Urban Fantasy, Noir, Detective
Date Published: November 25, 2020
Publisher: Indies United Publishing, LLC
Former ADA Alastair Maddox pursues Prohibition Chicago’s most dangerous monsters after witnessing the deaths of his parents and grandparents as a boy. When a former colleague in Chicago PD comes to ask Alastair for help, he comes face to face with the mysterious Alexandra DeLane. But something’s off. DeLane is way too calm and her eyes are the color of blood. After she escapes, Alastair goes on the hunt only to find himself the prey of an ambitious and mysterious mob boss who plots to have him murdered. The problem? Alastair doesn’t stay dead and comes back as something else. Something more dangerous and straight out of a horror novel.
What is the hardest part of writing your books?
The hardest part of writing any of my
books is to make sure the characters are believable, and the world is as
immersive as possible. In Urban Fantasy and noir, the character setting is as
much, if not more important than the character themselves. Writing a historical
fiction, I have to have as much accuracy as possible while holding on the
story’s fiction aspect. Readers of noir know it for its morally gray
characters, gritty scenes and realistic flaws. Capturing those is always the
most important thing, and it takes the longest.
What songs are most played on your Ipod?
I don’t really have any specific music I play, but while writing BloodLaw, I spent copious hours listening to smooth jazz. It’s well known in the 1920s and a favorite genre of BloodLaw’s chief character, Alastair Maddox. It helped me get into his head and hear him talking as he would to himself. Each of my books has its own playlist I put together and add to throughout the writing process.
Do you have critique partners or beta readers?
I am a rapid release author, meaning I’m always releasing titles. This usually leaves me very limited time to use either. However, if my editor has some major concerns, I often send it out to at least two people before release.
What book are you reading now?
I just finished reading The Lost Book of the White by Cassandra Clare. What I’ll read next, I have no idea. Lately, and I’m ashamed to say this, I have had little time to read. Most of the time I don’t spend on running FyreSyde Publishing, restarting hubby and I’s gift shop or being a mom, is my time to play video games or watch something on NetFlix or Amazon Prime. Lol!
How did you start your writing career?
I actually started writing at fifteen. It went nowhere, and I spent the next fifteen years in the conceptual art and character design industry. It wasn’t until 2017 that I tried my hand at my first NaNoWriMo with Blessing of Luna.
Tell us about your next release.
Agh! I can’t spill all the beans until my publisher says so, but I will say BloodMoon, Vampire Chicago’s next installment will release in February. I’m very excited to share the next installment in my 1920s mystery.
About the Author
Blaise started her journey in writing at the age of the fifteen with her first unfinished urban fantasy novel based on a popular video game series known as .Hack. From there she moved her journey into designing characters and doing concept art for various paying clients. In her older career, Blaise moved into working for the Indie Gaming industry where she did concept art for the company HollowRobot and their debut game, Johnny Reboot and various other clients. Sadly, the game didn’t go anywhere and Blaise found herself losing interest in what she had done for fifteen years.
In 2017, Blaise embarked on her first ever NaNoWriMo challenge where she finished the Paranormal Shifter Romance, Blessing of Luna which she indie published. It has then produced a second installation into the Wolfgods series titled Bane of Tenebris. Both have recently been picked up by BlackRose Writing.
Both of these books gave birth to the first of Blaise’s three businesses. The first, FyreSyde Publishing, a small press, has recently opened its doors to authors and works alongside them in the ever difficult challenge of book marketing. A running joke is Blaise considers herself an “odd duck” in the sense that she loves the marketing phase more than the writing phase of production. Her other two businesses include full-time freelance ghostwriting and the independent bookstore, GreenWood Grove Booksellers.
After falling in love with the Dresden files by Jim Butcher and later Saints & Shadows by Christopher Golden, Blaise found a new love for Urban Fantasy. Reading the beloved Vampire Files by PN Elrod prompted Blaise to initiate her next phase and begin producing paranormal detective and noir novels. Now she combines the two and loves every minute of it.
She currently lives in the hometown of Bonnie & Clyde with her husband, two adorable kids, two cats and a dog.
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