Today, I’m pleased to welcome Delizhia Jenkins to the Desu Beast Blog. Delizhia is a multi-genre author who loves vampires and urban fantasy. Let’s meet this talented author and learn more about her numerous novels and projects.
- Have you always wanted to be an author?
I knew I always wanted to write. In fact, I developed a love for writing when I was in the third grade and have been writing ever since. I wrote sorts of short stories, poems….I even dabbled in writing song lyrics in my teens thinking that would be my career move as an adult.
- What inspired you to write your first book?
Xena the Warrior Princess. Six years ago, I was in a moment in my life where I was ready to begin writing again after a long hiatus. Storylines and characters were dancing around in my head, and I had just begun to jot them down on paper. Then one afternoon, I was watching Xena the Warrior Princess when it hit me: a storyline about a god slayer. And from there, Nubia Rising: The Awakening was born.
- What genre(s) do you write?
Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy for adults and young adults is my thing.
- What is the name of your latest novel?
The Vampire Hunters Academy The Shadows
- How did you come up with the concept for your novel?
Anyone that knows me knows that I am a huge fan of the late L.A. Banks. In fact, she is really the reason why I fell in love with the SciFi genres. Moreover, I wanted to write something that I thought would carry on her legacy, because let me be honest her Vampire Huntress Legends series is the best in fiction. So, I knew with Slayer novels, I wanted to do something different. I am a fan of Buffy too but I wanted my story to be MINE. I thought about where I could go with a huntress story and with this particular story my main character will have a spin off series as an adult. So, I decided to start her off at a school that trains specially gifted students to fight vampires and all entities of darkness because let’s face it: a kid with a talent for clairvoyance will not be accepted nor will they fit in in a regular school. My Slayer, or “Chosen One” is a single female born every few thousand years to tip the scales in the favor of the Light. She is the hope of the world but before I set her off into her destiny, I wanted to give readers a chance to grow up with her. Thus, The Vampire Hunters Academy was created.
- Who is your favorite character and why?
My favorite character from all of my books written would be Damien from Blind Salvation.
- Who is your least favorite character and why?
In The Vampire Hunters Academy, the Slayer’s best friend is annoying as hell but fun to write. In my other books, the character I dislike the most would be Queen Natalia (Into the Shadows).
- Which character do you relate to the most and why?
I am going to share a secret with you: Every main character written with the exception of one, is a different version of myself. Sanaya, Kitara, Sin, Kennedy, Mary, Danielle, Dawn…they are all me.
- Is there a certain message (s) that you desire your readers to grasp?
Yes there is. I want my readers to find me in my books. If you really want to know me, read my work. I also place “gems” for my readers to think about with the goal of encouraging them to do the research.
- What books have influenced you the most? Why?
L.A. Banks’ Vampire Huntress Legends series, J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood, Karen Marie Moning’s Highlander and Fever series, those books have had a heavy influence on me. L.A. Banks’ novels taught me the importance of creating relatable characters. J.R.Ward made me think outside of the box, and forced me to really think about my characters as individuals. Karen Marie Moning is brilliant when it comes to descriptive imagery and setting the scenes. I learned a lot from these women without ever having to meet them.
- Who are a few of your favorite authors?
L.A. Banks, J.R. Ward, Christine Feehan, Kresley Cole and Karen Marie Moning.
- With what author would you love to have a conversation?
- Any future projects you would like to talk about?
I am working on another god-slayer book called Celeste, which will definitely be interesting because it involves Voodoo. Also, I will be re-releasing my Shadows book which is a series (paranormal romance to be exact) and I will be releasing its sequel around the same time this year.
- If you could start again, is there anything you would change in your latest book?
No. There are moments when I think, “Dang I should have done this or that,” but when I sit down and work on its sequels, I am happy with the direction the story is going.
- Is there a short excerpt of your current book that you would like to share?
Here is an excerpt from book 3 of The Vampire Hunters Academy, The Reckoning (Available October 30, 2017):
The attack was swift, and Sanaya barely had enough time to use her own blade to block the entity’s strike. Steel met steel as the two danced, recognition flooded Sanaya’s memory instantly. This was one of the Seven! Which had to mean that Cain was closer than what she initially thought. She swung, catching the vampire with her fist and then following through with a swift kick to her chest. But the vampire was too fast and stronger than anything Sanaya had fought up until this point.
