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

Vampyr: The Complete Trilogy Book Highlights – K.M. McFarland

vaIf you are a fan of the fang you are going to love the spin that talented author K.M. McFarland has given you with her Vampyr: The Complete Trilogy so make sure to grab your copy today. With the price being only $0.99 or FREE with KU this is an asbolute steal for three amazing books all wrapped up into one.

Vampires are alive and well in the Big Easy. In the modern world of forensics, technology, and security cameras everywhere, vampires are now forced to live in secret. In this new age where vampires have evolved into gentle predators mainly depending on alternative methods for acquiring blood, vampire bars have risen in popularity. Owned by a former rock star turned vampire, Quinn Forrester, Vampyr is New Orleans’ most popular venue. Aside from being the French Quarter’s coolest music club, it is also a secret vampire bar serving the finest quality human blood to its vampire clientele. The cryptic alley next to it seduces the most delectable humans just itching to quench a vampire’s thirst. Welcome to Vampyr!

SONG OF THE VAMPIRE: In 1989, Quinn Forrester was a successful rock star living a dream with a wife, a baby daughter and a hit record. Little did he know that was all about to end the night he met Giselle, the mysterious vampire who would change his world forever. Eighteen years later, a chance meeting with Nadia, the daughter he abandoned as a baby the night he was turned, shakes his lonely, tormented world.

UNDER A BOURBON STREET MOON: Quinn and his vampire lover, Giselle, seem to have the perfect romance, but their relationship is put to the test when a beautiful mortal woman from his past and an adorable country singer, who has just arrived from Nashville with her own connection to Quinn, enter his world.

MASQUERADE: As Quinn gets closer to his new attractive young personal assistant, the successful entrepreneur also must deal with his unique blended family: a vampire daughter, a mortal daughter who sees dead people, a spiritually connected vampire ex-girlfriend who is her mentor and a deceased ex-wife that just won’t stay dead. Is his mansion big enough?

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.

Feb 17, 2016

It’s Your Time To Shine One Book at a Time Author Interview – Stephanie Summers

stephanieHere is my author interview with Stephanie Summers as part of the It’s Your Time To Shine Event. This talented author has currently has several books which most are part of a series. One of my favorite series by Stephanie is the Willow Creek Vampire Series. This particular series currently includes Craving, Haunting, Awakening, The Bludworth Chronicles: Origin: A short companion story to The Willow Creek Vampires Series and The Bludworth Chronicles: Bloodlust: A short companion story to The Willow Creek Vampires Series which will be released soon. Other books by her include Take Me Home and Take Me On which is part of her Take Me Duet Book Series.

What is one thing that you hope to improve upon as far as your writing career is concerned?
I’d really like to improve the speed at which I complete manuscripts. I get sucked into social media too easily sometimes, and I know if I stayed focused, I could release more books. I also get distracted easily and jump around from story to story sometimes. There again, if I stayed focused, it’d be much better for my career.

If you could choose to have dinner with any author past or present that you have never met who would you choose and why?
Anne Rice, hands down. Her Vampire Chronicles are what sparked my love for vampires and reading. Without them, I don’t know that I’d be writing today.

What genres do you write in and what is your favorite to read?
I write paranormal romance and contemporary romance. My favorite to read is paranormal romance.

What is one genre that you think you would have a hard time writing in and why?
Probably historical romance. My eyes go crossed when I try and research things that have happened in history, and I’m sure it wouldn’t be as accurate as I would want it to be, so I stay away, with the exception of a scene or short story here or there that complements the story I’m writing.

What is one tool that you think more authors should utilize more often?
That’s a tough one, but I think a lot of authors don’t utilize newsletters as well as they could. I speak from experience on this one. I published two years ago and didn’t really do much to build my list. I just sort of made my sign up link available here and there. My list grew but not very fast. I only started in the last several months actively working to build it, and it’s come along pretty well. It’s free advertising. Every person on that list has the potential to see what’s going on with you and your books. Even if a small percentage of a huge list actually opens your newsletter it still ends up being a lot of people keeping up-to-date with your work, and that’s a good thing.

