Thursday, June 29, 2017

My Soul To Give - Interview With Magali Frechette


I'm thrilled to help launch Magali's book My Soul To Give. We bonded, not only because we're both Canadians, but also because we were chosen by the same mentor during a writing contest. Mags is such a wonderful person and I'm so happy to see this book. I can't wait to read it!




When Celina Leviet escapes the brutal home invasion that kills her husband, she’s left with a bullet in her gut and vengeance in her heart. An alluring demon, Mekaisto, offers an irresistible deal—in exchange for her soul, he’ll let her live long enough to get her revenge, but she must hunt and kill the murderers herself.

After sealing the contract, Celina digs into her husband’s past for clues about his murder, and what she uncovers makes her question everything she thought she knew about him.

His company never existed.

His family history was a lie.

And he was involved with The Lumen, a shadowy religious order whose members know too much about demons. As the life she thought she knew crumbles around her, Mekaisto's charms become harder to resist. Forced to face a horrible truth, Celina struggles against her late husband’s betrayal and the dark seduction of the devil she knows.

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Interview with Magali


Q: Tell us a little about the characters in My Soul To Give.


The story is in two different POVs for Celina and Mekaisto (known as Kai for short), but it’s more focus-based on Celina’s POV. 

Celina has been living a pretty secluded life with her husband, Thomas, for the past five years they’ve been married (had dated for five years before that); his gift to her was a house he built out in the country, and while building them her dream home, it also made it nearly impossible for her to really get out much. She’s sometimes a bit naïve about the world, and even more so when she discovers a whole new world (copyright to Aladdin lol) filled with demons. The rules have changed in her life (what she has left of it), and she doesn’t always catch up fast enough. But, she’s feisty and doesn’t hold her tongue (even if, sometimes, she should). She’s determined, though, and it’s that fight in her that drives her to accept a deal for revenge. She just has to pay with her life and soul; no big deal, right?

Mekaisto is hard to say anything about without giving away spoilers, but I’ve heard him described by a lot of things by beta readers. Basically, he’s charming, tempting, alluring; everything you think you want until you discover (often too late) it comes with a price. There’s a quote by Tucker Max “...the devil doesn't come dressed in a red cape and pointy horns. He comes as everything you've ever wished for...” – fitting. He’s arrogant, cruel, sadistic, and has no mercy when it comes to others; except when it comes to Celina. And he has his reasons. He always tells the truth, but he doesn’t always tell the whole truth, and sometimes, it’s a truth you don’t want to hear.


Q: What's your fave scene (without spoilers) in the book?


Oh boy…That’s always a hard one, but I think my favourite one is when Celina first meets Mekaisto. I’ve got another one toward the end of the story I like, but that would have way too many spoilers. The ones I enjoyed writing the most, though, were with a character named Shiriki. Won’t give many details about him, but from what readers have told me, he grows on you…in a parasite-infested kind of way.


Q: How long did this one take you to write?


This question is hard to answer. It took around…five months to write, I believe. Started in April
2014, and finished August 2014, but through all the editing rounds, rewrites, and revisions…the last time I considered it ‘ready to query again’ was July 2016…so, quite a while. And it did change drastically since it was first finished. This was my 19th manuscript, and since finishing MSTG in 2014, I’ve written around five more.


Q: What do you like most about writing fantasy?


There are no limitations to what can happen. I noticed this most when I wrote my first non-paranormal/dark fantasy manuscript recently (I’m rewriting it right now), and everyone is just so…human (sounds weird, I know lol). But, it puts limitations on what people can and can’t do, and for me, limits/puts a block of sorts on my imagination. I mean, even with fantasy, there are always rules I follow in my universe, but they’re vast. I also always loved creating new worlds, or adding to our own; the idea that not all is what it seems, and darkness hides everywhere has always fascinated me. And, I’ve always had a thing for vampires (like, seriously…Team Spike!), but I grew fascinated with the idea of demons when the story came to mind.


Q: Your writing tends towards the darker side, why?


I guess I mimic the real world. There’s darkness, cruelty, and monsters come in the form of people here. But, when acts of kindness happen, we appreciate them so much more; we hold onto those, and remember there are still good people. As Sam in Lord of the Rings put perfectly: “That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo. And it’s worth fighting for.” I want people to understand they can go through the most horrible situations, and still, not only survive through, but live and grow from those experiences because good people are stronger than most give them credit. They’re not victims; they’re fighters. I guess, writing dark stories is a way for me to express my experiences in a certain form; but I always make sure there are moments that are sweet, romantic, and just ‘good old’ positive experiences in life. There needs to be a balance; it’s never just good and bad, and even that isn’t always black and white. (I think I rambled on this question – sorry! lol)


Q: Do you have any writing quirks or unique habits?


Not that I can think of. I outline in notebooks by hand, write in scrivener (though, if I’m not at home, I’ll use my iPad, or work computer, then transfer), and I edit in Word. Those are my ‘steps’, so to speak.



