Hello everyone – Happy New Year! :) Please help me welcome Isis Rushdan, author of paranormal romance/urban fantasy novel, Kindred of the Fallen…excellent world building and story-stars and I bet some of that creative wonder comes from her intelligence officer background and her worldly travel. Before we get started with our interview, here is a little about Isis…
Isis Rushdan was born and raised in New York City. She has a B.A. in psychology from The Ohio State University. Wanderlust has taken her across the globe and has kept her moving every three years. Fortunately, she is blessed with a husband who shares her passion for travel, movies and fantastic food. Prior to following her bliss as a writer, she had a bright career as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Air Force. She currently resides in sunny Florida, where she hopes to finally establish roots with her husband, son and canine kiddies.
Okay, Isis…here we go…first question…
Please tell us how the idea came to you for Kindred of the Fallen. Please include all the fun details.
This might sound crazy, but I promise I’m sane. The characters started talking to me one day while I was in the shower. They’d reached a major turning point in their lives and demanded I listen to their problems. I asked if it could wait until I was dressed, but they’re pretty strong-willed.
Your response to that last question had me laughing – I love strong-willed story-stars;)
What drives, motivates, and/or inspires Cyrus?
Duty. Cyrus made a grave mistake years ago, selfishly putting his personal desires ahead of duty. He’s spent the last two hundred years trying to erase the shame by faithfully serving House Herut. He is dedicated to breaking the curse wiping out Kindred, given the chance. Even if the heroine, Serenity, wants absolutely nothing to do with redemption or what it entails.
Such spiritual-natural names for your story-stars…nice :)
What’s Serenity’s job? What does she do for a living?
One of her Kindred gifts enables her to read a human’s soul. She uses it to create unique, but expensive, tattoos at her high-end shop, Soul Ink Designs.
Quite a unique job and psychic ability.
Give us some insight into Serenity. What’s a bit of her back-story?
When she was five her mother abandoned the family and her broken-hearted father committed suicide. At least that’s what she remembers. Her tragic childhood has given her an overwhelming need to have a safe, stable life and to hang on to the few friends she has. She also believes she’s human, until Cyrus enters her life like a bolt of lightning.
Wow! What a tough break Serenity had in her youth…and then to find out she’s not human…whoa.
Can you tell us about the abilities of Cyrus and Serenity?
Cyrus is a warrior: incredibly strong and fast.
Serenity is of the psi class. The true extent of her ability is a bit of a mystery at first, but it’s extremely rare. The last Kindred with her power decimated an entire colony in the 12th century in a fit of rage. If she’s able to control her gift, she’ll be one of the most powerful Kindred to ever live. If she can’t, she could end up killing those closest.
Serenity sounds like quite the enigma of unrealized power ;)
Is Kindred of the Fallen included in a series? If so, what series and can you give us titles for other books in this series?
It’s the first in the Kindred Chronicles. My agent is working on the contract for the second book, which is currently untitled, and I am writing the third book.
Can you share anything about the paranormal beings in the story? What’s unique about them?
Kindred are descendants of powerful ancient beings who walked the earth before humans. They were cursed for their transgressions and their powers divided along with their souls into two different bodies as punishment. Serenity and Cyrus are the reincarnation of one ancient being.
Warriors are what you’d typically expect in regards to their strength and speed, but they can also shift in color as an evolutionary defensive mechanism and get their wings if they connect with their mates.
Those of the psi class like Serenity run the gamut of superhero type powers such as telekinesis, healing and precognition. In addition to her soul-reading ability, her other gifts are quite unique, but I don’t want to spoil anything for readers by giving too much away.
Serenity has definitely gotten my attention; she comes across as a most compelling personality.
Which scene was your favorite to write?
Wow, tough question since I have a few, but I’ll go with my favorite within the first 100 pages.
All Kindred have inherent powers, but they also have a latent ability which can only be activated after connecting with the energy stream of their kabashem or the mate who is literally the other half of their soul. For example, warriors get their wings.
For Serenity and Cyrus, their latent gifts emerge in a life and death situation where both come face to face with a deadly Kindred suffering from blood rage.
Where can we find you?
You can learn more about me at:
Getting to know Isis Rushdan
2 Things you do to relax: Get a 90 minute hot stone massage and watch Living Abroad or House Hunters International.
Favorite sport to watch: Football in person, not on TV.
Cat or Dog: Definitely dog. I’m allergic to cats.
Favorite place to write: On a comfy sofa with an ocean view.
Place you’ve always wanted to go, but haven’t: New Zealand
Breakfast drink: Cappuccino with soy milk and a splash of coconut syrup
Favorite season: Autumn
What are your hobbies /past times (besides writing): International travel and watching movies.
A big thank you to Kay Dee for having me here this week! I appreciate the support on my tour.
Isis – thank you for being here this week – I’m so happy to meet new authors, especially paranormal & fantasy romance authors. Love hearing about your story and your story-stars, Kindred of the Fallen.
KINDRED OF THE FALLEN
Kindred Chronicles Book One
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Date of Publication: January 8, 2013
Cover Artist: Kanaxa
Serenity’s soul-reading ability lets her easily create custom tattoos. Everything else in her life is a struggle, from trying to make it work with her best friend, Evan, to nightmares and visions that make her question her sanity.
Then she meets a man who sharpens her craving for something more.
Cyrus has been preparing to claim her as his Blessed mate—the other half of a split soul that, once reunited, is his only chance to break the curse that plagues his people.
One moment, armed militants are firing questions Serenity cannot answer. The next, she is safe in Cyrus’s arms…and learning she isn’t even human. She is Kindred, blessed with preternatural powers, cursed to suffer the twin horrors of the blood rage and the dark veil.
Their union is the greatest hope for redemption in a thousand years, but not all Kindred want to be saved. A dark secret could snuff out their lives before love has a chance to unite them…and redeem the Kindred for all time.
Greater the love…sweeter the pleasure…higher the price that must be paid.
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