Heroes, Heroines and Villains

Bite Club is closing out their month-long profile of me with a Q&A today:

Q: What is easier to write- the hero, the heroine, or the villain?

A: They’re like people, really, each difficult and easy in their own ways. I have a lot of fun writing villains, but I have to be careful not to get carried away. It’s way too easy to fall into the hand-wringing cackle. Heroes are wonderful to write, because hey, what better way to spend an afternoon than thinking about everything yummy in men, but it can be very difficult for me to put myself into a man’s head sometimes, and I have to be disciplined about not just staying on the outside enjoying the packaging.

Opposite problem writing women. I really enjoy my noodle time. I like to ponder stuff, ask myself questions, examine things from different perspectives, and the heroine’s head is the most comfortable place for me to do that. She’s usually the easiest to write, but I have to be careful not to over-indulge because it’s easy.”

And there’s a new and Falling, Fly book review over at Swamp Dweller that made my day:

“Wow. Words elude me when I try to describe this novel. It’s quite possible the most beautifully-written, captivating, un-put-down-able novel I’ve read in years … intense and vibrant … the strong, lyrical prose transports you to the world of fallen angels and immortal souls … you just can’t have anything else going on while you’re reading it. You literally can’t put the story down.
I pimp this book to anyone I know who can handle it. This is an awesome, gripping dark fairy tale. It’s gritty and raw, with a certain vicious poetry that digs deep into the reader’s hearts and minds. This book has landed on my keeper shelf, and that’s where it will stay!”

 

“Blood, Sex and Absinthe”

I love this beautifully titled “Blood, Sex and Absinthe: Why Skyler White’s Soul-Rending Debut is Cutting Edge Paranormal Fantasy” by Barnes & Noble sci-fi/fantasy guru Paul Goat Allen at Explorations: The BN SciFi and Fantasy Blog:

“Intensely passionate, sublimely poetic … reads like dark ethereal poetry … I’ll remember this book for the rest of my life. I found myself immersed in the cool, hypnotic narrative and deeply affected by White’s subtle (and not-so-subtle!) symbolism and social allegory. Skyler White’s extraordinary debut is so much more than a paranormal fantasy – it’s literary fiction, it’s otherworldly poetry, it’s dark philosophy that will change the way you see the world if you let it.

“[Dominic and Olivia] are drawn to an underground asylum in Ireland – the Hotel of the Damned – where they literally enter a myth-laden underworld populated by a shocking diversity of inhabitants. But in this insane, wondrous, nightmarish place, Olivia and Dominic finally understand that which could set them free could also damn them both forever …”

There’s also an interview where I explain how writing sex scenes “feels like tipping that first brick after you’ve spent hours lining up the Dominos.”

 

Should you read this new review, or destroy your sex tape?

Pop culture blog Monsters & Critics reviews and Falling, Fly, right above a “Destroy My Sex Tape or Else!” tout!

“White’s debut features some refreshing new plotlines to keep the poetic storytelling interesting … a more challenging read then most paranormal tales but readers are sure to enjoy the passion and twisted sense of reality that prevails throughout. The search for love and redemption are a universal drive and topics White handles with deft touch.”

More reviews! A 9 out of 10 at Taliesin Meets the Vampires:

“Let me just say wow … one of the best crafted debuts that I have had the pleasure of coming across …  a gothic landscape perhaps with a tint of Tanith Lee … opens a philosophical vein with a scalpel of eroticism that was shaded with an edge of Milan Kundera … a book that should be in all vampire genre fans collections, as well as readers of damn good, thought provoking prose.”

And over at Paperback Dolls:

and Falling, Fly was not even close to what I was expecting after seeing it featured, along with it’s author, on another bloggers website. Skyler White, with her long dreads and funky wardrobe, writing about Rock Stars, vampires, angels, demons and desires, sounds suspiciously like the makings of a paranormal romance, but I was intrigued. After reading the first page, though I knew I was mistaken and this book would be so much more.”

Here’s a short outtake from my interview with video magazine Austin Artists, in which I talk about desire and the creation of Olivia:

 

Vampires in Vienna

All the way from Vienna, Austria, we have an interview from Amberkatze’s Book Blog where I talk about what sort of paranormal creature I’d like to be. There’s a contest, too, so be sure to enter; you’ll also find another contest at Tynga’s Reviews.

“They’re both so deeply messed-up!” Which and Falling, Fly characters is she talking about? Find out in the interview at mis(h)takes. Check out Book Bound for my take on what ethical consumerism means to vampires, and Suburban Vampire for more on the book’s feminist overtones.

Also, the last two posts at the blog of my publisher, Penguin, ran late last week:

“Two things can kill desire: despair and consummation. Writers write from themselves. But they also write for you. We want to share our angels.”

You can also learn about some of and Falling, Fly‘s easter eggs.

Reviews, then, is it? From VampChix (with contest!):

“Lush, decadent and dark, and Falling, Fly is a heady undertaking, and masterfully done … I highly suggest you read this book slowly to savor every delectable word.”

Authors! They walk among us! Read my two-part craft series on how to use mythological archetypes to solve writing problems at Writer Unboxed.

Finally, and Falling, Fly is keeping good company in the incredibly rich SciFiGuy.ca Urban Fantasy Weekend Report; you can also check out my interview and giveaway there, where the comments keep rolling in.

‘and Falling, Fly’ in the UT ‘Alcalde’ Magazine

Thrall

“Thrall!” Her voice wrenches me from a sleep filled with dreams of warmth and freedom. “Thrall! It’s time to do the web update! And be sure to tell them about Alcalde!” And with a compliant “yes, mistress,” so begins another day for Thrall.

The Longhorns among you should check your mailboxes for the March/April issue of the University of Texas’ Alcalde alumni magazine, which features a mention of and Falling, Fly. Per my lady’s command, here’s a scan of said mention:

'and Falling, Fly' mentioned in University of Texas 'Alcalde' alumni magazine
'and Falling, Fly' mentioned in University of Texas 'Alcalde' alumni magazine

This last few days also held some thoughtful reviews:

From Coffee Time Romance:

“Freedom is an aberration of the mind, a state only achieved in death, and then are we really free? Can we say for certain that what we perceive as the end, could in fact be just a stepping stone to something more, different, or just an endless nothingness where we exist, but not? Dominic and Olivia are fighting to find these answers, to release themselves from their own prisons, but what they find is love, which in itself is as free and binding as life. To comprehend this story you must open your mind and soul to all possibilities and perceptions. It is not an easy read, but well worth the experience.”

From BookingIt:

“Although the language is very modern, at times I felt as if I were reading an older book like The Great Gatsby because the prose is poetic and seems to hold hidden meaning.  Since I felt the writing held more meaning than I was getting from the book, I found myself re-reading parts because I kept feeling like I missed something.  I found myself thinking.  A lot.”

And m’lady was pleased to receive 4.5 dentures at Fang-tastic Books:

and Falling, Fly by Skyler White is an intellectual playground of paranormal romance and urban fantasy like nothing you’ve ever read before … it’s a wild ride full of riddles, love, desire and read between the lines meaning. I was hooked from page one.”

Finally, it’s the last day to enter to win one of three autographed copies over at Goodreads.

Bitter hugs,

Thrall