Zoey Xolton is a published Australian Speculative Fiction author, with a particular penchant for the Dark Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Sci-Fi and Horror genres. Her works have appeared in dozens of themed anthologies, with many more due for publication!
Were you an avid reader while you were growing up?
Very much so. I’m dual-natured, so have always had dichotomous tastes when it comes to reading. I loved fairy tales, fantasies and world mythology, as well as horror—which I think is quite evident when you read Blood & Silk. My mum always fostered my love of words, and books were always my favourite kind of gift.
Did you always want to be an author?
Aside from a few hair-brained, and random, fleeting notions that struck my fancy, yes. Loving to read as much as I always have naturally led to my wanting to be the one to tell stories of my own. I’ve always done exceedingly well in literature studies and English, so it seemed natural desire and skill fell hand-in-hand so that I might pursue my dreams.
What sparked the idea for this book?
As I mentioned, the genres and styles of tales that I personally enjoy came into play for the creation of this story. I am not really a ‘Happily Ever After’, or a true tragedy writer…I have my own niche that I like to call ‘Darkly Ever After’ (which is incidentally the title of my debut short story collection). It’s the concept of something in-between the two. It’s not all pretty rainbows and glass slippers, and it’s not all death and gore; it’s a beautiful marriage of both.
Blood & Silk is my own reimagining of a Japanese rendition of Beauty & the Beast—with a role reversal.
Is there a particular message that you hope readers will take from the book?
It’s not something I thought of plastering into my tale consciously, but I think we all impart messages into our work that are meaningful to ourselves. I think for me the take away is that ‘love is more than skin deep’, as well as ‘not everything is as it appears’.
Not everything in life that appears innocent, is. And not everything that seems evil, is. Life isn’t as simple as black and white. It’s full of grey. And I think it’s to our peril that we make rash judgements, or judge prima facie—that is—at face value, or on the face of things, assuming it is the truth. You know what they say about assumptions…
What’s brewing? What projects are you working on?
I’m working on a handful of interconnected same-world based novelettes for Limited Edition eBook anthologies. These are tales, approximately 10k in length that all take place in my The Nine Realms Saga universe, which I hope to set a series of novels in, in future. For me, I guess these are warm-ups. It’s world-building, and getting to know the key players who I’ll eventually be spending a lot of time with in future.
Outside of that, I’m working on a secret project that I will be keeping under wraps until release. It’ll be dark, romantic and steeped in magic. The rest, you’ll just have to speculate about.
What is a little-known fact about you?
I love danger. Anything that’s exciting, and physically dangerous, or mentally taxing, I want to try! I love the rush of fear, and of pushing myself to my limits. Whether it’s heights, confined spaces, hot, exotic foods, or enduring something others would not tolerate, I love it. If someone says I can’t? I’ll prove them wrong.
Spoiled Goods/by Anny Saludar
by Zoey Xolton “Please!” the girl begged. “Let me free. I’ll give ye’ anythin’ ye’ desire!” The faery turned to face her, the macabre collection of small animal skulls, and silver trinkets that adorned her waist jingling as she moved. She squatted before the terrified girl, fingering a cruel rippled blade. “I’m afraid ye’ […]
To Serve and Obey/by Anny Saludar
by Zoey Xolton Lucifer languished upon the immense, black throne forged of dragon glass. Slumbering by his side, Lilith’s great scaled tail wrapped around the dais, her bejewelled hide wreathed in living flame. The Fallen Angel reached out and stroked the beast. “Lilith.” She growled softly, deep in her throat, a rumble of contentment […]
On Thunderous Wings/by Anny Saludar
by Zoey Xolton The eldritch gods of the ever deep stir in the darkness from eternal sleep. The Void is silent save for a single scream, originating on Earth—a little girl’s dream. Devourers of worlds from beyond the dark sheet, soon to awaken…a hunger for flesh so sweet. From the timeless halls of Cthulhu, the Old […]
Blood & Silk by Zoey Xolton – Launches 31st August 2020/by Black Hare Press
What is a little-known fact about you? – I love danger. Anything that’s exciting, and physically dangerous, or mentally taxing, I want to try!
Time and Decay/by Black Hare Press
by Zoey Xolton Rayne’s heartbeat thundered in her ears until the world fell away, and there was nothing but her shuddering, panicked breath, and the steady, hypnotic rhythm of blood roaring through her veins. Plastered against a cold concrete pylon, hidden in the shadow of the interstate bridge, a hoard ambled by just feet […]
Blood and Silk by Zoey Xolton/by Black Hare Press
Failing to heed his mother’s dire warning Takashi soon discovers that the ancient yōkai of legend are much more than myth, and that not everything is always as it seems.
New Year’s Eve, Party for One: Truth or Dare/by Zoey Xolton
by Zoey Xolton “Dare,” said his exotic drinking companion. “Alright,” Rowan slurred. “Take it all off.” The foreign beauty teased her bottom lip between her teeth. “All of it? You sure you can handle that?” “Try me,” he said confidently. Roxy smiled, then, one by one, peeled off her garments. Her slinky dress, bra, […]
The Butcher of Redcreek Farm/by Zoey Xolton
by Zoey Xolton Jacob shivered in the cage, naked as the day he was born. He curled into a foetal position for warmth. The hay on which he lay, pricked and irritated him. His eyes flitted around the slaughter shed. Cages lined the opposite wall, tear streaked faces peered out from each. In walked […]