Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Author Interview: Yolanda Sfetsos

Stopping by today is Yolanda Sfetsos 
the author of A Patch of Darkness.

Welcome to The Book Nympho. 

Thank you, it’s great to be here.

Tell us a little bit about Sierra Fox. 

Well, Sierra lives in a contemporary world very much like ours. It’s an alternate version of our world, where ghosts are pretty much accepted as part of everyday life. Not everyone can see them, but most people know the signs. Sierra is one of those people who can see, hear, and interact with ghosts. She can also capture them.

She’s a spook catcher and has her own business. People hire her to remove pesky, misbehaving ghosts from their homes and businesses. She’s also about to find out that ghosts aren’t the only supernatural creatures in the world.

I love the idea behind the world you built; why ghosts? 

Thank you! I’ve always been fascinated with ghost stories and really wanted to write one of my own. I’m also a huge fan of urban fantasy, so I put the two together and Sierra’s world was born.

While reading the blurb for A Patch of Darkness I thought of two of my favorite UF series; Downside Ghosts by Stacia Kane because of the whole ghosts and Sierra's job and Fever series by Karen Marie Moning because of the comment about staying in the light. Are you a fan of either series? If not what is your favorite UF series? 

I’ve actually got the first book in both series sitting on my TBR pile but haven’t read either yet.

I absolutely love UF! There are a lot of UF series that I love to read, and keep discovering new ones all the time. Here are a few of my faves: Sookie Stackhouse by Charlaine Harris, Anna Strong by Jeanne C. Stein, Weather Warden by Rachel Caine, Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs, Kitty Norville by Carrie Vaughn, Allie Beckstrom by Devon Monk, Sabina Kane by Jaye Wells, H & W Investigations by Jess Haines, Rhiannon’s Law by J.A. Saare, and Secret McQueen by Sierra Dean.

There will be others to add soon. Like I said, I’m always open to taking on new UF series books.

Also in the blurb there is mention of a tangled love life. Will the series be like most UF and just tease us with romance or will there be some smexy love scenes in Sierra's future? 

Sierra’s love life is complicated. Well, it starts out pretty normal—she has a very attractive boyfriend who is loyal, kind, and patient—but as she starts to realize in the first book, you can’t control what your heart desires the most. And yes, there will be smexy scenes. ;)

A Patch of Darkness is the first book in the Sierra Fox series and I see that you have a title for the second book, Split at the Seams; how many books to you have planned for the series? 

Yes, Split at the Seams is already contracted with Samhain Publishing and will be released later this year. I actually have five books planned for the Sierra Fox series.

Quickie Questions: 

Paranormal or Normal? Paranormal

Audio books: fan or not? Haven’t really given them a chance

What are you reading? Deep Dark Secret by Sierra Dean

Thanks for stopping by today to answer a few questions. 

It was a pleasure. Thanks for having me! :)

A Patch of Darkness
by Yolanda Sfetsos
Sierra Fox, Book 1
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Shape-shifters, Angels & Demons Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Publication Date: 05-15-2012
Length: Novel
ISBN: 678-1-60928-688-0

All it takes is one weak seam for everything to fall apart. 

In a perfect world, Sierra Fox would have stayed away from the Council she left years ago. But in this world—where spirits have the right to walk among the living—it’s her job to round up troublesome spooks and bring them before that very same Council.

Though her desk is piled high with open cases, she can’t resist an anonymous summons to a mysterious late-night meeting with a bunch of other hunters, each of whom seems to have a unique specialty. The news is dire: something is tearing at the fabric of the universe. If the hunters can’t find who or why in time, something’s going to give in a very messy way.

As current cases, family secrets, new clues and her tangled love life slowly wind themselves into an impossible knot, Sierra finds herself the target of a power-sucking duo intent on stealing her mojo. And realizing she holds the key to the last hope of sealing the widening rift.

Warning: Spook catching: may contain traces of ectoplasm and otherworldly nasties. Not recommended for those with allergies to ghosts, demons, and with boyfriends who think your power is theirs. While reading, avoid dark patches and stay to the light.

A PATCH OF DARKNESS will be available from Samhain Publishing on May 15. 


Wife. Mother. Writer. Bibliophile. Dreamer. Animal lover. Intrigued by the supernatural. Horror freak. Zombie enthusiast. Movie & music fan. Slave to her muse.

Yolanda lives in Sydney, Australia with her awesome husband, lovely daughter, and cheeky cat.


  1. This sounds like something I'd enjoy and I love the cover. Thanks for bringing this to my attention.

    1. I know. I can't wait to start reading it. Thanks for stopping by and checking out the interview.

    2. Thanks so much! I think the cover portrays Sierra very well. :)

      Also, thanks for the interview Jennifer!


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