Interview with House of Falling Embers author Krystal Jane Ruin!

My friend Krystal Jane Ruin released her fourth book on October 1st and I finally finished reading it a few days ago! As per tradition, I asked her a few questions about the story!

House of Falling Embers is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Google Play, and other online retailers!

Once upon a time there was a witch. She was a kind witch, but that didn’t matter. The people were afraid, and fear often turns to hatred.
When Artemis was thirteen, her best friend Aris was swallowed by the crumbling house they found in the woods. Like a coward, she abandoned him to the horror within.
She moved away. She tried to forget. But when she finds herself back in her old neighborhood after college, the ghosts—and her guilt—are waiting. A charred figure stalks her dreams, and someone, or something, haunts her from the trees.
Going back into the woods might be the only way to save her sanity.
Because nine years later, the house is still there. Still waiting. Still restless.
On with the interview!
1. Can I gush about the cover and how well it goes with the story? So great! How did the cover come together? 
Thank you! It was a bit of journey. I knew I wanted trees on the cover, but there are so many things you can do with trees and running amok online was driving me crazy. I finally just sketched some concepts and went with one of those. The easiest decision to make was with the font. I’m really into fonts and such, and I loved the idea of doing a textured and gradient effect with the title. 

I definitely wanted everything to be purple, but in my initial email with the designer, I completely forgot to mention it, so my first two mock-ups came back with just purple font. The colors on the first mock-up were too warm, which made the forest, house, and book title kind of blur together. She did cooler hues on the second concept, and there was also a person on that cover, but it gave the book a ghost-thriller vibe that didn’t work for this story. She suggested then that we make everything purple, like a mind-reader, and I was totally up for that, of course! 

2. So, most of Artemis’ storyline seemed to be based in, like, reality–I mean, the book is 

fantasy, but she has work problems and relationship problems, just like all of us do. 

How did you find writing those more mundane parts for you? 

I actually really liked it. I don’t often get carried away with the more contemporary aspects of a 
story. I think the familiar setting contributed to that, because I didn’t do it on purpose. But I got 
to use a different set of writing muscles, and it was definitely more fun for me than I would have
thought before diving into it. I feel like I often forget to round out my stories with more normal 
and every day kind of things. So, it makes sense that my brain would pop out something more 
rooted in reality than usual. 
3. You love fairytales! Was this based on one?
It was! I didn’t quite stick to my original idea, but it’s definitely Hansel & Gretel inspired.
Originally, it was set in olden times, and Artemis was a seamstress apprentice and engaged to
a grain farmer. She temporarily moves back in with her parents to plan her wedding, and while
there, she’s literally and emotionally haunted by the past. So, the concept mostly held up, but
while it sat in a drawer, it turned into a more modern kind of beast. 

4. I wanted more Greta and her story—where did she come from? Is there any chance you’d tell 
more of her tale?

I love Greta! Artemis, Aris, and Greta all have fairytale equivalents, so they were the first
people to sprout up with the idea. When I was still in the brainstorming process, Greta was
going to be in the story a bit more, but once I started writing, things took a turn, as things are
prone to do.   
It’s not likely I’ll go back and write some kind prequel with her. My brain is very cluttered, and
I’ve yet to finish any kind of sequel or companion story to anything. But I love the thought of it,
and I don’t ever like to rule anything out, because I never know what my brain is going to latch

Thanks for having me over! Interviews are so fun. ^_^

You can find Krystal at her website, The Narcissistic Rose. 

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