Word-Slingers – Guest Interview Benjamin Daniels

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Morning everyone. Hope you’re having a great week. Today’s guest is Benjamin Daniels. He’s touring with one book, but I’m only featuring his urban fantasy one ’cause, well, that’s the one I wanted to feature. Hehehe.

1)                  How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing all of my life but it took a long time for me to find my niche. I finished Hell’s Gate two years ago and more than happy to see it finally being sold as a published book. Once I completed one it was like knowing I could do it and other books which followed seemed to come easier. It’s just getting past the very first one.

2)                 How many balls do you juggle on a daily basis, and how do you manage to keep them all in the air (usually), (ball = work, writing, family, etc.)

Only because you defined the question I’ll behave. (TM – Awww, it might’ve been fun if you’d been naughty) I actually don’t have much to do during the day so writing and procrastination are the only things I have to worry about. I was paralyzed 17 years ago, so I’m always in front of my computer. I write quickly, so it leaves a lot of time for procrastination and talking to my fans.

3)                 What can you tell us about your release Hell’s Gate? What I’m looking for is the story about how the story came to be, not just the blurb and what not. 

The re-release of Hell’s Gate has been a long road, that much I can say, but a happy one. To really explain how Hell’s Gate came to be. I have to start from the source. I was in a car accident when I was seventeen. It changed my life forever. It was then when I started to really study religion and the stories within the bible intrigued me to form what would really happen if the end of the world actually came to be.

4)                 What is it about the urban fantasy genre that you like so much?

There are so many variations of urban fantasy. However, I think I’m attracted to urban fantasy because it is as close to reality as I can get. It allows my readers to identify with the surroundings (even though it is paranormal). I have Angels and Demons walking around but my readers can say they can understand the buildings, and the events that happen in the book actually happening.

5)                 Do you think you’ll move to a third genre (I know you also write erotica), and if yes, what to and when? Do you think you’ll focus on one more than another in the coming months and years?

I do have a children’s book currently out for sale as well. I’m working on a serial killer novel but it is really a side type of novel. The Seventh Seal Series is the main set of books I’m currently working on. I hope to get the whole series out before really moving on to another.

6)                 Sweet or sour?

Life is rather a little bitter sweet isn’t it? I do however like sour stuff but sweet isn’t bad either. It’s whatever is closer to my computer when I’m writing lol.

7)                 Chocolate or vanilla?

Sherbet isn’t an option? (TM – Mm, hadn’t thought about sherbet. Sowwy. I like orange!) Pfft, but if I have to pick between one or the other, it would have to be Chocolate.

Benjamin Daniels was born in Columbus Ohio and have lived in West Jefferson for most of my life. It is a small town which he loves dearly. He doesn’t think he could live within the big city like New York or California for instance. He prefers to keep it small and quiet. He’s educated with two degrees and abandoned those when he found his passion for writing.
Please note that profits from both of his current books are going to charities. 

The gates of Hell are open. Angels and Demons fight for our mortality and dominance of earth. The rapture diminishes the human population and very few remain to defend what God gave us. It is up to the Angels to fight the war, the humans to survive and the druids to protect the earth.

Cole wants nothing more than to be left alone until the war is over and see who wins. He doesn’t care for rules of any kind and wants least of all to choose a side. Fate however, has different plans for him. His only friend is being held hostage by a Demon with a plan to win the war and return the earth to what it once was. It is up to him to rescue her with the help of a fallen Angel who comes to his aid to ensure his survival.

The Druids are the only ones who can save his friend, but they have an agenda of their own. The demon is demented but has the best intentions with what she believes. Cole finds himself lusting after the fallen Angel and must choose between her and saving his friend. The problem is that he doesn’t know who he can trust.

Armageddon is here and Hell on earth has just begun.

“Well now, children. Who decided to play and did not invite me to join?” Her voice is feminine, seductive and teasing with sexuality. I can’t see her yet, but the tone is that of a very beautiful woman. Vera’s voice holds the same electric currents in it, but I’m not attracted to this one.

Vera’s voice sounds strained, as if she’d been talking for hours. Like she is just waking in the morning and isn’t functioning quite right. “Thank you for answering my call, Lilith.”

“I’m not answering your call Vera, you assume too much. You sent out a beacon for aid, that much you did, but you see you’re on my lands and a beacon must be answered by the enforcers. I just can’t allow it to happen.” Her voice isn’t as pleasant. “You have all broken Demonic law. I was not informed any of you would be here. It is within my rights to kill you.”

She’s beautiful.  Her hair is fire truck red, it curls naturally down her back and follows her soft jaw. Her eyes’ are fierce with the color of a deep emerald. She has skin as pale as the full moon in the middle of the night. A short dress barely covers what she has to show. The dress hangs low on her breasts with circles cut out of the midriff leaving a single strip running across her stomach into a pair of panty bottoms with a loin cloth that is higher in the front than the back. Black boots run up her legs with the dress hiding the top of the boots. Her wings are reddish brown and look like leather. They don’t compare to those of an angel but are more like those of a bat. The stories at least get some things right.

She leans closer to whisper softly in Vera’s ear. “Now what should I do?” She curls her mouth into a scary smile. Whatever she is planning, she’s going to enjoy it.

Thanks for stopping by, Benjamin! Hope everyone will chime in below, and c’mon back next week for two new guests!


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