Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Book Promo Blog Tour Interview

I got an invite to participate in this fun exercise of posting a virtual interview, and I just couldn't resist! So here goes...

What is the working title of your book? The title is From the Shadows. The titles of the books are actually thematic, in that each has the word 'shadows' in it. First book title was Chasing Shadows.

Where did the idea come from for the book? It's part of a series, so it's a sequel to the first book. The main character, Juliette, had a supporting role in Chasing Shadows. From the Shadows is her story--she gets to be the star this time!

What genre does your book fall under? 
I have long been a fan of paranormal romances, so I knew that when I finally took the plunge into writing my own books, I'd probably start there. There's also a little suspense in it. But I've an interest in trying my hand at other genres as well, which is why here on my blog I say I'm a writer of contemporary romantic suspense as well. I've a romantic suspense series featuring firefighters in the planning stage.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? 

Juliette Singleton - Ashley Greene
Race Covington - Alex Pettyfer
Mark Singleton - Jensen Ackles
Saphrona Caldwell - Kristen Bell
Lochlan Mackenna - Jonas Armstrong
Merrick - Isaiah Mustafa
Diarmid Mackenna - David Tennant 
Evangeline Mackenna - Keira Knightley

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? I only get one sentence? Ha ha. Okay, let me see... "She was his past, and he was her future."

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? The name of my blog answers that question. I'm self-publishing, though I've come up with a name for my own imprint: Black Room Press. I've long had this secret dream of publishing under my own label and this was the eye-catching name I came up with. All my books from here on out will have Black Room Press listed as the publisher.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? I'm still writing it, actually, though my first book only took me a combined total of about three months, I think.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? I have a few in mind, but I think I'll let the readers make their own comparisons if they so choose.

Who or What inspired you to write this book? Although I was 14 at the time and writing a Star Trek fan fiction story, my mother read the early draft and said, "You could write this stuff." I think that's what really has kept me going during those periods where I just don't feel like writing at all---that she believed in my talent long before I ever set my mind to writing professionally. About five years later I wrote a speculative script for Star Trek: Voyager (which I didn't have the courage to actually send in), and she very much enjoyed that as well. My mother has read the first book in this series and she wanted to know if I was going to write more, if characters like Juliette and Lochlan would be getting their own stories, which really helped boost my confidence. 

A lot of my story ideas also come from my dreams and my day dreams, those times when I let my mind just drift and do whatever it wants. Sometimes the most random thing will make me pause and say, "Hmm, I could write that into a story."

I'm also inspired by my favorite genre authors, like Christine Feehan, Deborah Cooke, Denise Grover Swank, and N.J. Walters. They've all written amazing paranormal romance series and been very successful at them.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? I think one thing that set my first book apart was that it was more of a romantic suspense story with characters that just happened to be supernatural. There was some telling of the history of the vampires in that book, and this second book will have more of the culture and history of the shapeshifters in it. Also, when people think of shifters they don't usually think of dogs as a typical animal form, perhaps because they don't seem as exciting as wolves or panthers (which we might very well meet as the series progresses!), but in truth, a shapeshifter or 'were' can be pretty much anything. I liked the thought of my main shapeshifting character having an atypical animal form. Juliette's Siberian Husky form is inspired by one of my late pets, whom I loved dearly and still miss even three years after her death.

Check out these other great authors: Deborah CookeKristine CayneLiliana SoareMonica Euen, and S.P. Mount.

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