Today, I get to welcome Kelly Gay to Literary Escapism. Kelly is the author of the amazing The Better Part of Darkness and the soon to be released The Darkest Edge of Dawn – both of which everyone everyone should be checking out.
It takes a strong woman to keep the peace in a city of endless night. . . .
Deep beneath Underground, a cunning bid for power and revenge has begun—one that threatens to make Atlanta the new battleground in the ultimate confrontation between good and evil. The powers of hellish Charbydon have the upper hand after plunging the city into primordial night. And under the cover of darkness, a serial killer targets the most powerful Elysians in the city, the angelic Adonai. For Detective Charlie Madigan and her siren partner Hank, tracking deadly predators is all in a day’s work . . . but this case will test the limits of their strength and friendship as it draws them into a deadly world of power plays, ancient myths, explosive secrets, and a race against time that risks all that Charlie holds dear.
Hold on to your seats, people, because I’ll be taking over as Guest Poster for today. Ah, the power, the control, the— (This is where Jackie laughs at me, and waves her finger over the Delete Button).
Right. Okay. So, I’m Kelly Gay. I write the Charlie Madigan series, the second of which, The Darkest Edge of Dawn, releases August 31st. My series is urban fantasy, and not only do I write it, but I read it. I love the genre. I love the journeys within. And I love when the heroine or hero triumphs. But someone asked me the other day why I like to read books where the endings are always a given, and why read something when you know what the outcome will be?
I did a blog post about this several years ago after I’d heard a comment on this same thing about romance novels: Why read a book when the ending is a given – the two main characters will come together, and live happily ever after.
My answer was an immediate one. I read for the journey. The paths, the ups and downs, the trials and victories… This is genre reading. We all know what we’re getting when we pick up a romance, or a mystery, or a thriller; we just don’t know how we’re going to get to the end. And that’s the point. That’s what ‘genre’ is all about. You know what you’re getting whether it’s a happy ending, a mystery solved, a killer taken off the streets, or a battle won.
Urban fantasy is no different. As readers, we pretty much know at the end, the main character will triumph over an evil or achieve her goal. Sure, there might be other deeper or minor goals left unrealized (therefore carrying on the series), but in some ways we know what we’re getting — the main plot/goal to be attained. And maybe the bad guy does get away. It happens, but the story is usually set-up so that the heroine has achieved some victory that she’s been trying for throughout the story.
And that’s why I love writing — to take the journey with my characters. To figure out all the different ways to get to the end. Series writing is great because there are still dangers, sub plots, relationships yet to be resolved, and the main arc of the storyline carries through.
So there’s my long-winded answer. What about you, what draws you to genre books? Do you read for the journey?
Want to purchase Kelly’s Charlie Madigan novels?
- The Better Part of Darkness at Amazon or the Book Depository
- The Darkest Edge of Dawn at Amazon or the Book Depository
Contest Time! Kelly has graciously offered to give away a signed copy of either The Better Part of Darkness or The Darkest Edge of Dawn – winner’s choice. All you have to do is simply ask Kelly a question. Please indicate which prize you would like to be entered for.
As always, there’s more ways of getting your name in the hat (remember, these aren’t mandatory to enter, just extra entries):
- +1 for each place you post about today’s contest on your blog, social network, or anywhere you can. Digg it, stumble it, twit it, share it with the world. Wherever you share it, make sure you add a link to it along with your answer.
- +1 to any review you comment on, however, comments must be meaningful. Just give me the title of the review and I’ll be able to figure it out from there.
- +1 If you are a follower of Literary Escapism on Facebook and/or Twitter
- +10 Purchase The Better Part of Darkness or any novel through LE’s Amazon store or the Book Depository sometime during this contest and send a copy of the receipt VIA email for your purchase to: jackie AT literaryescapism DOT com. Each purchase is worth ten entries.
There is one thing I am adding to my contests now…the winner must post a review of the novel someplace. Whether it is on their own blog, Amazon, GoodReads, LibraryThing or wherever, it doesn’t matter. Just help get the word out.
I have not been contacting winners, so you will need to check back to see if you’ve won.