Interview with Maddox Grey, Author of A Shift in Darkness

05 Oct 2022

What’s the story behind the story? What inspired you to write A Shift in Darkness?

I got the idea for writing this book when I was writing the second book in the series. I tend to spend a lot of time in my head, thinking about scenes and plot details. The idea for the realm that Nemain visits in A Shift in Darkness came to me first. There wasn’t a reason to include a setting like that in the book I was currently working on, but it floated around in my mind and refused to go away. Gradually the idea of a story about Nemain taking a gig before the events of A Shift in Shadows started to take shape and I started writing as soon as I finished the second book.

If you had to pick theme songs for the main characters of A Shift in Darkness, what would they be?

Bad Guy by Billie Eilish.

What’s your favorite genre to read? Is it the same as your favorite genre to write?

Fantasy! I love all types of fantasy but I enjoy reading (and writing) fantasy that has romance as a subplot.

What books are on your TBR pile right now?

The Priory of the Orange Tree, Secrets of a Rose, The Wolf Queen

What scene in your book was your favorite to write?

The first appearance of the devourers. I’d been thinking about that scene for over a month before I got the chance to write it.

Do you have any quirky writing habits? (lucky mugs, cats on laps, etc.)

I have a lot of pets. Cat, dog, geckos, snakes. I regularly talk out loud to them when I’m working through scenes… and pretend like they talk back.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

“Don’t Panic” – Douglas Adams

If you could choose one thing for readers to remember after reading your book, what would it be?

Always be nice to cats. You never know what they’re plotting.


Maddox Grey is the author of the new book A Shift in Darkness

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