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Nov 19, 2016

Fang Time! A Vampire Book Blood Fest Author Interview – Kathryn M. Hearst

kathrynHere is my author interview with the talented Kathryn M. Hearst for the Fang Time! A Vampire Book Blood Fest Event. We will be featuring her Sinistra Dei Series which includes Feast of the Epiphany and Feast of Mercy so make sure to grab your copy today!

What originally inspired you to write about vampires in general?
I watched my first horror movie, and fell in love with vampires, at age seven. In those days, vamps were scary. As I grew up, the seductive elements kept me hooked.  I set out to write a vampire novel, but didn’t want to do the same old trope. Instead, I explored the question, “What would happen if vampires/immortals worked for the Catholic Church?”

Are you currently working on any new projects that you would like to share with us?
I’m currently working on the third book in the Sinistra Dei series, Feast of All Souls. The story is split between New Orleans and the Vatican. In this installment, the characters search for answers about their origins within the secret libraries of the Church. The stakes are high, as they plan to break from the Order of the Sinistra Dei. The forbidden romance between Lysander and Joliette explores themes of unrequited love, loyalty, and blows the roof off the old trope of people from different sides of the tracks falling in love.

What was your most recent release and what would you like readers to know about it?
Feast of Mercy, the second book in the Sinistra Dei series features two young immortals as they assimilate to their new lives. I use the term “immortal,” because in my world, there are no such thing as vampires. However, the mythology follows some of the traditional vampire lore, such as rising after death, fangs, and compulsion. They’re also dead sexy. My characters feed off of prana, or human energy, unless their powers have deteriorated and require blood for sustenance. There’s also a genetic component to the process of becoming immortal, which restricts their population. While they don’t age, they do risk a form of insanity as they grow older. I’ve always been fascinated with the question of how the human mind would adapt to living hundreds or thousands of years. We aren’t made to experience that sort of life span. What kind of psychosis would develop?

Do you have a newsletter that you would like readers to sign up or?
Readers can sign up for my newsletter HERE!

How many books do you currently have available that include vampires and how would you describe your writing style in 3 words?
I have two book in the Sinistra Dei series, with the third releasing in March.
My writing style is fast-paced, layered, and steamy.

Are you a fan of any specific vampire shows or movies?
I enjoy just about anything with vampires, even the campy ones.

How do you think vampires from decades ago fair against those that we see in modern media?
Vampires are one of the rare supernatural creatures that evolve and change with the times. I predict that we will see a resurgence of kick-butt, horrific, villainous vamps in the near future.

Is there anything that you would like to see change within the book community?
This is a tough question. I believe things are changing at a rapid rate within the publishing world. I would love to see more authors supporting other authors. There are a lot of divas out there, and the drama doesn’t always stay on the pages.

If you could co-write a vampire book with any other author who would you choose and why?
Thomas Harris, the author of “Silence of the Lambs.” I’d love to create a psychological thriller  with vamps that scared the crap out of the readers.

Is there any authors out there that you think helped to inspire the author that you are today?
Yes, too many to count! Anne Rice and Laurell K. Hamilton come to mind, but I take something away from every book I read. Yes, even the awful ones.

Nov 19, 2016

Fang Time! A Vampire Book Blood Fest Author Interview – Brian McKinley

brianHere is my author interview with the talented Brian McKinley for the Fang Time! A Vampire Book Blood Fest Event. We will be featuring his book Drawing Dead so make sure to grab your copy today!

What originally inspired you to write about vampires in general?
Probably role-playing more than anything else, ironically. I got into playing Vampire: The Masquerade and started looking for books that featured vampire protagonists and societies and things like that. Aside from the White Wolf produced books, there wasn’t much and so I started building my own world to make use of various characters I’d created. Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire was also a big source of inspiration.

Are you currently working on any new projects that you would like to share with us?
I’m working on several. I’m nearly finished with the sequel to Ancient Blood: A Novel of the Hegemony called Ancient Enemies. I’ve outlined and written a few chapters of a sequel to Drawing Dead: A Faolan O’Connor Novel and I’m working with a friend on a space opera series featuring a futuristic Earth that’s ruled by vampires. I’m kind of vampire-crazy right now, but I do love them!

