Published July 19th, 2013
9-year-old Emily desperately wants a name for what she is. For what is consuming and torturing her. For what is changing her.
But she’s not crazy like her mother. She’s not.
Emily may not be as crazy as she thinks, because her body is no longer her own. Something is stirring inside her. It is soft, seductive, and tells her what to do to survive. As Emily learns that her world has been infected by demons that consume human souls and fit seamlessly into the bodies they empty, she must also accept that she is one of them. Yet, she is different from the rest, because her darkness didn’t inhabit her, it was awakened. And it doesn’t just want the humans.
Thank you, Mrs. Ketley Allison
Beautiful Cover! What is the connection with the book's subject?
Thank you! It has a huge connection, actually, but I can't give away too much! What I can tell you is that the blue smoke is a soul. The rest, you'll have to read and find out...
Are the demons from Dark Souls different from others and how?
This is what I love about demons. As a writer, I can make them anything. There aren't as many restrictions as there are when talking about werewolves or vampires. That's not to say you can't get creative with vamps or wolves, but I loved the endless possibilities demons brought. I would say mine have a unique flair to them, but not so crazy you'd be unfamiliar with it. There's a secretive "ruler," for one, who is a bit of a mystery. My demons come in sects, too, with echelons of power. There are weak ones, scary ones, and very powerful ones. But all want one thing: souls.
Many readers said that Dark Souls can be read by both young adults and adults. Were there moments when you censored your work to fit a certain age group?
Well, there were definitely instances where the f-word was warranted and I didn't do it. I did have both age groups in mind when writing Dark Souls, but I didn't completely censor myself. Teens in the young adult genre are a lot more mature than we think, and I think a lot of the time they don't get a lot of credit for that. They can handle a few bad words and sex scenes here and there. I find it's all about tact. If it moves your story forward and fits with what you're writing, then you should do it. My characters have to be natural and above all else, believable. Having a 19-year-old that says "holy moly!" every time she's surprised and doesn't know what sex is...well, it doesn't feel right (although, yes, I have said 'holy moly!' as an adult...more than once). That's not to say she swears all over the place! I truly believe my book is appropriate for both age groups. I don't go nuts in either direction.
What drew you to write about this subject?
I've been obsessed with paranormal YA books for as long as I can remember. I was a really shy teen, and these books were my escape. They allowed me to be someone else, to live in another world. I'll always remember that feeling. I love this genre so much I knew I had to write in it. I also wanted to add a little depth, a little darkness. Something not so romantic, but still addressing love. Dark Souls is the result of what was years in the making. I've been thinking about it for a long time.
What do you think makes a great story?
Layers! Anyone who can bring their characters to life can write a great story. I've learned to put depth into my characters, including a little evil with the good. Nobody's perfect, so my characters also have a lot of flaws. I truly hope I've achieved a great story!
Dark Souls Book 2! I have the name and cover all ready to go and I'm about halfway through the story. I'm so excited for this next book, because now I can go crazy. My characters are established, my scene is set...let the action begin! And stay tuned on my blog for some teasers and excerpts!
About the author:
Ketley Allison is a twenty-something (maybe almost thirty-something) author who believes that supernatural love shouldn’t stop at eighteen. She began her career by writing books as birthday presents for her friends (with her friend as the main character and opposite a super sexy lead, of course) before ending it in order to walk down a path she thought she was supposed to follow.
The writing bug never left her—and, in fact, would often bleed into the official papers she was supposed to write—so now Ketley’s putting down her suit and finally following her dream. While her friends are no longer the stars of her books, she still throws in bits and pieces of them into each and every one of her characters.
As a result, her books tend to focus a lot on friendships as well as love, because let’s be honest, friends are what really get you through—especially when your epic love turns into epic heartbreak.
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