by Alec John Belle
Publisher: Booktrope Editions
Publication Date: December 14, 2015
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Heather Hawkins, a newly changed Monster Hunter, thought life couldn’t get any more complicated after the incident at the tower one week ago. With Kadin gone, she thinks life will finally go back to the way it should be. Until The Council calls a meeting for her and Hayden to discuss the incident. Hayden Williams is released from the hospital and wants to put all of the things he saw that night to the back of his mind. When The Council decides to meet with him, his hope is that he can get it done and over with so he can finally move on with his life. That doesn’t happen when he realizes his family has a big secret; one that he is very much a part of. Other forces against the Monster Hunters have different plans. Heather, Hayden, and their friends start unraveling the truth about the world they live in, and dangers are lurking in the shadows. A danger that could lead them all to their demise. In the second book in this paranormal young adult series, secrets will be revealed, and enemies will join hands, leaving you with an ending that no one could see coming.
Q&A with the Author
1) Can you tell us a bit about your background?
For starters, I am 18 years old, currently living in a program that will help put me through college. I was born in Massachusetts, but grew up in South Carolina, where most of my books take place. I then moved back to Massachusetts for two years and did online high school, then moved to Nevada by myself when I came of age.
2) Where and when did your writing journey begin?
Writing professionally began for me in summer of 2014 when I started working on my first novel, but I’ve been writing since the fifth grade when I first discovered my talent.
3) Who are your favorite authors and how have they influenced your writing?
Some of my favorite authors include Ellen Hopkins, Jennifer L. Armentrout, Julie Kagawa, and Kim Harrison. I’ll read anything they write.
4) What does a typical day in your life look like? And how does your writing routine fit into your day?
Currently I am finishing up my senior year in high school. I go there until about 2:00 PM and get home around 2:30. I do most of my writing at night, usually sometime after 5:00 PM. Right now my life’s pretty uneventful for the most part.
5) How did you come up with the idea for your novel?
I first came up with the concept for The Forbidden Darkness Chronicles (the series) about 5 or 6 years ago. The idea for the first book sat in my head for a long time. I wrote the first book about 5 times before I finally got it to where I wanted it to be. Now with the sequel, Shadow People, there were a lot of interesting developments that weren’t originally planned and just fell into my head over time.
6) What do you think sets your novel apart from others current on the shelves?
Shadow People digs a little bit deeper into what the Darkness is, which is an entity that feeds off of negative energy. Depression, anxiety, self-harm, and other mental disorders help make the Darkness stronger, and I wanted to incorporate real-life issues into this paranormal world. I’ve not seen many paranormal books dig into things like that.
7) Which character in your book is your favorite and how much of yourself is reflected in that character?
My favorite character is Kadin, because he’s got many layers that readers will discover over time. My second favorite is Hayden, and I really found a way to make him more involved in the series with this book.
8) Which scenes in your book did you have the most fun writing?
I think everything in the middle of the book, as there are a ton of secrets that are revealed. Many questions readers had after the first book are answered in Shadow People.
9) What do you hope for your readers to take away after reading your book?
Aside from a fun adventure, I want readers to know they’re not alone. I have a wide variety of characters that have issues of their own, and I want readers to know they can get help. You’re never alone in a world this book.
10) What are your hopes for this novel?
My hope is that readers are itching to read more. The series currently has 8 books planned, so there’s 6 more on the way. My hope is that I can get readers to want to stick around for the rest.
11) What do you have in store next for your readers?
My contemporary young adult novel, The Long Road Home, will be releasing some time in Spring 2016. I’m also currently working on Fiery Passion, the third Forbidden Darkness Chronicles book.
About the Author
Alec John Belle resides in Carson City, NV, where he is currently attending high school for his senior year. At the age of 16 he wrote his first novel, Before I Break. His hobbies include reading, writing, and obsessing over Pretty Little Liars. He writes paranormal and contemporary young adult, but often blends real social issues into his paranormal works. Alec can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.