Recently, Jocelynn Drake closed out her Dark Days series, and started penning some new ink– ANGEL’S INK. The first book of the new series will release in October, and in the months leading up, Jocelynn has published a couple of short stories to give us a taste of the series while getting to know the new characters:
The Asylum Interviews: Bronx
The Asylum Interviews: Trixie
We caught a chance to chat with Ms. Drake about her new series.
UFL: Please tell us about your new series.
The city of Low Town is filled with all types of creatures living together with the humans. As a result, sometimes a person will need a little extra help in life. A little extra good luck? Some help with your love life? This is where your local tattoo artist comes in handy. A tattoo artist is also skilled in stirring potions that can be placed in the ink. The new series focuses on Gage, a tattoo artist and former warlock, and his friends Bronx (a troll) and Trixie (an elf) and their misadventures together. Low Town is a strange place, where anything can happen.
UFL: How did you come up with the concept of the story/series?
I was getting close to finishing the Dark Days series and I was sitting at a tattoo parlor, talking to the artists there while waiting to get some fresh ink of my own. They knew I wrote stories about vampires and the suggestion came up that I needed to write about a tattoo artist. They made some very strange suggestions and we all had a good laugh, but the idea stuck with me. After toying about with the idea and making notes of all the things that I didn’t have the chance to do in the Dark Days series, the Asylum Tales was born.
UFL: What are you most looking forward to seeing in terms of character development from Gage and Trixie?
Gage has been a fun, interesting character to work with and the ending of the second book shocked us both. With him, my immediate concern is him dealing with the Ivory Towers, who represent the resident dictators and tormentors of the world. A large part of his development is him learning to deal with that past and find his place in the world. Let’s just say that it’s not where he expected to be.
Trixie is also about getting free of her people. For the two of them together, it’s largely about trying to manage a relationship and weigh the important things in life as the world is constantly falling apart around them.
UFL: I loved your fight scenes in NIGHTWALKER. Will there be fight scenes in ANGEL’S INK?
There will be fight scenes in ANGEL’S INK, but they are mostly going to be less physical than Mira because Gage usually finds himself going up against witches and warlocks, so there’s more magic in these fights.
UFL: You have a wide variety of creatures populating the world of ANGEL’S INK (elves, faeries, trolls, werewolves, and vampires), but will there be angels?
After two novellas and two novels, an angel has not yet appeared in the series, but if there are more books contracted by my publisher, the door is certainly open for an angel or two to appear.
UFL: Will there be romance or a significant relationship in ANGEL’S INK?
Yes, there will be a little romance in the series, which isn’t very easy to write from a man’s point of view. But yes, Gage is quite enamored of a character and he struggles to make a relationship work despite of his past and the dangers that he brings into her life.
Coming October 16: