Visible Through Darkness
by Auden Johnson
GENRE: Fantasy Romance
Jade Greer is an outcast. Her only light is memories of her dead family. An unusual call leads her to Serin, a prisoner trapped in darkness for twenty years. Saving him leads Jade to a world for people with powers. A world her parents were once a part of. Jura, the once vibrant world, is dying. The magic is leaving the land. Jade and Serin have no homes to go back to, but they move forward with hope because they're no longer alone.
Jade lunged at him. He fell backwards. She straddled his chest and beat her fist and her frustrations into his face. No one would care what she did to him. He made her relive everything this world represented and everything she couldn’t have. Her fists burned. No one would care. People were supposed to care. He wore a wedding ring. He had a wife and maybe children. This world didn’t raise people to honor such commitments.
What Mom and Dad had was beautiful. She once wished for something like that. People like him turned that dream to ash.
She punched and punched. He stopped moving. Why was she born into such an ugly world? Why couldn’t she be selfish like everyone else?
His face caved under her blows. Finally, something bent to her will. Her fist drilled though his skull. Jade’s blood sang. His head became bloody ground beef flecked with small hard pieces. She punched concrete. She needed to stop. Her body wouldn’t listen. Sharp pain slid up her arms. Stop. Gore splashed into her face. Stop. Her body froze.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
An artist at heart, Auden loves photography, graphic design and writing beautifully dark and diverse stories. As a kid, she created her own books by folding several construction papers in half and stapling them down the middle, adding her own illustrations. She holds a B.A. in English, a M.S. in Library and Information Science, a M.S. in Publishing. She’s an Author/Social Media Marketing Consultant for Aubey LLC, a small press publisher and offers writing, design and marketing advice on her blog. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY starting her own business as a photographer, designer and author. Find info on her dark fantasy stories on aubeyllc.com. Book 3 of The Merging Worlds series, The Lost Sciell, is coming soon.
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Interview with Auden Johnson
Where do you get inspiration for your stories?
Mostly anime. I like to give my characters bright hair color and unusual eyes, characteristics often found in anime. When I’m creating a dystopian world, I think of shows like No.6. Currently, I’m working on a paranormal investigation story so I pulled some inspirations from a show called Ghost Hunt. Anime has some of the most imaginative magic systems and creatures I’ve ever seen. In Visible Through Darkness, Jade befriends an animal called a Twilight Hunter. That little beastly wouldn’t feel out of place in an anime.
How did you do research for your book?
I searched Google, Pinterest and DeviantArt to find fantasy artwork. They help me piece together the world, Jura. I look at images to give more detailed descriptions of my settings. I little creating unusual animals. Searching for images helps me create these creatures.
Do you have another profession besides writing?
I’m trying to get my business off the ground. It’s been a ride. I offer cover design and social media marketing help to authors. I’m also a photographer. Right now, I’m selling my photographs as stock images. I dream of getting paid to take photos of places around the world.
If you could go back in time, where would you go?
I’ve thought about this a lot. I think I’m too nerdy to mess with time travel. That never goes well. Even with people who only time travel in short bursts, like going back 10 minutes, something always goes horribly wrong. I don’t know if I’d time travel if given the chance.
What is your next project?
I try to release 2-3 stories a year. Book 4 of this series, The Jura series, will come out sometime this year. I’d also like to publish a photo book. Right now, I’m trying to pin down a theme. Next month, I’ll be releasing a paranormal fantasy story called The Unburned Island. This one has some haunts, magic and little romance.
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