By Kristy Centeno
Genre: Paranormal, New Adult
He dreams of freedom.
The only way he can accomplish his goals is by breaking free of the chains tying him to a dark past and gloomy existence. But there’s one catch. He’s not human.
And he’s never set foot outside his jail.
Devoted to saving his peers as well as his own life, he sets out to find the one person that can help him achieve his objectives. He knows where she will be and what she will look like, but what he doesn’t anticipate is the fact he finds himself caring for the girl whose life he’s put at risk, more and more each day.
He has no name.
He has only known hatred and violence before her.
However, she will teach him to have faith in humanity, even if she can’t trust him.
Together they will embark on a journey to bring down a corrupt system responsible for the loss of many innocent lives. But when he finds his feelings compromised, can he still move on knowing that doing so will put an end to the life she once knew? How far is he willing to go to be free?
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I open my eyes, turn slightly to my right, and slam my elbow into his face. Samuel falls on his knees, clutching his bleeding nose. I bolt. Using what little strength my body has managed to retain, I run toward the glass window at the end of the hall. The pain is all but forgotten as adrenaline kicks in.
Bullets whizz past me, hitting the walls, light fixtures, doors, and the tiled floor. Most fly over my head. One grazes my left arm, but I use the momentum I’ve gained to propel my body onward.
Gerard yells to the men to stop me, but it’s too late. I pick up speed, pushing my injured body beyond its current capabilities. My target is in sight. I lock my keen eyesight on the window, and crash into it a few heartbeats later. The glass panel breaks apart instantly. I freefall for about a second before maneuvering my body so I’ll land on my feet. Shards of glass accompany me on my way down.
Kristy Centeno is the author of the Secrets of the Moon saga and Keeper Witches series.
She has always had a passion for books and after years of being an avid reader, she decided to transform her desire to write into a reality and thus, her first novel was born. When she’s not busy taking care of her five children or holding down the fort, she finds time to sit and do what she loves the most: writing.
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What are some of your pet peeves?
People that have no sense of what personal space is.
What are your top 10 favorite books/authors?
My top ten authors are:
1. Jasinda Wilder
2. Kathleen Eagle
3. Jason Brant
4. Simon Clark
5. Jenna Kernan
6. Jessica Sorensen
7. Ann Rice
8. Karen Kay
9. Lori Handeland
10. Patricia Briggs.
As I discover new authors my list tends to change a bit here and there. That sums up my list for this year. It might change again next year though.
What inspired you to write this book?
A dream. Cliché, I know. But it’s 100% true. I had a very odd dream one night while I was pregnant with my last daughter, saw a series of images and people that seemed so real to me, I just had to write down everything I remembered as soon as I woke up. I spoke to my significant other about it and he told me it made for a good scenario for a book. Cue the light bulb flashing on!
I spent months writing down ideas as they came. I’m not much for outlining, but with this book, I felt it was necessary because there were so many complicated aspects to it that I didn’t want to miss a single thing.
I got to working on the manuscript, wrote the first three chapters then set the project aside as I prepared for the birth of my daughter. I didn’t touch the manuscript for a long time, and kind of forgot about until I stumbled upon the notes I penned on an old notebook.
So I started putting the story together little by little. It took about a year to write as I had to stop to reflect on the plot and see if it made sense and if it worked. Eventually, I completed the manuscript and was so excited to see the finish product.
What can we expect from you in the future?
I’m currently working of finishing the Giver of Life trilogy. Book two will be released in May and book three is over 25, 000 words in already. I have plans to add more to Tiger and Kristina’s story, and hope I can also add the last two books to the Secrets of the Moon saga. I think I’ll be plenty busy in the upcoming years.
If you knew you'd die tomorrow, how would you spend your last day?
I’d spend my day with my family, having fun and making the best of the day. I’d go on a vacation or do things I never had the bravado to do before, like jumping out of an airplane or bungy jumping.
