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Visible Through Darkness
by Auden Johnson
GENRE: Fantasy Romance
Jade Greer is an outcast. Her only light is memories of her dead family. An unusual call leads her to Serin, a prisoner trapped in darkness for twenty years. Saving him leads Jade to a world for people with powers. A world her parents were once a part of. Jura, the once vibrant world, is dying. The magic is leaving the land. Jade and Serin have no homes to go back to, but they move forward with hope because they're no longer alone.
Jade lunged at him. He fell backwards. She straddled his chest and beat her fist and her frustrations into his face. No one would care what she did to him. He made her relive everything this world represented and everything she couldn’t have. Her fists burned. No one would care. People were supposed to care. He wore a wedding ring. He had a wife and maybe children. This world didn’t raise people to honor such commitments.
What Mom and Dad had was beautiful. She once wished for something like that. People like him turned that dream to ash.
She punched and punched. He stopped moving. Why was she born into such an ugly world? Why couldn’t she be selfish like everyone else?
His face caved under her blows. Finally, something bent to her will. Her fist drilled though his skull. Jade’s blood sang. His head became bloody ground beef flecked with small hard pieces. She punched concrete. She needed to stop. Her body wouldn’t listen. Sharp pain slid up her arms. Stop. Gore splashed into her face. Stop. Her body froze.
Since I mostly write dark fantasy, I usually don’t want to be my characters. They go through some intense stuff. Visible Through Darkness is different. I started the story years ago when I was in college and feeling lonely. Back then, writing was a way to express my emotions, to dream while awake. I didn’t come to Visible Through Darkness thinking it would be anything except a way to feel better. I definitely didn’t think it would become the first book in a series.
I was Jade. I put all of my emotions into her. She was called to save a man trapped in darkness for several years. Serin turns out to be the first person she feels comfortable around. She started the story depressed and ended hopeful. Once I finished writing the story, I felt a lot better. That’s what always happened. Years later, after I published my first book, I was searching my backlog of stories for my next project. I reread Visible Through Darkness. It had potential but needed a lot of work. The first two or three pages were nothing but exposition making the opening a little boring. My writing style had change so the story needed an update. Also, it was only 5,000 words. I didn’t want to sell something so short.
The new opening was the easy part. Making it longer was an adventure because I didn’t know what would be next for Jade and Serin. The story turned apocalyptic, of course. My books tend to do that. How the romance between Jade and Serin progressed was another challenge. They’re adults but are babies when it comes to relationships. They want to be around each other but they, in their own ways, have problems opening up. They don’t care about this, though. Visible Through Darkness is about two lonely people who enjoy feeling comfortable around someone else for the first time in years. Through their adventures, they get closer and learn more about their pasts.
An artist at heart, Auden loves photography, graphic design and writing beautifully dark and diverse stories. As a kid, she created her own books by folding several construction papers in half and stapling them down the middle, adding her own illustrations. She holds a B.A. in English, a M.S. in Library and Information Science, a M.S. in Publishing. She’s an Author/Social Media Marketing Consultant for Aubey LLC, a small press publisher and offers writing, design and marketing advice on her blog. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY starting her own business as a photographer, designer and author. Find info on her dark fantasy stories on aubeyllc.com. Book 3 of The Merging Worlds series, The Lost Sciell, is coming soon.
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