This book feature is part of a blog tour organized by 4WillsPublishing. Join me and author D.M. Cain, as she explains her fascination with ravens.

D.M. Cain's, The Phoenix Project | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

Cover by Amalia Chitulesku

Why is there always a ‘Raven’ in my books?

D.M. Cain's, The Phoenix Project | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksThe raven: A stunningly majestic bird, imbued with both power and grace. I’ve long admired and respected ravens, ever since visiting the Tower of London as a child and watching them prowl the grounds menacingly. I remember being frightened as they hopped closer to me and my mother. Frightened, yet fascinated. The frequent use of ravens as an omen of death and ominous portent in popular literature such as Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘The Raven’ added to my fascination with the birds.

D.M. Cain's, The Phoenix Project | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksSo, when it came to naming the dark and brooding protagonist of my novel, ‘The Phoenix Project‘, what other name would fit him more perfectly than Raven?

He became a character very close to my heart. I loved and nurtured him throughout The Phoenix Project (he has a very rough ride in that book!) and I felt even closer to him when I had finished his story (so close to him in fact that I had a tattoo of a raven on my shoulder!)

Author D.M. Cain | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

But Raven’s journey isn’t over. He is also a major character in my fantasy series, ‘The Light and Shadow Chronicles.’ He is a much happier character in this set of books, though some of the darkness that broods inside his soul still surfaces now and again. This incarnation of Raven is a sort of parallel universe version of my beloved character; what he could have become if his life had taken a different path.

D.M. Cain's, The Phoenix Project | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksRaven has a long journey ahead of him. The Light and Shadow Chronicles are immense, stretching over a period of hundreds of years and with more than 20 books planned to weave in and out of the timeline, and Raven appears in the majority of those stories. He will have to battle through love and hate, victory and defeat before I can finally say his story is complete. But through it all, he will always have a special place in my heart – my beautiful and majestic raven.

Who is D.M. Cain?

Author D.M. Cain | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksD.M. Cain is a dystopian and fantasy author working for US publisher Booktrope. She has released three novels: The Phoenix Project – a psychological thriller set in a dystopian future, Soren – a middle-grade fantasy, and A Chronicle of Chaos – the first in a dark fantasy series. She is currently working on the next novel in the series, ‘The Shield of Soren‘, and a novella to accompany it.

D.M. Cain is also a member of the International Thriller Writers and is one of the creators and administrators of the online author group #Awethors. Her short story ‘The End’ was published in Awethology Dark – an anthology by the #Awethors.

Cain lives in Leicestershire,  UK, with her husband and young son, and spends her time reading, writing and reviewing books, playing RPGs and listening to symphonic metal.

Read The Phoenix Project on:

Nookhttp://www.nook.com/gb/ebooks/the-phoenix-project-by-dm-cain/2940157645656

Amazon:

Barnes and Noblehttp://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-phoenix-project-dm-cain/1123117161

iTuneshttps://itunes.apple.com/book/id1066900946

Don’t miss her Author Party Event on Friday, January 15th at 1pm CST!

GIVEAWAYS:  (2) book bundles – (1) paperback of THE PHOENIX PROJECT along with (1) paperback of her children’s book, SOREN!

To be eligible to win one of these sets, merely leave a comment on any stop along the tour, including this one, and you could be one of our two lucky winners!

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