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Book Interview with Debra Mauldin: Demon Hunt

This Book Interview for Demon Hunt was originally posted by Debra Mauldin on her blog, Mama Bear Musings.

Demon HuntAuren looks forward to her summer camping trips with her foster father, Kado. What is different about the camping trip the two take in Demon Hunt?

Usually things run pretty smoothly, but in Demon Hunt, Auren accidentally releases a demon into the world. The demons are guardians of the shadow world, and because of this, they are very territorial. They don’t see a difference between being in the shadow world and being in the real world. Basically, if they can see it, they will defend it from invaders (anyone who is alive and not a shadow person). The thing that makes it more difficult is that they are not mindless beasts. They are intelligent problem solvers and know when they are being hunted. So they are not easy to capture if they get away. Auren and Kado have to try and find the demon and send it back to the shadow world before it can cause too much destruction.

What compelled you to write a Prequel to your Shadow Stalker Series?

I wanted to write something for the New Year that I could give away to my readers as a thank you for reading. I had briefly mentioned in the first episode that Auren and Kado had taken a trip to Luten Isle the previous year, and Auren wanted to share some of that experience with her friends, which was why they had decided on Luten Isle as their graduation celebration camping trip. I thought it would be fun to write about what Auren experienced during that particular trip.

Kado surprises Auren with a few facts about her life. Can you tell us about these surprises?

Well, she learns that she is a shadow stalker, which is a shock to her because most people believe that the shadow stalkers were all killed during the first war with the Galvadi Empire. She also learns that she is the delohi-saqu, one of the prophecy. Drevin, the emperor of the Galvadi, believes she is destined to enslave the people of the Serpent Isles and has decided the only way to stop her from doing so is to kill her. Learning that someone is determined to end your life would be a sobering experience for anyone.

How is Auren a Shadow Stalker?

People are born shadow stalkers. It’s not something you can just become. The shadow stalkers were created by the shadow people for a specific purpose (which has not yet been disclosed, but will be later in the Shadow Stalker series). Auren is a shadow stalker because both of her parents were shadow stalkers.

Training for a Shadow Stalker is intense. Can you tell us why?

The shadow stalkers’ power is derived from the shadow world, which is essentially the world of the dead. The shadow world is a very dangerous place for the living. First, there is the demons who guard the shadow world from intruders. Plus, humans were not meant to be there, so the more connected you become, the closer you get to your own death. As time goes on, it gets harder and harder for a shadow stalker to maintain their foot in the physical world, so to speak. It takes a lot of training to be able to deal with the demons and not become trapped within the shadow world.

Please explain the veil.

The veil is the intangible gateway between the shadow world and the physical world. It exists everywhere; there’s no set entry or exit point. It’s sometimes referred to as going into the mist because that’s how it appears to someone watching another enter the shadow world. Only shadow stalkers have the ability to actually see (other than seeing a shadow stalker disappear into the mist) or access the veil.

Who are the Shadow People?

There are three different types of shadow people. The first are the demons, the guardians. The second are the spirits of humans. Even the spirits of living people dwell in the shadow world, but they don’t know they’re there. The third are the spirits of animals, who naturally dwell in the shadow world as well as the physical world, just as the shadow stalkers do and they can do it without risk to themselves.

Kado and Auren have to live in secret from the Galvadi Empire. Tell us some ways they accomplish this.

There are very few people within the Coalition that know the shadow stalkers still exist. Most people believe they are all dead. Although they had been known for their darker skin, there are people who originate from the southern islands who have dark skin. So even though they stand out in Appolia, which is in the far north with fair skinned and light haired people, no one would really think there was anything odd about them because of the differences in their appearance. The shadow stalkers on the Dark Isle do not know that Kado is fostering a child, and they believe that Zain and Frai’s child died, so they don’t know of her existence. Also, those on Appolia who know Kado is a shadow stalker don’t think anything odd of Kado having a foster child because they’re aware that it is common practice with the shadow stalkers. Kado is the only one who has contact with the shadow stalkers on the Dark Isle and has been acting as a liaison. So he can control who knows what.

