Ariel Huckabee Stagg and I write YA/ Teen Novels under a Pen Name Ellie Hart and Historical Romance under A.H. Stagg.
When did you start writing, and what got you into it?
I actually wrote poems and social stories for my autistic son when he was three. I didn't think of being an author until one of his psychologists suggested I take a story I wrote, clean it up, get the story published and see where it will take me. :)
Where are you originally from? Is there anything interesting about your hometown?
I was from a small town called Bourne. The Village I lived in had a lot of haunted houses. In fact, the townspeople thought my house was one of the haunted ones.
Tell us about your latest/upcoming release.
Latest release is actually my baby. The Descendant "Curse of the Fairy Queen, second edition came out this year through my amazing publishers, Pipe and Thimble.
If you had to describe your book using only one sentence, what would it be?
Hmm... It's an adventure of a life time.
Your character can venture into the world of another story, what book do you choose, and why?
Cat would probably go into a Nancy Drew book. All I can say she loves a good mystery. ;)
The villain of your story has tea time with two other villains, who are they, and why?
The Fairy Queen would probably have tea with Azula from Avatar the Last Airbender and Dolores Umbridge. I picture them talking about how many children they have tortured in one day.
If you had any advice for an aspiring author, what would you tell them?
Never Give Up and Keep Moving Forward. The author world does have bumps, twists and turns, learn from them. It's how you will grow. Also, never be afraid to ask for help or advice.
We're going to ask you to share an excerpt from your book now. What would you like to share?
<-----THE DESCENDANT: THE CURSE OF THE FAIRY QUEEN----->
In spite of the blazing fire crackling, the air is cold and damp--drops of water trickle somewhere and the smell of mildew lingers.
Jennifer Lynn opens her deep brown eyes and looks around to see the open night sky. Vines hang from the rock-like walls, liquid dripping from them. The floor glows fiery red and in the middle sits a round object that twinkles by the soft glow of the flame.
Her hands and legs won't budge. She lifts her head and turns to the right. Five teenagers' hands and feet bound to the wall with rope-like vines. Thorns penetrate through their bodies.
"NOOO! HELP!" Jennifer hollers, but no one hears the desperate cry. "Please let this be a dream. Please..." she prays to God, hoping this isn't the end.
A hand gently brushes against her brunette hair. "Shh," the abductor whispers. The cream tone of his skin and the ice-cold touch gives her unwelcome shivers. Too frail and too weak, jerking her head away was Jennifer’s only defense. The frail girl’s heart pounds like it's coming out of her skin. Her abductor slits the palm of Jennifer’s hand and lets the blood drip down into a circle. He licks the knife and devilishly smirks.
A woman appears, her mouth curves into a sinister smile.
"Show some dignity, my pupil," she orders him. Black locks neatly fall on her back, and her eyes are the color of emeralds. Her lavender woven gown sways as she glides towards Jennifer. Entranced by the woman's pearly white skin that shimmers from the unseen flame, Jennifer's heartbeat slows down. "No need to yell or scream, my dear. You should be honored that you're one of the chosen for my return," says the mystical woman.
"Who...who...are you?" Jennifer asks. Teardrops pour down her soft pink cheeks.
"I'm the Fairy Queen, Aine of Knockaine. My return will be the undoing to The Guardians of Draco." The woman clutches a knife with a curved blade between her fingers. "By doing so, I need the blood of the innocent."
If you enjoyed reading this excerpt from The Descendant: The Curse of the Fairy Queen, you can purchase it here.
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