Monday, September 16, 2013

Rising by Holly Kelly : Interview


Interview with Xanthus Dimitriou’s from Rising


Laurie: Where do you dream of traveling to and why?



I’d love to go to Texas. Those cowboys amaze me. Riding on the back of horses while fighting Indians and roping animals… I can’t think of anything more fun.


Long pause.

Sara says I shouldn’t say it’s fun to fight the Indians. They were an oppressed people who didn’t deserve the negative reputation they’d had.

Hmmm. So… I guess instead I would like to go ride with the Indians and rope a few cowboys.


Laurie: (clearing throat and trying unsuccessfully to keep from choking. Long pause...) As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?



I’ve always wanted to be a soldier. As a young Dagonian, I dreamed of being the hero—saving lives, fighting enemies, guarding the innocent, killing sea monsters…

Funny. Instead of a hero, Dagonians now consider me a villain.


Laurie: Well, you did say you would like to rope cowboys....sounds rather villainous to this Texas girl. LOL. What's  your favorite meal?



I can’t answer that, as it would upset Sara. It’s enough to say, I’m never going to be able to eat my favorite meal again. Too bad, too, they were so fun to hunt.


Laurie: Guess we'll need to read your story to get the answer, huh? What are you passionate about these days?



I really can’t answer that. You wanted me to keep this interview PG-rated, right?


Moro mou, you’ve got to stop pinching me. It hurts. Do you see how she treats me?

Sara chuckles

Okay seriously, I’m passionate about protecting my beloved sea. The humans have no idea how much peril they’ve put themselves in by polluting the oceans. If they don’t change their ways…, well it won’t be good for them.


Laurie: Tell us about your family.



Do you really want to go there?


Okay, …you asked.

My father is a selfish, self-absorbed Dagonian. He tossed my mother aside when my sister was born. Both my mother and my sister have been living with me ever since.

Adelpha’s my little sister. I know most Dagonian males don’t have much to do with their sisters, but mine has had my adoration and devotion since the day she moved in and wrapped her chubby little newborn fingers around my heart.

And then I have an older brother—Gael. Not much to say about him, other than, May he rot in Tartarus for all eternity.

What? Oh yeah. And I have the love of my existence, Sara. She’s the most amazing woman on land or sea. She’s everything to me.


Laurie: Is there a piece of advice that you have received that has really stuck with you? If so, what was it?



It was from Sara’s father. And his advice was this: Treat my daughter well, or you’ll experience pain and suffering like you can’t even imagine. And I will make you feel it every moment of every day for the rest of your life. Your misery will be so acute, so overwhelming that you will plead to me for death and I will cruelly deny it. Death would be a mercy, and if you harm my daughter, you will get no mercy from me.

That kind of advice has a way of sticking with a person.

Underwater scene with rays of light
Title: Rising
Author: Holly Kelly
Published: September 6th, 2013
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Word Count: approx. 76,000
Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance
Recommended Age: 16+


In a war between the humans and the inhabitants of the sea—humans will  lose. Xanthus Dimitriou—the most lethal Dagonian to rise from the ocean—is on a mission to save mankind from annihilation. But first there’s one small thing he needs to do… kill a beautiful young woman in a wheelchair.
Killing her doesn’t start out  as part of his plan. He entrenches himself deep in the human world. Aligning himself with his enemies, he prepares to send them to Triton to face their punishment. Then Sara Taylor rolls onto the scene. Xanthus knows at once she’s a
criminal. And her crime? Being born. She’s a human/Dagonian half-breed, an abomination. Killing her should be an easy job. All he has to do is break into her apartment, slit her throat, and feed her body to the sharks. Simple, right? Wrong. If only she weren’t so beautiful, so innocent, so sweet…
Saving the world may have to wait. It appears Xanthus has a woman to save. But protecting her may cost him his own life.


Holly Kelly
Holly Kelly is a mom who writes books in her spare time: translation–She hides in the bathroom with her laptop and locks the door while the kids destroy the house and smear peanut butter on the walls.
Holly was born in Utah but lived in Salina, Kansas until she was 13 and in Garland, Texas until she was 18. She’s now back in Utah–”happy valley”. Holly is married to her wonderful husband, James, and the two of them are currently raising 6 rambunctious children. Her interests are reading, writing (or course), martial arts, visual arts, and spending time with family.
Holly Kelly’s first published book is: Rising. Rising was published by Clean Teen Publishing on September 6, 2013.

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Shadowwolf said...

LOVE the interview!!! It's wonderful and very entertaining! :) (signed up as Amber M)

Debra Erfert said...

What a fun interview. And the advice Sara's father gave is the exact threat--uh, advice my son is planning on giving any future young man intending on dating his daughter. She's three months old as of this moment, so he'll have time to refine that speech a touch before she turns 16. But personally, I like it!

Rose W. said...

I love this interview!! I really loved this book, and it's fun to see an interview with Xanthus :) His character cracks me up, esp when he's around Sara.

Thanks for sharing!