Today I am interviewing Amanda Cherry, author of the new contemporary fantasy/super villain novel, Rites & Desires.
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DJ: Hi Amanda! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Amanda Cherry: I’m a Gulf Coast native and UNLV alum who’s spent the last dozen or so years trying to keep warm in the Pacific Northwest. My first career was as an actor & entertainer, and I’m still an active member of SAG-AFTRA and can be found performing in variety shows throughout the region. I’ve been happily married to my husband for eleven years and we have a four-year-old son who’s gearing up for Kindergarten. I’m a staff writer for the Star Wars and geek culture site ToscheStation.net and contributed to the 2018 Role Play Game Acute Paranoia. I love Star Wars, Star Trek, DisneyBounding, and a well-crafted villain. I’ve written as a hobby all my life and have an intense love for fanfiction—a fact which has served me well as I join the broad and incredible Cobalt City universe as a professional author.
DJ: What is Rites & Desires about?
Amanda: By Day, Ruby Killingsworth is the billionaire CEO of Goblin Records—a multi-million-dollar worldwide entertainment conglomerate. By night, she’s a magic wielding super villain. Her worst day happened in Cobalt City Christmas, Christmas Harder when a ritual gone wrong robbed her of her power. Rites & Desires is the story of how she will stop at nothing to get it back. With the help of Loki (yes, that Loki!) and the band of supernatural minions he sends to her aid, Ruby sets out to unlock the secrets of an ancient African gem—a task that proves easier said than done.
She takes on this monumental undertaking while also working to seduce her neighbor, Jaccob Stevens; also known as Stardust, the Cobalt City’s preeminent super hero, also known as the City’s least eligible man. Did I mention he hates magic?
And she’s dealing with it all while having to manage the unwanted attentions of a certain Lyle Prather—one-time avatar of Loki, notorious former reality TV star, and recently inaugurated President of the United States.
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