Publisher: Etopia Press
Selene is slowly dying...too bad that’s the least of her problems.
You could say that Selene Vanream has a lot of problems. First there’s the Rot that’s slowly killing her, despite everything Ilyse and Micah are doing to find a way to save her.
Then there’s Andrew, the ghost of her boss who is anchored to the living world. Selene would like to ignore him, but anchored ghosts with unsettled business turn into anchored beasties, so she can’t write him off. The government has sent a team to post up at Affairs of the Dead and keep an eye on her, which includes making sure she plays up to Andrew to keep him from turning.
On top of that, someone is using Selene’s new power to create anchored ghosts for their loved ones to keep around. Not good since the culprit doesn’t have a clue about that whole anchored beastie angle. Now Selene has a criminal to catch while trying to stay out of the hands of government goons who have stripping her reanimation power on their agenda.
When Micah and Ilyse finally find a way to save her, Selene thinks she can cross one bad thing off her list--until she learns the terrible price that must be paid to keep her alive. Full plate doesn’t cover it. Overflowing plate doesn’t cover it. Selene’s plate has damn near exploded.
Requiem for the Living is the second novel in my Reanimation Files series. The main character, Selene, is a necromancer who helps ghosts settle their unfinished business. But Selene is also a reanimator, which means she can reanimate the dead. It’s a power that the government intends to literally strip from anyone who has it so she’s had to keep it a secret. But in the first novel, Affairs of the Dead, her reanimation power gets her into a lot of trouble that carries through to the second book. For one thing she’s dying a slow death, and due to an evolution her reanimation power went through, has far more problems on her hands than she’d care to handle
RH: What made you want to become a writer?
I can’t say it was any one thing, for as far back into my childhood as I can remember, I’ve only wanted to be a ‘writer and artist.’ I was always writing little stories or poetry, and I wrote my first book when I was fourteen. From there I’ve just kept writing. It’s been the one thing I have been the most passionate about.
RH: Do you reflect people you know into your characters or do you prefer making them up on the fly?
For fun I’ve named characters after my friends either directly or using some variation of their names, but for me once I start thinking of a book and the character I want to build that book around, their personality usually builds itself. I’ve never purposely tried to reflect a character after someone I know.
RH: Which character do you think is the most like you?
I think Selene is like me in some ways, especially in terms of her sense of humor. She’s also outgoing, headstrong and stubborn and those are definitely traits I also possess.
RH: If you gave Selene a chance to speak to the readers, what would she say about the challenges of necromancy?
She’d tell them that if they got into necromancy to be a lot more careful about it than she was! It’s always better to follow the rules with certain things than to be careless and think about consequences when it’s already too late. But she’d also say it’s very satisfying helping ghosts with their unfinished business, and it’s certainly an entertaining line of work when it comes to the things ghosts need help with. She’d tell you about that one time she took a ghost to a strip club to get laid…
RH: What is your next project?
I am working on the third book in the Reanimation Files. Hopefully it will be out later this year!
RH: Where can we find you?
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RH: I see this is a sequel. Could you tell us about book one, Affairs of the Dead?
Affairs of the Dead:
Help ghosts, stop a thief, and try not to die…
Necromancer Selene Vanream helps ghosts settle their affairs so they can move on. But when breaking the rules gets her in trouble, she’s bumped down to tracking ghosts trying to avoid the afterlife. Ghosts like Ethan Lance, who claims he was kicked out of his body when someone else jumped in. Which might be plausible—if such a thing were possible. And if Micah, Selene’s partner, didn’t pull her into an investigation of brutal murders that lead directly back to Ethan.
But when the whole mess puts Selene’s life in danger, she suddenly has very personal reasons to get Ethan’s body back. Between her uncomfortable relationship with Micah, and problems with her boss, Selene learns just how much trouble it can be when you don’t follow the rules…
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RH: What is your least favorite thing to write? How do you accomplish it?
Fight scenes aren’t always my favorite thing to write. I usually do a quickie version of them just so I can get through them and move on, then when I am editing the book I flesh them out.
RH: What is your favorite thing to write?
The last sentence! I love when I have a finished product =)
RH: Pen, Pencil, phone, tablet or computer?
My first four books were written with pen in notebooks so I will always have a soft spot for pen and paper. Nowdays, I’d have to go with computer.
RH: Where do you call home?
RH: Do you prefer paperback or e-books?
RH: If you could be any character of any book (including your own), who would it be and why?
With my own books I’d definitely be Selene, despite the things I put her through, I think the world I created in her books would be a lot of fun to be part of. With someone else’s book…maybe Alice from Alice in Wonderland, or Elizabeth from Pride and Prejudice.
RH: What book could you read over and over?
My childhood favorite: The Secret Garden. Also, The Sound of Waves by Yukio Mishima.
RH: If a crystal ball could tell you the truth about yourself, your life, the future or anything else, what would you want to know?
If I ever get to be JK Rowling famous one day, haha! (and just as rich too lol)
RH: What is the one thing you cannot live without?
My lovely little daughter. And chocolate!
RH: Do you have a favorite quote?
Sometimes forever has to end in order for it to begin again.
RH: What is your favorite drink?
Other than water: Moscato Sparkling Wine
RH: Are you an early riser or a night owl?
Night Owl. I am a huge grump in the morning, getting out of bed sucks!
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