Could you please start by telling us a little about yourself?
First and foremost, I'm a reader. I love finding new authors and devouring their work. I read everything from paranormal romance to horror to suspense, and it comes through in my work.
As a writer, I aspire to make my stories as fun and engrossing as my favorites. I know that many authors' goals are to write a moving literary classic. But I feel that if I can manage to write one very entertaining piece of genre fiction that a few people enjoy enough to tell me about, then I'm happy. What more could an artist hope for than to have someone understand and appreciate what they've put so much effort into? It's the ultimate compliment.
Since we're getting to know each other, it's also important note that I'm a very fiery Southern woman with a horrible chocolate addiction. If you catch me snacking, scold me. I also listen to my music too loud, but I dare you to touch the volume!
If you could be one of your characters - Who would you be? And why?
Hmmm. That's a tough question. All of the heroines are so lucky. Part of me wants to say that I'd prefer to be Elena, Jonas's new love in volume two of the Blood and Sex series I'm writing at Ravenous Romance. I've spent so much time with them during the past months that it's hard not to be completely enthralled by Jonas.
On the other hand, it would be nice to be Tori. She gets away with more than the rest of the females. Plus, Michael's hot! *laughing*
Who or what influences you when you write?
Oh, there are so many things that influence me. Music seems to be the most influential. I have to have it when I write. Movies are a close second. I often loop television shows or movies while I write. Music videos, pictures, works of art, a sunset or moonrise, a sound I hear in the forest or a person I see in a store-they're all important to my muse.
Can you please give us a sneak peek at any of your upcoming books?
Oh. *blushes* I don't mind sharing a peek. I can't promise perfection because I'm still in the process of editing, but I'll indulge you with a glance behind the curtain. You should know before you go further that this is an exclusive, first look and the first time I've discussed this one in public. It's a bit from where Elena and Jonas meet in Blood & Sex, Vol. 2, which will be coming from Ravenous Romance soon. If you haven't read book one, it would be a great place to start.
In short, it's a paranormal romance series with a group of Italian mafia types as the heroes. The scene takes place in a new club, one that Jonas inherits in the first book. It's a vampire themed club where they can be who they are and stay safe. Elena and her friends are there for a bachelorette party. Here goes.
Elena huffed. "So talk. I want to leave."
"Would you like a drink?" Jonas eyed her, scrutinizing her movements. "A Coke maybe?"
"I am not drunk." Her stomach lurched at the idea of drinking more alcohol. Okay, maybe she was a little drunk. But he didn't have to know. "I'm fine."
Seeing her escape, Elena started scooting around the booth in the other direction.
She'd almost made it out when Jonas was suddenly there, laughing. "I can do this all night."
She half screamed in frustration. "Just say what you want to say!"
Just like that, he'd spit it out with all the finesse of a dancing bear
Elena's heart stopped for a second, and her anger melted, despite her will to keep it flared. Then she let out a sharp laugh. It was a nice thing to say, but it would take a lot more than that to make her believe him. He was obviously used to getting whatever he wanted, and she would not be another notch on Romeo's bedpost.
He looked genuinely surprised. "What?"
"You don't waste any time, do you?" She giggled. "That's the worst line ever. Did you get that out of a romance novel? Or was it Playboy?"
His eyes widened. "It's not a line."
She snickered still. "I'm not sleeping with you. So just let me go home."
"Come on." He took her hand, pulled her from the booth, and tugged her toward the north wall. As they passed the bar, he shouted to the tender, "Call a cab. They can pick her up around back."
The unnaturally beautiful woman behind the bar picked up a black cordless phone and started dialing. Jonas pushed open a plain wooden door. He pulled her into a dimly lit hallway that housed two unmarked black doors. At the end of the hall was an exterior door with a bright Exit sign that make the darkness take on a dim red glow. The sounds from the club were muffled here, but still echoed in the long corridor.
