About the Book:
Lucifer is unceremoniously yanked out of Hell by his Father so he can return to his old job in the Garden of Eden. When he arrives, broken, battered, and bleeding, he falls into the arms of Eve who is unsure about seeing her old lover again as are the people now living in a dying paradise.
Tasked with returning the Sacred Trees of Life and Knowledge to flourishing bounty once more, Lucifer struggles to learn his new place in his old home. Yet, he hasn’t been placed there solely to tend the Garden. His son, Cain, is on the way with murder and destruction on his mind.
Having lived, cursed by God, for eons, Cain Enoch has made quite a name for himself and amassed a fortune that would make even his Grandfather envious and with it he’ll stop at nothing to find Eden and destroy it. Why? So he can finally die even though it means taking the Earth, Heaven, and Hell with him.
“No, not back to Adam. Not tonight,” Lucifer assured and kept his hand out until she took and hesitantly rose to her feet. “I have a secret place that you must never tell anyone about. Would you like to see it?”
Standing there in the Celestial Robe which pooled around her feet and trailed behind her like a wedding gown, Eve was intrigued by the idea that there was still some small corner of The Garden that she had yet to explore. “Yes.” Came her hesitant whisper as she held onto his hand.
It was a very long walk from the Eternal Pool to his little hideaway. To him she didn’t seem up to the journey especially not in his robe which she would undoubtedly trip over every few feet but that was no matter. “Would you like to fly there?”
Eve sucked in a breath so harsh that it made her cough. Lucifer had never asked her—or Adam for that matter—if they wanted to fly. Quickly she nodded her head. This night which had started out so terribly was just getting more and more exciting. Eve couldn’t contain it, she started hopping in place with adrenalin.
Lucifer smiled so wide that his entire face lit up and rushed with color as he picked her up in his arms, “Hold on to me, Eve, do not let go. Understand?” He watched her nod with excitement as she looped her hands around his neck. “Ready?” When she nodded again he took off. The look of sheer awe that came over her face as they flew over The Garden was the most beautiful thing Lucifer ever saw.
The pair of friends was not alone.
After Lucifer took off, Gaia rose from her Eternal Pool to watch them fly away and to hear Eve laugh as she nuzzled her face into Lucifer’s cheek. “Don’t do it, Nephew,” she whispered to the glittering night sky as she watched them soar, “God will be furious.”
Lucifer didn’t hear his Aunt’s quiet plea but God did.
1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?
I’m almost 55, the mother of two grown daughters, wife of 35 years (to the same man!) and grandmother to one. I live in my hometown of New London, CT in the house where I grew up.
I started writing in the 4th grade when my class was given its first-ever creative writing assignment. I put pencil to paper and was transported away to some place else, some place wonderful. In that very moment, I knew I was going to write for the rest of my life.
2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?
Unfortunately, like every other writer with a day job, my writing gets scheduled around that. During the week, I write from roughly 2pm to 4pm and on the weekends it’s Open Season. I usually start around 9 or10 in the morning and go to 3 or 4 in the afternoon.
I have two home offices, one upstairs the main office which is on the first floor and where I do the bulk of my writing.
3: Where do your ideas come from?
The Muse. The Cosmos. They may choose to communicate their ideas to me via the radio, TV, a movie, or just something that caught my eye one day. Once they plant the seed, I am the one who helps it grow.
With “The First Sin” (South of Eden) it was a three year agonizing process as the story went through one incarnation after another. Every time I thought I had it and we were on the right track…it stalled. It didn’t just stall it gave up the ghost. There were other stories rolling around in my head, I tried to write them and the same thing would happen. I’d get to a certain point and then they just stopped. Eventually, I just quit writing for a long time. Just walked away from it and that is not something I ever thought I would do.
Admittedly, it was a rather low point in my personal life as well, so this massive bout of writer’s block was particularly unwelcome. Slowly, I got my shit together, another long involved process, and tentatively began writing again. The Muse and I made a deal; we were going to write a story with a beginning, middle, and an end. That’s it. A story. Simple. Easy. No pressure. No ‘what will people think’. No page length. Just a friggin’ story.
I picked up “The First Sin” (South of Eden), completely gutted it, grabbed parts from different incarnations, slapped them together and smoothed in the lines. It started forming a complete story again, a better story, the story it was always meant to be and I just couldn’t find it because I was too busy crawling into bottles of vodka.
It took quite a while and I honestly didn’t think the Muse and I would finish it. There were so many parts in the story where I had to go back and deal with my own upbringing, so many things I thought I’d dropped by the side of the road decades ago but discovered I was still carrying around at least its ghost. Those things caused long pauses in the writing process.
