Interview with paranormal author Madhuri Blaylock

Today’s guest is paranormal novelist Madhuri Blaylock. She’s talking about her Sanctum Trilogy and particularly the newest novel, Book II: The Boy

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Madhuri is a Jersey City Heights girl via
Snellville, Georgia, who writes paranormal fiction and is slightly infatuated
with tattoos, four-inch heels, ice cream, Matt Damon, scotch, Doc Martens,
Laini Taylor, photo booths and dancing like a fool.
She’s currently working
on The Sanctum trilogy and hopes one day soon, everyone is walking around with
copies of The Girl and The Boy in their pocket or on their
She wants to get a
goat and a burro, but since she lives in the city, will settle for some
She’s totally chatty, so drop her a line any time.

Welcome, Madhuri. Please
tell us about your current release.

In The Girl, I introduced readers to the world of The Sanctum, one
corrupted by greed and savagery and hellbent on achieving a single goal:
destroying the prophesied hybrid. When one of its most celebrated warriors
questioned his allegiances, age-old secrets were unveiled and violence erupted.
The journey becomes more perilous and intense as the trilogy surges forward
with The Boy.
Can you cross the plains of
death, collect every piece of your soul and make it back to the land of the
And if you complete the journey,
will your loved ones welcome your return?
The Ramyan have been answering
such questions since the creation of The Sanctum. A mysterious sect of
Magicals, haunting the blank spaces of time and memory, they serve no one but
themselves and their higher purpose. They exist on a plane removed from earthly
matters, shifting easily between the living and the dead, moving in time to the
beat of their own drummer.
At least they did.
Dev and Wyatt change all of that
when the prophesied hybrid lands on the steps of Rinshun Palace, seeking help
for the wounded Class A Warrior. That decision alters lives and sets old
agendas back on course. But at what cost to Dev and Wyatt? And does that really
even matter?
What inspired you
to write this book?
Since this is the second book in a trilogy, and I’m
determined to complete the trilogy, one inspiration was my sheer stubborness.
But aside from that, I wanted to get Wyatt’s story down on paper. The Girl, which is the first book in the
trilogy, was all about my queen of badassery, Dev. She, and The Sanctum
Trilogy, sprang from my desire to meet a girl that was hardcore and going to
save the world, but also knew it. She didn’t need a boy telling her how great
she was or to explain her powers – she knew them already. With The Boy, I really wanted Wyatt to get a
chance to jump off the paper and explore his evolution as Dev’s partner a bit
more, perhaps making people to love him as much as I do.

Excerpt from The Boy:
“We’re Sanctum, Ryker,” Dot replied as she began a sun
salutation, “we do not become emotionally tied. To anything or anyone.”
Ryker remained silent.
Moving into a warrior pose, Dot continued.
“But I suppose you and Wyatt did not get that memo.”
Rather than engage Dot in conversation, Ryker joined her in
a warrior II pose.
“Sam and Josiah should have never allowed you boys to become
so dependent upon one another. Very few Sanctum have been so intertwined and
when they have, the results have been disastrous. Now that he’s gone, you’re
incapable of functioning and fulfilling your duties as a warrior.”
“He’s not gone,” Ryker insisted.
Dot heard the pain in her son’s voice and relented a bit.
“I don’t mean it like that, Ryker. I know you know Wyatt is
still alive. What troubles me is how you’re handling his absence.”
Ryker broke his pose and sat on the floor, watching his mom
go through her routine. He knew Dot was tough, but sometimes that toughness
came across as plain, cold-heartedness. She didn’t mean it that way; she loved
him and was just worried, Ryker simply wished her mode of conveying that
concern was a bit warmer. He couldn’t remember the last time she hugged him,
touched him affectionately.
“I’m handling his absence by helping Jools stave off a
Sanctum-wide revolution, ma,” Ryker explained quietly, “I’m investigating
violations of The Book of Peace by the Breslins, looking into Ava’s murder of
Jasper and Kalinda Edwards at the last meeting of The Circle of Ten and
speaking to other Founding Family members. So I think I am handling Wyatt’s
temporary absence just fine.”
Dot looked down on her elder son and softened, despite the
voice inside her head telling her to beware. That was The Sanctum speaking to
her, always reaching out and cutting off the ties to her children. First taking
them at such a young age and now, telling her to shut them out. But she had
always been stronger than The Sanctum, and today was no different.
She reached down and caressed Ryker’s face, a gesture she
couldn’t remember indulging in since he was small. He closed his eyes and bowed
his head, as if ashamed by his need for her affection. Dot’s heart broke as she
watched him, wondering over the years how many times he had craved her touch,
needed her arms around him. He was a grown man now but Ryker would always be
her baby, so she bent down and did what she hadn’t done in almost a decade: pulled
her son into her arms and held him as he cried.

