Who is the audience for this book? Primary Target Audience: ages 18-28
In general: 17+
Is this book part of a series? The Rafters is book one of an anticipated seven-book series.
Describe your protagonist physically and emotionally and describe the challenges the protagonist needs to overcome and the motivation for overcoming them. Rhyus Delmar, a 22 year old somn. With lightly tanned skin, he has dark brown hair and emerald eyes. Just under 6 feet in height, he has a lean physique. With severe memory loss, Rhyus is taken in by a man named Venn as well as the beautiful Marion. Having no recollection, he becomes overwhelmed, wondering who he is and where he came from. In his vain attempt to discover these things, the path forward becomes ever more difficult. Little does he know, the truth and reasoning behind his restless and moody mental state is rooted to the fact that, though unaware, he is the Key Calling. Through these challenges, he continues to forward, attempting to find himself. With strange dreams pointing him in a general direction, the somns he encounters along his journey keep him on the road to his destiny. However, whether for purposes of helping him or in order to help themselves is never clear. Ultimately, his stubbornness and determination lead him toward a destination unknown.
Describe your antagonist physically and emotionally, and talk about motivation. Helena Meretrix is a contradiction. Her petite frame and soft feminine curves belie the fact that she is a cross between a viper and an unstable explosive. Ample breasts, often suggestively revealed, insure she has plenty of time to sum up any man before she had to talk to him face-to-face. She can keep any man mesmerized with her green eyes and full pouting lips. Beneath a shining halo of short strawberry-blond hair toils a restless brain, malignant in its incessant drive toward ruthless power and control. She struggled through endless pain and work to achieve her current appearance and position as an assassin working beneath high-authority of the Underworld, Nyx Crucian. Life had never been kind to Helena. Her past was filled with tattered dresses and dirty old men who labored over her after crossing her mother’s palm with greasy wads of bills. The occasional young man was only worse. Presented with an opportunity of escape, she took it. Not only that, but others lives along with it. Now in possession of a knife, her desire for revenge turned to bloodlust. Her hunger for power and control now control her. And now, with rumor of the awakened Key Calling… she has higher goals to obtain.
Quote a passage from your book that you love.
Rarely at a loss for word or action, Tavokk stood stock still, tasting the bright, coppery salt of warm blood on his tongue. The little bitch stabbed me!
Watching her walk away, he remained unmoving. Feeling the throbbing quickening of his pulse, he wondered at the fine line between bitter anger and ardent lust. Thin lips tight with rage, he watched her sultry form dim into the ever-pervasive mist.
“That wasn’t very polite, puppet,” he yelled out. His rage dissolved into a smug smile. “Oh, and by the way, I’m not interested!” He watched until she disappeared from view. With absolute certainty, he knew that they would meet again. And, he vowed, that meeting will be most interesting.
Elaborate on the meaning of the passage.
This passage has always been a favorite of mine. It’s a strong representation of the book’s feel. It comes into play early on, and is the first strong conflict to make itself known. Helena Meretrix and Jereth Tavokk have a complicated relationship, and in just these few paragraphs, you pick up on so many different emotions and touch on several genres that—along with the primary urban/sci-fi fantasy—are contained within The Rafters. These elements assist in making the book enjoyable and entertaining for readers!
What is your philosophy or writing?
My philosophy on writing is to create the general story, and then let the story lead me. Once I’ve determined my main points along the story’s road map, I let the characters take my hand and show me the way in which things happen. They reveal to me how the story unfolds. It’s always surprising, but my subconscious always works things out by the time I get to any given point in the story. Everything always works out even better than expected—particularly considering the complexity of my writing with multiple storylines. At the same time, I strive to create a unique experience for readers, through new worlds, new concepts (i.e. Callings & Messengers), and non cookie-cutter characters.
What surprising things did you learn while writing this book?
Writing The Rafters has been an incredible experience! I have long been encouraged to write by teachers/professors, and I recall telling my mom I could write a book as good as Harry Potter. But looking at my book now, in its final form, I can’t believe how exceptional it is. The story for this first book, and the series as a whole…it blows my mind that I built it from scratch. A dream here. A random thought there. It is a constant learning experience.
How has your upbringing influenced you writing?
When I was a child, I loved learning to read through books full of creativity and imagination. The world of Dr Seuss was always a favorite. I also enjoyed Shel Silverstein’s books. A little older, my siblings and I would gather in the evenings before bed, and Dad would read to us. “A Wrinkle in Time” always stuck with me. I have never forgotten my dad taking me to Dragon Heart either. Or my love for Merlin and movies like “What Dreams May Come.” And yes, I was—and am—a lover of Harry Potter. My parents were always very supportive of me. I have long been a lover of the arts—including writing.
A.C. Montgomery is 23 years old and lives with her husband in Omaha, NE. She studied for an Associate of Occupational Studies degree in Graphic Design, Illustration, and Computer Graphics. She is lover of the arts.