10 Bits of Odd Author Trivia (About Me) by Sabrina Benulis
We authors are a strange bunch. Or, at least, people think we’re strange.
In my own eyes, I’m far too normal. Sure I have grand dreams about dying my hair blue–but I’m also too lazy to do the necessary touchups a few weeks later. I’d love to dress like a goth-punk girl from my local Hot Topic–yet here I am, at least fifteen years too late to get away with it without raising a few eyebrows. And so on.
There’s a mythos surrounding fiction writers, especially those of us who write speculative fiction like fantasy, horror, and sci-fi. What we write can be so quirky, imaginative, and strange. Surely, they world assumes, we have grand tricks up our sleeves and have the most odd and fascinating lives. How else could we be so inspired?
I’m not here to burst that mythical bubble. But today, I’ll show you that it’s what you’d never guess about an author like me that might have you sitting there perplexed.
- I can write anywhere, anytime. Because I have to. I can’t count how many times I’ve had a deadline of some kind looming over me and I have to go on a family vacation. That one really stinks. It’s also a fallacy that authors need some kind of special office filled with special printers, a laptop plus a tablet, twenty different writing apps, and the best interior design this side of Sunday. Here are the three things you need to write a book in the modern world: an idea, a computer of some kind with a writing application, and your fingers. I’ve had to write everywhere from hotel rooms to the couch. I don’t have much time to afford being picky.
- But I write better in a bathrobe. Okay, this one I’ll admit to. I just write better in a giant fluffy ole’ robe. I don’t know if it’s the coziness or the feeling that I’m six seconds from being able to just get in bed, but something about typing with a purple terry robe with penguins on it tends to get my creative juices flowing a lot faster.
- The only monsters that truly terrify me are zombies. No matter how much blood I have to write into a book, it can’t compare to a single episode of The Walking Dead.
- I one hundred percent believe in angels and demons. I’m often asked what my religious beliefs are considering angels and demons are the central stars of my Books of Raziel series. I’m Roman Catholic. You can take it from there.
- My pet bird keeps me from procrastinating. If there’s one thing all of us writers have in common, it’s that we really know how to waste time instead of actually writing if given the chance. My cockatiel, of all people and things, is quick to keep me on the straight and narrow. Heaven forbid I don’t sit down next to her and write at the scheduled time each day. Birds are blessed with a love of strict routine we humans can’t quite comprehend.
- The first book I ever read front to back was Where Does Gobo Go? Anyone remember the 1980s television show Fraggle Rock? Anyone? This was a book for kids based on the show. I can’t for the life of me remember the plot, but I suspect it had to do with either following Gobo on his travels or finding him, or something.
- But my favorite book was I Am A Bunny, by Ole Risom and Richard Scarry. According to Amazon.com only ten people in the world dislike it.
- If I could be any character in my own novels I would be Troy. Troy’s a Jinn. She’s fearsome, and has teeth, and sharp nails, and let’s not forget she can fly, and she is both pretty and terrifying at the same time. Did I mention she’s badass?
- I’ve been told I’m too happy to be a writer. This is an odd one, but you wouldn’t believe how many people think that to be a writer you have to be dark, deep, and either half-drunk or hooked on some kind of prescription medication. I’m not sure what that says about our culture’s’ perception of a novelist’s career track, but I’m willing to take the chance and keep going for years. If you’re curious, my depression buster of choice is naps and ice cream.
- I find it difficult to read my own books after they’re published. Not because I think they stink, but because there’re a strange sense of self-awareness going on when I pick up the final product and flip through the pages. It is really the strangest feeling. “I wrote this?” I’m constantly asking myself. Now this doesn’t apply to manuscript form. I can read my own writing in raw form until my eyes bleed. And it’s not just because I have to!
Special thanks to Nerd Girl Official for hosting me and to readers everywhere for their interest! Happy reading!
ANGELUS, The Books of Raziel
By Sabrina Benulis
In the heart-pounding conclusion to The Books of Raziel trilogy, Angela discovers that she holds the keys to both Heaven and Hell, and that angels, demons, and all the creatures in between will stop at nothing to possess her and control the power she holds…
Harper Voyager is thrilled to publish the third installment in the Books of Raziel trilogy, ANGELUS (On-Sale: 2/9/2016) by the extraordinary Sabrina Benulis. This uniquely sumptuous gothic fantasy cements Benulis as a prominent force in the modern paranormal fantasy genre as she continues to captivate with her seductive, sinister world and her fresh take on the classic face-off between the creatures of Heaven and denizens of Hell.
