Highlight: Blinding Night
What if you were the missing piece in one of the world's most epic legends?
Despite being an art history student, Summer isn’t thrilled to be stuck with her archeologist family all summer in Greece. While the rest of her college friends are posting a million selfies by the pool together, Summer is stuck alone, trying to entertain herself alone in a place where she doesn’t even speak the language.
Upon her arrival to Greece, strange dreams and even stranger shadows seem to haunt Summer, leaving her to ponder the meaning of pomegranate seeds and twisted, darkened faces.
Darce would be the death of me, this I knew. He'd suck the life from my lips. And I -the stupid human that I was- would welcome it.
Suddenly, her stay abroad leads to tragic twists, leaving Summer in the arms of a dark stranger, who claims to be the god, Hades, whom she feels like she knows from another life. In a whirlwind through the busy streets of Athens, Summer is seduced to the lowest point of Greece where Hades’ lair awaits…the Underworld. Determined to find out who she is and where she belongs in an age-old myth, Summer joins Hades to discover that the secrets about her past life are beyond anything she could have ever imagined.
This aesthetic board is comprised of images pulled directly from Chantal Gadoury's Pinterest board Past Lives. These romantic images hint to the time-traveling scenes that are told throughout Blinding Night. A snippet of 1300s Ireland, a taste of a masquerade in 1700s Italy, followed by a lush, sparkling moment of the Prohibition-era in 1920s New York. The scenes are filled with a heightened sense of forbidden romance as Hades and Persephone discover each other again and again in an attempt to sustain a love of epic proportions.
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An Interview with the Author
Love makes people do some crazy things, like search for thousands of years to find it again.
I wanted to include some "behind the scenes" information for the audiobook release of Blinding Night. Writing a book is a laborious process that stems from a place of deep love for the craft of writing. (I also thought this would be an excellent opportunity to have Chantal answer some of my own questions that appeared during the recording process of the story.) I hope you enjoy!
1. What inspired you to make Hades Korean (or of Asian descent)?
So for a while, I've actually really been into watching Korean Dramas and other Asian dramas. There's just something about their storylines, the music, the actors and actresses - I really, really enjoy watching them and learning about their cultures. I had actually just finished two Korean Dramas, one called "Goblin: The Lonely and Great God" and one called "Uncontrollably Fond." Goblin had quite a bit in common with the plot of "Blinding Night" - A God and a Human falling in love.
While "Uncontrollably Fond" was more contemporary (and oh-so-sad), I became a huge fan of an actor named Kim Woo-Bin, and I immediately began to picture my Hades as him. I feel like so many Asian actors and actresses are overlooked, which is completely unfortunate - entirely based on their nationality. And I wanted to bring something new to my characters. Instead of being the stereotypical sort of characters one would find in a "God-to-human" situation, I made my Hades different. And ever since I've pictured Hades as Kim Woo-Bin, I've never looked back!
2. What will draw readers to your story and what will keep them reading?
I think what will draw readers into the story is hopefully the romance element - and the Greek Mythology interwoven in the novel! I have no doubts that almost everyone who reads "Blinding Night" will love the characters - even more the characters that one meets in the Underworld. The adventure, the characters and the interesting twists to this very old tale of Hades and Persephone!
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3. If the reader could walk away from the story having learned one thing, what would it be?
That's a good question! I think as I was writing "Blinding Night," I was really struck with the amount of love Darce (or Hades) had for Persephone - and really, not only her - but Summer. Love makes people do some crazy things, like search for thousands of years to find it again. Perhaps the lesson is don't give up on love. And also - don't love someone for who they were in the past - but love them for as they are; accept them for all that they are, and who they will become in the future.
4. What was the writing process like for this book? How did you overcome the ups and downs of the writing journey?
The writing process was definitely unique for "Blinding Night." This book was previously published under a different title: Seven Seeds of Summer - and had been, for the most part, very different from what you see today. I spent about four years writing and figuring out the plot. When I brought this book to the Parliament House, I had the intention of re-naming the novel (as it had also been previously published by a different publishing company), and I knew I wanted to re-write the story. There were so many things wrong with it, and I knew it was a far cry from what I could make the story to be. I took the first chapter from the original book and found myself completely re-writing everything. Barely anything of the old copy exists.
The hardest part I think was the editing process, mostly due to time. I had an amazing editor, A. Wright, who worked SO diligently on this day in and day out. She really brought something new to this story; we developed so many new scenes that I know would never exist without her. I overcame every single low time with the help of my publisher - Shayne Leighton, and A. Wright. And celebrated my highs with them as well!
5. What inspired the title “Blinding Night”?
So in truth, I was having a really hard time coming up with a title from the previous "Seven Seeds of Summer." So when I was in the re-writing process, I turned to the publishing company for help. They actually came up with several titles to choose from, having known what I was planning to do with the story - and Blinding Night was actually on the list. I knew I wanted something to show the "darkness" of the Underworld, but the "light" that Summer symbolized. It is surely a Blinding Night when you place Summer (or Persephone) with Darce (or Hades.)
Meet the Author
Amazon Bestselling Author, Chantal Gadoury, is a 2011 graduate from Susquehanna University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing. Since graduation, she has published The Songs in Our Hearts, and The Songs We Remember, with 48Fourteen Publishing. Allerleirauh, Between the Sea and Stars, Blinding Night and WinterDream with the Parliament House Press. Chantal first started writing stories at the age of seven and continues with that love of writing today. For Chantal, writing novels has become a lifelong dream come true! When she’s not typing away at her next project, she enjoys painting, drinking lots of Iced Coffee, and watching Disney Classics. Chantal lives in Muncy, Pennsylvania with her Mom, sister and furry-‘brother’ Taran.