Happy Saturday, my lovelies! Today I have guest author Rebecca Chastain here to tell us about herself and her books (which sound totally awesome and are on my TBR pile during my road trip this weekend).
Interview With Author Rebecca Chastain
The Gargoyle Guardian universe is stuffed with magic and mythical creatures, and every human has the ability to work elemental magic. The heroine, Mika Stillwater, is a midlevel earth elemental with a specialty in quartz, one of the most common forms of rock. It isn’t much to make her stand out, but she’s determined to hone her skills and become a master craftswoman so she can leave behind her dead-end quarry job. Everything is going according to her master plan until a desperate baby gargoyle bursts into her life, begging for help.
Plunging into the city’s gritty criminal underworld, where gangs of fire elementals terrorize the streets and black magic is bartered to the highest bidder, Mika must jeopardize everything she’s worked for to save the baby gargoyle—and herself.
You now have two urban fantasy series going. What makes the Gargoyle Guardian Chronicles different from your Madison Fox, Illuminant Enforcer series? Is there any crossover?
All the action in the Gargoyle series happens against a backdrop of a version of the United States as it might have looked if magic had always existed and the industrial revolution had never moved beyond steam engines. Admittedly, despite extensive world building to flush out the setting, the references to the United States that made it into the story are subtle—there’s a Lincoln River, Victorian homes, and a general feel of a 1900s American city. I think it’s enough to give the reader a sense of familiarity without getting bogged down on alternate history details.
In contrast, the Madison Fox novels are so firmly planted in this world and the present day that Madison lives in my former apartment, works out of an office building that looks suspiciously like a place I used to work, and protects in my hometown city. Where the magic in the Gargoyles universe is distributed among everyone, only a few lucky (or unlucky, depending on who you ask) people have magic in Madison’s world. Madison’s magic is also more intimate: She uses her soul to fight evil.
The two series have different feels, too, dictated by the nature of the main characters. Mika is grounded and focused, with a huge heart, and while she faces some grueling challenges and deadly situations, the tone remains sweet and determined. Madison is a lot more sarcastic and impulsive (and oftentimes clumsy), which lends itself to a lot of humor in the midst of all the action.
Between your two series, you’ve covered a lot of paranormal creatures. Which are your favorite to write about and why?
That’s a tough question. I tend to fall for personalities as much as species. I’m a huge fan of gargoyles. (What, you’re not surprised?) In my novels, gargoyles are always some form of quartz, always have wings, and can enhance magic in others. They are also loyal, intelligent, and have a strong sense of right and wrong. In book one, Magic of the Gargoyles, the gargoyles are all young and small enough to carry, and I would happily adopt a thousand if I could!
My favorite creatures in A Fistful of Evil (Madison Fox, book 1) are imps. For those like Madison who can see them, imps look like adorable inky black chinchillas…until they prepare to feed. With an insatiable hunger for souls and barely enough brains to navigate their bodies, imps are the antithesis of gargoyles. However, cute and evil don’t get to mesh very often, and I enjoy the juxtaposition.
If your house was on fire and you could take only three items, what would they be? (Assuming your loved ones and pets are safe, of course.)
- my backup flash drive
- a blue recliner that has been in my family literally since the day I was born
- all the love letters my husband has written me over the last two decades
What are you currently working on?
With the final installment in the Gargoyle Guardian Chronicles trilogy just released, I’ve turned my attention to Lured, a novelette in the same universe. It takes place after the trilogy, featuring all the fan-favorite characters. I’m using the novelette as a bribe: I’ve promised readers that once Curse of the Gargoyles (book 2) reaches 75 reviews on Amazon and Secret of the Gargoyles (book 3) reaches 50 reviews, I’ll release the novelette for free. The decision to write Lured was two parts selfish—it gave me an excuse to play in the Gargoyle Guardian universe a little longer and, like all authors, I LOVE getting reviews—and one part pure gratitude for my fans who embraced this series.
To help a baby gargoyle, Mika will risk everything.
Mika Stillwater is a midlevel earth elemental with ambitions of becoming a quartz artisan, and her hard work is starting to get noticed. But when a panicked baby gargoyle bursts into her studio, insisting Mika is the only person she’ll trust with her desperate mission, Mika’s carefully constructed five-year plan is shattered.
Swept into the gritty criminal underworld of Terra Haven, Mika jeopardizes everything she’s work so hard for as she attempts to save the baby gargoyle from the machinations of a monster—and to stay alive…
From the imaginative mind of international bestselling fantasy author Rebecca Chastain, Magic of the Gargoyles is a spellbinding adventure set in a world full of elemental magic and adorable gargoyles that is sure to enchant young adult and adult readers alike.
Rebecca Chastain is the internationally bestselling author of the Madison Fox, Illuminant Enforcer series and the Gargoyle Guardian Chronicles, among others works. She has found seven four-leaf clovers to date, won a purebred Arabian horse in a drawing, and once tamed a blackbird for a day. Writing stories designed to amuse and entertain has been her passion since she was eleven years old. She lives in Northern California with her wonderful husband and three bossy cats.
Catch up on the whole series!
The Guardian Gargoyle Chronicles:
Madison Fox, Illuminant Enforcer Series:
Thanks again for stopping by, Rebecca! I’m looking forward to reading your books!