As part of the blog tour for Dark Genesis, I got the lucky opportunity to interview the author and bring you guys a super awesome giveaway!
Hi David, and thanks for making time for this interview! Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
My pleasure, Joie! I grew up in a suburb of Minneapolis, and graduated from college with a B.A. in English and creative writing from St. Cloud State University. I moved to the Milwaukee area about seven years ago, and that’s where I am currently, where I’m surrounded by books for my day job!
Where did you get the idea for your book, Dark Genesis?
I grew up reading hundreds of YA books, and there’s such a variety of forms of magic in novels and in movies, that I thought it would be cool to have a world where witches are separated into covens by the magic they use (astral projection, runes, pyrokinesis, etc). And years ago, my boyfriend and I talked about creating a comic book where a group of people travel to a world populated by monsters, so I sort of merged the two ideas into this one cool story.
(J: So. Dang. Cool.)
Did you learn anything from writing your book? If so, what is it?
To just have fun with my writing and not get too bogged down with particulars. I did a massive rewrite after the first draft just because I got stuck on the idea of an arbitrary number of villains I came up with before I started writing. I cut a lot out of the story and reworked it to focus more on the characters and the important aspects of the story that I wanted to tell.
If Dark Genesis were made into a movie, what would your dream cast be?
Naya Rivera (Santana on Glee) for Alyssa, Ian Somerhalder (Vampire Diaries) for Parker, Emma Roberts (Scream 4) as Vessa, Alex Pettyfer (I Am Number Four) for Eric, and Angelina Jolie as The Ice Queen.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I’m a huge film buff, so I watch lots of movies, especially horror movies, and I’m an avid reader of YA as well as graphic novels. I also enjoy jogging and getting sucked into some Real Housewives drama from time to time.
Which books/authors have influenced you the most?
I grew up with great admiration for L.J. Smith and Christopher Pike, so they are definitely the two key authors that have inspired me in my writing. “The Vampire Diaries” and “Night World” in particular pushed me down the road to loving the paranormal.
Think fast! If you had to describe Dark Genesis in just three words, what would they be?
What makes identity.
Ebook or paper book?
Ebook. I find myself reading at night most often, and it’s just easier to have an ereader in bed.
Early bird or night owl?
Definitely a night owl. I barely get any writing done while it’s still light out.
Tea or coffee?
Tea. My drink of choice is a London Fog, which is a mixture of Earl Grey Tea, milk and vanilla flavor.
Music when you write or no?
Definitely. Music probably inspires me more than anything.
Favorite genre to read?
Probably horror. I like being scared, and I think that being in horrible circumstances forces a character’s true colors to surface, and interesting things can happen.
Thanks so much for taking the time for this interview! Don't forget to check out Dark Genesis and add it on goodreads, and keep reading for a giveaway!
Alyssa opened her eyes to darkness. And in the first flash of light provided by a gathering storm, she could make out a ring of bodies surrounding her.
With no memory of who she is, Alyssa stumbles into a dark world populated by witches. The witches are powerful, and demonstrate frightening powers, but even more terrifying are the monsters who rule over the land. Vampires, werewolves and other awful creatures of the night have taken over, forcing the witches behind stone walls, afraid to venture outdoors. But Alyssa finds that as she kills certain monsters, memories return to her, memories of a life on Earth, and the boy she left behind.
The quest to collect her memories and piece together the puzzle of what has happened to her is a daunting one, with betrayals and sacrifices every step of the way. But Alyssa is determined to fight for a world that is not her own, destroying powerful monsters along the way, so that she can return home to the boy she is coming to love through the memories she recollects.