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Jan 21, 2016

Paranormal Author Takeover Interview – Kitten Jackson

KittenHere is the interview that I had the pleasure of doing with Kitten Jackson for the VF Presents Paranormal Author Takeover Event. Thank you Kitten for doing the interview with me.

What made you choose to write in the paranormal genre?
I have to say that Elaine Barris was a big influence on me. Before I edited her first book, I hadn’t ever read vampires before! I didn’t particularly care for the genre. But after editing her next book and a couple of vamp books for Gena D. Lutz, I fell in love with vampires. An idea came to me for a great story, so I told Elaine about it, and she encouraged me to write it. On my way to Dallas to see her, I saw signs for cities named Camden in two states, and that name seemed to be calling out to me. I had noticed it in SC, every time I had gone back and forth from Wilmington, NC, to my hometown of Muscle Shoals, AL. And that’s where I got my vamp’s name.

How many books do you currently have available in the paranormal genre, and what are the titles?
Right now, I only have Forever Camden, which is the first book in my Romantic Bloodlust series. I plan to have three books, but if the story dictates, I’ll write more! I’m in the process of writing the second book now. I’m about an eighth of the way in. It’s going to be even better than the first! Woohoo!

What is your favorite paranormal creature and why?
Vampires! The promise of eternal love, with a creature who has the ability to love on a much deeper level than humans do. It’s the romance. And the vampire sex is pretty awesome, too. 😉

If you could live in any paranormal book, what book and character would you choose?
Mine, of course! I’d love to be Melanie in Forever Camden. Cam’s emotions for her are so strong, and he has an all-consuming desire for her, but he also has a desperate need to protect her… from himself. It’s beautiful.

Can you share information with us about any projects that you are currently working on?
As I mentioned before, I’m working on the sequel for Forever Camden, the second book in my Romantic Bloodlust series. I’m keeping the title a secret for now, because it’s so hard to find a good one that hasn’t been used by lots of authors. This book will have much more action. Forever Camden is very hot and has some emotional scenes and suspense, but overall, it’s light, compared to my Keeping Secrets series, which is extremely dark and NOT paranormal. (Well, book 3 is, but it’s ghosts.) The second book, however, will go a lot darker and will be much more emotional. It’s a continuation of the first book. I’m really excited about it.

What do you think is one of the biggest misconceptions that people have about writers in general?
That we have money and we’re famous! LOL! I’ve had Facebook friends I went to school with say things like, “I can’t believe I know somebody who’s famous!” I have to laugh. Maybe someday (that would be awesome!), but certainly not now!

If you could change something within the author/reader community, what would you change and why?
The back-biting/troll behavior.
I don’t understand it. I’ll admit, I’m a little jealous, when I see authors who have thousands of great reviews and make the NYT bestseller list, but that doesn’t mean I wish them anything but success. It only means I’d like to have that kind of success, too. But some people seem to be determined to bring them down. That really bothers me.

And the trolls… don’t get me started! I can’t fathom why anyone would enjoy hurting people. Some of the reviews they leave are nothing short of cruel. Granted, some books do suck. I’ve tried to read some of them myself, but if I don’t like them, I don’t go and leave an ugly, hateful review. I’m not saying it’s wrong to leave an unfavorable review—just that if you’re going to leave one, be tactful and give the reasons for your opinion of the book, without being cruel and mean. Sometimes, negative reviews can help authors correct their errors, so they can be a good thing if the criticism is presented in a helpful way.

Who is your biggest supporter?
That’s a tough one, because some of the ladies in my street team, Kitten’s Feisty Felines, work really hard for me, and more importantly, they love my stories. But I think that my PA, Shanna Blanton, probably loves my books more than anyone else, and she pimps me like a little crazy person! Ha! Love & big hugs to Shanna and my team!

Of all the books that you have written, are any of them based on real-life experiences?
Yes. Well, parts of them. In Keeping Secrets, Abbie was raped by a close friend back in college. Then she is attacked and beaten by her ex-boyfriend. I’ve experienced both rape and domestic violence. Murder plays a big part in that series, and though I haven’t been involved in that personally (thank God!), two of my grandfather’s brothers were murdered ten years apart.
(I’ll be finishing my NOVEL about that hopefully later this year or next year. While doing research for it, I found evidence that confirmed my beliefs that people in power back then, including the police, played a part in the cover-up and possibly the murder itself of one of those men. For that reason, I decided it could be dangerous for my family and me to write it as true crime.)

