Where is the monster? Author Interview
MONSTER INSIDE is the first of a M/F paranormal monster romance duology.
Our Author Tells All
- Can you tell your readers something about why you chose this particular topic to write about?
- What appealed to you about it?
- Why do you think it is different and your approach is unique?
Monster Inside is the first of a dark fantasy monster romance duology—that’s a mouthful! Basically, there’s a heroine who’s had a really crappy, traumatic past, a shadow demon that saved her but isn’t totally corporeal yet, and a pact that binds them together, but is never real enough compared to Aisling wanting her monster to be there in flesh and blood. It’s a quick read, but it’s equal parts dark and spicy and even hopeful, to some degree, as Aisling works through what’s happened to her to create a future she decides. She doesn’t always come out as the “good guy” though! I think that’s the most interesting aspect of it. Writing a world where no one is actually “good” and everyone just falls on a sort of mostly gray scale of things has been very fun and refreshing to explore. It’s darker than I normally write, but that’s also what made it different and fun for me—and hopefully for readers as well!
- How long do you think about a topic before deciding to write about it?
That varies series by series! For Monster Inside, I actually had the idea for it (a woman who’d escaped a vampire feeding community with a shadow demon attached to her) back in 2018. But it wasn’t until recently that I thought I could expand upon it enough to write a series. Then there are plots like my other new release, Oath-Breaker: Angel of Death and Demons Book One, that came to me in a single night, blurb and all!
- What do you read when you are ill in bed?
Old favourites are my go-to when sick. Which is mostly that mid 2010’s paranormal and urban fantasy, both the more popular titles and some lesser-known novels.
- What is your favourite genre?
Fantasy is by far my favorite genre, but I’m not sure I could pick a sub-genre. I love writing paranormal romance, but I love everything from paranormal to urban to epic fantasy and everything in between.
- Which of your books / series are you most proud of?
I think I’m most proud of Monster Inside and this duology. It’s far outside my normal comfort zone and it’s taken me to some interesting spaces and character mindsets to explore.
- What music – if any – do you think inspires you to write? Is it different for each novel or the same?
Instrumental is where it’s at for me, especially piano music. I can’t write to anything with words, but I do love matching up scenes with instrumental music like a movie!
- Were you inspired by any folk stories? If so which ones? And what was it about them that inspired you?
Definitely! My first series is named after Atlantis because I am a sucker for sunken city stories, particularly Atlantis. I love mythology and drawing inspiration from myths and legends! There is always just so much in them and they’re epic and inspiring.
- Should monsters /criminals be given a second chance? Can they be reformed? What is the best type of prison for them? (you can include paranormals here)
The romantic in me says yes, some can be for sure, and those stories can make for some amazing reading!
- What about turning your best seller into a film or TV series – would you want to write the script or be on the production team?
OMG yes, that would be amazing. I dream of this, to be able to work with a team like that and create something—whether it’s my work or not. I think that would be a lot of fun!
River Starr writes books that help you escape, especially fantasy romance full of magic and supernaturals. Favorite things: coffee, wine, chocolate, and a heavy dose of books to chase away the dark… or invite delicious darkness in.