Readers and fans of The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, and the TV series Supernatural and Shadowhunters will enjoy reading Light of Darkness by debut author Lonnie Davidson, the first offering in his new young adult series Shadow’s Legacy.
Read on for a Q&A with author Lonnie Davidson.
About the book: Kyle Ross has been having the same dream every night for a month. A dream of war between the light and the underworld. A dream of blood. A dream of death.
Last night, the dream came to an end. Finally, his mind can be at ease and he can focus on what’s important in his life: school, girls and his upcoming birthday. But when the dreams return, even more ominous and vivid than before, he is suddenly cast into a hidden world of darkness.
Now things are going crazy. A demonic messenger of war has appeared in the city, stirring up trouble. Kyle’s family secrets are being shoved in his face. And he, like the world around him, may be even more than what he seems.
Will Kyle be torn apart by the rising darkness, or will he manage to find himself and save everyone he loves from the impending storm.
Describe your book, Light of Darkness, in ten words or less
A journey into darkness to find self and the light.
What were your inspirations that led you to create this series?
A few of my friends during a summer camp challenged me to create the short story Shadow’s Legacy is based off. Though some of the characters are the same, the story as it is now takes a big inspiration from a dream I had. It was profoundly dark, scary and moving. For a dream to feel like that it must be important. So, I went with it. I even went so far as to put it into the story itself.
Are any of your characters based on real people?
Many of my characters take inspiration from people in my life. Rica, Airca and Page, though, are supposed to be closer comparisons to my three friends from the summer camp I went to.
What influences you most as a writer?
Works of art and storytelling. Especially in the form of comics and cartoons. A lot of the comics and cartoons I read and watch tend to be dark, but the stories are always engaging and intricate. These always tend to illicit all kinds of feelings from failure to accomplishment and everything in between. It is those feelings I hope to be able to draw out of those that read my writing.
Who is your favorite character in the book and why?
I think my favorite character Valene. What can I say, I like a girl that’s strong, confident, has a bit of an attitude and is not afraid of anything.
How many hours do you typically write in a week?
About 4 to 5 hours. Not enough honestly.
What is your favorite and least favorite part of writing?
My favorite part of writing is creating the world. The people, creatures, myths and legends within it. It’s fun with what you can come up with. Be it good or bad, weird or mundane.
My least favorite is the editing process. Trying to remember and apply every grammatical rule within the English language is daunting and sometimes confusing, and I applaud those who do it as a career.
What is your personal favorite book?
Holes by Louis Sachar has to be my top, with Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan coming in inches behind. Holes was the first book that I sat down and read myself. It will always have a special place in my heart.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to be a writer?
Don’t be afraid to start. If you have something that you want to be heard or read, get it on paper and go from there. Also, be patient and keep writing, because good writing takes time and some scathing feedback.
What’s next in the series? Readers can look forward to more of the world that Kyle has been inducted into, and how legends and myths play into his life, and also how they will affect it.
Read the first three chapters of Light of Darkness
Praise for Light of Darkness by Lonnie Davidson
“…unique…something I have never seen before.” Olivia Glyptis, NetGalley Reviewer
“Great read! …a marvelous world of light and dark.” Charlotte Kinzie, Librarian & NetGalley Reviewer
Available Formats & Purchasing Information
Hardcover: 978-1-64397-016-5, $24.95
Softcover: 978-1-947727-85-4, $14.95
Ebook: 978-1-948540-37-7, $7.99
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About the Author:
Lonnie Davidson was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. Growing up, he spent his summers at his father’s home, in Pennsylvania, where his imagination and writing skills were cultivated. Often, he and his father would watch old cartoons, and movies both foreign and domestic. They would read comic books, as well as play board and video games. This variety of animation and role playing developed Lonnie’s appreciation for the artistic imagery as well as the stories and moral lessons they taught.
During the school year, his mother would push him to reach higher levels of academia. When he wasn’t doing school work, Lonnie was filling the pages of notebooks with fantastical stories. Over time, with his mother’s motivation and his father’s inspiration Lonnie graduated top of his high school class and went on to receive his Bachelor’s degree from Ohio University (OU? Oh yeah). Although his degree is not in literature, he never lost the passion for storytelling or the love for creating a world outside of the one we know.
Even as a man, Lonnie has never lost that child-like love for story telling or letting his imagination run wild on paper. Through his works, Lonnie hopes to paint a vivid picture with words of the worlds that occupy his imagination.
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