On Writing and the Author, Alayna Williams:
What Alayna does:
I’ve worked in criminal justice for many years, and I have an MA in criminology. Those experiences gave me a lot of ideas for stories about odd crimes. I no longer work in criminal justice, but I think I took a lot away from it.
Why Alayna likes it:
It’s interesting to be able to watch human behavior at arm’s length. People are very complex psychological beings, and when they go over to the dark side, it’s a very palpable shift.
Inspiration comes from:
I’ve collected Tarot cards since the time I was a teenager. Tara was inspired by the Queen of Swords.
If not writing, then what?
My husband and I are amateur astronomers. We had a blast during the last Perseid meteor shower – just great views of the action from here.
The sequel to DARK ORACLE, ROGUE ORACLE, has been released. It continues the adventures of Tara Sheridan and Harry Li as they unravel a decades-old mystery that began with the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl.
On the latest release:
Name of your main character?
Tara Sheridan. Tara means “Star” in Sanskrit, which is one of my favorite Tarot cards.
What Tara does that I wish I could do.
Tara has the ability to unravel the past, present, and future with her powers as a Tarot card reader. She’s an oracle, linked to the original order of Oracles of Delphi.
I think it would be quite something to be able to predict the future, as she does.
Something Tara would never do.
Tara would never be seen in a sleeveless shirt or short skirt. Many years ago, she was tracking a serial killer and was brutally attacked, leaving her with scars that she’s very self-conscious about.
What Tara would say about Alayna Williams (the author).
Tara would say that I have too many decks of Tarot cards and that I should pick just one to work with.
What Tara C would say I do that embarrasses him/her
I’m sure she’d think that my blurting out her private thoughts all over the page is pretty embarrassing. Tara is a very private person, and she’d be mortified if she knew how many people were in her head.
By Alayna Williams
Delphic Oracle, Book 1
Can an oracle change the future she sees?
Tara Sheridan swore off criminal profiling years ago. By combining Tarot card divination with her own intuition, she narrowly escaped the grasp of a serial killer who left her scarred for life. She put down her cards and withdrew from work and society. Now, Sophia, a member of an ancient secret society connected to the mythic Delphic Oracle, asks Tara to find a missing scientist who has unlocked the destructive secrets of dark energy. Tara resists— she fears reawakening her long-buried talents and blames Sophia’s Daughters of Delphi for the death of her mother. But, grudgingly, she agrees to search for the missing scientist, Lowell Magnusson.
Tara travels to Las Alamos National Laboratory, the location of Magnusson’s disappearance. She meets the serious, impatient, and highly attractive Agent Harry Li— and re-encounters her old partner, Richard Corvus. Corvus is now chief of the Special Projects Division, a position Tera might have held, had she not dropped out of investigative work. Corvus considers Tara mentally imbalanced and not to be trusted— but it may be Corvus who is untrustworthy.
Tara’s investigation and Tarot cards tell her Magnusson’s daughter, Cassie, may hold the key to her father’s plans, and that they both are in grave danger. Meanwhile, Corvus and the Daughters of Delphi have their own plans…and the fate of the world hangs in the balance.