Local friend of Detroit Mommies, Melissa Brodsky has many accomplishments including being a wonderful mother & wife, authoring a successful blog and being the co-founder of Smart Savvy Social. As of June 13, 2013, she can now add “published author” to that list, when the paranormal romance novel, Dark Dawn, was released on Amazon.
Co-authored by Melissa Brodsky & Nicole Andrews Moore, Dark Dawn is a paranormal fiction story that re-imagines the Garden of Eden.
In the beginning God made the heavens and the earth, and everything in between. The In-between was unplanned, unexpected, and unwelcome. Every action causes a reaction and when mankind was born, so were the Fae. Suddenly it was up to Heaven to save Earth. God created Angels to right his wrong, to save human kind. A deal was made, an agreement of sorts. The Angels would protect humanity from Fae domination and destruction, and in return they would have inhuman strength and immortality. Thus a time of angels swooping in to save humans from free will, bad decisions, and big mistakes began. They protected humans from the Fae who intentionally enslaved them, leaving shells of humans, or worse, leaving nothing at all.
Even God doesn’t always learn from mistakes. Angels were given freedom of choice. Some Angels chose wrong. When some of them spread their wings, they went too far, and just as Icharus was punished for getting too close to the sun, they were punished for getting too close to mankind.
So they fell. Falling was the easy part.
As a good friend of Detroit Mommies, we were granted an exclusive interview with both Melissa Brodsky & Nicole Andrews Moore.
Detroit Mommies: What inspired you to write this book?
Nicole: I was interested in trying something new and Melissa was interested in taking the leap. I swear…I don’t even remember how we came up with the idea. I just remember thinking…Fae are cool. And what if…
Melissa: Well, Nicole and I were discussing a different take on Paranormal. We wanted something other than vampires and witches. I don’t remember who came up with angels and fae but once we got started, we couldn’t stop. First we were thinking a book but then, we came up with such an incredible plot that we knew it would take more than one or two books to tell this story.
Detroit Mommies: Do you have a favorite character?
Nicole: Hmmm. I really enjoyed writing Anna. She starts off at the beginning of the story not wanting to be alone, but after thousands of years, she prefers alone, given the nature of her undercover assignment.
Melissa: Yeah, Seth is my favorite character. I love his strength and sensitivity. There is something so romantic about him. He’s the type of guy that would kick some ass while reciting Shakespeare sonnets.
Detroit Mommies: What was is like collaborating with another author? Was it easier or harder than your thought?
Nicole: As a writer, you often have to collab and work with lots of people – your publishers, your Book cover designer and your editor just being a couple of examples – so we both knew how to work well together. Melissa and I often had the same ideas at the same time. Our styles are similar enough that I think they meshed well. At the same time, there were challenges. It was rough when one of us would get really into the story and had to be careful to follow the outline. There’s not the same freedoms when sharing a story as there are when writing alone. At the same time, the work load was lessened, the book was written much faster than anticipated.
Melissa: Collaborating with another author was quite a different experience. I’m used to coming up with the whole thing myself and doing it on my own terms. Writing with another author was great in the aspect of having someone to answer to. I had no choice, I couldn’t do it on my own time-frame. I had someone else relying on me to be efficient and on time with the parts I was in charge of writing. We actually worked amazingly well together so it was a really smooth experience.
Detroit Mommies: This is the introduction to a trilogy. Can you give us any hints about the next book in the series?
Nicole: The next book is pretty exciting. While Dark Dawn was written in the 90s, Dark Destiny is written in present day. Some of our characters will have aged, others won’t. There will be new characters introduced. New love stories. New conflicts.
Melissa: The fans can expect an incredible journey unlike anything they’ve ever read before. The next books are going to be filled with wonderful characters and exciting twists. I can’t wait!
Fans can purchase Dark Dawn on Amazon for $2.99 and join the discussion on Good Reads and Facebook. Be sure to keep up with the authors on their Facebook own pages too: Melissa Brodsky, Nicole Andrews Moore.