About the book: (from Keta's blog)
Owen Rhys, a sin eater in Wales, has been shunned by the local villagers his entire life--except for Andras Maddock, the local physician. In love with the one man he thinks will never return that love, Owen is shocked when Andras saves him from death at the hands of a vampire and admits he cares deeply for him.
Dagan, son of Traherne, the vampire Andras killed to save Owen, will stop at nothing to avenge his father’s death and obtain the Prince of Wales’s mystic sword. The divine claymore holds the power to grant immunity from the sun’s harsh rays—the one exemption the dark Lords of the Underworld has sought for centuries.
Star-crossed love, sorcery, and bloodlust collide on a vengeful path where only one side can remain victorious. Revenge and redemption. Dark versus light. Good versus evil.
Q&A with Keta:
So tell us a little bit about yourself?
Thank you so much for having me at The Cajun Book Lady. You have a lovely blog here. I live in the Midwest portion of the country where it’s very cold right now. I don’t particularly like the arctic blasts, but our springs and summers are breathtaking and make up for the suffering (lol). When I’m not writing, I’m either reading, gardening or hanging out at my local animal shelter. I’m a huge advocate for abused and neglected animals and would like to take them all home if possible.
How long have you been writing? Where do you find your inspiration?
I’ve always written in one form or another, even when it was only for my own pleasure. I’ve been writing professionally for about five years and am published through Ravenous Romance, Noble Romance, Phaze Publishing and occasionally the Dark Roast Press.
I find my inspiration from many places, even dreams at times. Mostly, I find them from an article or a story I’ve read while surfing the net. For instance, Land of Falling Stars , my Civil War novel, was inspired by a story I read about cousins who fought on opposite sides during the war. Decadent Deceptions, another erotic historical, was inspired by a book I read about brothels in the 1800’s.
Tell us a little bit about how you decided to write M/M novels?
That came about from reading in the genre. Male bodies have always fascinated me. I don’t necessarily mean in a carnal way, but I love their form, the muscles and the hard, lean curves. I am, however, intrigued about the emotional side of their relationships, particularly when men often think entirely the opposite of women when it comes to romance, expressing love and acting upon it. To me, this is all very fascinating. One thing I find a little difficult about writing in the genre is identifying one character from the other when they’re in a love scene. When you write male/female, you have a he and a she, so they are easily identified, but here you have two males, so you’re often repeating their names in order to keep things clear.
Can you tell us about "The Sin Eater's Prince"?
I’d love to, thank you for asking. The Sin Eater’s Prince was borne out a short story I wrote for an anthology called Boys of the Bite. Cecilia Tan edited the antho and it was released by Ravenous Romance last spring. Not long after its release, an editor at Ravenous asked me to develop it into a full-length story.
Of all the books I’ve written (11 so far) I really got into the research on this one. For those of you who don’t know what a Sin Eater is/was, I’ll be happy to tell you. During earlier centuries in England , Wales and Ireland almost every village had a sin eater who lived on the outskirts. Shunned by most of the villages, he was only called upon when Death called. Either shortly before the person passed or immediately after, the family would call upon him to take up the sins of the deceased. He did this by standing over the corpse, eating a small loaf of bread (called dead cakes) and say a specific prayer. The custom was so widespread and popular that many people left instructions in their Will and truly believed if the Sin Eater didn’t absolve them of sin, they’d wander the halls of oblivion forever.
In The Sin Eater’s Prince, Owen the Sin Eater, has loved the local physician, Andras Maddock, from afar. In return Maddock has loved Owen from afar, but has not acted upon his feelings because he was turned by a vampire five years ago. When Owen is attacked in the woods one night by the deadliest vampire of all, Traherne, the same vampire who turned Maddock, Andras saves Owen’s life. Traherne’s son, Dagan not only seeks revenge for his father’s death, but longs to possess the Prince’s sword that Maddock owns. So we have love (plenty of that) suspense, mystery, magick and lots and lots of Welsh superstition thrown into the mix.
You can purchase The Sin Eater’s Prince here: http://www.ravenousromance.com/
Who would you say is your favorite character from the story?
The characters are all very interesting to me, even the villains. If I must choose, I’ll choose Owen. He’s a lonely soul by virtue of his occupation and a very kind, gentle man. When his father died, he had two choices – either take up his father’s profession or starve to death. Owen understands that the villagers don’t shun him out of hatred but out of fear and superstition, and there’s a surprise in the book about what Owen really is.
Do you have any upcoming work we should keep an eye out for?
Oh, boy, now you’re going to think I have no life; that all I do is write. And that’s partially true. I’ll be writing the sequel to The Sin Eater’s Prince soon, and right now I’m co-authoring two books. One is about demons and angels (Black Phoenix Rising) and the other is about ghosts who (attempt) to keep humans safe from evil (Pale Halls of the Realm). I recently contracted for three more novellas in my Crossroads series. The first three have done very well through Phaze Publishing and they’ve asked me to continue the series. These are also male/male but set in a contemporary setting of mystery/suspense. And lastly, Ravenous Romance has commissioned me to write another Civil War novel. I’m only at the initial stages of planning that one.
Where can we find more of you? (fan pages, websites, twitter?)
Again, thank you so much for asking. You can find me at the url’s listed below. And please sign up for my monthly newsletter. I give away three books every month. That’s here: http://www.ketadiablo.com/
Author Home: http://ketadiablo.blogspot.com/
Keta’s Haunt: http://www.ketadiablo.com/
Keta’s Keep: http://ketaskeep.blogspot.com/
Gay Fiction Blog: http://thestuffofmythandmen.blogspot.com/
Keta on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ketadiablo
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