What was your most recent release and what would you like readers to know about it?
The most recent release was Drawing Dead: A Faolan O’Connor Novel, which takes place in 1930s New York City. It’s the story of a hitman who gets recruited by vampires to help them fight a war against other vampires. It’s action-packed and has a lot of intrigue and period feel, but also a surprising amount of heart.

Do you have a newsletter that you would like readers to sign up or?
Yes! Go to my website: http://brianmckinley.wixsite.com/brianmckinley and you’ll see an easy prompt. Just type in your email! I promise I don’t spam you,  just a little update once a month about new stuff.

How many books do you currently have available that include vampires and how would you describe your writing style in 3 words?
Two books available with vampires as well as two short stories. Hmmm…

Gritty paranormal thrillers.

Are you a fan of any specific vampire shows or movies?
I love many movies and shows, but my favorites are: Interview with the Vampire, Lost Boys, Near Dark, Blade II, Being Human, Buffy/Angel, The Originals, and Penny Dreadful.

How do you think vampires from decades ago fair against those that we see in modern media?
It’s been interesting to see the development of the popular vampire, since Lugosi’s Dracula pretty much defined what vampires were in the public consciousness for most of the 20th Century until Anne Rice. Slowly, especially in the 80s, movies and TV started offering more variety in the vampire. They became hip and young again, and noticeably different from the guys in evening clothes we were used to. Nowadays, as more folklore has become available and the interest in vampires grows, we’re seeing an explosion of variety. Almost every author is now free to make their own version of the vampire. All in all, I have to say that I like our vampires better than those of decades past.

Is there anything that you would like to see change within the book community?
I’d really love to see something established that would put quality self-published authors on the same playing field with traditionally published authors. I see a lot of traditionally published books in stores and on Amazon that aren’t any better than self-pubs I’ve read, but the traditonals still get a lot of advantages. There would have to be standards in place, of course, because some self-pubs are still awful, but I want to see a system to elevate books based on quality rather than sales figures.

If you could co-write a vampire book with any other author who would you choose and why?
Stephen King, because that guy can turn out pages like a machine! Not only that, but just having his name on the cover would guarantee it hits the Best Seller list! LOL! That’s me being totally crass and commercial, but honestly, I’d also love to meet King and learn from him.

Is there any authors out there that you think helped to inspire the author that you are today?
Certainly. I mentioned Anne Rice, but also Stephen King because of his style and mastery of characterization. I love Thomas Harris, Edgar Allan Poe, and Dean Koontz.

Nov 19, 2016

Fang Time! A Vampire Book Blood Fest Author Interview – Teresa Gabelman

teresaHere is my author interview with the talented Teresa Gabelman for the Fang Time! A Vampire Book Blood Fest Event. We will be featuring her book Sloan which is the latest release in her amazing Protector Series all about sexy vampire warriors and their mates.

What originally inspired you to write about vampires in general?
I always had a fascination with vampires when I was young because my brother made me watch Dracula.

Are you currently working on any new projects that you would like to share with us?
I am working on Blaze, the 10th in the Protectors Series. After that I will be working on the 2nd in the Lee County Wolves and then possibly doing a second follow-up to the Enforcer that is in the Taming The Vampire Box Set.

What was your most recent release and what would you like readers to know about it?
My recent release was Sloan, the 9th in the Protectors Series. It was the most asked for book other than Slade and I hope I did a good job for the readers.

Do you have a newsletter that you would like readers to sign up for?
Yes, I do. If you go to my website at www.teresagabelman.com you can sign up there for my newsletter.

How many books do you currently have available that include vampires and how would you describe your writing style in 3 words?
I have a total of….14 books…I think. HA! I’ve lost count. That’s a hard question about my writing style. I’ve been told I write like I’m sitting in front of you reading the story. Some have said my writing style puts the reader right there with the characters. I hope that’s true because that’s the way I want to write. 🙂

Are you a fan of any specific vampire shows or movies?
I love the old Dracula movies and The Lost Boys is freaking awesome!

