Please welcome J Kathleen Cheney to the virtual offices this morning! She dropped by to chat about The Golden City.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[J Kathleen Cheney] Former math teacher and retail buyer turned historical fantasy writer who’s holding her breath until November 5th.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about The Golden City?
[J Kathleen Cheney] In an alternate 1902 Portugal, Oriana Paredes is a spy among the social elite of the Golden City. Her people, the sereia, are sea folk banned from the city’s shores. When her employer and only confidante decides to elope, Oriana agrees to accompany her to Paris, but before they can depart, the two women are abducted and left to drown.
Oriana’s heritage allows her to survive while she is forced to watch her only friend die. Oriana vows vengeance, but as a spy she can’t take her information to the police. She’ll have to stop the killer alone. But then she crosses paths with Duilio Ferreira—a police consultant who has been investigating the disappearance of a string of servants from the city’s wealthiest homes. Duilio also has a secret: He is a seer and his gifts have led him to Oriana.
Bound by their secrets, not trusting each other completely yet having no choice but to work together, Oriana and Duilio must expose a twisted plot of magic so dark that it could cause the very fabric of history to come undone….
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[J Kathleen Cheney] When I started this piece, I meant for it to be about a woman (Oriana) who’s unable to go to the police, so I made her of a race that’s banned. She’s caught between two antagonists, unsure which is lying and which means her harm.