Interview Time! The Sanctum by Madhuri Blaylock

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If you read my review of The Sanctum though it wasn’t all confetti and cupcakes, it was still and enjoyable read with an awesome cover and a cool author who agreed to do an interview (Yay! Interview time!). So while you’re waiting for Harm to hit the shelves be sure to lend your support and check out The Sanctum by Madhuri Blaylock!

Kayti Nika Raet: How would you describe The Sanctum to those who haven’t read it yet?

Madhuri Blaylock: It’s a fast-paced, paranormal story that begins as one girl’s simple quest for revenge and evolves into a complicated tale of trust, friendship, honor, and love.

KNR: How did the idea for The Sanctum come about?

MB: The real catalyst for The Sanctum trilogy is Dev. She’s the reason I created the story. I had been reading a lot of fantasy and paranormal books and felt as if I kept meeting these amazingly powerful and fierce girls who only became that way because a boy clued them into whatever aspect of themselves made them so awesome and fierce in the first place. I wanted to create a girl who knew she was the sh*t from jump. She didn’t need anyone telling her about herself. Of course, Dev can’t do everything on her own and needs help from others, but she’s very self-aware, which was really important to me.

Once Dev was outlined and thought out, the rest of the characters and story fell in around her.

KNR: Who are some of your writerly crushes? 

MB: Zora Neale Hurston

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Jorge Amado

George R R Martin

Laini Taylor

Rosalind Miles

Toni Morrison

David Sedaris

Cassandra Clare

(KNR: Laini Taylor! OMG I looooooooove her! *ahem* back to the point. . .)

KNR: When did you first realize that writing was something you wanted to do?

MB: Since I was a kid, I’ve always loved writing. I remember keeping a notebook of stories about living in New York City with my friends and that notebook making the rounds so everyone could read my latest installment of our super-fab life in our Manhattan loft.

I think I realized it was my passion during a creative writing class in college. We were working on a short story exercise; mine was called “Seattle Sunshine”. I remember reading my work to the class and feeling so gratified by their comments and reactions. Everyone was so moved and the story led to quite a bit of discussion. It was a very powerful moment for me, one that has stayed with me all these years.

KNR: What’s you’re usual writer’s schedule like? Are you an Outliner, or do you let the characters lead you where they may?

MB: These days, I write whenever the chance arises. Early morning, during my commute, late at night. It’s tough, balancing writing Book Two with marketing Book One with being a lawyer with being a mom and being a wife, but I’m doing my best to write as often as I can.

This trilogy is very loosely outlined, which kind of goes against my nature, but I tried it anyway. I have notebooks full of notes and ideas and interestingly enough, I find myself going back to those notes here and there, so it’s actually been useful. I think I’ve strayed a bit from my original outline, but I’m still glad I took the time to organize the ideas.

KNR: Movie time! Who would you want cast for The Sanctum movie?

MB: This is hard to do and loads of fun and would never happen in real life, but here goes nothing…

Dev: Yaya DaCosta

Wyatt: Logan Lerman

Ryker: Kendrick Sampson

Jools: Emma Stone

Darby: Dakota Fanning

Sam: Angelina Jolie (totally not happening, I know, but a girl can dream)

Josiah: Clive Owen

Ava: Kate Winslett

Carter: Michael Kelly (we went to high school together and I actually thought of him right away when I was creating Carter Breslin; I’m confident he can pull off the perfect combination of good looks and pure evil)

Maya: Lisa Bonet

Philip: Jamie Foxx

Wouldn’t that be an epic movie? Be sure to tell her how much you enjoyed The Sanctum as well as Madhuri’s other books.


The Sanctum by Madhuri Blaylock (a review)


A review by Kayti Nika Raet for Readers’ Favorite

4/5 stars

The Plot

In The Girl, the first book in the Sanctum series by Madhuri Blaylock, Wyatt and Ryker seem like two ordinary — albeit stunningly attractive — New York teens but they are really Sanctum warriors, descendant from a group of ten families blessed with angelic powers whose duties consist of keeping the magical and the human world separate.

Wyatt is the straight-laced one, following the rules even as hey grow more extreme and rigid against other “lesser” magical creatures such as werewolves and fairies. Ryker is the bad-boy of their duo. Together they make a pretty good team but in the end it’s Wyatt, not Ryker who finds himself unable to follow the Sanctum-wide order to kill Dev, an angel-demon hybrid.

Now at odds with the Sanctum, Wyatt and Ryker have to find out what’s so special about Dev and why does the Sanctum want her dead so badly.

Told from multiple points of view and featuring a gorgeous cover by Michelle Mason Holmberg, The Girl by Madhuri Blaylock is perfect for anyone who loves the Mortal Instruments series and is looking for some more sexy action.

The Thinky Bits

The Girl by Madhuri Blaylock is a fantastic read that went by super fast and is perfect for nay fans of angel and demon clashes. Of course there’s breaks between the fighting and action for heady sips of banter and romance. What more could a reader ask for?

I did wish that the writing was a little tighter and there were some minor characters who I felt were beginning to dominate the story a little too much. But with its shocking cliff-hanger ending that just might get in the way of true love I’m sure fans of Madhuri Blaylock with be clamoring for book two.