Thank goodness it’s Friday! And today is a very special Friday because I have the one and only Sherrilyn Kenyon here on the blog for an exclusive interview!
If you’re a fan of paranormal romance then I bet you’ve heard of her and her Dark-Hunters books, which are perfect for this time of the year (hint hint, nudge nudge).
This marks the second day of my Spooktastic Celebration so don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom of the post and remember you can pick ANY book mentioned during this week if you win (and I’m including ALL of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s books as an option for this post, not just Stygian)!
So without further ado, allow me to introduce Sherrilyn Kenyon and Stygian!
All About Sherrilyn
You wrote a book! That’s pretty awesome. Why don’t you tell us a bit about what inspired Stygian and the rest of the Dark-Hunters series?
It’s the first real in-depth look at the Apollite/Daimon side of the Dark-Hunters. For one you see how the villains became the villains and learn what it was like to be a normal person living a normal life and then wake up to a nightmare you didn’t deserve, that was caused someone else’s actions. One you had no part in creating. You find yourself hated over something you didn’t do. Rather it’s another person’s madness that was brought on why a truly evil force and you have to find a way to put your life back together while living under a curse from which you can’t escape, and where nothing is normal anymore. It’s a story of survival through unsurmountable odds and of finding the inner strength you didn’t know you had, and of finding laughter in the midst of chaos. Of being able to flip off the gods and carry on, even while they do their best to destroy you time and again.
The Dark-Hunters are a band of warriors who protect mankind from the evil out to end us. The concept came while I was in college and working for a small magazine as well as working on a series of articles for my school paper (I had to have three jobs to afford tuition). While interviewing my college professor about the origins of vampire lore, I asked the question why no one had ever thought to use the god Apollo since he was god of plagues and the sun. The moment the question came out of my mouth, my brain lit up. His twin sister was goddess of the hunt and of the moon. Next thing I knew, I was running for the door, interview forgotten, and rushing to my dorm to begin the set of original short stories that would lead to the Dark-Hunter novels that I would begin within two years of those stories.
Introduce us to your main character!
Urian begins the series as the beloved son of Stryker and the right-hand/second-in-command of the evil side. After his father cuts his throat, he’s saved by Acheron, the leader of the Dark-Hunters and becomes a force for good. His is a tale of redemption and triumph over those out to harm us and do us wrong.
Walk us through a day in the life of Sherrilyn Kenyon.
Lots of chaos with a side order of fun and enough brutal poignancy to keep me on my toes. You never know what to expect. But whatever the adventure, you’ll meet a lot of great people along the way who are guaranteed to warm your heart. But you have to stay vigilant. My path is always marked by dangerous objects out to snag my toes when I’m least expecting it, and a lot of treacherous people I just don’t understand. I like to think of them as the trolls in mythology. They live under bridges (or sometimes in trailers or other innocuous places) and let ugly emotions do unspeakable things to their humanity until they lose all shred of decency or morality. I’ve never understood it and for that I am truly grateful.
Lots of aspiring authors out there. Any advice for them?
Run, run for the door!! Are you out of your mind? What the heck are thinking? Why would you do that to yourself? At least that was what I said to my sons when they first told me they were working on their novels. But seriously, never listen to anyone when they give you any advice. You write fearlessly and listen to your characters in all things. Don’t let the voices in your head or outside it ever tell you that you don’t deserve your dream or that you can’t do what you want to. You keep at your dream and you make it come true, whatever it is. Never give up. Never surrender—my favorite movie quote of all time. Thank you, Galaxy Quest.
I know asking someone’s all-time favorite book is a loaded question so what’s your current favorite read?
My son Madaug’s book that has no title yet because he can’t decide on one.
Alright, the ultimate question: why should we read your book?
Because you love me? It worked for my mom. For my readers, thank you so much! You guys are the best. Love y’all and if you’re thinking about it, what are waiting for? Come on and join the madness (and our family)! We’re always looking for great people to join our group! Stygian is fun and poignant, and it’s a great starting place that goes back to the beginning of the Dark-Hunters and tells the tale of one of the oldest characters who isn’t too dark and is ironic and funny in his worldview.
Describe yourself in 3 words.
Survivor. Humorous. Loving.
You just won America’s Got Talent. What’s your talent?
Singing, but that would be a miracle because I can’t sing at all 😉
Coffee or tea?
Depends on my mood.
Best ice cream flavor ever?
All except pistachio. I don’t like that one.
Your theme song/personal anthem?
Fighter by Christina Aguilera, Made of Scars by Stone Sour or This Is My War by Five Finger Death Punch
Never give up. Never surrender. And whatever doesn’t kill me better run like. . .
About the Book
Stygianby Sherrilyn Kenyon
Series: , Dark-Hunter #27
Published on August 28, 2018 by Tor
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
-MAJOR SPOILER WARNING-
While the books don’t have to be read in order, if you haven’t read Dragonsworn, this synopsis will contain massive spoilers for DS. We just wanted to warn you!
-MAJOR SPOILER WARNING-
Born before man recorded time, I lived for thousands of years, believing myself to be something I’m not.
Someone I’m not.
Lied to and betrayed by gods, Daimons, and Dark-Hunters, I’ve struggled to find my way in a world where I’ve been cursed since the moment a vengeful goddess prematurely ripped me from my mother and planted me into the womb of an innocent woman who thought me her son.
Trained as a slayer and predator, I’ve learned to fit in and stay low. To become a tool for evil. Until I was sent to kill the one woman I couldn’t. My hesitation cost her, her life.
Or so I thought. In an act of betrayal that makes all the others pale in comparison, I’ve learned that things are not what they seem in this world and that my Phoebe still lives.
Now I will have to travel into the very pits of Hades to try and save her, even as everyone around me attempts to steal what little soul I have left. There’s only one person at my back and I’m not sure I can trust her either, for she was born of an enemy race. Yet sometimes the road to redemption is one that singes us to our very core. And if I fail to find the answers I need to save Phoebe, more than just my wife will die.
We will lose the world. Both human and Daimon.
~Urian of the House of Aricles
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