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Jan 30, 2016

New Author Interview – Rachel Caine

authorHere is the anxiously awaited new author interview with the talented and amazing author – Rachel Caine. In 2013, I had the pleasure of doing my first interview with her and was just diving into the Morganville Vampire Series. Now nearly 3 years later I wanted to check back in and see how this amazing author was doing and to highlight some of her new stuff. For anyone that would like to check out the original interview can do so HERE! If you have yet to read this series you are in for a shockingly pleasurable surprise and it all starts with book one – Glass Houses.

So the last time that we interviewed you was in June, 2013 so what has changed since then in your life as an amazing author?
It seems like every year has a whole new set of amazing new adventures (and challenges) … I think in 2013 I was winding down toward the planned end of the Morganville series (15 books!), and starting what I was doing next. Which proved to be a book called PRINCE OF SHADOWS, a huge departure from the horror/comedy of Morganville. I’m very proud of Prince of Shadows–it’s a retelling of Romeo and Juliet, but also an alternate viewpoint book (from Benvolio’s point of view, Romeo’s cousin in play). It’s set in Shakespeare’s Verona, and I did my very best to reproduce the storytelling style of the original while also telling the story in an entirely new way. That came out in early 2014.

After that, I started a new series called The Great Library. The first book, INK AND BONE, came out in mid-2015, and the newest, PAPER AND FIRE, comes out this summer 2016. It’s about a world where the Great Library of Alexandria never burned … but that’s not necessarily a good thing.

Much more going on, of course. A ton of short fiction! A Kickstarted web series for Morganville that starred Amber Benson from Buffy and Robert Picardo from Star Trek: Voyager! So much more! It’s exciting times, and I currently have three new projects in the works as well.

How many books do you see in the near future for The Morganville Vampires?
Funny you should ask that! I have a short story collection, MIDNIGHT BITES, coming out in March 2016 (and will be touring in the UK for it, too). Apart from that, I’ve got some ideas on the stove for more Morganville, but they’re still cooking. It’s definitely going to live on. I love it to much to just walk away.

Now that the web TV series is a reality how surreal does it feel to see your characters come alive and do you think the portrayed the roles well?
It was amazing, honestly–the actors came to it fresh, though they all read at least the first two books, and they had such enthusiasm and insight. I loved what Amber (Ms. Benson) did with Amelie–she gave her all the scary gravity, and flashes of unexpected humanity, too. Bob (Mr. Picardo) gave Oliver a real, wonderful presence that just enchanted me. And the Glass House Gang were note perfect. Loved what Afomia Hailemeskel did with Monica, too. I couldn’t be happier. I know not everybody will feel that way–visual media is notorious for not pleasing everyone, or even a majority of fans. But I loved it.

The only reason I haven’t gone on to Season 2 yet is logistics, time and money. It eats a solid half a year of my life fundraising, and another half doing the show. So … I’m unfortunately very busy, and it’s become a secondary concern at the moment. Books have to come first.

If you had to choose a favorite character from The Morganville Vampires who would you choose and why?
It’s always a tie between Shane and Myrnin, for entirely different reasons. Shane’s someone I figured out the moment I started writing him, but he’s just endlessly fun to spend time with. Meanwhile, Myrnin constantly surprises me! I love that about him.

It’s obvious that readers often swoon over some of the sexy characters within the story so who do you think most would side with Team Michael or Team Shane?
I hate to choose sides! Can I be Team Eve instead? Team Myrnin? Team Oliver? Heh.

Obviously many have wondered if Claire would ever be turned into a vampire being that she has a history with the founder and Myrin – so is there hope in that ever happening?
I don’t see it. I don’t think that’s Claire’s nature, or her interest. She appreciates the vampires for what they are, but she doesn’t have that selfish streak that it would take to stay alive … Michael does, just barely, but then, he’s an artist. We’re all selfish. 😉 I think Claire’s perfectly content with her human existence, and all the benefits it has. For all their charm, vampires are stuck in place.

I know that throughout the series we have seen various family members from the Glass side so I am curious if we will learn more about his parents, or the spirit that resided within the house itself any time in the near future?
I intended to, and in future books I will definitely explore that.

Shifting gears just a bit I want to know what you think one of the biggest misconceptions that people have about writers in general – indie or traditionally published?
I think we’re looking at a future where all writers will move freely between those states. For some projects, the audience will be smaller, more indie-friendly. For big ideas, you need traditional publishing to give it a big launch. But I don’t think you have to pick a side anymore.

