Some of this comes out in Iphigenia's book, which I'm editing now but I had a wonderful reader ask me "what is up with Aurelia?" - though she didn't use those exact words.
But the questions I hear about good 'ol mom are:
1. Why is she such a b?
2. Why do some of her daughters try so hard to get through to her - are they gluttons for punishment?
3. What is her backstory?
And the answer to those 3 questions is the same -- Aurelia, at now 187 years old, has seen a lot in her lifetime but what most people don't know is that before Chrysothemis, Sadie and Iphigenia -- before Taylor and Alistair, Aurelia had another life.
When she was a young girl she met and fell in love with a human. This was also before she was as powerful of a witch as she is now. They got married and had children but because he was human and the children were human - and she was not powerful yet - everyone eventually died.
They all died and they left Aurelia alone. She swore off love and didn't want any other kids and was alone for more than a century. This proved to be even more painful and with all that time to think her pain and grief faded enough for her to try again. This is when she met Taylor and had the 3 girls. But after he disappeared without a word, leaving her to raise three daughters on her own, she dove completely off the deep end of bitterness.
Aurelia acts harsh and uncaring to her children because she wants to protect them. She is the mamma bear and though her bite is just as bad as her bark, she does what she does out of love - or so she tells herself. Tough love is Aurelia's motto.
She gets pigeonholed as an antagonist in some scenarios but there are others far worse than she. Aurelia is misunderstood. She's not evil, she's not a sociopath. She truly loves her children but she also holds grudges and covers up her pain with harsh words and actions.
It is the author's hope that knowing this will help you relate to her and understand her motivations.
In my excitement to get book 4 out - the final book in the Love on the Edge series I was highly remiss in not listing the upcoming series starring the youngest witch sister - Iphigenia Holt. At first Iphi was going to get her own book which would have been book 5 but after speaking to readers and doing some deep, internal delving - I decided to give Iphi her own three book series.
I love Iphi! Readers love Iphi! What's not to love? The little cherub with a heart of gold. Thus Iphi's ARC and story are a little more complicated. At first glance she seems almost perfect but as everyone knows - no one is perfect. Iphi, hidden beneath her simplicity, is rather complex. She's watched her sisters find themselves, their partners and fly out of the nest - or rather, escape the sharpened claws of Aurelia. Yet Iphi still remains at home. She has a great career, appears almost fearless in the face of flying, cares deeply for everyone and everything, especially animals, and still, there's something missing.
Other than the usual - in every romance what's missing is a partner/lover - Iphi, like every person, still longs for more. She knows that even though she can see and climb to the top of the aerial apparatus there's something just above it that's still out of her reach.
Every human being strives for more. It's in our nature. And once we've achieved what we set our sights on, we seek another lofty goal. Iphigenia's goal may be even loftier than those of her sisters and their friends. But not because she's a taker, quite the opposite. It's because she's a giver. Giving to others is not only one of her most endearing qualities, it's also her greatest flaw.
Iphi called out for her own three book series and I listened, accepting the task with the hope that I can do her justice and walk with her - hand in hand - toward fulfilling her dreams.
When I began the Distant Edge romance series I didn't think it would be so sexy. That was not my intention, at all. Considering the subject matter, the entire theme of the book, the character and her ARC this makes almost zero sense but it's true.
Sadie, like all of my characters was born. I gave birth to her, her two roommates and the town of Distant Edge all in the same moment. Sadie, Burgundy and Jared were together from inception. There was no wondering who the supporting actors would be and no doubt that they would each get their own book - eventually.
My first series - which is still unpublished was very different. It started with the character and while she was adventuring in Europe she met her sidekick. I mention this because process fascinates me and it's ever changing, just like life. And also like life, the minute you think you understand it - BAM - a house drops on you.
So back to the sex then. My first series is a YA/NA and I had no plans on writing anything as sizzling hot as the DE series has become.
The characters demanded their own stories and I am merely their scribe. Thus I followed what they wanted, my fingers flying over the keyboard as they nursed it out of my subconscious.
Do I have any regrets? Nope. I'm a proud parent. I watched them grow up - albeit much quicker than a real child - and then I set them free, into the world. Hopefully into YOUR hands.
Author Chloe Adler
Here are some musings - Nothing fancy - no outline and no editor - just some stream of consciousness. You want to read my books? :)