I am coming down from the “runner’s high” of finishing my third Sons of Anubis novella for Harlequin’s Nocturne Cravings line, Claiming the Jackal. I can’t tell you what a thrill that is. Actually, writing the entire series has been a fantastic roller-coaster of creativity, stretching my boundaries and the personal payoff has been incredible.
Quick background: The Sons of Anubis are jackal shapeshifters, created by Anubis to protect the living from the dead who refuse to journey through the underworld. These “Lost Ones” aren’t zombies or mummies, but something in between. The jackals worked with the Daughters of Isis, priestesses who wield magic until four thousand years ago when a Great Betrayal made enemies out of allies.
Centuries ago, tragedy severed the alliance between the jackal shifters and powerful Egyptian priestesses. But when four of his brothers succumb to a deadly curse, clan commander Markus kidnaps one of the witches and insists she undo the evil magic.
Although Tia can undo the curse, she insists her coven is not behind it-and she is shaken to her core by her intense attraction to her captor. The sparks between them quickly ignite, filling them both with passion and power unlike anything they’ve ever known. Will it be enough to heal the rift between their peoples?
I love Egyptology. I have books, DVDs, statues, cards, bookmarked websites, DVR’d shows. You name it—if it had anything to do with Egyptology, I’ve probably looked at it. It was just a hobby, a topic of fascination I thought I would just collect and amass data on. Then I got into paranormal romance and urban fantasy. And I thought, wouldn’t it be great to write something featuring one of my enduring obsessions? It would! And so was born Shadowchasers, a series about an agent of Light with a killer touch, an immortal Nubian warrior and a sentient Egyptian dagger.
The high concept for the Sons of Anubis came to me fairly quickly as well. But as I thought more about the world my jackals and priestesses lived in and the genre I’d be writing in (paranormal erotic romance) I knew I’d have to think hard about balancing Egyptian mythology with external and internal plots. So Seducing the Jackal is enemies to lovers, with the leader of the jackals kidnapping an Isis witch to save his men from a curse, a priestess who’s magical battery is powered by sensual acts. In Hunting the Jackal, I focus on how there are so few female jackals, leaving the clan to form pairs and triads of different levels of commitment to provide stability and children.
I could talk about my stories all day! I love writing them, love coming up with the concepts, and love weaving in some of my favorite parts of Egyptology. If you’re going to Authors After Dark, you’ll find me at the Elemental Masquerade Ball in my Isis costume. Feel free to stop by and say hi, and ask me about ancient Egypt!
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About the Author
Seressia has always been a voracious reader, cutting her teeth on comics, cereal boxes–anything at hand. So it came as no surprise to family and teachers when she began creating stories featuring some of her favorite characters. One of her earlier works included the autobiography of a piece of bubble gum, and a short Halloween story was turned into a PTA play in elementary school.
Her proudest writing moment remains winning the first Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday “Living the Dream” essay contest as a high school senior and getting to meet Coretta Scott King. Since then, she’s channeled her belief in the power of the written word by creating rich, emotional stories of diverse people coming together to achieve the universal goals of love and acceptance.
When not working on her next story, Seressia is an instructional designer for an international home improvement company. She spends her free time people-watching, belly dancing, and watching way too much anime.