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Jun 20, 2016

Author Interview – Elaine Barris

51lMy8wVK2L._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Here is my author interview with the wonderful and talented Elaine Barris. I had the pleasure of coming across her when she first started writing her Master For Tonight Book Series and fell in love with them. Make sure to check out the first book in her latest release series  Zane to fall in love like I did.

What was your overall inspiration to write in the very beginning of your career? I had always wanted to write, but I was scared to try it. But then a few years ago, I went through a very traumatic thing, and I guess it opened a part of me that had lain dormant. This guy, Julian, started talking to me and telling me his story. He would wake me up at night, interrupt my work, etc… So, I really wasn’t given much of a choice but to write it!

How many vampire books do you currently have out with titles please?
I have five erotic vampire romances published. The Master For Tonight Duet (Master For Tonight I and Master For Tonight II), the companion novel to the duet, Evangeline. I also have a new series, The Flames of Vampire Passion Series. So far I have published Zane, and Zane, The Decrees.

Do you have a favorite vampire book or movie/tv show?
I really don’t watch much tv, but I guess as far as movies it would be Queen of the Damned. I know it gets a bad rap, but I don’t care, I love it.

If vampires were to really exist and you had the option to become immortal would you do so yes or no and why?
I would say yes to becoming a vampire. Just imagine everything you would experience over the many years. Everything you would see. I think it would be worth it. Plus, I’d make my sweetie a vamp, and then we would be together always.

What do you find to be the most challenging thing about being an author?
Marketing is the hardest part. Writing the book is the easy part.

If you could co-write a brand new vampire book with anyone of you’re choosing who would it be and why?
I don’t think I could co-write a book with someone else.

Are you currently working on any new projects that you would like to share with us?
Yes, I am working on the third book in the Flames of Vampire Passion Series. Still to be named.

What is one of the biggest misconceptions that you think people have about authors in general?
That we’re all loaded from selling books. The majority of authors don’t make enough money from writing to support themselves, much less a family.

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 take a year long cruise around the world and see it all!

Do you prefer online events or live events and what do you think the pros and cons of each are?
I prefer online events. I’ve done quite a few live events, and it’s a struggle to get attention from the attendees. Most fans going to reader event are going to see a specific author that they love rather than looking for “new to them” authors. Cons of online events are the usual: Facebook being wonky, nobody showing up to interact with you, etc…

Jun 20, 2016

Author Interview – Rick H. Veal

indexHere is my author interview with Rick H. Veal so I hope you enjoy reading the interview as much as I did. We are going to be highlighting his book The Master of Whitehall: Katelyn’s Chronicles which is available for FREE on KU so grab your copy today! This is book one in his series The Master of Whitehall so if you read and like book one you may also consider grabbing the other books in the series Lexi’s Legacy: The Epic Saga Continues (book 2), Dale’s Descent (book 3) and Charlotte Ann’s Coven: The Beginning (book 4).

What was your overall inspiration to write in the very beginning of your career?
I have read and enjoyed vampire stories all of my life and the idea of writing my own story has been around for a long time. I actually wrote my first ‘spooky’ story when I was still a child. However, the decision to actually write a book came after surviving two major heart attacks in the same weekend. During my recovery, I realized how short life can be and how quickly it can potentially be over. I came to the conclusion that if I intended to leave anything behind that was lasting, now would be the time to do so. I began to consider my own mortality, and realized that if I really wanted to write, now was the time to begin … not next week, next month, or next year … and that was five and a half years ago. When I decided to begin my story, I followed the advice of Anne Rice to “write the kind of story I would enjoy reading, and then other people would enjoy it too.”

How many vampire books do you currently have out with titles please?
I have five Vampire books, a short ghost story, and the fifth and final book of my series due to release, probably, in August. My main series is ‘The Epic Saga of The Master of Whitehall’ consisting of ‘The Master of Whitehall’, ‘Lexi’s Legacy’, ‘Dale’s Descent’, ‘Charlotte Ann’s Coven’, and coming soon ‘James’ Journey’. The two shorts are ‘Hannah’s Heartache’ a Master novelette, and ‘Jennifer’s Ghost’.