Looking back from when you first started writing The Morganville Vampires until now what is one thing that you have learned about the process and about yourself in general?
The biggest thing was that I learned I could write so much, so fast, and have so much fun. A book every six months is challenging (plus, I was writing adult fiction too). And if you’d have asked me before I started that, I’d have sworn it was impossible … but I did it. So there’s that!

Last question – Will we see any kind of spin-offs from this series and at what point would you recommend readers dive into the Midnight Bites: Stories of the Morganville Vampires minis that you wrote?
Yes to both! I’m planning on another series of books. Remains to be seen how we’ll go about it, but more on that will be coming soon. And yes to the short stories, too: the collection not only has all of the stories that have come out in all kinds of hidden spots (different countries, different anthologies, hidden web stories, etc.) but six new ones that are quite long. Those would take up half a regular sized book by themselves, and I think people will be pleased with them.

Jan 28, 2016

Author Interview & Book Highlights – K.M. MacFarland

indexHere is the interview that I had the pleasure of doing with talented author K.M. MacFarland. She is the author of the Vampyr: The Complete Trilogy which is currently available for FREE so make sure to grab your copy today!

What made you choose to write in the paranormal genre?
I live in New Orleans and I have always been fascinated with the New Orleans legends of vampires and ghosts. Our city was built on a swamp, so we don’t bury our dead. Instead, they are interred above ground so we won’t meet up with them in the next hard rain. Our cemeteries are tourist attractions, but there’s something romantic about them. Voodoo is also a part of our culture whether we believe or not. Our history is colorful and intriguing. If you walk down Bourbon Street on any day/night of the week, you can see how easily vampires could blend in. But in this age of technology, vampires would have to be able to blend in with humans and play nice with them. That idea was the beginning of the Vampyr series.

How many books do you currently have available in the paranormal genre and what are the titles?
I currently have four books in the Vampyr series: Song of the Vampire, Under a Bourbon Street Moon and Masquerade. I’ve recently published all three novels as a trilogy in one bundle titled Vampyr: The Complete Trilogy.

What is your favorite paranormal creature and why?
I would have to say vampires. I started reading Anne Rice novels when The Vampire Lestat was first published, and Lestat is responsible for my obsession with vampires.

If you could live in any paranormal book what book and character would you choose?
I recently read The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden. The story takes place in New Orleans in the months following Hurricane Katrina. Being a Katrina survivor, I immediately connected with this book. The story revolves around the actual legend of the casket girls and the Ursuline convent. In the early days of New Orleans, the early settlers were pirates, scoundrels and thieves. Some say the casket girls were prostitutes, and some say they were orphans sent over by the king of France to marry the French settlers. All they brought with them to the new world was one bag shaped like a casket containing their dowries. When the girls arrived in Nouveau Orleans, they were taken to the Ursuline convent to live among the nuns until they were married. But when the time came to open the caskets, they were empty. Rumor has it, vampires were smuggled into New Orleans in the caskets. In the book, the vampires are sealed in the convent’s attic. The main character, Adele, has some special powers that breaks the seal and releases the vampires wrecking havoc on post-Katrina New Orleans. The character I would choose to be would be Desiree, the mayor’s daughter. At first, we see her as snobby, but as the book progresses, Desiree has a strong influence on the outcome of the story and proves herself to truly be Adele’s friend.

Can you share information with us any projects that you are currently working on?
Sure. I’m working on the fourth installment of Vampyr. As we speak, it remains untitled. I’m also working on a standalone paranormal romance that deals with reincarnation. I’m hoping to start another series about a French Quarter bed and breakfast. You get a bed, but you may be the breakfast.

What do you think is one of the biggest misconceptions that people have about writers in general?
I think people don’t realize all the hard work that goes into writing a book. First drafts, rewrites, edits, more rewrites, more edits, and the list goes on and on. We don’t just type up a story and publish. There’s a lot more to the writing process than that.

If you could change something within the author/reader community what would you change and why?
I think I would change the way readers perceive reviews. Getting them is like pulling teeth. Before I started writing, I never left reviews, so I can’t attack them too much. Now that I’m a writer, I review everything I enjoy. The average reader just doesn’t realize how important reviews are, so that’s what I would change.

Who is your biggest supporter?
I don’t think I could narrow that down to one person. There are supporters who buy my books, like and share my posts, retweet, blog, review, and help spread the word about my books. A few are personal friends. I’ve never met the majority of my readers and supporters, but I appreciate them all.

Of all the books that you have written are any of them based on real life experiences?
I write about vampires and I’ve never met any, so I would have to say it’s all a fantasy. I think as a writer, I draw from real life experiences, either my own or people I know, so I guess I do to a point. You can’t realistically portray a character unless you have experienced their emotions and feelings, but their stories are fictitious.