Tell us a bit of what happens when Auren is practicing ‘calling the veil’ 

Essentially, calling the veil is how the shadow stalkers access the shadow world. The first part of being able to work within the shadow world is being able to see or “call” the veil. The veil is always there, so it’s a matter of teaching your mind to sense it and visualize it.

Auren is simply attuning herself to the veil so she can easily recognize it in the future, but it takes a lot of practice. Once it’s mastered, a shadow stalker can call the veil and access the shadow world in less than a second.

The cover of Demon Hunt is different to the covers of the Shadow Stalker Series. Did you use the same designer?

No, it was a different designer. A friend of mine volunteered to do the cover for Part 1 of the Shadow Stalker series, which is Episodes 1 – 6. She is also doing the cover for Part 2, Episodes 7 – 12. The cover for Demon Hunt was designed by Kathryn Jenkins at DKC.

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Shadow Stalker Part 1 Bundle Tour

Paperback CoverYay! It’s finally here! Well almost. It will be here tomorrow. I’m so excited because it means that I’ve officially survived the first quarter of the Shadow Stalker series. It’s been a crazy journey so far, but I’ve been having a blast. So much has happened and I’m feeling so ready to start my first novel in the Savior of the Serpent Isle series, but I’m getting ahead of myself.

I decided to release each part as a bundle because it’s a lot easier than trying to keep track of a bunch of smaller episodes, and also now it’s long enough to warrant publishing a print version. 😀

I’m also running a Giveaway! No surprise there. One lucky winner will get a free signed paperback copy of the bundle, and another will get a digitally signed version. So if you want to be one of those lucky people, enter right now… the giveaway is only open for two more days!

While the Bundle isn’t being released until tomorrow, the 3 day blitz is starting today. So if you haven’t already, head over to the Facebook Event Page and join in the fun. Aside from the reviews, guests posts and interviews, my new character, Makari, might be stopping by as well. 😀

If you can’t make it to Facebook, but don’t want to miss out, you can follow the lineup below or on my Events Page. I will be updating the links as new features are added, so check back often. Here’s the lineup:

Friday 17 April

D. B. Mauldin (Mama Bear Musings) – Review & Character Interview with Drevin
Fergus McCartan (TheQuietFantasyBookBlog) – Book Spotlight

Saturday 18 April

Louise Findlay Books – Excerpt
D. B. Mauldin (Mama Bear Musings) – Author Interview & Book Interview
Dragon Knight Chronicles – Character Guest Post: The Corruption of the Shadow Stalkers by Drevin

Sunday 19 April

Melissa Barker-Simpson (Writing Room 101) – Excerpt from Makari’s POV
Juneta Key (Writer’s Gambit) – Guest Post – Who I’d Cast if Shadow Stalker were a Movie
RJ Mirabal, Author – Review

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Demon Hunt Blitz Tour

I’m a little late getting this out, but better late than never! 😀

I’m so used to the tours starting on Saturday for me (it’s Saturday for me now) and didn’t realize until this morning it actually started yesterday. Oops!

Demon Hunt ButtonAnyway, welcome to my Demon Hunt Blitz Tour! I’m really excited about this one because it’s celebrating the release of my first book in print. Yay! Don’t forget that tomorrow is the last day to download Demon Hunt for free on Smashwords. So if you haven’t done so yet, time is running out! Beginning on the 1st of February, it will be available in ebook format on Kindle, Smashwords and other online retailers for $1.99(US), and the print version will be available on Createspace for $6.99. Later it will also be available on Amazon.com and other retailers.

I’m holding a giveaway for one lucky winner to get a free autographed copy of the print version of Demon Hunt. Plus five other winners will get a personalized, digitally signed ebook version. You can also get a second chance to win a free autographed print copy of the book by signing up to my newsletter below:

Now for the tour lineup:

Friday January 30th
Dragon Knight Chronicles: Kado & Auren Duo Interview
Authors and Angels: Guest Post – On Being a Shadow Stalker by Auren

Saturday January 31st
Louise Findlay Books: Character Interview
BHALSOP: Guest Post
Mama Bear Musings: Book Interview

Sunday February 1st
The Book Stalker: Author Interview
Writing Room 101: Author Interview
thequietfantasybookblog: Excerpt
Renee Writes: Winner Announcement

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