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Antoine Vilniv – handsome, charming, cunning and hungry embarks on a feeding frenzy in Victorian London. Taking his young sister Isobelle along for the ride, the pair soon find themselves amidst the mother of all battles.
Antoine soon meets his match against an old and ancient faction of Gargoyles. His poor attitude and narcissistic actions create an enemy he is not prepared for.
Lord Rasaloh discovers Antoine’s weakness – his sister Isobelle, and decides there is only one way to teach him a lesson.
Julieanne Lynch is an author of urban fantasy books for both adults and teens. Julieanne lives in Northern Ireland, with her husband and five children, where she works on her Shadows World novels and other series full-time. Before becoming a writer, she considered a few different career paths, a rock star being one of them. She studied English Literature and Creative Writing at The Open University, and considered journalism as a career path. However, she decided writing was the way for her and is thankful for each day she lives her dream.
An avid reader, Julieanne has always had an encompassing fascination with folklore. When not writing, she enjoys crime series such as Criminal Minds, CSI, NCIS and Cold Case, and loves anything with Vampires, listening to metal, meeting new people, drinking lots of green tea, and sharing her dreams with her children. She is a self-professed goth wanna-be,and is happy when left to write into the early hours of the morning.
Julieanne’s YA series, the Shadow World novels,thus far contains Within the Shadows & Escaping Shadows, the third installment, Fighting Shadows will be released in late 2015. It follows the war between vampires and shadow creatures. Giselle Bergman, an 18-year old human girl, falls victim to a scheme by one of her closest childhood friends, and embarks on a journey that sees her become the center of a battle between good and evil.
Julieanne is represented by Sam Hiyate.
Q. Aside from your new release, do you have anymore awesome news brewing?? Any new WIP?
Currently, I am just finishing of my first adult thriller, Stone Cold, which has been a long journey for me. I had to go back to the late 70’s, and early 80’s, researching Northern Irish History during the troubles in Northern Ireland. Then researching the life and mind of Aleister Crowley, who was the mastermind behind the creation of Thelema, a new Religion dedicated to the True Will of man.
I meshed the two worlds together to create my character Nathan Stone, a young boy, born in poverty, who is abused and soon brainwashed. He becomes a notorious serial killer, who believes he is killing innocent children because he is on the path towards his True Will. It’s a tough book, a tough read and certainly not for the faint of heart. But it’s been an experience that has opened my mind to all the things that a person is capable off.
I’m also in the first draft stages of my paranormal novel, Storm of Edge, which sees a Russian gargoyle, named Vaughn and Irish Vampire, Imelda, work together in finding the missing daughter of the King of New York. I’ve twisted things in this book. Earth is owned by the underworld, and humans co-exist with all kinds of creatures.
It’s a fun book to write and is kind of a Sin City meets Skullduggery mashup. Very adult, very sexy and very “no holes bared”.
And last but not least, my first coming of age novel, Silently Still releases April 28th. It’s a different kind of story for me and I’ve based it here in Ireland. We get to grips with the effects of mental illness, the journey that grief takes us on and how we are the masters of our own destiny. It’s been a lovely book to write but it also made me address my own mortality. In a sense it was an awakening.
Q. Tell us more about your soon to be released graphic novel?
The Silver Strand was something I had initially created back in 2013. The idea to turn it into a graphic novel came in early 2014. I wanted something that would be unique for my beloved Antoine and what has been created has been beyond my wildest dreams.
The novel is life before the Shadow World series. We see Antoine as something his fans never thought: cruel, hungry, no conscience and selfish.
The novel takes place in a steampunk Victorian London, but Antoine is being watched by an aged old Order of the Gargoyles – Order of the Gargulec. They don’t like how Antoine is behaving and set out to teach him a lesson.
Q. When and why did you begin writing?
I was writing from the age of 11. I first began writing poems, song lyrics, then moved onto short stories. By the time I was 16 I had penned my first novel, Dynamite.
Then life got in the way.
I married, had children, kept a home, went to University, then as I got older I began writing again, small little pieces, but still, they helped rekindle the passion I had from all those years before.
Then in 2009 I began writing full time, harnessing my passion, creating worlds I love to dream about.
Q. What inspired you to write your first book?
I always knew I wanted to write my own version of a vampire tale. It just took the death of my nephew to really make me determined to complete what I had began back in 2008. If anything, it was little Liam who inspired the book and I will be forever grateful to him.
Q. How did you come up with the title and concept of your graphic novel?
The Silver Strand was initially going to be a standard novel for me. I had wanted to give Antoine his own spin-off series for a while – I just couldn’t bear to part with him – and then I began reading graphic novels that Richelle Mead had done and then it dawned on me. Give Antoine a whole new look, a whole new personality. Something the readers would never see coming, and thus The Silver Strand was born.
The title was born out of everything I love about London. I wanted something so unique and atypical to anything I’d created before. Silver is a metaphor for the moonlight when it shines down on Antoine at the end of the novel, him in the Strand, on the banks of the River Thames.
Q. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Yes, that loss can make us change. That we are in control of our own actions and there are consequences to how we treat other’s.
Q. What books have most influenced your life most?
Gosh, there have been so many, but a few do spring to mind.
The Color Purple, by Alice Walker; Rebecca, by Daphne Du Maurier; The Castle of Otranto, by Horace Walpole; Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte; Dracula, by Bram Stoker; Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens; The Vampyre, by John Polidori and Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte
Q. If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Oh my, this is a hard one. There are so many who’ve influenced me over the years. I would have to say Stephen King. I have found his writing tips invaluable. He is without doubt someone I aspire to be like. I find him a genius. His work has engaged me over the years and I always learn something new each time I re-read a book of his.
Q. What book are you reading now?
Right now I am indulging my fantasy addiction and devouring The Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence.
Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
There has been a host of people within the Indie Writing community who’ve supported me during the past 6 years. None more so than the Nerd Girl crew. In a community that can make or break you, I feel it pertinent to always have a sound support system in place, ready to back you up when the going gets tough.
Q. Tell me more about your illustrator and collaborators?
My writing partner for The Silver Strand is Zach Martinez, a twenty-three-year-old from Colorado. He started writing to make some money when he was seventeen, after his mother was diagnosed with AIDS. It was mostly press releases and small time games journalism. Six years later he met me and together we suggested that we write a graphic novel detailing one of the characters from my “Shadow World” series.
Jess Hara is an illustrator, who goes by the name, Sapro. She is a graduate from the Cornish College of the Arts and typically works with both digital and traditional mediums.
Jess has done illustration work for children’s books as well as horror and comic themes and in 2011 she contributed to the t-shirt designs for Seattle Fashion Week.
You can check out Sapro’s portfolio here:
Zach and I are both excited to be working alongside her.
Q. Do you have a favorite graphic novel?
Yes, I do. I love Cemetery Girl by Charlaine Harris and Christopher Golden.
The story is gripping, the graphics are fabulous and I love the theme of the lost confused girl, trying to piece her life back together.
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