What exciting
story are you working on next?
Currently, I’m wrapped up in writing Book III, the finale of
The Sanctum. It’s both amazing and bittersweet, as I will be so sad to say so
long to these characters. I’m going to have to think of a good Sanctum tattoo
so I can keep them with me forever.
When did you first
consider yourself a writer?
I’m just now getting there. My head is starting to wrap
itself around the idea that I’m actually kind of good at this writing schtick
and everyday, a little bit of the lawyer in me is shed. It’s quite liberating
and inspiring.
Do you write
full-time? If so, what’s your work day like? 
If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to
Sadly, I do not write full-time…yet. I am an attorney in a
large Manhattan law firm by day, and a sleep-deprived, but very, very happy,
writer at all other times.
What would you say
is your interesting writing quirk?
I can get quite a lot of writing done on my ride from
Hoboken into Manhattan, right there on the Path train. I stand up, make sure
I’m by the doors, so I can lean against them, whip out my iPhone, pull up the
Notepad and start writing wherever I left off last. At times, it can be some of
the most amazing writing of my day.
Oh! I’m also good for coming up with storylines or last
sentences of books in my gym classes.
As a child, what
did you want to be when you grew up?
When? Ha! Here’s the timeline I remember: zoologist, marine
biologist, large animal veterinarian, horse ranch owner, writer, actress,
lounge singer, actress, writer.
Anything additional
you want to share with the readers?
Here is a little more about The Sanctum
Trilogy –
The Sanctum, an
all-powerful governing body founded by ten families, entrusted to maintain the
peace amongst Magicals and ensure the ignorance of humans, has been corrupted
by greed and savagery for generations, but is all Wyatt Clayworth has ever
A descendant of one
of the Founding Families and Class A Warrior, Wyatt has always believed in the
ways of The Sanctum, having grown up in the system and thrived under their
leadership. A golden boy, renowned for his prowess and skill in battle, Wyatt
has never questioned a mission or kill order until the night he crosses paths
with a brutally injured and mysterious girl.
Scouring Central
Park with his best friend and fellow Class A Warrior, Ryker Morrison, for the
hybrid demon prophesied to bring an end to The Sanctum and destroy the world
for Magicals and humans alike, Wyatt instead finds Dev and his whole life turns
upside down. Told he was hunting a killing machine, hellbent on wreaking havoc
and destruction upon all it encounters, Wyatt instead sees nothing more than a
broken girl with haunted eyes and a bit of a death wish.
All Dev wants is
for Wyatt to either kill her or leave her alone. When he refuses to do either,
she finds herself being pulled into his life while being hunted by warriors
everywhere she turns. Drawn to one another for reasons they cannot begin to
explain to themselves, much less anyone else, Wyatt is determined to protect
Dev and help her realize her mission to avenge the deaths of her family at the
hands of The Sanctum.
Set against the
backdrop of New York City, The Girl
“outstanding, original, complex, deep and
, a “well written, unique…fast-paced read” that  begins as one girl’s simple quest for
revenge and evolves into a complicated tale of trust, friendship, honor and
And the journey
only becomes more perilous and intense as the trilogy surges forward with The Boy,
masterpiece in The Sanctum trilogy”
certain to 
“keep you up all night reading.” Can you cross the plains of
death, collect every piece of your soul and make it back to the land of the
living? And if you complete the journey, will your loved ones welcome your

If you’re
interested, you can find me on Facebook
 or follow
me on Twitter or follow my blog.

Thanks so much for
having me here today – it was loads of fun!
Thanks, Madhuri.

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17 thoughts on “Interview with paranormal author Madhuri Blaylock

  1. M says:

    Hi Lisa. Just want to stop by and say thanks for the interview and hosting THE BOY. I totally appreciate it and hope your readers enjoy it. Cheers!

  2. Andra Lyn says:

    Which was more fun for you to write? Boy, or Girl? 🙂

    (I feel like I'm asking you to choose between children lol!)

  3. M says:

    Thanks MomJane and Karen H, so glad you enjoyed the interview and excerpt. That scene between Ryker and his mom is one of my favorites. Dot is pretty hardcore, but has these moments, here and there, where she lets down her guard and gives into her emotions and the men in her life are very affected.

  4. M says:

    Andra Lyn, it is kind of like picking my favorite kid. And since I'm convinced every parent has a favorite – my parents definitely favor my youngest sister – I will admit that my affections lie with The Boy. Of course, I love The Girl because it introduces my world and cast of characters, and I think it does a really good job, if I may toot my own horn, but I think I really hit my stride as a writer with The Boy.

    Plus, The Boy was a very emotional exercise for me. To me, it's a treatise on loss and how we handle its effects and it's quite melancholy and down right sad at times. Readers might not pick up on this as much as I do, but I love that about it. I also find it to be quite beautiful, which I think has a lot to do with my character, Wyatt, and his personality. He really shines in The Boy.

    There's also lots of hot sex, which is always kind of fun.

    And then there's Darby – my main girl. I love her and she really jumps off the page in The Boy. She's quite the character and writing her story is always loads of fun.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Diane, a gas station attendant is awesome. I also forgot to include that for quite a while I fully intended to be Han Solo, with a Wookie and a Millennium Falcon to boot. And I was dead serious about it.

  6. M says:

    Thanks, Mary. All those farm animals is probably some left-over, unfulfilled desire from when I was growing up and working on the ranch I took horseback riding lessons. I still fantasize about escaping the city and moving to a farm somewhere…

  7. Anonymous says:

    Thanks collenga – hope you check it out. Think you'll like it. And thanks for the well wishes. I'm hoping to have book III ready by the end of the year. Fingers crossed. Cheers!

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