How do you think vampires from decades ago fair against those that we see in modern media?
I think Dracula from long ago would get his ass kick! HA!

Is there anything that you would like to see change within the book community?
Yes! I would like to see less drama, which I say far away from. We as readers/authors are in this together. I cross promote with some awesome authors and there is no jealously. We help each other. There are so many readers in this big world, enough to go around.

If you could co-write a vampire book with any other author who would you choose and why?
Sherrilyn Kenyon because she brought Archeron to life….nuff said. 😉

Is there any authors out there that you think helped to inspire the author that you are today?
Any author who helps another author or reaches out to readers inspires me.

Nov 19, 2016

Fang Time! A Vampire Book Blood Fest Author Interview – Harvey McCarthy

harveyHere is my author interview with the talented Harvey McCarthy for the Fang Time! A Vampire Book Blood Fest Event. We will be featuring his book Blood Reign so make sure to grab your copy today!

What originally inspired you to write about vampires in general?
I never had any plans on every writing a vampire novel. In fact, I was working on a completely different story when I had the following conversation with a friend:
“I want you to write me a vampire seductress story,” she stated.
“Um what?” I asked.
“You will write me a vampire seductress story with the vampire named Michelle,” she stated.
“These aren’t the droids we’re looking for,” I retorted.
“I said..”
“Oh alright.”
Therefore, I wrote 2-3 pages in a word document and sent it off to her just to get her to leave me alone about it. Well, she then read it and said, “I want more.” Another blurb later, she asked, “What is the story behind both characters?” Again, to get her to let me write my other story, I wrote some brief parts of what is now Blood Reign.
Ironically, the other work is still in progress.

Are you currently working on any new projects that you would like to share with us?
Well, Darkness Falls is the working title of my second Black Lotus Chronicle. Once finished, it will be submitted to publishers after a re-release Demon Rising: The Black Lotus Chronicles – Volume 1. I was not happy that a draft was released instead of a truly finished version. Lesson learned with my first effort. The Black Lotus is a vigilante character that I created who is based in Denver, CO. Unlike Batman, for example, he resolves his problems with baseball bats and gunfire.
For the vampire lovers in this crowd, there is a planned second volume to Blood Reign.

What was your most recent release and what would you like readers to know about it?
Blood Reign is my latest release. I did lose a little of my writing inspiration due to two major factors: 1) Severe indifference towards my work including supports that I should have and 2) Loss of a close-friend. In the draft of Darkness Falls, there is a hitman based on a friend of mine. He requested to be included in a book. I didn’t tell him that he was there and he passed away unexpectedly when I was about 50% done with it. It has been a struggle to complete the book.
As for Blood Reign, it has been described as a “Fresh take on vampire lore” by one of the reviews that I have received on Amazon. Without giving a lot away, I have tried to create a vampire world that is different from the stories of the past. Flawed heroes, flawed vampires, etc.

Do you have a newsletter that you would like readers to sign up or?
Answer: Currently, everything runs through my author page on Facebook: HERE! Eventually, I will have a twitter account.

How many books do you currently have available that include vampires and how would you describe your writing style in 3 words?
Answer: One currently with more planned. People tell me that I have a knack for it. I think it comes from the lack of “personal investment” as I suffer from with the Black Lotus series. I wrote Blood Reign in six months and it takes me years to finish anything involved with the Black Lotus.
Writing style in 3 words? Researched, cliffhanger, random.
I research everything that I write. It comes from having a B.A. in History. I want it to be accurate especially Blood Reign where it has a history element to it.
Cliffhanger because I want people wanting more.
Random, which seems to contradict research, because I never really know what will inspire me to write. Blood Reign was never even planned or, in fact, a thought as stated above and it became one of the easiest and most inspired works that I have had.

