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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Chatting with Joelle Sterling, author of Midnight Cravings

Joelle Sterling is the author of Midnight Cravings, the first in a trilogy. Her next novel in the series is Forbidden Feast. She lives in Philadelphia.
Sterling is a new voice in urban fantasy fiction and she talked to me about her new novel.

 The first book in a new trilogy is a supernatural fest with witches, vampires, and zombies in an urban setting.

Holland Manning has discarded the nerdy girl image for a bold and edgy look. This is the year that she’s finally going to fit in with the popular kids and snag her long-time crush, football star Jarrett Sloan. Holland’s mom claims to be a witch, but her spells often go awry and sometimes even backfire. When Holland asks her mother to cast a spell for her, strange things begin to occur, and Holland suspects that her mother may have mistakenly opened a portal that has unleashed menacing, dark forces.

Desperate to find a better life in America, seventeen-year-old Jonas embarks on a perilous voyage from Haiti to Miami—a voyage manned by a sadistic captain and fraught with superstitious hysteria and voodoo spells. When Jonas wakes up in Frombleton, GA, he realizes that he’s been changed. No longer a normal teenager, he’s become something unspeakably sinister— something undead!

Discovering her own powers of sorcery that have been laying dormant, Holland joins forces with Jonas and soon finds herself falling for him, despite the dark secret he keeps. Though woefully outnumbered, Holland and Jonas take on the dangerous mission of vanquishing the nest of vampires that are picking off the residents of Frombleton, one by one.

In this life or death clash between witches, vampires, and zombies, Midnight Cravings is a bone-chillingly scary tale of teenage angst and forbidden love.



    Tell the readers about your novel Midnight Cravings
 
Midnight Craving is supernatural fest with witches, vampires, and zombies in an urban setting.  Holland Manning has discarded the nerdy girl image for a bold and edgy look. This is the year that she’s finally going to fit in with the popular kids and snag her long-time crush, football star Jarrett Sloan. Holland’s mom claims to be a witch, but her spells often go awry and sometimes even backfire. When Holland asks her mother to cast a spell for her, strange things begin to occur, and Holland suspects that her mother may have mistakenly opened a portal that has unleashed menacing, dark forces.
Desperate to find a better life in America, seventeen-year-old Jonas embarks on a perilous voyage from Haiti to Miami—a voyage manned by a sadistic captain and fraught with superstitious hysteria and voodoo spells. When Jonas wakes up in Frombleton, GA, he realizes that he’s been changed. No longer a normal teenager, he’s become something unspeakably sinister— something undead!

    Why did you decided to write urban fantasy?

 I loved to read about the great author Zora Neale Hurston.  I wanted to write a series of books that captivates Zora’s true essence of her studies in the voodoo culture.   In addition, I love to develop stories that will intrigue and keep readers on the edge of their seats. Therefore, I wanted to take readers on a ride that they will not forget.  I love to read paranormal novels. Therefore, I wanted to give my readers a book that entertains, intrigues, tantalizes their reading buds.

    Where did you get the inspiration for this trilogy? 
  
 The characters in my books take on a life and identity that is clearly all their own. As I began the writing process, it was clear to me that their stories could not be contained in one book. Therefore, it was a clear and obvious decision to make the series a trilogy.

      What do you think sets your fantasy apart from other books in this genre?

Generally speaking, the majority of books that feature zombies have them in a post apocalyptic world. However, my book goes back to the original zombie myth that originates in Haiti. In addition, my books strategically weave the lives of the characters in a dynamic web.  

    How can readers follow you online (Facebook, Twitter, etc.)?
 

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