Welcome to a brand new series on my blog: New Author Spotlight! There are so many books written and so many stories told that it can be difficult for brand new authors to get some recognition. That’s exactly what this series is for. Each week, I’ll shine the spotlight on a brand new author. They’ll tell you a bit about themselves and their books, and I’ll share the links where you can find out more about them. You never know – you might find a brand new favourite author!
This week’s new author is Lucille Moncrief, author of a dark romance novel Nefarious. Take it away, Lucille…
Nefarious: Volume I by Lucille Moncrief
Nefarious is a four-part series that explores the meaning of human empathy.
It is told in first person, alternating between three characters. The first, Talcott Henderson, is a vampire who wishes to destroy his maker and be human again. He can only do that by seducing a human and stealing her empathy. He sets his sights on Elyse Delafayette, an empathetic human with a tragic past. But Talcott is also being watched by Samuel Quartermaine, a vampire hunter with a dark secret. Can Samuel stop Talcott before Elyse is convinced to join the undead?
Genre: Erotic Horror/ Dark Romance
Release Date: 23 May 2017
A Bit About Lucille & Her Book
What was the inspiration behind your book?
Film, actually. In particular, the German Expressionist films of F.W. Murneu, and Robert Wiene—films like Nosferatu, Faust, and the Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.
I don’t have the wherewithal to make anything like that, but what I can do is attempt to translate some of the atmosphere and the themes of temptation, intrigue, nightmares, and somnambulism into a book. I hope I’ve done a decent job at painting the striking, twisted, and dark visuals in those films into the written word. Having custom, full-color illustrations throughout the series doesn’t hurt either at setting an appropriate atmosphere.
Why did you choose to write in your chosen genre?
I usually swim in the deep and cold pools of the literary fiction genre, and I tend to wade in the shallows of horror and tragedy. I wanted to combine the sub genres of horror and eroticism, throw in a dash of dark romance, and bake it in a pie to be devoured on the tables of literary fiction. I wanted to make a piece of art—something dark and beautiful and interesting that other people would enjoy.
Tell us a bit about one of your favourite characters in your book.
I love writing Talcott Henderson. With him, I can indulge every dark fantasy I’ve ever had or heard about, and the consequences thereof are all safe and locked away in black and white typeface. I love him so much, I decided to dedicate the second book in the series entirely to him.
The story takes place during the Battle of the Somme, and shows us why and how Talcott became a vampire. It’s a bit longer than the first one, going from short story into novelette territory. It is currently in the illustration phase, and will be due for release at the end of June.
What kind of research did you do?
Tying into the last question, I had to do a lot of research for Talcott’s story.
Hugh Sebag-Montefiore’s book, Somme, was an integral part of my research. It gave me ideas for locations, the timeline of the battle, and most important of all, this book was full of personal anecdotes from soldiers on both sides of the conflict.
Also, Ernst Junger’s Storm of Steel was another book that helped me to set the right tone for the story.
And this Tumblr project was a big help in adequately conveying what the trenches looked like above and below ground. This project also gave me first-person visuals of what life was like for soldiers.
While the research itself wasn’t easy and it took me a long time to write this book, I think having things as accurate as possible sets a compelling mood for the story.
Final Notes from the Author
If you subscribe to my mailing list by downloading Nefarious: Volume I on Instafreebie, I will send notices for when the next books in the series are released—no spam. Emails will strictly inform on when and where the books can be downloaded. Book two will be released at the end of June, book three in July, and book four in August.
If you are interested in snippets and illustration/cover reveals for the next three books, you can find those on my website at www.moncriefs.net.
I hope you enjoy reading the series as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it.
You can claim your copy of Nefarious: Volume I on Instafreebie.
Thanks to Lucille for taking part in the series, and thanks to you for reading! I really hope you enjoy this new series. There will be a New Author Spotlight post every Wednesday. 🙂