Tuesday, April 10, 2018


1.  Tell us about your newest release.

Into the Moonless Night is my third published novel and the third book of the YA fantasy Moonfall Mayhem series. All the books in the series play off certain fantasy tropes. This one is Tolkien-themed. The protagonist, Catch Starthorne, is a roguish Smildon-shifter who returns to his homeland to confront a prophecy that names him the saviour of the shifter race. He doesn’t believe in the prophecy, and, perhaps more significantly, doesn’t want to believe in it.

2.  Can you tell us a little about your favorite scene in the story?

There’s a scene where Catch has to cross an invisible road. He’s terrified of heights, so this is a tremendously difficult task for him. He’s crossing with another character, one he wronged, and she supports him despite what he did to her. All of his usual lies and evasions and trickery fall away in the face of his fear and her kindness, and he’s forced to tell the truth, both to her and to himself. It’s a nice moment of self-revelation.

That said, I like a lot of scenes in this book. It’s hard to choose one.

3.  What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your story?

This book involves a race of beings called shifters—they all transform into one animal, which forms the basis of their social structure. I did a lot of research on animal behaviour for this book, as well as ready about Smilodons. One of the most fascinating things I learned is that stoats—short-tailed weasels—can actually hypnotize rabbits into not bolting by doing a crazy kind of “war dance.” The rabbits get so involved in watching the stoat jump about they don’t notice it getting closer until it’s too late. Once I learned that, I had to include it in my book—you’ll have to read Into the Moonless Night to find out how.

4.  What authors or friends influenced you in helping you become a writer?

I attended the Odyssey Writers’ Workshop in 2011. I learned a lot there, and more importantly, knowing I was good enough to get into Odyssey gave me confidence. After Odyssey, I started submitting short stories regularly to various venues. I got my first publication a year later, and World Weaver Press accepted The Falling of the Moon, the first book of the Moonfall Mayhem series, about a year after that. I still keep in contact with five friends from Odyssey. We support each other. Thanks, Karen, Tanith, Alex, Hannah, and Loriane!

5.  What does your family think about your career as a published author?

They read all my books and give me plenty of support. I think they all have their favorite characters. My sister liked Into the Moonless Night the best so far, because of the social aspects of it. They’d be even happier if I could make some serious money off writing, of course, but they’re glad to know I’m doing what I love.

6.  Besides writing, what other interests do you have?

Currently, I’m reading every book on cephalopods I can find. They’re such fascinating animals! I’m very interested in evolution and animal behaviour. I also enjoy cooking, particularly baking. My less serious pursuits include playing video games. I’m particularly fond of Bloddborne and Dragon Age.

7.  How can readers connect with you online?

I can be contacted via Twitter, Goodreads, Bookbub, or my own website, Words Meet World. Links below. I’m always delighted to hear from readers, so drop me a line.

A. E. Decker’s Website

 Into the Moonless Night
A.E. Decker

Book 3   *  Fantasy Young Adult/Adult

Author Bio:

A. E. Decker hails from Pennsylvania. A former doll-maker and ESL tutor, she earned a
master’s degree in history, where she developed a love of turning old stories upside-down to see
what fell out of them. This led in turn to the writing of her YA novel, The Falling of the Moon. A
graduate of Odyssey 2011, her short fiction has appeared in such venues as Beneath Ceaseless
Skies, Fireside Magazine, and elsewhere. Like all writers, she is owned by three cats. Come visit
her, her cats, and her fur Daleks at www.wordsmeetworld.com or on Twitter @moonfallmayhem

Catch Starthorne has spent a lifetime running from the prophecy that names him as the one who will save the shifter race, but now that he has returned to his home in Clawcrags, he may have to face his destiny. Determined to slip through fate’s fingers, Catch sows confusion, making friends from foes, mixing up the occasional sleeping death potion, and matching wits with an overbearing lion-shifter, who appears to have plans of his own.

While Catch schemes, Ascot works to retrieve him with the help of a witch and a pair of madcap shifter rebels. But every attempt to reach him earns her fresh enemies and embroils her ever deeper in the conspiracies surrounding the prophecy. After five hundred years of repressed tension and social strife, the Clawcrags are ready to explode—and it sometimes seems someone’s working hard to see that they do!

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“What’s the Moonless Night?” asked Dmitri. Beside him, Moony had worked up to a rude place in his washing, tail slapping the ground hard enough to raise dust.
“Supposedly, it’s when Magden Le Fou’s prophecy will be fulfilled,” Jolt replied. “It’s a lunar eclipse occurring three nights after the vernal equinox.”
The prophecy, thought Ascot. The frabjacketing prophecy. Something about a golden star and—well, Catch hadn’t elected to tell her much else, save that the shifters of the Clawcrawgs thought he was the golden star. Which was ridiculous. Had any of them ever looked at scruffy, roguish Catch? Heard him lie with a straight face, or seen him guzzle more coffee than anyone’s kidneys could stand?
Frabjacket, how she missed him.
Dipping his head, Dmitri scratched the ground. Abruptly, his nostrils flared. “That’s only nine days from now.”
Ascot’s throat turned into a stretch of dust. “Nine days?” It came out as a dry squeak. She worked some saliva into her mouth and swallowed. “What will become of Catch if nothing happens on the Moonless Night?”
She didn’t want to hear it: the confirmation of her worst fears. Had to hear it, just so she’d know. Jolt lifted a brow, seeming surprised that she’d even ask. “If he’s not the golden star, then he’s just another slipskin. There’s only one penalty for slipping your skin in the Clawcrags.” Jolt gave his earlobe a final tug. “Execution.”
Ascot fell away inside herself. The world, shadowed and dark, floated at a distance, as if she stared at it through the cavern of her own skull. Every sound droned and echoed. Only the bloc, bloc of yet another cicada came to her, crisp as the ticking of some mocking clock.
She almost didn’t hear Jolt speak again. “Want us to help rescue him?”
Some praise for the series:
“Falling of the Moon is a fantasy fairytale like nothing I have read before. Mystery and secrets
take you to a fantastic mystical world sure to have a book two. It is Pirates of the Caribbean
meets Cinderella. Looking forward to Ascot’s next adventure. Strong and determined with her
loyal friends she will certainly make the Moonfall Mayhem a great series of books. I am ecstatic
that this is just the start to what will be a truly great trilogy.”
— Girl + Book 

“I’d say it’s like Shrek meets The Wizard of Oz if Dorothy were Wednesday Addams and Toto a
talking cat with bat wings. Fun and funny with many laugh-out- loud moments. Can’t wait for the
next book in the series!”
— Susan Abel Sullivan, author of the Cleo Tidwell Paranormal Mystery series

“A unique and clever fantasy, The Falling of the Moon is a thoroughly entertaining read from
first page to last. Very highly recommended and certain to be an enduring favorite.”
—Midwest Book Review

“If you’re looking for a great Autumn and Halloween read then look no further, this series has
everything you need for a cozy fall evening spent reading. This one is 5/5 stars for me, it’s
absolutely perfect and a must read!”
—Hollie Ohs Book Reviews

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