Presented by:Title: The Guardians Series: The Guardians Series #1 Author: Elise Marion Audience: Adult Genre: Paranormal Romance Formats: E-book and Paperback Publisher: Elise Marion Cover by: PJ Friel Editor: Zee Monodee Pages: 178 ASIN: B00NLK4XBI Date Published: October 31, 2014
Supernatural ability: Voice waves
Hometown: Brooklyn, NYJackson “Jack” Bennett Jr. comes from a long line of supernatural beings known as Guardians, a fact that he’s been reminded of his entire life. Because he went his whole life training to hunt demons, he’s a dedicated soldier for the side of good, and honorable to a fault. He does, however, have his dark side. After losing his girlfriend, Tracy, to a mysterious murder, he has begun to question his calling as a Guardian and the reason he even bothers to fight at all. The former baseball star is athletic, and loves ‘old school’ rap music. His sense of loyalty are what make him the best friend a person can ever have … if you’re lucky enough to gain his trust.
Supernatural ability: Superhuman strength
Hometown: New Orleans, LAMicah is as big as a bear, and probably twice as strong as one. He’s as tough as he looks, with a rough past and a cynical outlook on life. A rough family life and the loss of his sister, Tracy, have left him a little rough around the edges, made worse by seven years of demon-hunting alongside his partner, Jack, with little to no headway. But beneath the surface, Micah’s more complicated than he appears. His soft spot for broken things and talent for whipping up Cajun cuisine in the kitchen make him a person worth getting to know. His tall, outlandish tales are the stuff of legend in the Bayou, where no one ever knows whether or not he’s telling the truth.
Occupation: Exotic Dancer
Supernatural ability: telepathy, telekinesis, flight, fire
Hometown: New Orleans, LAAddison is a naphil—half breed human and demon—with a dark side and lots of attitude. She never knew her demon father and was raised by a drug-addicted mother. Because of it, she’s independent because she learned to fend for herself at an early age, and jaded because life experience has taught her not to put her faith in anyone. She’s spent most of her life wondering if there is something wrong with her due to the dark thoughts and visions she has because of her demon side. While that side of her can become angry and violent, her human side balances her out with kindness, compassion, and vulnerability.
1. Would you tell the readers a little bit about yourself?
I am an army wife and mother of 3 who loves the written word and good books! I’m a Texas native and I love coffee, chocolate, and fabulous shoes, almost as much as I love a great book.
2. Which project are you currently promoting?
The first book in The Guardians series, a Paranormal Romance.
3. Can you tell us what the book is about?
The series is about a special race of humans called Guardians who have been gifted with paranormal abilities so that they can fight alongside angels against demons for the souls of mankind. In the midst of this battle are Jack and Micah, a pair of Guardian demon-hunters who are part of an elite squad tasked with bringing down a demon known as The Great Duke of Hell, and 10 of his most powerful minions. The only way they can do that is by working with Addison, a half-human, half-demon woman who has been chosen by God to wield a mystical ring called the Seal of Solomon against the Great Duke and his 10. In the middle of all that a love affair develops between Jack and Addison, creating a lot of distracting tension.
4. How did you come up with the title for this book?
I kept it simple. The book is about The Guardians, so I allowed that to speak for itself.
5. What inspired you to write this book?
This series is actually a spin-off of another series I wrote called Angels Among Us. The series was about angels falling in love with humans and the consequences they face as a result. I introduced the Guardians as characters in that series and realized that they needed their own stories to be told.
6. What made you decide to become a writer?
As a kid I was obsessed with books and the other worlds between their pages. By the time I was 12 I discovered a knack for creating my own worlds and telling my own stories. I’ve been at it ever since.
7. What genre do you generally write?
Romance in pretty much any subgenre. I began with Historical Romance, which is my first love, but I delved into Paranormal, Suspense and Contemporary not long after. I have plans to pursue other subgenres as well.
8. Did you always wanted to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?
I have always wanted to write, however when I was teenager I went through a phase where I wanted to model. I am tall and have always been naturally slender so I gave it a shot. I did some runway modeling and pageants before I decided it wasn’t for me any longer. It was a fun time in my life and I often wonder how different things would be if I’d pursued it further. But, I’m happy where I am as a writer and mother of 3 great kids.
9. When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?
In high school when I began writing for my school paper, and penning romance novels on notebook paper in my spare time.
10. What character out of your most recent work do you admire the most and why?
Jack, the hero of The Guardians is amazing. He’s the ultimate good guy, even though he has a bit of a dark side. But that dark side is something he fights against and he always strives to do the right thing. A loyal friend and a compassionate person, he’s the kind of man that is easy to love.
11. How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to the culmination?
Ideas are funny. I get them all the time at random moments. I got the idea for The Guardians almost 2 years ago when I finished the series it was spawned from, but didn’t get around to writing it until this year. For a novel, 1-2 months gets me a rough draft, and then a few weeks beyond that for editing and revisions. I write fast.
12. How do you deal with negative reviews?
I won’t pretend it isn’t hard. Writing is personal and some books feel deeply personal when you have to go into a place of your real experiences and feelings to write them. But you have to separate yourself from that and realize that no matter how personal it is for you, someone out there won’t like it. Not everything is for everyone and that’s okay. It’s not an attack on you, but a person expressing their thoughts on something that isn’t their cup of tea.
13. What other projects are you currently working on?
Book 2 in The Guardians series, as well as a Medieval Fantasy series called The Chained Trilogy.
14. When you begin a new MS, does it start with an idea, concept, or both?
I don’t outline, so when I go into a book I usually begin with who my characters are, the bare bones of where I want the story to go, and typically I’ve already thought out the very first scene/chapter. From there I like to let the story unfold organically. My characters show me where they want to go and I take them there without questioning it too much. That way, the twists and turns are organic and not plotted or forced. If I can take myself by surprise, then I know I can take the reader by surprise.
15. Is there a message you’d like to get across through your story?
For this particular story and series, it’s all about hope, faith, and love even in the midst of tragedy and hard times.
16. Is there a genre you’d never consider writing? If so, why?
Horror is one genre I could never see myself getting into. Not because I don’t like it, but because I don’t think my mind can create situations that are scary enough to creep other people out. I’m scared pretty easily, so if I did write horror, it would be pretty boring.
17. What is your least favorite part about getting published?
There is no least favorite part. I have enjoyed every step of this journey!
18. Was the road to publication a long one for you?
Definitely. I started out by trying to go the traditional publishing route and it beat me down for almost 2 years before I decided to self-publish. 3 years later I’ve published the stories I want to tell, found a way to help support my family, and I’ve never been happier.
19. Do you use a pen name? If so, why?
Yes, because while writing is very personal and you put a lot of yourself out there, I still have some things that are just mine that I keep to myself. My real name is one of them.
20. Where do you see yourself in five years?
I hope to have made the NYT and USA Today bestsellers lists by then.
21. What is the best advice you can give to a new author?
Always be true to your voice, and no matter what don’t stop writing.
22. Where can the readers find more information about you?
Everything can be found at my website: www.elisemarion.com
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