Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Author Spotlight: Zoe Forward

Please tell us about yourself and your writing.

Thank you for having me drop by! I’m a veterinarian by day and a writer at night. In the middle I’m a mom.  My special love of archaeology, especially anything Egyptian, shines through in the Scimitar Magi series.  A deep part of me wishes I had pursued a career that would have me at a dig site in a hot, sandy country, but I’m a small animal veterinarian, caring for everything from chinchillas to dogs...and even one hermit crab in there.

What does your writing space look like?

I don’t have one spot to call my own that I use for writing.  With my busy schedule I’m happy to grab a few minutes to type some lines. And I’ll do that wherever I might be. My space is my laptop and somewhere quiet.

Do you have a process for coming up with character names and book titles?

I like to come up with back story for the character first, and then peruse names that are of the ethnic origin of the character I am working with.  For my latest release, Dawn of a Dark Knight, the title was based on the African proverb: No matter how long the night, dawn will break.  The idea reflects the struggle of the main character, Ashor, in conquering his internal darkness and finding his own dawn.

Tell us about your current book. What is it about? What inspired it?

For Dawn of a Dark Knight (book one in the Scimitar Magi series) I created a new type of hero. As a passionate reader of paranormals I’ve read my fair share of vampires, weres, face, shape shifters, and demons. And loved them all. But I wanted something fresh.  In DAWN OF A DARK KNIGHT the Scimitar Magi are ten pseudo-immortals that live within our modern world, but struggle to remain incognito.  The guys are not exactly thrilled to discover they vowed their eternal soul eons ago to serve the Egyptian gods, and now must execute daemons for the rest of their lives.  With no past-life memory, they’ve got no clue how to wield the powers gifted to them by the gods. Man to super warrior in a five-minute induction ceremony with no instruction manual.  So, it takes each Scimitar a long time to work it out.  At first losing control at random is the norm, and irritates the bejesus out of the more experienced guys.  Incidents happen like blowing up a gas station, which is misinterpreted as an international terrorist act.  And then there are the women. Each Scimitar gets matched to one woman for all time, and she is also reincarnated. But when, and if, this woman shows up is entirely up to the gods, who love to muck things up for entertainment.


In the shadows of our world, a secret band of warriors fights to protect us. They are the last line of defense against an evil no human can stop.

An ancient nemesis has resurfaced. Duty demands that Ashor Vlahos, Scimitar Magi commander, recruit a magical healer to fortify the remaining eight magi. The gods' choice is the woman who helped him escape torture a decade ago. Ashor couldn't have imagined a better punishment for his vow-breaker homicidal incidents than for the gods to bind him irrevocably to the only woman in the universe he cannot have. The soul-searing desire she ignites in him is strictly forbidden.

Kira Hardy, M.D. is a brilliant, hardworking internal med resident with big secrets. But when Ashor asks for aid after a brutal daemon attack, she is sucked into his dangerous, secret world. Enslavement to the magi, no matter how hot they are, may be an unattractive life plan, but being targeted for death by their enemies is less tolerable.

She must trust the sexy, tormented Ashor to keep her safe while he must deny his ultimate desire and keep Kira at arm’s length lest he bring destruction down on them both. As a centuries-old evil catches up to them, they face a crucial decision—follow the gods' rules or follow their hearts.

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Quick quiz:
Favorite food? Hot fudge sundae
Favorite color? Green
Favorite animal? Horse
Biggest pet peeve?  Not refilling the toilet paper when it runs out.
Name one person, living or dead, you'd most like to meet. Mark Twain.  

Where can we find you on the web?

Email: zoe@zoeforward.com