Do you have a favorite vampire book or movie/tv show?
It’s difficult to pick a favorite Vampire book. I’m a big fan of Anne Rice’s ‘Vampire Chronicles’, Rachel Craine’s ‘Morganville Vampires’, Charlene Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse’, and L.J. Smith’s ‘Night World’. I’m really picky when it comes to the movie/TV shows because as a reader, the film versions can, and often do, become unrealistic. I enjoyed the adaptation of ‘Interview with the Vampire’ and the first three or four seasons of ‘True Blood’, but they lost me pretty quickly after that.

If vampires were to really exist and you had the option to become immortal would you do so yes or no and why?
Can I answer ‘Maybe’ – although I lean toward the yes side of that question but only if no one else knew that I was an immortal. I would enjoy watching the advancements of mankind and see where they would take them and what they would do with them. Imagine having been around and watched such advancements in transportation as the invention of the railroad, the airplane, the car, or the spaceship. I think perhaps it would be difficult for the first couple of centuries because we are all men and women of our time, making the most difficult part of immortality being able to adapt to the times in which I lived.

What do you find to be the most challenging thing about being an author?
“Is that possible, does it make sense and will it be believable?” Since I am asking my reader to suspend what they know to be reality for an ‘alternate plausible reality’, that question is often the foremost in my mind when I write. I find myself asking that and then attempting to find a workable solution around any obstacles. As long as my reader says to themselves, ‘That’s possible, I believe that could happen’ then they will remain engaged with me. But, once I take them beyond the pale to the point that they say ‘That’s not even possible, I don’t believe that could ever happen’, then I’ve lost them as a reader and they will look for something else that they can believe.

Vampires by their very nature are and always have been erotic, so another big challenge is just where to draw the line with the sex scenes so that they are sensual but not pornographic. Beginning in 1897 with Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”, vampires became extremely sensual. If one understands Victorian English and its nuances, they would find Dracula to be very erotic for the times it was written. Then with the development of the genre in recent years, Vampires are even more erotic now. I think the most difficult part of writing a paranormal romance is that you are beginning with a sensual character, the vampire. It can become quite challenging when you combine that with a romance, and attempt to prevent the story from becoming overly erotic and even downright pornographic.

All of the books in the Master series have some steamy scenes in them. The thought provoking part of those is fitting them in the story so that they are a part of and flow with the story and are not just tossed in as a “sex for sex sake” filler scene. Writing the various love scenes can be difficult because you have to consider each character and their personality. There are some things that one character will do that another would not. I want to always keep it fresh and not ‘cut and paste’ old ideas from one scene to another.

Finally the most problematic part of writing, after all the editing, reading and re-reading the manuscript is to know when to tell yourself, “That’s enough, it’s finished, edited and as complete as possible. Send it to the printer!”

If you could co-write a brand new vampire book with anyone of your choosing who would it be and why?
Clive Cussler! He is one of my two favorite authors, Anne Rice being the other. I love Cussler’s storytelling ability. He has a way of spinning a story that will draw you in from the very first page. He will take you deep into the lives of his characters and their adventures making them become a part of your life. It’s difficult to put down one of his books once you begin it.

I would hope that if anyone has read Cussler, they will see his influence in my writing. I have tried to emulate both he and Rice in bringing my characters to life for my readers. I wish above all that the characters of the Whitehall family become a part of my reader’s lives and are numbered among their friends. The greatest reward for me would be for someone to tell me that they laughed, loved and cried with Katelyn, Lexi, Dale, Gale, Charlotte Ann, and James as they told their stories in “The Epic Saga of The Master of Whitehall”.

Are you currently working on any new projects that you would like to share with us?
The foremost project right now is getting ‘James’ Journey’ completed and published on time. After that, I plan to take a break from writing for a few months to concentrate on promotion and marketing. I do have plans for a follow-up novelette to ‘Hannah’s Heartache’, a novella about the life of Gale, and there’s a sneaky little idea rolling around in my mind for another full length Master novel.

What is one of the biggest misconceptions that you think people have about authors in general?
Sometimes I think the public in general thinks being an author is a life of ease … all we do is live in a fantasy world and write our stories. They have no idea how much blood, sweat and tears, goes into developing and growing a character and their story. They’ve never been woken up at two in the morning by a character that suddenly decides to share a major part of their story, then have to get out of bed and get a draft of it down on paper. After that you’re awake for the remainder of the night!

