Interview with paranormal dark fantasy author Aidee Ladnier

Author Aidee Ladnier is
with me today and we’re talking about her new paranormal novel, The Moonlight Market. The new adult LGBT novel also has a touch of magical realism and dark fantasy.



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Bio:
Aidee Ladnier, an award-winning
author of speculative fiction, began writing at twelve years old but took a
hiatus to be a magician’s assistant, ride in hot air balloons, produce
independent movies, collect interesting shoes, and amass a secret file with the
CIA. A lover of genre fiction, it has been a lifelong dream of Aidee’s to write
both romance and erotica with a little science-fiction, fantasy, mystery, or
the paranormal thrown in to add a zing.


Please share a little bit about your current release:
The Moonlight Market is a story about Cory Long, a college
senior, who tracks his missing sister to the magical Moonlight Market. There he
finds a disorienting world of performers and hawkers, and one very familiar
showman, Sanderson Beets, his on-again, off-again hookup from campus. But
Sanderson has a secret. He made a dangerous bargain with a woman known as the
Weaver of Dreams. Second chances always come with strings attached—and
sacrifices. Sanderson’s debt has come due, and the only payment he has to offer
the Weaver is Cory, and their chance for a relationship.
What inspired you to write
this book?
 
This book
contains two story elements that I adore: the “up all night” motif and the
“disappearing places” trope. An “up all night” story is one where characters
literally spend all night wandering around from adventure to adventure, growing
more exhausted, and more emotionally vulnerable as the morning nears. You know
the genre from movies like “After Hours”, “Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist”,
or “American Graffiti”. In The Moonlight
Market
, the two main characters, Cory and Sanderson, meet at dusk and spend
the entire weekend alternately searching for Cory’s sister, dodging the dangers
lurking in the shadows of the Market, and realizing they want more than a few
stolen moments together. The Moonlight
Market
also has the feel of a “vanishing village” in that it assembles in a
little town up the coast, once a year for a single weekend, and then is
dispersed until the following year. The denizens of the Market scatter to the
four winds, some following a performance circuit, others scheduled at craft
fairs, and some to the far reaches of the Earth in search of the extraordinary.
When I set out to write this story, I knew I wanted to write an “up all night”
story and I wanted a unique setting. Giving the Market a transient feeling made
Cory and Sanderson’s time together feel all the more fleeting and finite, and a
little magical.

Excerpt from The Moonlight Market:

He almost ignored it.
Almost.
Tiny bells tinkled nearby.
They sounded closer.
His skin tightened with goose bumps.
Niari glided into the pool of light cast by the lantern hanging
on the back of the tent. Her long, inky dress brushed the bells on her ankles
and pulled the shadows forward with her.
“Your debt is coming due.” Her trilling, accented voice
floated over the noise from the fairway beyond. In front of the tent children
giggled and laughed, the calliope blared out its joyous concert, and the
lanterns burned away the darkness. But Sanderson stood in the shadows
behind…with her.
Sweat coated his palm, and it slipped from the curtain. He
swiped at the bead of perspiration on his upper lip, the pit of his stomach
icing into a lump.
“I found someone.” He blurted out the words. “A lost soul.
Someone who’s lost something.”
Panic bloomed in Sanderson’s chest. Was he actually going to
offer Cory to the Weaver? Cory who just wanted to find his missing sister. Cory
of the soft hair, bitable nipples, and beautiful, slim cock. Who made Sanderson
feel normal. Like a regular guy.
“Good.” Her smile widened, filled with too many tiny teeth
that gleamed bright in the lantern light. “Are they tasty and ripe?”
“Madame?” Sanderson’s gut twisted at the hard glitter in her
eyes. A chill crept down his spine. She looked…hungry.
He blinked. Niari stood before him, still and silent,
waiting, just a woman again. The malevolent flash must have been a trick of the
dim light. He shrugged off the unease and shook the numbness from his fingers.




What exciting story are you working on next?