Are you a fan of any specific vampire shows or movies?
Answer: I loved Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Well, at least for the first three season. Angel was another favorite. Underworld movies are another favorite. Of course, I love the lore behind Dracula and the recent TV series. I wished that it had been picked up by another cable network or Netflix. It was “different” and unfortunately, not mainstream enough for network television. As a historian, I also love the tales throughout history. Being Canadian, I liked Forever Knight too.

How do you think vampires from decades ago fair against those that we see in modern media?
Answer: Interesting question. I believe that they would fair just fine in terms of the storytelling done by those authors. They all adapted extremely well as times changed. Dracula first appeared in 1897 and it was ahead of its time. However, it is still the “gold-standard” of vampire lore today. Compared to many of the “modern vampires,” if we look at this in terms of a fight, I personally believe that they would outlast their opponents. They were more cunning and in many ways defined intelligent evil. It is something that I have tried to explore in my stories.

Is there anything that you would like to see change within the book community?
Answer: I only have an hour here right? I think in society in general that works of musicians, writers, et al, are not free. Too many people spend many months or years working on works of art only to be met with severe indifference or “you want $4 for a book?”
In the community, the sense that we are all in this together. The more people that read books, the better we are as a society in general. It should be “We” instead of “I.” I have a couple author friends who I promote all the time. We, at one time, were all inspired by another writer. Why can’t we encourage others to read all works, not just “mine?”

If you could co-write a vampire book with any other author who would you choose and why?
Answer: I could pick the standard Stephen King or Anne Rice because they are known. Even Josh Whedon who started everything Buffy. However, Rob MacGregor.is someone with whom I’d love to work. He turned me into a reader and, from there, made me want to write. He seems to be able to write just about anything and I’d love to what he would do with the vampire world.

Is there any authors out there that you think helped to inspire the author that you are today?
Answer: Rob MacGregor. He could re-write a phone book and I would not be able to put it down. I discovered his work with Indiana Jones and The Peril at Delphi. At the time, I was not a reader. I was sitting at home wanting to do something different and I saw the book on my very empty bookshelf. I picked it up. Not only was the story engaging, his style screamed, “Try putting this book down.” I read it in two days and then I immediately went to the local book store to find more. Indiana Jones and the Unicorn’s Legacy was a Christmas gift in 1992. It was read in one day. I could not put it down. Each chapter left you hanging. Therefore, I have used his style in my writing. A friend had a copy of Blood Reign sitting on his kitchen table and a neighbor read the back synopsis. She picked it up and said, “I will bring it back when I am done with it.” She came back two days later. “I could not put it down” is what she said.

Nov 19, 2016

Fang Time! A Vampire Book Blood Fest Author Interview – A.K. Michaels

akHere is my author interview with the talented A.K. Michaels for the Fang Time! A Vampire Book Blood Fest Event. We will be featuring her upcoming release Escape: A Vampire Blood Courtesans Romance so make sure to grab your copy today!

What originally inspired you to write about vampires in general?
Honestly? Because I love them! They are strong, mysterious and dangerous and writing about them is so much fun!

Are you currently working on any new projects that you would like to share with us?
I am! My newest story is up for preorder, Escape which is an addition to the Blood Courtesans Series and I’m super excited about it. I thought I’d just be doing that one story but when I finished Monica La Porta said I should do another, and that’s all it took for another story to pop into my head. So, that’s what I’m working on at the moment!

What was your most recent release and what would you like readers to know about it?
Escape, A Vampire Blood Courtesans Romance releases on 10th January and it’s up for preorder now. It joins the Courtesans series but I’ve done my own ‘take’ on it, like it’s set in Scotland, where I live, and the Courtesan isn’t a human, well, not entirely human would be a better description. I loved writing it, especially the sexy scenes!

