Perpetual Light | Vampire Romance | 2/2012 | Crescent Moon Press
Fate is cruel. Especially when the one you've sworn to love for all eternity, the very soul who changed your destiny is the last person you should trust.
After more than three hundred years of running, Lucia Dicomano must make a choice.
Forced to take her place as a Pharo of Redemption, the divine slayer needs to master her forgotten powers. Lucia turns to Vittorio, the one vampire she's failed to deliver from eternal damnation. But overcoming smoldering remnants of love, lust and anger aren't their only obstacles.
Samuel, who may know Lucia better than she knows herself, hunts her with a fervor stoked by a thousand years of vengeful hatred. His plan-capture and enslave the weakened Pharo then take control of her elusive power.
Can Lucia trust Vittorio long enough to reclaim her powers? Or will she have no choice but to kill him and battle Samuel alone?
What main genre do you write in?
Please tell us your latest news!
I'm very excited to announce the February 2012 release of my debut novel, Perpetual Light. It's a vampire romance and I'm thrilled that it's releasing right around Valentine's Day.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I do. About three years ago my husband gave me the first book in The Twilight Series. I read the whole series in a week. That was the first week of November. By the first week of January I'd read: Bram Stoker's Dracula, Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles and Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse Series. All the while the idea for Perpetual LIght twirled in the back of my mind. When I finished the last of those books, I decided to write, figuring I had a great story to share.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Like the Nike commercial- Just do it. Writing, finishing a book, finding an editor or agent, going through the editing process, marketing and finally waiting for reviews to come in are all hard steps. But if you want to be published, if you want to see your book on shelves, electronic or print, keep at it. Everything worth having requires work. Writing is no different. Keep plugging away. And enjoy every step. I disqualified myself from RWA's Golden Heart Contest a year and a half ago by sending the wrong synopsis. I was so angry with myself for making such a dumb mistake. I couldn't see straight for days and thought for sure it was a sign and that I was not meant to be a writer. Three days later Jenny Brown from the New England Chapter of RWA called to tell me I had finaled in the First Kiss Contest. When I shared my story about Golden Heart, she was incredibly supportive and encouraging, telling me to let it go because obviously, it was mistake not an indicator of my fate as a writer. She was right.
Please describe your writing environment.
I use one of our spare bedrooms as an office. Right now my desk is cluttered with lists and pages for marketing and promotion. My kindle and notebooks are stacked on one side. A print out of my book cover sits in a clean corner. I keep a bag of chocolate roasted almonds on the desk. (Writing Power Food.)
What's been the most challenging part of writing for you?
Time management. I work a full time job, have a husband, family and friends and I write. It's hard to keep everything moving forward and be productive.
Who has been your best supporter? How have they been there for you?
My husband. He's encouraged me, never stopping me from hiding in my room to write, though he does wander up to see what's going on and check things out. When I signed my contract with Crescent Moon Press, he was so happy for me. When I came home from work, arms full of groceries, he met me at the door holding a bottle of champagne and two glasses. So sweet.
What book are you reading now? What are your thoughts on it?
For some reason I have about five books started right now. I very rarely read more than one book at a time, but I think since I'm in transition with edits for one book and trying to focus on writing another I can't even finish a book for pleasure. I keep jumping from one to the next. I'm reading Let Me In by John Ajvide Lindquist, The Truth About Vampires by Theresa Meyers, Diana Holquist's Sexiest Man Alive, Dark Lover by JR Ward, and Sweet Magik by Penny Watson. How did these all get started? Hmm. Well, obviously, I love to read in my genre or pretty much any story with a vampire. I met Diana Holquist at a conference and she signed her book for me. I'm not far into it yet, but so far a really like it. I have to say I love Penny Watson and her Klaus Brothers series. If you haven't read Sweet Inspiration or Sweet Magik, you should. They're funny and sexy and very original. Penny is probably the only writer I know who could think of a way to make the Klaus family sexy.
Tell us all about "The Call" or "The Email"!
I pitched my story at a conference and the next evening received "The Email." I read it out loud to my husband and then had him read it. Then I sent it to my critique partner and asked her to confirm what it said. I can't quite describe the feeling. It's a mix of excitement, disbelief and relief. And, it wasn't really until I received back my signed copy of the contract that I felt like it was really happening. And then, even through the edits, it wasn't until I saw the book cover that it felt real.
What inspires your writing?
Other stories inspire me. Daily events. Funny things my husband does!
Do you have any animals? Do they influence your writing?
I have a black Labrador named Dino. He's named after Dean Martin, one of my favorite performers. He doesn't really influence my writing, but he does keep me company and he makes me very happy. He lays under the desk with his baby while I write. He's a great dog.
Thanks so much to Night Owl Reviews for hosting me. I appreciate the opportunity.