Charlie Kenmore, author of “Earth Angel”

What is your book about?

CK: There are seven parallel worlds known as the Seven Realms which are separated by a Veil. Six are inhabited by all manner of entities, some natural, some not. That may not be the case for much longer. The first portion of the High Sidhe Prophecy of the Sevens has been fulfilled. The Anarch, who is one with the Veil, has escaped. If she chooses, she can part or drop the Veil or she can lift the Veil in its entirety. The Seven Realms will converge. The laws of physics and magic will collide head on. Unless she is stopped, there will be nothing left.

Queen Amura has called for an assembly of the signatories to the High Sidhe’s Second Accords, a multi-realm peace treaty to consider how to deal with the threat of the Anarch. An Earthside TechnoWitch and other dark forces also are seeking to control the Anarch. Prince Dzhok (Jack), High Sidhe Ambassador Salash (Jack’s oldest friendand lover), and Valkyrie Brunhilde set out to find and befriend the Anarch before all is lost.

What inspired you to write this particular story?

CK: My significant other, D. Alexx Miller (a/k/a Alexx Mom Cat) is an avid paranormal romance reader. With three months to go before her birthday, I thought, Why don’t I write her a paranormal romance for her birthday? I barely finished book one in time.

How much of yourself is hidden in the characters in the book?

CK: Some people see a lot of me in Prince Dzhok (who goes by “Jack” when Earthside). With the other characters, not as much.

Tell us a little about your main characters. Who was your favorite? Why?

CK: Prince Dzhok of the Qpiad (commonly misspelled as “Cupid” in Earthside English)– Jack and I have an affinity. What red blooded (or green blooded for that matter) male wouldn’t want to be a Qpiad Prince? While much stronger and faster than any human, the Qpiad are not a particularly powerful race as far as physical strength is concerned among the signatories to the High Sidhe’s Second Accords (an inter-realm peace treaty). Jack’s strengths are his compassion and leadership qualities.

Salash—High Sidhe Ambassador to the Qpiad. Jack’s oldest friend and lover, the mother of twenty-two of his two thousand nine hundred eighty-seven children.. Pound for pound, one of the deadliest fighters in the Six Inhabited Realms. She can put her fist through the armor plating on a tank. Razor sharp analytic skills, iron discipline (until her family and friends are threatened), volcanic temper when the discipline fails.

Brunhilde—One time captain of Odin’s Valkyries, she was responsible for letting the Chosen escape, and has been on a quest to find her ever since (now in her eighth millenium).

TechnoWitch—A human body stealing witch. Has managed integrate her id with her computers. Has her eye on the Anarch for her next body switch.

Anarch/Queen Angel– Once an intended sacrifice to maintain the Veil that separates the Seven Realms, she escaped but ended up caught in the Veil. Her release from the Veil marks the fulfillment of the first part of the High Sidhe’s Prophecy of the Sevens. She has the power to take down the Veil.

Who is your most unusual/most likeable character?

CK: Unusual—Pelactere, the Goddess of Rage. Fire courses through her veins. She has translucent skin, and a 24/7 temper.

How long did it take you to write your book?

CK: Five months, in fits and spurts.

Did you do any research for the book? If so, how did you do it? (searching Internet, magazines, other books, etc.)

CK: I drop shipped my research as I need it. When I needed the specifications for a gun, I hit the internet.

How (or when) do you decide that you are finished writing a story?

CK: Without meaning to sound flip, when a story line reaches a logical (within the context of the story) conclusion, then it ends. I don’t write from an outline. Sometimes I’ll just take a story line and see where it leads. Other times, as with Earth Angel, I have a climax in mind, and have to write a story to fit it.

What challenges did you face as you wrote this book?

CK: I had written numerous short stories, a novella, and a number of screenplays. Everything I ever wrote prior to Earth Angel, I finished in a matter of minutes up to a couple of weeks. I had never attempted a project that took several months.

What was the most difficult part about writing the book?

CK: Lexicon. I like uncommon words. I choose my words for their connotations as well as for their meanings. Sometimes, however, I get carried away with word play. Earth Angel opens with “Blinding coruscations in utter darkness. Deaving thunder in complete and total silence.” To deave means to deafen. But it also means to stupefy with noise. That is the flavor that I wanted. My editor suggested changing “deaving” to “deafening”, but that wouldn’t convey the “stupefying” nature of the thunder. She gave in on this one, but held the line in other places. Perhaps someday I’ll publish “The Unexpurgated Earth Angel”.

