Mostly it's simply finding the time and the courage to write, once I knock those two out of the way it's clear sailing. Other than that, for some odd reason, just because an author has a few books on the market people seem to think they're rolling in money. Nothing could be further from the truth most of us like myself have day jobs to support our daily living.
Can you give us a short synopsis of Child of War?
In this novel, Ares and Alena, our happy but unlikely couple, are keeping Ares' promise to his mother, Hera, and have moved from his warm secluded Greek Isle to Olympus. They are settling down to await the birth of their first child, Raven. While Ares adores his wife and unborn son, the rest of the Olympians hate her and they have many ways of making life difficult for her the most effective of which is turning Raven against his mother.
What inspired you to write this book?
"Child of War-A God is Born" is the second novel in the OF WAR Series of contemporary adult fiction, it picks up shortly after the first novel, "The Heart of War". The whole series came to me in a flash of inspiration when the Muse posed the question: What would happen if Ares God of War fell in love?
I've always adored Greek mythology and thought that was wonderful question as the God of War, according to most legends, never actually married or fell in love even though he had many children and lovers including a torrid affair with Aphrodite.
How many hours per day do you spend writing?
Not as many as I'd like now that my husband of 30 years has a new job. I used to have 2 ½ hours every day when I got home from my own job but now there's just under an hour and a half. Since we're getting up much earlier (5:30am!) these days I try to write for an hour before I go to work. On the weekends anything goes I often write five or more hours on Saturday and Sunday.
Name your Top Five Favorite Books.
The Stand, Stephen King
Rita Hayworth & Shawshank Redemption, Stephen King
Valley of the Dolls, Jacqueline Susan
Flowers in the Attic, VC Andrews
Stiletto, Harold Robins
What are you working on now?
I'm working on "Prodigal Son", the last novel in the Sister Christian Series and I hope to have it out in late summer. Then I think we'll be getting back to Ares, Alena, and Crew with a new novel. The OF WAR Series is concluded so I'm hoping not to do a whole new series but I think it's time we checked in with them to see how they're doing and how their Brave New World is making out.
Title: Child of War – A God is Born
Author: Lisa Beth Darling
Genre: Adult Paranormal / Mythological Contemporary
Do you remember Damien? Raven makes that kid look like an angel.
In book #2 of the OF WAR Series, Ares settles down with his wife, Alena, to await the birth of their son, Raven. As Alena struggles to enjoy what should be a blessed event, prophetic visions of an adult Raven haunt her dreams. Are they true visions or false ones implanted by Cernunnos who told her the boy would bring glory to Ares but only pain and agony to her? The strong but delicate Fey is relentlessly bombarded by hostility from the Olympians making her yearn to be back on Ares’ secluded island home, far away from all the bickering and backstabbing that makes up Life on mighty Mount Olympus.
Before Raven is even born, Zeus outwardly despises him for his Fey blood given to him by his filthy Celtic mother. With no way out and no way to keep his family safe from his father, Zeus the God of Gods, Ares enters into a blood pact that could cost the God of War everything he holds dear.
After a harrowing birth wherein mother and son are nearly lost to Ares, it quickly becomes clear that Raven may be the most powerful and cunning Olympian ever born despite his muddled bloodline.
As Zeus, Apollo, and Aphrodite plot against the new family by carefully planting the seeds of rage and doubt in Raven’s mind, they turn son against mother. It appears as though Alena’s visions and Cernunnos’ prophecy are coming to life as Raven grows to be a very angry young man.
As the true past between the Olympians and Celts is revealed, the battle for Ravens’ mind and the ultimate control of Olympus begins. Before it’s over, the white snows of Olympus will run red with blood.
It was in the 4th grade when Lisa Beth Darling discovered she was a naturally gifted writer. For her very first creative writing assignment, the teacher asked the class to pen a story about a baby bird’s first flight and read them to the class. Putting pencil to paper, Lisa was instantly whisked away by a force she couldn’t explain. When they were finished, all of the children read their happy stories to the class. Not Lisa. She got up and told of how the baby bird flew too high, hit a plane, crashed to the ground and died. She told of how the mama bird and daddy bird cried of how even God was upset sending the rains pouring from the sky. The class was speechless when she finished all they could do was stare at her. The teacher kept her after class told her the story was very good but it was different from the others. She asked Lisa if she’d ever heard of Icarus and had she based her story on him. Lisa had yet to encounter Greek Mythology or hear a whisper of Icarus. As Lisa left the classroom the teacher again told her how good the story was but suggested she might want to write something happier next time. Perplexed, Lisa turned and asked her teacher: “Why?” The teacher had no answer. Luckily for us, Lisa never took that teacher’s advice.
Today she brings us complex multi-layered stories rich with the trials and tribulations that make up the world in which we live. Not one to be pigeonholed into any single genre, Lisa’s stories revolve around the intricacies of couples from range the intimacy of lovers, to mothers and sons, and brothers and sisters.
Lisa Beth Darling is 49 years-old, lives in her hometown of New London, CT with her husband of nearly 30 years, Roy. She is the author of more than fifteen novels along with several short stories and non-fiction books.
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