Interview w/ Dani R.R. Hermit & Nevi Star, Authors of MONSTER

Monster (Monster #1)
by Dani R.R. Hermit & Nevi Star
Gay Contemporary Dark Erotic Paranormal Romance
Categories: Action/Adventure, Horror
Publisher: Wandering Stars Press
Release Date: January 23, 2013
Heat Level: Sizzling
Source: CBLS
Word Count: 290 pages
Available: Kindle | Amazon Print

It’s been years since Siris and Julian’s boy band broke up and they all went their separate ways. Now they’ve run in to each other in a little redneck bar in the middle of nowhere, coming face to face with the ghosts of their past and the feelings they never quite grew out of.

Siris is here handing out golden tickets to some new reality TV show for the network that owns his record label. Julian is here to meet up with yet another new partner. On the surface it seems like a coincidence… or is it?

Neither man is happy when they realize that The Parliament of Twilight, who once ruled their lives, means for Siris to be Julian’s new partner. Julian worries about what he could do to Siris. Siris just wants to go back to being a mega pop star and has no interest in being a monster hunter. Thrown together against their will (and better judgment) how will these former friends do on their first case?

Warning: This title is intended for readers over the age of 18 as it contains explicit sex scenes and/or situations (including BDSM/Light Bondage) and adult language, and may be considered offensive to some readers.

What or who inspired you to write?  And how long have you been writing?

Hermie:  I actually still remember the moment I decided I wanted to be a writer. I had just started high school, and had always been a very avid reader. I was standing in the public library, trying to decide between new series to start reading and I had this epiphany moment where I thought “oh my God. Somebody has to write all these books. Lots of somebodies. I want to be one of those somebodies!” I’d been writing short stories, X-men fanfic and really crappy poetry before then but that’s the moment when I started writing original stories that I intended to turn into books. Not that I would use those now, but I still have nearly everything I wrote in HS and after. They’re a part of my history.

What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 30 or less words, what would you say?

Hermie:  We released Ghost House #1 earlier this month.  In summary?  "Jacob Kruez, Sexorcist!"


I love reading the warnings on the blurbs for many books. If you could write a warning label for yourself as a person or an author, what would it say?

Nevi:  Side effects of knowing Hermie may include; discovering your subconscious perversions, inconvenient erections, being used for manual labor and/or story material, uncontrollable laughter at your own expense.


Hermie:  This Nevi might contain; kitten-like cuteness, random baby dinosaur noises, unexpected kinks, subversive spiritual wisdom, and spontaneous musical numbers.


Do your characters try to make like bunnies and create ever more convoluted plots for you? Or do you have to coax them out of your characters?

Hermie:  Our characters have minds of thier own.  We can’t really control them.  Just clean up after them.

Nevi:  Yeah, that’s right.  They usually break stuff, people and plot lines without so much as a "by your leave."


Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?


Hermie:  Never go home with the bartender!

Nevi:  Tentacle-beasts are people too!

Hermie:  In all seriousness, there is a message in the entire series of Monster about good and evil and the grey areas in between.

Do you have plans for a new book?   Is this book part of a series?


Nevi:  Yes, this book is the first of a series.  We’re currently writing book 3 and Hermie is working on editing and polishing #2 for release this fall.

Hermie:  And the series of Monster is part of a larger world of the Parliament of Twilight.  It includes our other two series Ghost House and Inertia.  The first book of Ghost House is out now and book two will be out around Christmas.  Book one of Inertia is due out in June, and we’re tentatively planning book two for March 2014. 

Who designed the cover of your book?

Hermie:  Nevi did the art.  She paints all of our covers.  They’re gorgeous canvas paintings that hang up all over our house, staring down at us while we write.  I sort of feel like the characters are trying to guilt us into writing faster so they can be seen.

Nevi:  Hermie does do the graphic design for the covers.  And she’s come up with a really great idea for me to paint for the cover of Ghost House #4.  But that won’t be seen until late 2014, at the earliest.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Nevi:  Japan. . .

Hermie:  Or Hawaii.


What books have most influenced your writing most and why?

Nevi:  Mostly manga (Japanese graphic novels).  The story telling from the Japanese culture is very different from what we’re used to in America, so it makes me look at characters and stories in a very different way.  And I find the art to be inspiring for my work as well.

Hermie:  Definitely manga for me too.  And, funny enough, lately I’ve been super into young adult fantasy novels.  I love the shameless sense of adventure in them.  Of course, I have to take this chance to mention my all time favorite books, the Marketplace series by Laura Antoniou, which shaped my idea of how sexuality is not defined with simple labels.  I think it’s made me a more aware writer when it comes to erotic preferences in my characters and in myself.

Have you ever suffered from a "writer’s block"? What did you do to get past the "block"?

