Please help me welcome author Alyxandra Harvey to Preternatura today. Alyx is the author of the six-book YA vampire series, The Drake Chronicles, which was published by Walker, as well as the books Haunting Violet and Stolen Away. She has an exciting new series, The Lovegrove Legacy, which will debut in January of 2014 with the first book titled A Breath of Frost (previously Witching Season: Stormcaster).
Alyxandra Harvey lives in a stone Victorian house in Ontario, Canada, with a few resident ghosts who are allowed to stay as long they keep company manners. She loves medieval dresses, used to be able to recite all of The Lady of Shalott by Tennyson, and has been accused, more than once, of being born in the wrong century. She believes this to be mostly true except for the fact that she really likes running water, women’s rights, and ice cream. Among her favorite books are The Wood Wife by Terri Windling, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, and of course, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Elizabeth Bennet is her hero because she’s smart and sassy, and Mr. Darcy is, well, yum. Aside from the ghosts, she also lives with three dogs and her husband.
You can learn more about Alyx by visiting her website
or by following her on twitter
ABOUT BREATH OF FROST:
In 1814, three cousins-Gretchen, Emma, and Penelope-discover their unknown family lineage of witchcraft. Beyond the familiar manicured gardens and ballrooms of Regency London, a dangerous, alluring new underworld visible only to those with power is now open to the cousins. But unbeknownst to them, by claiming their power, the three cousins have inadvertently opened the gates to the Underworld. Now the dead, ghouls, hellhounds-and the most terrifying of all: the spirits of dark witches known as the Greymalkin Sisters-are hunting and killing young debutante witches for their powers. And, somehow, Emma is connected to the murders…because she keeps finding the bodies. Can the cousins unravel the clues and mystery behind their heritage and power before their gifts are stripped away …or even worse, another witch is killed?
And now, let’s hear from Alyxandra…
I love Mr. Darcy.
This is not news to anyone who’s ever read anything I’ve written. I have snuck references to Pride and Prejudice in my books once, twice….a gazillion times.
In my vampire series The Drake Chronicles, one of my favorite characters, Lucy, thinks that Pride and Prejudice is boring. That was hard to write. Harder than chopping off the heads of a bunch of the other characters, some of whom I quite liked.
But after I finished all six books of The Drake Chronicles, I wasn’t sure which world I wanted to play in.
I love historical fiction with its corsets and swords and strange jellied salads. If I went back in time to 1814, I think I would starve. Calves foot jelly. I mean to say.
Despite the questionable taste in food, I adore the Regency era. I love cravats and candles and family secrets in old houses. So it was obvious choice for a setting.
But I like my curtsies with a dagger in hand. So I blended my love of the early 1800s with my love of fantasy fiction, with its magic and battles and strange creatures.
And I had such fun juxtaposing the messy results of untamed magic and the very proper etiquette of the Beau Monde!
Favorite historical tidbit?
After Percy Bysshe Shelley drowned, his calcified heart didn’t burn on the funeral pyre. It was said
that his widow Mary Shelley (of Frankenstein fame) kept it wrapped up in a handkerchief on her mantelpiece. And that she and Byron fought over who should keep the heart for years.
I love this anecdote more than is probably healthy.
Favorite Regency word:
Favorite magical creature?
I loved introducing ghouls, hellhounds and warlocks into Regency ballrooms, and mansions. But I had the most fun using the Dullahan, who is an Irish headless horseman. He carried his head under his arm and a lantern made of human bones. His whip is a human spine. What’s not to love?
Favorite Historical Fantasy novels:
Sorcery and Cecelia: or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot, by Patricia C. Wrede, Caroline Stevermer
Infernal Devices, by Cassandra Clare
Shades of Milk and Honey, by Mary Robinette Kowal
Have you read a great mix of historical and paranormal fantasy? I am a fan of Colleen Gleason’s Regency Draculia series, with some very uptight, proper (and improper) vampires! Leave a comment to be entered for your chance to win a copy of any book in The Drake Chronicles series or you may choose to wait for a copy of Breath of Frost when it is released in January.