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Interview with Kyoko M, author of The Black Parade

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The Black Parade is an urban fantasy novel about Jordan Amador, an unfortunate girl who accidentally shot and killed a Seer–someone who can see and hear ghosts, angels, and demons. Worse still, she did so on the eve of her awakening into becoming one of them, and now she is the only Seer left on earth with no one to guide her. As penance, God gives her two years to help one hundred souls with unfinished business cross over or she’ll go to hell.

Just as she nears the deadline, Jordan meets Michael O’Brien–a handsome, smart-mouthed poltergeist, and the first one she’s ever met. His unusual ability to touch things makes him unique from the other ghosts she’s encountered and she decides to solve his mysterious death. However, as she starts unraveling the events that led to his death, she stumbles across a harrowing plot by the demons to enslave mankind. As  if that weren’t enough, it turns out the demons need her blood in order for their scheme to work, so now she’s a hunted woman. It also doesn’t help that she and Michael start to fall for each other, making it that much harder for her to let him go and save her own soul as well as his before time runs out.

What genre is this?
Urban fantasy, paranormal, and supernatural.

What kind of readers will it appeal to?
Anyone who likes urban fantasy, paranormal, supernatural novels, and even those who enjoy chick lit. The Black Parade has something for everyone: humor, romance, thrills, action, and even a bit of mystery. So far, the book has been a big hit with the 15-30 female crowd, but it’s also been very successful with older women as well.

Tell us about Jordan.
Jordan Amador has a lot of hard edges to her. She can definitely be prickly and defensive because she has a rough background shrouded in physical and verbal abuse. However, it’s all to hide the fact that she actually cares rather deeply about people and wants to help them, and not just because of her debt. She has a lot of  bad memories, but she also has some good ones that have shaped her into the kind of woman who would much rather put someone else’s safety before her own. Even if she’s a total smart ass about it. She likes to be straight with people for the most part, and none so more than Michael. She’d never admit it, but she does like having him around, dead or otherwise.

Tell us about him then.
Michael O’Brien seems like nothing more than your average charming wannabe rock star, despite being dead, but there’s more to him than one would think. He constantly teases Jordan, but only because he notices how much pain she is thanks to her terrible debt. He can’t help needling her because he can tell there is something under the surface with her that is worth exploring and sharing with others. He’s got one hell of a big heart and he’s not afraid to show it.

Have you written any other books that we should read next?
The Black Parade is my debut novel. However, I do have short stories and fanfiction available to read for free on my website.

Where is your website?
Shewhowritesmonsters.com is my main website where you can read blog posts, free samples of my work, and even find other helpful blogs to read as well.

How can we follow you on Twitter and/or Facebook?
My Twitter is @misskyokom and my official Facebook page is She Who Writes Monsters.

Tell us a bit about yourself.
I am a big huge nerd, first and foremost. I watch tons of TV and movies. I am a die hard Batman fan, particularly of Kevin Conroy (the voice of Batman in the animated series) and Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight saga.

I’m also big on manga and anime, especially any shoujo with touches of the paranormal elements like Kamisama Hajimemashita, as well as the traditional awesome stuff like Cowboy Bebop, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Darker Than Black, Kuroshitsuji, Ouran High School Host Club, Bleach, etc.

I grew up just outside of Atlanta, Georgia. I loved reading from a young age and I’ve been writing since I was old enough to hold a pencil. I considered it to just be a hobby until halfway through college at the University of Georgia when I met Jackson Pearce, an urban fantasy novelist. She did a lecture on publishing fiction and I realized that I loved writing enough to try and make it my actual career. Thanks to her, I ended up switching my major to English, getting a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, and started writing novels for a living.

What’s next?
The sequel to The Black Parade, entitled She Who Fights Monsters, will be out in summer 2014. I’m excited beyond words about it because our favorite dynamic duo is getting into all new kinds of trouble and it’s going to be juicy.

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