1) Tell us a little bit about yourself. How did you get into writing?
Writing started out as an extension of reading for me, continuing the same activity. I’ve been doing it for as long as I could write my name, even if it took a long time for the scribbles to mean something.
2) What inspired you to write your book?
My interests in fin de siecle England, when social attitudes among the aristocracy were changing as wealthy Americans penetrated their ranks, and the occultism practiced during that period.
3) What theme or message do you hope readers will take away from your book?
How both good and bad people can be driven to do horrible things through no fault of their own, because of social pressures in no way designed to inflict the pain that they do.
4) What drew you into this particular genre?
My love of fantasy novels I grew up reading, in particular the Alice books (the best in the genre), John Crowley’s great Little, Big, Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast books, Peter Straub’s underappreciated Shadowland, Mark Helprin’s Winter’s Tale and Swan Lake trilogy, Hope Mirrlees’s Lud-in-the-Mist, and many others.
5) If you could sit down with any character in your book, what would you ask them and why?
I would ask my lead character Christine if she believes she could ever earn Allie’s forgiveness.
6) What social media site has been the most helpful in developing your readership?
Facebook. It’s the easiest way to reach like-minded readers and to keep them engaged.
7) What advice would you give to aspiring or just starting authors out there?
Read, read, read. Read the current market, read the classics, absorb as much as you can.
8) What does the future hold in store for you? Any new books/projects on the horizon?
I’m just finishing another historical fantasy, this one centered on Renaissance Europe.
Anthony Avina, (Born March 1990), is an author, a journalist, and a blogger. Born in Southern California, he has battled through injuries, disabilities, moves back and forth across the country, and more, yet still maintains a creative voice that he hopes to use not only to entertain but to inspire hope in even the darkest situations. He writes short stories and novels in several genres, and is also a seasoned journalist for the online magazine, On Request Magazine, as well as the popular site TheGamer. Having grown up reading the books of Dean Koontz and Stephen King, they inspired him to write new and exciting stories that delved into the minds of richly developed characters. He constantly tries to write stories that have never been told before, and to paint a picture in your mind while you are reading the book, as if you could see every scene of the book as if it were a movie you were watching. His stories will get your imaginations working, and will also show that in spite of the most despairing and horrific situations, hope is never out of reach. He am always writing, and so there will never be a shortage of new stories for your reading pleasure. http://www.authoranthonyavinablog.com