I'm excited to tell you about a new novel by Preston Norton. I have not read this one, so I cannot give you a review, but the premise sounds great and Preston agreed to do an interview with me. Thanks Preston!
And you can enter to win a copy of BLÜD AND MAGICK for yourself!
BLÜD AND MAGICK is the story about a girl named Darla who was born from the ashes of the dead Shadow Lord, Remmus Alrad. As she comes to terms with her dark heritage, she not only has to prove to the world and to herself that she is not evil, but she has to avoid the threat of Remmus Alrad's followers, the Shadow Risers, who believe they can resurrect their master from her soul.
Christy: Have you always wanted to be an author?
Preston: Ever since I was eleven. I loved stories with talking animals like Bunnicula and Hank the Cowdog, so I wanted to write a similar story about a talking cat and a dog who get lost in Australia and meet a dingo who acts as their guide. I had illustrations and everything!
Christy: Where did the ideas for Darla's story come from?
Preston: The idea of the story actually hit me while I was at work. I was a landscaper at the time doing mindless manual labor, and this idea almost pitched itself in my head as the "anti-Harry-Potter". Whereas Harry inadvertantly defeats Voldemort before he can even make a conscious decision and becomes an instant celebrity, Darla Summer is born from from the ashes of the dead Shadow Lord, Remmus Alrad, and she becomes and automatic outcast. I wrote the entire first chapter immediately after work.
Christy: What do you want readers to take away with them when they finish reading?
Preston: The dedication to my book reads: "If you feel like the world is against you, then you're probably doing something right. I dedicate this book to you." I feel like there is a little bit of Darla in all of us. People judge us based on preconceived notions that are out of our control. There is so much irrational hate in the world. I believe Darla stands as an example that there is good and beauty in all of us, and that goodness can overcome all else.
Christy: Are you working on other books? Can you tell us about your current work?
Preston: I am currently working on the sequel to BLÜD AND MAGICK. I always thought that writing a sequel would be easier considering that you have a foundation to build on, but this is infinitely harder than anything else I've written. I'm also about 20,000 words into another project that I plan to continues after the sequel and about a half a dozen other story ideas that I really want to work on. It's a dilemma.
Christy: What do you eat while reading/writing?
Preston: I can't eat while I read or write. It's a curse.
Good luck Preston!
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