(Circuit Fae, #1)
by Genevieve Iseult Eldredge
Published by: Monster House Books
Publication date: September 12th, 2017
Genres: LGBTQ+, Urban Fantasy,
Dark Fae. Romance. Evil Plots. High school. Our heroines could be in for the greatest adventure ever.
If only they could decide whether to kill or kiss each other.
High school sophomore Syl Skye is an ordinary girl. At least, she’s trying to be. School photographer and all-around geek, she introverts hard and keeps her crush on sexy-hot glam-Goth alt-rock star Euphoria on the down-low. But when a freak accident Awakens her slumbering power, Syl is forced to accept a destiny she never wanted—as the last sleeper-princess of the fair Fae.
Suddenly hunted by the dark Fae, Syl’s pretty sure things can’t get any worse. Until she discovers her secret crush, Euphoria, is really a dark Circuit Fae able to harness the killing magic in technology. Even worse, she’s been sent to destroy Syl.
With mean girls and magic and dark Fae trying to kill her, it’ll take more than just “clap if you believe in fairies” to save Syl’s bacon—not to mention, her heart.
Perfect for readers of romance, urban fantasy, fairy stories and LGBT.
~AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Genevieve Iseult Eldredge~
1) What gave you the inspiration for the storyline?
I’ve always been intrigued by Fae mythology, so when Christina, the founder of Monster House Books, approached me about Circuit Fae, I jumped at the chance. We wanted a different take on the Fae and hit upon the idea of Fae using technology to leverage their power in the mortal realm.
I liked the idea of the “dark circuitry”—the Moribund—being part machine/part organic/part Fae magic. From there, I designed Agravaine, the primary villain of Moribund who controls Rouen and tries to kill Syl.
2) Are there any hidden themes in the book that you hope readers will discover?
Oh my! Should a lady tell all of her secrets? ;) I like to turn tropes on their ear a little, so you’ll see some of that in Circuit Fae. Like the idea of the fair Fae being “good.” In the world of the Circuit Fae, “fair” does not mean “good,” and “dark” does not mean “evil.”
3) Are any of the characters based on real people you know?
I find I don’t really base characters on real people at all. I do study people at large, though, and I find people’s motivations fascinating.
4) Who has influenced you most as a writer?
I feel as though everything influences me in some way, whether it’s a technique I want to adopt or a trope I want to avoid. I’m an avid reader and pop culture nerd. As for literary influences, I’ll name Tolkien, David Eddings, and Tanya Huff as my early influences with current influences along the lines of Sarah J Maas, Leigh Bardugo, and Laini Taylor.
5) If you could have any three literary characters over to your place for game night, who would you invite, what would you play, what would you serve, and why?
I’d arrange a Girls Night for Daenerys Targaryen, Elphaba, and Mary Poppins.
Daenerys, because seriously, have you ever met a lady more in need of a Girls’ Night? Elphaba because you just know she’d be a delightful grump about everything. Mary Poppins because she has good manners, and I feel like she’d make sure no one cheated (I’m looking at you, Dany!) Plus, she is a Time Lord so we needn’t be worried about the night getting away from us.
I’d serve a variety of takeout: pizza, Thai food, Chinese, Mexican, because you know Dany’s probably tired of all that ale and lamprey pie. Plus, I’m sure she gets asked all the time to just, you know, fly the dragons over to Dorne to “pick up” some Dornish wine “on the way.” I’d make sure there were vegetarian options since Elphaba might be sensitive about eating Animals. And tea, because it’s very British and so is Mary Poppins.
Because I’d want to keep it light, we’d play Risk. Because what’s lighter than a game of world conquest among ladies who ACTUALLY want to take over the world? :P (Well, except maybe Mary Poppins…)
After consoling Dany that no, there are NOT any Dragon troops, and telling Mary Poppins that no, we cannot just jump into a chalk drawing and pop out in Asia to surprise-attack Elphaba (who is still grumpy about there being no Oz territory), I’m pretty sure Elphaba would win since, according to Once Upon a Time canon, wicked always wins.
Raised by witches and dragons in the northern wilds, GIE writes angsty urban fantasy YA romance--where girls who are mortal enemies kick butt, take names, and fall in love against all odds.
She enjoys long hikes in the woods (where better to find the fair folk?), believing in fairies (in fact, she's clapping right now), dancing with dark elves (always wear your best shoes), being a self-rescuing princess (hello, black belt!), and writing diverse books about teenage girls finding love, romance, and their own inner power.
She might be planning high tea at the Fae Court right now.
GIE is multi-published, and in her role as an editor has helped hundreds of authors make their dream of being published a reality.