DARKNESS OF LIGHT is a Mature YA/New Adult Paranormal Romance
Freak. Witch. Crazy. Schizo.
Ember Brycin has been called them all. She’s always known she’s different. No one has ever called her normal, even under the best circumstances. Bizarre and inexplicable things continually happen to her, and having two different colored eyes, strange hair, and an unusual tattoo only contributes to the gossip about her.
When the latest school explosion lands her in a facility for trouble teens, she meets Eli Dragen, who’s hot as hell and darkly mysterious. Their connection is full of passion, danger, and secrets. Secrets that will not only change her life, but what and who she is—leading her down a path she never imagined possible.
Between Light and Dark, Ember finds a world where truth and knowledge are power and no one can be trusted. But her survival depends on finding out the truth about herself. In her pursuit, she is forced between love and destiny and good and evil, even when the differences between them aren’t always clear. At worst, she will incite a war that could destroy both worlds. At best, she will not only lose her heart but her life and everyone she loves. Once the truth is out, however, there will be no going back. And she’ll definitely wish she could.
The Most Difficult Character I've Written
I think one of my most favorite characters to write is also one of the more difficult ones—
Elighan Dragen. Just his name makes me blush and smile like a fool. Pathetic Stacey…your own fictional, bad-boy character who makes you react like a school girl. *shakes head*
Eli is one of my favorite characters because that boy has so many layers. He’s like a walking contradiction. And I barely scratched the surface of him in Book One. In Darkness of Light, we discover who and what he is. Bring this makes him sarcastic, blunt, harsh, and sometimes cruel. He is upfront and honest about the fact that he is not a nice guy. But do we girls ever real listen? We always want to believe there is more underneath. What causes someone to be that way? Believing not his words but a look he gave instead. Sometimes that is the case and sometimes it is not. Eli will never be the “nice” guy. That is not who he is, nor will it ever be. That is what makes him difficult to write at times. There is a fine line between keeping him true to his personality and how he would respond to fans thinking he is too much of an asshole. But, one thing Eli is not is one dimensional. Most of his harsh words and reaction stem from deep fear. He does not handle emotion well and his way of dealing with it is to push people away or hurt someone so they will leave first. Not that he is always aware of this. He is good at cutting off his feelings. There are things in his past, a lot of skeletons hanging in his closet, so to speak. His reactions and treatment of Ember is more than what you think. But having that come across can be tricky. Some might find him too much and think Ember deserves better. Maybe she does, maybe she doesn’t. Though don’t for one minute pity Ember. She isn’t the typical ingénue. Ember could all too easily steamroll over a “nice” guy’s ass! She needs someone who challenges her every step of the way.
Writing “bad” or “evil” people are fun, but I never like writing them simply evil. I always feel someone has a reason for what or why they do things. Even if their thoughts are skewed or warped, you can still see their side. Evil is so much better when you can almost understand why they are doing it. Life is lived in grey. You never know what you are capable of until you are put into a situation. Good and Bad are not always straight forward. That is where my characters live, because it is real. I never really liked characters that got too righteous or on their high horse about something. People don’t usually work like that if they find their friends or family being threatened. In these cases most anyone can be capable of murder or doing something bad. That is what makes things interesting. Personally, I find those kinds of characters much more interesting to read than perfect ones. No one is perfect so why do we expect the characters in the stories to be? They are not always going to do or say the right thing. But isn’t that what makes them relatable and fun?
Stacey Marie Brown works by day as an Interior/Set Designer and by night a writer of paranormal fantasy, adventure, and literary fiction. When she’s not writing, she’s out hiking, spending time with friends, traveling, listening to music, or designing.
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