Current Release: Blood Lust Rising
Describe your current release in two sentences?
Blood Lust Rising (75k) is a fast-paced, action-driven paranormal romance with erotic elements. Ella Gray, a Shadow Hunter turned vampire, must come to grips with the fact she is not only next in line for the vampire throne, but that everything she's taught about good and evil will change when the man she loves to hate, Micah McGregor, turns out to be a demon.
Please describe your writing environment.
Living room, walls painted beige with gold highlights. Brown furniture and an oh-so soft couch with a nice little table beside it for things such as coffee and writing notes. I tend to wake up early, three-thirty in the morning, to beat the six am kid rush! I like the quite stillness of early mornings, it helps me focus (assuming I've turned OFF the internet!!)
What are you working on?
I'm currently working on three projects, two of which are so close to being done I can taste the query letters in my mouth (and yes, it's a stressful taste!) My first project is a shape shifter novel where I've really challenged myself to write an Alpha male who borders on likability. I wanted a man who pushed boundaries of what was socially acceptable and did exactly what he was thinking. Or course, in turn, I had to make a heroine who wouldn't put up with his crap. You can imagine the fireworks between those two! The second project I'm working on is exciting, because it's a paranormal romance (not as erotic as I'm used to writing) with character types I've never read before in this genre, at least not portrayed in a positive light, (and nope I'm NOT telling "what" they are!). Lastly, the third book in the works is the second novel in the Vampire Queen Trilogy, which should be coming out by the end of the year.
What is your favorite TV show?
Hands down my favorite TV show is Fringe. The relationship between Peter/Oliva just makes my heart go pitter-patter! Boy has Joshua Jackson come a LONG way from Dawson's Creek!!! Talking about growing into a man (with facial hair and muscles and a sexy twinkle in his eye - okay I've gotten side tracked). Fringe reminds me of a modern day X-Files, a show that will always top my favorite lists.
What career fields have you worked in?
I stumbled into office work when I was seventeen and never left. From file clerk to 'executive assistant' to accounting, I settled into the role of office manager before quitting to become a full time stay at home mom.
How do you mesh your personal and professional life?
This is something I've struggle with. I'm an introvert by nature, often staring out into space and plotting my next scene. Like a lot of authors, my characters speak to me at all hours of the day and night. I can't tell you how many times my husband has snapped his fingers in front of my face and handed me my notepad with a ,'if you write it down, it'll go away, now hurry up so I can have my wife back.' I've been looking into joining my local RWA chapter if only to be around other like-minded people
How was your road to publication? Have you every had to deal with rejection letters?
My road to publication has had a few learning curves along the way, and I have a feeling I haven't quite made it full circle yet. New authors must be careful of putting their best work forward and not falling victim to vanity publishers. I think I've learned a lot through the years, mostly from editors and other authors, but every step along the way has made me a better writer, so I can't say I'd take any of it back. Self-publishing was a hard decision, but one I've had a lot of support with. The romance market is changing quickly and I've got to adapt to stay current with the times!
As for rejection letters, oh boy, I got three in one day once - all from my dream publishers. It was horrible and I was crushed, for all of about fifteen minutes. I picked myself up, opened up my word doc and set about revising. I thrive on constructive criticism and try to take every suggestion to heart so I can learn from past mistakes.
Do you have a favorite time of the day? If so when and why
MORNING!! The quietness, the darkness, and the crisp chill in the air even in the summers (I live next to the pacific ocean). I used to be able to write to music, but after three kids, I appreciate the silence.
What is the one thing you do not want to live without?
Coffee. I suppose I should have said my children....
What has been the best way for you to engage readers?
My only real exposure to readers has been through Facebook which has its ups and downs and blogging. I enjoy reading comments, sending them back. One day, I dream of having book signings where I can meet people face to face!
If you could live in a world created by an author, which book / world would you jump into?
If I could have Jericho Barrons all to myself, I'd kick Mac's ass to the curb and steal her man and happily live in her world. I love Ireland, and would love to live there. I've also got a thing for accents! Karen Marie Monning's writing is so vivid, half of the time I actually felt like I was in a different country!
I want to thank Night Owl Reviews for having me here! I welcome any thoughts, questions or comments. My goal, as a writer, is to inspire others and to create an escape for readers where the day-to-day stresses fades away in the midst of an entertaining book.
Thank you again,