Hello everyone and welcome to my stop on the Escapist Book Tours virtual book tour for J. Elizaga’s Sci-Fi/Paranormal Thriller novel Penchant for Darkness! Today, I am excited to help kickoff the tour by sharing an interview with the main character of the book, Miles!
You can find our interview below, along with all of the info about the book, the author, links to purchase a copy of Penchant for Darkness for yourself, and a chance to win a copy in our giveaway! Also, be sure to take a look at the schedule here or at the bottom of the post and follow along to see the stops from our other awesome hosts!
Penchant for Darkness by J. Elizaga
Published: August 2020
Genre: Sci-Fi/Paranormal Thriller
Intended Age Group: Adult
Publisher: Certification Channel LLC (Self Published)
A wormhole to hell is one man’s path to destiny.
After seven years struggling to conceive, Miles and his wife, Richelle, escape to an island getaway to try one last time. But instead of enjoying paradise, Miles is swept up in an ancient battle between formless demons and beings from another world. When Miles fights a malevolent entity attacking Richelle, secrets are revealed, ones that cross the universe between Earth and planet Kalumegn.
Three mysterious beings discover Miles’s dormant extraterrestrial abilities. Calling him an Anomaly, they prepare his body and mind for war, for his destiny is about to be fulfilled. To protect his wife and the child they may have, Miles joins the aliens on Clos Friga, a hell planet of chaos holding their common enemy. Lucifer is more dangerous than the fallen angel of legend, and his sinister fascination with Richelle threatens all Miles holds dear. One man must fight an otherworldly battle…or the war for Earth itself may be lost.
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What music do you listen to?
Miles: Classic rock.
What are 3 items you can’t live without?
Miles: Running shoes, Swiss multipurpose utility knife, IIEE book of
If you were stranded on a deserted island, what is one thing you’d like to have with you?
Miles: There are 7,000 islands in the Philippine archipelago. There’s bound to be a fisherman nearby. 🙂 But I’d take my machete with me.
What is your biggest pet peeve?
Miles: It used to be architects with unreasonable designs but now…the slimy
What do you do in your free time?
Miles: Play pick-up basketball.
What makes you want to get out of bed in the morning?
Miles: It’s another day with my wife.
What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Miles: My dad told me to find a job where I will use my hands and my brain but work in an office as I grow old.
What do you carry in your bag?
Miles: A small drawing pad, a pen, and laptop.
What’s your favorite animal?
Miles: I used to raise pigeons when I was younger.
What do you think about [other MC(s)]?
Miles: Richelle is my little spit fire who I think is more courageous than me.
Do you have a favorite saying?
Miles: There’s an old TV show called MacGyver, it’s my favorite. I remember him saying one time, “I say we trust our instincts, go with our gut. You can’t program that.”
What is your favorite holiday?
Miles: Christmas, Filipinos love this holiday
If you could go anywhere in [the book’s world], where would you go and why?
Miles: I’m curious about Planet Kalumegn, what’s it like? How do those beings live? And who is Magna?
What do you do to relax?
Miles: I love dining out. It’s fun to try a new restaurant.
What is your favorite food?
Miles: Anything grilled or barbecued, paired with a spicy chili vinegar sauce.
What is your favorite season?
Miles: The whole month of February, when Manila is at its coolest and driest.
How would you define happiness?
Miles: Happiness is having a family of my own.
What are you passionate about?
Miles: Keeping my family safe and practicing these new extraterrestrial
abilities I’ve acquired.
How do you feel about your government?
Miles: Those sons of bitches. Nothing’s changed when it comes to corruption. Every government employee steals our money and enriches themselves.
If you could change one thing about [the book’s world], what would it be?
Miles: All machines have a kill switch. Whoever built Lucifer must know where that is.
What’s your biggest secret?
Miles: I have something metallic implanted in my body that has alien technology
to hide my presence from Lucifer.
What do you hate?
Miles: The planet Clos Friga
What’s your biggest fear?
Miles: Something goes wrong with my wife’s implant and Lucifer’s minions find out
where she is.
What do you think your best quality is?
Miles: I thought it was listening to my gut, but after what I went through, it’s being able to travel through wormholes.
How would you describe the world you live in?
Miles: It’s a gritty, vibrant, overcrowded mess of a city, where people are either fortunate enough to become educated and live well through technology and call
center careers or unfortunate enough that they have to survive on their own because there’s no government assistance.
About the Author
J. ELIZAGA is a fan of science fiction and science mysteries. Born and raised in Manila, Philippines, she peered over her father’s shoulders as he watched TV shows such as In Search Of, and Carl Sagan’s Cosmos during the 1970s.
J. used to write stories but had set aside her hobby for college and career…until she attended a writer’s conference in San Francisco in 2010. The experience unsealed a door in her mind that she thought had long closed. She continues to work in information technology by day, and makes time to write stories about humans who face extraordinary circumstances and discover their superhuman abilities.
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