Falling for the Fallen
My heroine is an angel, but I have to admit to a definite bias toward demons. Writing Anazakia was a challenge; as an angel, she’s led a sheltered life, despite a rebellious streak that ends up saving her life. As soon as I put her in the demon gambling hall in which the story opens, however, the demon across the gaming table from her had all my attention.
Belphagor was easy to write—so easy, that it’s more like taking dictation. He’s a thief and a card sharp who takes poor little Anazakia for every last piece of supernal crystal, and then takes advantage of her personal calamity when he sees that she comes from money. Because he grew up on the streets and had to fight his way to the top of the pecking order from the very bottom during his years in Russian prison, he has his own code of honor—which includes looking out for himself, first and foremost.
There’s something very liberating—and fun—about writing a character who plays by his own rules and doesn’t care what anyone else thinks of him. A demon is the ultimate Bad Boy.
His companion, Vasily, was also fun to write, for different reasons. He’s a firespirit, with the volatile temper you’d expect from someone with elemental fire in his blood. With Vasily, I could let him indulge in the emotional outbursts that expressed what the more restrained airspirit Belphagor might not allow himself to. And where Belphagor doesn’t give a damn how others see him, Vasily, already imposing at 6’4”, makes a point of being physically outrageous, with flame red dreadlocks, scraggly red muttonchops, and piercings down the sides of his neck.
With these two Bad Boys in my head while I’m writing, there’s never a dull moment. Ideas often come into my head that are clearly from one or the other, competing for attention, and I know I won’t have any peace until I write them down. I suppose you might say I’m possessed. But I’m not complaining.
And while I adore them both, I will always have a weakness for Belphagor, the one who plays his cards close to the vest. Which do you prefer: the quiet Bad Boy or the one who’s quick to anger and quick to repent?
About the author:
Jane Kindred began writing fantasy at age 12 in the wayback of a Plymouth Fury—which, as far as she recalls, never killed anyone…who didn’t have it coming. She spent her formative years ruining her eyes reading romance novels in the Tucson sun and watching Star Trek marathons in the dark. Although she was repeatedly urged to learn a marketable skill, she received a B.A. in Creative Writing anyway from the University of Arizona.
She now writes to the sound of San Francisco foghorns while two cats slowly but surely edge her off the side of the bed.
About The Fallen Queen, Book One of The House of Arkhangel’sk:
Heaven can go to hell.
Until her cousin slaughtered the supernal family, Anazakia’s father ruled the Heavens, governing noble Host and Fallen peasants alike. Now Anazakia is the last grand duchess of the House of Arkhangel’sk, and all she wants is to stay alive.
Hunted by Seraph assassins, Anazakia flees Heaven with two Fallen thieves—fire demon Vasily and air demon Belphagor, each with their own nefarious agenda—who hide her in the world of Man. The line between vice and virtue soon blurs, and when Belphagor is imprisoned, the unexpected passion of Vasily warms her through the Russian winter.
Heaven seems a distant dream, but when Anazakia learns the truth behind the celestial coup, she will have to return to fight for the throne—even if it means saving the man who murdered everyone she loved.
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About The Midnight Court, Book Two of The House of Arkhangel’sk:
Against the pristine ice of Heaven, spilled blood and a demon’s fire will spark celestial war.
The exiled heir to the throne of Heaven, Grand Duchess Anazakia and her demon companions, Belphagor and Vasily, have made a comfortable home in the Russian city of Arkhangel’sk, but their domestic bliss is short lived. When their daughter Ola is taken as a pawn in Heaven’s demon revolution, the delicate fabric of their unorthodox family is torn apart—threatening to separate Belphagor and Vasily for good.
Anazakia is prepared to move Heaven and Earth to get her daughter back from Queen Aeval, risen in Elysium from the ashes of temporary defeat. But Aeval isn’t the only one seeking Ola’s strange power.
To conquer the forces amassing against them, Anazakia is prophesied to spill the blood of one close to her heart, while Vasily’s fire will prove more potent than anyone suspected. In the battle for supremacy over Heaven’s empire, loyalties will be tested and secrets will be revealed, but love will reign supernal.