1) What age group is The Ellderet Series and Ellderet Tales for?
Both are adult fantasy, NOT YA. However, as someone whose mother allowed her to read whatever she wanted (I picked up Stephen King in elementary school), I leave that judgment up to my readers.
2) Okay, so The Deadbringer isn't YA. Why?
Despite the main protagonist, Kira Vidal, being fifteen, The Deadbringer is not YA because of the following: physical and psychological violence, gore (including cannibalism), foul language, and sexual content, though the latter is not the main focus in this book.
3) What about To Nurture & Kill? Is that YA?
No. It contains physical violence, gore, sexual content, and foul language.
4) In what order should I read the books?
To Nurture & Kill is a standalone tie-in novella that serves as the prequel for The Deadbringer, whereas The Deadbringer is the first book in a series. You can read them in any order, but if you want to understand the bond between Eutau and Kira, then I would recommend reading in this order:
- To Nurture & Kill
- The Deadbringer
5) Since To Nurture & Kill was written after The Deadbringer, are there spoilers?
No, there are no spoilers. That said, there are informative tidbits in To Nurture & Kill that supplement The Deadbringer.
6) Please describe your style.
epic fantasy + surrealism + elements of horror / coffee.
7) What is dark fantasy?
Dark fantasy is a subgenre of fantasy that incorporates elements of horror.
8) Is your story a "good vs. evil" kind of story?
No. To Nurture & Kill and The Deadbringer are both written in shades of gray. I feel like my answer was best captured in an interview I did back in 2016:
DO YOU THINK READERS SHOULD VIEW THIS AS A CLEAR CUT GOOD VERSUS EVIL KIND OF STORY, OR DO YOU LIKE TO LOOK AT IT AS MORE OF A STORY THAT RESIDES IN SHADES OF GREY, MORALITY-WISE?
The Deadbringer is very much a story told in shades of gray with respect to its moral ambiguity and how the characters’ actions have consequences. Some of the characters in the book have unique abilities that historically are associated with evil (necromancy, shadow affinity, the literal ability to rot flesh) but it does not mean that they are evil, and yet they are persecuted as such. So, the book is very much written in shades of gray in the sense that it demonstrates how the classic trope (or natural human tendency) to categorize people into good or bad is directly responsible for the misfortunes of the characters. As the author, this is how I feel, but I believe that readers should feel free to interpret the book how they wish. It’s part of the joy of reading, after all.
9) Can you tell me a bit more about The Deadbringer?
The interview I did for Anthony Avina back in 2016 had some wonderful questions about The Deadbringer. Please check it out.
10) I only read books with heterosexual partners. So...
Then The Ellderet Series and Ellderet Tales is NOT for you. While there is not a lot of explicit sexual content, all my current books contain all forms of love, in particular To Nurture & Kill.
11) I don't like books with tons of description.
Then you probably won't enjoy The Deadbringer. You might still enjoy To Nurture & Kill, which is a shorter novella with less description.
11.1) I don'T like books with multiple points of view (pov).
Then you probably won't enjoy The Deadbringer, which is told from multiple POVs, including Kira Vidal. You might still enjoy To Nurture & Kill, which is told from only one POV, Eutau Vidal.
12) Can I send you my story, outline, manuscripts, etc?
For legal reasons, I ask you not to send me your creative works. If you do send me something, it will not be looked at.
13) Can I send you fan art or tag you on social media if I take pictures of your books?
Of course! But please know that in the case of social media (Facebook and Instagram in particular), I will most likely repost your image on my own social media sites. I will make sure to give proper credit :) If book pictures/fan art are sent via email, PLEASE let me know if it is 'okay to print'.
14) How do I get in contact with you?
There are three ways to get in contact with me:
- Social Media: Twitter (not very active, atm), Facebook (active), and Instagram (VERY active).
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- Fill out the contact form.
15) How do I get an ARC?
If you are a blogger or reviewer and would like a copy of my works, please fill out the contact form.