Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Darkness Before Dawn: Number One in B & N's Teen Section!

Darkness Before Dawn by J. A. London hit the number 1 spot in the Teen section of the Barnes and Noble Nook store on March 16th. It's the first book in what will be a dystopian vampire trilogy and it's written by a mother-son team. Enjoy the interview! 

First, tell us what your book is about.

DARKNESS BEFORE DAWN takes place in a world where vampires rule and humans are herded into cities following a war. Our heroine, Dawn, serves as delegate to the vampire overlord of Denver, Lord Valentine, negotiating for blood and the protection of the citizens of Denver. She’s the youngest delegate ever, taking over the position after her parents are killed. She hates vampires; they’ve taken everything from her. Then she meets Valentine’s son, Victor, and discovers that she doesn’t know everything about vampires. As the city faces an evil threat, she must work with Victor to ensure the safety of all. The second book, Blood-Kissed Sky, is available now and the final book, After Daybreak, will be released in July.

Tell us about your path to publication: Traditional or independent?

J. A. London is the mother-son writing team of Lorraine Heath who also writes as Rachel Hawthorne and her son Alex. They are traditionally published by HarperTeen. While the Darkness Before Dawn trilogy is their first collaborative effort, Lorraine/Rachel has nearly 60 published novels.

What is your target audience, and how do you believe the e-format works for that audience and serves their needs?

Our target audience is older teens. The story is gritty and leans toward the dark. E-format works well for those who enjoy ultimate technology and reading on e-readers.

Is your book available in print format? How did your e-book come about?

Yes, our books are available in print, through bookstores. The print and e-editions were released at the same time.

Do you believe the e-format helps or hurts you as an author? How?

We believe the eformat helps us an author. It broadens our readership and allows us to include those who prefer e-readers. One of the nice things we’ve found about e-readers is that if someone recommends a book to us, we can immediately download and begin reading it.
Learn more about the J. A. London books at their website or by following them on Facebook or Twitter

And check this out: J. A. London  is the 100th e-book bestselling author to be featured on this blog! See the Author Index page for the full list of authors, their books, and links to their interviews.

And stop back on Saturday for the latest Kids' EBook Bestseller List and an interview with Jennifer Castle, author of B & N Teen bestseller, The Beginning of After. Onward to the next 100!