I have been writing (and painting) since I was a child. I've studied Egyptology for five years at the University of Manchester (Certificate in Egyptology 2012 and Diploma in Egyptology 2014). I have a book-blog at http://leenamaria.com, where I discuss books, writing, and reading.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I'm quite the impulsive buyer - I choose the genre I wish to read, maybe write a search term and then scroll through the first couple of pages of the results. The cover of course first attracts my attention - I am an artist myself, and so I appreciate the work of a professional cover artist - a picture that promises a good story.
Also I love series. I want to get to know the protagonist better, and so I usually start from book one and buy the series one after the other (if the first book is good). This is also why I like to write series - I want to learn to know my own main characters as well. And they sure sometimes do develop into surprising directions, no matter how carefully I have planned the story...
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. I was three years old, and had just met a police horse in the park. I had never seen a horse before in my life, but that did not stop me. I was already climbing half way up the horse's front leg before my mom could stop me. I still remember feeding the horse candy from the palm of my hand (mother had shown me how to do it and not lose my fingers) and I remember how gently that beautiful giant took my little offering. After that we went home, I had an argument with my mother why we could not have a horse in the apartment (her excuse was we had no balcony), took my crayons and paper, and drew my first story. I could not write yet so it was a cartoon of a small horse who left its parents. I cried buckets as it was a sad story. After that, when I learned to read and write words, I've written stories. Cardboard boxes full of them somewhere...
The truth about her ancestry is not an easy thing for Dana to accept - she was deliberately created to perform a task, to find something that should stay hidden, or it might threaten the world of humans as Dana knows it. Her existence is tied to the myth of the Nephilim, the descendants of angels, and her creator was someone who commands the forces of chaos and darkness, the source of all horror myths of humankind. There is a world of shadows, the afterlife, dreams and time travel, surrounding the physical world - and it can be entered from the physical world.
Dana is being hunted by creatures of the shadows, and the hunt can only end in either Dana and everyone she loves being killed or turned into creatures of darkness - or Dana finding what she was created to find.
Her hunters have skills no ordinary human can escape - but Dana is not an ordinary human. Nor is Daniel, the leader of a hidden Center fighting the darkness. Together they must travel the Unseen Worlds, into the past, following a clue written down in ancient Egypt, to find the hidden mystery, before the dark creatures do. At stake is Dana's love, and the destiny of the human kind.
The truth about her ancestry is not an easy thing for Dana to accept – she was deliberately created to perform a task, to find something that should stay hidden, or it might threaten the world of humans as Dana knows it. Her existence is tied to the myth of the Nephilim, the descendants of angels. Dana must prepare for a long search in ancient Egypt, hunted by creatures of darkness.