Friday, October 18, 2019

“Letters to a Dead God” by Alyssa Love


This time around I have a book for you. It is intriguing from the get go! "Letters to a Dead God" by Alyssa Love is a must-read. I hope you enjoy learning about the author and her book.

ABOUT THE BOOK


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The Gods are gone. The lands are dying. Demons run rampant. The future of the earth depends on two men with their own sorted past. Will they survive where all others have failed? The earth was once vibrant and full of magic. That all disappeared seventeen years ago. Demons, who were once kept at bay, are now seizing the opportunity to vanquish life from the planet. Humans, dragons, elves; no one is safe. Kings sent out men and women, soldiers and paladins, but none ever returned. With no answers, and hope running low, saving their realm seems hopeless. That is until rumors of two possible magic users began to surface. A rogue dragon, Kahli and the head Paladin, Fredrick. Two men, torn from one another by mistakes of the past, are brought together once again on a fool's errand to find the Gods. They are the only hope for answers, but can they overcome their own demons to bring the world back into the light? Or will the world be plunged into a never-ending night?



Content Warning: This book contains violence and mentions of sexual violence.


ALYSSA LOVE


Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school etc. Let them get to know the personal you.

I grew up and still live in Billings, Montana. I live with my cat and my husband who tends to give me some good ideas. I went to private schools growing up and started college early for psychology, though had to leave school and move back home for a while: hard times and all. Besides writing, I enjoy doing various forms of art and music. I enjoy the occasional video game when I have time as well. I tend to enjoy any kind of art or writing varying from horror to romance to sci-fi.

What inspired you to author this book?

Well, my husband came up with this concept for a dungeons and dragons campaign that we never got to play, and I loved the concept so much. I didn’t want it to go to waste. I started envisioning the story while on work out of state, and then got sick for about a month and didn’t have an excuse not to write it. I couldn’t do anything else, and writing kept me sane while I recovered.



Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?

That’s a good question, actually. The cover went through quite a few forms before landing on this one. I wanted to subtly show most of what happens in the book without giving it away. My friends and family liked this one, so it stuck.

Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?

Oh boy, there’s a lot. I’ll narrow it down to a few. In no particular order: Neil Gaman, Craig Allenson, George R.R. Martin, and Emilie Autumn.

What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?

Sickness and mental health. During this point both my anxiety was unmanaged, and I was stuck with the flu that turned into bronchitis. There were times I had no motivation but forced myself to continue, and I’m glad I did.

Tell your readers about your book.

Letters to a Dead God is an LGBTQ dark fantasy about fighting not only very reason demons, but the demons within ourselves. I’ll leave the synopsis below. The Gods are gone. The lands are dying. Demons run rampant. The future of the earth depends on two men with their sorted past. Will they survive where all others have failed? The earth was once vibrant and full of magic. That all disappeared seventeen years ago. Demons, who were once kept at bay, are now seizing the opportunity to vanquish life from the planet. Humans, dragons, elves; no one is safe. Kings sent out men and women, soldiers, and paladins, but none ever returned. With no answers, and hope running low, saving their realm seems hopeless. That is until rumors of two possible magic users began to surface. A rogue dragon, Kahli and the head Paladin, Fredrick. Two men, torn from one another by mistakes of the past, are brought together once again on a fool's errand to find the Gods. They are the only hope for answers, but can they overcome their own demons to bring the world back into the light? Or will the world be plunged into a never-ending night?



Who is your target audience, and why?

My target audience in a perfect world would just be anyone who likes the concept, but it’s more aimed at an adult audience who enjoys the darker side of fantasy.

What do you consider your greatest success in life?

Honesty, getting the book finished and published along with taking better care of my overall health.

What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?

I found I didn’t really see much for LGTBQ fantasy that wasn’t erotica. Which, I’m fine with, but I wanted just two people’s stories told. Not saying that kind of story isn’t out there, but I hadn’t found one. I wanted that kind of representation when I was younger, and so I wrote one.






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