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Genre: Paranormal Thriller
Publisher: BadBird Publications
Date of Publication: September 20, 2016
Word Count: 100k
Cover Artist: Pranav Lohani
Photo by Blackbird Photography
On 26 May 1897, Bram Stoker brought us the story of Dracula; an undead creature who terrorised the living by drinking their blood. He based his creature on the legends of Ireland and Eastern Europe, bringing it to life with all the pomp of Victorian literature. What if his concept was correct, but the execution was not? What if there was not one creature, but a band of twenty-four? Crusader knights who committed such a terrible act that the Pope of Rome and the Rabbis of Jerusalem joined together in petitioning God to bring a terrible curse upon them.Sentenced to eternal life as punishment for their crimes, yet hounded by both the clerical and the secular as they struggle to live them. The Jews called them Ga’ashekelah: the Raveners. To the Catholic Church, they are the Accursed Ones. Feasting on the bodies of the living to maintain their power.
What starts as a simple trip on the Eurostar to the buried trenches of World War One in Northern France is going to take Imperial War Museum expert Dr. Alexandra Horne on a journey she could never have conceived. From the bustling streets of Paris to the azure waters of Collioure and the very Vatican itself, Lexa will discover the Raveners and those who have sworn to hunt them down.
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Interview With the Author:
What initially got you interested in writing?
I became interested in writing as a tween when my sister, who is five years older, started doing creative writing in high school. I thought everything she did was incredibly cool, and I wanted to do it too. Then I realised that writing down all the stories in my head was fun and I have been doing it ever since.
How did you decide to make the move into being a published author?
I wrote a book – Teufel– and I thought it was really good. Some of my friends thought I should share it, and that’s really how it all began. Now with The Raveners, I’m on number 3. It’s pretty exciting. I look at my published books and think… wow. I did that!
What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?
Tough question. I do a lot of research, so a lot of the historical aspects of my work are correct. Perhaps think of things differently. I hope that with The Raveners, my readers take my love of France and plan their own adventures there.
What do you find most rewarding about writing?
Seeing where my stories go. I’m a pantser, so even I’m not always sure exactly how it’s going to happen. For example, in The Raveners, there is a scene in the Place de la Concorde in Paris that really wasn’t on the battle plan but I have to say that it’s one of my favourite scenes in the book.
What do you find most challenging about writing?
Almost everything else. Actually, it’s the stuff about being a writer that isn’t writing. The social media and marketing. Being a new author means spending a lot of time doing things that aren’t writing. Promotions and the like. Sometimes it gets really exhausting.
What advice would you give to people want to enter the field?
Don’t go in with any expectations. It’s a brutal industry and there is really no rhyme or reason as to who makes it and who doesn’t. Do it because you want to and you love it. Because you have a story to tell.
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About the Author:
LD Towers travels the world like a rootless vagabond! A military historian, she searches out places of conflict to find a deeper insight to the things she writes about. Presently enjoying the warm weather and azure seas of Central America, she has lived all over Western Europe, including 5.5 years in the incomparable Berlin.
Primarily working in Historical and Military Fiction, LD sometimes sneaks in the odd Dystopian or Modern Thriller piece. In fact, her new book is a complete redo on the vampire concept. Look for The Raveners; available now.