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 have traveled around the world four times, visited eighteen different countries and many other places besides so I am content being right here at home. But for just a few days away, there’s no place like Charleston, South Carolina and New Orleans, Louisiana. The first is the setting for my books and the second is the traditional ‘Land of Voodoo and Vampires’ … and both have the best seafood and entertainment ever!

Do you prefer online events or live events and what do you think the pros and cons of each are?
I prefer a live event so that I can interact in real time with people. I have to sell myself to sell my books and to do that I need that live contact. To me, and this is just my opinion, many folks only come to an online event just to see what they can get for free, and then you never hear from them again. But at the live events, I have built a relationship with fans and readers that have purchased in the past who come looking for me specifically to see if I have anything new and talk about what’s going on with my writing. Sadly, the down side of many events, especially live ones, is that the promoter doesn’t spend any money on advertising outside of on-line and sharing with friends. As a former promoter of other types of events, I know that a promoter must be willing to lay down fifteen to twenty thousand dollars to sufficiently advertise and promote an event. If they are not willing to put out that much money, then the only ones who get ‘conned’ are the poor authors who spend large amounts of money for tables, travel, lodging and food, only to sit and look at other authors because the public doesn’t know about and so doesn’t show up to the event.

Mar 5, 2016

Multi Author, Multi Day, Multi Genre Book Bash Author Interview – Stephanie Summers

stephanieHere is my author interview with the talented author Stephanie Summers for the Multi Author, Multi Day, Multi Genre Book Bash – day one which is featuring vampire authors. She is the author of The Willow Creek Vampire Series so make sure to check it out. Craving is the first book in the series and will keep you hooked!

How long have you been a fan of vampires and do you have a favorite from the movies or books?
Since I was around 11 years old or so. I blame Interview with the Vampire (both the movie and the book) for my vampire obsession.

How many books do you currently have on the market that have a vampire in them?
I have three full-length novels and two short stories. They all take place within my Willow Creek Vamps Series.

What inspired you to write your first vampire book and what can readers expect to find once they read it?
I’ve always been fascinated with vampires, so it seemed like a good genre to explore. I think readers can find some of the things they love about vampires but with a fresh spin on them.

If vampires really existed and you could choose to become one but had to leave the life as you currently know it behind would you do it yes or no and why?
My instinct is to say hell yes! But realistically, probably not. I don’t really want to leave my kids or my husband behind.

Would you say that vampires are your favorite paranormal being and why or why not?
Absolutely! What’s not to love about them?

If your vampire book(s) were to be turned into a movie and you could choose who would play the role as one of your leading vamps who would you choose and what role is it that they would play?
I’ve thought about this so many times that it’s hard to pinpoint just one actor per character. One of the actors I keep going back to in my mind is Sebastian Stan. I think he’d make a good Remy, especially with his hair a little longer like it is in The Winter Soldier. Another actor I’d like for Remy is Michael Malarkey. He’s got the accent down and he plays a vampire with a similar personality on The Vampire Diaries.

When it comes to vampires do you prefer yours as many of the old legends and myths speak of them or how TV has changed them over the years?
I like a little bit of this and a little bit of that. I’m not really picky when it comes to vampires. I do prefer Dracula’s rules over the rest though.

Are there any specific vampire authors that you enjoy reading that have made your favorites list?
Anne Rice. Beth Mikell has a couple of vamp books that I love. I really enjoyed Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire Mysteries, too.

When it comes to your own vampire books what is one thing that you do to ensure that they are unique and will stand out against other books within the same genre?
I just do my own thing and don’t worry about whether or not someone else has done it. I write what the characters tell me to write, and most of the time they don’t steer me in the wrong direction. I try not to read other vampire books when I’m writing my vamps so I’m not subconsciously influenced.

Any big plans or projects planned for 2016 that you would like to share with us?
I have a manuscript in the works that’s kind of different than most of what I’ve seen. It involves a couple different species of the undead variety, and I’m hoping to get it released this year. The fourth book in my Willow Creek Vamps is always brewing as well. Not sure on the release date there, but I’m hoping this year or early next year for it.

