Born and raised in the sweltering suburbs of South Florida, Annabell Cadiz grew up fine-tuned to the cuisine of various Spanish cultures, learned to master the art of Puerto Rican cooking thanks to her parents, and learned to converse crazy thanks to her band of siblings. She is now working toward attaining a B.A. in Psychology at Trinity International University to better understand how to converse with the weirdoes and crazies of the world. (After all, she is one of them.) A self-proclaimed nerd and a book-a-holic (her room holds dozens of shelves with much evidence to prove that her claims are indeed true), she created TeamNerd Reviews along with her best friend, Bridget Strahin, to showcase their EXTREME love for all things book related.
She published her debut novel, Lucifer (Sons of Old Trilogy #1), in January 2013. The second novel, Michael (Sons of Old Trilogy #2) will be released on May 28, 2014. And the final installment in the Sons of Old Trilogy, Nephilim, will be out in Summer 2015.
Bridget: It has been TWO years since you published LUCIFER, do you think you’ve grown as an author since then?
Annabell: Man, I hope so! *hehe*
I think I have grown in many ways. I’ve learned to be more flexible with my writing. I don’t beat myself up if I don’t meet up daily writing goal. Life happens and sometimes circumstances or exhaustion get in the way. As long as I keep moving forward inch by inch, I’m good. The book will get done. Just may take a bit longer than expected ;) I’ve discovered I’m pretty good at juggling a multitude of characters. I was HELLA worried about that when I first set out to write the Sons of Old Trilogy. I think I’m more secure in my skillset than I was just two years ago. Not that the doubts don’t still come and the irrational insecurities that seem to plague every author but I’m MUCH better at shutting them out and staying focused on the end game.
Bridget: What are you feeling going into the final book of the Sons of Old Trilogy?
Annabell: Relieved. Excited. Giddy. Sad. Sort of like crying. It’s a mixture because it’s the end to the trilogy yet that’s also what makes it so exciting! To finally get to that last stretch and see what readers think of how everything with Zahara and company wrap up. But there is a series after the trilogy, The Fallen Angels Series. The characters that make it out alive in Sons of Old will make appearances but the series focuses on other characters. I will miss being in Zar and Mike’s head. We’ve bonded and it’s sort of like saying goodbye to an old friend. Thankfully, books make it so a goodbye never has to be final =)
Bridget: Speaking of the final book, what can you tell us about it?
Annabell: I HATE questions like this!
NEPHILIM finds Zahara and company trying to stay positive, to stay normal while they wait around to be killed off. Lucifer is playing hide and seek and until he makes a move, Zar and Co. have to keep themselves occupied or they’ll go crazy. Thankfully, they have a UBER important problem at hand (outside of a murderous fallen angel): the soul of Nevaeh housed inside of Zahara. Her power is starting to pull through and Zahara, as a human, isn’t handling it very well. Endymion has to help her channel Nevaeh or Nevaeh may very well take over Zahara’s body. Lucifer wants Nevaeh’s soul for his own purposes. He wants war and devastation and he’s determined to get it.
Bridget: Endymion, the newest in the long line of pretty faced, short tempered, heart throbs was introduced at the very end of MICHAEL, can we expect to see more of him throughout NEPHILIM?
Annabell: Endymion takes offense to the “short-tempered” remark *hehe*
For sure readers will get a LOT more of Endymion throughout Nephilim. He’s a central figure because he has his own vendetta against Lucifer and connection to Nevaeh. She was the love of his life and he has a heartbreaking history with her. Things didn’t end so well and much of that had to do with Lucifer so Endymion has to fight to maintain a level head sometimes. As much as he wants to have Nevaeh back he would never sacrifice an innocent human life to do it; in this case Zahara. Endymion can be a bit brash and bluntly honest but he’s also loyal to those he loves and will do what it takes to protect the kingdoms since Michael entrusted that task to him many years ago. I think readers will have a love/hate relationship with Endymion. Sometimes he’s so easy to love and at other times you just want to punch him in his nose.
Bridget: How do you think Zahara and Becca’s relationship has grown since we were first introduced to them?
Annabell: Zahara and Becca have faced MANY trials together throughout the first two books and will face even bigger trials in NEPHILIM. Trials that will very much test who they are as individuals and as best friends. They trust each other wholeheartedly and love each other fiercely. They respect each other and depend on each other. They’re able to be open with each other, more frank than they were in the beginning. They also better understand each other’s breaking point and how to bring the other back from the brink when it’s necessary.
Bridget: What are some difficulties you’ve faced while trying to wrap up the SOT?
Annabell: Got stuck on a MAJOR loophole but thankfully, that was discovered early enough to change things up and ended up adding extra layers to the story. There’s also the matter of deaths. They were bound to come and I wasn’t looking forward to any of them. It was hard enough toward the end of MICHAEL with what happened. Having to figure who dies, when they die and where is not exactly easy because of what else is going on in the plot and because it’s just sad killing off characters.
Bridget: If you were stranded on a desert island and could only take one character from your books, who would it be?
Annabell: OH MAN! This is so HARD. Um . . . I would take Jason. He’d play pretend and act like we’re really on a deserted island for the day making a fire and build a shack out of trees and leaves. He’d make juice from coconuts and a fun boat out of trees and we’d go snorkeling. Then when the day was over, he’d fly us home. (He’d also be willing to fly to a Dunkin Donuts and bring back donuts and go to Walmart to bring back toilet paper for the bathroom he’s able to build from scratch using TREES *wink wink*). (Endymion would just force me through some sort of Supernatural version of Hell Week and Michael would want me to go through the experience because he thoroughly enjoys hard work for FUN, so they're both out of the running).
Bridget: Lightening round. First two words that comes to mind when you think:
Klaus Michelson: Hot. Kiss.
Expecto Patronum: Wands. Phoenix (that would be mine *hehe*).
Goodreads: Scary. Nervous.
Team Feelings: Jason. Endymion.
Dunkin Donuts: Life Saving