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.

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