Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Vampires and Undead? Who You Gonna Call? Danica Black!

In the time after The Black, human survivors of the Southern Claw Alliance clash with vampire legions of the Ebon Cities in a constant war for survival. Earth as we know it has been forever damaged by an arcane storm that fused our world with distant realms of madness and terror. Now, things that once existed only in our nightmares stalk the earth. And they are hungry…

SOULRAZOR, Book 3 in the BLOOD SKIES series, is an apocalyptic military fantasy in which the warlock Eric Cross and his team of mercenaries must stop the Ebon Cities from acquiring a deadly and ancient magical sword. The second-in-command of the team is a former warden named Danica Black, the subject of today’s interview…

Steven: Hi, Danica!
Danica: What the hell is this supposed to be?
Steven: An interview.
Danica: You mean an interrogation.
Steven: I mean an interview. Chill out, okay?
Danica: Why are you interviewing me?
Steven: You’re a member of Cross’ mercenary team, the…wait, what are you guys called again?
Danica: We don’t have a name. I actually sort of liked Mage Gunners, but since only half of the team are mages it really doesn’t work.
Steven: Tell us about the team.
Danica: What do you want to know?
Steven: What do you do, who’s on the team…you’re not making this easy, you know that?
Danica: You should ask more closed questions. It would make it easier to respond.
Steven: [curses under his breath] Okay…what is the team’s purpose?
Danica: There you go. See, was that so hard?
Steven: Are you actually going to answer any questions?
Danica: I guess. Cross decided to form the team after the Battle of Karamanganji, when he, Kane and I put down an other-dimensional entity called The Sleeper. We take on special missions for the Southern Claw.
Steven: What sorts of missions?
Danica: Pretty much anything: rescue operations, sabotage, seek and destroy. I think we’d even go on a beer run if they were willing to pay us for that.
Steven: Who all is on the team?
Danica: Going up against the vampires and undead of the Ebon Cities is dangerous work. We’ve always tried to keep the team at six or seven members, but whenever we lose someone we have to replace them and fill whatever role they had. We’re roughly the size of a standard squad. Right now it’s me, Cross, Kane, another witch named Ash, her little brother Grissom (who’s half-Doj, so he’s actually bigger than any of us), a near-psychotic swordsman named Ronan, and our tech/pilot, Maur. He’s a Gol.
Steven: Explain what Gol and Doj are for the home audience.
Danica: The what?
Steven: Never mind. A Doj, for everyone’s information, is a giant, and a half-Doj like Grissom stands about 8-feet-tall and could win the Mr. Universe contest without even showing up. A Gol is a misshapen dwarf, crafty and devious little guys.
Danica: So what do you do for a living?
Steven: Well, when I’m not tormenting your team, I’m…wait a second, I’m the one asking the questions here.
Danica: “Tormenting the team”? What are you saying?
Steven: Let’s just get back to the interview…
Danica: Yes. Let’s. What exactly do you mean by “tormenting the team”?
Steven: Forget it. Let’s get back to you. What’s your background?
Danica: Why do you ask?
Steven: Because inquiring minds want to know?
Danica: Seriously?
Steven: Give me a break, will you?
Danica: I’d really rather not talk about it.
Steven: Talking about yourself is par for the course in an interview.
Danica: I never consented to this interview.
Steven: Oh, for $#!@ sake…
Danica: Fine, you want to know? My dad was a scumbag. My brothers were both scumbags. I joined the military to get away and got sent on a suicide mission, so I joined The Revengers. I was a warden in Black Scar for a few years before I decided to leave and join up with Cross. I mistreated and tortured prisoners for a living. I still have nightmares about it. Pretty much everything in my life until I joined up with this team was something I’d like to forget.
Steven: Um…sorry.
Danica: Whatever. Thanks for bringing it up.
Steven: Look, sorry, it’s just part of the…
Danica: No worries. I know where to find you.
Steven: Ha ha ha…wait, what?
Danica: I’m sure Cross, Kane and especially Ronan will be interested to learn how you are the one responsible for all of the trouble that we run into.
Steven: …And that concludes today’s interview with Danica Black.
Danica: You’re not getting off the hook that easily, hot shot.
Steven: Danica, Cross, Kane and the rest of the team can be found battling vampires, searching for ancient weapons and traveling through time in SOULRAZOR, Book 3 of the BLOOD SKIES series. SOULRAZOR is a dark military fantasy on sale for the Kindle on March 16th!
Danica: Write in a happy ending and I’ll pretend this never happened.



Daezarkian13 said...

Thanks for hosting the interview, Alisha, I appreciate it! =D

Alisha said...

Anytime, Steven! Danica is quite a character! She had me in stitches!