Do you have a newsletter that you would like readers to sign up or?
I do, it’s called the Sassy Lassie’s VIP Clan and anyone signing up gets a bonus freebie! https://www.MyAuthorBiz.com/ENewsletter.php?acct=AM4173160905500

How many books do you currently have available that include vampires and how would you describe your writing style in 3 words?
I have over thirty books available and most, not every single one, but most have Vampires in them. All of them do have supernatural beings, Shifters, Vamps, Angels, Demons and a host of others including Dragons! Oh gosh my writing style – exciting, suspenseful and sexy!

Are you a fan of any specific vampire shows or movies?
I love The Originals! I’m more than a little in love with Klaus!

How do you think vampires from decades ago fair against those that we see in modern media?
Oh that’s quite hard to answer but I think the ones nowadays have more sex appeal and not portrayed as always being the villain. I’d say that’s the main change and the ones nowadays have women all hot and bothered rather than scared and hiding behind the sofa!

Is there anything that you would like to see change within the book community?
I’d love if we had a ‘no drama – ever’ policy. I stay away from all the negativity but I am aware of it going on. I, personally, just don’t have the time for it. Life is far too short to spend on drama!

If you could co-write a vampire book with any other author who would you choose and why?
J.R. Ward!! Wow, what I wouldn’t do to write one with them!

Is there any authors out there that you think helped to inspire the author that you are today?
I have some wonderful authors who I call friends and who help me to make my stories the best they can be. One of them is my friend, Monica La Porta. She is awesome and she beta reads most of my stories and any changes she suggests are always spot on! She inspires me to write better and I feel blessed to have her as a friend too.

Nov 19, 2016

Fang Time! A Vampire Book Blood Fest Author Interview – J.N. Sheats

jackieHere is my author interview with the talented J.N. Sheats for the Fang Time! A Vampire Book Blood Fest Event. We will be featuring their Opsona Journey Series which includes Immortal Tempest, Fated Betrayal and Shadowed Intentions. Make sure to grab your copies today of these amazing books.

What originally inspired you to write about vampires in general?
I fell in love with vampires after watching the movie, Vampire in Brooklyn. I didn’t start writing vampire characters until I got into role-playing years later. It didn’t matter what theme the role-play was I always created a vampire character. What inspired me to write books about vampires was Twilight, but not for the reason most people think. I was so upset about the way vampires were portrayed in the books I felt the need to bring back the more dark and mythological vampire persona.

Are you currently working on any new projects that you would like to share with us?
I have tons of projects in the works. Including Depraved Alliance, the fourth book in my vampire series. Along with Slain Spirit, a twisted love story with demons, devils, and other nightmarish creatures.

What was your most recent release and what would you like readers to know about it?
The end of October I released my first full-length novel, Lineage, the first book in the J.J. Morris Mysteries. Lineage, follows Joey Morris. An overly mature 16 year old in a small town. One night wild dogs start attacking, and people start turning up dead. One by one Joey and her friends are picked off and dark secrets of the town’s past come out. Brutal deaths, a coven, spirits, haunted mansions, and a sexy stranger all in one book. 😉

Do you have a newsletter that you would like readers to sign up for?
I sure do, and starting in January I will be including a chapter every month of a fantasy adventure book I’m working on. Click HERE to signup for the newsletter!

How many books do you currently have available that include vampires and how would you describe your writing style in 3 words?
I currently have 3 books with vampires in them. Immortal Tempest, Fated Betrayal, Shadowed Intentions. All three are apart of my Opsona Journey Series, with the fourth, Depraved Alliance, coming soon.
My writing style… Elegant word painting.

Are you a fan of any specific vampire shows or movies?
No vampires shows I care for, but there are a whole host of movies. Some of my top favorites are: Vampire in Brooklyn, Interview With A Vampire, Vampires, Dusk Till Dawn, Blade, Dracula, Dracula 2000, Underworld, ect.

How do you think vampires from decades ago fair against those that we see in modern media?
Vampires in modern media don’t hold a light to vampires from decades ago. I’m a big fan of vampire folklore and mythology. I love those very dark and seductive creatures that give you all the right kind of nightmares. I feel that the ferocity has been dulled down in modern vampires, and I tried to bring that back in The Opsona Series. Not only with my leading lady, Serenity, but her master, Vondorian.

