You may know that I am writing a spin-off series to the Bloodstone Saga, called The Moonstone Saga. The first book, Soul Kissed, is already available on Amazon and I am currently working on the sequel, Soul Bound.
The Moonstone Saga follows Empusa, the daughter of the goddess of witchcraft and the moon. She carries a curse and secrets and a heavy heart because of those very things. She is also beautiful, elegant, graceful and very, very deadly. I’m lucky to have her on my blog today for an interview, but even though I know she’d never hurt me, my heart is racing as I sit across from her.
She is curled up on one of the chairs in my office, dressed in a simple, white dress with her long legs tucked beneath her. Her hair is long and pulled into a simple chignon at her neck. She is drop-dead-take-your-breath-away-gorgeous. I can’t decide what I am more of– jealous or terrified. Deciding not to dwell on either thing, I simply decide to just start the interview. I clear my throat, look at my notes and take a deep breath.
Me: Empusa, do you feel like talking about your curse at all?
Empusa: No, not really. My father traded my soul to gain his own freedom from the Underworld. I’m now cursed to spend my life drinking the blood and souls of mortals until the curse is reversed by Hades himself. What more is there to say?
Me: Excellent point. I think you pretty much covered it. Could you explain your relationship with Brennan to readers who might not have read about you yet?
Empusa: There are readers who haven’t read my story yet? *raises one perfectly sculpted eyebrow* I can’t imagine why. It’s fairly interesting, as far as those things go. But of course I can explain. A long, long time ago, Zeus split everyone’s soul into two. He figured that if everyone was more concerned with finding their other half, they wouldn’t be concerned with overthrowing his throne. Brennan and I are a result of that. He’s my soul mate. I would move mountains for him.
Me: When did you know that he was your soul mate?
Empusa: The first time we met, we knew there was something special there. There was literally electricity in the air when we touched. We figured it out shortly after that.
Me: But there are complications. He’s the son of Apollo– your polar opposite. He’s got the powers of the sun and you’ve got the powers of the moon. If you don’t learn to control your combined power, you could both die… and cause an apocalypse in the mortal world. Right?
Empusa: *shrugs one elegant shoulder* Everyone’s got their baggage.
Me: So, you have characteristics of a siren and a succubus. What is your favorite part of that lifestyle?
Empusa: *stares at me incredulously* Courtney, you must be joking. There is not a single part of that lifestyle that I enjoy. Would you enjoy being beautiful for the sole purpose of luring someone to you so that you could kill them? Seriously, would you?
Me: Of course not.
Empusa: Then why in the world would I?
Me: I don’t know. I guess I thought that there might be some aspects that you might actually like. I apologize, I meant no offense.
Empusa: *settles into her chair and takes a sip of her water* No, no. I’m sorry. I know you meant no offense. I guess I’m just a little bit sensitive. Until this wretched curse is lifted, I’ll remain that way, I guess. Sensitive.
Me: Some might call it bitchy.
Empusa: *glares at me* Don’t push your luck, Courtney.
*I smile at her and continue with my questions, trying to ignore the fact that she could quite literally kill me in one millisecond.*
Me: So, you and Brennan are fighting hard to get your curse overturned so that you have a happily-ever-after. What would that be for you? What is your idea of paradise?
Empusa: My idea of paradise is a life where I don’t have to run and hide from my snake of a father. A life where my life is not dependent on the life of a mortal to sustain it. A life that I can spend with Brennan. That’s all. I don’t really ask for much.
Me: No, I guess you don’t. You want what the rest of us take for granted, I suppose. I’m sorry for that, Empusa.
Empusa: Don’t apologize. You didn’t do this to me.
Me: True. I didn’t. But it doesn’t stop me from wishing that your life could be different.
Empusa: My life will be different. Brennan and I are working hard to make sure of it.
Me: If you had one message to relay to my readers, what would it be?
Empusa: *Stares at me, her gray eyes thoughtful* That’s hard. I would tell them to cherish the ones that they love. To hold those that are loyal to them close. They just don’t know how good they’ve got it.
Me: That’s an excellent message, Empusa, and one we should all remember. Thank you for coming here today. It’s been good seeing you. I can’t wait to learn more of your story.
Empusa: Thank you for having me, Courtney. I can’t wait until you write more of my story. I can’t believe you were worried that I’d hurt you. I would never take your soul. If something happened to you, there would be no one left to finish my story.
Me: Touché. I’d forgotten you could read minds.
Empusa: *Smiles broadly and then uncurls very elegantly from her chair. She glances at me once, then disappears into thin air.*
I take a deep breath and look around. My office was suddenly empty and I was alone. After another moment, my heart slows back down to normal. I really don’t know why I was so nervous in the first place. I knew Empusa wouldn’t hurt me. She only took the blood and souls of people who were sick and dying. She hated having to do it. She would never hurt me. But knowing that and sitting across from a deadly siren/succubus were two different things.
Anyway. I hope you enjoyed the interview. Em is a fascinating character- fun to write and fun to read. You can check her out in Soul Kissed, if you haven’t already. You can find it on Amazon here.
I hope everyone is having a fabulous Monday!