What advice would you give to new authors that are just starting out?
Don’t let anything stand in your way. If you have that burning desire in you to write, do it. Make time. But don’t publish anything you don’t feel good about. If you don’t think it’s awesome, chances are pretty good that no one else will, either. Keep working on it, until it feels good.

And get a GOOD editor. Get references from them and check their recent work. And remember that overall, you get what you pay for. You can get a book ‘edited’ for $100, but your chances of getting a good edit for that are zero. You have a better chance of being struck by lightning. Editing is a time-consuming project, which takes a lot of concentration, and no editor is perfect. But there are many people out there who are calling themselves ‘editors,’ ripping off unsuspecting authors, allowing them to publish books that look completely unprofessional. That really makes me angry. So beware.

Oh, and your cover is extremely important, too! Unless you’re a good graphic artist, have your cover professionally created.

Jan 21, 2016

Paranormal Author Takeover Interview – Victoria Danann

victoriaHere is the interview that I had the pleasure of doing with Victoria Danann for the VF Presents Paranormal Author Takeover Event. Thank you Victoria for doing the interview with me.

What made you choose to write in the paranormal genre?
Personal interest in the subject.

How many books do you currently have available in the paranormal genre and what are the titles? 13, titles below
THE ORDER OF THE BLACK SWAN, Winner BEST PARANORMAL ROMANCE SERIES two years in a row!
Knights of Black Swan 1. My Familiar Stranger
Knights of Black Swan 2, The Witch’s Dream
Knights of Black Swan 3, A Summoner’s Tale
Knights of Black Swan 4, Moonlight
Knights of Black Swan 5, Gathering Storm
Knights of Black Swan 6, A Tale of Two Kingdoms
Knights of Black Swan 7, Solomon’s Sieve
An Order of the Black Swan Novel Prince of Demons
Knights of Black Swan 8, VAMPIRE HUNTER, Rammel Hawking 1
Knights of Black Swan 9, Journey Man (March 2016)

THE HYBRIDS
Exiled 1. CARNAL, The Beast Who Loved Me (February 14, 2016)
Exiled 2. CRAVE (2016)

THE WEREWOLVES
New Scotia Pack 1, Shield Wolf: Liulf
New Scotia Pack 2, Wolf Lover: Konochur

What is your favorite paranormal creature and why?
Elves according to the worlds of Victoria Danann.

If you could live in any paranormal book what book and character would you choose?
The Witch’s Dream, Elora Laiken

Can you share information with us any projects that you are currently working on?
Several planned for this year. The first book of my new series, EXILED, releases on Valentines Day next month. That’s CARNAL, The Beast Who Loved Me. I’m also adding two more Black Swan novels and a novella this year, plus a stand alone contemporary romance.

What do you think is one of the biggest misconceptions that people have about writers in general?
That we get paid more than we do.

If you could change something within the author/reader community what would you change and why?
Other than trolls targeting authors when they reach a certain level of success, I can’t think of anything I’d change.

Who is your biggest supporter?
My assistant, Sarah Nicole Blausey. She named her first child after one of my Black Swan knights.

Of all the books that you have written are any of them based on real life experiences?
Yes, but loosely. Real experiences are in there like a house of mirrors. They’ve been enlarged, reduced, stretched up, down, and sideways.

What advice would you give to new authors that are just starting out?
Go Indie, think long term, and give your audience time to find you.

Jan 21, 2016

Paranormal Author Takeover Interview – Louann Caroll

louannHere is the interview that I had the pleasure of doing with Louann Carroll for the VF Presents Paranormal Author Takeover Event. Thank you Louann for doing the interview with me.

What made you choose to write in the paranormal genre?
I like to write my own adventures and sometimes they include things that are not of this world. That doesn’t mean they don’t exist, because they certainly do for me, but in the outer banks of reality my characters come alive in some pretty remarkable ways. I find the genre fun and I even throw in some horror and science fiction to make the journey more exciting.

How many books do you currently have available in the paranormal genre and what are the titles?
Currently two are available. A Shadow of Time and Innocent Blood, but there are many more coming soon.

What is your favorite paranormal creature and why?
Fairies because they have led me on one hell of a ride. Many think the realm of the fays is mythical,  however I have it on good authority they are quite real.

If you could live in any paranormal book what book and character would you choose?
The book is Gemini Rising and Kate Kelly is the main character. I realize I wrote the book and am waiting on the second edition of book one to come out, but I wrote the novel because I couldn’t find a anything like it. Everyone talks about the end of the world and I wanted to discover what I would do if something like the end happened.So I wrote Gemini Rising, book one of three and it satisfied the need inside me.

Can you share information with us any projects that you are currently working on?
My current WIP is The Foundlings of Nirvana. It’s self-pubbed–my first you know–and then after that re-editing the Gemini series.

What do you think is one of the biggest misconceptions that people have about writers in general?
That it is easy to write a book, because it isn’t. Good writers do a ton of research. It takes time, effort, and skill to to find the information you need. Accuracy is paramount. Even when it comes to other dimensions. You have to have some grasp of the English language and punctuation. No editor is going to want to redo your entire book. Although, admittedly, I have put some editors though some rough patches. It is an ongoing learning process and every editor is different.

If you could change something within the author/reader community what would you change and why?
Encourage readers to write reviews. Even bad reviews are helpful. I try to review every book I read because it is so important. In addition, I would love to interact more with readers. Send me an e-mail. Follow me on Twitter. Share your ideas and your love and or hate of my characters. I enjoy hearing from you!

Who is your biggest supporter?
Spiritually it is a still small voice. Just the other day when I was working on Foundlings and found myself outside my comfort zone, this voice said, don’t be afraid. I am with you.

That does not mean you can call the guys in the white coats to take me away. However it is something that has been with me all my life and is an important contributor to which path I take.

My most important human supporter was my mother-in-law, Audrey Carroll O’Brien. She passed away last July and I miss her. I never had a conversation with her that she didn’t give me approval and feedback on my latest venture. I can honestly say, without a doubt, she was my greatest supporter.

Of all the books that you have written are any of them based on real life experiences?
Yes and no. I use my emotions to color my characters and universes. I even use some real life experiences and challenges in my novels to see how my characters will react. I have used life themes as a backdrop, but none of my books are completely based upon my life.

What advice would you give to new authors that are just starting out?
Read, read, read. Then read some more. Take an English class, start feeling life around you. Now-a-days they call it mindfulness. I call it situational awareness. Just stop, look, and listen to life and use it in your manuscripts. Get to know your characters.

An example of knowing your characters:

In Gemini Rising, after Kate was thrust back into an inhospitable world, Kate and her son went looking for supplies. After finding a half-standing K-Mart they were so excited to find canned food they forgot to pack toilet paper. Imagine, being stuck on the underside of a broken world with no bathroom and no toilet paper. Let me tell you, you can do without the bathrooms but you’re going to need the toilet paper.

Jan 20, 2016

Paranormal Author Takeover Interview – Jennifer Felton

jenniferHere is the interview that I had the pleasure of doing with Jennifer Felton for the VF Presents Paranormal Author Takeover Event. Thank you Jennifer for doing the interview with me.

What made you choose to write in the paranormal genre?
I have always had a love for the spooky and the paranormal. I watched my first horror movie when I was about eight or so (Pet Cemetery), and ever since then I couldn’t get enough. Anything that has ghosts, witches, demons, vampires – it just does something for me LOL!

How many books do you currently have available in the paranormal genre and what are the titles?
Currently, I have two titles available. Both are a part of my One Hell of a Romance series: Through Life and Death (One Hell of a Romance Prequel) and Through Love and Hate (One Hell of a Romance Companion). The companion is a side story with different main characters, though the main characters of the core series are referenced/make appearances!

What is your favorite paranormal creature and why?
This is a difficult one! It would have to be a toss up between ghosts and vampires. Ghosts because I 100% they exist, and vampires because I’ve always been fascinated with them, I’m not sure why. There is just something about them!

If you could live in any paranormal book what book and character would you choose?
Ooooo ooooo! You really want to go and make things difficult now, don’t you? Geez… I think I would have to say any of Amanda Ashley’s vampire books. She was really my inspiration for writing vampire books. I just totally fell in love with them.

Can you share information with us any projects that you are currently working on?
No.