Is there anything that you would like to see change within the book community?
I really don’t care for genre labeling. Mainly because I don’t worry about genre when I write (and my books fit into a handful of genres), I just write. I have author friends that have fallen into a genre runt just to sell books, they restrict themselves and I think that really holds all of us back. Trying to write to fit this mold of a certain genre.

If you could co-write a vampire book with any other author whom would you choose and why?
I would choose Ariel Marie, who writes the Dark Shadows books. I love the worlds she builds, and the characters she’s come up with. I think the two of us could really put out something amazing. Also, I would love to have her character Nicu meet Serenity.

Is there any authors out there that you think helped to inspire the author you are today?
There isn’t one or even a handful of authors that have inspired me. Instead there is a whole group. The unknown authors, people that write fan fictions and have enough courage to post them on the net inspired me. If it weren’t for them I wouldn’t be doing what I do.

Jul 5, 2016

Author Interview – Helen Treharne

indexHere is my author interview with Helen Treharne. We will be highlighting The Sophie Morgan Vampire Series by this aweome author. Make sure to check out the books available in the series including Relative Strangers and Death in the Family.

What was your overall inspiration to write in the very beginning of your career?
I wanted to write a series which I could relate to. I enjoyed Twilight and the Sookie Stackhouse books, but I wanted something that was more true to life. I wanted to answer the question “ what would really happen if I discovered vampires existed?” I didn’t want to write a romance or a hero with superhuman powers, I wanted to combine my favorite elements in one work – female protagonist, complex family issues, geekiness, sinister vampires and a bit of sexual ambiguity! I also wanted something that was distinctly British. There are very few British based vampire works these days!

How many vampire books do you currently have out with titles please?
The Sophie Morgan Vampire Series has two books currently on release – the first is Relative Strangers, and the second is Death in the Family. A third book, Hostile Relations, will be out late summer.

Do you have a favorite vampire book or movie/tv show?
Buffy the Vampire Slayer. A couple of reviewers have likened the series to the show which is deeply flattering – although it’s set around two years after our heroine, Sophie Morgan, graduates.  I am also a huge fan of Being Human, the UK version that is, and there is more than one nod to the show in the series. I love the dark humor and irreverent tone. The vampires are vicious too.

If vampires were to really exist and you had the option to become immortal would you do so yes or no and why?
I think it would be pretty cool to see what unfolds through history, but I think the finite nature of life makes it sort of exciting! It would be awful to see all the people you love die and the things you enjoy fade.

What do you find to be the most challenging thing about being an author?
Having too many ideas and trying to focus on one at a time.

If you could co-write a brand new vampire book with anyone of you’re choosing who would it be and why?
Mark Gatiss. Not only is he an amazing actor, director and writer, he is a massive fan and font of knowledge when it comes to horror. He’d be a scream to work with. He would also be a perfect actor to portray my vampire Charles Ferrers. Perhaps I could even persuade him to adapt the series for TV, direct and star in it.

Are you currently working on any new projects that you would like to share with us?
I’m working on the third book in the series, Hostile Relations, with my editor. I’m also working on a police thriller.

What is one of the biggest misconceptions that you think people have about authors in general?
That it’s easy. Most people have no idea how much effort and time it takes to write a book, but it’s really hard work.

If money was no object and you could travel to any place in the world for your dream vacation where would you go and what would you do?
Gosh, I’m lucky to have already done quite a bit of travel. I’d love to go to the Seychelles or somewhere else with a white sandy beach to just chill out and read, but I’m eager to visit Australia, and probably take a long overdue return trip to one of my favorite places – Las Vegas!

Do you prefer online events or live events and what do you think the pros and cons of each are?
Live events are great for really getting to know your readers but they have limited exposure. Online events are easier in many respect and enables you to reach out to people across the world. The downside of online events is that there are so many you don’t always get to reach your target audience and you can get lost in a sea of other online events. Time differences also mean for UK authors you are getting up at 2am to participate.