What advice would you give to new authors that are just starting out?
I see a lot of writers get discouraged over a bad review or a low sales ranking, etc. Unfortunately, that’s going to happen. There will always be those who love your work and those who don’t. You can’t please everyone. I worked in marketing and sales for a long time before becoming a writer, and I think as a writer, just as in sales, you have to develop a thicker skin. You can’t let the negatives discourage you. There will always be positives and negatives. Take the bad with the good, blow it off, and keep writing.

Jan 23, 2016

Paranormal Author Takeover Interview – Julian Coleman

JulianHere is the interview that I had the pleasure of doing with Julian M. Coleman for the VF Presents Paranormal Author Takeover Event. Thank you Julian for doing the interview with me.

How many books do you currently have available in the paranormal genre and what are the titles?
I have one trilogy : The Demon Lover’s Chronicles
“Cesar” – Book 1
“Cesar’s Revenge” – Book 2
“Rise of the Priestess” – Book 3

I’ve always written but never published. It’s sort of like being a new person with an old soul.

What is your favorite paranormal creature and why?
I don’t have a favorite. I have nightmares about them all. Seriously, I’ve dreamt that I fought alongside the Supernatural guys, but with me they always lose their battles against evil. Kind of weird. Seriously, my favorite paranormal creature might be vampires. We all know someone who can just drain the life right out of us. After a conversation, you step back and say — “What just happened? I don’t have any energy left.”

If you could live in any paranormal book what book and character would you choose?
Actually, I did live in each of my books. I fell in love as Angelina did with the wrong man — chime in with your favorite Taylor Swift song. And I was scared as Marie was scared, and finally I sought revenge. I think when you write, you feel as the characters feel and cry when they suffer. But putting all that aside, I think I would love to interview Brad Pitt in the movie version of “Interview With a Vampire.” Okay, I just want to interview Brad Pitt. He can take his shirt off too.

Can you share information with us any projects that you are currently working on?
I am currently completing the final strokes on “The Prophet’s Mother.” It’s another trilogy, but it’s not about a vampire. It’s about a demigoddess hiding behind the veneer of single parenthood. She is completely devoted to her “gifted” 9-year old son, who is kidnapped. She has to give in to a dark power to find him and save him. She has to give up her idyllic, normal existence which she doesn’t want to do because the bloodline is cursed.

What do you think is one of the biggest misconceptions that people have about writers in general?
I think one of the biggest misconceptions people have is that it’s easy and that anybody can do it. I think we all have a talent. If you have talent, I think you should love it and feel passionate about it and be willing to take risks. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve wanted to give up and perhaps should’ve given up, but I have stories to tell and seemingly no time to tell them. I feel like I have to share them all before I die. Doesn’t that sound crazy? So yes, I believe anyone can write but with the proper help and/or guidance. But we’re all lumped in together. Some of us are passionate about our talent yet we’re thrown in with those who want to make a fast buck.

If you could change something within the author/reader community what would you change and why?
I’m relatively new at this and I’m still relying on the kindness of strangers to keep me from looking and behaving like an idiot. However, what would help all of us is a concerted way to keep writers and wannabe writers from being scammed. There is real help out there and there are folks out there too who want to exploit others. “Goodreads” is a great place to start because that’s where other writers share their pitfalls and triumphs. There should be other ways to communicate and provide alerts to writers other than a forum and reading loads of threads.

Who is your biggest supporter?
My husband and my mother are my biggest supporters. My mother gave me my first typewriter when I was quite young. Let’s be honest, everything I wrote was junk — only worthy of wiping my nose, but I was proud of my stories. My husband is my chief unofficial proofreader. I also have to say that my editor (who was touted as being one of the best in “Goodreads”) propped me up when I received my very first customer review. Lee Gooden, and official reviewer, had wrote that my work had ranked right up there with Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” and Anne Rice’s “Vampire Chronicles.” Oh — and, John Lindqvist’s “Let the Right One In.” My head was so big I couldn’t get it inside a room. Then I got a single-line missile from someone that brought me crashing down to reality. It was the only one posted on Amazon. I cried to my editor who first cried with me and then laughed and said, “Get used to it. You’re not going to please everybody. And besides, we know it’s great.” What a champ!

Of all the books that you have written are any of them based on real life experiences?
Yes, Cesar is a real person. Am I supposed to admit that? Okay, how about the vampire/demon is nicer than the real person? When I met Cesar in the flesh I thought to myself that no one was ever supposed to exude that much charisma. I wanted to take his clothes off with my teeth. He looked like he was a heart breaker — bonafide bad news in a muscular package. Internally my head was saying “Run — don’t walk — to the nearest exit. Did I listen? Of course not. He was a wild ride for five years. Did I love him? Yes. Did I hate him? Yes. The break-up was more like weaning off a drug. It took a while and I built up a tolerance and then resistance. We do learn from agony, or at least try to learn. His character was so alluring and powerful that I had to capture it and then turn him into a demon.

