Thursday, November 15, 2018

Interview - Circle of Flames by Jane S. Morrissey

Can you tell readers a little bit about yourself and what inspired to write in this particular genre?

I love reading paranormal romance, exploring the mysterious and other worldly. At some point, I started to think - Hey, I could write this. I had to muster enough courage to sit down and try, and when I did, I realized it was a lot harder than I’d imagined. Even with the myriad of challenges it takes to put pen to paper, once I started writing, I found I thrived on the creative energy. I’m constantly amazed by the wandering of my mind as it leads me to the next part of the story and the complexity of the characters who emerge in the process. I see the story, and writing itself, as a continuous inspiration.

What inspired you to write this book?

Once I’d finished the first book in this series, Circle of Dreams, I knew I wasn’t done with this world. Darius, a secondary, elusive character in the first book emerged as the central character in Circle of Flames. I wanted to get to know him and why he was so complicated.

Please tell us about your latest release.

Circle of Flames is a story of two people from vastly different worlds, both with supernatural powers and complex interpersonal relationships. Darius is sent back to his homeland to investigate the disappearance of psychic children, opening the Pandora’s box of his past. He meets Emma, a lone traveler, whose elemental powers are isolating and mysterious to her.  They are pulled deeper into a centuries-long, global conflict, while the balance of power on Earth hangs in the balance.

Is there a character that you enjoyed writing more than any of the others?

In each book, there is one character who stands out more than the rest and that I enjoy writing, but throughout the series, I would have to say my favorite is Mack. He is a strong secondary character in Circle of Dreams and Circle of Flames . . . the 3rd and 4th books in this series will be coming out in 2019 – and Mack will finally have his own story told!

Do you have a formula for developing characters? Like do you create a character sketch or list of attributes before you start writing or do you just let the character develop as you write?

My characters definitely emerge as I’m writing. In order to map out the series, I’ve had to generally sketch out a more complete cast of characters, but I only really know who they are and what they look like when they pop into the story for the first time.

What is your favorite scene from the book? Could you share a little bit of it, without spoilers of course?

This is tricky to discuss without giving too much away, but I’ll just say that it happens in the last third of the book and involves a secondary character who I am still getting to know. In this scene, she takes a critical step toward freedom.

Did you find anything really interesting while researching this or another book?
I’ve always been drawn to the idea that there are sacred places in the world, centers of power grounding the energies of the planet. It was super fun to spend some time researching ley-lines, the sacred wonders of the world, and various other theories about Earth’s connection to alien planets. Several of these concepts are woven into the series.

Can you tell readers a little bit about the world building in the book/series? How does this world differ from our normal world?

In the world of the Quytel, there are seven Circles, each with a defined geographic territory. The Quytel have psychic abilities and have been tasked with maintaining the balance of psychic power on the planet. They are the arm of justice for all others with supernatural abilities, shapeshifters, elementals, mages, and others who are mostly hidden and marginalized in the backdrop of our normal world.

Born with psychic abilities and branded with genetic markers, those who are chosen and survive a deadly initiation become Quytel. Three Judges, three Seekers, seven Warriors, and a Commander make up a Quytel Circle. Seven Circles are bound to specific geographic territories on Earth. Through near immortality, powerful psychic abilities, and an unbreakable bond that ties them together, they are the servants of justice.

With the book being part of a series, are there any character or story arcs, that readers jumping in somewhere other than the first book, need to be aware of? Can these books be read as stand alones?

While each story can certainly be read as a stand-alone, there are several arcs and many characters who appear across the series. The grounding Circle is the North American Circle so many of the characters from Circle of Dreams appear in subsequent books. There are two main arcs that run through the series: the Quytel’s long standing conflict with the Order of the Sennestia Cruterra, mages who are vying for power; and the unfolding mystery of the Vessels. 

Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? How do you deal with it?