If you had to choose to be a character in your own book who would you choose and why?
Probably Sabine from Willow Creek Vamps. She gets to be with Remy. Enough said. lol

Do you think that writing challenges you in general or do you think it often flows naturally with little to no writers block?
I don’t really deal with writer’s block often. Usually if I get stuck, I disconnect from it for a while. I’ll have a break through when I’m doing something mundane, like driving, so I don’t stress too much. I let the words flow when they’re ready, and I don’t try to force them.

Aside from writing what are some other things that you enjoy doing as time allows?
I like to read. I also like to just listen to music when I get a chance to listen uninterrupted, which with two kids, doesn’t happen as often as I’d like. Most of the things I listen to maybe aren’t so good for young ears.

What is one thing most of your readers might be surprised to learn about you?
Probably that I suffer from depression and anxiety and have for most of my life. I try not to show that side of myself when interacting with people on social media. It’s been a tough thing to overcome, especially the social anxiety, when attending book signing events. It’s kind of forced me to step out of my comfort zone and confront it head on.

Do you think that any specific book genres get let attention than it should and if so which ones?
I don’t really know, honestly. I think every genre has its own market of die-hard readers. And trends change all the time. What’s popular today, won’t be tomorrow. Most genres eventually get their time to shine. It’s one of the best reasons I can think of to write what you want to write instead of what you think you should write.

Jan 30, 2016

New Author Interview – Rachel Caine

authorHere is the anxiously awaited new author interview with the talented and amazing author – Rachel Caine. In 2013, I had the pleasure of doing my first interview with her and was just diving into the Morganville Vampire Series. Now nearly 3 years later I wanted to check back in and see how this amazing author was doing and to highlight some of her new stuff. For anyone that would like to check out the original interview can do so HERE! If you have yet to read this series you are in for a shockingly pleasurable surprise and it all starts with book one – Glass Houses.

So the last time that we interviewed you was in June, 2013 so what has changed since then in your life as an amazing author?
It seems like every year has a whole new set of amazing new adventures (and challenges) … I think in 2013 I was winding down toward the planned end of the Morganville series (15 books!), and starting what I was doing next. Which proved to be a book called PRINCE OF SHADOWS, a huge departure from the horror/comedy of Morganville. I’m very proud of Prince of Shadows–it’s a retelling of Romeo and Juliet, but also an alternate viewpoint book (from Benvolio’s point of view, Romeo’s cousin in play). It’s set in Shakespeare’s Verona, and I did my very best to reproduce the storytelling style of the original while also telling the story in an entirely new way. That came out in early 2014.

After that, I started a new series called The Great Library. The first book, INK AND BONE, came out in mid-2015, and the newest, PAPER AND FIRE, comes out this summer 2016. It’s about a world where the Great Library of Alexandria never burned … but that’s not necessarily a good thing.

Much more going on, of course. A ton of short fiction! A Kickstarted web series for Morganville that starred Amber Benson from Buffy and Robert Picardo from Star Trek: Voyager! So much more! It’s exciting times, and I currently have three new projects in the works as well.

How many books do you see in the near future for The Morganville Vampires?
Funny you should ask that! I have a short story collection, MIDNIGHT BITES, coming out in March 2016 (and will be touring in the UK for it, too). Apart from that, I’ve got some ideas on the stove for more Morganville, but they’re still cooking. It’s definitely going to live on. I love it to much to just walk away.

Now that the web TV series is a reality how surreal does it feel to see your characters come alive and do you think the portrayed the roles well?
It was amazing, honestly–the actors came to it fresh, though they all read at least the first two books, and they had such enthusiasm and insight. I loved what Amber (Ms. Benson) did with Amelie–she gave her all the scary gravity, and flashes of unexpected humanity, too. Bob (Mr. Picardo) gave Oliver a real, wonderful presence that just enchanted me. And the Glass House Gang were note perfect. Loved what Afomia Hailemeskel did with Monica, too. I couldn’t be happier. I know not everybody will feel that way–visual media is notorious for not pleasing everyone, or even a majority of fans. But I loved it.

