Fury From Hell is a paranormal thriller about good vs. evil. Here, the good is in the form of Detective Jennifer Holden, a homicide cop that is haunted by her own personal demons of a murder she committed when she was just a teenager. The trauma she suffered at the hands of social agency after agency hardened Jennifer into a staunch atheist making her gun and her bank account the only things she truly believes in.
We meet Detective Holden, shortly before she begins working on her first solo murder case. The victim is Kyma Barnes who was brutally raped and killed. As Kyma’s soul leaves her body, a demon being called by a coven of dark witches at nearby
At the crime scene, Jennifer becomes possessed by Fury Abatu. Hosts usually die a violent death within weeks of the initial possession. Detective Holden does not know she is possessed…
With her own demise on the line, Jennifer must fight for her life and her very soul – something she’s not sure she even believes in – to rid herself of the dark force surrounding her and her friends.
Can Jennifer be saved from the demon? Will she be able to find the faith to believe in something greater than herself and her material things?
Read this first installment of the From Hell series to find out!
Fury From Hell debuts today,
KR: What an interesting premise. Can you tell us about your main character?
Well, Detective Jennifer Holden is damaged goods. She’s moving through life at half-speed because of the trauma in her childhood. To defend herself, she used excessive force out of sheer adrenaline and caused death. Taking a life haunts her and that inner pain drives her to become a cop, but a hardened one. She does not find any solace in anything except the material since all else failed her including her family.
This emotional landscape is the perfect backdrop of what happens next – Detective Holden is possessed by a demon called a Fury which avenges the wrongful death of innocent women. Altruistic sounding, however it is a demon and it is asking for the victim’s soul.
KR: What first attracted you to the paranormal thriller genre?
I’m not sure what first attracted me because I was a pre-teen when I first was drawn to Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and the like. I knew I liked books that scared me – but not too much! I also liked books that had an unearthly element to them. It always seemed to me that I was in church with one relative or another. So, having beings that were not visible to the naked eye nearby all the time was not a foreign concept to me.
As I matured, I wanted to branch out into other genres. I was drawn to Jean M. Auel’s Earth’s Children series (Clan of the Cave Bear was the first in that series) and science fiction. I read the classics: The Count of Monte Cristo, Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, Black Beauty, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. Then, I ventured out into the romance genre and burned through a Harlequin romance novel every other day. After all of this, I swung back and read (and re-read) Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land and realized I had found what I truly loved – sci fi mixed with the paranormal and a splash of horror mixed in! Oh – Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Witch Hill and Sharon Green’s Warrior series also stand out.
KR: Over the years, with all of these writers and genres floating around in your mind, have you ever experienced writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?
I guess I have. But I now understand that it probably was not what is commonly referred to as writer’s block. Instead, I think I would cal it a period of refocusing and re-energizing. There was a period of almost exactly 10 years when I did not write one new story, poem, or novel. It was a ‘dead’ period. I used that time to gain a better understanding of myself, the world, learning the ways of humans and that there was true evil in the world.
Now, I see stories everywhere I go. I have too many stories and not enough time!
KR: Did writing this new book teach you anything and what was it?
Fury From Hell taught me that I have to trust myself and my Muse. That if I take the brave step of putting one foot in front of the other and not flinching when I step into the unknown that it is okay. Writing is a process; not a problem is now my motto when it comes to all things writerly.
KR: How, if at all, has your upbringing influenced your writing?
Hmmm. What a great question! Off the top, I would say that my upbringing has absolutely nothing to do with my writing. My family did read much else other than the Bible and Danielle Steele novels (and Laura Goodman’s Zodiac signs!). However, I was encouraged to read, read and read some more. My aunt was a librarian which provided me access to millions of books. I read so many books I’ve forgotten what I read!
However, that reading legacy was my childhood and an essential part of my upbringing. Sneaking and reading books that would cause a ruckus in the household became a fun pastime for me. Hence, book about witchcraft, demons, fantasies, goblins and that whole realm opened up a new vista of teenage rebellion and became the foundation for my love of the paranormal genre.
KR: Where can readers find you?
Amazon Author Central: http://www.amazon.com/Rochelle-Campbell/e/B007RHZNQ0
KR: Where can readers purchase Fury From Hell?
Hmm…what’s the new demon going to be like in Book 2: Demon From Hell…