Title: THE NIGHT HOUSE
Publication date: December 9, 2014
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Rachel Tafoya
Bianca St. Germain works at a Night House, a place where vampires like the aristocratic Jeremiah Archer, pay to feed on humans, and she doesn’t much care what others think of her. The money is good, and at least there, she’s safe. Bianca also doesn’t care that the Night House is killing her. All she cares about is: nauth, the highly addictive poison in vampire bites that brings a euphoria like no drug ever could.
But when Bianca meets James, a reclusive empath who feels everything she does, for the first time, she considers a life outside of the Night House and a someone worth living for. But Jeremiah has decided to keep Bianca for himself; he won’t allow her to walk away.
As she allows her feelings for James to grow, she struggles to contain nauth’s strong hold on her life. If they are to have a future, James must make her see what she’s worth, what she means to him, before Jeremiah and nauth claim her for good.
My question for the author is: How did you come up with the story idea? What kind of research did you do on empaths? I haven't seen a lot written about them.
My dad is a crime author—I prefer fantasy. But I wanted to combine those two genres. At the time, I understood crime fiction to be anything where a crime takes place. So I invented the Night House. James came after that. People have written about addiction before me, and they will continue to do so. But I wanted two perspectives on it. Not just the view of the addict, but someone who was affected by her addiction. James isn’t just a friend who is concerned for Bianca, he can actually feel what’s happening to her. And it affects him deeply. There is not a lot written about empaths. James came entirely from my brain and I didn’t really do much research. It mostly came from my personal experience of feeling isolated in school, and also fearing for those worst-case scenarios. James is a lot like me. We’re both pretty anxious, yet we try to do the right things.
ABOUT RACHEL TAFOYA:
Rachel Tafoya studied creative writing while at Solebury School and was published in their student run literary magazine, SLAM. She attended a writing program for teens at both Susquehanna University and Denison University, and the Experimental Writing for Teens class and Novels for Young Writers program, both run by NY Times bestselling author, Jonathan Maberry. Rachel is the daughter crime author Dennis Tafoya.
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