Today we meet Angelique Voisen, and learn a bit about her book Steel and Shadow.
Don't you love the title?
Welcome to An Indie Adventure, Angelique Voisen. Tell us, what inspired you to write your book?
Before Steel and Shadow, I’ve never written any romance. My previous works have mostly been dark fantasy and horror (under another pen name). Steel and Shadow was a personal experiment in genre jumping and a much needed challenge for me. I was getting burned out from writing dark fiction with grim endings and wanted to write a story with a nice happily ever after.
How do you use setting to further your story?
Setting and world building are critical elements in Steel and Shadow. The major conflict Charlie Ixeria, the protagonist, has to face revolves around an unnatural supernatural force called The Veil. The Veil is slowly killing off the woods that surround Charlie’s isolated city. The woods hold a special significance to Charlie and the rest of the hunters, as it’s their main duty to supply the city with food and protect it from the supernatural forces that lurk in them.
How do you construct your characters?
Charlie and Marcus were easy to construct because they’ve been lingering in my mind for years. Usually though, my characters begin with me sketching brief physical descriptions of them in my head, but nothing too elaborate or descriptive. As I go along my writing process, they begin to flesh themselves out, complete with mannerisms, personalities and body language.
How is your main character completely different than you?
Charlie is a passionate individual who lets her emotion and passion rule her, even in her work. For me, I’m completely the opposite. While I do take chances, I’m mostly an individual ruled by logic. I tend to weigh the pros and cons in every decision, which is sometimes frustrating to my loved ones.
Tell us something about yourself we might not expect!
As a terrible cook, I’ve always avoided stoves and ovens for as long as I could remember. To compensate for this, I have mastered the unique art of microwave cooking. From instant noodles, I’ve since graduated to microwave quiches and one-minute muffins.
Give us a brief summary of Steel and Shadow:
Charlene Ixeria is a half-blood born to a family of supernatural hunters tasked with protecting a city plagued by The Veil, a shadow that twists and corrupts anything it touches. Aside from the constant need to prove that she’s as capable as the rest of her pure-blooded kin, she’s also torn between two choices.
Charlie can’t deny her growing feelings towards Marcus, her arrogant hunting captain who’s haunted by demons of his own. She’s also confused by her conflicting attraction to Gabrielle, a hauntingly mysterious creature who only holds questions and no answers.
Despite her personal problems, her starving city is on the verge of chaos and everything around her is dying- including the woods the hunters rely on for the city’s food supplies. All the answers may lie in The Veil. But which is more harrowing, the journey there or the secrets kept by those she love?
Angelique Voisen writes fantasy and paranormal romance. Stories with blades, bows, kinky magic and epic battles with supernatural nasties. In the day world, Angel writes for a trade magazine. She is a recovering red bull addict, an alt rock fan, a keto advocate and currently lives in Singapore.
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