I’m hosting an interview with Amande Meuwissen, author of gay romance “Changeling”. My questions are bolded, Amanda’s responses are in regular font.
What’s the hardest part of being an author?
Can you give us a short synopsis of Changeling?
Changeling is the sequel to Incubus, the second book in the trilogy The Incubus Saga. The series brings together the idea of The Other, gay romance, and how there is no such thing as pure evil or pure good, told through Nathan Grier’s perspective, a seemingly normal human surrounded by the supernatural: his brother Jim, a changeling; his eventual lover Sasha, an incubus; and many other forces raging against him as a powerful dark sidhe strives to claim his soul. It’s about adventure, and family, and realizing who you are and your potential, and that loving someone unexpected doesn’t have to be the end of the world. Changeling picks up right where Incubus left off, with Nathan’s dark fae bounty looming, his romance with Sasha still only just budding, and larger threats on the horizon.
What inspired you to write this book?
I got a lot of inspiration from my obsession with fae lore and Arthurian Legend, though I play liberally with those ideas. The TV show Supernatural played an important role as well, though it was a web comic I once read about a teenage boy with an imaginary incubus for a friend that first got things rolling. That’s when a variation of Sasha, the incubus the saga is named for, first manifested for me, though the rest took a very different turn from there. I also think the world needs a few more bisexual heroes.
How many hours per day do you spend writing?
Name your top five favorite books.
1. Good Omens – by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
2. Memnoch the Devil – by Anne Rice
3. Invisible Monsters – by Chuck Palahniuk
4. Ender’s Game – by Orson Scott Card
5. Twilight Watch – by Sergei Lukyanenko
What are you working on now?
Changeling ends on quite a cliffhanger, so I’m diligently working on Book 3 of the Incubus Saga: Sidhe, which brings what starts off as a more localized story to world scale, setting Nathan and the others up to save Earth and the fae realm from coming war and disaster. Then on to a YA GLBT vampire story I’m very excited to get to.
Author: Amanda Meuwissen
Genre: Gay Paranormal Romance
Nathan Grier’s dark fae bounty looms overhead. As he faces the very real threat of becoming a slave to the bounty’s owner, his brother Jim uses his changeling abilities more and more trying to save him. Every changeling throughout history turns evil once their powers manifest, meaning time may be running out for both of them as Jim nears True Awakening.Fae hunter and incubus, Sasha Kelly, is prophesized to save Nathan, but while Nathan has embraced his feelings for the other man, he fears their time together will be cut short—either from his impending fate…or Jim’s.
Info about Incubus (first book)
On the other side of the Veil, dark and light fae exist outside the knowledge of most humans. Nathan Grier was born human, but his twin brother Jim is a changeling. On the run since they were children, time for both of them is running out. Turning to fae hunter Sasha Kelly for help, Nathan must soon face his growing feelings for the other man while trying to save himself and his brother from a fate worse than death.
Amanda Meuwissen is the author of The Incubus Saga (Book 1: Incubus, Book 2: Changeling, Book 3: COMING SUMMER 2015) and the novelette The Collector. She has a Bachelor of Arts in a personally designed major from St. Olaf College in Creative Writing, and has been writing and posting online for many years, including maintaining the blog for the customer engagement company Outsell. She spent a summer writing screenplay script coverages for a company in L.A., and is an avid writer and consumer of fiction through film, prose, and video games.
Amanda also serves as COO and Managing Editor for BigWorldNetwork.com, the world’s premiere episodic literary network. She oversees editing and series selection, as well as being involved in marketing and promotion, and is featured as a narrator for several BWN series.
Amanda lives in Minneapolis, MN, with her husband, John, and their cats, Helga and Sasha (no connection to the incubus of the same name).
Buy Incubus at BigWorldNetwork.com: https://bigworldnetwork.com/site/store/incubus/
Buy Incubus at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Incubus-The-Saga-Volume/dp/0615828604
Buy Changeling at BigWorldNetwork.com: https://bigworldnetwork.com/site/store/changeling/
Buy Changeling at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Changeling-The-Incubus-Saga-Volume/dp/0692227814