Former lawyer turned
science-fiction and fantasy author, Susan Ee answers fans and reviewer
questions about her hit novel, Angelfall which has received more than 450
5-star reviews on Amazon.com. In Angelfall, angels of the apocalypse descend to
demolish the modern world. When
warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old
sister Penryn will do anything to get her back including making a deal with
Raffe, an injured enemy angel.
Question: Why angels?
Susan Ee: I’ve
known for a long time I wanted to write a novel about angels. They’re so
fascinating. Classic angels are associated with destroying entire cities
and turning people into pillars of salt. In Revelations, they are the
harbingers, and quite likely the executioners of doom. And yet they’re
portrayed as cute little cherubs or beings who bend over backwards to make us
happy. Like unicorns and vampires, they must have an amazing public relations
So, what if the PR fog cleared? What if
angels were unleashed on the modern world? Would there be nothing but death and
destruction? Or would there still be some room for dark adventure and
romance? What would happen if one of these battle-hardened warriors had to
partner up with an extraordinary victim of their apocalypse? I just had to find
Q: When and where did you get
the idea to write Angelfall?
SE: I suspect
that Angelfall has been germinating
and coming together for about 10 years. Back then, one of my earliest short stories
was called Angel Slayer. It never
went beyond my writing group, but I could never completely let it go.
Q: Did your characters turn
out the way you thought they would when your first started writing
them? Or were there times that they surprised you?
characters always surprise me. I don't get to tell them to do or feel anything.
They tell me what's going on and what they're doing. My process is very much
like learning to get to know someone as you hang out with them. In the
meantime, the story unfolds.
Q: What type
of research did you do for Angelfall?
SE: I dove
into the Book of Enoch, which was one
of the discoveries of the Dead Sea Scrolls. It talks about the Watchers and
their nephilim. Fascinating stuff. I also did some research into
fighting techniques through women's' self defense classes, jujitsu books, and
consulted with a black belt martial artist. Then, I spent an evening
with a weapons collector to figure out what kind of angel sword a petite girl
could carry, as well as what types of guns the Resistance would carry. We
decided a gladius would be the best sword for Penryn. I got to swing one around
and felt the heft and balance of a gladius. It was fun.
Q: If Penryn
was to write a Christmas list, what would be on it?
for Paige. Pills to soothe Mom. Snowy wings for Raffe. A hidden stash of food,
enough for her whole family. Really comfy hiking socks. A long, hot shower. A
moment of peace with Raffe.