//Forged Steel is coming + an interview with Heather Titus


Downtown. Coffee shop. 2 AM.

One minute, Josh is firing off sarcastic remarks at his best friend Marc – the next, they’re running from shape-shifters. Apparently, even best friends don’t share all their secrets.

Now Josh is in danger. He can see the monsters among the humans.

When Marc is kidnapped, Josh finds himself pulled into the schemes of the fae courts, and throws in his lot with Marc’s allies: the lovely Larae, a human named David, and the fighter, Eliaster. But what began as a rescue mission becomes something much more involved…

And all Josh wants to do is get out before it’s too late.


H.A. Titus is usually found with her nose in a book or spinning story-worlds in her head. She first fell in love with fantasy when she was twelve and her dad handed her The Lord of the Rings. She lives on the shores of Lake Superior with her meteorologist husband and young son, who do their best to ensure she occasionally emerges into the real world, usually for some kind of adventure. When she’s not writing, she can be found rock-climbing, mountain biking, or skiing.

She can be found at and is active on Twitter (@HATitusWriting), and Instagram (, with an occasional foray into Facebook (/HATitusAuthor).

I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Heather for several years. We even co-wrote a story together (completely inspired by one music video, I might add) – which, though we never finished, is still something we bring up now and then. It was pretty downright awesome, if I say so myself. When I heard Heather’s book was releasing (tomorrow!) I shot her a message and asked if I could interview her. (I like interviewing people. It’s an excuse to pick brains without an M.D.!) She said yes and here we are! Enjoy the interview, and if you have any comments for Heather, leave them in the comments!

  1. What were your biggest inspirations to write this novel?

When I first started, the books Neverwhere (Neil Gaiman) and The Goblin War series (Kersten Hamilton) were huge inspirations. You can definitely see that with the Celtic influences from Hamilton and the usage of being underground like Gaiman. Lately, just the Celtic myths themselves, as well as seeing modern-day twists to the myths in shows like Supernatural and Grimm, have me dreaming up tons of stories and scenarios in this world.

2. Do you have a favorite moment in the novel?

When Eliaster first shows up. When we first see Eliaster fight. Basically any time Eliaster is “on screen”…

3. Out of your entire dramatis persona, who are your three favorite characters? I think the question above kind of answers this. 😉 Eliaster Tyrone, a fae biker who is prone to being cranky, not trusting anyone, and who has mad fighting skill, is my top favorite. He’s definitely my baby–partially because I put him through a lot. (Sorry, buddy. *pats Eliaster’s head*)

The other two–well, readers won’t meet them until book 2 of the Crucible Series, Burnt Silver, but I’ll go ahead and talk a little about them anyway. They’re British twin werewolves, James and Charles, and I adore them. James is quiet and reserved, while Charles is the party animal (hehe, see what I did there? 😉 ) and so far, they’ve both been a blast to write about.

4. Did you have a playlist while writing this novel, and if so, what are your most-played songs for it?

Oh yes, I had a playlist. I make playlists for all my book series. Probably the most-played songs would be “Dangerous”, by Within Temptation, “Last of the Wilds” (instrumental version) by Nightwish (which, incidentally, is Eliaster’s theme song), “Hero” by Skillet, “Dream Song” by Nordik Fire, and “Man In the Wilderness” by Styx.

5. What do you hope readers will take away from this novel?

Hmmmm…I don’t tend to write with explicit themes in mind. But I do see common threads of darkness with slivers of hope, becoming heroes, fighting against your inner problems as well as external forces, flawed people just trying to do the right thing…basically the same sort of thing I write about in a lot of my books, that are very important to me.

Mostly, I hope readers just enjoy the book, and come away with the satisfaction of a good few hours spent fighting alongside Josh and Eliaster and the gang.


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