What advice would you give to new authors that are just starting out?
My advice to new writers is to research first, your subject, your genre and your support. I’ve lost money on websites, graphic artists, marketers and editors. Print and read all the fine print. Just because a company is big and well known doesn’t mean they won’t take you for a ride. There are websites that will honestly help you. If you’re interested in a company and you want to be sure you won’t be scammed, read the company’s reviews, by checking out BBB, Yelp, etc., and see what others say. Good luck. And hold on to your passion.

Jan 23, 2016

Immortality Stolen Book Highlights – Shannon Bell

51ru7ngNrbL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Immortality Stolen: A Vampire Romance Suspense (The Mortal One Series Book 2) by Shannon Bell

Note: Full length novel, part of series. Contains sexual situations and sex scenes. This is a vampire romance with suspense!

Dylan is still the mortal one in the equation, but now she has learned that it’s not just vampires that go bump in the night. She is now torn between Olivier who has apologized and Nico who has shown her nothing but kindness and love. She gets a good dose of what it means to be a truth seeker thanks to Olivier, though he wants to share more than knowledge with her. Will Dylan be able to resist Olivier’s charms? Can she make sense of this world with her heart and dignity intact?

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Jan 22, 2016

Paranormal Author Takeover Interview – Tima Maria Lacoba

timaHere is the interview that I had the pleasure of doing with Tima Maria Lacoba for the VF Presents Paranormal Author Takeover Event. Thank you Tima Marie for doing the interview with me.

What made you choose to write in the paranormal genre?
I’ve always loved the spooky and mysterious, so it was almost natural for me to write in the pnr/urban fantasy genre.

How many books do you currently have available in the paranormal genre and what are the titles?
Currently, there are three books and one short story (the prequel) in the series.
a). Prequel – Laura’s Locket
b). Bloodgifted, book 1
c). Bloodpledge, book 2
d). BloodVault, book 3

What is your favorite paranormal creature and why?
Definitely vampires. There’s something equally frightening as well as alluring about the vampire. Ever since Bram Stoker published Dracula, (and even before then) people have had a strange fascination with this undead creature who lurks in the darkness and feeds on human blood.

If you could live in any paranormal book what book and character would you choose?
I’d choose Narnia in a shot even though it’s more fantasy, but it does have witches and vampires in it. To be Lucy surrounded by centaurs, dryads and talking animals would be sheer bliss.

Can you share information with us any projects that you are currently working on?
I’ve only just begun work on book 4, Bloodwish, which will conclude Alec and Laura’s story in trying to lift her family’s curse. It’s going to be one heck of a ride!

What do you think is one of the biggest misconceptions that people have about writers in general?
That we don’t need to be paid for our work! No, seriously. I can’t believe the number of readers who assume that writing a book takes no effort; that anyone can do it and so it should be for free. Is it ignorance or false presumption? I don’t know but it never seems to astound me.

It takes thought, planning and time to construct a novel. For me, it’s ten months, and that’s just the rough draft. Then comes the re-writing and editing and re-editing – who pays for that? Next is the cover. I have a wonderful graphic designer who’s created the most gorgeous covers for my books. Naturally, I pay her for her work. Then comes the cost of marketing, unless I want my books to remain invisible in the bottomless sea of books on Amazon. Add all that up and it’s very expensive to produce a quality book. Yet readers want us to give our work away for free? Phhffttt!
As you can see, don’t get me started on this topic.

If you could change something within the author/reader community what would you change and why?
Stop expecting freebies. Enough said.

Who is your biggest supporter?
My family 

Of all the books that you have written are any of them based on real life experiences?
Hahaha … I wish! The only aspect of my books which in any way resemble real life is my MC’s occupation – she’s teacher, like me.

What advice would you give to new authors that are just starting out?
Once you begin writing join a good critique group. Feedback is valuable – even the negative type, sometimes. They will help hone your skills and enable a new writer to develop that all-important thick skin. But above all, keep writing.

Jan 22, 2016

Paranormal Author Takeover Interview – Denice Garrou

DeniceHere is the interview that I had the pleasure of doing with Denice Garrou for the VF Presents Paranormal Author Takeover Event. Thank you Denice for doing the interview with me.

