EDEN: The EIGHTH DAY
by Sally Mitchell
Welcome to Mendacia; The city of lies. Saved from a divine apocalypse, its citizens now starve. They are trapped beneath a fire-lit sky and surrounded by a molten river, all to pay for the sins of their ancestors.
The gods cursed the original generation with eternal life so that their skin would rot and their pain would always remind them of their own horrific crimes.
These demons now serve the tyrant emperor, Malum Dolus who uses them to terrorise the citizens, all in the name of maintaining order.
One woman, Vita Dulcas has had enough of his evil ways, but what could she possibly do to help the citizens? They love Malum and hate her, suspecting her of witchcraft after her survival of deadly snake bites. All she can do is stay invisible.
That is until she finds herself backed into a corner and all she can do is fight. Suddenly, she has more power than she could have ever imagined and it becomes clear she is Mendacia’s last hope.
If only she could make the citizens see the truth.
‘But then he turned. Vita jumped with the motion, praying she didn’t look as hopeless as she felt, but as his head turned, his eyed skimmed past the lamb and landed on her own, searing into them as if nothing had ever changed. The darkness behind those beautiful eyes was a harsh reminder now though. A reminder of the awful secret they shared. She remembered looking up lovingly into those eyes - how wrong she had been. How dangerous he truly was. The ignorance of vanity, she thought.’
‘One by one, more of the citizens scaled the walls, marching a slow and silent trail through the remains of the battle, each to pay their own respects to the man who had taken on the demons and given them the hope of freedom. With a cough, Empress Vesta began to speak from the balcony. ‘This has been a truly terrible day,’ she said. ‘One which will, I’m sure, weigh on our minds and hearts for some time to come. But, I decree that this man deserves a respectable death. Who will carry his body to the palace?’
Nico’s hand shot in the air, his other clasped on his chest. ‘I will.’
‘And me,’ said Kayin, pulling himself to his feet.
‘Me too,’ said the Survivor.
‘Yes,’ said another citizen.
‘Aye,’ said Domine Agil from behind Vesta.
She gazed down to see the sea of her citizens nodding and raising their hands, all eager to pay the man his final respects. She watched her son, the Survivor and Nico haul Theo’s body into the air. Another citizen helped to support his leg and the four of them began a slow exit from the arena, the brave sinner above their shoulders.’
‘Vita let the curtain drop behind her and walked confidently onto the balcony. She held her hands behind her back and stopped in the centre, standing silently for a moment to survey the faces below her. Some, she had seen before, others were strangers. Family men, drunkards, men of high and low standing, young boys and even arthritic old men, all here in an attempt to buy her and take her freedom.
She could feel her heart quickening and for a moment wondered what she was doing. She couldn’t see the Bilo brothers, which gave her cause for relief. A whistle echoed around the yard, followed by an eruption of laughter from the group of her potential husbands. She remained still, letting the sounds wash over her.
‘Just come to give us a taster ‘av yer love?’ She gazed down at the toothless source of torment and waited patiently for the ensuing laughter to die down.
‘Gentlemen,’ she began to speak slowly. ‘I stand before you today with faith. Faith in the goodness in each of you. I see many different faces below me. I see men I have known and respected, hardworking men, family men and loyal men. I see long standing friends of my father, people who I used to feel protected by. I see people who, like me, have suffered in this land. And I wonder if it is fear that makes such good men gather here today? You label me a witch, but you can see my flesh is just as vulnerable as yours. If I am cut I will bleed. I am not the one to fear.’
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AN INTERVIEW WITH SALLY
-What inspired you to become a writer?
I have always loved writing from a young age. Initially this took the form of short stories and poems. As I grew up I progressed to writing letters to the newspapers and magazines, even having a couple published. Mainly though, my writing was in the form of essay and report writing for college and then university.
There was always something about the writing process that soothed me. Life can be so full of uncertainty that being able to tie everything up in black and white is very therapeutic.
