Friday, July 19, 2013

Tricia Drammeh "The Fifth Circle

Today I am excited to share my page with author Tricia Drammeh, a woman who I truly admire. I just finished reading her latest book, “The Fifth Circle” and loved it. The story is not a happy one but is filled with hope, inspiration and positive messages. I am honored to call her a friend and feel privileged to have had a few private moments with her.

Sean is no stranger to darkness. He's overcome a dangerous addiction, struggled with mental illness, and faced relentless bullying by his peers. His best friend, Alex, has always been there for him, but when he falls in love with her, he replaces his online gaming obsession with a possessive interest in her.

Alex's survival depends upon her ability to lock memories of her troubled childhood deep inside her mind, but an unhealthy relationship with Sean causes dark visions of her past to rise to the surface. Sean's obsession and Alex's complacency collide, resulting in tragedy.

Together, Sean and Alex live in a hell of their own making. One will escape at the expense of the other. Both will discover why Dante chose to condemn the Wrathful and the Sullen in the Fifth Circle of Hell.
My interview with Tricia:

Hi Tricia. I really want to know what inspired you to write The Fifth Circle?

I had a vague idea for a young adult fantasy. Sean and Alex were the characters that emerged from that idea, but the plot never took shape. The story meandered along until it stalled out completely. I was inspired to take the book in a different direction and use elements of Dante’s work after I had a really strange dream. When I woke up, I knew where the characters needed to go.

That is wonderful. You sure know how to tell a great story. I was totally drawn in from the very first pages. Are any the characters from real life?

The characters are definitely from real life, but not necessarily based on anyone I know personally, though I did use elements of people’s lives in order to round out the characters. I’ve known people who’ve suffered from mental illness, addiction, and abuse, and I also know people who have experience with the criminal justice system. I think everyone knows someone who has struggled with one of these issues.

Gosh, you wrote it so well that I thought it was from your life. It felt so personal which I loved. Have you considered a sequel?

No. There isn’t room for a sequel. I’m not planning to write anything like The Fifth Circle again, but you never know.

Well, I hope so because it was such a great story. What are you doing now? Are you inspired?

Right now, I’m working edits and formatting for The Séance, which is the first in a young adult paranormal series. It’s about a girl named Abby who is fascinated by the supernatural. She performs a séance and accidentally summons a demon who sets out to destroy her. The demon’s antics turn dangerous and Abby fears not only for her own life, but for the life of her mom’s unborn baby. The Séance is scheduled to release October 4th.

What is your favorite genre and age group do you prefer to write for?

As a reader, I enjoy all genres, but as a writer, I tend to gravitate toward young adult paranormal romance or fantasy.

What is your favorite book if you had to pick one and who is your favorite author?

It would be completely unfair to pick a favorite book or author because I have so many. That being said, I can tell you the best books I’ve read this year. Home Wrecker (no, really. I just finished reading it and it was phenomenal!) Kiss of Fire by Rebecca Ethington is amazing for young adult fantasy lovers. Sweet Thing by Renee Carlino is a must for romance lovers. The Lake House by Marci Nault for fans of Women’s Fiction. Check out my reviews on Goodreads because I’ve read a lot of great books this year:

Cut it out, Home Wrecker? How sweet you are. People are going to think I paid you to say that. Maybe I should pay you. Hahahahahah!!!!! I appreciate you said that and I am so thrilled that you enjoyed it. I am touched especially from someone who writes so well.
It has been a pleasure getting you to know you better Tricia. I appreciate how generous you have been supporting me and other authors!!!! I am wishing you much success with your writing and in life!!! You are lovely!

My Review:
From the first page I could relate to Alex, the main character. Her vulnerability and ability to display it so openly drew me in. She might have had insecurities but that is what made her seem real. Let's just say we bonded right from the start.

The writers ability to make her characters come alive as they did are a true testament to her talent. The writing was flawless, crisp, clean and direct.

I liked how the story was told by Alex and by Sean. As a reader I was able to get the full perspective. It kept the story interesting with the different view points. It was almost like reading diary entries that were not meant for anyone else's eyes other than it's author. I think any age group could get something from this story. Even after putting this book down so many thoughts fluttered through my brain.

The powerful story that unfolds is haunting and I found myself filled with emotion. The writer has a way of pulling you in. It is not until you turn to the last page that you are released from that firm grip. 

"From the moment I decided to take my memories back, to empower myself with my past instead of letting my past take power away from me, I discovered I'd changed the pattern of my life. Like ripples in a pond, each memory started at one catastrophic place in time, then spread out over the course if my life, pushing and distorting everything in its path. I threw a new stone into the pond; I created new ripples, stronger ripples that overpowered the others, thus changing the of the pond. Sometimes ripples run deeper than the surface and create patterns that go beyond what the eye can see."

Tricia Drammeh has also written The Claiming Words
The Claiming Words
When sixteen-year-old Jace Alexander moves to the small town of Oaktree, Georgia, he attracts the attention of every girl in school. Shy, introverted Alisa Cole immediately casts Jace in the leading role of her latest fantasy, but she assumes he'll never return her interest. After she saves Jace from a Hunter, everything changes. Her accidental discovery of Jace's secret propels her into a world of magic and danger. Alisa's newfound courage is put to the test when Jace introduces her to his intimidating older brother, Bryce, and she decides she would rather battle a Hunter than endure another moment under Bryce's intense scrutiny. Jace and Bryce aren't the only ones with secrets... Rachel Stevens is the girl who has it all. She's beautiful, popular, and in possession of an ancient power which endangers not only her, but those sent to protect her. Jace is drawn to Rachel-and he isn't the only one. The Demon Re'Vel will do anything to claim her-even if it means waging a war with the entire Alexander family. As layers of secrets are peeled away, revealing the truth of her heritage and her family's betrayal, Rachel struggles to resist an immortal suitor who stalks her in her dreams. With the Alexanders fighting to protect her, can Rachel escape the power of the Demon and his Claiming Words?

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