Ronel has a new book: Dark Desires

I am so excited to join good efriend and fellow author Ronel Janse Van Vuuren in telling you about her amazing YA fiction, Dark Desires. I loved it and am honored to host Ronel for an interview.

Before we start, you’re probably wondering what Dark Desires is about. You can see my review here or just read the blur below:

Iron and fae aren’t friends. But Tasha has no choice but to be in the human realm: her very life is at stake.

High School isn’t much safer than Faerie, though. Clicks, falling in love and navigating day-to-day activities are dangerous enough without the added dread of being unmasked as being otherworldly.

But when something happens and everyone reveals their true selves, Tasha has a choice to make: will she save them from the curse upon them and reveal her true nature, or will she let them die and stay safe?

You can buy it here:


I wasn’t familiar with the book’s genre, dark fantasy so that’s what I asked Ronel to describe for WordDream readers:

Dark fantasy is all about examining the human condition, looking at the consequences of actions and decisions, and how the beliefs we hold can change the way we see our world.

That’s the basic definition I use when writing my stories. In “Dark Desires”, I used the curse on the school to explore the things people hide from others – and themselves – and the reasons some things should stay hidden. I also explored the lie Tasha, the main character, lived by and what she would do to finally take charge of her life.

“It’s a basic truth of the human condition that everybody lies. The only variable is about what.” – Gregory House, House MD.

Why dark fantasy?

It’s a way to explore human psychology in the safety of a book. It’s also a lot of fun.

Author bio

Award-winning author Ronel Janse van Vuuren mainly writes for teens and tweens, though she is known to write mythology-filled short stories for anthologies aimed at older readers. Her dark fantasy works, usually full of folklore, can be viewed on her website and on Goodreads.

Ronel can be found tweeting about writing and other things that interest her, arguing with her characters, researching folklore for her newest story or playing with her Rottweilers when she’s not actually writing.

All of her books are available for purchase from major online retailers.

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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the Man vs. Nature saga. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice,  a columnist for TeachHUB and NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, The Quest for Home, Fall 2019. You can find her tech ed books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning.

60 thoughts on “Ronel has a new book: Dark Desires

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  4. I like how the author put it – “It’s a way to explore human psychology in the safety of a book. It’s also a lot of fun.” and I have to agree. also: “It’s a basic truth of the human condition that everybody lies.”

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  5. Thanks for letting us know about Ronel’s book, Jacqui. With its dark fantasy genre, I didn’t expect the book to have any appeal. But the description of dark fantasy is intriguing and I usually find explorations of the human condition interesting. I guess that’s what we’re here for, isn’t it?

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  6. What a great idea to examine the darker side of the human condition through the safety of a story. It gives her teen audience a chance to discover their own darker desires and determine how to dispel them. Ronel, this ounds like a terrific book.

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