May 30, 2015— Writer Mocha has always been fascinated with villains. “I was more interested to know their side of the story,” says the Kansas City horror and gothic fiction writer.
When she wrote The Angel at the Devil’s Gate, she wanted to give voice and depth to a character that has been despised and feared in literature, film and stage, the villain. She will launch her Kickstarter campaign for The Angel at the Devil’s Gate on June 1st, with hopes of raising $6,500.
The Angel at the Devil’s Gate is about Eli Nunn, a troubled teen who is moved back to Kansas City in the aftermath of a violent drug deal. Returning to a school where his ruthless reputation still thrives, Eli encounters and instantly connects with Angel, a beautiful and mysterious black-clad orphan. Their flourishing romance begins to grow darker when Eli learns details of Angel’s chilling past. Conflicted with alarm and intrigue, Eli accepts a proposal from Angel that puts both their relationship and lives in danger.
The Angel at the Devil’s Gate was inspired four years ago after watching an all-day marathon of true crime investigations. “Each horrifying story of calculated murder gave me more inspiration for a novel,” Mocha shares. “Halfway through the marathon, I knew I wanted the story to be centered around Angel, a character from an attempted novel that I long ago discarded,” she furthers. “Angel’s character always lingered at the back on my mind years after the novel was abandoned. The character was unlike any other character I’ve read about or seen in films, and I knew Angel would find a home in the story that was churning in my mind.”
With her established fascination with villains and a story inspired by true crime investigations, Mocha knew she had a novel that would stir emotions in the reader. She hopes that with Kickstarter, she can raise the amount she needs to publish and market her book.
She is collaborating with Dog Ear Publishing for a package that includes:
Exterior and interior book design
Copywriting for the back cover content
Registration with all major online booksellers and national distributors
Registration with Book in Print database providing worldwide availability
Assignment of International Standard Book Number (ISBN)
Library of Congress control number and US Copyright information
Full e-Book suite (Amazon Kindle, Apple iBookstore, B&N Nook, and Google Editions)
Media press releases that are released to 1,000 targeted media outlets
Social media marketing
Google Book Search campaign
The book is now complete and is waiting for the funding to move it forward to publication. “Because my novel exceeds the 53,000 word count limit, an estimated $1,100 (0.02 per word) will be added into the package price,” Mocha says. “To further my novel’s discoverability, I want to register my novel into the Netgalley database for $500, where it will be available for six months (three months before its release and three months after) for reviews from publishing insiders and book bloggers. The additional funds are going to the Kickstarter fees and the cost to print and ship all rewards.”
In return for their support, backers of the campaign will receive rewards, which include physical copies of the novel, credits in the acknowledgements of the book, novel-themed postcards, novel-themed bookmarks, and a Kickstarter-exclusive companion short story titled The Angel of Death in PDF. Higher tier backers will get to name a character in Mocha’s third novel, 15-, 20-, 30-, or 45-minute Skype interview with Mocha, exclusive peek into her third novel, as well as copies of The Possession of Susan Rite, her second novel upon its completion.
Mocha Pennington was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. She attended the University of Central Missouri for journalism with a minor in creative writing. She is currently editing her second novel, The Possession of Susan Rite, along with doing research for her third.