Anyone who had been paying attention to the publishing industry knows that there is a significant increase in reputation for self-publishing. Â Self publishing used to be considered to a method of publishing that was only done by talent-less hacks that weren’t good enough to get agents and obtain “real” publishing contracts.
The small town of Maxville, Colorado is harboring more secrets than Kota Riley ever imagined. Â Hunting, partying, and hanging with the guys has made up the most of her simple life, but as she nears the end of her time in Maxville High, she finds herself in want of something more. Something new. Unfortunately for her, she gets her wish the beginning of senior year when a whole slew of new faces come Waltzing into her life. Literally.
It would have been a success, but when their two youngest get mixed up in a taboo romance with Kota and her best friend Sue, things get nasty for everyone.
Driven by boredom and the disturbing effect the mysterious Peters have on her, Kota starts pushing her way into their secrets without hesitation. She soon finds herself surrounded by everything she never knew existed and the blame is all on her when she risks the safety of her friends and family to discover a truth she was never supposed to see.
RM: What was your inspiration for the book?
AC: I had been reading books in the genre of Paranormal Romance and was tiring of seemingly the same basic plot points. Human girl falls for inhuman boy and their taboo romance brings danger down on them both, but they still stay together and all that. I know, as do you, that Iâ€™m not putting down the other common plot points youâ€™re thinking of now, but that would just take too long. That one example will suffice for giving me inspiration to write a different story. Kota may still be human and the Peters inhuman, but itâ€™s the only commonality between Ensuing Darkness and those other books, as The Dark Chronicles isnâ€™t Paranormal Romance.
RM: What types of genres of books do you like to read and/or write?
AC: What I like to read and write are basically the same, and thatâ€™s anything. I like good stories, and the ideas I get for books range through pretty much every topic. Mainly however, I guess I tend to stick with Fantasy. I just love reading and writing about all the impossible things that could never happen in my reality. Itâ€™s very thrilling.
RM: Who was your inspiration?
AC: If you mean the inspiration that started me writing, then Iâ€™d have to say Christopher Paolini. He was home-schooled, like I was, he wrote an amazing series, and became extremely successful from self-publishing. His success instilled in me a hope that anyone can do this, as long as they have the talent and determination.
AC: Iâ€™m always falling in love with a new book, but there are some authors whose writing has continuously left me in awe. I think for me, what gets authors on my list of favorites is not only â€˜whatâ€™ they write but also â€˜howâ€™ they write. For instance, I have fallen in love with J.K. Rowling, and Richelle Meadâ€™s style of writing.
RM: What are your favorite fictional characters?
AC: My favorites tend to be rebellious and/or sarcastic, mostly because thatâ€™s how I am. I love to laugh too, so whoever can make me laugh the most is usually my favorite. I wonâ€™t name any specific characters though, because not only would the list be too long, but I donâ€™t want to leave anyone out, haha.
RM: Where can people buy your book?
AC: It is available on Amazon, Kindle, Barnes & Noble, as well as the Nook.
RM: How has the response been to your book?
AC: It has been very good. Every review Iâ€™ve received has been either 4 stars and up, which was such a thrill for me. I havenâ€™t had the resources to market â€œEnsuing Darknessâ€ as I would like, but for as much as I have done, I think itâ€™s doing very well.
RM: Thanks for that wonderful interview, Ms. Cain.