- a USA Today & Amazon No1 Best-Seller! She’s a Dark Fantasy Fairytale Fanatic – starring dragons and villains
Readers, let’s give a good, hearty welcome to this week’s guest!
Isra Sravenheart is an eccentric author whose heart resides with the dark fantasy but also the paranormal genres. Cats and coffee are her main interests.
She’s also a pretty badass witch and often envisions new adventures involving dragons, witches, and warlocks — and really likes villains.
Isra, thanks for agreeing to be here today. Most interviews start off with the boring stuff, but I know what readers REALLY want to know.
If you could have any pet (real/fantasy/no-allergies/no worries about feeding it) what would it be?
I’d love to have a raven however I’ve also got a black cat named Maleficent, and she’d likely eat it or it would eat her.
Tricky! New pets are great, but of course, we’d never give up the ones we already have!
What do you write? And how did you get started?
I write dark fantasy fairytales. It is set around a medieval timeline and we have all sorts: like witches, ravens, warlocks, gnomes, dragons, fairies, snakes, owls, demonesses, and demons, all pop up among the human characters.
I started in 2013 officially, but I’ve been writing most of my life, it’s just I didn’t stick with anything until that point. It started out as a rainy night in 2013 after a relationship broke down, he’d basically ghosted me after I moved closer to be near him, so I ended up losing nearly all my friends (I am no worse off for this) and so Her Blackened Soul was born. However, I had no idea it would be a book at the time.
I love the dark fairytales. And while I’m sorry the relationship didn’t work out, it sounds like it was for the best — especially for your readers.
What do you like to read?
I love reading fantasy, paranormal, thriller, and crime. I don’t like romance. It doesn’t jibe with me but I have read some really good thrillers whereby you don’t know who’s done it until the very end.
There are definitely genres I read but don’t write. What a good mix!
Name one commonly accepted piece of writing advice that doesn’t work for you
Submit your manuscript to agents.
I tried that for a while and I was like do you know what this isn’t going to work. I decided to publish on KDP as I wanted more control over my work. I gained the USA Today bestseller as well as four number 1 bestsellers on my own.
I hear a lot about how indie authors struggle but I’ve done really well. Also, there seems to be this divide between trad hating on indie. I don’t really feed into that however there is a lot of misleading information which suggests indie won’t be successful.
While the traditional publishing versus indie respect-gap used to be massive, it’s definitely dying down, especially in the last couple of years. The real struggle with indie is simply the level of hustle you have to do on your own. But, there definitely is a level of gate-keeping with traditional publishing. Only you can know the right path for you.
Name one commonly accepted piece of writing advice that works for you
Keep at it.
People talk about writer’s block and how it defeats you. Quite frankly writer’s block doesn’t exist to me. I know exactly what I want to write but for me, it’s a case of having physical chronic pain that prevents me from writing. Occasionally there are times when I feel completely burned out so what I do in that event is I read my previously written part again and perhaps then I can continue as I’ve refreshed my brain
I think there’s something different that can get in the way of every author’s writing — sometimes it’s physical, sometimes it’s mental, and sometimes, it’s completely external to us. Learning to work around it is the key.
Shameless Self-Promotion time!
The Dark Spell Series (8 books)
From Her Dark Love (Book 1)
Those drawn to the dark side don’t always start out that way. There is always a trigger that sends them into that vile world. It turns out that Lady Isra of the Dark didn’t always reside in the shadows. She too, had a light side as you will soon discover.
Isra has come a long way to the prestigious Wingdom’s Academy to learn the art of magic. The classes are dull but Isra quickly finds a companion in Everilda. They click instantly striking up a rapport.
Isra finds Everilda to be rebellious towards the craft whereas Everilda finds Isra too innocent especially when it comes to romance. Imagine Everilda’s shock when she discovers her part-time plaything Jonathan has taken a liking to Isra. Isra is naïve and inexperienced in love but she sees Jonathan as quite charming and instantly takes a shine to him.
Little does Isra know that she, Everilda, and Jonathan are in an intense love triangle but she is sure to find out as Everilda grows tired of Jonathan’s insolence
Amidst all of this, the light-bringer Samuel has learned of Isra’s tragic plight and sends in his loyal servant Astrid the raven to keep an eye on Isra since Samuel believes Isra’s heartbreak is just the ticket to send her tumbling into obscurity. Samuel also brings in in another light being, James, to attempt to keep Isra on the light path. Astrid takes an instant dislike to James. However, James and Astrid’s conflict quickly turns into a rivalry.
But with Astrid watching Isra can the light get to her in time to stop her from becoming the ultimate dark foe that everyone has proclaimed her to be?
Coming in September:
Evanora Feltstone has just come of age at sixteen and is sent off to Wingdom’s Academy to learn her craft. Astrid the Raven is assigned to her and while things are rocky. Astrid finds Evanora to be spoilt and tells her things are going to be different now.
Evanora is reluctant to comply at first but then tragedy strikes which leads her to catch the attention of local light-bringer Samuel Reynaldi. The light-bringers are deemed to bring witches back into the good graces of the light who stray from their path going towards darkness.
After Evanora receives more unpleasant news she seeks refuge in the wasteland Glamvein only to awaken the mystical entity within the mountain peak where she meets Leonard Passe for the very first time. Evanora has not only awakened the magics but also imbued them within herself and when she’s unable to control the dark forces inside her, she lashes out taking the life of an innocent. And now Samuel Reynaldi sees her as his to take. He’s intending to make her pay for her crimes against the light…