Amanda currently lives in Toronto with her exceptionally spoiled pets. When she’s not writing, she enjoys travelling and going on the occasional Netflix binge. Her creative career began with forays into competitive figure skating, acting, and classical violin. Dark Angel is Amanda’s debut novel, and is the first in a new Paranormal Romance series. She is currently working on books two and three of the series, Broken Angel, and Reaper.
Amanda has a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from York University, and a post graduate certificate in Human Resource Management from Sheridan College. Her current series would not have been possible without the support of Frank Caruso (www.carusofilms.com), and Filippo Nativo (www.filipponativo.com).
Our interviewer Himanshu Goel converses with her on her novel and more.
Q. What is the inspiration behind Dark Angel and Broken Angel?
I’ve always been drawn to mythological characters and the stories that we come up with to explain the unexplained. Dark Angel and Broken Angel were both born of the desire to tell a love story interwoven with my mini obsession with the otherworldly. The beginning of the first novel (Dark Angel) was largely influenced by music I was listening to at the time. The lyrics made me wonder what it would be like if a person really had the weight of the world on their shoulders. What would it be like if a love literally had to last forever? That naturally led into questioning what kinds of creatures would be immortal and have the opportunity to find out. Once I had a basic narrative mapped out story actually started playing itself out in my head like a movie!
Q. What’s the best part about writing paranormal romance?
What I really love about the paranormal romance genre in general is being able to explore some of the feelings and experiences we all have in life set in a heightened reality. Being able to create an entire world from scratch along with the rules that govern it allows me to take flawed characters from not really knowing who they are and how they fit into the world to a place of self-realization and acceptance of who and what they are. I think most people can relate to the struggle of figuring ourselves out, and perhaps who we are in relation to someone we feel deeply for. The characters have very normal fears about how they’re perceived by their desired mates. The big difference with paranormal romance is that instead of just “feeling” like the world is ending, at times in these novels it really is!
Q. You have indulged in acting, if you had to choose a character from the book to portray, which one would you play as?
That’s a tough one. If I had to choose a character from Broken Angel, I’d probably want to play Mara, a vampire that’s been through the emotional wringer but come out fighting. Despite having to overcome a mountain of guilt she actually turned out to be a pretty well-adjusted character with the help and guidance of a close friend. She’s loyal and fights hard for the people she holds close.
Q. What kind of creatures and paranormal phenomenon can we expect from the princes of hell series?
I’ve had a lot of fun combining a variety of mythological creatures in both Dark Angel and Broken Angel. The stories focus on a group of fallen angels, but we have notable appearances from vampires, jinn, chimera, witches, sin eaters, the four horsemen of the apocalypse, and a smattering of demons. The beauty of the paranormal is having the opportunity to imagine what it would be like to travel through a magic portal, cast a summoning spell, or evaporate into a puff of smoke (which could come in handy at times in real life!).
Q.What authors and books do you admire?
When I was a teenager I became obsessed with everything Anne Rice had ever written! The Vampire Chronicles remains one of my favourite series. Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress books are absolutely amazing, no matter how many times I read them I can’t put them down. I also love the paranormal series’ by Gena Showalter and Nalini Singh.
Q. What’s waiting readers in books 2 and 3 of a princes of hell series?
Dark Angel is the first book in the series, followed by Broken Angel (both of which are available at all major online retailers). The third book is taking us down to the depths of Hell for the story of Leila, a captive angel, and Death, keeper of the Abyss of Souls. This story will be a dark and twisted take on the Beauty and the Beast narrative. Look forward to lots of anguish, denial, soul searching (literally!), and forbidden love.
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