Have you read Trinity Faegen’s debut The Mephisto Covenant? A few of my students read it to prepare for this interview and they really enjoyed it. Trinity has written a fresh paranormal romance full of tension, mystery and good vs. evil. Thank you, Trinity, for participating with my students!
Summary of The Mephisto Covenant (From Goodreads): Sasha is desperate to find out who murdered her father. When getting the answer means pledging her soul to Eryx, she unlocks a secret that puts her in grave danger—Sasha is Anabo, a daughter of Eve, and Eryx’s biggest threat.
A son of Hell, immortal, and bound to Earth forever, Jax looks for redemption in the Mephisto Covenant—God’s promise he will find peace in the love of an Anabo. After a thousand years, he’s finally found the girl he’s been searching for: Sasha.
With the threat of Eryx looming, Jax has to keep Sasha safe and win her over. But can he? Will Sasha love him and give up her mortal life?
- How did you come up with the title?
- What inspired you to write this story?
Courtney Wo. & Courtney We. (They both read the book & came up w/these questions)
- How did you know about Anabo, the daughters of Eve? Did you come up with it yourself or did you have to research it?
- Are you going to write a second book?
- Where did you come up with all the different names for your characters?
These are great questions! Thank you for reading The Mephisto Covenant, and many thanks to Mrs. Andersen for having me here on her blog.
Anisa, Mephisto is from Mephistopheles, a name that’s been associated with a minion of Lucifer for centuries, but is best known as the character who tempts a man to wager his soul to the devil in Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s play, Faust, which was written in the late eighteenth century. Faust is based on a German legend, which Goethe used as the basis for his play.
I was inspired to write this story after someone very close to me was sexually assaulted. I thought a lot about evil. Why does it exist? Are we all capable of evil? The attacker got away with it and that bugged me in ways I can’t describe. I guess you could say this book was my way of dealing with the anger, grief and frustration.
Courtney Squared! I totally made up the Anabo, but it’s an intriguing thought, don’t you agree? Imagine if there were people who weren’t tempted to dark thoughts and emotions. I didn’t want Sasha to be a Mary Sue, however, so I worked hard to make her as real as possible, without the negatives that tend to hold back the rest of us, but fully realized as a girl with genuine needs and wants. As for research, I read Genesis again, and for elements of Hell and the dark side, I read a book called The History of Hell by Alice K. Turner. Fascinating!
I turned in Book 2 of this series about a month ago and am (im)patiently waiting to hear from my editor with revisions. This book is about another Mephisto brother and the Anabo he finds, who happens to be the First Daughter. I did a lot of research on what it’s like to live in the White House and about the Secret Service. What I couldn’t discover, I made up. I think I’m okay unless a child of a President reads it. I suspect they might find some inconsistencies between reality and what I invented to fill in the gaps.
I love the question about names! I think they’re so important to any story. Sasha is a common nickname for Alexandra in Russia, and, as you know, because it’s spelled out in the book, Alexandra means defender of men, which fits Sasha’s character. The brothers’ names are all of Greek origin, and each has its own unique meaning, which fits with their personalities.
Kyros means leader, or master. Ajax means powerful warrior. Phoenix means rising bird, based on the legend of the phoenix that rises from the ashes, which fits our Phoenix, I think. Xenos has several meanings, including ‘stranger’, and Zee’s definitely strange. Titus means giant, and Ty is the tallest of the brothers. Last is Denys, which is a derivative of ‘servant of Dionysus’, who was the Greek god of wine. Denys has issues with alcohol, which will play a part in his story. As for other names in the book, they come to me as the character does. The name simply pops into my head and there it is. I have friends named Melanie who are lovely people, so I don’t give names of people I dislike to characters who are ‘bad guys’. I knew a girl named Terry in middle school who was just awful to me, but I’ve yet to name a mean character after her. Although, now that I think on it…. Ha! Just kidding!
Thank you again for having me here, Mrs. Andersen! It’s an honor and a privilege. Happy reading to everyone!