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I ran into Phaedra Weldon for the first time when she released book one in her Zoe Martinique series. The book was so different from other urban fantasy’s on the market that I had to have it. Fast forward several years and it seemed rather fitting that I’d revisit Weldon as part of my five year blogoversary. She graciously agreed to answer a few questions and has thrown a couple of books into a giveaway just for y’all.
Q. You introduced Zoe Martinique in 2007 when your book Wraith was published. Since then, four more books have been published. How many books will be in the series?
A. When I started the series I saw it as 8 books total. I also saw it as a growing experience for Zoë, going from kinda normal girl to something pretty different. The whole normal thrust into the abnormal story and how she handles it. The first four books dealt mostly with the Abysmal Plane and establishing its good points and bad points. The next four books will concentrate more on the Ethereal plane and their agenda. But as for what happens in each book? Well… I didn’t expect Geist to end the way it did. Each one is an adventure when it comes to Zoë.
A. When the Publishing world shifted back in 2009 (when kindles, nooks, epublishing took off) and the midlist started disappearing (well it’s been disappearing for some time now), the Zoë Series got caught in that backlash. Meaning it wasn’t making enough money so it was cut. You’d be surprised how many series got dropped. And good series—several of which I was reading myself. So instead of thinking Revenant was the end of Zoë (because I still get email daily about the books and where’s the next one so someone’s reading them) I took the advice of one of my friends and teachers, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, and decided to carry on the series myself. There were fans out there that enjoyed her universe, so why not continue the series to its end? My contract with Penguin was for 4 books. Those four books were done. The next four books are mine.
Let me say—it’s crazy scary. And I was reeeeally hesitant. But a friend volunteered to help me and together we formed Caldwell Press. I named it after my father who passed away back in 2008 as a tribute to him—he was always for me being a writer and supported that dream. Our first project was Grimoire and with all its flaws it’s a labor of love. Dags is one of my favorite characters and the way his story developed in the Zoë Series it felt it needed to be told from his point of view. It was after I got that book out that I really decided I wanted to finish Zoë. All the way to book eight.
We’re still growing and learning how to make the books the best they can be. From hiring editors or trading services for editing (we’re getting there) and design. And I have a great group of friends who volunteer their time. Geist is out and it’s slowly getting good reviews. I do love it…and it was fun getting back into Zoë again.
A. Oh absolutely. But I’m also aware if it were ever optioned that me having any input would be rare and more of a kindness.
But I’m not sure it’d really translate well into a series. It’d be an expensive one with all the going OOB (out of body) she does. And when she shifts to the Wraith. I think right now, the only actors I have in my head for parts is Joe Flanagan for Joe Halloran and Alex O’Laughlin for Daniel. After that… wow… my mind goes blank and I get all dreamy. LOL. Who would play Zoë? She’d have to be good at snark and facial expressions, and a nice mesh between JLo and Morena Baccarin. Dags? I haven’t found him yet. I’ll let you know when I see him though. 🙂
A. I sometimes eat when I write. Like when I’m gonna have my butt in the chair longer than I should. I always have water, coffee or tea on the desk (by the menagerie of glasses and mugs). The go to snack? Oh… that’s easy. Meiji Apollo Strawberry Chocolate candy. And if I can’t get those? Pocky sticks. Any kind of pocky. I get them all at Super H-Mart, which is this amazing Asian supermarket near my house. I love both of these things. And they love my hips, lemme tell ya.
Q. Why should someone read the Zoe Martinique series?
A. I think I’d say they should read the book for a different kind of story. Zoë’s history is mired in her own misinformation, so as she discovers what she was as opposed to what she became, the identity of her father, her destiny and how her touching her friends changes them (as well as being stung by their deceit) then the whole series gives a very deep look into how all of these things change her as a person. I think, and I could be wrong, that the Zoë series blurs the lines between good and evil, what’s right and what’s wrong? Because things aren’t set like that in real life. Right and wrong are a matter of opinion, of dogma and of societal beliefs.
It’s time for a giveaway! Phaedra is giving away a trade sized copy of Revenant and Geist. To enter, simply leave a comment or question. Giveaway open to those with mailing addresses in the U.S. and Canada. A winner will be selected at noon on Sept. 19.