Interview with Kelly Keaton — Author of Darkness Becomes Her

You may have seen one of my WoW’s featuring Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton. Its a really interesting book, and I (for sure) can’t wait to rest my hands on a copy when it comes out on February 22nd, 2011 from Simon Pulse. Want to find out a little more about the author behind Darkness Becomes Her? First…

Here’s the summary from Goodreads:

Ari can’t help feeling lost and alone. With teal eyes and freakish silver hair that can’t be changed or destroyed, Ari has always stood out. And after growing up in foster care, she longs for some understanding of where she came from and who she is.

Her search for answers uncovers just one message from her long dead mother: Run. Ari can sense that someone, or something, is getting closer than they should. But it’s impossible to protect herself when she doesn’t know what she’s running from or why she is being pursued.

She knows only one thing: she must return to her birthplace of New 2, the lush rebuilt city of New Orleans. Upon arriving, she discovers that New 2 is very…different. Here, Ari is seemingly normal. But every creature she encounters, no matter how deadly or horrifying, is afraid of her.

Ari won’t stop until she knows why. But some truths are too haunting, too terrifying, to ever be revealed.

Interesting, right? Now, on to Kelly Keaton…

Kelly KeatonIceyBooks: Describe Darkness Becomes Her for us.

Kelly Keaton: Darkness Becomes Her is sort of a mix of several genres: dark urban fantasy, light horror, and paranormal romance. It’s set in a contained post-apocalytpic-like world. New Orleans has been destroyed, forsaken by the U.S. government, and eventually sold to a private entity known as the Novem. The Novem are nine of the oldest and strangest families in New Orleans. They rebuilt parts of the city and, fifteen years later, it’s known as New 2, a place where bizarre things happen, and a sanctuary for the supernatural. My character, Ari, returns to the city searching for her parents and answers as to why she is ‘different’. Her search uncovers a curse, one that has the ability to ignite an age old war, and make Ari the most wanted person in the supernatural world.

IB: Where did you find the inspiration for Darkness Becomes Her?

KK: For this book it was really a combination of my love for Greek mythology, the paranormal, and the city of New Orleans. I like to write out of the box, to take genres outside of their comfort zone a little bit and present characters that are truly unique and complex. All these things inspire me, so I had alot to work with when it came to this story!

IB: What was the most difficult when writing Darkness Becomes Her?

KK: Probably deciding how far to go, how far I could push the ‘creepy’ level and still have readers ‘into’ my characters. My characters live in a very tough environment. They have to do things we’d never do in order to survive, and I didn’t want to fluff or gloss those things over. I had to find a good balance and still maintain realism of the world I created.

IB: Is there a message you hope readers will take from Darkness Becomes Her?
KK: Most definitely! The heart of this book is all about being different, being a misfit and trying to find your place in the world, and the people who accept you as you are. I hope readers come away from this book feeling like being unique isn’t always a curse. It could be something that separates you from the pack. It’s all about owning your individuality.

IB: Now that we know about your book, tell us a little bit about yourself :D

KK: Well, it goes as no surprise that I love books. Put me in a corner with a book and let me escape into another world, and I’m happy. And oddly, I love to collect socks — the weirder the better. (This is odd given the fact that I walk around barefoot most of the time). On the more normal side of things, I’m married, have two kids, two cats, and a Great Dane. I spend most of my week days writing and wish I had more time to actually read!

Thanks for taking the time to tell me and my readers a little about yourself, Kelly! I will definitely be waiting to pick up a copy of Darkness Becomes Her (the cover is gorgeous too)!!


Hafsah Faizal is a YA author, designer, and blogger. Her designs have graced the sites of New York Times bestselling authors, bloggers, and more. She resides in Texas, with her family.



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    November 2, 2010

    awesome interview…it definitely makes me want to try the book! :)

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    November 5, 2010

    The cover for this book is fantastic!

    I sort-of collect socks, too! Actually, I wear them, but I have a thing for knee socks with stripes or crazy patterns or designs.

    When I turned 30 earlier this year, my family threw me a party where the theme was “Amy.” They all dressed like me (and had hilarious but slightly creepy pictures of my face that they carried around on sticks), which included all of them wearing crazy knee socks. It was pretty funny and definitely a surprise because I hadn't known what the theme would be.

    ANYWAY! Back to the book. I can't wait to read it!

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    Kelly Gay

    November 9, 2010

    Thanks for having me, Hafsah. And for the kind words, Melissa! :-)

    Amy – your birthday party sounds so cool! And yay for a fellow sock lover! ;-)