How does your environment/upbringing color your writing?

CK: I rely heavily on my environment. In the sequel to Earth Angel, The Flow of Magic, I introduce the family pet, “Mowth” a miniature, color changing, button nosed Adpagian Eathcrak. This creature came from a loose button on my desk, the local Ad Pages, and an empty box of Wheat Crackers. You can see Mowth in action in “Saving Kiefer: A Power Pack Girls Adventure” at the Seven Realms Earthside Communications Center, http://charliekenmore.blogspot.com/2011/10/saving-kiefer-power-pack-girls.html.

Do you have a favorite snack food or favorite beverage that you enjoy while you write?

CK: Ice tea is a must. For longer grind sessions, dark chocolate is preferable.

What are you working on right now?

CK: I’m working on a science fiction story about an off-world human female detective who finds the head of her perspective non-human client in the ally behind a strip bar. She immediately becomes a target. She has to get off-world and figure out who her client was and why she would have been hired before she is killed because of it.

What was the first story you remember writing?

CK: In the fifth grade, I wrote a twenty page story about a subterrean society that collected humans for its zoo. My classmates liked it. The teacher thought it was a bit dark for a fifth grader. There’s no accounting for taste.

What is the most difficult part of the whole writing process?

CK: Revisions. My deal with Muse is that she is supposed to give it to me straight the first time.

What advice you would give to an aspiring author?

CK: Keep writing. Get the story down. You can always go back and revise. Do not be discouraged by rejections. Earth Angel was rejected several times with nice personal comments from the publishers that it was well written, but not for their markets.

What words would you like to leave the world when you are gone?

CK: “There’s been a mistake.”

Have you written any other books?

CK: There are two more Seven Realms novels and two novellas under submission. My darker and naughtier alter ego, Ken Charles, has “The Mercies of Cinderella” (Feb. 2012) and “The Naughty Ladies of Cotton Glen” (April 2012) coming soon.

Where can people learn more about your books?

CK: Purchase Links: http://www.damnationbooks.com/book.php?isbn=9781615724840
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Click here for an interview with: Queen Angel, Hero of “Earth Angel” by Charlie Kenmore

Queen Angel, Hero of “Earth Angel” by Charlie Kenmore

EARTH ANGEL by Charlie Kenmore: There are seven parallel worlds known as the Seven Realms which are separated by a Veil. Six are inhabited by all manner of entities, some natural, some not. That may not be the case for much longer. The first portion of the High Sidhe Prophecy of the Sevens has been fulfilled. The Anarch, who is one with the Veil, has escaped. If she chooses, she can part or drop the Veil or she can lift the Veil in its entirety. The Seven Realms will converge. The laws of physics and magic will collide head on. Unless she is stopped, there will be nothing left.

Queen Amura has called for an assembly of the signatories to the High Sidhe’s Second Accords, a multi-realm peace treaty to consider how to deal with the threat of the Anarch. An Earthside TechnoWitch and other dark forces also are seeking to control the Anarch. Prince Dzhok (Jack), High Sidhe Ambassador Salash (Jack’s oldest friendand lover), and Valkyrie Brunhilde set out to find and befriend the Anarch before all is lost.

An Interview with Queen Angel, of the House of the Earth Angel:

BERTRAM: Who are you?

QUEEN ANGEL: My name is Angel. For almost eight millennia, I didn’t have a name. I was supposed to be a sacrifice, so I wasn’t named. I escaped and got trapped in the Veil that separates the Seven Realms. After I escaped, I met Salash, the High Sidhe Ambassador to the Qpiad. She named me Angel. I liked it, and the name stuck.

BERTRAM: Where do you live?

QUEEN ANGEL: The House of the Earth Angel is currently negotiating for land in the First Realm. Our Earthside Island was destroyed by Oceanus.

BERTRAM: Are you the hero of your own story?

QUEEN ANGEL: As it turned out, I was, despite the High Sidhe Prophecy of the Sevens.

BERTRAM: What is your problem in the story?

