In Descent, C.L. Roman sets the scene for an epic battle between good and evil. War has broken out in Heaven. Faced with the impossible choice of betraying their maker or destroying their siblings, Captain Fomor and his six angel team escape to ante-diluvian Earth. There they find an untamed, primitive planet full of unique challenges, unimaginable evil and a chance at eternal love, not necessarily in that order.
Cheri Roman is a writer, editor, teacher, wife, mother, grandmother and friend, in whatever order works best in the moment. Most days you can find her on her blog, The Brass Rag, or working on the next novel in her fantasy series, Rephaim. Cheri lives with her husband and two Chihuahuas in St. Johns, Florida.
Mini-Interview with C.L. Roman
What motivated you to write this book? My motivation comes from the desire to answer a single root question: What if? What if all the legends and myths of the world have a common source? What if that verse in the bible (Genesis 6:22) means that angels are that common source? What would happen if angels came to Earth and stayed? Why would they do that? These were very interesting questions to me and I try to answer them all in the book.
What about this genre appeals to you? In Fantasy, anything can happen. You don’t even have to say, “within reason.” There is such a broad scope for the imagination and you can really let your creativity run amok. It’s just fun.
What inspired the title? I’ve always loved wordplay. Descent can mean to descend from something higher, and it can mean ancestry, where we come from. In this case, both meanings apply. The series title – Rephaim – comes from the ancient term for giants. It’s found in the Bible referring to giant warriors.
Are you working on any other books or projects currently? I’ve done a number of short stories, two of which will be coming out in anthologies later this year. (It’s a Crime produced by the FWA and the Snowbirds Christmas Anthology) However, my main focus right now is the second book in the Rephaim series, Quest. You’ll see more of the characters from the first book, Descent, but the main focus will shift.
What is the writing process like for you? (laughs) I’m not sure I really have a process per se. Some things I map out, others just hit the page straight from my brain. The most important part of my process is meeting with my writing group, The Serivilous Panerians. We meet twice a month and critique each other’s work and it has made a huge difference both in my method and in the quality of the writing I’m able to turn out. Because of their help, by the time I finish the “first draft” its really more like the second or third and from there things get a lot easier.