For the Hellfire Trilogy, I wanted to have a fire motif that carried across the three titles of the series. For Embers, with it being the last novel of the trilogy, it also signifies the final stage of a fire, when it’s burned down to glowing embers. In a way, the title’s also symbolic of what’s left of human society by the end of the final battle–smoldering remnants of what once was.
I tried to pick Latin-like names for most part. “Noxius” is “deceiver” or “trickster” in Latin, which I felt suited him, since he is a deceiver demon. The “Amon” part of his name comes from the name of a demon in the Lesser Key of Solomon who, like Noxius, is ranked seventh in the demonic hierarchy. Ardentia’s name came from the root, “ardent”, which has to do with fire or flame. I wanted to keep with the fire motif, not to mention the fact that Ardentia has fire in her too, both in looks and personality. Darius’ last name, Bellatore, translates to “warrior.” Commander Athena Pallantias Thorne is a nod to my favorite Greek goddess (and likely god parent if I was ever a demigod). The “Thorne” part just sounded cool, so it stuck. There’s a few other names that I can’t think of at the moment, but I’m sure if you looked, you’d find the others.
Nothing really prompted me to write in this genre. I’ve always had a interest in paranormal/supernatural things, and ending up in this genre was by sheer coincidence. My brain took various elements of pop culture (Supernatural, Priest, and Dragon Nest) and threw it together, and what came out was what we now know as the Hellfire Trilogy.
Sometimes I have to tell the voices to shut up and leave me alone if I have to focus on real life for a period of time. For the most part, they behave themselves and sit quietly until I’m ready to talk to them. But other times, they don’t behave, and suddenly I find myself speaking in character voices to myself in public spaces and I end up looking like a crazy person. In those instances, I kind of wish I had a t-shirt that read, “I’m not crazy, I’m an author.” As for my characters, they don’t really reflect attributes of maintaining my sanity, rather, they’re amplified aspects of my personality that in time, take a life of their own. The aspect is the foundation block, and once that character finds their voice, they do the rest and invent themselves.
Well, for one, I had to look up demonic summoning rituals, and I ended up on Satanic websites–thanks, Google. So I suppose I’m fortunate the NSA hasn’t showed up accusing me of being a psychopathic devil-worshipper that does blood sacrifices. Another thing I had to look up was angelology, specifically Lucifer-centric angelology. I learned Lucifer’s history, even his seal, his rank in the angelic hierarchy, and various other things.
Watching my two dogs slip and slide on the hardwood floor in our house. It’s always hilarious to watch them go splat! as long as nobody gets hurt.
Most recently, the mid-season finale episode of The Vampire Diaries. Sheriff Forbes, whyyyyyy? I had to hug my mom afterward.
On February 27th, Karyn Pearson unveils the final chapter in the Hellfire trilogy.
“Tell your master that I’m coming for him next,” she said. “We’re going to finish what we started.”
Excerpt from Embers:
A rushing sound filled her ears, Noxius’ power surged to life within her, willing her to dodge to the left. She whirled aside, watching as a hook-sword sailed within an inch of her, the blade singing in the air as it passed. A nearby soul cried out as the sword pierced him in a spray of blood. He slumped over and remained still, put out of his misery at last.
“I thought I smelled a mortal,” said the all-too-familiar voice of Malacoda. “What ever shall we do with you, my dear?”
“She’s pretty,” said a second voice. “Can we keep this one?”
“She is rather interesting, isn’t she?” Malacoda agreed. “How could a mortal make it so far into Hell unscathed?”
The sound of wings was all around them, the Malebranche laughing as they circled their prey. The huntress didn’t need to look to know she was surrounded. This was it, they were done for.
“Run!” Noxius yelled. “We need to make it to the next ring!”
Ardentia didn’t need to be told twice. She broke into a sprint, moving as fast as she could down the road. Behind her, she heard Malacoda wrenching his sword from the body of the tortured soul he’d inadvertently killed. The demon was in quick pursuit; the huntress knew she’d be no match for his speed. He was upon her within a moment, so she did the only thing she could. She turned to fight.
Using her forward momentum, she made a quick about-face, swinging her leg as she turned. Her kick connected, the blow startling the demon for a few seconds, as black blood seeped from a fresh wound on his cheek. He snarled at her in rage, raising his hook and sweeping toward her. She dropped and rolled under it, the sword passing over her head harmlessly. Her feet were back under her in an instant, and she was up and running, the demon roaring from somewhere behind her as he chased after her again.
“Keep running!” Noxius encouraged. “We’re nearly there.”
She kept moving, her eyes finding the end of the road ahead and what looked like the edge of a cliff. As she neared the end of the road, she saw the ground gave way into a sharp drop of at least one-hundred feet to the next circle below. To the far right, she saw a set of stairs carved into the side of the cliff. She started for them at once, moving off the road and cutting across a line of staked bodies.
Suddenly, Malacoda materialized before them, standing at the cliff’s edge and barring their path. He smiled, thinking he had her cornered. In her mind, she heard her demon shouting for her to turn around and head the opposite direction. The huntress ignored him, running toward the demon instead.
She barreled straight into the demon, her full body weight slamming into him hard. He doubled over and gave a grunt of pain, losing his balance, and together, they tumbled off the cliff.
It all begins with a Spark . . .
Ardentia, a demon hunter with a demon’s spirit bound to her own, goes on a journey to restore honor to her mother’s name. One by one, she hunts down the Saligia, who are responsible for her family’s curse. The closer she gets to bringing the Seven Deadly Sins down, the higher the chances are she’ll lose herself along the way. As the demon inside her awakens and grows stronger, it will only be a matter of time. Ardentia faces but one choice—trust the demon to help her break the curse, and pray he doesn’t betray her in the end.
. . . and blazes into an Inferno . . .
A new threat has emerged. Belial, one of four Crown Princes of Hell, has risen. The Crown Prince intends to free the rest of his brothers. If he succeeds, he will raise Lucifer from his centuries’ long slumber. Belial will stop at nothing to achieve his goals. His influence even extends past the defenses of the holy city of Salvatio. The Crown Prince must be stopped before the last great defense of mankind falls. Ardentia stands to answer the call. She knows the task alone will be dangerous, and that she could easily die in the attempt. But the threat of certain death won’t sway her. She and Noxius will do whatever it takes to thwart Belial, regardless of the consequences, even if those consequences mean paying the ultimate price.
. . . leaving behind a world of Embers . . .
Though she won the battle against Belial, the war for mankind has just begun. Lucifer is rising. With each passing day, time runs out for the human race. In sixty-six days, the fate of the world will be decided. But before Ardentia can focus on saving the world, she must save her demon. Noxius is dying, and his only hope for survival is to return to his own body. Ardentia must brave the horrors of Hell and its armies to reach Noxius’ court. If she manages to survive, she’ll still need to face the Lucifer, and something far worse—a foe far greater than the Devil himself.
Embers will soon be available at store.distinguishedpress.com as well.
About the author:
Karyn Pearson is the author of the Hellfire Trilogy and Arcturian Bloodlines. She is a full-time pet parent of her two dogs Nikki and Jamie. Karyn has a B.A. in Anthropology and has explored dozens of cultures in her studies, but has imagined countless more. She enjoys reading, playing action RPGs, and plotting the next adventure for her characters whenever she has a spare moment free of the dreaded and undefeated “puppy dog eyes attack.”
Her upcoming project will be the first novel of a new vampire series, Arcturian Bloodlines. When she’s not writing, Karyn can be found playing with her puppies or Googling various dangerous topics for novel research that make her constantly question why federal agents haven’t yet knocked down her front door.