Today on the blog we have Giana Darling, author of The Evolution of Sin series.
To start things off, can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your background as an author?
I have been writing every day since I was in fourth grade and my teacher assigned us a creative writing assignment for Hallow. I wrote a story about kids going into a haunted house, losing their memory of the night and waking up the next morning as various mythical creatures (I’ve always had a thing for vampires). Since that day, I have written across many different genres but it wasn’t until I stumbled over Giselle and Sinclair’s love story, and Giselle family as a whole, that I knew I needed to take the plunge and publish my first book.
You mention on your blog that The Secret gets at the crux of your motivation for The Evolution of Sin series. Can you tell us a little bit more about that inspiration? How did you come up with this storyline? Why did you need to get this series down on paper?
It essentially boils down to my belief that all love is difficult and all the more beautiful for it. People talk about ‘timing’ and too many obstacles but in my experience, if you love something there really is nothing that can eviscerate it. The kind of love that takes your heart by storm is beautifully rare and it shouldn’t be taken for granted, no matter the consequences.
Being an author can be tough work. What pushes you to keep writing? Was it more challenging to write the second book in the series?
Honestly, I just finished writing the third and final book in the series, The Consequence, and that was by far the most difficult to write because I had to find a way to neatly and poetically say goodbye to characters that both myself and the readers have invested so much time and emotional energy in. The Secret was basically a breeze to write because it explored my original idea for the series as a whole.
Writing in general isn’t a chore though. If I don’t write every day, I feel physically unfit as if I haven’t taken my vitamins or had enough water to drink. My life is incredibly busy as I also own a pie company and am doing my postgraduate work but I can always find a few minutes to write even if it is on the corner of a pie box!
One reviewer wrote, “I LOVE THIS SERIES!! … But I think each one of these characters needs a book…” How many books can readers expect in the series? Do you have any books planned where the other characters take the lead?
I love that the readers are interested in Giselle’s family members because I’ve always planned to write Sebastian, Cosima, Elena and Cage’s love stories as well. It surprises me how involved people are in even the more tertiary character’s lives so I have also been toying with the idea of a few novellas too.
I think romance novels generally steer clear of portraying the hero or heroine as confused, flawed or even morally wrong. Traditionally, heroine’s are supposed to be sweet and innocent, the hero ‘bad’ but only in superficial ways that makes them hotter. Authors are beginning to delve more into the underbelly of romance and sex and I love it! The Evolution Of Sin Trilogy is about a couple who find themselves deliberately lying and betraying both themselves and the people in their lives because of their taboo love. They make stupid choices, give in to temptation and could even be considered selfish and amoral. What makes Giselle and Sinclair beautiful and unique though is their growth as individuals across the series and how they learn from their mistakes (hence the trilogy name, The Evolution Of Sin 😉
The book cover for The Secret is hot, hot, hot!! What level of steam can readers expect? And who designed that awesome cover?
The trilogy is definitely erotic, particularly the first book as it explores a seven day no-strings-attached affair. My enigmatic Frenchman, Sinclair, is ‘hot, hot, hot’ so I needed a cover to match his steaminess and the incredible Najla Qamber from Najla Qamber Designs created the perfect cover for him!
Your author bio mentions extensive travel. Where have you been lately? Any trips planned to celebrate the release of The Secret?
I just returned from a quick trip to Hawaii to soak in the sun and float in the salty blue waves. It reminded me of my trip to Cabo San Lucas when I was inspired to write Giselle and Sinclair’s holiday affair there, which was fitting because I was just finishing up the last book in their story. I have plans to visit Costa Rica at Christmas too because I always need to have a trip on the horizon or I get itchy feet!
What have you read lately that knocked your socks off? What’s coming up on your TBR?
I am full blown in love with Marianna Zapata and her slow burn romances. I just finished Lingus, which was her first book and the last one I read by her. I literally reccomend her books to anyone who will listen. Alessandra Torre is also my idol and she has been so kind as to give me advice throughout my entire journey as an author thus far so when her newest book, Moonshot, released two weeks ago, I read it in under four hours! Next up is Ruthless People by J.J. McAvoy because somehow I haven’t read that series by her yet!
Where can readers find out more about you or The Evolution of Sin series?
Twitter: https://twitter.com/GianaDarling | @GianaDarling
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B01BR0QFI2
Any parting words for our readers?
The Consequence (The Evolution Of Sin #3) released on September 8th. Also, I post fun things on Facebook for cover reveals and releases so make sure to head over and give me a like ❤
Thank you so much for joining in on the Author Interview Series!!