Thursday, March 8, 2012

Kellyann Zuzulo - The Genie Ignites - Author Interview

Author Interview

1. Who is the plot based around?
The plot revolves around a cursed and captivating genie named Zubis and Bethany O’Brien, a modern woman living in DC, and the object of his desire. They’re bound by an ancient betrayal and a love they once shared that he has vowed never to forget but which she can’t remember.

2. What is the main idea of the plot?
That love is timeless; that, in spite of bias and cultural divides, love can prevail; that genies and humans can live together; that genies are hot.

3. When does the plot take place?
The Genie Ignites is set in present day but drifts back with Bethany’s and Zubis’s memories to the time of Solomon and the mystery and intrigue of ancient Jerusalem.

4. Where does the plot take place?
The story opens in Washington, D.C., at an embassy reception. In short order, Bethany is forced to flee to London, Italy, Egypt and, ultimately, Saudi Arabia. Zubis first meets her in D.C. and then intercepts her along the way.

5. Why did the plot develop the way it did?
The Genie made me do it.

6. How did you come up with the idea for the plot?
I’d been fascinated by the legends of the jinn ever since I worked as an editor of publications for the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia. I studied accounts of the jinn, which are believed to be a real aspect of creation in many parts of the world. Then came the “What if.” What if genies were real? What if a genie was in love with a woman who loved him in a previous life? What if he would risk everything to get her back?

About the Book

The genie in THE GENIE IGNITES is Zubis. He’s been cursed for 3,000 years and is waiting for someone to make the final wish and free him. Problem is, nobody wants to free the genie. Along comes Bethany O’Brien, a modern and sassy D.C. journalist who was Zubis’s one and only in a previous incarnation. She has no memory of the great love they shared until he starts appearing to her in dreams, then embassy receptions, and ultimately in a shower in Urbino, Italy. She begins to remember what they meant to each other, that she was somehow responsible for his curse, and that she has the ability to set him free. Her journey to reclaim her memories and her love pit her against a secret society, three governments, and a nefarious genie who wants to kill her. Zubis, meanwhile, will risk his life to keep her safe.

Price: $3.99
# of Pages: 314
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
Release Date: March 1st 2012
Buy Links: Boroughs Publishing Group

About the Author

Kellyann is an author and editor who started her writing career as a journalist. Her books of fiction usually weave the lore of the jinn into a modern setting. Her interest in Middle Eastern legend stems from her stint as a Managing Editor of Publications for the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington, D.C. Her new novel, The Genie Ignites, is the first installment in a series, The Zubis Chronicles. A native Philadelphian, she lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, three children, and two terriers.

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  1. Thank you for hosting Kellyann today, Carol!

  2. This sounds really interesting; I'm sure her work for the embassy would make the some of the details in this particularly authentic.

    1. Thanks BookGirl~ I think it does; I know the actual scenes are still very vivid in my mind.

  3. Thanks Kelly, Pump Up and The Book Girl for stopping by.