Yes – I realize I’m posting twice in one day, but some days I just have more to say than others.
Into Darkness is almost done! I really thought this novel would never be finished. Some novels just take longer than others and happen in their own time. I have to thank my editor (and friend!), Wheezy, for putting up with me and painstakingly going through this one with a fine tooth comb. Switching editors in the middle of the stream with a stubborn novel wasn’t easy, but we made it! I just hope the writing on Switched will go a lot smoother than this one. Some books just flow. Others fight their way to completion. Into Darkness was a fighter.
For my bdsm fans — Into Darkness was actually the inspiration for Nice Girls Don’t. The original club scene in Into Darkness was far more graphic and kinky in the first draft of the novel. It was a member of my critique group who read it and said, “Steph, this is a little too hardcore for a paranormal mystery novel. This is hardcore erotica. Have you ever considered writing in that genre? You have a knack for it.” That’s when I began dipping my feet into the waters of writing erotic bdsm novellas and novels and learned I really loved writing them. So while Into Darkness turned out surprisingly vanilla, if you like paranormal mystery fiction, you might enjoy this one. It’s about murder, curses, magick, and sex magick practitioners.
And no – it’s not meant to give an erroneous vision of those practicing bdsm. However, there is a small subculture of kink out there consisting of magicians who practice bdsm sex magick, and that is an underlying topic in this novel. Not to mention all of my characters (from the good guys to the bad guys) are occultists in these books. So that’s not meant as a social commentary either. I just wanted to point that out because I don’t want anyone thinking my intent in writing this book was to make people think all of those who are into bdsm are occultists anymore than my intent was to suggest all occultists are into bdsm. It just happened that I decided to write a novel where two of my favorite topics collided. The result is Into Darkness. I have to admit that my MC, Liz, is a bit of a prude.
Rest assured the author is not.
So many people think I based this MC on myself and that’s not true. Liz is a lot different than me. LOL! Our only similarities are we’re both Demonolaters, we both write books about the occult, we’re both mediums/necromancers, and we both have a unique understanding of the occult underground due to our statuses within our prospective groups. But personality and background-wise — we’re nothing alike.
Now onto the big news!
On that note I think it’s finally safe to announce that I just struck a deal with Nephilim Press to publish Keys of Ocat: A Grimoire of Daemonolatry Nygromancye. We are still working out details (including the publication date) so keep your eyes open. Of course you can always count on me to keep everyone informed of what’s going on. If you’re wondering why DB Publishing or Official Melissa aren’t printing this particular work it’s because I’m expanding my horizons. I’m like that. Not to mention this grimoire is worthy of a larger audience. Not too many people realize just how common a practice necromancy is in Demonolatry. Don’t forget that one of the nine divinities is Euronymous (Eurynomous) — and one of the primary gates, Ocat, leads to the dead. There is an entire branch of Demonolatry practice out there dedicated to the Daemons of death and working with the dead. So this grimoire is basically the advanced work (i.e. not for beginners!) for the necromantic Daemonolatry magician.
And no – DB Publishing and Official Melissa aren’t going anywhere and we’re still plugging away at our own titles and forthcoming titles. I’m not abandoning them just because I’m working with another publisher. Just think of it as I’m splitting my eggs up between multiple baskets.