Release date: July 30th 2013
Genre: Fantasy-Action-AdventurePurchase: Amazon
Synopsis via Goodreads:
“So just to be clear,” I said. My voice shook a little too much for my liking. “I killed myself. I’m in some kind of Purgatory. I am now part of a band of demon-fighting superheroes. We go around saving other people from offing themselves in the real world by protecting their statues in this one. All while trying to earn a second chance at life. Or a chance to end it once and for all.”
“That about sums it up.” Marsh said, offering a steaming mug of hot chocolate with marshmallows.
What comes after life? Jayden Schroeder is about to find out. At the end of the road of despair, she ends it all and finds out that living might not have been so bad. Thrust into a strange and disparate world, Jayden joins a team of warriors from all places and time. Together they battle demons to save the souls of the living, all the while on the run from the end of all things - The Judgment.
Will she fight for a second chance to spare those she loves? Or surrender?
Dark Night of the Soul is a fantastical journey, both literally and figuratively for Jayden’s soul. Action adventure, fantasy, romance, and dark humor twist together to create an afterlife tale that will keep you thinking long after the final chapter.
Q: To start off, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Well, I’m a stay at home, homeschooling mom. I’m married to my soul mate and we all live on a little hobby farm in the Arbuckle Mountains of Oklahoma.
Q: Is there a reason you use your initials instead of your full name?
Initially (haha), my husband wanted me to have a bit of anonymity. He was (is) certain that I’ll be so famous, I need to hide my identity. But seriously, when I published my first book I just had to let everyone know! I was way too excited. But it’s also kind of a thing…E.E. Cummings, J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling…all the cool kids are doing it.
Q: How do you feel about the cover? How well does it portray your book?
I LOVE my cover. I think it’s haunting yet triumphant. I really had no idea what we could put on the cover. The book is so undefinable. My cover artist came up with this and I fell in love with it. I think it symbolizes the struggles between light and dark, triumph and tragedy, joy and sorrow. I think it portrays the book well.
Q: Where did your inspiration to write Dark Night of the Soul come from?
From within is the only answer I can give. I’ve never read anything like this before so it’s hard to say I wanted it to be like xyz. I wanted to create a really interesting world but at the same time take the protagonist through a transformation from self-loathing to selflessness. I think I accomplished that, but the inspiration was simply to speak truth but in a kick-ass fantasy world.
Q: What's it like having your own blog tour?
Blog tours are fun but stressful. I kind of freak out when I have to depend on other people…and that’s pretty much the definition of a blog tour! So I’m having to learn to just sit back and trust folks to do their job. But I really like meeting new book reviewers, readers and authors. There are some really fun and inspirational people in this community!
Q: Can you tell us a little bit about your characters? Which one is your favorite?
The book centers around six people. Jayden Schroeder is the main character. She is a seventeen year old girl who has just committed suicide. She wakes up in purgatory and has been assigned to a team of other people from all different times and places who have also committed suicide. Their job is to fight demons that would otherwise convince people still alive to take their lives. Neala is a druid. She is the leader of the team. Marshal Britton is the Keeper of time. He’s an ex-marine and a total hottie. There is also Baldric, and English Knight...maybe. Shin is a Samurai, and then there is Prince. I’ll let you read about him.
Jayen would have to be my favorite character. She’s so angsty. But being able to be in her head as she experiences All this was really neat.
Q: I see you have an awful lot of animals! Not to mention a few kids!
What's it like trying to balance your writing and the rest of your life?
It’s not easy. I always feel like I’m giving too little to something or someone. But writing makes me happy and will hopefully help provide for our family. I’m dedicated to making it work so I just have to make time. I’m usually up a few hours before anyone else so I can get some quiet time to write.
Q: I'm from California and you're from Oklahoma. I've traveled to a few states, but have yet to visit that one.
What is the one place people who refuse to be tourists must see?
You know, Oklahoma is a phenomenal state with so much to do. I think we have more museums per capita than any other state. We have a museum for everything! But I’m really partial to the area I live in. The Chickasaw National Recreation area is beautiful and the Chickasaw Heritage Museum is amazing. If you like to eat, then you HAVE to go to Ted’s Café Escondido…best.texmex.ever. Then there’s Eichens, the first bar in Oklahoma. It’s in Okarche, OK and they just throw your food on the table with no silverware or plates or anything. It’s a hoot! If you’re feeling adventurous there’s the Okie Noodling Festival…I’ll let you Google that.
Q: Is there anything else you would like your readers to know?
I would like readers to know that Dark Night of the Soul is not a depressing book. It’s also not all about suicide. It is a true fantasy adventure that just happens to go a little deeper. There’s also a little romance!
Thank you for your time! It was a pleasure interviewing you!
Thank you! It was fun!
About the Author
E.M. Havens is a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom who loves to read. She lives in the Arbuckle Mountains of Oklahoma with her three kids, awesome husband, twenty-five chickens, twelve turkeys, ten guineas, nine pigs, three barn cats, two Great Pyrenees guardian dogs, a Chihuahua, one house cat, and a goose...AND she writes.
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