I’m currently editing a short story to make it into a novella. My
first story in the Busted Labs series, The
Applicant
, was originally published as part of an anthology. In it a young
roboticist is surprised to find a time traveler on his doorstep in answer to an
advertisement he placed for a lab assistant. Oh, and the lab is being
demolished by a wayward teddy bear robot while the time traveler introduces
himself. Some of my readers may recognize the characters of Forbes and Oliver
from my story The Break-In. In that
story an older Forbes relates the time traveler story to a younger Oliver. So The Applicant is the original story with
some embellishment and a little more filled out from the original short story.
I think fans will enjoy the same humor and more of a peek into the lives of my
roboticist and his time traveler lover.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I began writing around twelve years old. I had a dream about an
intergalactic kidnapping and a handsome prince dashing off across the galaxy to
save his love. I also wrote poetry all through my teenage years. I had a mentor
during that time that pushed me to submit my work to magazines and contests. I
didn’t get in many magazines, but I won a few contests. I also accumulated
quite a collection of rejection letters. I still have all of them because once
I had that first letter, I felt like an actual writer. I’m still very proud of
my submissions even if not all of them found a home. Those rejection letters
are badges of courage.

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 write?

I have a full-time job but it’s not as a writer. I’m the website
manager for a medical non-profit. I’ll be honest and say it’s a dream job. I
love being able to make a difference in the world and I’m so lucky that I’m
able to do that both at my day job and in my writing. As for finding time to
write, it’s really tough. My go to is always waking up extra early in the
morning to write, when everyone else is still asleep—let’s be frank, I’m also
still asleep. But my subconscious is awake, and it loves to write. I often
manage to squeeze in an hour of writing at lunchtime. And if my husband wanders
off after dinner, I drag the laptop out and get a few more hours of writing in
at night.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

LOL! I have fingerless cloth gloves I wear while I’m writing. Printed
on them are lines from a Sherlock Holmes story by Arthur Conan Doyle. They make
me feel a little closer to one of my favorite writers while I’m toiling
away—and they keep my hands warm.

As a child, what did you want to be when
you grew up?

I totally wanted to be an astronaut! I’m intensely curious about
everything and the idea of getting to explore something for the very first time
is very appealing. Plus, my favorite book was Robert Heinlein’s Have Spacesuit Will Travel.
           
I dreamed of making a spacesuit and traveling into space. And I
cried so hard when I realized that my nearsightedness would take me out of the
running for astronaut training. Sigh. So instead, now I write science fiction.
Which is actually a little better, since I can dream up things only future
astronauts will be able to do. Just like Robert Heinlein did.

Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?

I’d like to thank everyone for reading the interview and you,
Lisa, for hosting me today. I enjoy sharing little tidbits about my books and love
hearing from readers even more. I hope you’ll look me up and say hi!

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19 thoughts on “Interview with paranormal dark fantasy author Aidee Ladnier

  1. Aidee Ladnier says:

    @Teresa, I am definitely a reader. I'm fairly eclectic, but I stray more to the fantasy and science fiction genre but I'm not averse to a good mystery or even a well done biography. And of course, I read romance. There's something wonderful about watching characters fall in love, even if they're fictional! What is your favorite genre?

  2. Aidee Ladnier says:

    @LisaBrown You're very welcome. The tour has been so much fun so far. I've really enjoyed all the stops and getting to put myself out there and meet new people. 🙂

  3. Aidee Ladnier says:

    @Trix – I really enjoyed writing this book. I hope you love it, too!

    @MarcyMeyer – It was my pleasure. I'm always a little hesitant about interviews because I don't consider myself very interesting, but I hope my book it. LOL!

    @EvaMillien – The book is a little bit fantasy, a smidge of horror and a dash of romance. All my favorite things. 🙂

    @VictoriaAlexander – LOL! I've disclosed my quirk, what's yours?

  4. Aidee Ladnier says:

    @Nikolina Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

    @DarioZ You're welcome! I'm never quite sure how much everyone really wants to know about me in interviews but answering the questions is tons of fun. So, to turn it back on you – what did you want to be when you grew up?

    @TeresaNoel I'm so glad you liked the excerpt! I love when the Weaver asks if the lost soul is "tasty and ripe". I thought giving a hint that she might eat Cory would be extra creepy.

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