Friday, January 9, 2015

Redemption by Randi Cooley Wilson - Spotlight

Title: Redemption (The Revelation Series #3)
Author: Randi Cooley Wilson
Date of publication: December 15th 2014


For Eve Collins, darkness has descended after her love vanished into the night sky. A new protector has been appointed, one who challenges everything she’s believed to be true.

In this third installment of The Revelation Series, Eve will become aware of dangers and worlds that exist only in her nightmares, and bloodline secrets that will trigger a centuries old war.

You can escape anything, except your destiny.

Readers captivated by Revelation and Restraint will become enthralled with Redemption.

*Mature Young Adult/New Adult Paranormal Romance*

The Revelation Series

About Randi Cooley Wilson

Randi Cooley Wilson is the author of both new and young adult paranormal/fantasy and contemporary romances. Her debut novel Revelation is the first book in The Revelation Series, which includes the sequel Restraint. After living in Southern California, happily bathed in sunshine and warm weather for fifteen years, Randi recently moved back to her home state of Massachusetts with her husband and daughter.

Interview Time with Randi Cooley Wilson

How did you come up with the idea for this story?
The Revelation Series was an idea that progressed over time. As a long-time lover of the paranormal romance genre, I was craving something different and distinctive. In 2008, I was home on maternity leave and starting writing, which is something I do frequently as a creative outlet. Before I even realized it, my one-off sentences, and character backgrounds morphed into a story. From there, I folded in my obsession with John Milton’s Paradise Lost and my love for gothic architecture and really romanced the idea of the mythology behind my supernatural creatures.

Where do you find your inspiration? 
Anywhere and everywhere. It’s a vague answer, but it’s completely true. For Redemption, (The Revelation Series, book #3), one of my chapters was inspired by my hatred for a particular cereal my six-year old loves (laughs).

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
It changes depending on the day and what I’m writing. With The Revelation Series, I find the character of Gage Gallagher difficult to write because he’s so deep and there are some many levels to him that at times, I get lost in all that is Gage Gallagher.

What are your current projects? 
At the moment, I’m finishing up the last two installments of the series. After which, I will be releasing two stand-alone new adult contemporary romance novels.

Tell us about your first book. What would readers find different about the first one and your most recent published work?
This is an interesting question. I feel the more I write, the deeper my books get. Revelation, (The Revelation Series, book #1) was really about the mythology behind the supernatural creatures and the world building that surrounds the characters. Restraint, (The Revelation Series, book #2) was about the love between the main characters, Asher and Eve. Redemption, (The Revelation Series, book #3) takes you deeper into their world and also allows the secondary characters to shine, which I love.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? 
Nothing in life is what it seems. There is light and dark in everything we do. That is fundamentally what makes us a balanced human. There are no right, or wrong decisions, only choices we make in the moment.

Does music play any type of role in your writing?
Absolutely, although I don’t listen to music while I write, it distracts me. Before I write a particular character or scene, I tend to listen to certain songs to get me in the right mind set. For instance, when I write anything with Gage Gallagher, I listen to Arctic Monkey’s Do I Wanna Know. Same with Asher St. Michael, I listen to Pearl Jam’s Siren. That song is what inspired Eve’s nickname.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your life?
It depends. I think everything I write, on some level, is influenced by my experiences. That said none of my characters are based off of one particular person.

What books have influenced your life most?

I wish I could say there was a particular book or series that turned me on to writing. I’m simply in love with the written word. I’m one of those daydreamers who adore being thrown into new worlds and characters lives that aren’t my own. In college, I had a slight obsession with John Milton’s Paradise Lost, which influenced this series and the first book I read that truly took me away in my imagination was The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

Name five authors past and present you would invite to a dinner party and tell us why?
John Milton because I adore Paradise Lost and think it would be mind-blowing to live in his head for a few hours.
Kylie Scott because I am a total fangirl and think she’d be a fun drinking partner (smirks).
The author in me wants to say Jane Austen however; I am so clumsy I would probably spill tea on her.
Maya Angelou because she was truly inspirational.
E.L. James because let’s face it, her house warming gift would be EPIC!

Where do you get your inspiration for your covers?
The covers are a collaboration between myself and the talented team at Bravebird Publishing. To be honest, the inspiration comes from the storyline themselves. I strive to have the covers be the visual telling of the novel and draw you in.

Do you plan your book or are you a pantster?
Eek, both. I start of as a plotter and then as I write I morph into a pantster

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