Monday, August 29, 2011
Paranormal Guest Author: Sang Kromah (Concealed)
Please welcome today's paranormal guest author Sang Kromah! Sang is the author of Concealed.
EJ: When did you begin writing?
Sang: I actually created the background story as a child, but I began writing the story on a trip to California with my mom. It was the summer before I began grad school and I was supposed to be having fun and concentrating on modeling, but we got to the airport in San Francisco, I saw a girl, who for some reason took me back to the memory of the story I’d created as a child. When we got to the hotel, I began writing ferociously, and three months later, Concealed was born.
EJ: What brought you to the paranormal genre?
Sang: I’ve always been a paranormal fanatic. My parents always wondered what was wrong with me. They told me so many paranormal stories as a young child and when I became obsessed they wondered why. I’m always researching strange happenings and watching scary films (in various languages). I’m just passionate about the genre and couldn’t imagine writing anything else. I’d go crazy!
EJ: If you could be any paranormal or have any one supernatural talent, what would it be? Why?
Sang: Oh wow! My younger brother and I ask this question quite frequently. My supernatural talents would be rapid cellular regeneration, so I could be indestructible and to be a healer. It may seem lame, but I could save so many people with my power. I wouldn’t publicize it. To me these two powers go hand in hand, because in order to continue to heal people you’d have to stay alive, and better way to do that than by being indestructible.
EJ: Tell us why readers will enjoy your new release.
Sang: Readers will love Concealed, because it’s unique and totally random. It’s an introduction to a side of fantasy that hasn’t quite been seen before with colorful characters that walk the line between good and evil so artfully it makes it hard to tell the difference. It’s a tasteful blend of fantasy, teen angst, mythology, and history rolled into one, and you won’t be able to put it down.
EJ: If your book(s) were being made into a movie, who would you cast for the leading roles? Why?
Sang: My main character, Bijou is racially ambiguous and is stylish and Bohemian. You know the type, beautiful but insecure. She would most likely be played by Gossip Girl’s Jessica Szohr or Smallville’s Kristin Kreuk. The only other character that I have definitely found a match for is Amina. I watch a lot of foreign television and I watch an Australian soap opera, Home and Away. There’s this actress, Tessa James and I swear it was as if my words came to life and created this girl. Her whole look is Amina, the accent, the feisty yet bubbly attitude is so her.
Concealed (Concealed #1) by Sang Kromah
When sixteen year-old Bijou Fitzroy and her nomadic grandmother leave New York City to live in a home in the sleepy town of Sykesville, Maryland, Bijou thinks she will finally be able to live a normal life and be like everyone else. This move will be permanent, and Bijou cannot be anymore thrilled. After years of being shut away by her grandmother, Bijou will finally able to interact with peers, make friends, go to school, and live like a normal teenager.
Moving around and being homeschooled definitely made it difficult to make friends, but there are other reasons for Bijou’s solitude. With eyes that constantly change from gray to green to a honey-coated shade of brown and an ability to feel exactly what other people are feeling, the concept of obtaining closeness is more of a fable than a reality. Although her eyes are beautiful, their constant shift in color instills a sense of fear within other people and causes them to look away. Bijou’s premonitions, blackouts, and semi-prophetic dreams of a faceless boy don’t help her social musings either. Regardless, she decides to attend the local high school.
Bijou is immediately introduced to Sebastian Sinjin, a quirky and unusually beautiful boy who doesn’t seem to belong in a high school in nowhere Maryland. Sebastian is also special. Instead of looking away from Bijou, he makes direct eye contact with her. And when he shakes Bijou’s hand something dark and familiar to awaken within her as an electric shock surges through her body. Bijou soon finds herself deeply attracted to Sebastian, who remains aloof and often acts like Bijou doesn’t exist.
Despite the pains of having her first real crush, Bijou makes friends quickly and excels in all of her classes…well, all except for Mythology with Mr. Jennings. Mr. Jennings’ class starts off great with endless discussions of djinn and how they conceal themselves from the human eye, but things soon take a turn for the worse when the stories of the mythical creatures begin to take shape in Bijou’s life.
Thank you Sang for joining us here today at From the Shadows!
To learn more about Sang Kromah and her books, please visit her website.
E.J. Stevens is the author of the Spirit Guide young adult paranormal romance series, the Hunters' Guild urban fantasy series, and the award-winning Ivy Granger urban fantasy series. She is known for filling pages with quirky characters, bloodsucking vampires, psychotic faeries, and snarky, kick-butt heroines.