Jen: Today we welcome Romarin Demetri to Romancing the Book. Romarin, will you share a short bio with us?
Romarin: Romarin Demetri is a story crafter who loves black coffee, traveling abroad, and when her characters come home in some sort of trouble she swears she didn’t invent. Pulling from her B.A. in English and Psychology, her debut series, The Supernatural London Underground, is a blend of fantasy ground in reality, and a world a reader can truly escape to. As an eccentric and reader, she still enjoys creating the alternate reality in her urban fantasy series (more than anything!), and her interactive world waits for you at RomarinDemetri.com.
Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Romarin: My newest release is the beginning of a series that takes you into the world of “The Supernatural London Underground”. An American girl with no choice but to run from the scene of a horrible accident in sunny California, travels to London, her birth city, to uncover the root of her powers. Along the way, she meets a group of misfits I can only describe as “enchantingly sarcastic”, and it quickly becomes apparent that getting them to trust her might be more difficult than her learning to trust herself. The idea came from the legends and hesitant truths concerning Countess Bathory of Hungry, who achieved the title of the world’s first female serial killer in the 1600s. I take creative license by setting the story up in London, my favorite place in the world.
Jen: Describe your writing in 3 words.
Romarin: Psychological, mischievous, philosophical.
Jen: Is there a genre you’d like to write? Is there one you’ll probably stay away from? Why?
Romarin: I would like to try writing for younger teenagers, and really dive into what makes a good story without an aspect of romance—even though I do have so much fun writing about bonds characters have. I have something outlined that I wrote when I was sixteen (my first novellas, really) and I might revisit it in the future. As far as a genre I wouldn’t write, I don’t see myself writing erotica and will leave it to the fantastic writers who are already well-versed in it. The thing I like so much about books is that readers can picture characters for themselves, how they find them most attractive, and a little bit of mystery, without giving too much detail really serves that purpose when getting into romance or sex scenes. I won’t be shy when it comes to those things, but I won’t be crossing over into erotica as a genre.
Jen: Who has influenced you as a writer?
Romarin: I loved reading Lynne Ewing and her “Daughters of the Moon Series” as a teenager because all of her characters have a dark side, or something special about them and their powers that they have to overcome. The same thing is true with humanity, and the concept of resilience and triumphing over something people said you had no choice over is so alluring to me. Also, Ewing had the girls fighting evil, but they were still able to lighten dark subject matter as characters, and that’s something I strive to do as well. Humor is so important.
Jen: Do you have a favorite character or one you most identify with?
Romarin: I love the characters who are most unlike me and really challenge me to use everything I’ve ever learned about people. So much research goes into looking at psychological disorders (Psych and English were my college majors) to create characters and their powers, and as a humanitarian I had to make an intelligent and vivid Sociopath character that you will meet in book three. My favorite is Thom Princehorn, and when you meet him and his witty remarks, you’ll see why.
Jen: What’s the most interesting comment you’ve received about your books?
Romarin: So far, readers have really liked the Powers and Personailty Quiz that puts you into the world of The Supernatural London Underground, by telling you which subculture you would belong to. I wanted to do something really fun for people, something that they can see themselves in. In the first round of quiz takers, the Archer Clan vampires were the most common. Subcultures have their own symbols too, which is super fun, and I plan to continue the subculture themes and quizzes into the future. Readers think it’s a neat take on a series, and they see that it is setting my series apart.
Jen: What’s next for you?
Romarin: Book two, The Frost Bloom Garden, comes out this year in December. I didn’t want to make readers wait to be able to continue the series—and especially after the messages I received from beta readers during their read-throughs of book two, I knew I wanted to make sure the series as a whole was well on its way before releasing book one. One of my betas was even reading book two in the stock room at work… Let’s just say that book two might be steamier, more wrong, and a little intense, but at the same time, things aren’t what they seem, and I love throwing readers for loops—get ready!