He stopped suddenly and turned, pushing her against the wall by her shoulders.
Elena gasped and looked up into his face. "What do you think you're doing?"
He leaned in, pressed his cheek to hers, and inhaled deeply.
The hair on her neck stood at attention and a chill ran down her back. "Wha--what are you doing?"
She reached up to push him away, but he blocked her. Those large hands went up and landed loosely on her neck. His hips pushed against hers, forcing her to notice his erection. "There's something about you." His voice was syrupy, almost a tangible thing. "I don't--" He sniffed again, this time dragging his lips across her jaw, scratching her with his stubble. His skin was warm against hers, but there was something electric in it that made her picture static sparks crackling between them."You're different."
Elena closed her eyes and felt the electricity firing through her body start to make her heart race and her nipples harden. "I need to go home." Her voice was unsteady and broke the words so that they were unconvincing, even to her.
"Not yet." He stroked her cheek with his thumbs. She opened her eyes to see him starting at her with predatory, swirling black eyes. Something like a growl rumbled in his chest. "Close your eyes." The words came with such authority that she knew he wasn't used to asking permission for anything.
She nodded and closed them, almost afraid.
Who is your perfect hero? And why?
Definitely Superman. I had such a crush on the Christopher Reeve version. I always hoped that I could become Wonder Woman one day and pick him up in my invisible jet.
The reasons are simple. He was everything a man should be to me: handsome, smart, caring, strong moral compass, broad shoulders, nice hair, looks good in spandex, bulletproof.and he could fly! What's not to like? Of course, my husband a horrible standard to meet years later. *laughing* He still hasn't mastered the flying thing.
Is there a genre of book you would like to write but haven't yet?
Since my first book, Nocturne, is technically horror, I would have to say suspense. I want to write straight horror, but there's a detective in me that's dying to write a suspense novel. It'll happen one day.when the vampires stop keeping me up all night.
What kind of research do you do for your books? Do you enjoy the research process?
I love doing research, and my process includes all sorts of things. Some information I gather from the internet. Other bits come from real people, like the ghost hunter that I'm working with on an upcoming horror novel. If I can go to a real location for research on scenes or characters, I do that. Nothing beats seeing, hearing, or smelling something first hand.
What is the best and worst advice you have ever received?
The best advice that I ever received, at least about writing, was from my husband. I'd had a lot of pressure from people I knew to write other genres. Paranormal romance and erotic romance is what kept coming out naturally. I spent a year writing inspirational with far too much frustration before my husband told me to stop trying to please everyone else and just write what came natural. Then he pushed me to submit it. I owe him for that.
The worst advice, however, was from another writer. I don't even remember his name, but he was in a critique group that I joined a few years back, when I first started writing again. He read one of my drafts, ripped me apart for a misspelling, and told me that I should give up writing because I would "never get published by a real publisher". He set me back for months with that statement. *laughing* Guess I proved him wrong. I wonder if he ever managed to get published.
Do you outline your books or just start writing?
I do a little of both. I start with a flash of a character or a scene. Sometimes the character drives me nuts until I stop to write whatever they're wanting on paper. But before I get too far on novel length works, I try to put down some sort of plot. Without a skeleton, I have no way of knowing how much I'll get out of them. Sometimes it's a few thousand words. Other times, it's volumes.
What would be the best way for readers contact you? Do you have a website? Email address? MySpace site? Blog? Message Board? Group?
The first place to check is my website www.Angela-Cameron.com . You can find my Twitter, MySpace, and other information there. To keep up with what I'm doing on a daily basis, visit my blog at http://angelacameron.wordpress.com . RavenousRomance.com also hosts one of my blogs on their site (Just click on my name). They've also got my books listed with excerpts. Soon they'll be on Amazon, iTunes, and more! If you stop by one of my sites, please email me, friend me, or drop a comment on the blog. I love to talk to readers.
Thank you for this opportunity!
Interviewed by Tammie King