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Jun 25, 2016

Author Interview – S.K. Ballinger

51RjCOqi45L._SY346_Here is my author interview with S.K. Ballinger. I recommend that you check out his book Sirtimi which is book three in The Bloodline Series and is currently available for FREE on KU. If you are new to the series you can start with book one Uncommon Lust and book two Journey of Kain Edward which also are FREE on KU.

What was your overall inspiration to write in the very beginning of your career?
My inspiration to write was the freedom to voice my creative mind. As a child I had always appreciated the vampire and really all creatures of the night movies and books. I have been told that I have one hell of an imagination and after writing my first novel ‘Stanley Swanson – Breed of a Werewolf’, it opened up my mind even more. I decided since there were a lot of vampire and what I called “Drackulis” in the novel that I would write a short novella of what would soon be known as the most powerful Drackulis of them all, titled ‘Sirtimi’ I believe every character has a story, so why not share theirs.

How many vampire books do you currently have out with titles please?
If counting books that have them in it, I have two ‘Stanley Swanson – Breed of a Werewolf’ and ‘Sebastian Swanson – Rise of the Lycan’. I have one stand alone which takes you in how the first Drackulis became and why his hatred towards the other creature of the night began in ‘Sirtimi‘ which I am thrilled to announce it is now available in audible.

Do you have a favorite vampire book or movie/tv show?
My absolute favorite movie is ‘Interview with a Vampire’. I just absolutely loved how well they made the movie with great detail and explanation throughout. I can’t imagine a better movie, though ‘The Lost Boys’ I love and is another one of my all time favorites. I so believe they could do another, think about it. At the end Kiefer dies by dear antlers, but antlers are bone, not wood???

If vampires were to really exist and you had the option to become immortal would you do so yes or no and why?
It would depend on what type of vampire I would become. If the sparkling kind then not a chance. If more like the lost boys or ‘Interview with a Vampire’, then I wouldn’t hesitate. Imagine the possibilities and power that comes with it. The knowledge you would learn over the many years, the lust, persuasion, abilities and even finding the love of your life to forever reside by. Yes, it would suck to have to watch those you loved pass but if given the option, I would be all over it.

What do you find to be the most challenging thing about being an author?
Balancing life and writing was once the forefront of being the challenge but now I would say getting your work of art in the hands (eyes) of people in hopes that they will leave a review. Most readers I don’t believe truly understand how important a review is..good or bad as each allows the author to learn from while also helping your book(s) get noticed. For something that takes an author months or longer to write, yet only takes a minute or two for a review is challenging.

If you could co-write a brand new vampire book with anyone of you’re choosing who would it be and why?
Hands down it would be with Anne Rice! Just look at the brilliant mind she has and her passion in writing about the genre. I would be beyond myself if I could co-write with her and it would be a dream come true.

Are you currently working on any new projects that you would like to share with us?
I am working on several books currently. They consist of my second autobiography of the Blissful Misery trilogy sub-titled ‘Darker Days’, the final Swanson book sub-titled ‘The Uprising’, my first stand alone horror book ‘Gemini’ and my sixth short novella (book 6) and first of the Bloodline Series Vol.2 titled ‘Sabe Swanson’.

What is one of the biggest misconceptions that you think people have about authors in general?
I think that a lot of people simply think that ‘we’ as authors just sit around all day writing book after books as if it is not a big deal. When in reality, there are so many of us that work full time jobs and then writing becomes a job as well. There is so much time put in with writing and it can be a struggle even. With my first novel, I worked a full time job and when I came home I would spend no less than an hour and up to three hours writing not to mention finding time with family. It took me nine months and the book still isn’t perfect even after five different editors. Time that we sacrifice would be the thing that I don’t believe many people truly understand.

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?
That is a very good question. It would have to be someplace that has a lot of history or castles. I love castles and visited many in my younger years living in England. I would have a room in a castle and write my tail off. I think it would be the most amazing place for me to write from. I imagine I would get a lot of good vibes and the stories would unfold naturally. Now you have my mind wondering lol.

Do you prefer online events or live events and what do you think the pros and cons of each are?
I prefer live events over online events personally. I think with live events allows a little more personal experience with the fans/readers, the downside is that they are typically more expensive to do. That would be the pro of doing online events along with there being far more opportunity with doing an online event. I think the con of an online event is that there are so many and the fact that scheduling can become difficult at times. I would love more of a live online event by say a video conference type scenario or such. A video chat room on Skype or something that allows many to view you would be amazing and doable as well.

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