Title: Nine While Nine
Author: Stasia Morineaux
Date of Publication: July 24th, 2018
Isabeau Finne’s perfect world utterly unravels when she meets Death’s right-hand man one fateful night, spiraling her life into a world of chaos and the impossible.
Suddenly, she is no longer Isabeau and becomes part of the most secretive inner-workings of Death itself, as well as an otherworldly dominion of ancient magic.
Now beings—which we were taught as children were merely fictional creations of wildly whimsical minds—are edging their way into her world as well.
Buggans and Kobolds and Vargs…oh my!
She yearns for the simplicity of her old life—this one is full of dangers, unanswered questions, and cryptic dreams.
After one particularly anomalous dream in which she learns of the Nine While Nine Legacy, things become truly precarious.
Now, someone sees her as a risk…a threat…and wants to eliminate her.
Fortunately, she falls under the protection of Gideon—unless she leaves his territory—which is the one thing she wants the most…and wants the least.
Ever since I saw this lovely cover, which by the way is one of my favorites of the year, I have been anxiously waiting to read it!
First what I loved is the girl is like 30 or shall I say woman! It’s so hard for me to find Adult or NA books that interest me because most of the time they are just contemporary AB-stomach books or a bunch of descriptions that I don’t care about! Thank goodness for this book! Finally, an adult story that held my interest with great writing! And can I just mention the name Gideon!
So James McAvoy probably isn’t who the author had in mind for what she imagined Gideon to look like, but he’s always who I think about when reading the romantic interest in books! I loved Gideon because there’s so much to him and I wanted to discover who he is!
Isabeau was a great character, too! And thankfully, not annoying! She grows through the book and the dream sequences were awesome! Honestly, I’ve never read a book that dealt with this type of magic—it felt incredibly unique!
Also, there are some words you may not know how to pronounce, but fear not, there’s a glossary in the back! FYI, there is a cliffhanger, and yes I need the next book. Now!
Tell us what made you decide to write Nine While Nine.
Dreams! I was having a continuing series of dreams about the people, places, and situations that take place in the books. At the very beginning, there was a night I woke in a state of half-consciousness and heard words whispering in my head. I wrote down what was to become the Legacy of the Nine at about 3:00 am on a scrap of paper I found on my nightstand. I couldn’t shake it and it just snowballed from there. I absolutely fell in love with the realm of Tiarnas and the beings I was meeting in the dreams. I had to write it all down, so I wouldn’t lose any of it. What I found most exciting was that their world was spilling over into ours. That the Fae were returning. The dreams that Isabeau has in the books are based on the dreams I experienced.
Who is your favorite character in Nine While Nine and why?
Gideon! Why? He’s a tough nut to crack. He comes across all surly and stern, but we get to catch glimpses of his hidden, softer demeanor throughout the book, interlaced with all that power he exudes. He’s a great caregiver and guardian, his number one goal is to protect his charges, and carry out his duties, at any cost. And…well…he’s just a hotty.
What made you decide to want to be an author?
I began my writing journey at about seven when I wrote a story for my mom and dad about a family of bears. I was always the little kid with an entourage of imaginary friends and I’d spend countless afternoons writing short stories about them. Over the years I would become distracted with other interests and obligations, but again and again I would return to creating worlds and lives and adventures. Those imaginary friends just wouldn’t shut up! I began to take it seriously after being inspired by Anne Rice when I met her back in the late-90s while in New Orleans; she told me, “Write. What makes a writer is writing…Write the book of your dreams. Write what you want to be known for.” She went on—not verbatim here—to say that the most important thing is to not give up, to follow my dreams…to believe in my words and imaginings and never give up. AND most importantly, stop procrastinating and just do it. Stop waiting, and stop asking for advice, and just write.
I’ve tried several times to not be a writer…and I just can’t do it!
Is there a certain genre you like to write in?
No matter how the idea spawns, it always seems to turn to the supernatural and dark urban fantasy. It can begin as the most mundane, ordinary-life kind of thing, but then always—always—it veers to the paranormal and extraordinary situations…and magic! I find that working in fantasy gives me the most freedom to really exercise my imagination and explore possibilities. But I do prefer keeping my stories anchored in a blend of reality and modern times. Well, except for this one time-travel piece I’m working on…
And I’m absolutely incapable of steering clear of at least a touch of romance!
Did you have to do any research while writing Nine While Nine?
Absolutely…it’s endless and ongoing! I love love love research! I researched Celtic, Nordic, Irish, and Scottish myths…well, just pretty much everything I could get my hands on that spanned a wide assortment of European mythologies. I also studied Irish and Scottish Gaelic language, and an assortment of others, while devising the language, Sióg Orð. My explorations also included a variety of books on “witchy ways” and occult practices.
How many books do you have planned for the series?
At least three, but it might stretch into four…plus some spin-offs!
What other hobbies do you do besides writing?
I currently live in Asheville, NC, so there is no shortage of hiking and waterfalls here. I try to get out t least once a week with the family for a nice hike. I also go every week to the Biltmore Estate to play with their baby goats! I love reading and swimming, and I often combine the two with lazy days by the pool while reading in a nice shady spot. In the winter, I can often be found hidden behind a snow fort, lobbing—quite badly—snowball-ammo at my family. And then there are the squirrels in my woods. There’s a rumor going around that I’m planning to open a squirrel circus. The truth is, I just like to toss them peanuts, pecans, and walnuts. I can’t help it if they sit up in a cute little row below my balcony and beg for them now!
What’s your favorite color?
This has always been one of the most difficult questions for me. Overall, I think it’s purple.
BUT…it all depends on the context of the question. Are we talking clothing, furniture, wall color…?
Clothes, I prefer black and grey. It’s just easy. Unless we’re getting into historical garb, and then it’s creams, pale pinks and blues—think Marie Antoinette and the Rococo era.
If we’re discussing home décor, then currently I’m leaning towards washed out and stormy colors, like you’d find in a beach house. Distressed blues and greys with touches of sunset shades. But that can change at any moment and go back to rich hues of dark pumpkin, brick red, and cobalt blue.
See, just not an easy question! Depends on the day I guess! Lol!
What upcoming books do you have planned next?
Once I complete The Nine While Nine Legacy series—if it ever truly ends—I’ve had a YA New Orleans ghost story on the back burner for a few years that I’m just itching to flesh out! And a vampire novel—of course. I began that one back in 1995 after my first trip of many to New Orleans. I’ve picked it up and worked on it again and again over the years, but it’s particularly grueling as much of my personal life of that period is contained in it. It’s messy and painful, but I’m determined to finish it and get it released. It deserves to finally be completed and out there to be known.
Any advice for writers?
The best advice I can give is to pass along the words that Anne Rice gave me. “Just write”. The blank page is daunting, no doubt, but if you just set pencil to paper and go, the words will come.
Also, study up on the current avenues of marketing and PR. The publishing world has changed radically, and the author needs to be neck deep in their own branding and marketing, not just of their work but of themselves. Get out there and meet the readers!
Stasia Morineaux grew up in Southern California, pursuing faeries in the garden and seeking spirits in the local graveyard with her cat Bartleby; they also spent countless nights hunting down things that went bump!
She now resides in Asheville, North Carolina with her hubster and kidlet, as well as with a bevy of creatures…both real and “imaginary”.
Mysterious dreams, copious hours of awesome music, and obscene amounts of coffee fuel her writing sessions of paranormal, urban fantasy, dark fantasy, the supernatural…and sometimes even a sprinkling of chick lit!
In her spare time she likes to relax on her balcony, feet kicked up, listening to the squirrels arguing with the crows in her woods.
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