QUEEN ANGEL: According to the High Sidhe Prophecy of the Sevens, I was supposed to be the Anarch who destroyed the Veil. The laws of magic and physics were supposed to collide head on, destroying virtually everything in the Six Inhabited Realms. There were several heavy hitter villains, including Loki, Setekh and Shiva who enlisted the unknowing aid of a body stealing Earthside TechnoWitch and her demon to try to control me. Fortunately, Salash and her friends found me first.

BERTRAM: How do your friends see you?

QUEEN ANGEL: My friends see me as a symbol of hope, a savior of sorts. I think that’s why Salash named me the Earth Angel.

BERTRAM: How do your enemies see you?

QUEEN ANGEL: I will always be the Anarch in their eyes. I’m pretty sure that’s the case in the eyes of Queen Amura of the Qpiad and Salash’s father, High Lord Athol of the High Sidhe. No matter what I do to try to convince them that I mean them no harm, they will always see me as a harbinger of destruction.

BERTRAM: How does the author see you?

QUEEN ANGEL: Who?

BERTRAM: Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?

QUEEN ANGEL: I’m sorry. You’ve lost me. Oh, you mean the Scribe? The Scribe does a pretty good job for a human. Humans can be fairly narrow minded. Indeed, the Inter-Realm Commission on the Reintegration of Earthside is still several years from finishing its recommendations. But I had lunch the other day with Mnemosyne and a couple of her daughters, and they all agreed that the Scribe seems receptive enough. I really don’t have any complaints.

BERTRAM: What are your achievements?

QUEEN ANGEL: My crowning achievement is my daughter Flos with Prince Dzhok of the Qpiad. She’s six now. She can be a real handful, particularly after she goes to bed since she learned how to astrally project at age three. As to the rest, the Scribe has several of the official records, but they are still under temporal seal.

BERTRAM: Do you talk about your achievements?

QUEEN ANGEL: I could talk about Flos all day. But as to the rest, not so much. I’m tired of the paper work you have to fill out from the farseers and the Oracle at Delphi every time you make an unauthorized disclosure of future events.

BERTRAM: Do you keep your achievements to yourself?

QUEEN ANGEL: See 10 supra. I can allude to certain past events like the destruction of the island (The Flow of Magic), but I really can’t discuss the rest of my role in those affairs until the Scribe publicly discloses the records.

BERTRAM: Do you have any special strengths?

QUEEN ANGEL: Special to whom? To me, they’re perfectly natural. Since I spent over 7,000 years in the Veil, apparently I now control all of the powers of the entities’ spirits that support and maintain the Veil.

BERTRAM: Do you have any special weaknesses?

QUEEN ANGEL: As Oceanus amply demonstrated, anything that harms the Veil knocks me on my pallid ass. Demon magic throws me a curve as well.

BERTRAM: Was there a major turning point in your life?

QUEEN ANGEL: As I mentioned earlier, in my youth, I didn’t have a name. I didn’t have any self awareness. I was supposed to be a sacrifice to maintain the Veil for the House of Odin under the terms of the High Sidhe’s First Accords, an inter-Realm peace treaty. I didn’t know that I was just an intended sacrifice. I just existed until one day, Loki came and caused me to question my existence. For the first time, I developed a sense of self awareness, which immediately gave rise to a sense of self-preservation. That’s when escaped from the House of Odin.

BERTRAM: How do you envision your future?

QUEEN ANGEL: I don’t. The House of the Earth Angel has an account at the Oracle at Delphi. We use the Indiana, USA, Earthside branch.
I’ve got to pick up Flos. Thanks so much for having me on your blog.

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Excerpt:

Jack took a moment, and then he saw the light. Unfortunately, it appeared to be attached to an oncoming train. Jack was no pacifist. Like Salash, he would kill to protect his children (and had). But as a pansexual high blood Prince of the Human Whisperers and Allied Kinds, “make love, not war” was not a mere platitude, but rather was the very core of his being. Jack knew that he would have little influence on the upcoming gathering in Paradox. This was not a symposium. It was a war council. The outcome was fairly certain. His Mother and her allies would seek to kill the Chosen. And they would fail miserably.

“We have to find her first.”

“Exactly, Jack.”

You’ve got mail.

Salash reached over and pulled the MAPP out of Jack’s pocket. She rolled down her window, and with a flick of her wrist, sent it pin wheeling into a fresh steaming pile of bison dung. Salash paused and scanned the tree line. She was fairly certain at least one of the shadows had flinched.