Living on the razors edge, Giselle Burgman's life is torn apart by her cheating boyfriend. Little does she realise that he is the least of her worries when her long term friend Alex introduces her to his family and a new, darker world. A world of lies, deceit and corruption. Thrown from one problem straight into another, the razors edge gets thinner and sharper, testing Giselle's sanity and vitality. Not even she can hide when living within the shadows.
Within the Shadows:
Giselle has barely had time to accept her new life, never mind the prospect of motherhood, but she finds herself, yet again thrown into chaos, only this time there is more than just her life at stake. With vampires and shadow creatures vying for her life, can Giselle escape the darkness consuming her, or will she finally descend into the world of shadows?
Only the truest of love can overcome the darkness of the unknown, where one girl finds eternal happiness, another is damned from existence.
Can true love really free you from the shackles? Or is temptation a road well traveled?
An Early Winter:
Tell me about yourself. What’s a day in your life like?
Well, I am a thirty-something wife, mother (of 5) and author. I like to trying to be a pretty decent human being (when I am not stuck in the ‘zone’) but just sometimes, I can be quite intolerant. I blame my hormones!
A day in my life! Wow, OK! Basically being a fulltime mother to five children who are all so different and have such diverse needs, it can be very hard trying to find a balance, but thankfully I have an amazing husband who does his best to accommodate me and my writing. My days are usually hectic, and more often than not I am meeting myself in the middle, and it’s tough work. My eldest is 16 and my youngest is 1, and I cannot stress to you how difficult it is to make everyone happy, but I give it my best shot. Normally I am up at around 6am , give the baby her morning bottle, sort myself out, waken the other four at 7am, and with the luck of God, they may be dressed for me before 8am. The 3 eldest are washed, fed and out the door for school by 9am. Then it’s all kinds of crazy from there on in. I try to get in 2 hours of writing between 10am and 12pm, and break so I can give my little 3 yr old boy attention and get him off to nursery as happy as can be, then it’s back to more feeding and changing the baby, tending to mediocre household chores (I hate laundry duty) and before I know it, they’re all home, hungry and crying blue murder. My early evening is pretty much taken up with homework, play and severe mess! Once the three little ones are in bed I can relax and get in the zone again, and I tend to write for as long as possible, and believe me, it’s no easy task fitting a little work into my already jam-packed life. But someone’s got to do it, right?
When you were a child, what was your dream occupation?
Oh God, I wanted to be a rock star. Seriously, I loved to sing, I loved to write my own songs, so I thought it was my God given right to become a great singer and entertainer. I think I forgot I had to actually go out and do gigs. I am way too shy.
Describe an incident in your life that’s helped mold you into the person you are today.
Hmm, I suffered terribly at the hands of school and social bullies for nearly five years (from 14-19) and it had a serious impact on my life. It left me so alone, unconfident, and I saw myself as an outcast. I hated my teens. I hated everything about them. I felt alone, isolated, and more often than not I craved death, because to me death was the solution to a situation that just never got better. It ended with me leaving home at 18 and moving away to the UK with my now husband.
Who are your favorite authors?
James Patterson is my idol, I adore him. I love his writing style and have collected pretty much everything he has written. I also am a huge fan of Alice Walker, if there is a novelist out there who can grasp at your heart strings from the first line of a book – she is the one who delivers. I also love Richelle Mead, Samuel Puig, Daphne Du Maurier, and Stephen King.
What are you passionate about?
Obviously my children; they are without a doubt my best creativity to date. I am passionate about the Classics and Gothicism. I am no doubt a closet Goth and spent much of my youth shrouded in darkness (an internal metaphor) and read pretty much everything by Dickens, Shakespeare, Bronte, Mansfield etc. I studied the Classics at length at University.
And between you and I, I am also passionate about shoes; pretty pretty shoes!
What would I find in your couch cushions?
Nothing! I am a NEAT FREAK.
What’s your biggest fear?
My children dying! I am so frightened of outliving them. I don’t think a mother should ever have to bury a child.
It’s 10:00 on a Friday night. Where are you?
I am a boring old soul, so in all honesty I am sat on the couch with my feet over my husband, either telling jokes on FB, or watching a movie. Friday nights are precious ‘me and hubby’ time.
What sets you apart from other writers?
I believe it’s a mixture of things. I don’t profess to be something I am not. I tell my stories the way I like to read them: fast paced, edgy, nothing is sugar coated, and is in your face. I just want to be the best I can be, and if that makes me unique, then I welcome the assumption of being different.
We’re in a bar and I’m buying you a drink. What’ll it be?
West Coast cooler Rose, with lots of ice.
What are you currently reading?
At the moment my bed time squeeze is The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson.
How do you deal with rejection?
I try not to let the negativity get to me. I use it as a source of inspiration to succeed more than ever.
Where did the idea for your novel come from?
I first read John Polidori’s The Vampyre when I was eleven years old, and instantly fell in love with all things Vampire. I then read Salem’s Lot, which more than inspired me to even contemplate creating my own depiction of the nightwalker. It wasn’t until I had read Twilight and Vampire Academy that I realized I could do it. So in May 2008 I began jotting down ideas, and then in August 2010 In The Shadows (former title) was complete.