The only reason I haven’t gone on to Season 2 yet is logistics, time and money. It eats a solid half a year of my life fundraising, and another half doing the show. So … I’m unfortunately very busy, and it’s become a secondary concern at the moment. Books have to come first.

If you had to choose a favorite character from The Morganville Vampires who would you choose and why?
It’s always a tie between Shane and Myrnin, for entirely different reasons. Shane’s someone I figured out the moment I started writing him, but he’s just endlessly fun to spend time with. Meanwhile, Myrnin constantly surprises me! I love that about him.

It’s obvious that readers often swoon over some of the sexy characters within the story so who do you think most would side with Team Michael or Team Shane?
I hate to choose sides! Can I be Team Eve instead? Team Myrnin? Team Oliver? Heh.

Obviously many have wondered if Claire would ever be turned into a vampire being that she has a history with the founder and Myrin – so is there hope in that ever happening?
I don’t see it. I don’t think that’s Claire’s nature, or her interest. She appreciates the vampires for what they are, but she doesn’t have that selfish streak that it would take to stay alive … Michael does, just barely, but then, he’s an artist. We’re all selfish. 😉 I think Claire’s perfectly content with her human existence, and all the benefits it has. For all their charm, vampires are stuck in place.

I know that throughout the series we have seen various family members from the Glass side so I am curious if we will learn more about his parents, or the spirit that resided within the house itself any time in the near future?
I intended to, and in future books I will definitely explore that.

Shifting gears just a bit I want to know what you think one of the biggest misconceptions that people have about writers in general – indie or traditionally published?
I think we’re looking at a future where all writers will move freely between those states. For some projects, the audience will be smaller, more indie-friendly. For big ideas, you need traditional publishing to give it a big launch. But I don’t think you have to pick a side anymore.

Looking back from when you first started writing The Morganville Vampires until now what is one thing that you have learned about the process and about yourself in general?
The biggest thing was that I learned I could write so much, so fast, and have so much fun. A book every six months is challenging (plus, I was writing adult fiction too). And if you’d have asked me before I started that, I’d have sworn it was impossible … but I did it. So there’s that!

Last question – Will we see any kind of spin-offs from this series and at what point would you recommend readers dive into the Midnight Bites: Stories of the Morganville Vampires minis that you wrote?
Yes to both! I’m planning on another series of books. Remains to be seen how we’ll go about it, but more on that will be coming soon. And yes to the short stories, too: the collection not only has all of the stories that have come out in all kinds of hidden spots (different countries, different anthologies, hidden web stories, etc.) but six new ones that are quite long. Those would take up half a regular sized book by themselves, and I think people will be pleased with them.

Jan 28, 2016

Author Interview & Book Highlights – K.M. MacFarland

indexHere is the interview that I had the pleasure of doing with talented author K.M. MacFarland. She is the author of the Vampyr: The Complete Trilogy which is currently available for FREE so make sure to grab your copy today!

What made you choose to write in the paranormal genre?
I live in New Orleans and I have always been fascinated with the New Orleans legends of vampires and ghosts. Our city was built on a swamp, so we don’t bury our dead. Instead, they are interred above ground so we won’t meet up with them in the next hard rain. Our cemeteries are tourist attractions, but there’s something romantic about them. Voodoo is also a part of our culture whether we believe or not. Our history is colorful and intriguing. If you walk down Bourbon Street on any day/night of the week, you can see how easily vampires could blend in. But in this age of technology, vampires would have to be able to blend in with humans and play nice with them. That idea was the beginning of the Vampyr series.

How many books do you currently have available in the paranormal genre and what are the titles?
I currently have four books in the Vampyr series: Song of the Vampire, Under a Bourbon Street Moon and Masquerade. I’ve recently published all three novels as a trilogy in one bundle titled Vampyr: The Complete Trilogy.

What is your favorite paranormal creature and why?
I would have to say vampires. I started reading Anne Rice novels when The Vampire Lestat was first published, and Lestat is responsible for my obsession with vampires.

