Monday, September 5, 2011

Interview with Adrianne Brennan

Adrianne Brennan pens romantic dark fantasies and science fiction romances. She's here today to tell us about her hot new release, Love Under Will. This time she's taken us to a whole new realm of magic with fallen angels. Let's give her a warm welcome!

Adrianne why don't you tell the readers a little about yourself:

Sure! I live in the Boston area with my two adorable kitties, and do computer programming as my day job. In my spare time I enjoy working out, traveling, knitting, and playing World of Warcraft.

I’ve been writing since I was ten, almost entirely in the realms of paranormal, science fiction, and fantasy. Becoming published was my childhood dream come true.

Your new release, Love Under Will is in the Mammoth Book of Hot Romance Anthology. Your tale deals with angels. Give us some insight about your angel mythology. When they fall, do they lose their wings? Do they have certain gifts?

The angels have bodies they periodically “shed” like skin which allows them to go into the human world and help out others. On occasion, they even switch gender. They can be of any hair, skin, eye color—race has no meaning in addition to gender.

When they fall, they are essentially renegades. Not demons which is different, but no longer falling in line with the angelic hierarchy. They are considered to be highly dangerous and unstable, and could go dark at any time. It’s also likely they’d be recruited by Lucifer in the process.

Angels, fallen or not, can recognize each other on sight, and Aliyael compares it to the Highlander’s “quickening”. She says it’s nothing in comparison. :D

What inspired you to write an angel tale?

I’m a big fan of shows like Supernatural and angels are one supernatural creature I’ve never tried writing about. I decided to tackle this one after turning over certain ideas

Without giving too much away, tell readers about the story.

Aliyael’s assignment is to bring a fallen angel home, convince him to come back. However...she has no idea what she is in for, and learns quite a bit about following Divine Will and one’s heart in the process.

The readers and I would like to meet your heroine, Aliyael. What are her weaknesses and her strengths? What is her first impression when she meets Julael?

Aliyael is a relatively young angel, not unseasoned but not very worldly. She’s scared she won’t do as good of a job as she thinks is required of her, fears failure and ultimately wants to fight the good fight. The idea of rescuing a fallen angel is intimidating to her. She’s a tough chick, but very soft-hearted.

Her first impression of Julael is that he is handsome, surprisingly so. Something about him impresses her at the same time it frightens her, and she doesn’t understand why.

I noticed you used –el ending for both names, a typical ending for angel names. How did decide on the names for your hero and heroine? Is there a meaning behind them?

Aliya means “to ascend” or “to rise”—the precise opposite of a fallen angel. Julian/Jul’s name means “child of Jove”, the Roman version of Zeus. That may give the reader some hints. :)

What are your current projects and works in progress?

Too many! I am currently working on the fifth book in the Oath series, the sequel to Blood and Spice, which takes place in New Orleans, and the sequel to Blood of the Dark Moon, the official second book of the Dark Moon series. Blood and Spice I expect to have wrapped up after my trip to NOLA next month for the Anne Rice Vampire Ball.

Tell the readers where they can find you:

Is there anything else you’d like to tell the readers?

Readers: I love hearing from you! Questions, comments, likes, dislikes—bring it!

Aspiring writers: my best advice to you is to WRITE and keep on writing!

Fellow writers: I hope to meet some of you in my travels. Feel free to drop me a line anytime and discuss the craft. :)

To own your own copy of Love Under Will:

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Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips


I'm so happy to have you as a guest today. I love angel tales! I can't wait to read this one. :)

Adrianne Brennan said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks Karen! And thank you for the wonderful interview. :D

I really do hope that you and others will enjoy this read. The anthology itself has many great authors in it too, including Lilith Saintcrow and Susan Sizemore.

Adrianne Brennan said... Best Blogger Tips

Also happy to say that those with e-readers can get it on Kindle:

Calisa Rhose said... Best Blogger Tips

What a twist in concept Adrianne. Thanks for bringing this one to share!

Debra St. John said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Karen and Adrianne!

This sounds like a fabulous anthology. I really love the way you've created the story-line for your angels in "Love Under Will". These are characters that are only beginning to be explored...

Cathy said... Best Blogger Tips

Another Angel story. I didn't realize how popular they were becoming. This sounds really interesting.

Enjoyed the interview, ladies.


Are you planning to write more stories with these characters?

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Hello Adrianne,

I like the idea of fallen angels and look forward to reading this one.

Are all the stories in the anthology paranormal or fantasy?

Thanks for sharing,
Katrina G.

Bianca Swan said... Best Blogger Tips

I enjoyed meeting you Adrianne and learning about your angel story. I just returned from Heather Graham's NOLA convention and had quite a few conversations with editors and agents about angel novels. What I learned surprised me.

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips


You'll have to share what you learned. I have a hunch it'll be good. :)

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Calisa, Debra, Cathy and Katrina,

Thanks so much for popping in to say hi! We always love visitors here!!

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Adrianne Brennan said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Cathy! I'm seriously considering it, am looking into the particulars. :)

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Adrianne Brennan said... Best Blogger Tips

Hey Bianca! What a coincidence, heading to NOLA myself next month for the Anne Rice Vampire Ball. :D Hope you had fun there!

Adrianne Brennan said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Katrina! They're all different stories! All are erotic romance but there's a nice variety. :) I have yet to read through them all, but there are a lot of excellent authors in there.