Do you have advice for aspiring writers?
Read, read and read more! It really is so important to remain passionate about why you want to write in the first place. Reading molds you into the type of writer you are. I firmly believe in keeping a journal or diary close at hand, that way you will never be caught short when inspiration hits, and believe me, inspiration is very unpredictable. I’d also advise aspiring authors to research their genre, know what agents are looking for, and join local writing groups. Everything helps. It is a tough industry so you really do need your wits about you. And please stay away from vanity presses!
What is the toughest criticism you’ve received as an author?
Well, after I submitted my first manuscript in for consideration, an agent replied telling me I could not write and that I had nothing to offer the industry. She gave me links and courses to sign up for writing lessons. I was crushed.
What does your main character think about you? Would he or she want to hang around you as their author?
Well, I think she reckons I am pretty cool, although I am a lot older than her, I believe she looks up to me as a big sister J How could she not? She could hang out with me any day. She’s a cool chick with a beautiful soul. I am very proud of her.
Who would play the starring role(s) if your book became a movie?
I LOVE this question:
Giselle Bergman – Lily Collins
Alex Baranski - Chris Zylka
Marc – Colton Haynes
Leonid Baranski – Sam Worthington
Atarah Baranski – Ali Larter
Afanas – Jeremy Irons
Antoine Vilniv – Ben Barnes
If you had to choose one…which song would sum up your story?
Now this is hard! There are so many….mmm, Firelight’s Unbreakable! Let the lyrics speak for themselves
If you’d like, provide an excerpt and/or back cover blurb:
Looking in the mirror, I could hardly recognize myself. I knew it was me, but what I felt on the inside did not show on the outside. The dark blue elegant dress was dramatic and complemented my complexion. The gorgeous peau de soie satin gown was detailed at the bust line with dazzling crystal stones. Tiny little beaded flowers sat in the bodice and glimmered when the light shone on them. The lace-up back was stunning, with ties adorned with crystals. I looked every inch of perfection.
My phone rang and distracted me from my moment of pure horror.
“Hello!” I said.
“You ready for payback, princess?” Alex asked in his usual carefree manner.
Sighing, I could barely talk, and whispered a weak, “I guess.”
“I’ll see you there. All is set. I just need the duo in the same room. Catch you later, Bergman.”
Before I could say ‘bye’ he had hung up on me and I was alone again, with some serious thoughts of self-destruction. Of course, the calls from my mother soon put stop to that.
“Giselle, Giselle honey. Marc is here,” she bellowed from the bottom of the stairs.
“Two seconds, mom,” I yelled back.
Breathe, just breathe through it, I thought to myself as I walked down the stairs to the waiting chaos.
Would you like to say anything to your readers / fans?
Firstly, THANK YOU for being so supportive over the past two years. I have made some solid friends who’ve believed in me from the word go, and then there are those who’ve read my work, conversed with me and they too have become a BIG part of my life.
I write because of the constant support and praise from people like YOU and I will continue to do so, and as long as there is a niche in the market, I will continue to entertain you.
Where link-wise can your readers / fans stalk you?
As a writer, it can be difficult to find enough time in the day to get everything done.
Would you like to share your favorite ‘quick and easy’ recipe?
Tuna Pasta Bake:
600g any pasta
50g plain flour
250g strong cheddar , grated
2 x 160g cans tuna steak in spring water, drained
330g can sweetcorn , drained
Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Boil the pasta for 2 mins less time than stated on the pack. To make the sauce, melt the butter in a saucepan and stir in the flour. Cook for 1 min, then gradually stir in the milk to make a thick white sauce. Remove from the heat and stir in all but a handful of cheese.
Drain the pasta, mix with the white sauce, tuna, sweetcorn and parsley, then season. Transfer to a baking dish and top with the rest of the grated cheese. Bake for 15-20 mins until the cheese on top is golden and starting to brown.
Serve with garlic bread. Nom nom nom! J
Thank you and I hope you enjoy stepping into my world at some point in the future.
Fiery Librian Julieanne Lynch is an author of urban fantasy books for both adults and teens. Julieanne lives in Northern Ireland, where she works on her Shadows Trilogy and other series full-time. Before becoming a writer, she considered a few different career paths, a rock star being one of them. She studied English Literature and Creative Writing at The Open University, and considered journalism as a career path. However, she decided writing was the way for her and believes all of her education and reading prepared her for it.
An avid reader, Julieanne has always had an encompassing fascination with folklore. When not writing, she enjoys crime series such as Criminal Minds, CSI, NCIS and Cold Case, and loves anything with Vampires, listening to metal, meeting new people, drinking lots of green tea, and sharing her dreams with her children. She is a self-professed goth wanna-be,and is happy when left to write into the early hours of the morning.
Julieanne also writes under the pen name J.A. Lynch
Julieanne's YA series, The Shadows Trilogy, is published by Vamptasy Publishing and thus far contains In the Shadows. It follows the war between vampires and shadow creatures. Giselle Bergman, an 18-year old human girl, falls victim to a scheme by one of her closest childhood friends, and embarks on a journey that sees her become the center of a battle between good and evil.