Jul 5, 2016

Author Interview – Rebekah R. Ganiere

iiHere is my author interview with Rebekah R. Ganiere. We will be highlighting her book series The Society Trilogy. Make sure to check out the books in the trilogy Reign of the Vampires, Rise of the Fae and Vengeance of the Demons.

What was your overall inspiration to write in the very beginning of your career?
I heard someone say that there weren’t a lot of good zombie romances out there and I thought that was a gross idea. But it got stuck in my head and I couldn’t get it out. Before I knew it I had an idea for a girl who entered an unsanctioned drug trial in an effort to pay some bills and woke up with no memory of who she was or how she got there to discover she’d become a Deader – A zombie. And from there the ideas just flowed out of me.

How many vampire books do you currently have out with titles please?  
I have three in my Society SeriesReign of the Vampires, Rise of the Fae, Vengeance of the Demons. I also have vampires in my Fairelle Fairytale retelling series. Red the Were Hunter, Snow the Vampire Slayer, Jamen’s Yuletide Bride, Zelle and the Tower and Cinder the Fae. The next book in my Otherworlder Series will have a Vampire in it. Haunting Halloween will release next Halloween.

Do you have a favorite vampire book or movie/tv show?
Right now The Originals is my favorite. Elijah is just yummy! And Black Dagger Brotherhood as well as Midnight Breed are my favorite Vampire Books.

If vampires were to really exist and you had the option to become immortal would you do so yes or no and why? Oh man!  That’s tough. I think it would depend on the circumstances. If I was poor and had to work for a living every day, probably not. If I was rich as a Vampire then, I might.

What do you find to be the most challenging thing about being an author?
Budgeting my time. I’m a mom of 4 kids I homeschool. My son and daughter are actors in Hollywood. My oldest daughter is a competitive dancer and my second oldest daughter is a fencer. We are also cosplayers and go to about 5 or 6 cons a year that I speak at. And I make all the costumes myself. So trying to do all of that stuff plus being a writer is very difficult.

If you could co-write a brand new vampire book with anyone of you’re choosing who would it be and why?
Lara Adrian. She is a beautiful, sweet woman and she is an amazing writer!

Are you currently working on any new projects that you would like to share with us?
I am working on 2 shifter series. Shifter Rising and Wolf River. I am also going to be releasing a new installment of Fairelle this year – Belle and the Beast. As well as a new Otherworlder book – Haunting Halloween. I have 70 other plus books that are waiting to be written so, I’m always working on something.

What is one of the biggest misconceptions that you think people have about authors in general?
That writing is easy and makes tons of money immediately. Some writers have talent, some work hard to gain it. And even for those with natural born writing talent, writing does not always come easy. It takes hard work and effort. Even when it’s a project you love.

If money was no object and you could travel to any place in the world for your dream vacation where would you go and what would you do?
I would go to Europe. I’ve always wanted to go there. Ireland and England and Italy especially. Scotland as well. I’d stay in castles, enjoy the food and the land. I’d go see landmarks and just become inspired.

Do you prefer online events or live events and what do you think the pros and cons of each are?
Online are easier for writers like me that are a bit on the shy side. But I think you can connect so much better with people in person. I actually prefer in person events even though I get major anxiety doing them.

Jun 26, 2016

A Paranormal Reckoning Author Interview – Jessica Gomez

jessicaHere is my author interview with Jessica Gomez for A Paranormal Reckoning Event. Make sure to check out her books especially Infected! Grab your copy today!

What is the one thing that you like best about writing and reading paranormal books?
The Best thing about reading and writing para books is definitely the imagination about them. They’re not your normal romance or horror. You can go above and beyond the realm of “normal” and create something all your own. Your imagination is your limit.

What paranormal creature is your favorite to read about and why?
I have to say I am a sucker for Vampires. I do like shifters as well. For me, they’re the sexiest ones. 😉

What is one thing about the paranormal genre that you think stands out from other genres in the book world?
I believe their more exciting. Most books seem repetitive. It’s not until you get a good para book can an entire new world open up for you.

