I’m thrilled today to welcome fellow blogger, friend and author Murees Dupé to Thoughts in Progress to talk about her latest release, THE AMARANTHINE.
Murees joins us to explain how THE AMARANTHINE came to be and where it is leading her writing. You may recall my review of this captivating story last month.
◊ THE AMARANTHINE by Murees Dupé
◊ Series: Thelum Series, Book 1
◊ Paperback: 442 pages
◊ Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Paranormal
◊ Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (August 28, 2016)
◊ Language: English
◊ ISBN-10: 1516929144
◊ ISBN-13: 978-1516929146
Claire is sassy, human, and an outcast of society, who only wants to know where she belongs. Alex is arrogant, selfish, and an immortal warrior, who thinks he’s prepared for everything.
Claire knows the world of immortals is where she belongs. As her guide and guardian, Alex finds it hard to resist Claire’s subtle charm. Can the two overcome their differences and embrace their passion for each other, or will the possibility of true love be lost to both forever?
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Now please join me in giving a warm welcome to Murees as she drops in to explain about THE AMARANTHINE. Welcome, Murees. Glad you stopped by for a visit.
Thank you so much for having me over, Mason. It is an honor and privilege to be visiting on your blog today. You are amazing!
I wrote The Amaranthine back in 2009 when I was still unemployed. I had the idea of immortals running around in my brain, after all, I loved reading stories about werewolves, vampires, shapeshifters, and you name it. It took me three months to write my first draft. I then spent another six years constantly rewriting that first book, until I had the courage to indie publish it last year. Of course, after my editor, Janie Goltz whipped it into its current glorious state.
After I finished with The Amaranthine, I didn’t feel like Claire and Alex’s story was finished just yet. So, book two will continue where book one ended. However, book two definitely takes the series into a different direction than what I had originally intended, but it’s going to be good. Don’t worry, Alex, Claire and the rest of the original characters will be making guest appearances every now and again.
The purpose behind The Amaranthine was that I wanted my characters to be flawed. I wanted the reader to hate Alex at first, so that they could love him later. I wanted Claire to be curvier than what one would usually read about. I didn’t want her to be the perfect supermodel. Thelum is a world where good always triumphs evil. Where the underdog always prevails, and misfits always find the place they belong. It’s a world where anything is possible, and you are only limited by your own lack of imagination.
The hardest part about writing The Amaranthine was deciding in which genre it falls. For me personally, I think it straddles various genres. I love paranormal romance, and thus, because it had the romantic elements and immortals, that’s the genre, I chose. The first feedback I got was that it doesn’t contain quite that much romance. That it rather belonged in a fantasy genre. I panicked because my created world (Thelum) isn’t nearly as detailed, or depicted on such a grand scale as most fantasy novels. So, a few months ago, I decided on both the paranormal fantasy/ urban fantasy genre, with romantic elements. Of course, now the urban fantasy community is also disagreeing with me:) Thinking up new interpretations, ideas and the writing is definitely my favorite part of the whole process.
Once again, Mason, thank you so much for having me. This was so much fun.
Murees, thanks so much for joining us today and explained about your book. I would say that it falls under several genres, but no matter what it’s labeled it’s a fascinating read. I like that the characters are flawed and you come to like (or dislike) them more as the story unfolds.
For those not familiar with Murees, here’s a bit of background on her.
|Author Murees Dupé|
Murees can be found online at the following sites: Her website * Twitter * Facebook * Instagram * Pinterest * Goodreads.
Thanks so much for stopping by during Murees’ visit. Do you enjoy stories that fall under several genre labels? Does a genre label really matter to you as long as the story is interesting?