A Mirror Among Shattered Glass
by Romarin Demeteri
Publisher: Block 13 Publishing
Publication Date: June 2, 2016
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Unable to contain the deadly nature of her family secret and powers, nine-teen year old Romarin Demetri hails from California, U.S.A, to unearth her heritage as a descendant of serial-killer, Countess Bathory, the woman that lent Dracula his legend, and cursed Romarin with an appetite for blood.
Unenthusiastic about relocating to her birth city of London, a charming paranormal investigator with claim to the throne could change her mind, as he leads her to the only living and distant relative she has: a raven-haired recluse named Talia, who has taken refuge in an old castle in the heart of the city, and doesn’t seem to have a heart of her own.
After a rough introduction to the lethal, inappropriate, and enchantingly sarcastic people she calls her housemates, perhaps the other misfits will be her first true friends; However, as much as these people are like her, they still have hidden vendettas, a taste for revenge, and will struggle between what is just, and what will settle their psychological upheaval. There is only one way for Romarin to become part of the Supernatural London Underground: Can she be the one who challenges them to put down their ghosts and demons and make their world together?
Q&A with the Author
1) Can you tell us a bit about your background?
My background stems from the studies of English and Psychology, and I think that’s why my first series ended up so dark. After analyzing literature for so long, I wanted a book that a reader could analyze if they wanted to, from a symbolic, psychological, or social standpoint, without making it seem like they had to study themselves to fully understand it. I do suppose my readers are intelligent people, and I like to think they are willing to read into the characters as I expose their hopes, fears, and weaknesses.
2) Where and when did your writing journey begin?
My initial writing journey started when I was learning to write, at that magical age when my letters were so big that they took up half a page! The journey for this book started when I was inspired by Countess Bathory on a Scariest Places on Earth episode. After two trips to England, a degree, and many years, I was ready to bring others into my journey.
3) Who are your favorite authors and how have they influenced your writing?
I never fail to reference Lynne Ewing, though you will see some of my favorite writers pop up in dialogue here and there. Ewing wrote the “Daughters of The Moon” series, in which all of the goddesses had a dark, insidious side, and that is so true of human nature, that I love to see that in writing and books. I also love T.S. Elliot and got to stalk his old house… only an English major!
4) What does a typical day in your life look like? And how does your writing routine fit into your day?
In my typical life, I am an eccentric. A writer, a cosmetologist, an eco-friendly small business owner, and a Black Belt among other things. The only thing I love to do but am not currently, is playing music. I split my time between Cosmetology and writing, and love every aspect of the writing business and being an Indie author. I like to set aside time for writing, but right now I am proofing a hardcopy of book 4. My typical day can be crazy, inspired, and busy, but I always carry a thankful attitude, and that remains consistent day to day!
5) How did you come up with the idea for your novel?
Psychology was a huge factor in coming up with the idea for “A Mirror Among Shattered Glass”, and also, the phenomena of organ transplant, and how there are claims that transplant participants take on characteristics of their donors (these are great fiction and not very substantiated). The novel also plays a lot of theories of memory.
6) What do you think sets your novel apart from others current on the shelves?
My novel is set apart because I got these characters when they were broken, damaged, and trying to repair their defeat. The mifits living in Whitham Castle were the property of an experimental laboratory from time to time and are slow to trust the main character, eventually nicknamed Row, when she comes to London. I love that this is not a typical start to a book series. It also follows real life when it comes to heartbreak and relationships, and Row needs to reflect on herself, her impulsivity, and her jumbled memories and personalities before she can really build meaningful relationships. Book two will be more the speed readers are used to, and it can be a very beautiful thing when broken people start to heal and open up to each other.
7) Which character in your book is your favorite and how much of yourself is reflected in that character?
In this book Travis is my favorite, because I love to write for characters who are different than me, ones who say and do things I wouldn’t. I like him because you see a lot of conflict and realize there is more to him than being inappropriate and self-centered. Audin, for example, opens up slightly but still stays guarded, whereas by the end of the book, Travis manages to grow on readers, and you really wonder how it happened. He shows Row a piece of his past like it’s nothing. He tells a lie the others will only find out about later. We know a fear of his. I don’t know if we feel sorry for him, or his antics amuse us, but he’s on the loose now, so watch out!
8) Which scenes in your book did you have the most fun writing?
I loved “Flapdragon” in which Travis and Audin get Row to agree to play the game at the pub on Halloween without telling her what it is (A clue is that is has to do with setting liquor on fire).It makes her feel like part of their world and is one of the many turning points in which she realizes they will become her best friends. The chapter is up at romarindemetri.com as the sample chapter on the home page.
I also loved writing the moment where Yves, who is slightly insane but so endearing, is looking at flies thinking they are lightening bugs, and gets excited. From early on, we see what he positive attitude is capable of, and we all get protective of him. They aren’t many characters like him in fiction.
9) What do you hope for your readers to take away after reading your book?
I hope readers realize that I’m trying to tell them they can control their own destiny and make their own choices by embracing resilience. I hope readers finish the book and want to know more about the characters so that they continue the series! Kit is fighting the pull of good and evil concerning a prophecy, Audin is dragged into a centuries old feud by his birth parents that he doesn’t even give a damn about (what Changeling would?), and Row has no idea what she’s in for by staying in England, but it’s dangerous, illegal, and oddly Philosophical. I hope readers want to see where these characters go, because there is a world that needs some rebuilding, and it’s called The Supernatural London Underground.
10) What are your hopes for this novel?
I hope it’s a great, atypical, start to a series, and that readers go into it wanting to read it accurately to get the most out of it! It’s hard to take a chance on the first book in the first series from an author. I hope readers are also atypical, like me, and that they get what I’m saying and are pulled into the story.
11) What do you have in store next for your readers?
The Frost Bloom Garden book two, is coming this year.
Here’s a teaser: As if the Supernatural London Underground couldn’t open up any further, Romarin is immersed in different cultures, struggles, and factions— including the revelation of her first dangerous foe—that make the hidden world what it is: treacherous. As a detective whose sole purpose is to destroy evidence of their secret world, she realizes how blurred all of their roles are, and that the price for that could very well be one’s life. With rumors of a safe haven, an island where people like her can go to be free and understood, perhaps she won’t need the cure she vehemently seeks. A cure for a broken heart however, that’s another story. And then a cure for a burning heart? That’s just impossible.
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About the Author
Romarin Demetri is a story crafter who loves black coffee, traveling abroad, and when her characters come home in some sort of trouble she swears she didn’t invent. Pulling from her B.A. in English and Psychology, her debut series, The Supernatural London Underground, is a blend of fantasy ground in reality, and a world a reader can truly escape to. As an eccentric and reader, she still enjoys creating the alternate reality in her urban fantasy series (more than anything!), and her interactive world waits for you at RomarinDemetri.com.