Actress/singer/songwriter and award-winning producer/writer, Tiffany Apan has released a new work of fiction. Descent is the beginning of a gothic fiction series titled The Birthrite. The series will consist of five novels and a few spin-off novellas and shorts.
“The books are romantic in nature, though they have many elements of horror and fantasy,” Apan says. “In Descent, we begin in the mid 19th century for the first half, with the latter half taking place in the year 1931. It doesn’t stop there, though, as the story travels all over time. In future books, we find ourselves in the 21st century and then journey far back to Antiquity and Biblical times.”
Apan also discovered her love of dark fiction, history, and the idea of other worlds at an early age. “I remember my fifth grade English class when we were writing poetry,” she states. “Most of the other kids wrote of topics like their families or their pets. At the time, I had an obsession with Norway (still kind of do) and wrote of a Viking sea adventure.”
Such obsessions did pay off. In August of 2012, Tiffany’s writing won at the Indie Gathering International Film Festival in the Best Horror Short category for her gothic supernatural screenplay, Driving Nowhere (the film is currently in post-production).
“At the time we were starting to film Driving Nowhere, I was already playing around with the idea that eventually became The Birthrite Series. Winning in the horror category actually gave me the push to not only start putting my idea to paper, but also dig up some of my old short stories and revise them.”
In March of 2014, she released her short story, The Cemetery by the Lake to the public as a free ebook. “It recieved a pretty good response, so I released two more: Dusk to Dawn and Romancing Elena.”
She also explains what appeals her to the gothic genre: “I do love how gothic fiction can simultaneously be horrific and romantic. It has the escapism that isn’t often present in straight up horror, but it also doesn’t require that everyone live happily ever after the way a lot of today’s romance novels do. To me, it allows deeper exploration of topics that might be considered taboo in other genres. Much of my inspiration also came from parts of history that are often overlooked by the mainstream. And there’s a lot of it. Writing this series is really allowing me to tap into the darkest crevices of my imagination and study different parts of history I’ve always wanted to explore further in depth. I’m happy with what it’s becoming and I hope everyone enjoys reading it as much as I’m enjoying writing it.”
The Birthrite Series is a journey into the vast unknown, plunging deep into the dark crevices of the mind, begging the question of what sanity really is and if the insane truly are. Are we really shown the whole truth of what surrounds us or is it an illusion? It also tells of deep-rooted love, planted centuries ago and a story of family, forgiveness, and redemption
Visions of infant twin boys, clouds, a young woman taking her own life, and a collision of space, time, and realms…
On the eve of Summer Solstice in 1844, four men in different areas of the world share an experience that ends up impacting not only their own lives, but those of the future generations.
Nicolae Ganoush, a young fugitive from a Romani slave village in Romania escapes into the night with his younger brother, and battles with inner demons and a murderous act that will haunt him until the end of his days.
Jonathan Blake is an eighteen-year-old Irishman living in the American Midwest. After meeting and falling in love with an American Native girl, his life with her will take a turn that begins to slowly unravel an ancient truth behind their lineages.
When James Livingston agrees to help sponsor an orphanage being built by his good friends, the Flemings, he views it as yet another project to enrich the new growing town of Plains, New York. But an experience he has in room 410 inside one of the buildings on the property will make him question everything he believes. And the troubles may be much closer to home than thought.
In Tuxpan, Mexico, twelve-year-old Hector de Fuentes discovered a mysterious cave hidden amongst a pocket of a large rock formation at the end of the coastline. Now at sixteen, it has become a place for him to think, read, and escape from the outside world. But Hector also has visions, seeing people and places that nobody else can. And being at the cave seems to enhance that ability…
In the year 1931, seventeen-year-old Dorothy Blake is living in Plains, New York. The Fleming Orphanage has long fallen into disuse but is kept by the town as a landmark. The buildings loom high on a hill, overlooking the town and taunting the townsfolk with its folklore. On Halloween night, Dorothy goes up there with friends. The group of six expect nothing more than a good time and a few laughs. But they instead fall to a dark, brutal evil; one that extends far beyond the orphanage and the town of Plains. The descent is only the beginning…
Descent (The Birthrite Series, #1) is currently available at Amazon Kindle, Smashwords, Apple iTunes, and Barnes & Noble NOOK for 99 cents. Look for print copies in early 2015.
Also look for Sacred Atonement: A Novella (The Birthrite Series, #1.5) to be released on Christmas Day of 2014.
Future installments of the series that are to be released throughout 2015 and 2016: Kindred (The Birthrite Series, #2), Rapture (The Birthrite Series, #3), Bound By Blood (The Birthrite Series, #4) and The Century Child (The Birthrite Series, #5).
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