Today the spotlight is on Alexia Purdy and her novel Ever Shade, the first book in the Dark Faerie Tale series. Alexia currently lives in Las Vegas, Nevada - Sin City! She loves to spend every free moment writing or playing with her four rambunctious kids. Writing has always been her dream, and she has been writing as long as she can remember. She loves creating paranormal fantasy and poetry and loves to read and devour books daily. Alexia also enjoys watching movies, dancing, singing loudly in the car and Italian food. More info can be found at her blog.
What role do you believe speculative fiction plays in society?
I think it's a great escape and a way to express a lot that can happen in our world.
Why do you write in this genre?
I write it because it's fun. I love to imagine things that could happen and let it run wild. There are so many possibilities and worlds to create.
I actually had a dream one night about a man lit up by blue fire, but it was part of his skin and it had some electrical currents running through it. A girl was following him through a scary warehouse. I took it from there, because it stuck with me.
What was your biggest challenge in writing it?
It's all made up, but keeping everyone's hair color, eye color, attributes, powers and background straight can get challenging with a huge cast of characters.
What are you working on now?
I am working on Book 5 of the Dark Faerie Tale series. It's called Ever Wrath, and a lot of the loose ends in the stories are tied up in this one. Shade really has come into her own as Queen of one of the Faerie Realms and is using her powers almost to potential. There are lots of new characters, old friends, twists and schemes in it, so I think fans of the series will be really excited to read this installment.
About Ever Shade
A dark twist on faeries. For Shade, a chance meeting with a powerful Teleen Faery warrior who wields electrical currents and blue fires along his skin, has her joining him on a treacherous mission for the good Seelie Faerie Court across the land of Faerie. Magic and malice abound and nothing is what it really seems to be.
The evil Unseelie Queen and her treacherous allies are around every corner as Shade makes her way across the breathtaking landscapes of the world of Faerie, which exists alongside the mundane human world. Shade discovers her own uncharted magic and meets some of the most powerful warriors in Faerie while battling evil dryads, conniving Teleen guards and challenges on her life with every step in a world where nothing can be taken for granted.
"This book is fabulously written and very fast paced and my attention was glued to this story from beginning to end!!" - Amazon Review
Note: eBook editions of Ever Shade are always free at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. To see the other books in the Dark Faerie Tale series as well as Alexia's other work, visit her Amazon author page here.