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The Demon Rolmar by A.V. Griffin Spotlight

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Title– The Demon Rolmar
Author– A. V. Griffin
Genre– YA Science Fiction
Book Length– 172 pages
Release Date-April 2, 2013
Book Description
Rolmar is a heartless, misanthropic demon who serves as one of the three overlords of Pentar, a planet in the Amenis dimension. When Rolmar’s brethren bestow upon him the illustrious task of destroying Earth, his growing curiosity of humans adds a momentary pause to his original plan. Still intent on annihilating Earth, Rolmar extends his stay in order to discover what makes humanity unique.
However, when Adam, a quirky college student, crosses paths with the all-powerful demon, one fateful night will change his life forever. Haunted by nightmares of his mind-blowing encounter, Adam can’t return to his normal life. His only path to solace is attempting to convince the demon that Earth is worth saving. With the fate of the world on their shoulders, will Adam and his friends be able to convince Rolmar that they and all of mankind should be spared?
Excerpt
It was a frigid night in Glencoe, Missouri. The only visible light on Old State Road came from a tavern, whose usual patrons sought warmth on this cold night, and as always, were intent on escaping their woes in tall glasses of ale. A tall man wearing glasses and a worn, brown-leather jacket exited the bar, letting the heavy, wooden door fall shut behind him. He headed south toward his home, which was about a mile away.
Adam Livingston walked the streets hurriedly and ignored the shadows that toyed with his mind, borrowing images directly from his nightmares. The wind was no help to him, for it seemed to animate the shadows, making them dance. He passed by the familiar oak tree that marked the halfway point between the bar and his home. Almost home, he thought. But as he walked by the enormous tree, something registered in his peripheral vision. What was that? It looked like a green flash. It must have been my mind, up to its usual tricks again. The thought was convincing for several more yards, until he heard the sound of rustling leaves behind him. Don’t turn around. Don’t turn around. But like poor Orpheus, something compelled him to look back and when he did, his eyes met the luminous stare of Rolmar, who had emerged from the darkness. The youth couldn’t look at the haunting, green eyes that pierced through his soul.
The demon started to walk toward him. Time began to slow and then it sped up, and Adam crumpled to the ground, barely aware of his own body. He covered his head with his arms and trembled in the night air, praying for the demon to vanish. The sound of the approaching creature tortured his ears, and Adam thought those heavy footfalls might be the last sound he ever heard.
Avery Griffin
Bio
A. V. Griffin has been fascinated with science-fiction and fantasy stories since she was young. As a college student, she took to creative writing and began her story, The Demon Rolmar. Infusing the novella with her passion for science fiction, readers everywhere will be able to sense the enormous love and respect she has for the genre. Griffin holds a bachelor’s in psychology from Fordham University and currently resides in New York.
Interview Questions
  1. Do you consider yourself a logophile? If so, have you always been? I do consider myself to be a logophile. Ever since I was young I’ve had a love for words. I also like to research word origins.
  1. What is your favorite color? My favorite color is red. 
  2. Where were you born? Where did you grow up? I was born in West Islip, NY. I grew up on Long Island. I used to love going to the beach when I was a child. I tend to write stories where the beach is the setting. I find the sea to be very peaceful and it’s my favorite place to be. 
  3. Who is your favorite author? Edgar Allan Poe is my favorite author.
  4. What is your favorite book? It’s a tie between Redeeming the Lost by Elizabeth Kerner and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
  5. What do you do when you are not writing? I tend to read a lot. I love reading sci-fi and fantasy stories.
  6. Do you have any advice for aspiring authors? Keep writing and take writing courses to help improve your writing skills. If you can’t find a traditional publisher to publish your book, you might want to try the self-publishing route. This is the route that I took after receiving rejection letters for two years from traditional publishers. 
  7. Is being a writer a curse or a gift? I think that writing is a gift and those who have this gift should embrace it.
  8. Where do you write? I like to write in my home office. Sometimes I like to write at the library as well.
  9. Do you prefer silence or some noise while you write? I definitely prefer silence when I write.
  10. What do you typically drink while writing? I like to drink iced-tea or water when I write.
  11. What challenges have you had in regards to your writing life? The greatest challenge that I faced was trying to find a publisher the traditional way, by writing query letters. I tried this for two years before deciding to self-publish my book.
  12. When did you first start and when did you finish your book? I started writing my first book in 2005 and I finished in 2011. 
  13. If your book is made into a movie, which actors/actresses do you envision playing the parts? I’m not sure which actors/actresses would star in the movie, but I think unknown actors might be the way to go.
  14. How do you market your book? What avenues work best? I’ve marketed my book mainly through social media sites and I’ve had some difficulty with this so far. I would welcome any advice on better ways or techniques for promoting my book.
  15. What has been the toughest criticism so far? The toughest criticism that I’ve received has been that my descriptions are not detailed enough. I’m trying to work on this issue for future releases.
  16. What has been the best compliment? The best compliment that I’ve received so far has been that my book contains a great amount of creativity. I worked really hard on this book for many years and I was very happy when I received this compliment.
  17. Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination? Some of the characters in my book are based on people that I’ve encountered in my life, but the majority of the story came from my imagination.
  18. How did you come up with the title? Well, I came up with the main character’s name first and then decided to incorporate it into the title of the book.
  19. Will there be a sequel? I’m not sure if there will be a sequel just yet, but I’m still considering it.
  20. What project are you working on now? Currently, I’m working on a collection of short stories.
  21. What question did I leave out that you’d like to answer? I’m currently looking for reviewers for my book. Anyone who is interested can contact me via email. (avgriffin_2@aol.com)
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