I first came across Glass’ SHADOWCHASERS when scouring Goodreads and Amazon for a new UF series. To be honest, what first drew me to SHADOW BLADE, book one in the series, was the fact that the main character was a woman of color. You don’t often see this in urban fantasy, and I wanted to finally read something in my favorite genre that had a heroine who reflected some diversity. However, what brings me back to this series is more than that…Seressia created something unique with Shadowchasers. The magic in this supernatural world is based on African/Egyptian mythology, not something you often see in the genre. The world-building is off the charts and I love the attention to detail that Glass gives it. I also love what Seressia does with Kira, an antiquities expert with incredible powers – she absorbs the power, memories, emotions of anything she touches. Her touch can be deadly to people, and, as a result, she can’t touch anyone without hurting them or even killing them. Glass created a compelling character who is exceptionally strong, Kira is a Shadowchaser fighting the forces of darkness and chaos in the world, while also being incredibly vulnerable in terms of her personal relationships. I also the love the equally tortured Khefar who proves to be a worthy partner in more ways than one. Glass gives us exciting action, complex world-building, and emotional relationships that makes this series one of my favorites. She announced recently a new series she’ll put out next year…yes, I’m excited. Very excited.
SERESSIA GLASS & THE 5 BOOKS THAT INSPIRED HER
Ok, I admit it. I am going to cheat. She-Wolf asked me for five books that inspired me, and how the heck was I supposed to stop with five? So here’s my list of stories and authors that have stayed with me, fascinated me, encouraged me, and made me want to weave a word spell just like the authors did for me.
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
I don’t remember how old I was when I read this, but I know it was sometime during elementary school. I’d been reading comics and books about horses and other assorted animals up until that point but this book broke my mind open in a very positive way. Aside from comics, this book was the first stepping stone on my journey into fantasy and science fiction.
Dawn by Octavia Butler
I cannot tell you how over the moon with excitement I was when I picked up this book. Reading this book was almost a religious experience for me. First, because it was such a damn good story. Second and mostly importantly, it was a damn good science fiction story written by a black woman featuring a multicultural lead. Discovering Octavia Butler’s books inspired me to continue my attempts at putting words together in a coherent long form. I certainly wouldn’t have dared to go into paranormal and urban fantasy if not for Ms. Butler and her works, and I dearly wish I could have met her and told her that.
Dragonriders of Pern and everything else by Anne McCaffrey
What can I say about Anne McCaffrey’s body of work except to say that it was a balm to an angsty teenager’s soul. Strong heroines and heroes, the power of love and friendship and adventure and self, woven into tales of dragons and spaceships and other fantastical worlds.
The Belgariad by David Eddings
I have to say this series inspired me because Mr. Eddings was quite adept at making me feel for every single character in the sprawling cast. By the time I reached the last word of the last book, I felt like I’d left dear friends behind. I literally laughed, cried and felt I was a part of it.
Now, people are going to wonder why I don’t have a romance on here. Simply put, I don’t remember when I started reading romance, or when I started paying more attention to the relationships in the stories I read than the action. But when it comes to inspiration, that happened when I met the ladies of Georgia Romance Writers. A large contingent of published authors felt it their responsibility to “train their competition.” I wouldn’t have been encouraged or motivated to write, perfect, or submit my work without this fantastic group of ladies.
WHAT MY CHARACTERS ARE READING…
Kira enjoys reading The Art of War by Sun Tzu, but her favorite book is a battered copy of Grimm’s Fairy Tales. She used to read it to her sister until Kira hit puberty and her powers awakened. It’s the only thing she has left of her sister, and she’ll take it out once in a while to feel her sister’s presence and remember a time in her life before it went to hell and she became a Shadowchaser in self-defense.
WHAT’S NEXT FOR SERESSIA?
I’m writing for Harlequin Nocturne’s Cravings line– super sexy erotic romance novellas heavy on the paranormal elements. My first story, SEDUCING THE JACKAL, will be out May 2013, with the second story (with the working title TAKING THE JACKAL) coming out in October 2013. A third novella in this universe is slated for 2014, with hopefully lots of other stories to come.
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