Haha. Ok, seriously now. I’m finishing up the third One Hell of a Romance book, which is entitled Through Good and Evil. The characters are in present day America (which for anyone who read the prequel, you know they started out in 1880’s Great Britain). I’m a terribly bad girl because I had been hoping to release the book by the end of February, but I still have a few more chapters to write.

Once I’m done with that, a new project will be in the works before the fourth installment of the One Hell of a Romance series comes out. I’ve been on this series working on it so long, that I just need to take a step back from it and give myself some variety. I have two versions of book four in my head, so I need some time away to figure it out.

So, instead, I’ll probably be working on the first release for my Book of Shadows series and the first in a probably-not-paranormal series.

What do you think is one of the biggest misconceptions that people have about writers in general?
That we do nothing. I swear, people think we have fairies floating around doing all our writing for us while we lounge around and do nothing. I work a full time, overnight, job on top of writing. So it’s a lot of work going into my books when I get the time to just sit down and write. Otherwise, I could just produce a book on a whim, sell lots of copies, and never have to go to a ‘real’ job again…

If you could change something within the author/reader community what would you change and why?
The snarkiness! Authors bickering and fandoms attacking each other are big turn offs. They make me not want to read into whatever or whoever. Yes, we may be in the same genre, but it’s not a competition; we should be supporting each other instead of tearing everyone else down.

Who is your biggest supporter?
My dog? LOL. My kids don’t really understand because they’re too young. My fiancé, yeah, he’s probably one of the people who think it’s not ‘work’, as well as my mom. lol. So, yeah… I’m going to stick with my dog. Sherlock loves his biscuits, so as long as I keep writing, I can keep affording his treats! hehe. 😉

Of all the books that you have written are any of them based on real life experiences?
Real life experiences? No, not really. However, having said that, it isn’t exactly true for the second book, Through Love and Hate. This book was my therapy. A very dear, close, family friend had been diagnosed with terminal cancer. A lot of what Anya goes through, in terms of the progression of her cancer, is based on what had happened thus far.

For anyone who has read it, or will read it, and become interested in what happened to my friend Anya is based on, I am happy to announce that as of this interview, on 1/20/201, she is still alive and on chemo. She had been given maybe six months, and almost three years later, she is still fighting. While terminal and no chance of remission, she is still going strong and not letting her illness get the better of her. On the other hand, she is starting to run out of treatment options and we all know she is getting near the end. It’s sad to see a young vibrant mother with everything to live for putting all her papers and affairs in order and buying a condo so they can sell their house now so her husband doesn’t have to worry about any of that after.

It’s truly heartbreaking. The day the world loses her light, will be one of the darkest days of my life.

What advice would you give to new authors that are just starting out?
JUST WRITE. At this point, it doesn’t matter what you are writing or why you are writing, just as long as you are doing it! You can figure out all the rest later. The worst thing you write today, is better the best thing you didn’t write yesterday. 😉 I don’t remember who said that, but I’m sure it was someone important! Ha!

Jan 20, 2016

Paranormal Author Takeover Interview – Nicholas Bella

nicholasHere is the interview that I had the pleasure of doing with Nicholas Bella for the VF Presents Paranormal Author Takeover Event. Thank you Nicholas for doing the interview with me.

What made you choose to write in the paranormal genre?
The decision came very easy to me because I love anything involving the paranormal/supernatural. Vampires, werewolves, demons, dragons, fae, witches, etc. writing about these interesting creatures, or even coming up with new ones yourself just gives you so much more range and you can take your creativity to new heights.

How many books do you currently have available in the paranormal genre and what are the titles?
I have 16 episodes that make up three complete seasons, and the beginning of season four of my New Haven series involving some very kinky, badass vampires, werewolves and dragons. My Demon Gate series has 4 episodes available with the fifth episode releasing soon. These demons are awesome, trust me.

What is your favorite paranormal creature and why?
Vampires. Something about them is so alluring and sensual. They are immortal, feed on life and are extremely powerful.

If you could live in any paranormal book what book and character would you choose?
Oh wow, to be fair, I’ll exclude my own New Haven series because that choice is too obvious. I’d would like to be a vampire in Tessa Dawn’s “Blood Curse Series”, as the character of Marquis.