The war started by three powerful angel siblings – Raziel, Lucifel, and Israfel – has divided the kingdoms of Heaven and Hell and now the destruction is spilling over into the human world. The last hope is the Archon, also known as university student Angela Mathers. Angela alone can successfully oppose Lucifel and open Raziel’s Book for the power of good rather than evil. But to do so would mean murdering her best friend, a fact Angela refuses to face.
ANGELUS follows Angela as she discovers that she holds the keys to both Heaven and Hell, and that angels, demons, and all the creatures in between will stop at nothing to control her. Now she sits on the throne of Hell, fulfilling a prophecy of ruin. But ruin does not always mean destruction…..sometimes it means revolution. Echoes of the past have resurrected the Angelus, the Song of Creation, and its notes are somehow linked to the Book. Now Angela must find the truth behind the song and her own origins, but time is running out. Because there are dark forces who believe Angela’s success will not end tragedy, but continue it, and they’re determined to stop the Archon’s destiny once and for all.
With a vividly-realized supernatural atmosphere, complex characters, and paranormal wars, Benulis has crafted a first-rate fantasy brimming with gripping, gothic intrigue; she’ll keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last page of this powerful series.
Sabrina Benulis lives in northeastern Pennsylvania with her husband, daughter, and a spoiled cockatiel. When she isn’t writing like a madwoman, you can find Sabrina enjoying old school video games, Japanese anime, and of course a good book. Her third novel in The Books of Raziel series, Angelus, will be available February 9, 2016.
Facebook Fanpage: www.facebook.com/SabrinaBenulis
Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.to/1niA4iz
Praise for Sabrina Benulis and the Books of Raziel Series
“Benulis brings her wildly imaginative and delightfully dark Books of Raziel trilogy to a close in this intricately plotted and action-packed story, featuring supernaturally strong angels and the lone human they seek to destroy. The scope of this story is enormous, and the tension remains at a fever pitch from the very first scene, but it is the moments of quiet that allow readers to see into these characters’ hearts and souls, making this final book utterly memorable. Ringing through each exchange is a beautiful message of friendship, love and loyalty that lingers long after the final showdown has ended.” – RT Book Reviews on Angelus
“…filled with teetering highs and deep lows…. The richly detailed cosmology supports the characterization well.” – Publishers Weekly on Angelus
“In the second of the Books of Raziel trilogy, Benulis shows a great deal of improvement in developing smoother pacing, spellbinding action and strong plot tension, and her unique take on religion and angels is truly innovative. With just enough left unresolved, Covenant perfectly leads into the upcoming final book of the trilogy — Romantic Times Magazine on Covenant
“These angels can be vindictive and cruel, more human than you might expect and oozing supernatural abilities…. If you think you have the guts to take on this novel pick it up.” — Boulder Examiner on Archon
“A dark, bold story.” — Lexington Literature Examiner on Archon
“Benulis writes a no-holds-barred tale of destruction, love, power, and friendship. Everything you thought you knew about God, the Devil, angels and demons will be wiped away and replaced with a world so terribly beautiful that you will yourself gazing out into the night sky, hoping against hope that magic is real. Her characters have depth and 3-deminsional personalities, while her scenery, complete with candlelight and stain-glass windows, emphasizes the primal battles that humans go through on a daily basis.” — Tulsa Books Examiner on Archon
“… Benulis uses lush descriptions and larger than life characters to tell the story of a battle between Heaven and Hell…She proves herself as a force to be reckoned with… I will definitely be on the lookout for the next installment in her book of Raziel series so I can grab it up and pour over each page.” — Suspense Magazine on Archon
“This plot is original in every way, and it resembles nothing that I have ever read before.” — The Wilkes Beacon on Archon
“In this fascinating, well written first novel, Sabrina Benulis has created a world where it’s hard to tell the demons and angels apart. Be prepared to read this one in one sitting because it’s one of those rare novels that grabs you and doesn’t let go.” — The Baryon Review on Archon
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