#Interview with Isis Sousa, #Author of A COLD-HEARTED PHOENIX: DARK LOVE EPISODE 1

Title: A Cold-Hearted Phoenix: Dark Love Episode 1
Author: Isis Sousa
Series: A Cold Hearted Phoenix
Genre: Urban Gothic
Tragic Books
Release Date: April 30, 2015
Edition/Formats Available In: eBook & Print
Illustrations: Characters and Ornaments Pencil Sketches

A Cold-Hearted Phoenix is a sweet-and-sour illustrated mini-series in three episodes. It is written in an experimental style, mixing screenwriting with prose. This book includes 40+ illustrations and a unique layout.

In this first episode: VIKKI, who is an authentic and successful graphic designer, breaks one of her most sacred rules: to never date a work colleague.

Let’s watch how VIKKI’s life turns to misery and she falls into the misadventures of a DARK LOVE.

Book Links:

Amazon Illustrated Edition {eBook}

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Lulu Illustrated Edition {Hardcover}

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Barnes and Noble Illustrated Edition {Hardcover}

Books A Million (BAM) Illustrated Edition {Hardcover}

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Book Depository Illustrated Edition {Hardcover}

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Dear Aine, thanks for the opportunity for this super cool interview 🙂 It’s an honor to be featured on your blog! 🙂 I wanted to answer all the questions, but I tried really hard to keep the post not too long ^.^

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

I have always been a very imaginative person, and have been artist since I remember. A couple of years ago I thought it could be a good idea to experiment writing a book with one of the many stories I dream about and see what would happen… There was no turning back.

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?

This is a very nice question! I think I’d label myself as “some sort of anti, strange and with a fetish for intellect.” 🙂

What does your protagonist think about you? Would he or she want to hang out with you, the author?

VIKKI (lead female in A Cold-Hearted Phoenix) and I would have been best friends, I think. We like the same stuff and have some traits. But Vikki is way more assertive than I am, and I admire her for that!

Which character speaks the loudest, to you? Do any of them clamor to be heard over the others?

I think that would be MARCUS. His role is co-lead/side kick in his first episode of A Cold-Hearted Phoenix, but I believe readers will be surprised on the next two episodes, with the new things that will be revealed about him. (Hint, hint!)

Have you based any of your characters on someone you know, or real events in your own life?

In fact, yes. Specially in this book, all characters are based on people and situations I have experienced through life, just that all was crafted to fit the Fiction.

Do you have a specific writing style?

Yes, I
do as please. Basically I treat my writing as I do my paintings: I experiment. A lot. I even write upside down!

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

Yes! The message will complete itself by the end of the third and final episode “The Rise of the Phoenix”. But I can tell to the lovely readers of your blog a little secret… In a nutshell, the message is “Stop being your own enemy number one.”

How did you come up with the title and cover design?

Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover?

I’m a design sucker, so for me I would and have always preferred hardcovers! I see the book not only for the content, but its package as well 🙂 Love to browse a beautifully crafted product.

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

None. Writing makes me tired and grow me wrinkles! I’d rather just work the cover, layout and illustrations 🙂

What do you do to unwind and relax?

Nowadays, I paint ornaments (traditional furniture/objects with traditional Norwegian woodcarving), read a good book, delve into the weather/landscape through the windows of the living room, sit on an armschair, grab my notebook and write/sketch ideas.

What book are you currently reading and in what format (ebook/paperback/hardcover)?

I’m reading a Light Fantasy story by my friend Stephanie Rose, The tears of the unicorns I – Temptation. Her writing captivates me and her book is a page turner! It is an e-book 🙂

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

There is a trio: Kevin Cole, author of Days of Throbbing Gristle, a modern classic for the rebel hearts. Cora Pop, author of Wanderings on Darker Shores; her book has many short stories and poems exploring the Fantastic and it is plain beautiful! And Tabitha Vohn, author of Tomorrow is a Long Time, for her intelligent, elegant and original writing.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Be yourself, enjoy yourself, LOVE yourself – and be your own toughest-spanking-bitch-crit! Ha!

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Writing sucks. Period.

That’s why I am an artist; illustrator and graphic designer who writes in a hobby basis. Oh, wait… That’s not the “why”… I was born artist, and there is nothing I can do to change it. But with all the imagination I have running lose, there came some stories… And there came some books!

When I’m not doing artwork and illustration for authors and bands, I’m doing woodcarving, painting ornaments, painting artworks for myself, writing articles for IT’S ART MAG, collaborating with other artists and so on. Love Arts, History and Heavy Metal.

Oh, and summer is a bitch! Always. Anywhere in the world.

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1 comment

  1. Dear Ainé, how awesome to be featured on your blog! Hurray! 😀 Thanks for the support and amazing opportunity! I’d be more than happy to offer a spotlight/interview for your books on my blog whenever you need! 🙂 Big cheers from Norway!

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