Can you share information with us any projects that you are currently working on?
The fifth episode of my Demon Gate series, Charmed is being released very soon. I’ve also written ep. 6 of the Demon Gate for a Valentine’s Day Anthology for Feb. 14th release. I’m currently working on ep. 2 of the Kingdom of Ara, season four of the New Haven series titled Suspicion. The year is starting off with a bang.

What do you think is one of the biggest misconceptions that people have about writers in general?
That we’re all rich. LOL. Or that it’s easy to sell books. Rather you’re self-pub or traditionally pub, the writing industry is a tough place to start a career. You have to promote to get your name out to the readers and you have to make sure what you’ve written is entertaining.

If you could change something within the author/reader community what would you change and why?
I would hope more authors would support each other. I think readers are being more outgoing with their book choices these days. So many are willing to support self-pub/small press authors and that’s a wonderful thing. Keep it up. 😀

Who is your biggest supporter?
My fans are simply amazing. I lovingly call them the Bellaholics, which is a name they came up with themselves. As an author, I really couldn’t ask for a more loyal, supportive and kickass fanbase.

Of all the books that you have written are any of them based on real life experiences?
No. I would hope not. LOL! With what I’ve written, one would have a very wild life filled with pain, pleasure, sex, indulgence and every kind of debauchery you can think of.

What advice would you give to new authors that are just starting out?
Make sure you’re writing the story you want to read. That way, you’ll love doing what you do.

Jan 20, 2016

Paranormal Author Takeover Interview – C.L. Gaber

clHere is the interview that I had the pleasure of doing with C.L. Gaber for the VF Presents Paranormal Author Takeover Event. Thank you C.L. for doing the interview with me.

What made you choose to write in the paranormal genre?
I think the paranormal genre chose me. I’m a film critic and I was on a trip to LA. to interview Cher. (Yes, really!)  In the middle of the night, I had a vivid dream that played out like a movie in my mind. It had a beginning, middle and ending. I jumped out of bed and wrote everything down. That became my book series ASCENDERS. Even though it’s a multi book saga, I saw exactly the last scene of the last book. It was so amazing.

How many books do you currently have available in the paranormal genre and what are the titles? ASCENDERS is out now. The sequel will debut this spring.

What is your favorite paranormal creature and why?
I’ve always been drawn to angels and have several angel statues in my yard and in my home. They’re so calming. I also love the Gollum from “Lord of the Rings” and Dobby from “Harry Potter.” Shape shifters. Enough said!

If you could live in any paranormal book what book and character would you choose?
It would be really fun to live a day in the Twilight world. A day as Bella. Not bad! But I’m afraid of heights, so that whole let’s scale up trees thing would have me freaking out.

Can you share information with us any projects that you are currently working on?
I’m one chapter away from finishing Ascenders 2, out this spring.  It’s been so exciting crafting a sequel. Then I’m jumping right into Ascenders 3 for a fall release.

What do you think is one of the biggest misconceptions that people have about writers in general?
I don’t think people “get” writers. They might think that we’re not doing much when we’re just thinking about what to put on the page. But we’re always plotting and planning. You don’t have to be in front of the keyboard to write. I love to mull over what will happen next in Ascenders at daybreak when you’re halfway between sleep and the day.

If you could change something within the author/reader community what would you change and why?
I would just love to reach more readers because readers are AWESOME! I love to hear from readers. I love that on Facebook we can share things from our lives. So what would I change? Just wish I could get everyone involved. So send your friends on over!

Who is your biggest supporter?
Definitely my husband Ron. He’s awesome, so loving, and always has my back. He’s so encouraging about Ascenders and loves to hear plot ideas. You can’t even imagine how many dinners we’ve had out where I’ve spend time talking about demons and immortal souls. You get the strangest looks from the waiter and other people! I’m so blessed to have Ron who was incidentally my high school boyfriend. We went our different ways for 30 years and then came back together. Magic! I also have the best 14 year old bonus daughter.

Of all the books that you have written are any of them based on real life experiences?
I have put a lot of real life experience in Ascenders. It’s about a high school for the recently departed. Some of my life is in there for sure. I’ve also lost both parents and the forever bond between parent and child is definitely in there. The hot love story between Walker and Daniel…I hope that’s everyone’s story!

What advice would you give to new authors that are just starting out?
Write, write, write. Try to get something on the page each day. Maybe you’ll just write a page, but it’s one page closer to holding your book someday. Also don’t ask 300 people for advice. Write from your heart and then hire a great editor.