Describe your writing style.
I generally write in first person point of view so I tend to be as descriptive as possible as I transition from paragraph to paragraph and from one scene to the next to help readers envision what I’m trying to communicate and paint a clear picture for them.
What makes a good story?
I believe what makes a good story is an engaging plotline with relatable characters that blend together perfectly and make readers submerge themselves in the world the author has created with words.
What do you do to unwind and relax?
It depends on the day and my mood. But I like to sit down and read a book with a hot cup of coffee in hand. Sometimes I’ll take a bubble bath and read. Others I’ll go for a walk. Or I might sit and watch a movie with the kiddies.
How do you find time to write as a parent?
It’s tricky when you have kids. I work during the day and come home to five children that either need or want my attention in some way so I must juggle my time very carefully.
I take care of the kids and the house first. Trust me, I can’t write if there is a mess or if the kids need me for something because my mind will be either stuck on the mess or distracted by the little ones.
So I put the kids to bed at the end of the day, make sure everything is nice and tidy, then go to my little office space to write. I generally don’t stay up late because I must get up early so I do what I can in the time that I have. It’s not much of a system but it works.
What made you want to become an author and do you feel it was the right decision?
I always wanted to write, ever since I was very young. I used to scribble on notebooks and lose pages all the time growing up and it was my dream to have a book published one day.
What really got me into pursuing writing was the need to give the characters inside my head a voice. The need to put my own stories out there. I wanted to write stories I’d want to read and it all got started with one book, Secrets of the Moon.
I do feel as if pursuing my dream was the right decision. I’ve accomplished one of my goals and it only help me set higher goals for me to work on.
Advice you would give new authors?
Keep trying. Don’t give up. Do plenty of research. Find your voice. Edit, edit, edit. And then edit some more.
What are you currently reading?
I’m currently reading Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett.
How long have you been writing?
I started back in 2011-2012 so it’s been about 5-6 years now.
What is your writing process? For instance do you do an outline first? Do you do the chapters first?
I used to skip the outline process at first and write chapter by chapter and work from there, allowing the story to take me wherever it wanted.
Nowadays, I tend to sit back and reflect on the stories more and more. I keep a notebook near me at all times so that I can write down tidbits, notes, ideas, new concepts, etc. This helps me stay on track with any changes I might make. I still don’t outline a book from start to finish, but I’ll outline several chapters and take it from there. Sometimes I’ll notice that I don’t stay true to my outline and will change things when I start writing because what I wrote previously doesn’t appeal to me anymore or it doesn’t read well.
I’m always open to challenging myself so I push myself to think outside of the box and play around with ideas as see where it takes me.
Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Deliverance?
Tiger is product of an experimental project conducted at the Radcliffe Institute. He is aware of his supernatural abilities, but he doesn’t know what he is, only that he’s not human. He doesn’t understand humans and doesn’t trust them for reasons that are detailed in the opening scene of the first chapter and throughout the book.
Kristina is a stubborn, bold country girl without a care in the world. She loves and holds a lot of respect for her grandmother, Rose, whom she has a special relationship with.
Do the characters all come to you at the same time or do some of them come to you as you write?
The main characters are always fully envisioned and patted down before I begin the story. If I don’t know who they are, what they’re like, and what they want or strive for I can’t get anything done. To me, it’s very important to develop the characters before I even make any progress on the plot.
The secondary characters come as I move forward with the story, a lot of the time they come to play important roles in the story and I end up falling in love with them same as with the main leads.
What kind of research do you do before you begin writing a book?
It depends on where the book is set and if any of the characters came from specific locations. I’ll scour the net and read books for information pertaining to states, historical events, and even for names around that correspond to the eras when these characters were born and raised. I won’t move on until I have all the necessary information catalogued and as accurate as possible.
Describe yourself in 5 words or less!
Introverted. Caring. Responsible. Imaginative. Overthinker.
