Unbind by Via Won Genre: YA Dark Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Not every monster lurks in the night. Sometimes they are hiding deep within us.
Levi Ambrosia is hopelessly in love with his childhood friend, Maya, and is almost ready to start a journey through his unrequited love when a plague breaks out in Ivywood, turning people into flesh-eating mutants, but that’s not the worst of it. In a town gone mad, Levi is pushed to the edge, and the inexplicable event has triggered something in him—something purely evil—trapping him between light and unending darkness. Lost between his inner demons and love, Levi must figure out what truly matters in a world standing on the brink of disaster.
“Levi.” Her soft voice brought me back to reality. “If this is about what happened to you, there’s still a way out of it. We can find a cure together.”
“There’s no cure,” I told her straightforwardly.
“There will be. They’re working on it. You’re not alone anymore, Lee. The only thing that you’re missing is the right attitude. Positivity and action. Seeing that you’re not doing anything to—to fix yourself or something—it’s infuriating. You need to change that,” she demanded as her shoulders sagged in dissatisfaction.
Why do I have to be fixed?” I asked, hurt. “I’m not broken, Maya.”
Via Won is a registered nurse who likes to read and write. Her favorite genres include Young Adult Romances, Paranormal, Dystopian, Dark Fantasy, Romantic Comedy, Drama, lots of drama, and probably more. She loves Korean Dramas, Anime, and American Shows. She was raised in Davao City, Philippines before she moved to California at the age of 19. And she loves her dog so much!
Which of your novels can you imagine made into a movie?
The novels that I haven’t written yet. :P
As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
My spirit animal has always been a panda. Pandas are lazy, clumsy, and they have eyebags. They’re like me, except I’m small. Snorlax reminded of Pandas, and that’s why Snorlax is also my favorite pokemon, besides Jigglypuff, who loves singing no matter what other people say. I just love them.
What inspired you to write this book? A song and my addiction for anime inspired me to write this book.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Yes, I would. I originally planned for ‘Unbind’ to be a trilogy or something. It wasn’t supposed to end after whatever happened in the epilogue. That epilogue wasn’t even supposed to happen. But things happened, anyways. If I had to do it all over again, I would have definitely not ended it yet. I already had the first two chapters of what was supposed to be the second book for ‘Unbind’ written, but I changed my mind. I think it would have been interesting if I decided to go through with the original plan, especially since there were supposed to be more mutants like Levi. And more drama.
What did you edit out of this book?
A lot. But I’ll tell you one thing, this story was supposed to be purely bromance.
Do you see writing as a career?
Rather than as a career, I see writing as a passion and a hobby. It’s simply… something that makes me happy and relaxed. It is my dream to go on a vacation alone by the beach or a farm and just write write write. I can’t afford that yet though, so I’ll have to delay that dream.
Have you written any other books that are not published? Yes, definitely. While writing Unbind, I was writing two other stories. Both are only almost done. Obviously, I need to work on my inspirations and time management. Haha. Both of these stories also have different genres. One is more rom-com, and the other one is more on drama. So when I’m sad, I write a new chapter for the sad story. And when I’m happy, I write the rom-com one.
What can we expect from you in the future?
I am working on this new story, a Paranormal Contemporary Romance duology, with enemies to lovers trope. It’s the next one in line, and I’m excited to share it with everybody soon. What’s it about? I don’t want to spoil. Bear with me.