Author Interview: Tania Penn (The Morning Star)

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Title: The Morning Star
Author: Tania Penn
Published January 10, 2013 by Penn Pal Publishing
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Being the daughter of Lucifer keeps seventeen year old Dawn Belial busy. For almost her entire lifetime, she has been trying to think of a way to free her Archangel mother, Michaela, whom her father has held captive for centuries. She’s also attending high school – balancing trigonometry, history, and recruiting souls for her father along with her wicked half-sister, Venus.

There has been no time for love until she meets mysterious Gabriel, a British exchange student. As they fall in love against their will, she discovers a startling secret about him, and a shocking connection to her mother that changes everything.

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About the Author

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Author of debut young adult novel, The Morning Star. Currently working on the sequel, Equinox, as well as a chick-lit, rom-com, slightly sleazy and funny story with a twist, Catching Frogs. And, because I’m loco in the roco, I’ve got about 12 more on the back burner. When I’m not writing I can be found kayaking, hiking, ninja-training, traveling, and taking a ferry over to the San Juan Islands to search for the elusive creature known as the “Orca.” I also am constantly adding ridiculous wants, needs, must-see’s and do’s to my ever expanding bucket book.

I covet a delicious malbec with a rare steak and make a killer salsa.

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Author Interview

Faye: Hi, Tania! It’s so nice to have you here with us today. It’s always a pleasure to talk with authors and discuss their works.
Tania: Hi! Thank you for having me here. :)
 
Faye: So first question, let’s talk about yourself first. What are your favorite Young Adult / New Adult reads?
Tania: I’m really digging Amanda Hocking’s Trylle trilogy right now! It’s so fresh and different. I’ve just started Ascend and can’t wait to see what the outcome is! I also loved Fallen and Hush, Hush, and when I have the tie I need to finish the series on each of those as well. I have some indie author friends who have written some outstand NA work as well – Lisa Harley’s Destined to Change, Berverly Hollowed’s Forever and Always, JL Mac’s Wreck Me, Kelsie Leverich’s the Valentine’s Arrangement, and I’ve just started Kim Karr’s debut, Connected. I’m also looking forward to reading Jaime Guerard’s debut, Awaken,  as well as Megan Hand’s debut, Bitter Angel. shout to my Indie Chixx!
 
Faye: Second question, what was your favorite book growing up? What lesson/s did you learn from it that you carry until today?
Tania: It may sound silly, but one of my favorite books as a child, which is now my son’s favorite, was P.D. Eastman’s Are You My Mother?  up until I was around 11-12 years old. Even though I had that book at age 5, I still loved to read it. Back then, I wanted to grow up and illustrate and write children’s books, and used to make my own.
 
Faye: Now, let’s get to business. What inspired you to write The Morning Star?
Tania: I had the idea in the back of my mind since 2005. I wanted to write a love story/triangle that at first involved Lucifer and Michaela. I sat on it for a couple of years, not sure where to go with it. Then I though, well, what if I made him a father, and his daughter ends up falling in love with one of the Archangels? I dug a little further and thought, well, what if Michaela was in love with one of the Archangels, and Lucifer kidnapped her out of anger and betrayal? And what if later, that archangel had a son and fell in love with Lucifer’s daughter? Giving it a little bit of the Montague/Capulet type of feud. Throw in a succubus wife and daughter and there came in the Cinderella wicked step-mother and step-sister element.
 
Faye: Seeing that this have a lot of religious symbols and elements, what kind of research have you done for this particular novel?
Tania: I read up on mythology when it came to Lilith, and also researched angels and archangels as well as passages from the Bible.
 
Faye: Obviously, this is a story that’s more than just angels and heavens. Did you have a hard time incorporating paranormal and religious elements? If so, what scene or part of the book did you struggle themost?
Tania: No, not really, since for me personally, there are a lot of unknowns when it comes to religion, the afterlife, what happens to us, etc. I tried to be as respectful as possible, and I have some very religious friends who started to read the book, and couldn’t finish it. They found my depiction of Lucifer, being someone who still has good and love in him, AND being a father, as somewhat blasphemous. But, my argument is, he was created out of love and goodness, there should still be some of that in him somewhere. In terms of struggling, it was mostly with the development of Lucifer – straddling that find line between what I interpreted him to be, humanizing him, and how the Bible says he is. For Book 2, I’m going to dig a little deeper when it comes to him dealing with his inner struggles and demons, for lack of a better word!
 
Faye: Which of the characters is your favorite and is like you in terms of personality? Which of the characters did you struggle to write the most?
Tania: Dawn is mostly definitely the most like me. The temper, the sweet nature, the occasion struggle within herself between doing what is right and what is wrong. The Jenny character in high school, physically, was pretty much me in high school! I had hair and style issues! The one I struggled with the most, again, was Lucifer.
 
Faye: Can you tell the readers the number one message in your novel you would like them to learn from?
Tania:  Hmmm… I was going to say, that there is good in everyone, but that isn’t necessarily the case! so maybe, that at times, we all have our inner struggles between doing what is right and wrong.
 
Faye: Thank you for your time. Do you have any personal message to the readers?
 
Tania: Thank you! And thank you readers for taking out time to read my story. I hope you enjoy it!
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Faye

A 21 years old Filipina who loves books, games, languages, and most especially, food. Secretly wishes to be an astronaut so she can explore the stars. Has a love-hate relationship with Philippine politics. To get in her good graces, offer her Foie Gras, Or shrimp. Or a JRPG. A YA sci-fi book works, too. You can follow her on twitter here: @kawaiileena

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