If you could live in any paranormal book what book and character would you choose?
I recently read The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden. The story takes place in New Orleans in the months following Hurricane Katrina. Being a Katrina survivor, I immediately connected with this book. The story revolves around the actual legend of the casket girls and the Ursuline convent. In the early days of New Orleans, the early settlers were pirates, scoundrels and thieves. Some say the casket girls were prostitutes, and some say they were orphans sent over by the king of France to marry the French settlers. All they brought with them to the new world was one bag shaped like a casket containing their dowries. When the girls arrived in Nouveau Orleans, they were taken to the Ursuline convent to live among the nuns until they were married. But when the time came to open the caskets, they were empty. Rumor has it, vampires were smuggled into New Orleans in the caskets. In the book, the vampires are sealed in the convent’s attic. The main character, Adele, has some special powers that breaks the seal and releases the vampires wrecking havoc on post-Katrina New Orleans. The character I would choose to be would be Desiree, the mayor’s daughter. At first, we see her as snobby, but as the book progresses, Desiree has a strong influence on the outcome of the story and proves herself to truly be Adele’s friend.

Can you share information with us any projects that you are currently working on?
Sure. I’m working on the fourth installment of Vampyr. As we speak, it remains untitled. I’m also working on a standalone paranormal romance that deals with reincarnation. I’m hoping to start another series about a French Quarter bed and breakfast. You get a bed, but you may be the breakfast.

What do you think is one of the biggest misconceptions that people have about writers in general?
I think people don’t realize all the hard work that goes into writing a book. First drafts, rewrites, edits, more rewrites, more edits, and the list goes on and on. We don’t just type up a story and publish. There’s a lot more to the writing process than that.

If you could change something within the author/reader community what would you change and why?
I think I would change the way readers perceive reviews. Getting them is like pulling teeth. Before I started writing, I never left reviews, so I can’t attack them too much. Now that I’m a writer, I review everything I enjoy. The average reader just doesn’t realize how important reviews are, so that’s what I would change.

Who is your biggest supporter?
I don’t think I could narrow that down to one person. There are supporters who buy my books, like and share my posts, retweet, blog, review, and help spread the word about my books. A few are personal friends. I’ve never met the majority of my readers and supporters, but I appreciate them all.

Of all the books that you have written are any of them based on real life experiences?
I write about vampires and I’ve never met any, so I would have to say it’s all a fantasy. I think as a writer, I draw from real life experiences, either my own or people I know, so I guess I do to a point. You can’t realistically portray a character unless you have experienced their emotions and feelings, but their stories are fictitious.

What advice would you give to new authors that are just starting out?
I see a lot of writers get discouraged over a bad review or a low sales ranking, etc. Unfortunately, that’s going to happen. There will always be those who love your work and those who don’t. You can’t please everyone. I worked in marketing and sales for a long time before becoming a writer, and I think as a writer, just as in sales, you have to develop a thicker skin. You can’t let the negatives discourage you. There will always be positives and negatives. Take the bad with the good, blow it off, and keep writing.

Jan 23, 2016

Paranormal Author Takeover Interview – Julian Coleman

JulianHere is the interview that I had the pleasure of doing with Julian M. Coleman for the VF Presents Paranormal Author Takeover Event. Thank you Julian for doing the interview with me.

How many books do you currently have available in the paranormal genre and what are the titles?
I have one trilogy : The Demon Lover’s Chronicles
“Cesar” – Book 1
“Cesar’s Revenge” – Book 2
“Rise of the Priestess” – Book 3

I’ve always written but never published. It’s sort of like being a new person with an old soul.

What is your favorite paranormal creature and why?
I don’t have a favorite. I have nightmares about them all. Seriously, I’ve dreamt that I fought alongside the Supernatural guys, but with me they always lose their battles against evil. Kind of weird. Seriously, my favorite paranormal creature might be vampires. We all know someone who can just drain the life right out of us. After a conversation, you step back and say — “What just happened? I don’t have any energy left.”