Mar 5, 2016

Multi Author, Multi Day, Multi Genre Book Bash Author Interview – Shannon Bell

shannonHere is my author interview with the talented author Shannon Bell for the Multi Author, Multi Day, Multi Genre Book Bash – day one which is featuring vampire authors. She has an amazing 4 book series known as The Mortal One Series so make sure to check it out today.

How long have you been a fan of vampires and do you have a favorite from the movies or books?
I’ve loved them for as long as I can remember, it all started with Count von Count. But I will always love the Anne Rice vampires.

How many books do you currently have on the market that have a vampire in them?
Four books with vampires in them, all part of The Mortal One Series.

What inspired you to write your first vampire book and what can readers expect to find once they read it?
I love the myths, and I go into this within the books, taking some of the myths from here and there to create the “four bloodlines”

If vampires really existed and you could choose to become one but had to leave the life as you currently know it behind would you do it yes or no and why?
Yes. It would be too tempting not to, but I could always turn those I love so I never had to be without them.

Would you say that vampires are your favorite paranormal being and why or why not?
Absolutely. They still have human behaviors and they are so mysterious.

If your vampire book(s) were to be turned into a movie and you could choose who would play the role as one of your leading vamps who would you choose and what role is it that they would play?
Sophia Bush (One Tree Hill) would be Dylan. Daniel Sobieray would be good as Nico (he’s on my covers now as Nico) PS, I would love for this to happen.

When it comes to vampires do you prefer yours as many of the old legends and myths speak of them or how TV has changed them over the years?
A mix of both. I don’t want them to walk in the daylight.

Are there any specific vampire authors that you enjoy reading that have made your favorites list?
Anne Rice and Laurell K. Hamilton.

When it comes to your own vampire books what is one thing that you do to ensure that they are unique and will stand out against other books within the same genre?
I make sure they have their own personalities and that there are some myths mixed into it all. I also have them traveling to fun locales, like Florence, Paris, & Scotland

Any big plans or projects planned for 2016 that you would like to share with us?
I’m working on an origins story so people can learn more about Nico J.

Mar 5, 2016

Multi Author, Multi Day, Multi Genre Book Bash Author Interview – Victoria Danann

victoriaHere is my author interview with the talented author Victoria Danann for the Multi Author, Multi Day, Multi Genre Book Bash – day one which is featuring vampire authors. She is the author of the popular Knights of Black Swan Books so make sure to check them out today. If you are new to the series you can get book one My Familiar Stranger for FREE!

How long have you been a fan of vampires and do you have a favorite from the movies or books?
I wouldn’t say I’ve been a fan exactly, but I’ve been interested in vampires since before Anne Rice wrote the Lestat book. And, yes, my favorite vampire is Angel from “Buffy” because of the excruciatingly agonizing element of being a vampire aware of wrongdoing.

How many books do you currently have on the market that have a vampire in them?
Eight. http://www.amazon.com/Victoria-Danann/e/B007VCOJES/

What inspired you to write your first vampire book and what can readers expect to find once they read it?
The first book of the Knights of Black Swan series is a story created in my childhood fantasies. Over the decades the characters, settings, and depth changed, but the core of the story is almost as old as memory.

If vampires really existed and you could choose to become one but had to leave the life as you currently know it behind would you do it yes or no and why?
Absolutely not. I’m on team vampire slayer.

Would you say that vampires are your favorite paranormal being and why or why not?
No. My favorite paranormals are demons.

If your vampire book(s) were to be turned into a movie and you could choose who would play the role as one of your leading vamps who would you choose and what role is it that they would play?
Travis Fimmel would have been perfect as Rammel Hawking when he was younger. I would still use him, but would cast him in the role of Solomon Nemamiah.

When it comes to vampires do you prefer yours as many of the old legends and myths speak of them or how TV has changed them over the years?
I prefer vampires with a conscience.

Are there any specific vampire authors that you enjoy reading that have made your favorites list?
Anne Rice, but for the book that features a demon. Memnoch the Devil

When it comes to your own vampire books what is one thing that you do to ensure that they are unique and will stand out against other books within the same genre?
There are numerous reasons including the fact that vampirism is explained scientifically. The fact that the first book in the series, My Familiar Stranger, has collected over 3500 reviews across retail outlets attests to that fact. (BTW – It’s free everywhere.)

