Today the spotlight shines on a fellow Astraea Press author Brea Essex, who writes YA paranormal romance. Brea was born in Gilroy, California — the Garlic Capital of the world — but lives now in San Jose with her husband, Camie the dog and three cats, Khloe, Heath and Zoey. All were rescues! They’re also expecting their first child! Brea loves to make jewelry, sew and crochet, and read — she has enough books to start a library. Hope there’s room for a crib!
Welcome, Brea! How long have you been writing and when did you first get published?
I started writing when I was eight. I didn’t write much in high school or college, but finally picked it up again a few years ago. My first book, Foreshadow, was published by Astraea Press just after my thirtieth birthday.
Foreshadow is the first in a trilogy called The Shadow Imperium series. It’s set on the California coast and centers on angels and demons (or as I call them, devils). Here’s the blurb:
Imagine discovering that your boyfriend was out to kill you—and that the annoying boy from school was your guardian angel. Rae Davenport has already lost her mother. The only thing keeping her sane is her new boyfriend, Andrei—that is, until she finds out that he wants to kill her. Andrei is a devil, and he wants to use Rae as a sacrifice to get back into Heaven. The only one who can save her is Logan, her guardian angel. He’s only annoyed her in the past, but now he will be her savior.
Very intriguing! What’s next for your career?
Overshadow, the sequel to Foreshadow, has just been picked up by Astraea Press. It’s currently in editing, and should be released later this year. Writing-wise, I’m working on the third and final book of The Shadow Imperium series, called Queen of Shadows. I have a couple of other projects that I’m working on as time allows.