You guys. This is a love story between two girls. Like with Erotica, normally I don’t read in the LGBTQ subgenre, and as with Erotica, there is no reason other than it doesn’t appeal to me as a reader. I said that I normally don’s read erotica because I did read some very good book in the genre, and I have a feeling this book (and Series) is a very good one in the LGBTQ genre. This story had something different that made me interested. It’s such a complex, and yet so very easy story: two people love each other, are the worst thing that can happen to each other, and have to fight for what they have. Uh, there’s the little detail of them, being Fae with magic powers.
I also had the pleasure to have Genevieve here with me, talking about her and the story.
The book is Ouroboros by Genevieve Iseult Eldredge (Circuit Fae #2), Published
yesterday in the LGBTQ+, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult genre.
Syl’s a princess of the fair Fae.
Her girlfriend Rouen is a princess of the dark Fae.
Mortal enemies. Girlfriends.
Relationship status: It’s Complicated
All introverted geek girl Syl Skye wants is to get close to her girlfriend. But when you can kill with a simple touch, a normal date night’s not really in the cards. As it happens, Syl is also a sleeper-princess of the fair Fae. Last year after a freak accident, her power Awakened, granting her white flame to purify the darkness.
Rouen Rivoche is that darkness—a dark Fae princess whose power to bewitch mortals is as terrifying as the violet lightning she controls. Rouen is Syl’s total opposite. Her mortal enemy.
She’s also Syl’s beloved girlfriend.
And even though they joined forces to defeat the evil Circuit Fae who harnessed the killing magic in technology to take over the school…that was so last year.
Now, Syl’s touch could mean Rouen’s death. Her increasing power is spiraling out of control, threatening to burn down everything she and Rouen have built together.
Their lives, their love, their very world..
I’ve always wanted to write a story about the Fae, but I wanted a new twist. Since in modern days, much of our world is urbanized, the wild places of the earth are diminishing, and with that, the power of the Fae. But tech is everywhere. So some enterprising Fae decided to harness the magic in technology…
If your story had a soundtrack, which song would it be?
As it turns out, I’d made Spotify playlists for both Syl and Rouen when MORIBUND first came out. As I’m sure you can guess, Rouen’s is more broody and filled with Halsey and Ruelle songs while Syl’s is a little more Katy Perry and Sia.
You can find them on my blog at:
What is the main thing you want readers to take away from your book?
That being LGBTQIA+ is normal, healthy, and positive. That some people don’t struggle at all with discovering their sexuality and/or gender expression, while others struggle a great deal. That there are as many expressions of love and gender and sexuality as people can think of—and that the only way forward is to accept people, to listen to who they tell you they are (rather than what you think they are), and that diversity is strength.
A fun fact about writing your book.
The Circuit Fae series is set in my hometown, Richmond, VA. I use various details in my books. In OUROBOROS, Syl and Rouen fight Fiann at the historical Fulton Gas Works. Syl works at my favorite Thai takeout place, Elephant Thai, and Rouen plays her gigs at a place that’s now called Strange Matter, but used to be called the Nanci Raygun. So, there are a lot of little nuances that a Richmonder might notice!
What are you working on now?
Right now, I’m working on a scene in Circuit Fae 3: INIMICAL where Syl and Rouen have to escape the Goblin Market or the dark Fae will murder Syl—because they think it’ll help Rouen become Queen of Dark Faerie!
What does a typical workday look like for you?
I’m very fortunate that I can work from a home office. My typical day begins early. I’m up at 6 a.m., and at my desk by 7:15 a.m. I write from then till about 11 a.m., then move into my editing work. In addition to being the editor in chief at Monster House Books, I also do some freelance work for other authors, and I tutor English students online.
I work until 4 p.m., then take a brief power nap. Then it’s workout, dinner, more work, and then finally around 8 p.m., I collapse with a book or a few TV episodes to unwind. It’s a long day!
A hidden or uncommon talent that helps or makes it harder to write the story?
I hold a black belt in Chinese-American Goju-Ryu Karate and a second-degree brown belt in small circle jiu jitsu. I know what it’s like to give and take punches and kicks, and I’ve been in a few fights in my life. This helps me write fight scenes that make sense and are exciting, especially when combining the mundane with the fantastical.
What has been one of your most rewarding experiences as an author?
Gosh, it’s gotta be when a reader reaches out to tell me they love my books. I had one reviewer say that Syl and Rouen are her favorite good girl/bad girl couple. I also had one reviewer thank me for normalizing lesbian relationships among teens. There’s no greater feeling than when someone is touched positively by your work.
Is there anything about the writing life that you think is misunderstood by the public?
Contrary to a lot of popular belief, the writing life is very tough and demanding. You write long hours for very little pay. It takes a long time to build your readership to a place where you don’t need to have a day job to support your writing. In the meantime, you’re working an 8-hour day, then trying to sneak in some writing however you can. Not to mention, promoting your work, keeping in touch with readers, driving sales—it’s a lot, and it’s never-ending. Even though it’s hard work, I love it.
Can you describe your writing style in ten words or less?
Angsty urban fantasy YA where girls who are mortal enemies kick butt, take names, and fall in love against the odds. Okay, that was 21 words, so… I guess I can’t! J
First thought when the alarm goes off in the in the morning?
What kind of trouble are Syl and Rouen getting me into today? Also, why is there a tuxedo-cat butt in my face?
Thank you, Genevieve!
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She enjoys long hikes in the woods (where better to find the fair folk?), believing in fairies (in fact, she’s clapping right now), dancing with dark elves (always wear your best shoes), being a self-rescuing princess (hello, black belt!), and writing diverse books about teenage girls finding love, romance, and their own inner power.
She might be planning high tea at the Fae Court right now.
GIE is multi-published, and in her role as an editor has helped hundreds of authors make their dream of being published a reality.
- Jaguar keychain to celebrate the release of A STUDY IN SHIFTERS sampler
- Winter Court ring to celebrate the launch of OUROBOROS!
- Glamma’s ring
- An electronic copy of OUROBOROS