Any big plans or projects planned for 2016 that you would like to share with us?
I have released the eighth book in my Knights of Black Swan series and will be releasing number nine the end of this month. In addition I will be releasing the second book in the series EXILED and starting a new witches series in the fall. I could tell you the name of it, but have learned that shortly after I release titles and covers, extremely similar titles and covers begin popping up on Amazon. So now I keep them under wraps as long as I can.

Mar 5, 2016

Multi Author, Multi Day, Multi Genre Book Bash Author Interview – Teresa Gabelman

teresaHere is my author interview with the talented author Teresa Gabelman for the Multi Author, Multi Day, Multi Genre Book Bash – day one which is featuring vampire authors. This is the author of The Protectors Series which happens to be one of my all time favorite vampire book series. Teresa’s most recent release in the series is Jax so make sure to grab your copy today. If she is a new author to you check out Damon which is book one in this hot series.

How long have you been a fan of vampires and do you have a favorite from the movies or books?
Ever since my older brother made me watch the old Dracula movies when I was little. Actually, he made me watch all the old monster movies, but Dracula was my favorite. More romantic than Frankenstein and better looking also.

How many books do you currently have on the market that have a vampire in them?
Eight so far….soon to be nine, then ten and after that eleven…..you get the picture.

What inspired you to write your first vampire book and what can readers expect to find once they read it?
I just thought it was fun to be able to create my own world. I love to write something that people can connect with and laughter is one of my main goals when I write. I love humor in my books along with the love, sex and action.

If vampires really existed and you could choose to become one but had to leave the life as you currently know it behind would you do it yes or no and why?
No, because of my family. I would never do that to them. If I had no family, then hell yeah.

Would you say that vampires are your favorite paranormal being and why or why not?
Yes, they are because they are badass!

If your vampire book(s) were to be turned into a movie and you could choose who would play the role as one of your leading vamps who would you choose and what role is it that they would play?
Chris Hemsworth and any part he wanted to play. HA!

When it comes to vampires do you prefer yours as many of the old legends and myths speak of them or how TV has changed them over the years?
I love mine because they can walk in the daylight and interact with humans, which is my favorite part. They could be you next door neighbor and honestly, I wish a Warrior or two were my neighbor. 😉

Are there any specific vampire authors that you enjoy reading that have made your favorites list?
Sherrilyn Kenyon…no doubt!

When it comes to your own vampire books what is one thing that you do to ensure that they are unique and will stand out against other books within the same genre?
I just try to make it as real as possible, I want the reader to think they are right there in the action.

Any big plans or projects planned for 2016 that you would like to share with us?
For those who have read the series I have one word…. SLOAN!

Mar 5, 2016

Multi Author, Multi Day, Multi Genre Book Bash Author Interview – K.M. McFarland

kmHere is my author interview with the talented author K.M. McFarland for the Multi Author, Multi Day, Multi Genre Book Bash – day one which is featuring vampire authors. She has an amazing book out called Vampyr: The Complete Trilogy so make sure to check it out today.

How long have you been a fan of vampires and do you have a favorite from the movies or books?
The first vampire novel I read was Salem’s Lot by Stephen King followed by Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Lestat came along in The Vampire Lestat, published in 1986 I believe, and my obsession began.

How many books do you currently have on the market that have a vampire in them?
All three of them so far. I’m working on a new paranormal romance that doesn’t have any vampires in it. At least not as we speak.

What inspired you to write your first vampire book and what can readers expect to find once they read it?
I wanted to write a vampire novel that was not laced with every other element of the supernatural, however, that’s not as easy as it appears. Voodoo plays a part in the story, and there are ghosts. Quinn’s St. Charles Avenue mansion was originally constructed in 1810, and it is haunted by four ghosts: a phantom piano player, a sad young Creole girl, a tormented lady and a little girl. We discover the identity of the phantom piano player near the end of Song of the Vampire. The identity of the sad young Creole woman and the tormented lady is revealed in Under a Bourbon Street Moon. We finally find out who the little girl is and why she is in the house in Masquerade. So, yeah, it’s also a ghost story.

