If you are a fan of all things paranormal and love the genre of Urban Fantasy as much as I do, our guest today, Jocelyn Adams has the book for you. Quirky Fact(s) about Jocelyn:
“I’m a competitive archer, won the Canadian Nationals a few years ago, I have issues with touching wooden spoons, the texture is like nails on a chalk board to me. ::shiver:: That, and I’m squicked out by spiders.”
I was thrilled to interview Jocelyn about her brand new release.
The Glass Man
Lila Gray is just a human — at least that's her mantra when she accidentally topples a building or bends a paranoid local's gun into modern art. That she can sense and control the minds around her doesn't prove anything, either. Unwilling to put others at risk, she hides in the wilderness from the beautiful creature who hunts her, one who sees her as his ultimate prize.
Alone, the egocentric Glass Man can kill with a thought. Mated with Lila, he's a supernatural weapon prepared to annihilate the humans he loathes.
Caught in the Glass Man's latest scheme, Lila is plunged into a hidden fae realm, faced with a secret birthright and a forbidden romance.
With the Glass Man threatening everyone she loves, can Lila accept who she is in time to end his bloody reign? Or will she succumb to his dark power and become the vehicle of destruction for the human race?
Six of A Story Questions with Jocelyn Adams and the Glass Man
1. Are these human abilities of Lila Gray’s new? When did she realize she could control the minds around her?
The abilities are not new, and they’re not human, though she’ll swear they are if you ask her at the beginning of the book. ;) They emerged when she hit puberty, and she accidentally destroyed her room and hurt her brother with a thought. None of her family explained anything to her at the time, but made her believe she’d dreamed it. That evening, her journey began when the Glass Man found her for the first time.
2. "She hides in the wilderness from the beautiful creature who hunts her..." Can you share with us, why the Glass Man is a beautiful creature, despite his deadly gift?
Beautiful, when talking about the Glass Man, is entirely external, like a poison arrow frog or a coral snake. He’s a killer in a pretty package, and an egocentric one at that. Muss up his hair and he’d go on the rampage, but he’ll squash a person like a tick and laugh about it. When he murders someone in the name of his cause, it gives him pleasure, a power high, as if he sucked on a crack pipe. The greatest danger to Lila is that she’s attracted to both him and his power, which he uses against her often.
3. What are Lila’s abilities? She's telepathic and also telekinetic - is there anything more?
Lila isn’t truly telepathic in the sense she can read other’s minds. Her power is the Force of Will. She can sense a mind or thousands of minds at once, and plant suggestions the person is compelled to obey. Her ability also makes her psychokinetic when it comes to objects. She can will them to move or explode in someone’s face if she’s angry enough. There are more abilities she gains in the book, but you’ll have to read to find out so I don’t give anything away. ;) Sorry!
4. Can you share some of the Glass Man’s previous schemes? If this is his latest scheme, then he must have been up to mischief or mayhem of some sort long before...
He knows Lila is a softie underneath her hard exterior. If she can save a person’s life, she’ll do it at any cost. The Glass Man knows all he has to do is hurt someone when in her vicinity, and she’ll come to him despite the risks to herself. Even though Lila has fallen into his ‘damsel in distress’ traps before, she has always managed to outsmart him and get away. He also has an uncanny ability to find her wherever she is in the world. He used to play catch and release with her just for his own amusement, but now that he truly means to claim her, he’s come up with a more elaborate ruse she won’t be able to resist.
5. Does the Glass Man actually have to mate with Lila, or can he simply keep her as his courtesan or something similar? It seems as though all he really needs to do is take control of Lila and keep her his. I'd also suggest that Lila could possibly be not only the focal point for his powers, but an amplifier. Can you comment on that without giving too much away?
The mating process for the fae is more complicated than marriage, deeper than soul mates, more erotic than sex. It’s a blending of power, a joining of minds and souls that leaves one exposed and vulnerable to the other through a metaphysical link. This is the only way he’ll be able to control Lila enough to use her in his war against the human race. Lila isn’t an amplifier per se. He needs her power to augment his and, of course, mostly what he needs are her abilities.
6. If the Glass Man can kill with a thought - is this not something that he could just do and wipe out civilization all on his own? Or does he have a limit to his power and how often he can use that thought to kill?
The Glass Man can kill one person or creature at a time if their mind is near enough for him to capture, which limits him more than he’d like. Sure, he could wander through the world taking out one at a time, but to him, that would be the fool’s way and would take years. With Lila, he can wipe them all out in a single day, maybe even a single moment.
7. Does Lila escape to the Fae Realm through the wilderness in order to avoid the Glass Man? Or is it through him that she ends up there?
When Lila is surviving in the woods, she knows nothing of the fae. All she knows is that she made a promise to her mother to return peace to their people. The only problem is that Lila’s mother died before she could tell her who their people are. It’s when the Glass Man finally catches up with Lila that she winds up at one of the fae cities and about her heritage and birthright.
Excerpt from chapter 9:
“You are a hearty thing,” the Glass Man said in that amused tone he always used. He sauntered out from behind a tree, wearing a dark grey suit. A grey silk tie painted a shining line down a matching shirt. His wavy hair had been pulled back and secured with a black ribbon. I’d never seen him dressed up. In another life—one where he wasn’t a murderous sociopath—I might have thought him beautiful, but at that moment, he looked like cancer wearing an Armani. He stood in a little circle of moonlight a few feet away.
My upper lip curled in a snarl. “Where’s my music box?”
He straightened his tie, his gaze lowering from my face. “I chose well with that dress. Matches your eyes to perfection.” His eyes swept lower down my body. “Tsk, tsk. Look what you’ve done to it. Lucky for you, I brought extras.” He smiled as if I’d done something to impress him. “Bleeding like a stuck pig, and you still ran nearly four miles from the house before I caught up with you. I can think of better uses for stamina like that.” He gave a pathetic double-raise of his eyebrows.
“Yeah, I just bet you can. The only reason you caught me is because you called in your dogs. What’s the matter, not man enough to get me on your own?”
“I am no man!” He ripped the ribbon from his black hair, and it flew up around his face, dancing with the grace of fire. His skin glowed with veins of blue as if someone had switched on a light within.
I swallowed past the cotton lump in my throat. “You keep saying that, and I keep suggesting a psychiatrist. Maybe it’s time you took my advice.”
More About Jocelyn Adams:
Jocelyn Adams grew up on a cattle farm in Lakefield and has remained a resident of Southern Ontario her entire life, most recently in Muskoka. She has worked as a computer geek, a stable hand, a secretary, and spent most of her childhood buried up to the waist in an old car or tractor engine with her mechanically inclined dad.
Mostly, she's a dreamer with a vivid imagination and a love for fantasy (and a closet romantic — shhh!). When she isn't shooting her compound bow in competition or writing, she hangs out with her husband and young daughter at their little house in the woods.
Her short stories have appeared in in the Hall Brothers Entertainment’s Villainy anthology, Residential Aliens magazine, Wicked East Press's Twisted Fairy Tales 2 anthology, Roar and Thunder magazine, Pill Hill Press's Sinisterotica anthology, Dead Robots’ Society’s Explorers: Beyond the Horizon anthology and the Red Penny Papers.
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