Here is my author interview with the talented author Libby Doyle for the Multi Author, Multi Day, Multi Genre Book Bash – day three which is featuring Paranormal/Sci Fi/Fantasy Authors. She is the author of The Passion Season: Book I of the Covalent Series which has an awesome cover and should be added to your WTR list today!
How many books do you currently have available on the market within the paranormal/sci fi or fantasy genres and which would they fit into?
I’ve written an urban fantasy/paranormal romance with heavy notes of science fiction and lots of sex and violence, because who doesn’t love that? The Passion Season© is available for pre-order on Kindle, iBooks, Barnes & Noble and a few others. Before the release date, I’m offering it for the special price of 99 cents.
If you had to choose one genre to read for the rest of your life what would it be and why?
Urban fantasy. I love the possibilities inherent in pulling two worlds into one story. These tales are so much fun, and sometimes the writer’s fantasy can provide insights into relationships or life’s challenges in fresh, vibrant ways. Just because it’s a fantasy, doesn’t mean it doesn’t say something real.
What do you think the hardest part of being an author is?
Finding the time to do the best part – writing. I work full time so it can be a challenge. Lucky for me, I can think about my characters when I’m on the subway or walking down the street. Just last week I was so lost in thought that I walked a block in the wrong direction before I realized it.
Do you believe that any type of paranormal/fantasy creatures really exist such as vampires, witches, ghosts etc and why do you believe this either way?
No, I don’t. I used to make a living as a journalist. We are trained to be skeptical. I do believe mythology communicates important things about the human condition. That’s why I love stories about paranormal creatures.
What is one random thing that you can tell us about yourself that readers might be surprised by?
I lived in Japan for three years. I worked for the Japanese government teaching English in a high school. While there I obtained my black belt in Shorinji Kempo, a martial art that is a cross between karate and aikido. I love Japan.
Have you ever read a book that left you raw with emotion whether it be sad, happy or even scared?
Most definitely, yes. I read many books that have had a profound effect on me. I think the earliest was A Wrinkle in Time, a fantastic YA sci-fi book by Madeleine L’Engle that made me feel all those things. It got me hooked on reading. Another vivid reading memory for me is Johnny Got His Gun, by Dalton Trumbo. That book made me sad, and I couldn’t stop thinking about it.
If one of your books were to be turned into a movie who would you cast to play your leading characters and why?
Definitely Charlize Theron for Zan, the heroine of The Passion Season, because Charlize kicked such serious ass in Mad Max Fury Road. Barakiel, the hero, should be played by Chris Hemsworth because he is just so beautiful. Plus, he seems like a fun-loving guy, and a great husband and father. It doesn’t get dreamier than that.
If you could co-write a book with any author who would it be with, what genre would you choose and why?
I would love to write a dystopian novel with Kazuo Ishiguro (author of The Buried Giant and Never Let Me Go). He does melancholy so well, I think he would bring a beautiful pathos to our story about the apocalypse. I could take care of the mayhem.
When it comes to your own books what is one thing that you do to ensure that they are unique and will stand out against other books within the same genre?
I have created an entirely new alien race, the Covalent. They have existed since the dawn of time and they use their great power to keep the elemental forces of Creation and Destruction in balance. When human society was primitive, they often visited Earth. They became part of our mythology. Barakiel, the hero, is a warrior who can gather energy from his surroundings and turn it into unassailable speed and strength. Pellus, his friend and mentor, is a traveler adept, a type of Covalent who can manipulate the properties of matter and energy. What Pellus does seems like magic, but it’s really science. I loved creating their abilities and their world.
Any big plans or projects planned for 2016 that you would like to share with us?
I’m working The Pain Season, the second book in the Covalent Series, to be published on the autumnal equinox (the release date of The Passion Season is the vernal equinox). I’m having a blast writing it. It’s a real ripsnorter.