will protect Sydney with his life and magic—even if it means risking his heart.

POSSESS ME AT MIDNIGHT

  • As a mysterious dark cloud drains the life of her beloved brother, Doomsday Brethren leader Bram, Sabelle Rion can think of little else. Still, every time she meets Ice Rykard’s intense green gaze, her body aches with need for the sexy warrior. Their attraction is explosive, incredible—and forbidden. As dangerous as he is unpredictable, Ice is her brother’s sworn enemy. But as Bram weakens, a more sinister force is gaining power. Evil Mathias and his ruthless Anarki army are on a bloodthirsty hunt for the Doomsday Diary. Sabelle must guard the potent book with her life—and Ice vows to protect the beautiful witch with his. Duty demands that Sabelle deny her lover’s fiery call of possession and mate with a man who can sway the magical Council against the impending rebellion. With the fate of magickind hanging in the balance, will she forsake the burning desires she can’t ignore or turn her back on her people for the courageous man she can’t resist?

Thank you, Shayla, for taking time out of your busy writing schedule to answer my questions.

Be on the look out in November 2009 for a review of The Doomsday Brethren Series, here at Over Coffee.

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SHAYLA BLACK is the nationally bestselling author of more than twenty sizzling contemporary, erotic, paranormal, and historical romances, including the Doomsday Brethren novels Tempt Me with Darkness and Possess Me at Midnight. Her novel Decadent was nominated for Best Erotic Romance of 2007 by Romantic Times. She lives in Texas with her family.

Visit her website at http://www.shaylablack.com/.

Check out additional information about The Doomsday Brethren

Be sure to get the first in the Brethren series, and it's trailer: Tempt Me with Darkness.



19 comments:

~Sia McKye~ said...

Welcome, Shayla, to Over Coffee. I have to tell you, I'm really enjoying SEDUCE ME IN THE SHADOW. I'm looking forward to reading all three.

There's plenty of coffee on the coffee bar and some lovely scones, muffins, and bagels. Nice thing about a Virtual Coffee Bar--we never run out so help yourself. :-)

Sherrie Super said...

Great interview! The stories sound veeeery intriguing. Terrific cover too! Totally drool-worthy. Oh yeah.

Elle J Rossi said...

Good morning Sia. Hope your weekend was splendid.


Shayla,

Have no doubt that I will be reading this series. I'm actually very excited about the world you created. I like that you said we must read, read, read. When I started time, I found very little time to actually read. That was something I really missed. Lately, I've set some time aside to do just that and I truly think my writing is better for it.

Enjoy your day,
Elle J Rossi

~Sia McKye~ said...

Hey Elle, weekend was pretty good. One of those golden weekend full of sunshine and family.

What I liked about that comment of Shayla's was the idea of persistence in submitting.
"The minute you stop knocking on doors is the minute you lose all chance of selling."

Writers get discouraged when they get rejections. Like she said, if we stop knocking on doors, our stories are dead as far as being published. The publishers won't come to us, WE have to go to them.

Kat Sheridan said...

Shayla, glad to meet you! The books sound just incredible! Very hot indeed! And I love the advice you offered to those of us still aspiring--I've always believed that if you ask for something (query), you have a 50% chance of the answer being yes. If you don't even ask, there's a 100% chance you won't get what you want.

I know Sia makes great coffee and keeps lemon poppyseed muffins just for me. Great interview today!

Shayla Black said...

Sia, thanks for having me!

Sherrie, I'm glad you like the sound of them. They are SO much fun to write!

Elle, reading is critical. Keep doing in even if it's just 20 pages a day. Soak in your tub and unwind with a book. Good luck with your writing.

Kat, I've always scratched my heads at the folks who write like mad, then never submit. Yeah, you might hear no. Than again...you might hear yes. Oh, lemon poppyseed, my FAVORITE!

Shayla Black said...

Forgive my lack of caffeine...

Elle, reading is critical. Keep doing it even if it's just 20 pages a day. Soak in your tub and unwind with a book. Good luck with your writing.

Kat, I've always scratched my heads at the folks who write like mad, then never submit. Yeah, you might hear no. Then again...you might hear yes. Oh, lemon poppyseed, my FAVORITE!

Geez, I'll have to type better after my Diet Coke.

Netti said...

Lovin' the blurbs!! Definitely going to check these out, thanks for sharing with us Shayla :D I agree with Sherrie, the covers are definitely drool-worthy!

K. A. Laity said...

"Tenacity is 90% of this business." Absolutely! Octavia Butler wrote an absolutely wonderful essay on the topic called "Furor Scribendi" and her exact advice was "persist"! It's easy to get discouraged, but if you keep working, keep submitting and learn by reading, you will get there.

And it helps a bunch to surround yourself with positive, encouraging folks (regardless of whether you're writing or not).

~Sia McKye~ said...

I couldn't agree more Kate. Surround yourself with positive people. It helps with all endevors

SueO said...

Very cool interview. Love the "rah-rah" regarding tenacity! To the easily discouraged (like me!), a bit of shoring up is sooooo welcomed!

Helen Ginger said...

People, people, my TBR pile is too high already. Gonna have to get this one, though.

Helen
Straight From Hel

Sheila Deeth said...

Think I need to go find some real coffee too. I loved the interview. Thanks.

HollyJacobs said...

Great interview, Sia! And now, I have a new book to look for, Shayla!

Holly

Dana Fredsti said...

Sigh...another series to add to the TBR list. WIll it never end?....

I HOPE not! :-)

Adina said...

The series sounds very intriguing ,I'll have to get my hands on some for sure.
I read everything but somehow I constantly return to the pagan beauty of the unconstructed free thinking , paranormal . magic etc ...

Shayla Black said...

Netti, thanks! The publisher wrote a great blurb that is really reflective of the book. I was pretty happy too...

K.A., I agree that surrounding yourself with positive yet realistic people is crucial. The business is too hard to be with nothing but doubters.

Sue O, keep trying. In the long-term sense, only you can defeat you.

Helen and Dana, One more series won't hurt. Promise! LOL

Glad you enjoyed, Sheila!

Holly, books should be out there on all the shelves. I hope you try it!

Adina, this is a magical world totally of my own creation, but I enjoy it so much. I you do as well.

~Sia McKye~ said...

All I know is I'm really liking what I'm reading about Sydney and Caden. I want more, dammit, lolol!

I like the way you play with magick Shayla.
:-)

Houston A.W. Knight said...

Hey Sweetie!

This was a wonderful interview - each of the books talked about I will buy...they sound wonderful...

Hawk