Thanks, Stacy, for having me on the blog! It’s always a
pleasure to be here.
Last month, I released my newest novel, The Marked. Well, sticking true to who I am, I wrote yet another
book in the paranormal genre, but it isn’t like my usual books. If you know me,
you know that I usually write Christian fiction, but I write in the paranormal
genre of Christian fiction. That’s what I’m known for, and that’s great! I love
my Entertaining Angels series.But what most people don’t realize is that I
wrote The Marked before I wrote Entertaining Angels. I was writing
paranormal fiction, non-Christian fiction, way before I started my Christian
fiction series, even back in high school. Back then, I was even writing about
I never thought that I would want to write anything in the
paranormal genre, but I loved reading it. I know that contradicts what I said
about writing a book with ghosts in it in high school, but nothing came of that
story, and I never finished it. (I regret that to this day because it’s gone. I
I was a HUGE Dean Koontz fan in Jr. high/high school. My dad
introduced me to his books, and Odd
Thomas was one of my favorite series, up until it went really weird. (I
stopped reading them after Brother Odd.) Anyway, I digress. I loved almost all
of his books, and I wanted to write suspense/thrillers like him. So, I tried my
hand at it with Read Me Dead. That’s
my only full-length novel to date that doesn’t have anything to do with the
Soon after, I wrote a book I haven’t published yet—or quite
finished—and it dealt with the paranormal too. Well, sort of. It’s complicated,
but then, I had the idea for The Marked.
It came from a dream I had about a vampire who saved me. That vampire later
became a hybrid, and that hybrid’s name is Milo. You’ll meet him in The Marked. So, I took this dream and I
rearranged it a bit—quite a lot actually—to become what it is now. And oh my
gosh! Writing about paranormal creatures is so much more fun than reading about
them! I threw myself completely into this world and invested so much time in
their backstory and research. I never knew how fun it was to write about mythical
creatures that didn’t exist!
I think I chose this genre because to me, reading is all
about an escape. That’s what I always used it for. It would be my happy place
at the end of the day. It would be a way for my mind to transpose me to
somewhere different, and I wanted so desperately to be a part of that for
someone else. I wanted to create these worlds that others could get lost in
like I got lost in like in Odd Thomas,
Twilight, The Vampire Academy, etc.
And I don’t think people will ever stop loving paranormal
books because it is so different than our reality. When you know that creatures
like vampires don’t really exist, it’s fun to get lost in a world where they are real.
What’s your favorite thing about the paranormal genre? Do
you read it much?
About The Marked:
Knight’s Academy Book 1:
Myka Williams has never fit in with her peers, and although
her adoptive parents are loving and supportive, she feels most at home alone in
When she's offered a full scholarship to Knight's Academy in the Smoky
Mountains of Tennessee, she takes the opportunity for a fresh start. She soon
learns that Knight’s Academy is more than just a school. Within the stone walls
of the institution, humans and vampires are mixing, and their offspring are
As Myka falls prey to the evil plan of the school, she makes a chilling
discovery about her own heritage and realizes that she’s at the Academy for
more than just an education. Myka must yield to her birthright at the risk of
losing everyone she loves or succumb to the fate that Knight’s Academy has in
store for her—a fate worse than death.
Emerald Barnes resides in a small town in Mississippi and
has the accent to prove it. She’s an auntie, a youth leader, a Whovian, a
little bit of a nerd, a reader, a writer, and a family-oriented person. God is
number One in her life, and she thanks Him continuously for His love and favor.
She’s addicted to tv and binge-watching shows, and she has a thing for