FEATURING Luna Aeturnus, Simon Okill’s Book Blog Tour –
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Simon is one of my favorite writers. He is the author of
, reviewed here a little earlier,
We’re here to discuss, Simon’s new book: , and talk a little about the man behind this hauntingly beautiful series. I asked Simon to tell me a little about himself, and this is what he was kind enough to reveal.
I live with my wife, Shirlee Anne in a pretty coastal town in South Wales, UK. We both love Stephen King and had read many of his books and enjoyed their transition to the screen. Due to our love of books, my wife and I dabbled in writing for some years as a hobby. We were approached by a film company to write a paranormal TV series.
We struggled most nights and all through weekends to come up with 22 episodes only for the company to go bust. Then after an accident at work, I was forced into early retirement due to disability. I used my newfound skills as a writer to help with my depression. We decided to use our TV series episodes as templates for film scripts and novels. My writing became more serious as certain A-list actors expressed interest in my scripts.
The ocean fills the background in Simon’s picture. A poet once said, “Water inspires the imagination in us to flow and grow until our thoughts cry out to be released.” Augustine Landry
I also asked Simon, to give us an overview on his book.
He did so quite well, enough to intrigue me and lots of others.
Please see Literary Agent, ITALIA GANDOLFO’S REVIEW:
Luna Sanguis is Simon’s first book in the series, followed by our star, LUNA AETURNUS.
Luna Aeturnus is set in the French countryside June 1925.
Delicate Rose is a young woman nearing her Eternal Vampire state as her 19th birthday approaches. She was born on June 6th, 1906 at precisely 6am during the zenith of the Eternal Moon. And in less than 24 hours the Eternal Moon shall shine once more to bring forth Eternal, a vampire so powerful, nothing can stop her. But, she is held captive within the walls of an asylum with no means of escape.
Eternal wakes up in her tiny prison-style room with just one thought – her true love must rescue her and help her escape. Something stirs in her subconscious. Something otherworldly yearns to be set free by the next full moon the date of her Eternal Birthday, just 24 hours away. Can she survive long enough for the final transformation? Her only hope is Edouard, her designated true love and psychiatrist treating her. But the more memories that surface the stronger Eternal becomes and yet she must depend on her true love for her very existence for out there somewhere, the evil Count Lucien is relishing the hunt for her blood and nothing will stop him from becoming Eternal.
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Your Luna is part of a series. Will there be another?
I am mapping out Luna Historica, but it will not be ready until next year. This final episode will explain Eternals history from birth in Egypt thousands of years ago to her temporary death during The French Revolution.
Writers tend to jot down about their life experiences. Where did you find the inspiration to write about a Vampire?
Luna is based on my own experiences as a vampire. Just kidding, Joss. But it is based on my PTSD and I thought what if I write about my mental problems and make them a fantasy. Many readers have said how the first book made them forget, become confused and scared and that is exactly what PTSD sufferers experience on a daily basis.
The name of your first book, Luna Sanguis, is Latin for Blood Moon. What does Luna Aeturnus mean?
Eternal Moon. I based this title on a fact that I found fascinating. In the last few hundred years only once has the full moon occurred on the same day and oh boy the dates are so awesome – June 6th 1906 and June 6th 1925. 666
Your release timing is exquisite. Did you plan to release your novel with Halloween “All Hallows’ Eve”?
Not exactly, Joss, it just naturally occurred that way and seemed perfect timing even if it was on a subconscious level.
Im curious. How long does it take you to write a book where most of the content is pure imagination? For instance, did you struggle with much writers block?
Luna Series took nearly 8 years to complete, Joss. It went through many transitions – Blood Bath – Bathed in Blood (both about Elizabeth Bathory – the woman who bathed in the warm blood of 600 virgins) – Exquisite Tenderness – Eternal – Eternally Yours and finally Luna Series. Whenever I struggle with my writing, I stop and take a break for the rest of the day. The ideas soon start to flood.
I would love to know. When I write, I sometimes get trapped inside my story. I spotted a lot of bits of soul in these chapters. Did you have a hard time sleeping when writing this novel or do you forget about the story once youre not at your computer?
I stay with my project 24 hours a day, Joss. My dreams become nightmares soaked in blood and they inspire me to write more. I do not sleep that well due to PTSD which tends to screw me up good, but since my writing has become more of a professional pursuit my sleeping habits have improved. Although, marketing keeps me up all hours – that damn timeline is a nuisance.
Where is your favorite place to write?
I dont have a favourite place, Joss, I have an only place – the kitchen would you believe. That is the only place I can write in our tiny 2 up 2 down terraced house.
Do you find that certain environments influence your thoughts more than others?
I always become inspired by a walk on our local fossil beach. Fresh sea air, squawking seagulls, crashing surf, even in the rain.
What is your favorite beverage and snacking food to munch on while writing?
Plenty of cups of tea and a slice of toast with apricot jam about midday is all I need to keep going. I am a teapot.
Thanks for the interview Joss and the red wine.
There you have the many layers to Simon Okill’s writing process, and his deep commitment to go on revealing to us readers, insight into his soul. Thank you, Simon.