If vampires really existed and you could choose to become one but had to leave the life as you currently know it behind would you do it yes or no and why?
Oh, wow! What a Question! I suppose if I were at a point of making that decision, I would have to be at the point of death, so either way, I would have to leave that life.

In Song of the Vampire, after eighteen years, Quinn got his life back when he reunited with his daughter, Nadia. Of course, Nadia did not welcome him with open arms, and Quinn had a lot of explaining to do. But how could she not understand his reason for abandoning his family when he was turned to a vampire.

“Immortality and eternal physical youth appealed to Quinn, Nadia, and Tristan at the time they were turned as is the case with most vampires. But as time passes, sometimes it’s debatable whether immortality is a blessing or a curse. As their loved ones leave this world one by one, a vampire must learn to cope with loss, grief and eventually the reality of finding himself alone.” – Masquerade

Is immortality a blessing or a curse? Read Masquerade and decide for yourself.

Would you say that vampires are your favorite paranormal being and why or why not?
Vampires are definitely my favorite because there’s something seductive about the vampire and the element of danger surrounding them.

If your vampire book(s) were to be turned into a movie and you could choose who would play the role as one of your leading vamps who would you choose and what role is it that they would play?
When I was writing the books, I based some of the characters physical appearance on celebrities.

Giselle – Rihanna
Tristan – a younger Jason Momoa
Nadia/Lacey – Nadia Bjorlin
Chad – Matt Bomer

As for my protagonist, Quinn, he exists only in my imagination.He was a rock star in the late 1980’s and his physical appearance is based on the rock stars of that time. Anybody who would play him in a movie would have to be more beautiful than handsome, have some musical abilities, and appear to be in their mid-twenties. But even though Quinn has not aged physically, his mind has matured, so a younger actor would have to be able to pull that off. I would have to audition for that part.

When it comes to vampires do you prefer yours as many of the old legends and myths speak of them or how TV has changed them over the years?
Anne Rice first introduced the Modern Day Vampire and then it evolved from there. After the Vampire Chronicles came True Blood, Twilight, The Vampire Diaries, etc. Vampire’s have evolved as times changed. The world changed since the days of Dracula. Vampires, as the old legends and myths speak of them, couldn’t exist in the modern world. They would have to make a lot of changes,and my books deal with that. To answer your question, I prefer them the way they are portrayed now.

Are there any specific vampire authors that you enjoy reading that have made your favorites list?
To be honest, I don’t get a chance to read that much fiction. My books require a lot of research, so I spend a lot of time reading about New Orleans history, Voodoo as an ancient religion, hauntings, vampire legends, New Orleans legends and folklore, etc. I probably read less than ten works of fiction last year. One of the vampire books I read was The Casquette Girls by Alys Ardin. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I’m waiting for the sequel.

When it comes to your own vampire books what is one thing that you do to ensure that they are unique and will stand out against other books within the same genre?
Get ready to go on a journey inside the heart, mind and soul of the vampire. Just because you are turned to a vampire doesn’t mean you stop loving your wife and your children. You are now a predator depending on blood for survival, but you are still experiencing the same human feelings you had as a mortal. When Quinn and Nadia are reunited after eighteen years, Nadia wants nothing more than to become a part of Quinn’s world, and one fateful night, she gets her wish. They form a strong father/daughter bond as they guide each other through their dark world and battle their demons.

Any big plans or projects planned for 2016 that you would like to share with us?
I’m working on the fourth Vampyr installment. That will be a standalone book featuring some of the same characters. Also, a new paranormal romance is in the works. I can’t talk about them too much because I never know where the stories are going until the end but stay tuned. They will be announced soon.

Mar 5, 2016

Multi Author, Multi Day, Multi Genre Book Bash Author Interview – Danielle DeVor

danielleHere is my author interview with the talented author Danielle DeVor for the Multi Author, Multi Day, Multi Genre Book Bash – day one which is featuring vampire authors. She has several books out including Tail of the Devil which is book one in The Mathias Saga Book Series so make sure to check it out today.

How long have you been a fan of vampires and do you have a favorite from the movies or books? My entire life. I started out with the Count from Sesame Street and never looked back. Favorite book vampire is Anne Rice’s Lestat. Favorite movie vampire is probably Kurt Barlow from Salem’s Lot.