What made you choose to write in the paranormal genre?
I live a ‘paranormal’ life. I studied metaphysics, earth based religions, I became a Reiki Master Teacher, I learned how to use crystals for healing. I even did the year and one-day training to become a witch. I studied forbidden history and learned the origination of most of our so called legends about vamps, werewolves, witches, ghosts, etc. What a fascinating journey of learning it has been.

How many books do you currently have available in the paranormal genre and what are the titles?
Paranormal is such a broad genre so I would say all three of my books fall under that category.
My Dragonhorse saga deals with magical gypsies, witches, shifters; but also has a fantasy element to it with the dragons and the fae a Merlin type. I take you to forbidden and yet real ancient civilizations of our world. The 1st to titles are Dragonhorse and Seeker of the Forgotten Knowledge and then I wrote the prequel called Sumayah, with the third installment in the works called Talion. These books are a read for all ages.
Candlelight & Cobwebs, the 1st of my Ayvon Book of Secrets series is a babyboomer romance. It is for the more mature audience. In it we have modern day witches, a ghost, a talking skull, a raven than can communicate and one more ingredient that I will not divulge. You will have to read the story. But here again I bring you forgotten history like the Oracles of Delphi who prophesized to kings and warriors and pilgrims for over 1200 years. I got into her history and gave my account of what was her secret of success. Book 2 “The City of Stone” is in the works and takes us back to the lost Jordanian city of Petra. I go back into pre-Christian times, when Petra was still into Goddess worship.

What is your favorite paranormal creature and why?
Oh that is tough. I love the werewolves and werepanthers. But I think I must go with my own creation, my dragonhorses, who can shift from horse to dragon and dragon to horse…in my 3rd book Talion, they will blow your socks off with what they will be able to shift into next. So much fun!

If you could live in any paranormal book what book and character would you choose?
Oh I really don’t know? I have warrior blood in me so it would have to be the good witch who kicks major ass, sort of like Sumayah or Shion in my Dragonhorse books. But then again it would have been fun to be a real live Oracle like Asia in Candlelight & Cobwebs. Maybe I was in a past life? I know I lived a lifetime in the city of Petra with the tigers…

Can you share information with us any projects that you are currently working on?
Well, besides what I just said above; I am heading up a project to help kids (nerds-geeks, which I am a proud member of) who are or have been bullied. I have found that many of your nerdy authors who write paranormal or fantasy genres have dealt with this and they have much wisdom to share with the young kids. It is a way of giving back to our readers. So we will be working on a trilogy of short stories about kids being bullied and how they deal and grow from it. We survived and so can they. Our 1st edition will be a charity. I have all fantasy and paranormal authors in this trilogy. I hope it goes so well we can do more. This project will go beyond just writing the stories, we have video segments and other things in the works to go with it. And so we will be looking for some kids and teens who would love to talk with us. They can contact me on my facebook page.
I also started a new YouTube channel called “Between the Lines Book Talk” with author Michelle Cornwell-Jordan. We will be talking about the behind the scenes of writers and the writing world. Not just author book interviews. And part of that will be a new book club we started. We want to help new authors get some good reviews in. And part of this book club will be a monthly video chat about the books. We hope to have our own book awards at the end of each year also. We are looking for avid readers too who would love to join our club. Just contact me via my facebook page. I believe if we have to give a book away there must be some sort of exchange for that gift and a review is a great gift in return. I am a huge believer in Karma…You get what you give.

What do you think is one of the biggest misconceptions that people have about writers in general?
That we don’t work that hard. That we write just to make money. I write because I have to, otherwise I would go insane. Haha. I also write to teach. I can guarantee that you will learn one thing new with each of my books.

If you could change something within the author/reader community what would you change and why?
Yes, when was it decided that authors had to pay people to read their books? I remember going to the library if I wanted a free read. There are a ton of very talented storytellers out there who are struggling because they do not have the financial resources to buy their readers and fans. That is what it has come down to sadly enough.

Who is your biggest supporter?
As far as a reader fan; a big shout out goes to Jerilynn Rodriguez! I would love to have coffee or tea or whatever with her one day. She is always giving me a shout out. And my friend and compadre in book crimes Michelle Cornwell-Jordan. I do have a small core group of authors who do help out and so that would include, Guy Donovan and Benjamin Towe and Jonathan Yanez along with Michelle. Love you guys! Hint look for us in a collaboration soon.

Of all the books that you have written are any of them based on real life experiences?
My very 1st book and that is why I wrote it. It was ten years of experience and I kept notes knowing one day it would become a book. Dragonhorse is dedicated to the horse for it was the horse that kept me sane. I am dyslexic and an Empath, so my life has not been an easy one. Depression has taken me down many times and it was my horses that kept me here.

