Goddess Fish Book Tour
ANGEL OF SYN by Mertianna Georgia
A paranormal urban fantasy
AN INTERVIEW WITH MERTIANNA
-What book and/or experience made you want to be a writer?
So many! The more recent fantasy writers like Laurell Hamilton, Anne Rice, Jim Butcher, Charlaine Harris, Kim Harrison, and others. But also the writers I grew up reading…Orson Scott Card, Frank Herbert, Ray Bradbury, Arthur C Clarke, Ursula Le Guin, Tanith Lee, Anne McCaffrey, Robert Heinlein, and the list goes on. They have all inspired me to one degree or another.
Because my father was in the military, our family moved every couple of years. The base libraries became my favorite place to be and reading my favorite thing to do. I especially liked reading about animals, SciFi and Fantasy. Those books helped me expand my horizons and develop a life-long desire to create worlds of my own through writing. I still get excited when I see one of those books, knowing the emotions they can still elicit in me – from wide-eyed wonder to pull-the-covers-over-your-head shivers.
-What genre(s) do you write?
I write Urban/Paranormal Fantasy, Mystery, and Literary Fiction. I may wander into other genres, but not at the moment.
-Book title and blurb.
ANGEL OF SYN. Book Two in the Synemancer Series.
Contemporary witch Cara Augustine goes international and inter-dimensional, from San Francisco to France to an alternate Eden-like dimension, in this second book of the Synemancer series.
Cara is a fugitive, pursued by the Portalkind police for breaking a major covenant. When she accidently made a werewolf her witch’s familiar, it amounted to enslaving a human. And the punishment is death. On the run for her life, she and her companions stumble into a strange paradise dimension. But they quickly find the dangerous world is filled with strange creatures, deadly and beautiful. And, because she’s quickly learning a Synemancer’s life is never simple. Cara has to deal with an amorous Nephilim (half-angel half-witch), a dangerously deranged French werewolf, and the darkly handsome Nightkind she just might love. Each powerful supernatural man has his own reasons for wanting to possess Cara, body and soul. But if the Portalkind police catch her, she’ll be in a fight for her life.
“Bart straightened from his defensive semi-crouch, still eyeing the Hounds warily. I glanced around the room to see if the orbs were here, but they were nowhere in sight. The mirror chimed and shimmered for the umpteenth time since I’d come into the room. A tall, pale man dressed in black and wearing a black backpack walked into the room. Azrael stood silently on Amelia’s hardwood floor, and by the expression on his beautiful face, he was angry enough to chew spells and spit out hexes. He quickly scanned the room. His ice-blue eyes focused on me and I had his full attention. All Hades was about to break loose. With two weres, two Hellhounds, and a Nightkind in the room, the situation was about to get bloody.”
-For aspiring writers, any tips?
Keep writing, finish your stories, never give up, and learn as much about the craft of writing as you can. Watch a little less t.v. or spend a little less time on the internet and use that time to write. Now if I can just take my own advice, I’d get a lot more done.
-What’s your favorite book/genre to read?
It’s been changing, but I love to read urban fantasy and YA paranormal. I also like mysteries if they have a good dose of humor thrown into the mix or a few ghosts or maybe a grim reaper.
-What’s your favorite thing you’ve ever written?
My favorite story is called The Cat Maiden, a paranormal twist on an Aesop’s fable. It’s my favorite because not only was it the first short story I had published, but my son liked it too. That was important to me.
Mertianna currently lives with her husband, son, and three dogs in Northern California. At a young age, while traveling the globe with her military family, she discovered the joys of reading. Armed with a fascination for science fiction, the paranormal, and fantasy, she amused, shocked, and impressed her teachers with her imaginative stories.
“I currently live with my husband and dogs in northern California. I have a son who attends college in San Francisco. After years of working in the business world while secretly wishing I could be a writer, I finally took a leap of faith, stopped working (in business) and started writing. My first book, SYN IN THE CITY, was published in 2010 and I haven’t looked back since.”
As an adult, reality reared its boring head, and she joined the business workforce. After many years working as a professional manager while secretly wishing she was a writer, she took a detour from the corporate world to immerse herself in the fictional worlds of her own making.
Mertianna has accumulated multiple graduate degrees in business and survived years of doctoral studies in psychology, all of which undoubtedly has influenced how her characters behave or don’t behave as the case may be.
“I have a website at mertianna.com. My blog is on the website. I hope to get my author Facebook page up soon (which should have been done long ago). Unfortunately I have a huge streak of procrastination in my nature. I think I may have a new pair of pants to hem sitting in my closet from 2010.”
I know I’ve said this before, but I’m an urban fantasy junky. Thanks for an awesome interview and amazing-looking read, Mertianna!
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Mertianna will be awarding a canvas tote bag printed with the book cover on one side and a saying on the other("Are you a syn-er?"), and filled with goodies plus a $20 Amazon gift card to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour (US ONLY).