Yes! And it’s scary. I find it creeps up on me slowly until I suddenly realize I’m not writing. I’m not sure how that happens, but once it does, I have to force myself back into a routine. I thrive with a routine. That means carving out time, and writing every day, even if it stinks… until it doesn’t.

What can readers expect next from you?

There is more to come in this series! Circle of the Pack and Circle of Time will be coming out in 2019 and the 5th book in the Quytel Series is coming together.

Where can readers find you on the web?

Would you like to leave readers with a little teaser or excerpt from the book?

For her safety and ours, Darius reminded himself.
“Scotch?” Emma emerged from the kitchen with two tumblers half full of amber liquid. “I don’t know about you, but I could use a drink after the last couple of days.”
She’d changed into a comfortable looking pair of cotton drawstring pants and a spaghetti-strap tank, leaving a tempting part of her flat belly revealed. Padding into the room on bare feet, her dark, silk-red hair brushed her jawline and fell to her shoulders. His cock hardened.
He stood and crossed the narrow room, taking the glass she offered him. “Thank you.”
“Cheers.” She raised her glass and sat on the loveseat, tucking her feet under her. “So what now?”
“I should leave.” He didn’t move, feeling the weight of Sita’s vial in his pocket. He took a long drink of the scotch and savored the smoke on his tongue.
“Will I see you again?” Those lapis-lazuli eyes met his. They reminded him of Egyptian jewels watching, waiting, her pale skin illuminated by the soft, yellow glow filling the room.
“I’d like that.” He chased the implication of his statement with another swallow of scotch burning his throat. Just because he wouldn’t ever see her again didn’t mean he wouldn’t want to. He was dead certain one night with her would do nothing to quench his hunger.

Circle of Flames
Quytel Series
Book Two
Jane S. Morrissey

Genre: Paranormal Romantic Fiction

Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing, New York

Date of Publication: November 14, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-68291-764-0

Number of pages: 339
Word Count: 92,974

Cover Artist: Melody Pond, Soul Mate Publishing

Tagline: Bending time and space to battle evil

Book Description:

Sent back to his homeland to investigate the disappearance of psychic children, Darius Curilian must face the haunting truths of his past. In a remote village, Darius and his team arrive too late to stop a kidnapping but discover a beautiful stranger who could hold the key to finding the missing children.

A self-defined loner, Emma Williams has always been different. Fire breathes in her soul and has set her apart from everyone her whole life. When she stumbles upon a child in danger, she falls into Darius’s unwilling arms and is pulled into the dark world of the Quytel as they fight for their lives.

About the Author:

Jane Morrissey is a paranormal romance writer who loves romance, magic, and writing. Her paranormal romantic mysteries will keep you reading late into the night. Jane spends her time writing, enjoying the glorious California Coast near her home and spending as much time as she can with family and friends.

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Check Out Book One

Circle of Dreams
Quytel Series
Book One
Jane S. Morrissey

Genre: Paranormal Romantic Fiction

Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing, New York

Date of Publication: 2017

ISBN: 978-1-68291-297-3

Number of pages: 350
Word Count: 100,959

Cover Artist: Melody Pond, Soul Mate Publishing

Tagline: Spheres of power usher a new and dangerous secret

Book Description:

Leader of an elite psychic team, Cole Courtland is a shape-shifting wolf with a deep connection to the power of the Earth. His investigation of a string of mysterious murders throws him into the dangerous world of the Quytel and leads him straight to Brianna Doherty’s door.

Bri is plagued by vicious nightmares of death and pain that leave her wondering about her own history. When her home is under siege, an enigmatic stranger appears out of nowhere to save her.

Thrown together in a tangle of desire and danger, they are pulled deeper into the secretive world of the Quytel, an ancient order charged with maintaining the balance of psychic and paranormal power on earth. Staying one step ahead of those who would destroy them, they struggle to unravel the truth of Bri’s past and her family legacy. As her relationship with Cole grows stronger, the reality of who Bri is threatens to tear them apart.

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