I am an author from England and my name is Chantal Ravens. If I can describe my writing, the main word that I will use is Fantastical. I like to create character-driven fiction with lots of twist and turns. I hate run of the mill plots but I might switch up a well-known tale and turn it into something totally different. My work doesn’t fall into just one genre.
My current series, Angels of Fire trilogy, have mythology at the forefront. It takes inspiration from the book of Enoch and other stories of fallen angels. I didn’t want to create a standard fantasy or paranormal fiction novel but I did want to write something that is true to the folklore. It’s like comparing soft science fiction and hard science fiction- lots of research had gone into making it believable. My book might be fantasy but it does take inspiration from legends originating from around the world about demons and angels.
When and why did you start writing?
I have always been an avid reader and writing seemed to be a natural extension of that.
My mum studied English at University and I was writing alongside her when she was submitting her coursework. Of course, it was just doodles initially. As I grew older, writing became a much bigger part of my life.
What inspires your writing?
I love art and I’m a trained artist. So naturally, I take inspiration from the drawings that I’d created. I also take inspiration from:
- News and current events
What has been your worst moment as a writer?
A critique buddy telling me that they’ll never pick up my book from a bookstore just by reading the first sentence. I appreciate that everybody has different taste but that really hurts which is why I am determined to prove them wrong.
Do you have any writing rituals to get you in the mood for writing?
A quiet room.
If you could, what would you go back and tell yourself as a writer starting out?
Finish your work. Finish it. Don’t think that your work is horrible just because you read it because at the end of the day, you can polish a finished work but an unfinished one, no matter how brilliant, remains an unfinished work and that is disappointing because you don’t get the conclusion to the story.
What do you believe make for great writing?
Good plots that take you somewhere and characters that breathe out of the page. The characters become your best friend and you start to care about where they’re going. I don’t care much for the writing style. I’d read both literary and commercial fiction and if the character or plot doesn’t grab me then it’s over.
How do you measure success as a writer?
Getting my book out to the whole wide world and getting the word out.
What’s your biggest fear as a writer?
There’s a tiny voice at the back of my head telling me that I’ve been deluding myself over the two decades that I’d been writing. This voice is telling me that I’m not a good writer. So, my biggest fear is if somehow that voice turned out to be telling the truth.
Describe your latest book to our readers
My latest book, The Damnation Plays, blends mythology and legends about fallen angels into a supernatural thriller. Mia Castle had just woken up from a coma unscathed after an accident which should have left her dead or severely brain damaged. Mysteries surrounds her awakening which could only be deemed as a medical miracle. However, she will soon come into contact with Blake Carter. He hid a secret: He knows more about Mia than Mia knows about herself. In fact, if this secret comes out, Mia will be in mortal danger and the world as she knows it will come to an end.
What would you like readers to take away from your writing?
A good time obviously.
Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?
Try to read as much and widely as possible. When I first started out, I read Edgar Allan Poe’s novels, the Harry Potter series, the Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, the Abhorsen series by Garth Nix, Wuthering Heights and many more novels. I also wrote as much as possible.
What’s next for you?
I will like to finish the remaining “Angels of Fire” novels and continue writing and creating new characters and worlds.
by Chantal Ravens
“His love could lead to her damnation.”
Mia Castle wasn’t expected to wake up – ever. Two years ago, she had driven her motorcycle in between the paths of a truck and a friend in order to save his life. Disastrously, she was hit, putting her in a long coma. However, after a miraculous awakening, she defied the medical odds to become fully independent but was at the same time left with both physical and mental scars.
Since the accident two years ago, her fiancée had moved on and unexpected events had happened in the lives of people she loves. Mia herself had changed. Mia now experienced visions that spanned time and space. With no explanations in sight, she tried to get away from it all by holidaying in a small cottage in Wiltshire. There, she meets Blake Carter. Blake with his dark, smouldering looks and mysterious aura was unlike any man that Mia had ever met. However, he hid a secret that could tear them apart.
Unbeknown to Mia, Blake had been looking for the Damnation Plays and Mia could be the key to finding it.
The Damnation Plays had been in existence for thousands of years. Concealed by dark forces it could bring damnation to the world.
New alliances will be forged and old friendships tested as Mia and Blake raced against time to prevent the deliverance of a legendary evil.