If you could live in any paranormal book what book and character would you choose?
Actually, I did live in each of my books. I fell in love as Angelina did with the wrong man — chime in with your favorite Taylor Swift song. And I was scared as Marie was scared, and finally I sought revenge. I think when you write, you feel as the characters feel and cry when they suffer. But putting all that aside, I think I would love to interview Brad Pitt in the movie version of “Interview With a Vampire.” Okay, I just want to interview Brad Pitt. He can take his shirt off too.

Can you share information with us any projects that you are currently working on?
I am currently completing the final strokes on “The Prophet’s Mother.” It’s another trilogy, but it’s not about a vampire. It’s about a demigoddess hiding behind the veneer of single parenthood. She is completely devoted to her “gifted” 9-year old son, who is kidnapped. She has to give in to a dark power to find him and save him. She has to give up her idyllic, normal existence which she doesn’t want to do because the bloodline is cursed.

What do you think is one of the biggest misconceptions that people have about writers in general?
I think one of the biggest misconceptions people have is that it’s easy and that anybody can do it. I think we all have a talent. If you have talent, I think you should love it and feel passionate about it and be willing to take risks. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve wanted to give up and perhaps should’ve given up, but I have stories to tell and seemingly no time to tell them. I feel like I have to share them all before I die. Doesn’t that sound crazy? So yes, I believe anyone can write but with the proper help and/or guidance. But we’re all lumped in together. Some of us are passionate about our talent yet we’re thrown in with those who want to make a fast buck.

If you could change something within the author/reader community what would you change and why?
I’m relatively new at this and I’m still relying on the kindness of strangers to keep me from looking and behaving like an idiot. However, what would help all of us is a concerted way to keep writers and wannabe writers from being scammed. There is real help out there and there are folks out there too who want to exploit others. “Goodreads” is a great place to start because that’s where other writers share their pitfalls and triumphs. There should be other ways to communicate and provide alerts to writers other than a forum and reading loads of threads.

Who is your biggest supporter?
My husband and my mother are my biggest supporters. My mother gave me my first typewriter when I was quite young. Let’s be honest, everything I wrote was junk — only worthy of wiping my nose, but I was proud of my stories. My husband is my chief unofficial proofreader. I also have to say that my editor (who was touted as being one of the best in “Goodreads”) propped me up when I received my very first customer review. Lee Gooden, and official reviewer, had wrote that my work had ranked right up there with Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” and Anne Rice’s “Vampire Chronicles.” Oh — and, John Lindqvist’s “Let the Right One In.” My head was so big I couldn’t get it inside a room. Then I got a single-line missile from someone that brought me crashing down to reality. It was the only one posted on Amazon. I cried to my editor who first cried with me and then laughed and said, “Get used to it. You’re not going to please everybody. And besides, we know it’s great.” What a champ!

Of all the books that you have written are any of them based on real life experiences?
Yes, Cesar is a real person. Am I supposed to admit that? Okay, how about the vampire/demon is nicer than the real person? When I met Cesar in the flesh I thought to myself that no one was ever supposed to exude that much charisma. I wanted to take his clothes off with my teeth. He looked like he was a heart breaker — bonafide bad news in a muscular package. Internally my head was saying “Run — don’t walk — to the nearest exit. Did I listen? Of course not. He was a wild ride for five years. Did I love him? Yes. Did I hate him? Yes. The break-up was more like weaning off a drug. It took a while and I built up a tolerance and then resistance. We do learn from agony, or at least try to learn. His character was so alluring and powerful that I had to capture it and then turn him into a demon.

What advice would you give to new authors that are just starting out?
My advice to new writers is to research first, your subject, your genre and your support. I’ve lost money on websites, graphic artists, marketers and editors. Print and read all the fine print. Just because a company is big and well known doesn’t mean they won’t take you for a ride. There are websites that will honestly help you. If you’re interested in a company and you want to be sure you won’t be scammed, read the company’s reviews, by checking out BBB, Yelp, etc., and see what others say. Good luck. And hold on to your passion.

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