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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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Author Interview by Louise Findlay

This interview was originally posted by Louise Findlay on her blog, Louise Findlay Books:

Louise: Do you find it hard to keep track of what happens in every episode so you don’t contradict yourself?

Renee: Yes. Yes I do. Now that I’m using Scrivener I’m trying to work out a system for easy referencing. But it has been rather difficult. Thankfully, my beta readers tend to point out when I do contradict myself.

Louise: Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Renee: I used to be a pantser, but I ran into the problem of going off on tangents and finding it hard to get back on track. I’ve recently started using a loose outlining system where I write about a paragraph per chapter. It makes it easier for making changes as I’m writing if I need to and at the same time, I can keep track of what I’m supposed to be writing. If a little subplot comes to mind during the writing, I can look over the outline and decide where it might fit it, or whether it really needs to be there at all. Saves a whole lot of time during the editing process.

Louise: Do you create character profiles?

Renee: I create very basic character profiles to start with. Usually just names, an age range and simplistic physical descriptions. The main character usually has a little backstory as well. Then I add to the profile as I write. I don’t like the character to be fully developed before I start writing. For me, they seem more real if they’re allowed to take on a life of their own during the course of the story.

Louise: Did you think about publishing e-books first or print books?

Renee: Both, really. I’ve always recognized both as equally valuable markets. I think to do well in any business (and writing is a business for me), you have to make yourself available in every available market or else you’re just limiting yourself.

Louise: How do you create your book covers? Do you like the serialised style of them?

Renee: I actually haven’t created any of my book covers so far. I have a friend who has done the Shadow Stalker covers. She’s a graphic arts student and she volunteered in order to get some practice and I was certainly happy to let her. :-D

Demon Hunt’s cover was designed by Kathryn Jenkins at DKC. I’m making an attempt to design the cover for my first novel in the Savior of the Serpent Isles Series, The Galvadi Invasion. I’ve got a good idea in mind for it, and I’m pretty sure I can pull it off. If not, I’ll likely see about hiring someone to do it.

Louise: After you’ve finished with the Shadow Stalker series, would you think of writing something completely different to them or just write spin-offs?

Renee: I’ve actually got other things in mind. Later this year I’ll be starting work on a stand-alone novel called The Four, which will be a kind of fantasy thriller kind of story involving shape-shifters. Something a little different for me. It’ll be a bit on the darker side. I’ve also got another series I’m planning for at the moment, but I’m still working out the details for that one.

As far as Shadow Stalker, I’ve got plans for that as well. I’ll be writing a series of eight full length novels that will involve details of what’s going on in other parts of that world, rather than just being focused on Auren’s story. The novella series worked as a great intro for me into the industry, but I’ve always had visions of doing much more with that world. I also have a prequel novel planned that will tell the story of the formation of the Galvadi Empire. And going even further back, I want to write a series about the first shadow stalker. I’m also planning a junior reader series (at the request of my daughter) involving Kado as a young boy. I’ll likely write other novellas and short stories based on this world in the interim as well.

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Review of Demon Hunt by Louise Findlay

This review was originally posted on Louise Findlay’s blog, Louise Findlay Books:

If you like the Shadow Stalker series, you’ll love this. It gives great perspective to the series and insight into Auren’s camping trips. *SPOILER-ish There’s some awesome mind manipulation going on if you were wondering why Auren’s never been told about being a Shadow Stalker before. *SPOILER-end There’s action-packed adventure with demon chasing, mountain climbing and cave exploring. There’s emotional scenes with guilt, anger and pain. And it’s all enclosed into a nice small read. Also if you are curious about Drevin you’ll love the end as there’s some detail on the big bad guy and his evil lair.

Demon Hunt (A Shadow Stalker Prequel Novella)

Demon Hunt (A Shadow Stalker Prequel Novella)

Series: Shadow Stalker Novellas, Book 1
Genres: Dark Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Fantasy, General
Tag: Novels & Novellas
Publisher: Renee Scattergood
Publication Year: 2014
Length: 99 Pages
ISBN: 9781519986191
Auren and Kado accept that they may not be able to avoid her leaving the Dark Isle. Now they have to prepare for that eventuality. Will the training be more than Auren can handle? *Prices may be higher in some stores. I have no control over this.*** Prices may be higher in some stores. I have no control over this. Smashwords always has all my books at their list price and can be downloaded in multiple formats, including Mobi, which can be read on Kindle readers and apps. ***
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About the Book

Auren longs for adventure and a break from her tedious life on Appolia. It’s the start of summer, and she is looking forward to her yearly camping trip with her foster father, Kado. She believes these trips are for fun, but when they arrive on Luten Isle, Kado informs her that she is a shadow stalker, and she is in training.

One morning, Auren decides to take her training into her own hands. She only means to practice seeing the veil to the shadow world, the world of the shadow people and the source of their power. Instead, she opens the veil releasing a demon, a guardian of the shadow world, into the physical world.

With the deadly beast loose, she and Kado don’t have long to hunt it down and return it to where it belongs, or many innocent people could die.

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