About the Book
ighteen-year-old Ashlyn is one interview away from her future when she first sees the demons. She thinks she’s losing her mind, but the truth is far more frightening: she can see into the Darkworld, the home of spirits– and the darkness is staring back.
Desperate to escape the demons, Ash accepts a place at a university in the small town of Blackstone, in the middle of nowhere – little knowing that it isn’t coincidence that led her there but the pull of the Venantium, the sorcerers who maintain the barrier keeping demons from crossing from the Darkworld into our own world.
All-night parties, new friendships and a life without rules or limits are all part of the package of student life – but demons never give up, and their focus on Ash has attracted the attention of every sorcerer in the area. Ash is soon caught between her new life and a group of other students with a connection to the Darkworld, who could offer the answers she’s looking for. The demons want something from her, and someone is determined to kill her before she can find out what it is.
In a world where darkness lurks beneath the surface, not everyone is what they appear to be…
Where did you get the first idea for the Darkworld?
I actually made up the demons first, about 7 years ago, and used them in another series which never got picked up. Several years later, I decided to re-use the idea and update it for an upper-YA audience with a university setting. I love writing about alternative universes and invisible worlds, but the Darkworld’s something different because it’s not a place in a physical sense. I had a lot of fun defining the boundaries of this non-physical world that infiltrates our own.
Have you had any spooky experiences?
I haven’t, but think it would be fun to spend the night in a haunted house. 🙂
If one song out there could define your book, what would it be?
I listened to a lot of Within Temptation while I was writing the first draft, and I think the one song that really fits well with the series is Frozen.
If you met your main character at a bar, how would you interact?
Hmm…we’d probably both be incredibly awkward to begin with, but then our mutual love of books would hopefully make up for it!
If you could live in any literary universe, which would it be?
I would say Hogwarts, but everyone says Hogwarts. 😉 So, I’d have to go with one of Diana Wynne Jones’s magical alternative universes.
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Mainly a plotter, but I do sometimes deviate from my outline if my story is pulling me in another direction. I write the story’s blurb and plot out the background first, but leave room to maneuver if the characters decide to be awkward. 🙂
How has writing changed your life?
I can’t imagine ever not writing. It’s something I’ve done all my life, telling stories and creating characters, and I just can’t think of any way that it wouldn’t be a part of my life, published or not.
What advice do you have for aspiring writers?
Write every day. I think when it comes to something like this, you have to really want to do it, enough to make it a habit. Definitely research the industry, get to know other writers. Network on social media. But the most important thing is to keep writing, and constantly work on your craft.
About Emma Adams
Emma spent her childhood creating imaginary worlds to compensate for a disappointingly average reality, so it was probably inevitable that she ended up writing fantasy and paranormal for young adults. She was born in Birmingham, UK, which she fled at the first opportunity to study English Literature at Lancaster University. In her three years at Lancaster, she hiked up mountains, skydived in Australia, and endured a traumatic episode involving a swarm of bees in the Costa Rican jungle. She also wrote various novels and short stories. These included her first publication, a rather bleak dystopian piece, and a disturbing story about a homicidal duck (which she hopes will never see the light of day).
Now a reluctant graduate, Emma can usually be found in front of her writing desk. Her debut novel The Puppet Spell, published by Rowanvale Books, is a fantasy tale for young adults and the young at heart, inspired by her lifelong love of the fantastical, mythology, and video games. Emma also writes urban fantasy novels for older teens and adults. She is currently working on several projects, including the planned 5-book upper-YA/New Adult Darkworld series. The first novel, Darkness Watching, was published in 2013 by Curiosity Quills Press, and the second, Walking Shadow, will follow in 2014.