From Cuddlebuggery:Today we're featuring Bree Despain and her second book in her INTO THE DARKNESS series, THE ETERNITY KEY.
As most of you know, Egmont recently closed its doors, leaving its YA and MG’s List authors in a bad situation. Anyone who knows anything about publishing knows that this is a huge blow to the authors and the books they’ve worked so hard on.
We thought to ourselves, what can we do to help? And maybe some of you are doing the same.
Thus The Last List Blog Hop was born.
Check out Elisa's Q&A with Bree, her review of THE SHADOW PRINCE, and enter the giveaway at the bottom! There are lots of cool features and giveaways on this hop, so make sure you follow along! You can find a list of participating blogs at the bottom of the post here.
Haden Lord, the disgraced Prince of the Underrealm, has chosen love over honor and will do everything in his power to protect Daphne Raines, the human girl he was supposed to bring to the Underrealm. Haden’s choice is put to the test as the Skylords and a figure from his past arrive in Olympus Hills with a plan that could destroy all of the realms.The Shadow Prince | The Eternity Key | Goodreads
Embracing her destiny as the Cypher, Daphne begins to understand the immense power of her musical ability to control the elements, but she must come to terms with her feelings for Haden and what she must sacrifice in order to protect him and her friends.
Believing the Key of Hades is the only thing that can stop the Underrealm Court from releasing the monstrous Keres on the mortal world, Haden, Daphne, and their friends set out to find the Key before Persephone’s Gate opens again on the spring equinox.
Elisa - I was fascinated by your uncanny ability to incorporate ancient mythology into the real-world throughout the Into the Dark series. It made me wonder if you started with Greek mythology as the foundation for these novels or if you just happened to create a story with elements that matched a Persephone story and so you extrapolated that into the theme? Which came first?
(Secretly, I am hoping you are ridiculously obsessive about Greek mythology because that just makes you into such an interesting character!)
Bree - Haha! I am ridiculously obsessive about Greek mythology. I've loved those stories ever since I was a kid. The first kernel of inspiration came from the Deathcab for Cutie song, "I will follow you into the dark." I used to be obsessed with that song and would listen to it on a loop. To me, the song is about being willing to follow someone into the unknown for the sake of love. This idea got me wondering about who would do such a thing, and I started wondering what it would be like to be the person who had to convince someone they loved to follow them into the dark. Being a big mythology buff, I naturally started thinking about both the Persephone and Hades myth and the Orpheus and Eurydice story. I started imagining a Hades-like character who had to convince a mortal girl to return with him to the Underworld (of her own free will) and the rest of the story came after that.
Elisa - I have a past in singing and composition so I absolutely loved how well you brought the musical element to life in The Shadow Prince. Considering, what is your musical background?
Bree - I have absolutely no musical talent what so ever--but I do have a great appreciation for music. To write from Daphne's POV, I had to do a lot of research about musical terms and how to describe musical sounds. I come from a theater background, so I was able to draw on my own experiences with auditioning and performing in that way, but sadly, I couldn't carry a tune to save my life.
E - Which characters of the Into the Dark Series are inspired by your most beloved, hated, or tolerated people in real life? (Obviously, I'd understand if you are vague to not fully destroy your relationships with your bestie or evil but necessary uncle.)
B - Oh man, that question could get me in some trouble. I have to admit that Lexie, Daphne's nemesis and resident mean girl, was inspired by someone I know. I'd gotten particularly annoyed with this person's attitude one day and decided to write her into my book. However, Lexie has ended up becoming one of my favorite characters, so maybe there is still hope for me and the real life version of her. :)
E - Why is Daphne Raines so trusting of strange guys?
B - Huh. I never thought of Daphne as being overly trusting of guys--in fact, I'd say that she has a lot of trust issues because of her dad abandoning her when she was a baby. However, Daphne has a unique ability to read people because she can hear people's "inner songs." As in, she can hear special musical notes that emanate from living things that no one else can hear. It's almost like being able to read someone's aura. If she likes your inner song, then she likes you. She trusts Tobin right off because she finds his inner song to be familiar and friendly. I think she trusts more in this ability to steer her towards good people than she actually trusts people in general.
E - What is one thing you added to The Shadow Prince just because you like it (besides music)? Ex., they ate pizza, that town they visited, the private school like the one you went to . . .
B - Daphne gets her love for food from me. While Haden is a very discerning eater, Daphne loves bacon cheese burgers and root beer. These are two of my most favorite things. Daphne is always daring Haden to try new foods. He dislikes almost everything but he does discover that he has a sweet tooth. He loves ice cream and pumpkin chocolate chip cookies--also two of my favorite things.
Thank you so much for the thoughtful interview questions!
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Bree Despain is the author of the Dark Divine trilogy and the upcoming Into The Dark trilogy. She has always loved writing because she has always loved telling stories. As a kid, she'd staple folded papers to make her own "novels." As a teen, she wrote stories in notebooks while her friends waited for the next page to be finished. Her teachers told her she should be a writer. But Bree thought only special people could be writers, so as the years past, she settled into the idea of becoming a lawyer instead.
Bree rediscovered her childhood love for creating stories when she took a semester off college to write and direct plays for at-risk, inner city teens from Philadelphia and New York. With a renewed passion for story, and the young adult audience, she returned to Brigham Young University, filled her schedule with creative writing and literature classes, and started writing stories again. But regular life kicked in, and she soon found herself married with a new baby, working full-time, and with very little writing done.
That’s when the universe threw a pick-up truck in her path. The car accident left Bree with an understanding that life was too short to not do what you absolutely love. A few days later, her husband brought home a used laptop computer, placed it by her bedside, and said, “You’d better start writing.” Her life has never been the same since.
In a moment of karmic perfection, Bree received the offer to purchase her debut novel, The Dark Divine, on the 6th anniversary of the car accident that put her back on the path to becoming an author.
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