How many books do you currently have on the market that have a vampire in them?
Tail of the Devil, The Devil’s Liege, and several of the short stories within Strange Darkness contain vampires.

What inspired you to write your first vampire book and what can readers expect to find once they read it?
People had been telling me for years that I needed to write a book, and logically, it would be vampires since I am kind of known for my love of them. What came out was harsh and gritty with some humor.

If vampires really existed and you could choose to become one but had to leave the life as you currently know it behind would you do it yes or no and why?
Probably not. Living forever isn’t all it is cracked up to be.

Would you say that vampires are your favorite paranormal being and why or why not?
Definitely. There are so many types of them. They are powerful and yet still have emotion. They are fascinating. 🙂

If your vampire book(s) were to be turned into a movie and you could choose who would play the role as one of your leading vamps who would you choose and what role is it that they would play?
There is an actor named Ben Barnes who would be perfect for Mathias, I think. He has these haunted blue eyes.

When it comes to vampires do you prefer yours as many of the old legends and myths speak of them or how TV has changed them over the years?
It depends. I do like soulful vampires, however there is nothing better than a good vs. evil trope and vampires do that so very well. I don’t think TV has changed them. Literature sure has though. Without Anne Rice, there would be no vampire paranormal romance.

Are there any specific vampire authors that you enjoy reading that have made your favorites list?
Richard Matheson and Anne Rice

When it comes to your own vampire books what is one thing that you do to ensure that they are unique and will stand out against other books within the same genre?
I try to incorporate bits of folklore from around the world that isn’t commonly used. And, I make sure my vamps have wings. Most people don’t use them.

Any big plans or projects planned for 2016 that you would like to share with us?
I’m working on an unusual gem of a book that deals with ballet, a curse, and a pair of shoes.

Mar 5, 2016

Multi Author, Multi Day, Multi Genre Book Bash Author Interview – A.K. Michaels

akHere is my author interview with the talented author A.K. Michaels for the Multi Author, Multi Day, Multi Genre Book Bash – day one which is featuring vampire authors. She has several amazing series out including Supernatural Enforcement Bureau book one of The Dragon and The Vampire Series. This book is currently available for free so make sure to grab your copy today.

How long have you been a fan of vampires and do you have a favorite from the movies or books?
I’ve always loved supernatural stuff, Vamps, Shifters etc, and remember hiding behind the sofa when I was little when watching the old Vampire movies with Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee!

How many books do you currently have on the market that have a vampire in them?
I’ve got an upcoming release which will be book 1 in my eighth series, almost thirty books published at the moment, although some are more focused on Shifters, most of them have Vampires in them.

What inspired you to write your first vampire book and what can readers expect to find once they read it?
I wanted to write something for adults, with real, strong men in the character roles. I love writing paranormal as it gives me the creative leeway to do whatever I want without the restrictions of the characters being human. I’d hope people would find suspense, action, and love in all of my stories.

If vampires really existed and you could choose to become one but had to leave the life as you currently know it behind would you do it yes or no and why?
Oh this is hard lol. I guess I wouldn’t, purely because I couldn’t leave my family behind.

Would you say that vampires are your favorite paranormal being and why or why not?
I love all my paranormals, Vampires, Shifters, Witches, Demons, Angels, but my very first book was written with the main hero as a Vampire.

If your vampire book(s) were to be turned into a movie and you could choose who would play the role as one of your leading vamps who would you choose and what role is it that they would play?
Oh dear goodness, what a question! Hmmm, there are so many I’d love to see as my Vamps! Ok, I’ll go with Hugh Jackman as Ronan from Supernatural Enforcement Bureau.

When it comes to vampires do you prefer yours as many of the old legends and myths speak of them or how TV has changed them over the years?
Mine aren’t either. My Vampires are men, tough, hard, but also good at heart with a desire to help people. They also can go out in daylight, without the need for any kind of magic etc.

Are there any specific vampire authors that you enjoy reading that have made your favorites list?
I absolutely love Eden Elsworth’s Real World series and I’ve read every single book in the series, along with others that she writes that are non Vampire related.

When it comes to your own vampire books what is one thing that you do to ensure that they are unique and will stand out against other books within the same genre?
My Vamps are not the usual stereotypical Vampires and I always have action and suspense, as well as love, in all my stories. I hope that makes them stand out to people.

