“Surely, Viktor, you cannot argue that your wife is the fairest in the land,” Kol said with a flourish. “And that is why the lovely Raven will be mine.”
“Kol!” Allegra cried. “What is wrong with you?”
“Allegra, do be quiet,” he said. “Or I shall be forced to silence you.”
“Silence me?” she shouted.
Before any of them could take a breath, Kol leaped to his feet and snapped Allegra’s neck with his bare hands.
“I did tell her to be quiet,” he said as he pushed her body out of the chair.
“Raven, Raven, wake up, love,” a voice whispered urgently in her ear. “You are dreaming. Wake up, now.”
Raven drew in a quick, deep gasp of air and bolted upright in bed. She was simultaneously sweating and shivering. Viktor wrapped his arms around her and drew her to him.
“It is ok now, my love,” he said. “You were having quite a dream.”
“No,” she said.
“What do you mean?”
“I mean, it was not a dream,” she replied.
“Ah,” Viktor said. “So it was another memory?”
“Yes, and it was clearer and more frightening than any nightmare I’ve ever had.”
“Do you want to tell me about it?”
“Maybe,” Raven said. “I think I probably should. Allegra was in this one.”
“Yes, that is to be expected because she was a very close friend to you during that lifetime,” Viktor assured her.
“I know. But this was kind of awful, Viktor.”
“In what way, my love?” he asked.
“Well, she was killed,” Raven replied. “Right in front of us.”
Imperceptibly, Viktor’s body tensed. He tried to control it, but she picked up on it.
“What do you know about that?”
“I…I really do not know much,” he said. “What did you see happen?”
He listened intently as Raven recounted her dream/memory to him.
This is bad, he thought. At this rate, she will be remembering her own death without any help from me. I do not believe she is ready to handle that yet.
“Something keeps trying to break through,” she said. “I do have one question from this dream.”
“What is that, love?” he asked.
“I’m wondering about Allegra’s companion in the dream. The one who killed her,” she said. “Viktor, just who is Kol?”
What made you want to write?
I have always loved writing. I remember when I was in grade 12, I took a college-prep English course. At the end of the year, we had to write one fiction piece and one non-fiction piece. I had written a fiction piece (about a vampire, of course) and then, for my non-fiction piece, I wrote about the antics at a party I recently had while my father was out of town. The teacher gave me an F because he was convinced my story was fiction. We were in the library on the day I got the F and I took him around with me and asked a bunch of people if they remembered my big party. They gave so many of the same specifics I wrote about, that he reversed my mark.
What genre(s) do you write in and why?
I have always loved writing about vampires. My first short story in middle school was my interpretation of a Barnabas Collins story. Now, there are many books written in the paranormal genre. I recently went to a Tarot card reading with my sister-in-law and that’s what gave me the idea for Raven, the main character in the series, who is a psychic who reads Tarot cards.
What was the first book you ever wrote?
The first book I ever wrote was the Barnabas Collins book I wrote in grade nine. I typed it on a typewriter on ¼-sized pages and then cut a blue duo-tang to fit. I actually still have it!
What is your favorite out of all of your books?
My favorite book so far that I have written is the last book in this series, Remembering Raven: Juliana.
And what makes this your favorite? A certain scene, character, plot?
Remembering Raven: Juliana is my favorite because it was bittersweet for me to finalize the series and wrap up the characters. Although, I still feel that there may be another book about Darian in my future.
What is your daily routine when it comes to your writing?
I get up and can usually do an hour of work before the kids get up. I can clean up emails and check in with my writing groups. Then, after the kids are in school, I try to do a solid couple of hours of writing. Then, a break and either some more writing or marketing. Then, family time on evenings and weekends!
What is something that you struggle with when it comes to writing?
Staying off of Facebook! Seriously, though, all of my writing friends are on FB so I spend lots of time in private FB groups with my writing support team, so it’s easy to forget that I should be turning off the social media and focusing on the writing.
What is your favorite thing about writing?
Getting to the story line and planning for all of the characters’ adventures. I love imagining all of the trouble my characters can get into and then how their character would get out of trouble. Maybe I didn’t get into enough trouble as a kid.
Where do you get your ideas for writing?
Usually from combining a few different shows or books or movies or ideas. I will be reading or watching something and think, “what if this happened, or what if he was a she, or what if it was a witch instead of a werewolf?”
Who is your author inspiration and why?
I love to read Dean Koontz books. As soon as I see a new one is out, I buy it right away. I can never put his books down. There is always a supernatural element in them and they are not predictable.
What is your favorite book of all time and why?
My favorite book of all time is Lightening by Dean Koontz. I don’t know why but I think I’ve read that book about 6 times. When I can’t find a book to read, I read that one again. Also, I loved the Harry Potter series. After I read them, I didn’t want to read another book for a long time.
Where do you see your writing career in 5 years?
In five years, I see myself writing more paranormal romances and mysteries. I love every aspect of planning, writing, publishing, and marketing books, so I can’t imagine doing anything different than what I’m doing right now.
A List of Works:
Remembering Raven: Always Mine (Prequel)
Remembering Raven: Cheyenne (Book 1)
Remembering Raven: Sabine (Book 2)
Remembering Raven: Allegra (Book 3)
Remembering Raven: Nanette (Book 4)
Remembering Raven: Juliana (Book 5)
Bearly a Viking
Saving the Wolf
Envy Green: Reborn
Lacey Edward was born and raised in Canada. She writes mainly paranormal romance fiction but enjoys throwing in a little mystery and suspense for good measure and to keep things interesting. Her first experience with vampires was the Barnabas Collins book she read in grade eight. She devoured it and never looked back – well, maybe over her shoulder once or twice.
Lacey lives in the country with her husband and two daughters. They enjoy skiing and sliding in the winter, swimming, golfing, and boating in the summer, and music all year long. Lacey also tries to keep up her mixed martial arts skills, just in case one of her unsavory characters comes to life…