"J.D. Brown graduated from the International Academy of Design and Technology with a Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts. She currently lives in Wisconsin with her two Pomeranians. Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, her writing is influenced by the multicultural urban society of her youth which she continues to visit each summer. J.D. loves paranormal characters; from vampires and werewolves, demons and angels, to witches and ghost. Her writings are often a combination of suspense and romance.
J.D.’s books are available in e-book formats from MuseItUp Publishing Inc. and major e-book retailers. She loves to hear from readers. You can reach her via email to DarkHeirloom@gmail.com or visit her website at http://authorjdbrown.com."
J.D. Brown is here to discuss her latest release, Dark Heirloom: An Ema Marx Novel Book One. Please give her a warm welcome.
That’s an excellent question. The definition of Urban Fantasy is any fantasy story that takes place in an urban setting and focuses on topics unique to urban life (such as crime, pollution, turf wars, politics, etc). It used to not matter if the setting was fictional or if the story took place in the past or the future. But today’s market trends have changed a lot of the “rules”. Now days Urban Fantasy centers on paranormal characters and is set on modern-day Earth. It also tends to be kind of dark and gritty, a little dystopian with a mix of mystery or suspense. There’s also usually a romance thread tossed somewhere in the middle, though it differs from paranormal romance in that the romance in UF is not the most important element of the story. Those readers who are sick of heroines who can’t survive without a boyfriend should give Urban Fantasy a try. The heroines in UF tend to be less desperate.
Traditional Fantasy is pretty straight forward; like Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones. It generally takes place in the Medieval-era or earlier, in a made up land that may have fictional races and creatures, and generally there is some sort of quest to accomplish.
Your latest release, an urban fantasy novel titled Dark Heirloom: An Ema Marx Novel Book One, tells the story of a woman who awakens from a coma to learn that she has become a vampire. What inspired you to tell this story?
Dark Heirloom started out as project to encompass all the things I wanted to read about that I felt wasn’t present in the books by other authors I was reading at the time. Mind you, I started writing Dark Heirloom before the Twilight boom, it just took me longer to get published, LOL.
I’ve always loved vampires and paranormal characters, but 90% of the time the hero or heroine was human and didn’t become a vampire until the very end of the book or series. I was sick of having to get the paranormal scoop from the human’s point of view. I also felt that having the story end immediately after the human finally turned was a giant let-down. For me, that was when the real story should have started.
So when I sat down to write Dark Heirloom, I knew three things that had to be in my book: 1) The main character (Ema Marx) had to become a vampire immediately. 2) She had to become a vampire against her will; I wasn’t going to have her begging anyone to do it. And 3) All my characters would be paranormal. There wouldn’t be any humans in my books.
Dark Heirloom takes place in Northern Finland. Setting a fantasy novel in Finland is a brilliant choice because so few people are aware of the country's influential mythology and folklore. Tolkien, for good reason, was fascinated by The Kalevala. What made you decide to set Dark Heirloom in Finland?
Would you think I was weird if I told you I got the idea from the music on my playlist? I like listening to goth rock’n’roll and metal when I write and the majority of the bands I like are from Europe. At least three of my favorite goth rock bands are from Finland. When it came time to pick a setting for Dark Heirloom, I knew I wanted it to be a unique place and that it needed to be somewhat remote so Ema couldn’t be too tempted to go on a slaughtering spree. I was listening to those Finnish bands while brainstorming and I starting thinking, maybe Finland….?
I have never been to Finland before (though I would love to visit!) and I had no idea if it would work for my story or not. But I did my homework and researched everything I could about the country, the capitol, and mainly Lapland. I fell in love with it; it’s such a beautiful and rich country. And fortunately Lapland worked out perfectly for my vampire characters.
Dark Heirloom is the first in a series. When can we expect the next installment?
All I can say at this point is it will be 2013 when Book 2, Dark Liaison, comes out. I’ve actually just finished writing the first draft and plan to start revisions soon. It’ll be in my publisher’s hands sometime at the end of the summer.
Who is Danielle Ravencraft?
Danielle Ravencraft is the pseudonym I use when writing Contemporary Erotic Romance. It’s a totally different genre from what I normally write as J.D. Brown. As Danielle, I write inspirational short stories for women. There are no paranormal elements, and while there are some graphic sex scenes, the plots are meant to inspire hope and to encourage women not to give up on romance or life.
What, if you don't mind sharing, is your next project?
I’m currently working on Book 2 of the Ema Marx series, titled Dark Liaison. After that will be another short story written as Danielle, and then back to the Ema Marx series for Book 3. I’m planning on 5-7 books for Ema. I have more stories up my sleeves, waiting for their turn to be written, but finding the time to fit them all in is tricky business.
Taken from the Dark Heirloom Media Kit:
Author: J.D. Brown
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Blurb: “You’re a vampire” is so not what Ema Marx wants to hear when she wakes from a two-day coma in a cryptic yet exquisite castle in northern Finland. Unfortunately, it explains a lot. Like why she’s able to see in the dark and walk through solid objects. What she doesn’t understand is why the other vampires expect her to have all the answers. It’s their fault she turned into one of them…right?
Jalmari’s hatred for his old-man intensifies when he’s ordered to bring that troublesome girl to their castle. He has a clan to run, there’s no time for babysitting newborn vampires no matter how they were converted to their culture. But when a two-thousand-year-old premonition threatens to take the crown and his life, Jalmari sees no other choice than to take out the catalyst. Ema Marx. Fortunately for Ema, she could also be the clan’s only savior.
The race to figure out her vampiric origins is on. And maybe she’ll get the hang of the blood-drinking gig along the way…
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