There is a lot about being an author that is exhausting and demoralising. When you put hundreds of pounds and hours into promotions that fall flat, or when you work hour upon hour to polish a book that sells poorly, it can crush all the enthusiasm that got you writing in the first place. I don’t even mind the negative reviews, because at least it means some body has taken the time to read the book and respond to it. Luckily, the positives in this line of work usually outweigh the negatives!
Can you give us a short synopsis of A Chronicle of Chaos?
It’s about a war between two nations that has been raging for thousands of years. There’s a young warrior from one of the armies who is a very talented fighter but is aggressive and arrogant. He is yearning for the chance to prove himself in battle, but he comes up against his enemy’s newest and most deadly weapon – a host of demons.
What inspired you to write this book?
I’ve always loved fantastical worlds and mythical creatures, magical powers etc so my heart has always been tied to the fantasy genre. Many of my favourite books, films, TV shows etc feature people of great power, prophecies of greatness, towering castles and palaces and often ordinary people dragged into missions of danger and great importance. All of these things have been pulled into my newest book, ‘A Chronicle of Chaos’, which is the first in my epic fantasy series – The Light and Shadow Chronicles.
One of the biggest influences is the Final Fantasy RPG games, which gave me a love of banding together people of various abilities to fight overwhelming evil. I’ve also taken a lot of inspiration from Terry Brooks’s The Word and the Void trilogy (especially his depiction of demons!)
How many hours per day do you spend writing?
I don’t tend to actually write every day. I spend at least two or three hours doing work that is connected to my books, such as marketing, promotions, editing, blogging, reviewing etc, but I spend very little time actively writing. When I am deep in the swing of a plot or character, I can write for hours on end, but this only happens maybe once every two weeks.
Name your top five favorite books.
The Crown of Stones Trilogy by C.L. Schneider
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
The Word and the Void Trilogy by Terry Brooks
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
1984 by George Orwell
What are you working on now?
The next in my Light and Shadow Chronicles is coming later this year. It has just gone into the extensive editing process and will take around 6 months to edit and revise, then will be released a few months later. This book is focused around a 10-year-old boy named Soren in the Children of Light. I am also currently writing a new novel, which will be the first from the point of view of the ‘enemies’—The Brotherhood of Shadow.
Title: A Chronicle of Chaos
Author: D.M. Cain
“The new book in DM Cain’s epic Light and Shadow fantasy series certainly plunges us in at the deep end. The heart of this book—its true essence—is prejudice and love, persistence, and stubbornness.” Stewart Bint, author of In Shadows Waiting and Timeshaft. A brutal war has raged for centuries. The Brotherhood of Shadow and The Children of Light each yearn to rule the planet and will stop at nothing to defeat the other. Now, from the deepest bowels of Hell, the Brotherhood has summoned demons to fight for them. The demons could end the war once and for all, if only the Brotherhood can keep them under control. Prophecy, destiny, honour, and glory: Chaos, a soldier in The Children of Light, fights in the name of all these things and could achieve them if he wasn’t so arrogant. He believes he is the best warrior in the land, until a fateful coincidence puts him at the mercy of the demon, Anathema. The two warriors, demon and human, strike up an intense rivalry, but their obsession to destroy one another only leads them closer together. When the forces of Heaven and Hell collide, where will their loyalties lie?
D.M. Cain is a dystopian and fantasy author working for US publisher Booktrope. She has released three novels: The Phoenix Project – a psychological thriller set in a dystopian future, Soren – a middle-grade fantasy, and A Chronicle of Chaos – the first in a dark fantasy series. She is currently working on the next novel in the series, ‘The Shield of Soren’, and a novella to accompany it.
D.M. Cain is also a member of the International Thriller Writers and is one of the creators and administrators of the online author group #Awethors. Her short story ‘The End’ was published in Awethology Dark – an anthology by the #Awethors.
Cain lives in Leicestershire, UK, with her husband and young son, and spends her time reading, writing and reviewing books, playing RPGs and listening to symphonic metal.