Q: What are some of your favourite books/authors?


I have a lot, but a few of my favourite including (be warned, there are French series in here! *Le Gasp* - please remember I’m francophone lol) Les Héritiers d'Enkidiev and Les Chevaliers d’ Émeraude series by Anne Robillard (there, started with the French ones and got them out of the way lol), Cirque du Freak series by Darren Shan, the entire Night Huntress Universe by Jeaniene Frost (especially the Night Prince series *swoons over Vlad*), Bride by Jule Garwood, The Krinar Chronicles series by Anna Zaires, Darkworld series by Emma L. Adams, Wraith Kings series by Grace Draven, Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling (obviously! lol), Storm and Silence series by Robert Thier, and a lot of mangas I won’t list because it’ll make this all way too long.


Q: What advice do you have for querying writers?

I imagine everyone has heard this before, but don’t send out too many queries at once. A lot of times, you only get one shot, so it sucks to find out the only reason you missed out on a publishing deal was because your query turned them off. So if your query isn’t great, and you send it to fifty different publishers and agents, then you can cross them all off your list, instead of just crossing out maybe five. Also, remember that sometimes, form rejections don’t mean your query is bad, it doesn’t even mean your writing isn’t great; sometimes, it’s just the market. I write paranormal and dark fantasy – trust me, the market was never “good” and I heard that so many times. I have the feeling most of the time, agents/publishers read ‘a paranormal/dark fantasy novel” and didn’t bother with the first few pages. Some awesome publishers and agents still publishing despite the market, but what I’m trying to say is just don’t get discourage. Maybe your book isn’t the right story for right now, but you can always dust it off later and try again.



Here's a little taste of My Soul To Give...

“I am a demon, Celina, and above all else, demons love the hunt.” He smirked when her eyes widened.

“So, you see having sex with someone as a hunt?”

He sighed and ran his fingers through his hair. “By your expression, I would say you still do not quite understand.”

“It’s your twisted logic.”

Interesting…

“I take my time, stalk my prey first, count the number of breaths she takes, imagine her screams…”
She arched an eyebrow. “That’s not at all creepy.”

Kai ignored her. “I am a creature of infinite time; the world creeps by, yet an intimate moment is so fleeting, it feels as though it is gone in less than a second.” He stopped, expecting an interruption again, but she stayed silent. “The pleasure is heightened by the danger, and in the throes of passion, I could lose my control and revert to the form least likely to be found pleasurable by my … partner?” He lost himself in the images in his mind, pinning down Celina’s body, taking her in a way she would never be able to recreate with a mere mortal man. “Hunting is simple. There is always one in the crowd that stands out—rarely is it the one searching for the one-night stand—no…” Kai locked his eyes with hers and goose bumps rose on her arms and legs. “No, the one unsure of what society wants her to be, the one who is desperate to be loved and appreciated. She is the one I seek.”

“So, social outcasts are your type?”

His eyes pierced her until he could see through her mind again, to all those curious little fantasies.
He smiled. “It’s about finesse, Celina. I listen to her, and as she speaks more confidently, I brush a hand over her skin”—his hand skimmed Celina’s neck as he brushed her back—“just enough so she shivers with anticipation of what my lips would feel like in the same spot.” He delved into Celina’s mind as his words worked against her disdain for him. “Then I caress her in a way she won’t notice, but her subconscious will let her lean into, let her mind take over and her body will beg for more.”
“She’d notice if…” She followed his gaze to his hand on her knee.

“Are you certain?” He’d worked his own body into a sensual frenzy as he’d drawn her into his web.
She stared at him, her cheeks flushing. “I—”

“Eventually, I suggest a night filled with pleasure.” He couldn’t contain his smile as he moved closer. “I keep touching her in small ways—maintaining physical contact at all times.” His hand inched up her side, until he tucked a loose strand of hair behind her ear. She sucked in a breath and he cupped her cheek.


About Magali...

I’m passionate about writing, reading, photo manipulation artwork, animals, anime/manga, video games, the fandom world of TV shows and movies, and stuff like that. I’m a proud Ravenclaw: I’ve always been sorted into this house, but the recent Pottermore sorting placed me in Gryffindor―I don’t care since the Sorting Hat couldn’t consider my choice, so I identify with Ravenclaw, and that’s where I’ll remain!

I have two main hobbies: writing and creating book covers. I’m also a gamer (Diablo, Zelda, Final Fantasy), enjoy listening to music (and always singing along to Disney), have a passion for Japanese culture, and adore reading. I love anime/manga, Japanese Dramas and consider myself a proud fan of many different TV shows including Buffy, Supernatural, Doctor Who, Sherlock, Merlin, Game of Thrones, Outlander, etc.

I wrote my first story when I was 12 years old (and we’ll never talk about that story), but started writing three years later. Since then, I always write, and this particular novel is my 19th story. It’s always been a dream to be a published author, and I can happily say I’ve reached that goal―I plan on continuing writing and publishing for the rest of my days.

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