When you steal from faerie queens, the consequences are painful and sometimes deadly.
Were-jaguar and TV personality, Riley O’Rourke, has been looking over her shoulder ever since she stole from the Dark Queen of the Unseelie faeries. When Riley is contacted by an informant with knowledge that can blow the lid off the story of the year, she can’t pass up the opportunity to investigate. What she finds instead is something that puts her at the mercy of the Dark Queen, who is not known for her compassion.
When Riley’s boyfriend, David, realizes she’s missing, he’ll do whatever it takes to get her back, including starting a war with the Unseelie. The balance of power among the Fae courts is shifting, and if David makes one wrong move, Riley could end up crushed in the struggle. But after being the subject of the Queens’s legendary cruelty, will there even be anything left of Riley to save?
The second book in the Revelations Trilogy continues the story of Riley O’Rourke, David Lo, and Neve MacAlpin. Buy it here.
Taming Shadows is the first book in the Revelations Trilogy and introduces us to Riley, David, and Neve. Buy it here.
An Interview With Fiona Skye
The first book of the Revelations series, Taming Shadows, is a big favourite of mine, which make me certain that the sequel will be spectacular as well, but how do you think the two compare? Will we get to see a wider expansion on Riley and the events of book one, or is Silver Shackles going to open up all new doors for the readers to explore?
Silver Shackles is much darker, as most second books and films in a trilogy tend to be. Riley really isn’t in this book much, though her presence definitely drives the actions and decisions of the other characters. David is the main character in this second one and we get to see a lot more of him and learn a bit more about his background and his history. Plus some other major characters are introduced and we get a feeling of where the action is going and what might happen in the third and final book.
From my own experience with writers, I know there are a lot of very different ways to go about things. Specifically there seems to be a divergence between the organised “plotters” and the less-organised “pantsers”. Which would you say best applied to you?
For most of my writing career, I’ve been a pantser. But after taking two years to write this book–mostly because I was bogged down in the Great Swampy Middle–I’ve decided to try outlining. I’m currently auditioning several different ways of outlining and hopefully, I’ll find one that works well for me.
Do you have a routine for your writing each day? Any secret regimen that helps you while you’re weaving stories?
I like to write early in the morning, just after breakfast, when my mind is sharpest and clearest. That only works when my kids are in school, though. During the summer, not much writing gets done during the day. After supper, though, the children are banished to their rooms with books of their own, and I do a little writing then.
After Silver Shackles, there is only one book left for the Revelations series. Is that it for Riley, or will we get to see her again elsewhere? Do you think you’ll ever write a spin off?
There is one book left in the trilogy and I’ve been playing with the idea of an anthology of short stories about some minor characters (Orla, Onyx, and Baron) and their lives before the Revelations. I’ve also been thinking of a novella or two about David and Riley after the end of the trilogy, something that has to do with David’s past in San Francisco.
Living in Tucson, Arizona, yourself, which is also the location that the Revelations series is set, do you find yourself going about your business and planning scenes for certain places? Do you ever smile to yourself in certain areas as you realise something or other took place just around the corner from where you are?
There is a certain house on a road I travel occasionally, and I think of it as Riley’s house. And whenever I get the opportunity to go to the coffee shop downtown where David and Riley had their first date, I always picture them sitting there and talking.
What are your plans for the future? Are you going to focus on writing more about Riley and her exploits, or do you have other projects in the works for us to get excited for?
I have two other books in the first draft phase. One is a young adult, sci-fi, dystopian thing about a computer that takes over the Earth, and the other is another urban fantasy about a cop in Denver who investigates a series of gem heists with a suspect that can vanish into thin air. Hopefully those will be out soon–I’m sort of shooting for the urban fantasy to come out in the winter.
About Fiona Skye:
Fiona Skye is a fantasy author, currently living in the deserts of Southern Arizona. She shares a home with her husband, two kids, three cats, two rats, a betta fish, and a Border Collie.
Fiona’s passion for story telling began early in life. She loved playing make-believe and inventing elaborate fantasy worlds for her friends and her to play in. At age twelve, she wrote her first short story, which was based on a song by a 1980s hair band. After giving it to her English teacher for editing and rewrites, she learned to love the entire writing process, and has dedicated her life since then to writing, only to be occasionally distracted by her insatiable love of yarn and crochet, and the dogged pursuit of the perfect plate of cheese enchiladas.
She counts Diana Gabaldon and Jim Butcher as her favorite authors and biggest influences. Joining these two on the list of people she would wait in queue for a week to have a coffee with are Neil Peart, Kevin Hearne, and Brandon Sanderson.