Young Adult Urban Fantasy/Horror
Date Published: December 31, 2016
Publisher: TRO Publishing
Fifteen-year-old Jacqueline Talbot’s boyfriend Mal lives in the mirror of her makeup case. There’s never been anything normal about Jacqueline; not during her time in foster care, and certainly not in her new hometown of Mercy Hills.
With rumors of actual monsters in the woods, the popular kids taking an unhealthy interest in her, and the revealing of her own dark past, all Jacqueline wants to do is run away forever with Mal. Too bad he’s trapped in the mirror.
But when she learns the ancient forces of the town want to destroy everything she loves, the race is on to free the boy in the mirror, because he just might be the only one who knows how to stop them.
Q: What is the hardest part of writing your books?
A: The literal act of writing is possibly the easiest thing I do on a given day. My books are well plotted out ahead of time, and I almost never want for ideas or direction. HOWEVER, one of my greatest difficulties is making the time, and having the energy, to write at all. I work a day job that is labor-intensive, so the act of getting home and sliding into my writing chair can at times be a futile practice rife with exhaustion. And even when I do carve out an hour for myself, there are occasions when my brain is far too muddled for coherent thought. In other words, it’s sometimes difficult to get cranking. But once I do, it flows. Which is one of the best feelings in the world.
Q: What songs are most played on your Ipod?
A: I listen to most music, save country, and enjoy it all. However, the one album that plays on constant repeat is Tori Amos’s “Little Earthquakes.” Every song is an absolute gem, and even though it’s twenty-five years old, it plays like it could’ve been recorded right now. Love it.
Q: Do you have critique partners or beta readers?
A: I do. I swap novels with author J.L. Bryan constantly, and David Dalglish has been a consistent sounding board throughout the years. Otherwise, I have a grouping of five betas who’ve never steered me wrong, who love my work yet aren’t afraid to let me know if something isn’t working for them. These types of folks are the lifeblood of any author, because criticism is the only way to grow. Steady pats on the head can lead to stagnancy in the craft, which is a career killer.
Q: What book are you reading now?
A: A book that isn’t released yet—Blaze, by my friend and fellow author Monique Martin. It’s the first book in a new series, a wonderful tale of a young girl fighting demons in 19th century London. It’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer blended with Wuthering Heights, and possibly my new favorite thing.
Q: How did you start your writing career?
A: I’ve been writing since I was a teenager, oh so long ago, and always dreamed of becoming an author, but it was only after meeting my wife Jessica that I began to think I might have a shot at making this career work. I began writing seriously in 2003, a four-book post-apocalyptic zombie series called The Rift, which would take me ten years to complete. In 2010, after a batch of rejection letters, I discovered Kindle Direct Publishing, and decided to put the first book up for sale myself in this newfangled e-reader format. That journey into self-publishing directly led to co-writing a fantasy series called The Breaking World with the aforementioned David Dalglish, a set of books that were picked up by 47North publishing. One of my proudest accomplishments, that’s for sure.
A: Queen of the Dead, the fourth book in my current dark urban fantasy-science fiction series, The Infinity Trials, will be released late this month. It’s the penultimate volume of the series, wherein our young heroines face a horror greater than anything they have faced before—the cracks that can appear in even the strongest friendships. It is perhaps the darkest book in this series, and the stakes get both smaller and bigger at the same time. It was a blast to write.
About the Author
Robert J. Duperre is an author from Connecticut, the land of insurance, tobacco, and unfulfilled dreams. Over his mildly interesting life, Robert has released seven novels that skirt the line between horror, science fiction, and fantasy, as well as edited and contributed to a pair of short story collections. His novel “Soultaker” was released in 2017 by Ragnarok Publications. He also co-wrote "The Breaking World" series with David Dalglish, which was picked up and published by 47North, a subsidiary of Amazon Publishing. And all this was accomplished while living happily ever after with his wife, the artist Jessica Torrant.