I am really excited to be part of the official Embrace Blog Tour and to have Jessica Shirvington stop by Dazzling Reads today! specially since I am a BIG fan of Embrace myself! I highly recommend it!
Embrace (The Violet Eden Chapters #1)
By Jessica Shirvington
Release: March 6th 2012
Buy the Book at: Book Depository / Amazon
It starts with a whisper: “It’s time for you to know who you are…”
Violet Eden dreads her seventeenth birthday. After all, it’s hard to get too excited about the day that marks the anniversary of your mother’s death. As if that wasn’t enough, disturbing dreams haunt her sleep and leave her with very real injuries. There’s a dark tattoo weaving its way up her arms that wasn’t there before. Violet is determined to get some answers, but nothing could have prepared her for the truth. The guy she thought she could fall in love with has been keeping his identity a secret: he’s only half-human—oh, and same goes for her. A centuries-old battle between fallen angels and the protectors of humanity has chosen its new warrior. It’s a fight Violet doesn’t want, but she lives her life by two rules: don’t run and don’t quit. When angels seek vengeance and humans are the warriors, you could do a lot worse than betting on Violet Eden….
Jessica Shirvington lives in Sydney with her husband of ten years, FOXTEL presenter and former Olympic sprinter Matt Shirvington, and their two daughters. She has previously founded and run a coffee distribution company, Stella Imports, in London, and been involved in managing the restaurants Fuel Bistro, Tow Bar and MG Garage in Sydney.She is currently a full-time mum, author and co-director in the company MPS Investments Pty Ltd.
Interview with Jessica Shirvington
Q. As I previously mentioned in my review, I think you re-wrote the book of Enoch! WOW! I love the mythology in your book and I was wondering, why did you decide to write about Angels?
Thank you so much! Actually the Book of Enoch has been an amazing source of research and one of my preferred interpretations of the time.
I wanted to write a story that focused on choice and consequence that a young adult character would face. I wasn't looking to write a paranormal fantasy as such - that part just emerged as mythology took a hold of the story threads. Angels and the tales that revolve around the role that they play fascinated me. Once I started looking into the world of Angelology, I was hooked.
Q. I really loved Violet and Lincoln's relationship but their destiny is unortunate. The terms "Love conquers all" and
"everything is possible in love and war" does not apply to their relationship, and Duty clearly impose itself above Love. In real life, it is unfortunate that sometimes this may happen too.
What do you expect readers to learn from Violet and Lincoln's story?
We face opposition to our heart's desires in life. Their story is no different. Culture, religion, politics, so many aspects of modern day life interfere with the road our heart would have us take. I don't have the answers and I'm not a walking hallmark card - I just know the problems are there and when writing Violet and delving into the depths of these character's hearts, I have the opportunity to (through a fantastical story) talk about the battles that exist between family, duty, destiny, and love.
For the readers - I don't want to teach anything, I just want to tell a story and more than anything I want readers to connect with it.
Q. I really love the two male characters Phoenix and Lincoln. I think both of them are really special and delicous in their
own way. Did they just poped-up in your head or did you have an external inspiration? if yes, fans of Phoenix and Lincoln
will be thrilled to know of such wonderful source/s of inspiration!
My husband swears that I somehow magically managed to split him in two! But really, whilst I am sure I subconsciously draw from personality traits of people I do know, they are very fictional characters.
Q. Through the character of Phoenix, we learn that we should not judge people for who their parents are.
What inspired you to write about this subject?
It can be confusing growing up - the first expectations that are placed on us are those by our parents. It doesn't mean they are trying to impose them or that they even have them - but people feel them. As a result a lot of people become frightened that they are somehow inadequate... In some ways Phoenix's story reflects this. There is a lot more to it as well, which will follow in the books to come. He has been around a long time and his history is rich and deep. He is flawed, but I feel for him a lot.
Q. This year in Australia the fourth book in the The Violet Eden Chapters is coming out. So, here in North America we can
happily wait for at least three more books !
How many books there will be in The Violet Eden Chapters?
I'm always a bit vague with this question, but I promise I don't mean to be! I have just finished the manuscript for book 4, ENDLESS, and will start on the edit soon. It is really important to me to finish this story at the right moment. I don't want to just wrap it up, put a bow on it, and not have it be true to the characters and the intensity of this story they are within. At the same time, I refuse to drag it out beyond the natural and right end. If I had to put a bet on it today, I'd say it will likely be 6 books in total and definitely no more than that.
Q. And last but not least. What would be Violet's favorite book/s and genre?
What Dazzling Reads would she recommend us? She can name more than one!
Great question. To be honest, I don't see Violet as a huge reader (sorry!). I think she would prefer to paint a canvas and listen to music. I do think she would gravitate more toward books of the now and ones that have strong characters. Oh god, you really have me stumped on this one... Maybe Suzanne Collins', Hunger Games, or if I have anything to do with it (which let's face it, I do) Maria V. Snyder's, Magic Study Series - both great series.
Dear Jessica, thank you so much for stopping by Dazzling Reads. It's been a pleasure to have you here ❤