Amedeo is Cruxim—a rare, winged supernatural creature who knows neither his purpose nor his past, save but to feed on the vampires that plague the earth. When his one weakness, the girl and novice nun Joslyn, is taken and turned by his enemies, Amedeo vows never to rest until evil is expunged from his world.
On his quest, he meets Sabine: a guardian. Half-woman, half-lioness, she is a Sphinx who has been protecting humans from vampires since the dawn of time. But when she fails in her task of protecting a young boy, she is relentlessly pursued by her evil employer, Dr. Claus Gandler, a scientist collecting a sideshow of freaks, and both she and Amedeo are captured and cruelly paraded in Gandler’s Circus of Curiosities.
When the stakes are eternity in a cage, what will Amedeo risk to save one or both of the women he loves?
This gothic paranormal novel explores the beast within amid a setting of mythology and forbidden love. Cruxim’s dark world and conflicted characters are the antithesis of the sparkly vampire genre.
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How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
I am a big fan of more gothic paranormal literature, such as Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Anne Rice’s Interview With a Vampire, and Elizabeth Kostova’s The Historian, so I wanted to return to those roots and write in a way that was darkly beautiful and portrayed vampires as being evil, rather than sparkly and hanging around highschools.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Harden up. Yep, that’s my piece of practical advice for writers. Drink a cup of concrete—figuratively, that is. No matter what you write, or how you write it, there will be some people who just don’t “get” your work. It doesn’t matter if you have three hundred five-star reviews; those three one-stars are the ones that will play on your mind. “Why did they hate ‘me’?” you ask (because we writers have a habit of making it personal). When you put your work out there, you invite criticism, constructive or otherwise. To stay happy, you’ll need to develop skin thicker than a rhinoceros’s. I’m not saying you shouldn’t learn from criticism where you can, because you most certainly should. If your critics are saying your book was full of errors, by all means, sort it out. If they’re insisting there are plot loopholes, you might want to stitch those shut. But resign yourself to the fact that no matter what you do, sometimes “haters gonna hate.” Don’t let negative feedback undermine your need to keep on writing, keep on learning, keep on growing, and keep on developing the carapace you’re going to need if you want to write for a living.
Karin Cox edits and writes in her “spare time” while being a full time mum to a toddler and to a black cat with the improbable name of “Ping Pong.”
She is the author of more than 30 trade-published natural history books, biographies, Australian social history books, children’s picture storybooks, and travel guides, several of which have won awards. Karin has had poems and short stories published in anthologies worldwide and her ebooks CRUXIM, GROWTH, CAGE LIFE, HEY LITTLE SISTER and PANCAKES ON SUNDAY are available on Amazon.
Thankfully, the busier she gets, the more creative she is (and the more likely to afford to hire a housekeeper). Karin and her partner live in sunny Queensland, Australia, where she writes from her back deck overlooking the pool, her study (overlooking her messy desk) or her couch (overlooking Dr Phil, who gives her a lot of inspiration). You can follow her on twitter @Authorandeditor or visit her fanpage on Facebook www.facebook.com/KarinCox.Author. Also, feel free to email her on email@example.com
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I was inspired by a photograph of a dark, foreboding gothic tower that was used as a writing exercise at Byron Bay Writer’s Festival many years ago. I wrote a piece that I had to read to the class, and they all liked it, but then it sat in my desk drawer for nearly a decade until I stumbled on it and thought about expanding it. I knew I wanted to make my protagonist, trapped in the tower, a mythological creature, but I wanted him to be something different—someone very conflicted about his role in the world; thus, the vampire-killing Cruxim was born.