Hazel Butler is an author, artist and archaeologist from Cheshire, currently in the final year of her PhD focussing on Gender Dynamics in Late Iron Age and Early Medieval Britain. She studied archaeology at The University of Manchester, then Bangor University, and spent two years doing corporate archaeology and research excavations in Britain and Austria. Recently she illustrated the cover for Kristell Ink’s Felinity anthology.
Chasing Azrael is the first in the Deathly Insanity Series, a set of Paranormal Mystery/Urban Fantasy novels with overlapping character and plot-lines. The novels have a strong supernatural element and also explore themes of mental health, in particular Bipolar Disorder, which Hazel has suffered from since her early teens.
Hazel has elected to write and publish these books in order to raise awareness of Bipolar Disorder, a much-misunderstood mental health condition that can lead to social isolation for the sufferers. She blends urban mystery, the paranormal, and a hint of romance, to explore how society perceives mental illness and what it is like to live with such conditions, both for patients and their loved ones.
The ‘Deathly Insanity’ series will be enjoyed by fans of Kelley Armstrong, Charlaine Harris and Laurell K. Hamilton – it’s adult-themed fiction with a twist of the unexpected.
Chasing Azrael – Blurb
When Andee Tilbrook’s husband died, her preoccupation with death turned to obsession. Thanks to her unique ability to commune with the dead, her husband remains all too close, yet never close enough. Mired in grief, she clings to James’s spirit, slowly losing touch with the world, her friends, and any desire to continue living.
But when her friend Josh becomes the target of Natalya, a jealous, capricious and violent Russian beauty, Andee somehow finds the strength to free herself from her misery long enough to help him. They soon discover that Natalya is wanted by the police for her involvement in a series of grisly murders, and Andee is dragged into the inquiry by the same man who investigated her own husband’s death.
Torn between new feelings for Josh and fear that he might be involved in the murders that seem to threaten anyone who comes close, Andee must face the realities of her life, her past, and her very nature—and do it all in time to save her own life.
Hazel says : “Bipolar Disorder is a daily struggle, and one many people just don’t understand. There’s a lot of stigma and blame for being a sufferer –so I’ve worked diligently to ensure that Andee and my future protagonists can quash any stereotypes and foster a greater culture of empathy.”
Which is a wonderful idea, and I hope she has lots of success with it!
‘Chasing Azrael’, published by Aädedian Ink, was released April 26th 2014 and is available at amazon and many other book retailers
For more information, please visit: http://hazel-butler.com.