How did you come up with the concept and characters for the book?
The concept was one I tossed back and forth here and there because there was a lot that had to be tied into the story for it to hold a good degree of mystery yet make sense at the same time. I went with some ideas then changed them later because I didn’t like the way the plot was going.
But the basics for this concept was to do something that was more out of my comfort zone and think outside of the box. The male lead was a bit different from the male leads from my other books and I liked that. He took on a role that was more shy and submissive than the female lead due to his difficult childhood, yet, he was strong and dominant when he needed to be.
There’s so much to him, so many layers to be peeled off one by one and as I wrote, I enjoyed developing him, building him up little by little. It was a fun process, one I hope to continue working on with the sequels.
What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
It was fun to write. I enjoyed the characters so much, I felt as if they were right there with me the entire time, whispering in my ear exactly what I needed to write. The plot kept me moving forward and engaged, like the kind of books I like to read.
Tell us about your main characters- what makes them tick?
Kristina will do anything to protect her loved ones and, scared or not, she’ll go against whoever gets in her way of doing so. She only has her brother and grandmother so she’s very protective of them.
Tiger, he’s a bit more complicated. Due to his upbringing, he doesn’t understand or know how to really sort through emotions so when he’s presented with a dilemma he can go either way. Mostly, he’s upset by injustice and the need to do something about it gets him going.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I truly saw myself as a writer when my first book was published. I felt a sense of completion and pride that really fueled the fire for more. I haven’t stopped writing since.
How did you come up with the title of your first novel?
Secrets of the Moon is a long, complex story of werewolf families. Because of the association with wolves and werewolves with the moon and the abundance of secrets between the families I fells as if the title was befitting.
Who designed your book covers?
All the covers for every book published by my publisher were done by the very talented Najla Qamber.
Do you see writing as a career?
Yes and no. I used to write more as a hobby, back when I first started. I take it more seriously now just because of how important it is to me. Writing is my happy place. No matter how stressful a day is, I can always turn to writing and fully engross myself in the story and kind of unwind.
I do have a career, but I don’t give up on writing or set it aside. It’s equally as important to me and I always work on learning as much as I can and applying what I learned.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Not in my latest book, no. I would like to change some things from the first books I ever published only because I feel I’ve come a long way since then and could do a lot more for the story and character development.
Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I had a real power struggle with my last book because I felt as if I might deliver something to readers that they might not like as much as they did the first one. I wanted to keep the theme of the first book going and although I succeeded in some ways, I wasn’t happy with the finish product.
When I first started writing I promised myself I’d put books out there that I would want to read, so when I hit this dilemma, I was confused. Do I put a book out that readers might like but I hate? Or do I release a book I’m happy with but readers might not like as much? Do I take the risk? This plagued me for months. So much that I had to stop writing and step away from the book for weeks, unable to move forward at all.
I had a deep, hearty conversation with my significant other about this. With his advice, I could finally sit down and kind of determine what my next move should be.
It wasn’t an easy decision and not one I took lightly by any means. But I finally concluded that I had to take the risk. If I wasn’t happy with the book then why write at all? Why put something out there that I hated or wasn’t happy with? So I went back and started over. I don’t regret it. And although it might put me in hot waters with fans of the first book, I hope they enjoy it nonetheless.
I learned that sometimes you just have to go with your instincts and let your imagination lead you. If it doesn’t work out, at least you know you tried. It’s better than sitting there wondering.
If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
I honestly don’t know. I haven’t thought about it.
Do you have a favorite movie?
My favorite movie is 50 First Dates. I know. Adam Sandler? Why? But what I like about the movie is the concept behind it. A man that goes out of his way every day to make you fall in love with him. What’s not to like?
Which of your novels can you imagine made into a movie?
Gosh. I don’t know. I guess I see Deliverance being made into a movie and maybe even Enchanter. It would certainly be interesting to see the characters come to life in the big screen.
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