Any big plans or projects planned for 2016 that you would like to share with us?
I have a brand new series launching March 15th which is Guild of Dragon Warriors and as is the case with my other books, there’s a host of different beings in it. Everything from Dragon Shifters to Witches, and even a God or two.

Feb 29, 2016

It’s Your Time To Shine One Book at a Time Author Interview – A.K. Michaels

akHere is my author interview with the talented A.K. Michael’s for the It’s Your Time To Shine – One Book At A Time Event. This amazing author has lots of books to offer including some of my favorites The Witch, The Wolf and The Vampire Series, The Black Rose Chronicles (which consists of Deceit and Lies, Book 1, Torment and Treachery, Book 2 and Battle and Betrayal: Book 3) just to name a few of her amazing selection.

What is the one think that you hope to improve upon as far as your writing career is concerned?
My writing so I make my editor’s job a wee bit easier. I write fast and sometimes don’t always see errors which annoys me something fierce! I hope to grow with every single story I write so my books are the best they can possibly be.

If you could choose to have dinner with any author, past or present, that you have never met who would you choose and why?
Dang! This is almost impossible to answer as there are so many! Okay, if I have to choose one then I’ll go with the author of one of my favorite TV shows, George R R Martin of Game of Thrones fame. I mean, jeez, the stuff that goes on in that show is phenomenal and I’d love to pick his brains!

What genres do you write in and what is your favorite to read?
I write mostly Paranormal, with Romance, suspense and action, with some dystopian/apocalyptic thrown in with my last two series.

I read across a broad range of genres, everything from Stephen King to Nav Logan’s epic fantasy Stormbringer Saga series, which I LOVE!

What is one genre that you think you would have a hard time writing in and why?
Oh this is easy – human only books! I’m determined to give it a go at some point lol, but I love the freedom my Supernatural beings give me in say a fight scene. Humans are limited with what I can have them do in those scenarios so I think it will be difficult for me, not impossible though!

What is one tool that you think more authors should utilize more often?
I hear a lot of authors saying they can’t afford an editor, well, I know how that feels BUT I think this is an absolute must. If you expect people to pay their hard earned money to buy your book then you have to invest in it and make it the best it can possibly be. That includes an editor, but also get a team of beta readers in place, as well as good cover designers etc. A good strong team really helps to produce a good strong product.

If you had to choose to be a character in your own book who would you choose and why?
Very hard to answer this, too many to choose from. I love Rose from The Black Rose Chronicles, and Peri from The Witch, The Wolf and The Vampire (I mean, who wouldn’t want to be a kickass assassin or a powerful Witch with two men at her beck and call!) But, my new series, Guild of Dragon Warriors, Jaxon’s Sanctuary has a load of character that I’d love to be! Strong sassy, dangerous Dragon Shifters, and an elusive and powerful Unicorn! I want to be them all!

Do you think that writing challenges you in general, or do you think it often flows naturally with little to no writer’s block?
I’ve been very lucky, so far, as I’ve not had writer’s block. I sometimes have to take time to sort things through in my head, especially if a character isn’t behaving as I thought lol, but I’ve never had a time when I’ve not been able to write.

Aside from writing what are some other things that you enjoy doing as time allows?
I love our GSD puppy, Luna, who’s only coming up for seven months, so I spend time playing with her as well as training. A Sunday afternoon is completely spent with Luna and I, going to classes and just one on one time. We do have a new kitten too, but that wee bugger just keeps running away from me, apart from when he wants food, then he’s my best friend lol. I love chilling with hubs and watching a movie, and I’ll either have a glass of wine, or chocolate!

What is one thing most of your readers might be surprised to learn about you?
I don’t hide the fact that I’m OCD and have anxiety issues, but I’m also pretty dang shy lol. When I’m forced to go out to social occasions I either babble like an eejit, or don’t talk at all, lol.

Do you think that any specific book genres get less attention than it should and if so which ones?
Hmm, that’s difficult to answer as I don’t have much data to base an answer on. Possibly epic fantasy, as I do like that genre, but I’ve found it hard to find good books in that genre. I’m not sure if it’s because there aren’t that many out there, or that they are mis-classified on sites etc.

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