What advice would you give to new authors that are just starting out?
Write what you know and are passionate about. Not everyone will understand your message but just being able to share it makes all the difference. This why I chose to Indie publish. Even my editor didn’t always see my vision but at least I had the right to disagree with her. Oh and yes, get a good editor, not a proofreader and EDITOR. It does the rest of us no good when there are amateurish novels put out there. Invest in that money. And be prepared to work harder than you have ever worked in your life. But you will love it as I do.

Jan 22, 2016

Paranormal Author Takeover Interview – Michael Glover

MichaelHere is the interview that I had the pleasure of doing with Michael Glover for the VF Presents Paranormal Author Takeover Event. Thank you Michael for doing the interview with me.

What made you choose to write in the paranormal genre?
From a very young age the paranormal genre has excited, intrigued, and scared me; it left an impact that has shaped my writing. The vampire held a special place that started with Halloween at an early age, to books, and movies that showed a great variety of worlds within the genre. I wanted to add my world to this magnificently diverse and beloved story line.

How many books do you currently have available in the paranormal genre and what are the titles?
I currently have my debut novel, saint Sebastian The Rose Book One The Lonely Tower Series

What is your favorite paranormal creature and why?
The vampire for sure, it’s part human, part monster that lives in the dark; a place that always scared me as a kid. The vampire was so many things: intelligent, conflicted, monstrous, and elusive.

If you could live in any paranormal book what book and character would you choose?
I would have to say Salem’s Lot by Stephen King; loved it. I would have to be Ben Mears; the author turned vampire hunter. How awesome. I’m an author, now I just need to become a vampire hunter.

Can you share information with us any projects that you are currently working on?
I am currently working on Book Two & Book Three of The Lonely Tower Series.

What do you think is one of the biggest misconceptions that people have about writers in general?
Easy, that we will be rich. If only that were true but we all know it’s not about getting rich. We write because of something deep down; call us crazy.

If you could change something within the author/reader community what would you change and why?
That is hard because I am a new author, I have always been the reader. As a reader I wish I had left more reviews for the books I have read. I feel bad for not doing that, I understand the importance now as an author. Review review review.

Who is your biggest supporter?
There really isn’t one. I am thankful to have many between family and friends. I really am not avoiding the question, there are too many people that have been there since the beginning who loved the story and have kept at me to get it out there and here it is.

Of all the books that you have written are any of them based on real life experiences?
Well, so far there is only one finished, another almost there, and five others…in paranormal, fantasy, and fiction, that I have extensive notes on…and yes there are parts of me in them. There is not one that is completely me, yet.

What advice would you give to new authors that are just starting out?
Write. Don’t be afraid. It won’t be perfect. It will never be perfect; not even after twenty edits, but it will be worth it. The feeling of getting to the end is amazing and in between when you have those moments of magic…well, it’s hard to describe.

Jan 22, 2016

Paranormal Author Takeover Interview – LaVerne Thompson

LaVerneHere is the interview that I had the pleasure of doing with LaVerne Thompson for the VF Presents Paranormal Author Takeover Event. Thank you LaVerne for doing the interview with me.

What made you choose to write in the paranormal genre?
It’s one of my favorite genres to read so it’s also one of my favorite to write. I love the concept of world building. Giving my imagination free reign and taking recognizable ideas and putting my own twist to them.

How many books do you currently have available in the paranormal genre and what are the titles?
Currently available in the paranormal genre that would be 11.

Angel Rising- Redemption
Sea Bride- Children of the Waves Book 1
Sea Storm- Children of the Waves Book 2
Sea Witch- Children of the Waves Book 3
Dragon’s Heart- Story of the Brethren
Dark Mist- The Hidden Series Book 1
Dark Shadow- The Hidden Series Book 2
A Christmas Spirit
Journey of the Princess of Ice- The Elementals
Believe
Tatianna (a freebie with my newsletter)

What is your favorite paranormal creature and why?
That would be the dragon. I love the thought of these mighty beasts that can breath fire and dominate the sky. And pretty much anything else they chose. lol One of my author taglines is “Let there be dragons.”

If you could live in any paranormal book what book and character would you choose?
Hmmm, that would be Maya in Dragon’s Heart. She was a strong character who stood her ground.

Can you share information with us any projects that you are currently working on?
I’m working on both the second books in the Redemption and Brethren series, but I’m also working on a series of stand alone books, the first one is Lost God about the rebirth and remaking of the Greek god Zeus.

What do you think is one of the biggest misconceptions that people have about writers in general?
That we’re rolling in money. Very few are and even fewer indie authors.