Dec 6, 2015

Authors Tell All – Sam Cheever

sammOur featured author Sam Cheever was recently asked the following question by a fan – What is the most hilarious or crazy thing that inspired you put in your books just because?

I’m always on the lookout for funny things to put into my books. A lot of my inspiration comes from my dogs. As an example, in my newest romantic suspense, Slow Burner, the Great Dane in the story is based on my huge baby boy, Bram. In the story the Dane likes to pick up painted box turtles and run around the yard with them in his big mouth. Yeah, Bram actually does that. LOL You can’t make this stuff up!

bedBedeviled & Beguiled
She’s on the side of good in the war between good and evil, but there’s this one bad guy…

Astra Q Phelps is on the side of the good guys in the war between good and evil. Unfortunately for her, the bad guys have been making inroads on her soul. And when a particularly dark and sexy dark worlder fixes his heated gaze on Astra, the lighter side of her nature quickly finds itself kicked to the curb by her slut-monkey side. But Astra doesn’t have time to deal with her love life. She’s in the middle of a war between two dark factions…a war that just might mean the end of the human population…and it seems the fate of the world rests uneasily on her shoulders. It’s a lot of pressure to put on one feisty halfling…but Astra Q Phelps is definitely…erm…certainly…ahh…possibly up to the challenge.

 

 

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Jun 11, 2015

Elaine Barris – Then & Now Interview

elaineIn June 2013, I first launched VampireForums and the Vampire Forums Facebook Page there was only a handful of authors that I interviewed/reviewed in the beginning with Elaine Barris being one of them. Because of that I wanted to do a new interview that shows where she was then and where she is now. I have chosen Elaine Barris for the Make Me Blush Award. Her Master for Tonight Series was one of the first I had ever read that had even a hint of naughtiness in it and I was hooked. She is an amazing author and I hope that you enjoy the interview and the takeover that she is doing today during the event.

How many books had you released in 2013 and what have you released since then?
I have released two books:  Master For Tonight, and Master For Tonight II. I will be releasing a companion novel to the duet later this summer.

What one thing do you think has changed about the type of writer that you are over the last two years?
I think my writing has gotten tighter. Hopefully, better. That’s for the reader to decide though.

If you could go back and give yourself a single piece of advice two years ago from present day what would it be and why?
Stop stressing. I still struggle with it. Ha!

What has been one major milestone in your writing career that you have reached that you would like to share with us?  
I hit top 15 in Paranormal on Amazon for 5 days straight.

Do you think that the services and advertising provided by me/VampireForums has benefited you at all over the last two years? Undoubtedly, it has.

To date what is your favorite vampire book that you have written?
My first is my favorite. I’ll never get over Julian.

Have you branched off into any other new genres that you was not writing in 2013?
No, but I’ve thought about it. My True love is and always will be vampires.

Do you have any new releases coming up and if so what are they and genre?
Yes! Evangeline, a companion novel to the Master For Tonight duet will be released later this summer. It’s vampire.  V”””V

Are you currently satisfied at where your writing career stands and do you feel as though you have grown as an author over the last two years?
No, I’m not satisfied. I hope I never am satisfied. I think I’ve grown. I definitely know more now than I did then.

What is one free resource that all authors should take advantage of?
Any social media site. Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, etc…

Jun 11, 2015

Erica Stevens – Then & Now Interview

ericaIn June 2013, I first launched VampireForums and the Vampire Forums Facebook Page there was only a handful of authors that I interviewed/reviewed in the beginning with Erica Stevens being my very first. Because of that I wanted to do a new interview that shows where she was then and where she is now. I have chosen Erica Stevens for my Captive Captured My Heart Award. Her Captive Series is one of my all time favorite vampire series of all times. She is an amazing author and I hope that you enjoy the interview and the takeover that she is doing today during the event.

How many books had you released in 2013 and what have you released since then?
I released three books in 2013 and I’ve released 7 books since then.

What one thing do you think has changed about the type of writer that you are over the last two years?
I’ve learned a lot more over the years, stuff I never even realized I need to learn. I stay focused on one story at a time now. I still switch off series, because I need to take a break and refresh with something new, but I used to bounce between books all the time whenever I got stuck somewhere.

