by Jennifer Dyer
I’m so excited to welcome Beth Teliho to my series called Authors, Books, & Chocolate where we get to know authors and their books. We’ll be talking about her edgy supernatural suspense ORDER OF SEVEN.
Isn’t the cover gorgeous? It makes me think of delicious and dark orange-flavored chocolate.
About the author…
I’m so excited to have you here today, Beth! Tell us a little about yourself:
What’s the craziest thing you’ve eaten?
Beth: I tried eel at a sushi place once, but that’s more adventurous than crazy. Crazy would be when I was obsessed with eating crushed ice with salt. I’d still do it if it weren’t so unhealthy!
I’ve never tried eel. I get the shivers just thinking about them. Haha. And ice with salt–interesting! Like a savory snow cone.
What’s your favorite reading spot?
Beth: Home: snuggled in bed. Away from home: the beach!
Me too! I wish there was a beach closer to me!
What’s your favorite writing spot?
Beth: Home: at my desk-on-wheels, which changes locations around the house all day. Away from home: outdoors, like sitting at a picnic table at the park.
A desk on wheels… Brilliant!
About the book…
So, tell us about your awesome book, ORDER OF SEVEN…
Eighteen-year-old Devi Bennett is surrounded by mysteries: her unknown heritage, a recurring dream about an African tribal ceremony, an inexplicable attachment to a certain tree and a psychic ability she’ll never understand—unless she finds her biological parents.
Things take a shocking turn when she meets Baron, an intense and alluring energy healer who receives prophetic dreams which all seem connected to her. Devi must rely on an empath, a seer, and Baron to help research her roots to discover who she is and what she is capable of. But when Baron’s visions lead to an ancient legend that may link to her birthright, Devi learns her gift is more imperative than she thought imaginable.
Equal parts suspenseful and sexy, philosophical and adventurous, Order of Seven delivers a story that will leave you questioning everything you thought you knew about the hands that carry fate.
Sounds like a great read! A coming-of-age journey featuring a fascinating culture and deep relationships.
As far as age level and intensity goes, would you describe your book as…
Beth: Dark chocolate – 14+
Did you cry while writing this book?
Beth: From frustration and fear? Yes. Because of the story? No; however, I did read it 6 months after it published, and at two different parts I totally teared up!
Ha! I completely understand the frustration or fear. There are few things more terrifying than releasing a book to the world. Well, I suppose there are many things more terrifying… An army of angry dragons for one.
I know we’re not supposed to pick favorites, but who’s your fav character and why?
Beth: The main character’s brother, Nodin. He’s incredibly unique, flawed in the most compelling ways, and complex as hell. Nodin is an albino empath whose spiritual guides are two ghost-children that lived during the Great Depression. What’s not to love?
Sounds like a character you’d definitely want on your side. And I do love flawed and multifaceted characters. They feel so real, you know?
If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
Beth: To be able to teleport anywhere, any time.
Um…awesome choice! Hmmm. I wonder how that would work with carpooling after school?
You and your main character are in a restaurant that only serves chocolate. What would you both order and why?
Beth: Devi would order something neat and uncomplicated, like she prefers most things in her life. Perhaps a cookie, or a small piece of cake. I would order the triple chocolate lava brownie explosion, because if I’m doing chocolate, it’s all or nothing.
Yum! Beth, I love your style. And I’ll have what you’re having.
Beth Teliho is an award-winning author who lives in Texas with her husband and two adventurous sons. Restless in the mundane, she writes about the abnormal, paranormal, or just plain fantastical because that’s what quickens her heartbeat. She laughs at inappropriate jokes and prefers spicy food and margaritas to just about anything. Beth dreams of one day living in a tree house, where she’ll be that eccentric writer lady with at least seven cats.
Order her awesome book, ORDER OF SEVEN, here.
Thanks for joining us. And thank you to Beth for taking the time to join us.
And you, dear readers…
Have you read Order of Seven?
What do you love about about flawed, multifaceted characters like Nodin?
Do you have a favorite reading spot?
And what would you order at an all-chocolate restaurant?
See you in the comments!
More interviews coming soon!