I decided to take writing to a creative level after becoming a single parent in 2011. It was no longer practical to continue towards a psychology career and the thing I missed most was the writing process. It took me a while to build up the confidence to do so and it was a holiday I took in Scotland that finally convinced me.
The place was Pitlochry and I have never been to a more beautiful haven, I often wonder if subconsciously this was why I developed a story surrounding Eden, but that’s beside the point. I found myself more happy, relaxed and at peace than I had ever been and I was completely in love with the place. I realised that that was what life was all about and that happiness should be paramount. This is when I decided that no matter how difficult the journey was going to be to become an author, it made me happy and that was worth the effort.
-If you could visit your book’s world for a day, what one thing would you do?
Oh wow! The things I would do. The world I created is so different that I can honestly say I wouldn’t know where to start. I’d love to go and visit the Molten Mamba, a river of lava surrounding the final empire, Mendacia. I’d like to see the flame ridden sky and go exploring in the serpents lair and to have a good old nosey around the palace and the desolate town.
-Give us a fun or interesting fact you learned researching this book.
My old latin teacher would have been proud with the amount of research I put into the roman empire. I came across lots of interesting facts from the clothing and make-up regimes, their religious leanings even to some of the prayers they would recite. The Romans were truly fascinating people.
-Which of your characters would you go out for drinks and/or pizza with?
Ha great question. Minerva without a doubt. She’s elderly lady with a wild personality. She has designs on a certain soldier, says what she thinks, fears nothing and thinks life is a joke. Get a few drinks down her and you’d be sure to laugh your socks off.
-What do you enjoy reading in your free time?
Anything and everything. Since becoming a parent/author/business owner my time can be pretty limited so I discovered the world of audio books and it was the best discovery yet. You’ll rarely see me without my headphones on escaping into one world or another. I do have leanings towards fantasy novels, especially series where you can immerse yourself for longer periods of time and really connect with the characters.
That’s one of the reasons I wanted to develop a series rather than a one off novel; while it would perhaps have been simpler to do it that way for a break through novel, I wanted to create a world where the reader can build up a relationship with the characters and feel a sense of belonging when reading.
-Is there a genre you could never write? Which and why?
I don’t know really. I suppose Sci-Fi could be more difficult. Science Fiction is all the possibilities that the world could and perhaps will one day will possess. The level of intelligence behind some Sci-Fi novels is astounding and the authors are clearly geniuses who have the vision and intelligence to demonstrate how a particular event or technology could impact the world in real terms.
I don’t think I could ever do that. While creating a fantasy world does require a good imagination, it is really limitless and doesn’t need to have a practical application in the way some science fiction stories do. I’ll leave that particular genre to the experts.
I was brought up in a small country village in North Yorkshire, UK. I had always been brought up to work hard and to push myself, skills which came in useful for writing the Eighth Day. I suppose it also helped that I’ve always been a huge bookworm with a love of all things fantasy and all things romance. Pride and Prejudice is my all-time favourite.
Granted those genres are miles apart but I find something incredibly romantic about escaping to a world that has been lovingly created by an author. I enjoy trying to connect with them through their imagination, wondering where they were and what they were doing when they developed such magical worlds.
Writing my own novel was the best experience I’ve ever had career wise, and it makes the struggles I have faced in my past careers all worth the while.
After losing my career as a nurse following a car accident, I began a promising psychology career, even winning an award for my undergraduate degree. However, I became a single parent three years ago and sacrificed another dream to set up a laundry and ironing business, which enabled me to be at home with my son.
Despite many commitments, a further relationship breakdown and 3 family bereavements, I was determined to develop a rewarding career and make my little man proud.
That’s when I decided to begin a writing career and I developed the Eden Saga. Such a path enabled me to stay at home and give him all the extra support he needed whilst also having something for myself.
I’m now the happiest I’ve ever been, I’m closer to my son than ever and I’ve finally released my novel as an e-book which is available on all major platforms.
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