“Sanaya!” She heard Archer calling out to her but she did not have time to think let alone respond. She barely missed another hard strike. And another. And then the vampire disappeared into mist. The tension in the air thickened. Nothing but the sound of her own beating heart pounding against her breast bone filled her ears. Her Guardians were silent.
And then the entity reappeared behind her, snatching her by the back of her neck and slamming her into the concrete. Gun shots rang out. Sanaya’s body hit the concrete with so much force that it split. Pain shot through her, blinding her. However, adrenaline kept her in the fight. Flipping back on her feet he went for the entity again, with the sweet chime! Of the Millennium Blade slice through the air connecting with the entity’s own blade.
More gun shots followed by the foolish bravery of King and Trent heading straight for vampire.
“No!” Sanaya shouted at them but it was too late.
The vampire smiled and spun around quickly, using the same telekinetic force used on Tatsu, she flung both Guardian potentials into the cast iron fence. The two young men ricochet from the fence onto the wet grass and from what Sanaya could tell they were bruised but nonetheless ok. Refocusing her energies on the fight at hand, the entity took advantage of the split-second distraction and in a movement to fast for the eyes to follow she hit Sanaya with several hard punches knocking her to the ground and The Millennium Blade flying in the opposite direction.
Badly beaten but not ready to give up, Sanaya pushed herself up. Maya’s chants could be heard off in the distance, while Danny did his best to distract the entity with the fireballs he launched at her from the palms of his hands. A dense darker energy awakened once again in Sanaya’s psyche, just as it did with Cain. Her cracked ribs were already beginning to knit themselves together, but not quickly enough for Sanaya to escape being snatched from where she stood and into the powerful grip of the fallen huntress.
A beam of light flashed across the sky and from it appeared Aklia, Natasha and Raya who hit the ground running to Sanaya’s aid.
“Annalia,” Aklia commanded. “Let her go.”
Annalia’s laughter filled the dense night air as the Slayers faced off with their former protégé.
“You bitches were too stupid to realize that I am the Slayer the prophecy spoke of and not this little tramp!”
“You are no longer a huntress Annalia,” Aklia said calmly. “Now let her go.”
“Well neither is she!”
No words would ever be effective enough to describe the pain of Annalia sinking her dagger like fangs into Sanaya’s throat. She felt the terror sink in to her Guardian team and the Council Members. Maya’s chanting grew louder as the ground began to tremble. Aklia was pure motion. In a sweeping move, she struck Annalia with multiple energy blasts from her palms, forcing the vampire to release Sanaya’s limp body.
Sanaya collapsed on the pavement, gasping for air and gripping her mangled throat. With each struggle for breath, the vampire toxin filtered in through her veins, liquifying her from the inside out. Thrashing about on the pavement from the pain, she could barely see the fight between The Slayers and the vampire huntress. Her Guardians went nuts, and she could hear the parade of more feet hitting the pavement in a full run. King was the first to reach her.
“Baby!” He croaked as he gently tried to raise her up.
“Don’t move her!” Archer commanded. “Don’t move her.”
Demon entities surround them. Their disembodied spirits awaiting Maya’s command. Steel met steel off in the distance. Guardians were cursing, emptying shells, and the emergency alarms went off, warning students and staff that the school was once again on lock down.
King’s warm hands covered her own. “I’m right here…”
“Don’t…don’t leave me,” she managed to say just before the pain took over and stripped her of her consciousness.
- Do you have a favorite quote from one of your novels?
Sadly I do not. My characters say all types of things at any given moment, so right now, no.
- Do you have any advice for up and coming authors?
Do your research and be ready to do the work. The work begins AFTER you write the book.
- Are there any future events you would like to announce?
No. I am just focused on completing my projects and taking it from there.
Thank you for stopping by the Desu Beast Blog, Delizhia. Great success on your published and upcoming novels. I’m looking forward to reading In the Light of Darkness.