Annalise Storm Chronicles Book 1
by May Freighter
Genre: Dystopian Mystery, Romantic Suspense
It’s the year 2330. At the end of the twenty-second century, the human race has divided into two distinct groups—purebloods and the ‘modded’. Those who are unfortunate enough to be genetically modified are now nothing but servants for their pureblooded masters.
Living in this time, you know your place, and you do not cross the line. So, when a violent death occurs in the Bronze District, Annalise is ordered to take this as her trial run at Divinity PD to prove that she can do the job as a member of the Human Possession Department.
To defy her father’s wish to marry her off, and keep her Chief happy, she is determined to solve this murder by any means necessary—even if it means going to districts she has only read about in textbooks and fighting her forbidden feelings for her servant.
With internal battles, dirty politics, and sinister secrets, just how exactly will Annalise solve her Case: 0? And more importantly, will she live to see her next one?
Annalise Storm Chronicles Book 2
It’s official, Devlin is Annalise’s new partner. He’s charming, caring—a perfect gentleman who caters to her every need. That is until he starts to mix work with pleasure to convince her to marry him as per agreement with her father.
With her servant, Mavel, gone from her side, the cracks in the wall she created around her begin to come undone. To take her mind off the torment her heart is going through, she takes on another possession case in her old school, Montgomery Institute. But, what starts off as a simple case full of bad memories twists into a web of deception and lies involving everyone she cares about.
May Freighter is an internationally bestselling author from Dublin, Ireland. She writes Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, and Sci-Fi mysteries that will keep you entertained, mystified, and hopefully craving more. Her only pets are cacti. They're the only things that survived. It may be too dangerous to entrust her with an animal while she's engrossed in writing.
On sunny, rainy, and overcast days, she spends her time with her fictional friends, putting them through dangerous adventures while wishing them the best of luck. Her hobbies are photography, drawing, and plotting different ways of a characters' demise.
What are some of your pet peeves?
I probably have a list long enough to span a mile. For example, when you get used to using the Oxford comma and then see no one else using it, or when you see glaring grammatical errors in mainstream advertising, or when people leave dirty knives on the edge of the kitchen counter when the sink is 2 feet away, or when you plot out this amazing path for your characters but 1/3 way through they decide they want to do something else entirely.
What are your top 10 favourite books/authors?
L. J. Smith, Laurell K. Hamilton, Darren Shan, C. Pike, Kalayna Price, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Jeaniene Frost, Anna Santos, R. K. Close, Cassandra Clare.
Where were you born/grew up at?
I was born in Ukraine, in a small town called Ternopil. When I say it out loud, people often freak out and ask, “You were born in Chernobyl?” Although I’m not radioactive and have never been there, it is such a common reaction that I’m kind of used to it.
When I was 12, I moved to Ireland and ever since I’ve remained here.
If you knew you'd die tomorrow, how would you spend your last day?
Probably with my fiancé, Mike. We have been together for ten years and developed a bit of a regime for our dates. They start off with going to get some sushi for lunch, getting ice cream for dessert, and either seeing a movie at the cinema or taking a nice walk around town together.
In the end, I think being with him would make me happy, doesn’t matter the place or time.
What are you passionate about these days?
Cake, tea…surviving the bills every month? Jokes aside, I guess I’m passionate about my career and my stories. I’m pretty certain that my eyes glow with my love for my characters when I get a chance to talk about them and their adventures. If you ever meet me, and I talk too much, feel free to tell me to shut up.
What do you do to unwind and relax?
I watch a lot of TV shows, K-dramas, J-dramas, anime, go for walks in the park, draw monsters that I find cute but others don’t, make sushi, take photos of pretty scenery, etc. Basically, I try to avoid anything that has to do with books for a few days. That allows me to stay sane and not grow to hate what I love.
I fell into writing and this career path without realising it. It was hard to decide whether I should stick to Computer Science and become a programmer or choose writing. Being an author is not a career that is easy to succeed at. There is no support if you’re indie and no stability when you’re self-employed. A lot of people still hold a stigma that self-published authors are bad and their works shouldn’t be taken seriously.
Do I regret it? No. It is a journey that’s tough, tiring, and makes you cry from time to time from frustration and stress. A good word or review from a reader or a fan can dispel that for a day or two, but the troubles never really go away. It is also somewhat isolating. When you become a “best seller”, people treat you differently. Also, I don’t know where this concept that authors are these rich people who shovel money under their beds and drive sports cars came from. I’m pretty sure I barely make enough to buy groceries every month and the rest goes on marketing.
All in all, nothing makes me different from my readers. We all have hardships and fall on hard times. We are all human, author or not.
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