The Book Monsters are pleased to welcome Jessica Shirvington. Jessica is the author of The Violet Eden series. Emblaze, the newest installment, released March 5th
Once again Violet Eden faces an impossible choice … and the consequences are unimaginable.
Violet has come to terms with the fact that being part angel, part human, means her life will never be as it was.
Now Violet has something Phoenix – the exiled angel who betrayed her – will do anything for, and she has no intention of letting it fall into his hands. The only problem is that he has something she needs too.
Not afraid to raise the stakes, Phoenix seemingly holds all the power, always one step ahead. And when he puts the final pieces of the prophecy together, it doesn't take him long to realise exactly who he needs in order to open the gates of Hell.
With the help of surprising new allies, ancient prophecies are deciphered, a destination set and, after a shattering confrontation with her father, Violet leaves for the islands of Greece without knowing if she will have a home to return to…
Describe your book in five words or less.
Consequence haunts every choice.
Was "Emblaze" any easier or harder to write than the previous books in the series?
It was fairly smooth going. i had a very clear idea of what I wanted to write and then with the addition of research I found the added richness I was looking for. I think I wrote the first draft in a few months.
If you gave one of your characters an opportunity to speak for themselves, what would they say?
Nothing. I know it sounds a little silly, but I can't ever let my characters off the page. I have never done a character interview or pushed their characters to be anything other than what they are in the stories. I think I'm a bit superstitious about it and hate the idea of them leaving the flow of the books. So, no comments from them. I'd gag them!
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
In Emblaze? No. I am very happy with Emblaze. That's not to say that I couldn't probably do some things better or rewrite a scene and make it stronger, but I see every book I write as a reflection of myself as a writer at the time I wrote it. I try to stay true to myself and my characters and I hope that comes across on the page. The idea of going back and changing it all doesn't sit well with me.
What's the best thing about being an author?
Being in charge of the story. You get to have original ideas and then control these little worlds that you create. You have an opportunity to move readers, to shock them, to make them laugh and to bring them into the world that started as a tiny thought in your mind. It's totally cool. Plus, you get to set your own work hours! 😉
When is the next book in the series due out? Any hints on what will happen in the next book? ENDLESS will be out in Octoeber. I'm not going to go into it too much since it really flows on from the moment EMBLAZE ends. I can tell you that I cried like a baby when I wrote it.
Thank you so much Jessica for stopping by! You can learn more about her and The Violet Eden series at: