Maureen O. Betita

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Interview By: Tamazon

Date: October 12, 2011

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The Kraken's Mirror | Decadent Publishing | Paranormal Romance | January 2011

Captain Alan Silvestri is a man haunted by a strange curse. Good luck is his to command, but it comes at the cost of any place to call home or people to reckon as family. Resigned to die and shunned by all, he is forced to sail every three days, until he begins to dream of a special woman.

Treated by our youth-oriented society as invisible and sexless, Emily Pawes is ready to move on with life. She attends a pirate festival, hoping to recapture the make-believe magic she knew as a young woman. Lucky to win an interesting bit of booty at a brick-a-brac stand, she finds herself transported by the Kraken's mirror through a magical portal to a land of Hollywood piratitude, where swashbuckling heroes own iPods. With little choice, Emily embraces the madness. Playing pirate has to be safer than falling into the arms of handsome Captain Silvestri, right?

When they meet, sparks fly, passion flares. He needs her to be free, but more than that, he needs her to be whole. Setting sail and uncertain of who actually controls the wheel, they seek ways to defeat his curse of good luck and discover the Kraken's mirror has plans for them. Will Emily stay in this pirate haven to fight alongside him or will he lose her because of his curse?

The Chameleon Goggles will be released October 19 from Decadent Publishing.

What main genre do you write in?

Paranormal / Urban Fantasy

Please tell us your latest news!

I quite pleased to announce the second book in The Kraken's Caribbean trilogy, The Chameleon Goggles, will be released October 19. I'm pretty excited about this second book, as it combines my love of all things pirate and my deep appreciation for all things steampunk. A collision of worlds!

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

So hard to pick just one. I have always loved Charles de Lint, for his ability to meld music and art into his books. Jim Butcher is another fav, for the humor and heavy angst. Simon R. Green for the mishmash of pop culture and paranormal. Sort of a Buffy on hyperdrive. And Elizabeth Arthur, for the sheer loveliness of her prose.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

It all began with reading. I come from a family of readers and honestly cannot remember not being able to read. And I read book far above my age group from the very beginning. My earliest memories were the adventure stories of Edgar Rice Burroughs. Tarzan, of course. Pelucidar and John Carter of Mars. I ate them up. Later I added Fritz Leiber, Robert E. Howard and Michael Moorcock. Yes, I was a sword and sorcery adventure junky. I loved episodic adventures. I penned my first blood and guts adventure in grammar school. It was terrible. For decades I told myself stories to fall asleep by, continued them the next night, and the next and the next. Then one day.I started writing pirate adventures.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Don't be scared and don't let a fear of rejection stop you. A lot of things happen in life and some of them are really frightening, but a rejection letter doesn't really stack up to these things. I had a near death experience before I started submitting. I was writing, but fear of rejection held me back. Then I nearly died. Went to bed and woke up three days later in the hospital. It brought me back into my life. A year later, I went to my first writing conference. Two years later, my first pitch. Three years later, an agent and then a book deal. Yes, I faced rejection.but oddly enough, it didn't kill me! Trust me.don't be scared!

Please describe your writing environment.

My writing environment.this is so embarrassing. It's chaos when at home.mess and mess and more mess. Which is why I mostly write at my local Starbucks. The table height is perfect, I plug into my I-tunes, have my perfect drink at my side.and I disappear into writer mode.

What's been the most challenging part of writing for you?

First round editing. I send off my babies, feeling so proud and sure they're gonna do fine. Then they come back all marked up with highlighter and notes. And I sigh, cry and maybe scream. Then do battle with the rebellion of sitting down and making things better. It's a struggle.

Who has been your best supporter? How have they been there for you?

The women of the Romance Writers Revenge blog. It's a bunch of writing pirate enthusiasts and I stowed away one day and they welcomed me aboard. Gave me my own day to blog and thus began my nautical adventures. From the crew I receive incredible amount of inspiration, support, laughter and encouragement. Fran, Sin, Terrio, Marnee, Hal, Santa, J. Perry, Donna and our newest pirate, Leslie Langtry. This book is for you. Well, the trilogy is for you all!

Do you like to mix genres?

HA! It's a battle to write anything purely of one particular genre. Though with the current nature of paranormal romance, I'm not sure there are any actual barriers. If I simply say I write paranormal, that can actual encompass most of what I write. But I also like to throw in time travel, scifi, steampunk, some erotica. Not only do I like to mix genres when I write, I enjoy reading them.

If you had to choose one person to have dinner with, who would it be? And why?

Well, someone I'd consider myself a fan of and yet, not make a complete and total fool of myself with. Tough call. I'm perfectly capable of making a complete fool of myself with just about anyone. If I were given long enough to prepare.I'd say Nathan Fillion. He just seems like he'd be fun and maybe find my occasional falling into idiocy amusing.

Who's your agent? Please tell us about them.

I'm with Saritza Hernandez of the Lori Perkin's Agency. Saritza is primarily an e-agent. In this quickly changing world of electronic publishing, I feel quite fortune to be one of her authors. She works very hard to keep an eye on the market and loves a good negotiating battle. She is a warrior and pushes me to look beyond the present book.

Last Thoughts:

At the heart of everything I write is the 2nd chance. I'm a big believer that the creative forces of the universe want us to succeed and will keep putting these opportunities in front of us, we just need to see them and take the chance. Some of us need a massive kick in the ass to see nearly dying.but it's not a route I'd recommend.

I also write with pirattitude. Seize the day, mateys! And everything else that is just lying around waiting to be `borrowed'. The Kraken's Mirror introduces the Kraken's Caribbean, The Chameleon Goggles dances with the darkness of the past and before winter, Decadent Publishing will release The Pirate Circus.challenging assigned roles. We are what we chose to be!

Maureen O. Betita

".bring me that second chance!"

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