Hosted by Bewitching Book Tours, today I'll be talking with Dawne' Dominique about her book Eden's Hell and The First Series.
Hi Dawné and welcome to SalaciousReads
Thank you so much for having me here at Salacious Reads today.
So to start, tell us a little about yourself.
I've been writing for many years, but about ten years ago, I joined a writing site/forum to try to alleviate the stress of my job. When I realized this was what I wanted to be when I grew up :) I resigned from my paralegal position, with hubby's blessing. He gave me three years to follow my dream to see if I could become publish, but it wasn't for that reason. I just needed to write.
Please tell us a little about the First Series and its characters?
The First series began as a contest on my writing forum. From there, Daniella Rolfe was born. The story revolves around biblical and mythological facts, with fiction crashing headlong. There's a host of characters: Addison Eden, Eva Carr, Satrina Vacher, Daniella Rolfe, Aiden Blackmore, Spencer Dalton and Paladin Sandalino are some of the more prolific characters.
How does the first book Eden's Hell tie in with books 2 and 3? Or can it be a stand alone title?
Eden's Hell was written after Dark Diary, Kindred Blood and Crimson Cries. It was supposed to be a stand-alone novel, but halfway through writing it, I knew it had begin my series. I had shelved the entire project for three years because of publisher issues. So I started writing Eden's Hell. The rest fell into place.
Although Daniella Rolfe takes center stage in books two, three and four, the characters from book one return in the final novel along with others from my previously published vampire novellas.
Addison and Eva (to me) are totally different from one another. He’s willing to go against everything for her. What draws him to her so much?
Addison and Eva are certainly night and day, aren't they? *grins* I will confess (and I've not shared this EVER) but they were structured a little after my husband and I. Hubby was/is still the "bad boy" type, but with a huge heart, albeit his beats.
I'm someone who stands by her word. When I make a promise, I never break it. Eva is like that. She exudes what is good and right, and she'll fight for it. Being human, a species Addison didn't care one iota about, snagged his attention right at the start of the book. For a man who has lost everything not once, but twice, he gave up ever caring about anything. He lived by the curse he was bound, accepting it to be his only fate. Eva brought life back to the dead. She continually surprised him.
Is there a character who became your favorite while writing the series?
That would be Daniella. She's everything I wish I could be.
The blurb for Eden's Hell took me by surprise. I wasn't expecting vampires in the story. How does it relate to the characters in the book?
You are certainly not the first one to say that to me. :) I wanted to create a different vampire tale, one that readers could actually believe possible. How and why did vampires come to be? By twisting biblical facts with fiction, I hoped to create a series where such a thing could be plausible.
Can we expect more books in this series?
Crimson Cries, which is the book four, is currently in edits. I hope to have it published by next Christmas. Surrender, which title I'm thinking to change to Surrender: Sins of the Father, is the last novel. I've been working on this series for ten years, so letting them go is going to be difficult, if not impossible. So you never know what might be in store for the future.
What or whom inspired you to write? And did you always want to be a writer?
I had a grade 12 English teacher who both inspired and motivated me to write. Growing up, I wasn't good at anything. My twin sister was a star at sports; my brother the brains, and my little brother is mentally retarded...then there was little 'ol me. When I wrote, I could become part of the worlds I created, dream I was those characters. This teacher saw this in me. She nurtured and pushed me to do what I loved, even telling me I was good at it. I didn't receive a lot of accolades growing up.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Cover art. I'm always doing cover art.
Any favorite authors?
Anne Rice and J.R. Tolkien.
Final question, what do you want readers to take away with them after reading your books?
A sense of believing, of hoping and dreaming, in fighting for what you think is right...and that people can change with the right circumstances. Love does exist even in the things we think are most evil.
Thanks so much for stopping through Dawné.
You are very welcome. This was so much fun. Thank you for having me here today, Sharonda. All the very best to you and Salacious Reads.
THE FIRST Series by Dawné Dominique
My review of Eden's Hell will be posted later today.
About the Author:
She embraces life with one simple rule:
“Everything in life happens for a reason, be it good or bad, and it’s because of this we learn to never take anything for granted.”
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