Absolute obedience, servitude, neutrality.
These were the laws that once governed Bartholomew, an immortal soulcatcher, until one ill-fated night when he was forced to make a choice: rebel against his masters or reveal an ancient, dangerous secret.
He chose defiance.
Imprisoned for centuries as punishment for his decision, Bartholomew wastes away—until he creates an opportunity to escape. By a stroke of chance, Bartholomew finds himself in the human world and soon learns that breaking his bonds does not come without a price. Cut off from the grace that once ruled him, he must discover a new magic in 1930s Chicago.
Armed with only a cryptic message to give him direction, Bartholomew desperately tries to resume the mission he had started so long ago. Relying on the unlikely guidance of the streetwise orphan Charlie Reese, Bartholomew must navigate the depressed streets of the City in the Garden. But in order to solve this riddle, he must first discover if choice and fate are one in the same.
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When she is not in her writer’s room, working her current “day job”, or consuming other literary worlds, she enjoys hiking and cycling around the bluffs of your Southeastern MN home and catching up on her favorite pop culture.
- What genre do you write and why? I write Historical Fantasy because I have a romantic love affair with American History and I’m a complete geek. So it only seemed natural to pair the two together. They’re what I know best.
- Your book is set in Chicago. Have you ever been there? Yes, a few times now in fact and I LOVE Chicago! I have even travelled the entire radius referenced in the Breedling and the City in the Garden. My favorite places in the city are the Magnificent Mile and Theater District, which I am excited to visit again in winter of 2017. I get to see Hamilton: An American Musical! #HamiltonCHI
- Do you ever get writer’s block? What helps you overcome it? I don’t get writer’s block per say, it’s more like world building tantrums. The historical aspect of the universe helps me find certain organic points I can move my characters to. It’s the world building that gives me pause sometimes, because it might take a little longer to connect the dots.
- How long did it take you to write this book? To realize it in its current form it took 8 years.
- What advice would you give budding writers? Know that the journey to becoming an author will be a rollercoaster of emotions and that as much as you believe it is taking far too long to complete your journey, know that it is taking the amount of time that it should.
- You’re writing your own life story as a sci-fi novel. Where will it take place and what will be the main conflict? It takes place on Venus and it would have an underline steampunk flair. As for the main conflict, I would be on a quest to save my husband and my wife. In the future, the universe is open to all possibilities.
~Thank you kindly, Denise for letting me stop by The Pen and the Muse. It’s been swell chatting with you.
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