Daughter of Gods and Shadows is so far removed from it all that it’s taken a very patient editor, four years and six rewrites of giving myself permission to tear down walls, throw away logic, and just go crazy. The last and probably the greatest challenge has been in adopting a new pen name and trying like crazy not to give away my “secret identity”. I’ve worked long and hard to build my core audience for my other books, and I’ve worked long and hard to try and draw in a brand new audience. I don’t want to run the risk of being judged one way or another for my work and am hoping to have this project judged on its own merits.
African culture—names, weapons, mythology—feature heavily in Daughter. What research did you do to create the supernatural elements of this series?
But mostly, I think I’m afraid of not getting all the ideas for stories that I have out of my head and into books. That’s the scariest thing of all. Oh, and spiders, wasps and hornets, and the dark…and water, like large bodies of water. And sometimes heights, and definitely closed spaces. But other than those things—I’m good.
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