Hermie:  Yeah, we’ve had a few blocks. . .

Nevi:  We got over most of them by having sex, then watching TV naked until we were inspired again. . .

Hermie: To write, of course.   I was just going to say "made Nevi write the next part so I don’t have to think about it."

What was your favourite chapter (or part) to write and why?

Nevi:  The scene where Siris discovers Julian’s music in the car.  It gives us an intimate moment where the reader can see who they are when they aren’t angsty, in mortal peril or angry with each other.

Are there any new Authors that have seized your interest and why?

Hermie:  Cassandra Clare, who wrote the Mortal Instruments series.  She writes stories and creates characters like the ones we might – only no sex!

Nevi:  That isn’t as arrogant as it sounds!  One of the best things we’ve learned is to write the stories you want to read.  So when we find stories we want to read, they always sound like stories we would write.

Laptop or desktop for writing?

Nevi:  We use pen and paper actually.  We get more done and the stories are always better when we rock it old school.  We’ve filled piles of journals with our stories.

Hermie:  It adds an extra step of having to type everything up, but the writing quality improves because we don’t spend half the time we’re writing editing our work.  Our strength is our spontaneity, which you lose when composing on a computer.  The ability to delete, change, re-arrange, etc. our work before it’s done has proven to be a fatal distraction.  Monster was originally composed on a computer, and we’ve had to re-write that more than any other work we’ve done in order to get the spark that is our trademark back.

Siris felt dizzy as he was led, still blindfolded, down what felt like a long hall.  He was on his knees and Skye hadn’t taken his hands out of their bonds.  With them tied behind his neck like this, Siris found he didn’t have the best balance as he moved to follow Skye to wherever they were going.  Thankfully, the bartender was taking it slow, not seeming to be in a hurry.


His knees were no longer on rough carpet.  Siris thought they had come into some kind of kitchen.  A few hesitant steps in and he heard more than felt the crinkle of plastic sheeting under his knees.  Siris stopped, a sudden wave of fear washing over him.  He had seen this movie.  A part of him was certain this was the killing room floor.  His body would be taken apart and thrown into the sewers to be eaten by giant rats and no one would ever know what happened.  He whimpered, refusing to move any farther.


Skye pulled his hair firmly.  When all that got was another little whimper, he yanked hard.  The pull threw Siris off balance and sent him sprawling across the plastic.  Siris hit the floor hard with his face.  He slid a little across the slick plastic, ending up in a very awkward position.  He wasn’t able to move himself easily and there was certainly no getting away.


“Please don’t kill me,” he said as loudly as he dared.  He thought he tasted blood in his mouth.  He licked his lips and felt where he had split the bottom one. 


“I don’t want to kill you,” Skye assured him, moving around the room, rummaging in drawers and cabinets.  “You have something I want.”


About the Authors


Dani R.R. Hermit (affectionately called Hermie) and Nevi Star, are the writers who founded Wandering Stars Press.


What do we write, you ask?

Our genre is gay erotica, with a spice of horror, mystery, comedy, drama and sometimes a western or space opera.  We love boys loving boys (in all the wrongest ways).  If you love that too, then maybe we can be friends.  Both Hermie and Nevi have some solo projects in the works, but more on those as they develop.  You can stay up to date on the news from Wandering Stars Press on our blog or Facebook.


Who are we when we’re not writing?

We’re life partners who’ve been together 13 years through all of life’s ups, downs and craziness. Ours has been a long and sometimes arduous road, but it’s only made the journey deeper and more interesting, adding fuel and fire to the stories we can tell.


Nevi is a spirit artist and a shaman. She is a World Walker.  Nevi also does all the covers for WSP’s books.  She is currently working on a post-apocalyptic pony novel of her own, a My Little Pony themed tarot deck and a spirit squirrel oracle deck.


Hermie has been studying tarot for 20 years and reading professionally for a small, private clientele for about 13 years. She is also a genius at making sweet treats – homemade candies, cookies, cupcakes. (All gluten free!) She does all the cooking for our little pirate crew (or we would all starve or poison ourselves lol) and loves her neurotic kitten.


What inspires us?

Our first love and inspiration is Japanese Anime & Manga!  We discovered Yaoi and it was all over.  We already had a love affair with slash fan fiction, so taking that to some anime based fics really developed our style into what it is today.  A close second is music.  We create playlists that are character, story-arc or novel specific and play them at top volume while we are driving, writing and sleeping!  We do karaoke in our living room as a means to cleanse our story demons and open up to the next day’s work (and because it’s a blast to get together with our pirate crew and sing our hearts out!). But we also love TV, movies and books.  You can see which albums, shows, series, etc. are our favorites by following our board on Pinterest.


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