If you could go back and give yourself a single piece of advice two years ago from present day what would it be and why?
Take a breath, take it easier. You’ll get there eventually. 🙂

What has been one major milestone in your writing career that you have reached that you would like to share with us?
I’ve been able to write full time, which has always been my lifelong dream.

Do you think that the services and advertising provided by me/VampireForums has benefited you at all over the last two years?
Absolutely. I’ve made a lot of friends and many new readers through you.

To date what is your favorite vampire book that you have written?
The prequel to The Captive Series, Broken. It’s the book I love and hate the most. It was by far the most challenging book I’ve ever written, and it’s nothing like anything else I’ve ever written.

Have you branched off into any other new genres that you was not writing in 2013?
No, not yet. I love to write and read paranormal/romance/sci-fi/horror/apocalyptic/dystopian. Though I have an idea for two books I’d like to write that are both outside of those genres.

Do you have any new releases coming up and if so what are they and genre?
My next release is coming out on June 17th. It’s a more mature spinoff to my Kindred Series that focuses on somewhat redeemed bad boy, Julian. It’s a paranormal romance.

Are you currently satisfied at where your writing career stands and do you feel as though you have grown as an author over the last two years?
I’m happy with where I am, I’ve worked hard to get here and have met some amazing people along the way. I like to believe I’ve grown as an author. I’m constantly learning something new and trying to improve my writing. I hope it has shown over the years and that people have noticed.

What is one free resource that all authors should take advantage of?
Social media and starting a mailing list. I waited far too long to start my mailing list and regret it now, but live and learn. 🙂

Dec 27, 2014

The Girl & The Vampire Author Interview Kira Barker

I recently came across a new author – Kira Barker (well new to me and noticed that she had a short novella named The Girl & The Vampire so of course I wanted to meet her!) I decided I would love to learn more about her while showing her off to the fans of the page so please take a moment to read the interview that I did with her and stop by and check out her website and the book!

What is your favorite type of book to read?
Urban fantasy and post-apocalyptic horror (Zombies anyone?) – but as long as the characters are captivating and the story is strong, I will real pretty much anything.

What inspired your short Novella The Girl & The Vampire?
I love the darker, erotic side of vampires, and I feel like over the past couple of years that has been less well represented, so I wanted to write something that echoed that. The entire novella series was motivated by that, using the different supernatural tropes in what I felt like was the most fascinating way.

Can we expect to see any other paranormal books from you in the near future?
I have a four-book series starring a druid planned (including vamps, werewolves, witches, demons and a few other creepy-crawlies), so likely yes!

How many books do you currently have on the shelf with titles?
I have two books and five novellas.

Caught in the Middle is a BDSM/menage erotic romance. Hunter & Prey erotic thriller/horror. And the Embassy series of novellas, including The Girl & The Vampire.

Do you have a favorite vampire book?
Probably Jeaniene Frost’s Halfway to the Grave.

Do you watch vampire movies or TV shows and if so what is your favorite?
I love watching Supernatural and Buffy. Not sure what my favorite vampire movie would be Interview With The Vampire.

Will there be any future works based on or around the short Novella The Girl & The Vampire?
There might be, I haven’t decided yet. I didn’t plan to expand it but I had a lot of fun writing Celia and Rachel (the main character from the 2nd novella in the series), and a few readers have been asking about more. I’m always happy to oblige such requests!

Are you self published or with a traditional author and what do you find to be the pros and cons of each?
Self-published, and very proud of it! I love being in control of all the steps, and having the freedom to get the version of the story out that I want the audience to read. But it would be nice to not have to promote my work. I hope that in the upcoming years it will be easier to hire professionals for that, just like editors and cover artists now. Then again, I feel like I’m a lot closer to my audience without a publisher and agent running interference, wouldn’t want to change that.

What would you like new fans to know about you as an author?
I like to write a lot of different things, but I always try to create strong female characters. If that’s your thing, I’m your girl!

What advice would you give to other new authors just getting started?
Write, and don’t let anyone discourage you. Just because someone doesn’t agree with what you do (the genre you write in, plot decisions, how fast or slow you churn out books) doesn’t make them right.

If you are interested in learning more about Kira check out her website HERE! Make sure to grab your copy of The Girl & the Vampire by clicking below:

The Girl & The Vampire (The Embassy Book 1)

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