Interview with Courtney Davis, author of paranormal fantasy romance A Spider in the Garden
Aranha is the last of her kind, a spider shifter who preys upon the dregs of society in an attempt to validate her existence and feed her hunger. She’s lived alone for two hundred years, no family and no friends; always watchful for those who would kill her.
Dag is one of a dying species, vampires who can walk in the day. They have lost their companions and live in dread of the day that they too will become extinct; leaving the earth to the vile creatures who prey upon humans without mercy.
Aranha sees danger in Dag’s face, Dag sees the future in hers. Neither can believe the other exists and their lives are about to get very complicated. Together they embark on a mission to save a young human from the vampires and learn the reality of what their two species were doing in The Garden of Eden.
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Excerpt from A Spider in the Garden
Aranha hurried through the streets, passing people who hardly registered her existence. Thoughts flowed through her web and she looked for the pattern she’d felt from the monster she was chasing. As always, she was also watching for scent or thought from any other night creatures. She could never let her guard down, couldn’t risk a run in with one of them. A shudder ran through her at the thought of what would happen if she did. She ignored the part of her that wished for it, the release from this loneliness and pain. Death. The end to all of the darkness and filth, the horror that was this place. It could stop… she could stop…
She shook the dark thoughts away and hurried on, more determined than before. A purpose was driving her. As long as she continued to attend to that purpose, she could keep the suicidal thoughts away. Someday she wouldn’t be able to stop it, she knew she would present herself to the beasts that could take her down and she would welcome the release. Not today, not as long as there was a helpless soul cowering in chains that she could help.
“Shit,” she grumbled as she caught the familiar scent of vampire nearby. She rushed into an alley and shifted, scrambling out of her pile of clothes and up the side of the brick, backing herself into a tiny hole.
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An Interview with Courtney Davis
-What inspired you to become a writer?
My love of reading was my inspiration. I got so much joy, still do, from escaping into a different world and living a life that might be impossible. I wanted to create that for other people, spread that joy and happiness!
-If you could visit your book’s world for a day, what one thing would you do?
I would definitely try and get over my dislike of spiders! That would be embarrassing…. I think it would be amazing to sit down with my characters and ask them what they think of the world and life I made for them, hopefully they are happy with the choices that I made for them. Maybe have a couple beers at Dag’s bar with some of his hottie brothers!
-It’s two in the morning. What does your protagonist reveal in confidence? (Don’t worry, we won’t tell.)
She hopes that Jonah won’t ever want to leave her to join with his own kind, and she is still afraid of the answer to her question of her right to exist.
-Which of your characters would you go out for drinks with?
For the view I would say all of Dag’s clan, bunch of hulking blonde vampire men! For the company, Aranha, I bet she’s great fun on a girl’s night out.
-You’re in a tavern, and a dwarf challenges you to a duel. What do you do?
Well, I’m taller than a dwarf thankfully, but i’m not very strong… So I think my best bet would be to get up high, jump on a table then start throwing things at him! If he doesn’t have a weapon, I think I could win that way. If I was desperate, I would flash my boobs and run.
-Is there a genre you could never write? Which and why?
Nothing sad, I really don’t enjoy being sad. I think I could try anything else.
About Courtney Davis
Courtney Davis is an author of urban fantasy, paranormal, supernatural fiction with a little romance and humor thrown in. She loves creating worlds and exploring human, and inhuman, interaction. She lives in North Idaho with her husband and children where she teaches and enjoys time spent relaxing in the summer sun and winters by the fire. She has always had an affinity for reading and writing and a goal to make a career of it. There is no greater joy than to know her words took a reader out of reality for a time and into another world.
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