What free tool or option do you think more authors should utilize?
Definitely, Beta readers! Your betas can make or break a book at times. They are usually diehard readers. They will catch anything and everything you may overlook. I couldn’t do it without mine. (Heart your faces!)

What is one piece advice would you give to new authors just starting out?
DON’T EVER GIVE UP! You WILL have doubt. There WILL be times when you wonder if you’re good enough, if your story is good enough. If you LOVE what you do, DO IT! It’s in human nature to doubt. Just remember that not everyone will like your books, everyone has different taste. But someone out there WILL love it just as much as you do. And that one person is worth it. <3

Do you have a favorite place that you like to read in your home?
Yes, my bathtub. lol

If you could have any type of mythical creature for a pet what would you choose and why?
Wow! This is a hard one. Hmmm… I think it would be down to two. A Unicorn or a Dragon. Weird combo, I know. I think I would have to settle with the Dragon. They’re pretty bad ass and mine would be an awesome mix of purples and reds. (Yes, I have thought about this in length.)

If readers could only identify you using one word about you and your books what word do you think they would choose and why?
AWESOMESAUCE! This is my hope anyway. Hahaha

Have you ever had something happen that could be a paranormal occurrence that you could not explain?
Oh, heck yes. I believe that anything is possible. There are too many unknowns to just say, “No, that’s not real.” We have this place called Hot Lake Hotel, close to where I live. It’s totally haunted and actually in a book of the 10 most haunted placed in the US. We went there when I was younger and all the doors on the floor we were on slammed closed at the same time. About 15 to 20 doors at once. Plus, when we were leaving, I saw a lady walking across the grass. She was in a white dress, but never touched the ground and you could see directly through her. Needless to say, we hightailed it out of there! Haven’t been back since. It is now a Bed & Breakfast!

Depending on how many current paranormal books that you have on the market which one would you suggest new readers start with?
Unfortunately, I only have one at this time, INFECTED. The sequel to this book IMMUNE, will release at the end of summer 2016. Preorder will be up and running soon. This will be a multi-book series. I’m not sure how many books as of now, I have to see where the story takes me!

Jun 26, 2016

A Paranormal Reckoning Author Interview – Nicholas Bella

nicholasHere is my author interview with Nicholas Bella for A Paranormal Reckoning Event. Make sure to check out his Chained in Darkness Season One of the New Haven Series. Grab your copy today!

What is the one thing that you like best about writing and reading paranormal books?
I love the freedom to write whatever I want to write about the creatures I love. I’m a huge fan of the paranormal and I love reading as well as watching it to see what my fellow writers have come up with.

What paranormal creature is your favorite to read about and why?
Vampires. They have always been my favorite.  I love what you can do with them, their powers, their seduction and their lusts. They are very sexy.

What is one thing about the paranormal genre that you think stands out from other genres in the book world?
The one thing that stands out is that a writer’s imagination has no bounds. You can do so much more when crafting a paranormal world as opposed to one rooted in human restrictions.

What free tool or option do you think more authors should utilize?
FB groups that allow promotion. It’s been one of my biggest platforms to promote my novels.

What is one piece advice would you give to new authors just starting out?
Be original, and write what you love.

Do you have a favorite place that you like to read in your home?
In bed. 😀

If you could have any type of mythical creature for a pet what would you choose and why?
Hmmm, A dragon king from my NH series.

If readers could only identify you using one word about you and your books what word do you think they would choose and why?
Addicting. It’s also the word I hear the most from my fans. 😀

Have you ever had something happen that could be a paranormal occurrence that you could not explain?
Seeing the ghost of a dog while working at an animal shelter. I’ve never forgotten the experience.

Depending on how many current paranormal books that you have on the market which one would you suggest new readers start with?
If readers are looking for something dark, raunchy and out of the ordinary, I would suggest reading New Haven series. If they are looking for something dark, kinky, with some romance thrown in and original, I would suggest the Demon Gate series. 😀 Both have greatly entertained my fans.

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