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Welcome Raquel Kechagias! Her Book Tour for the The Fire of the Soul Series stops by here on Day Three. I asked her to participate in a Q&A about her new release Last Ashes.
RLA: What is the name and genre of you latest work?
RK: I would classify my books as Paranormal Romance/Dark Fantasy. I say this for two reasons. The first is that there is a lot of romance in the story. The second reason is that there are a lot of dark themes in the books; including sexual abuse, rape and torture to name a few. There is one scene in particular in ‘Last Ashes’ that I was conscious and hesitant about including in the books. I won’t leave any spoilers but I’ll say this, the Mer-folk have no sympathy or empathy for any ‘Land-walker’ and those who help them suffer because of it.
RLA: Tell us about ‘Last Ashes’.
RK: What can I say about my new book? Honestly if I could sum it down to one word it would be ‘intense’. There is endless action. There are situations where we see Anna struggling to be more, to do more than she’s ever thought she was capable of. We see the same of some of our favorites and not so favorite characters and even the new characters. One of the biggest things to happen in this book is that we get two see two characters, who were only mentioned before, in action. So yea it’s intense!
RLA: Did you find any character(s) in your book hard to write?
RK: I found that there were a few characters that were hard to write. It wasn’t so much the character themselves but rather that it was writing the characters to be more than what they had been mentioned to be. For example Manea and Novak. I also found writing Christian’s ‘good side’ to be difficult as well. It’s difficult to build these characters up, to continually say that this is what they are and then all of a sudden bam! They’re something entirely different to what I’ve been making the characters and readers believe. It’s difficult but fun and certainly worth the effort.
RLA: What can we expect from you next?
RK: There’s a few projects I’m working on at the moment. The first is ‘Blood Magic’ which is going through the editing stages. It’s a prequel and spin-off from the story, featuring Adrian or aka ‘Shade’ as the main character. There are several characters from the series and new characters as well. The second is ‘The Eternal Flame’ the final book in the series which I’m currently drafting at the moment and the third is my next series ‘Hell-bound Angels’ which I’m planning and plotting away at. It’s something I’m really excited about. It’s entirely different to ‘The Fire of the Soul’ but I know you will all love it.
RLA: Where can readers purchase your book?
RK: At the moment you guys can purchase my book at Amazon. Within the next two weeks you’ll be able to purchase paperback copies and copies from iBooks, B&N, Smashwords, Nook and Kobo.
~About Raquel Kechagias~
Racquel Kechagias was born in Sydney, Australia in 1991. She is the oldest of seven children and although they drive her a little mad she loves them to bits. Racquel spent her childhood nose deep in a book, preferring their company to that offered by the outside world. At the age of 8 she had grown past the children’s section of the literary world and began to grow up with company of the greats such as Shelly, Stoker, King, Tolkien and Poe. From that moment she was inspired by the intricate worlds. She longed to share the knowledge and passion that it took those authors to create their worlds and from that moment on her life was transformed. Racquel Kechagias is the author ‘Last Ashes’ the second book in the ‘Fire of the Soul’ series.
~Connect with Racqual Kechagias~
I’ve had Grace’s story in my head since I was about fifteen years old. I think growing up over the years, watching and experiencing how tragic love can be, was a huge inspiration to me.
Ian was probably one of my most difficult to cast. He’s a cross between a young Axl Rose and Jared Leto. I was using Bartek Borowiec, a male model, for a long time, because for young Ian he was perfect, but he’s too feminine looking to be Ian. Jared Leto is more how I picture Ian at an older age. For now, he’ll have to do because there is no one else out there that looks like Ian.
Jaden is also hard to cast because he’s a mixture of guitar player Izzy Stradlin, Trent Reznor, Richard Fortus, and my friend and musician Paul Kenny. They all could pull off playing Jaden. I chose Izzy for this dream cast. I may choose one of the other gorgeous men for the TFOG dream cast.
Michelle is the most difficult of them all to cast because of her wild curls. I see her with the face of Miranda Kerr, but I’ve found very few photos of Miranda with curly hair. The other day my sister said that Megan Fox with curly hair would make a great Michelle, which is true, but for now, it will have to be Miranda Ker and you’ll just have to imagine her with wild curls.
James always looked like James Hetfield to me. So he was easy. I wonder how the lead singer of Metallica would feel about me casting him to play Grace’s overbearing brother? LOL.
Brandon and Bailey were easy to cast. I just looked for a beautiful, young redhead and a handsome young red-haired boy. I think they’re pretty perfect.
Micah is a little hard to find photos for because he’s covered in tattoos but rocks a 50’s greaser style. I managed to come up with a few different photos for him, but they’re all different men.
All the others in my dream cast were very easy to select. I knew what I was looking for when I was searching for Ian’s dad, John and his mother Rose. Eddie is even named after who I think he would look most like and that is Eddie Vedder. Can you tell I love rock n’ roll?
RLA: I would like to thank you for stopping past and I wish you all the best on your tour Marisa.
MO: Thank you for hosting me, it’s been a pleasure.
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