If you could change something within the author/reader community what would you change and why?
The lack of support. Many give lip service to support but fewer actually do something about it beyond a handful of friends. One way for readers to show support is if they enjoy a book to leave a review, especially a constructive one. Oh, and tell friends about the books they enjoy. For authors leaving reviews constructive or not can become problematic. But authors can show support of books by other authors they enjoy in many positive ways. There is a worldwide reading pool out there, and growing every day. With many authors and stories that are necessary to satisfy the many different types of appetites. Writing is not a competitive sport but a sharing of our creative talents.

Who is your biggest supporter?
lol my oldest daughter. She’s read and proofed some of my books.

Of all the books that you have written are any of them based on real life experiences?
Since these are all paranormals that would have to be a no. lol

What advice would you give to new authors that are just starting out?
Write. Then keep writing. Once you finished one story go on to the next.

Jan 21, 2016

Paranormal Author Takeover Interview – Wendy Potocki

W. PotockiHere is the interview that I had the pleasure of doing with W. Potocki for the VF Presents Paranormal Author Takeover Event. Thank you for doing the interview with me.

What made you choose to write in the paranormal genre?
I don’t think I chose the genre as much as the genre chose me. However, I do think my muse made the perfect choice. Because of this selection, I’m not confined by the physical laws that govern reality, and if I choose to represent the emotion of jealousy as a monster that lives in the forest, I can. I enjoy the freedom and fluidity of imagination required to pen this kind of tale. I take care that all my characters are given ample room to speak and grow. It’s great fun when a reader “gets” what you’re trying to say and takes that ride into the unknown, and because I never know what my characters are going to do, it’s fun for me also.

How many books do you currently have available in the paranormal genre and what are the titles?
I have four paranormal books currently available. They are THE ADDUNé VAMPIRE TRILOGY and BLACK ADAGIO.  Here’s a little about the books. I should add that the rest of my work more precisely fits into the genre of horror with supernatural overtones.

The Adduné Vampire Trilogy is a sweeping saga about a young girl’s harrowing journey in the dark world of vampires.  The installments include: PART I: THE VAMPIRE’S GAME, PART II. THE HOUSE OF CARDS, and PART III. THE RECKONING.

Still shaken from the untimely death of her father, Miranda Perry is forced to assume control of his business empire. She begins the arduous task of overhauling Perry Antiques, but soon discovers a priceless object that her father hid from the world.

In attempting to ascertain its authenticity, she is placed in the crosshairs of a cunning vampire named Adduné. He is consumed with exacting vengeance for an unpardonable transgression–an offense that demands the ultimate punishment.

BLACK ADAGIO is a paranormal tale revolving around a young girl who is obsessed with making it in the world of dance. I had the inspiration for this story while in the midst of my involvement in ballet. I used to take classes here in NYC, and one day while walking down the street, a scene revealed itself to me, but I never took it any further. Many years later, I revisited the concept. The time was right to flesh out the dark Gothic tale. Before I knew it, Melissa Solange sprang to life and I was delighted with the story she told. If you’ve ever had a passion so strong that it consumes you, you’ll identify with her drive to become a ballerina.

Melissa Solange is presented the chance of a lifetime. Chosen as a member of a new dance company, she works tirelessly perfecting the one element of ballet she’s never mastered—the adagio. As she rehearses, a dark force watches. Resurrected by the surprise addition of a classic ballet to the repertoire, the sinister work is thought to be cursed—destroying anyone who attempts to dance it. When the production’s lead dancers begin to disappear, the old warning is taken more seriously. A death worshipping cult called The Innocents is blamed, but she is not so sure. They may be the scapegoat for an ultimate evil living in the woods of Holybrook. Desperate for an answer, she searches for what lurks in the shadows of the old trees before she becomes the next victim of the Danse Macabre.

What is your favorite paranormal creature and why?
Okay, that’s tough. I love both vampires and werewolves. I’d have to say many more successful treatments have been done featuring vampires, but I love the whole vibe of someone morphing into a wolf. I mean, who doesn’t want to sit down and howl at the moon?

As to why I’m attracted to both, well, they do have some things in common. For one, they’re both creatures of the night. Their true identity is hidden away, and they both live by feeding off the human herd. They’re both hedonistic, possess extraordinary strength, and could live forever if it weren’t for one weakness that makes them fragile. There’s also a certain freedom found in the transformation. It seems to boil down to exchanging a sense of mercy and compassion for bestiality. I think it’s there that the two separate. The vampire is more merciless whereas the werewolf, in human form, regrets what it’s done while under the spell of that full moon.

If you could live in any paranormal book what book and character would you choose?
Absolutely Lucy Muir in The Ghost and Mrs. Muir.. While I fell in love with the movie, the story is what I did it. It’s so romantic and has a happy ending … which my stories tend not to have. The house, the hunky ghost, the idea that love can be eternal, I loved everything about it.

