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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