This week, I’m sharing an author interview I did with Lucy Smoke. I love author interviews (in case you can’t tell) because as a reader, I’m always on the hunt for a new series. To me, there is no worse feeling than finishing the last book an author has written. I can’t even enjoy the end, because I know it is just that—the end!
Lucy writes books with reverse harems. I recently read her book, Daimon, which immediately intrigued me. It was equal parts fantasy, romance, dystopian, and mystery. Read on for my interview!
Your book, Daimon, has characteristics of a high fantasy novel. Tell me about the world you created for Nerys, the main character in this story.
It was actually really difficult to design the world that Nerys and her potentials live in. Nerys lives in a world without an actual name, and I don’t plan to name it planetary or otherwise because I want to keep it open for imagination/interpretation.
There is magic, technology, and a slew of gods and goddess, some of which you will meet, some of which you may never meet. There are four main gods—Apil, Queen Jiang, Ngame, and Ticab—and several lesser gods. [Semi-spoiler] In book 2, Necrosis, you will meet an actual god/goddess.
The world where Nerys lives is made up of magic— witches, spirits… How do all these creatures get along? And do you have a favorite paranormal creature?
The awesome part about Nerys’s world is that most people [aside from King Matric] get along. At the point in the time period that Daimon starts, there hasn’t been a Daimon for a long time. People outside of Matric’s city (otherwise known as Euron) know of Daimons, but each city is governed in its own way—which you’ve probably seen in a difference between places like Ragnarok, Euron, or even Cephei. The people of Euron are oppressed, they aren’t as educated as other cities due to the authority and tyranny of the King. There are humans, there are shapeshifters/familiars [Luca], werewolves, vampires, gods, goddesses, demi-gods, etc. but you will likely not see them in this series. Dragons, which if you haven’t read Daimon yet [spoiler], is what one of the characters once was, are practically extinct in this timeline. The people in this series care less about what a person is and rather more on who a person is. Even King Matric has a reason that he hates Daimons, or appears to.
Oh my gosh, my favorite paranormal creature? I don’t actually have one. I know, I know—I’m terrible. I do, however, love hybrids. Hybrids of all kinds—werevamp, demigods, phoenixes, shapeshifters etc. I love them because they have even more special abilities and can really surprise you.
Daimon has a reverse harem twist. What drew you to write a reverse harem? What are the challenges when writing a romance with multiple love interests?
A friend actually urged me to read a book and it turned out to be a reverse harem and all of the sudden, I was hooked. It’s been a feast on the genre for over a year now. Before, I was more of a general romance reader—young adult, new adult, historical, sci fi—as long as it had romance, I loved it.
Challenges, oh geez. There are always challenges to writing—multiple love interests or not. Giving them all their own personality—their own interactions and lives outside of the MC. Because, to me, they are real, they DO have a life outside of Nerys and that’s one major thing I have to keep in mind as I write.
Nerys- has the best name. It is so unique. How did you come up with it? Do you labor over choosing names?
I’m glad you think Nerys is an awesome name, my first editor told me it was stupid and told me I needed to change it if I was to be taken seriously. I obviously ignored her advice which I’m glad I did. I have no idea where it came from. I wrote the first chapter without her having a name. Then, all of the sudden, it was Nerys and it was nothing else. I didn’t actually labor over choosing name’s like I usually do. Although, I was halfway through writing Daimon when Trickery by Jaymin Eve and Jane Washington came out—and if you’ve read it 1. It’s awesome 2. There’s a character named Coen, and I DID agonize over whether or not to change his name. I didn’t and now it’s set in stone…aka print.
What’s next for Nerys?
[cue evil laughter] I already know how Nerys’s story ends and I may have a spin off in the works [that is not set in stone yet though]. If you’ve read Daimon, there’s an author note in the back that hints at something readers should remember as the series continues. I don’t want to give any more spoilers than what I have already. Gosh it’s so hard.
Okay, one more semi-spoiler—there will be more spice coming up for Nerys [wiggles eyebrows]
You have a new release coming out, the Iris Boys. Is this a departure from Daimon? What’s it about?
I started the Iris Boys series WAY before I started Daimon, then months ago I found it and realized how important it was to me. Harlow—the main character for Iris Boys—is just as close to my heart as Nerys is. I thought about waiting to release NoN, but it was already finished and I couldn’t help myself. So, it’s being published while I finish Necrosis: Nerys Newblood book 2. It’s a separate story in a world without paranormal/fantastical aspects. Now or Never is a contemporary new adult reverse harem.
Finally- here’s the speed round of randomness…
What was the last book you read?
Alien’s Mail Order Bride by Ruby Dixon
Favorite book as a child?
The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine—first book to make me cry
Favorite book as a teenager?
Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins—writer of the Hunger Games series (GtO is SO much better)
Finish this sentence: I only have time for….chocolate and sex scenes.
Aliens? Yes or No?
Daimon: Amazon US – http://a.co/cMOdzvW
Lucy has given us a sneak peek of Now or Never, the contemporary romance she has releasing November 29th!
All I needed was a break. A sign. Something.
Nearly getting run over was not the sign I was looking for, but it’s what I got. That and a group of guys who say they work for something called Iris.
No, thank you.
I had enough to deal with, thank you very much. No brother. No dad. No sanity most of the time. I certainly didn’t need to be dealing with thieves and wild cats and guys that were way too good looking. That is…I didn’t need them until they were all I had left. Now I have to make a decision about my future and whether or not they’re going to be in it.
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