Can you share information with us any projects that you are currently working on?
I finished a paranormal mystery. It hasn’t been edited so there’s not too much to say since I tend not to like to talk about things until they’re finished. I do have my fingers crossed on this one. It has gotten some nice feedback from beta readers.  All I’ll say is that it’s about a detective that delves into the supernatural in order to solve a murder.

What do you think is one of the biggest misconceptions that people have about writers in general?
That we’re controlling things. Writing is more about losing yourself in the story than exerting your opinions. When we do it right, readers believe that the things said are our opinions, but they’re not. The truth is that I would call the police on most of my evil characters and have them locked up long before things got out of hand. I’d never let things get so far, but in writing, we let things go until they reach a natural conclusion. In other words, authors are actually glorified court reporters. Our characters tell their stories through us and it is a sacred obligation to get it all down.

The plus side of that is that authors do get to visit the world they’ve created. We’re silent witnesses to our character’s lives and I’ve developed a strong affection for many of the unique personalities that live on the pages of my books.

If you could change something within the author/reader community what would you change and why?
I suppose I’d make it easier to for readers to find a favorite author. It’s why I host giveaways such as HALLOWEENPALOOZA and participate in events such as this. Authors are constantly in search of their audience and readers are constantly in search of good books. It’s a win-win when the two finally connect.

Who is your biggest supporter?
I’ve met a few readers along the way who have been invaluable. They’ve been very generous with reading my work and gracious in passing along feedback. I truly appreciate that they took a chance on a new author and discovered what I write worthy of their time. It’s an unbelievably great feeling when that happens.

Of all the books that you have written are any of them based on real life experiences?
The one that comes closest to matching that criteria is BLACK ADAGIO. Since I studied ballet, it’s something I know a little about. I fully understand the passion and obsession with wanting to dance more than eating, sleeping, or even breathing. However, the rest of the story, including the characters, is all fiction. I don’t actually know about a cult living in the woods of Holybrook … wherever that is. &#X1f60a

What advice would you give to new authors that are just starting out?
I would tell them to write. You have to write to get better at writing. It’s the way it works. So if you get an opportunity to do a guest blog, do it. If you get an idea for a short story, but you don’t usually write shorts, sit down and write it. Not everything will be to your liking, but you have to develop that writing muscle. If you do exercise it regularly, you’ll find things coming a little easier and you’ll improve. That’s what it’s about. Perfecting the craft so you can tell a tale that will leave readers breathless.

Jan 21, 2016

Paranormal Author Takeover Interview – Lauralynn Elliott

LauralynnHere is the interview that I had the pleasure of doing with Lauralynn Elliott for the VF Presents Paranormal Author Takeover Event. Thank you Lauralynn for doing the interview with me.

What made you choose to write in the paranormal genre?
I’ve loved everything paranormal since I was a kid. I would come home from school every day and watch Dark Shadows with my grandmother. So it was natural to write in that genre.

How many books do you currently have available in the paranormal genre and what are the titles?
I have 12 paranormal titles. The titles are Fire Wizard, Soul of a Vampire, Dark Relic, Secrets of the Wolf, Search for the Vampires’ Curse (those last three are included in a trilogy combined into one book called Vampires’ Curse), Hearts of Evil, Haunted Lake, The Gnome, A Rocky Path, Club Blood, See Me, Guardian Vampire,

What is your favorite paranormal creature and why?
I think it’s a toss up between vampires and ghosts.
I think vampires are very complex creatures, and I like that. Ghosts are just eerie. 🙂

If you could live in any paranormal book what book and character would you choose?
Can I pick my own book? I would love to be Libby Fox in the Vampires’ Curse trilogy.

Can you share information with us any projects that you are currently working on?
I’m currently working on a sequel to Soul of a Vampire. The title will be Keeper of His Soul. Readers wanted to know more about the main female character’s best friend from Soul of a Vampire, so this is her story.

What do you think is one of the biggest misconceptions that people have about writers in general?
That we are all introverted and socially awkward. Each writer is different. I’m a little more on the extroverted side.

If you could change something within the author/reader community what would you change and why?
I wish readers would realize how grateful we truly are for their support, reviews, and word of mouth advertising. And authors should express that more often, I think. Without readers, where would we be?

Who is your biggest supporter?
My mom.

Of all the books that you have written are any of them based on real life experiences?
Definitely not. Everything I write is in my imagination. My life is much more boring than my books.

What advice would you give to new authors that are just starting out?
Don’t expect to make loads of money, but don’t give up! Don’t read bad reviews if they will discourage you. And never respond to reviews.

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