So when the actual ending started piecing itself together in my head and I got to the point where I could see it, I was thrilled! Over the moon! Getting there took many…leaps of faith…but we made it. I think we created, not just a complete story, but something really good. I hope others will think so too.
4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?
Generally, what I get is 12% of an idea and I have fill in the other 88%. I do not do outlines or notes or anything like that. I don’t even use a program designed to help writers develop their stories….I only use Word. The story is always evolving and playing in my head 24/7 no matter what else I’m doing. Yes, the Muse and I are always in contact conversation. When my writing time comes around, I shrug off everything else, and just type whatever is in my head demanding to come out through my fingertips onto the screen.
5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?
I work very hard not to pigeon-hole myself into a genre, I think that’s very unfair to label authors because that generally forces them to stay in one particular spot and not explore their entirety of their creativity. However, I do understand the ease for the reader labels can provide. My stories can be about anything or anyone but they always have a central relationship that everything revolves around. It can be lovers or old lovers or family or whomever. It’s the relationships between characters that are the key to my works whether they take place on Olympus, in the Garden of Eden, small town Vermont, or Hollywood. The main characters could be Gods, Faes, Angels, general Immortals, or regular people. It doesn’t matter.
6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?
After almost two decades, I finally pinned down someone to play Ares—after all these years! I found the perfect person, his name is Ben Barnes and he was ‘Billy’ on “The Punisher” as well as having a part in “West World”. We’d have to beef him up a bit, but other than that, he’s a dream come true for Ares.
I would really love to have Gwyneth Paltrow and her mother, Blythe Danner, for the parts of Persephone and Demeter.
I’m going to cheat a little bit and give something away here but if you read “The First Sin” (South of Eden) you’ll pick up on it anyway. For the parts of Gabriel and God, I would adore having Richard Speight, Jr. (Gabriel) and Rob Benedict (God/Chuck)
For the part of Cain Enoch our Tech Trillionaire who was cursed by God and tossed out of Eden along with his mother, father, and remaining brother, and who is now out to destroy his former paradise home, I think I might like to see Chris Evans in that role.
That leaves our two main characters for whom, unfortunately, I have no hardened answers. For Lucifer, The Devil himself, I have the wacky crazy idea of John Travolta. I pick him because I think he’d be good and I think he’d have some fun with it. Last, but never least, for our darling Eve, the Mother of Humanity, I might like to see Emily Swallow.
7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?
I read a lot in my younger days, lately my eyes are showing the strain of too many hours staring at a computer screen. I really want to get into audiobooks but they’re very expensive and I should know I have some on the market. Just a heads up to the audience; on Audible the author/publisher does NOT set the price! Audible does.
I love Stephen King, VC Andrews, Jacqueline Susann, Harold Robins, and Mary Higgins Clark.
8: What book/s are you reading at present?
None at the moment, I’m afraid.
9: What is your favourite book and why?
My favorite book will always be “The Stand” by Stephen King. That’s the book that made me say; I want to write like THAT! THOSE are the stories I want to tell.
10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?
You either are a writer or you’re not so step back and make the decision first. This isn’t something to ‘dabble’ with or try because you think it’s ‘so easy’…. it is not. It is not for the weak of heart or those with thin skins if you’re planning on publishing. People can be very cruel in their ‘reviews’ and even just in their contact with you.
So if you ARE a writer, if this is your passion, and you feel like you’re just going to explode if you don’t get it out of your head and down on…paper?…. then go for it. But do it for yourself and not for anyone else. Don’t do it for sales. Don’t do it for reviews. Do it for you.
11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?
Amazon Author Page: www.amazon.com/Lisa-Beth-Darling/e/B002BMDA9I
About the Author:
Lisa has been writing since the 4th grade. With her unique perspective on life, she is unafraid to delve into dark places in order to shine a light on how she believes strength of character is tested and defined.
Her fiction stories range from dark, thrilling, and erotic romance to inspirational and heart wrenching drama. They are always filled with secrets, lust, betrayal, and sometimes rage. They may keep you awake into the wee hours of the morning cheering, weeping, and captured by suspense as our heroes and heroines have their love tested by demons who reside within and without.
Lisa Beth Darling is 55 years-old, the mother of two adult daughters, grandmother to one, and wife to her husband, Roy, for the last 35 years. She lives and writes in her hometown of New London, CT.
Early influences were Stephen King, Mary Higgins Clark, Harold Robins, Jacqueline
Susan and VC Andrews.
In her spare time she enjoys gardening and photography as well as cooking and baking. Lisa also enjoys helping other authors bring their works to the world stage. Find out about the services she offers to her fellow authors.
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