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Author Interview – Keta Diablo

Author Interview – Keta Diablo Today I have the honor of bringing to you author Keta Diablo. Keta lives in the Midwest portion of the country on six acres of beautiful woodland. Here, she communes with nature; eagles, owls and loons (the winged version). There’s a lovely environmental lake on her property named after a famous Native American chief, and the locals insist burial grounds from 150 years ago exist in her woods. Hmm. Maybe it’s not always the wind she hears howling at night. When Keta isn’t writing she loves to read and garden and spends far too much time at the local animal shelter trying to wrangle a way to adopt them all. Two years ago she adopted Emma LaPounce, a mid-life feline who was in crisis when her long-time owners moved out of town, took their furniture but left her behind. Hours before Emma was to journey to the other world, Keta adopted her, and now she runs the entire darn house.  Please help me welcome Keta to That’s What I’m Talking About. Twimom: Keta, welcome and thank you for stopping by. Keta: Hi Jen, first of all, thank you so much for hosting me on your lovely blog.  Twimom: *blushes* Thank You. I’ve read two of your stories. Decadent Deceptions is set back in the 1800’s down in Savannah, Georgia. I’ve also read The Sin Eater’s Prince, which takes place in a time “long ago.” Do you prefer to write stories that take place in the past? Have you written any contemporary titles? Keta: I’ve always loved writing historical romance and started out in that genre. Several years ago, I branched off into Gay Fiction and really enjoy that genre too. I go back and forth between the two and occasionally toss in a paranormal or fantasy romance. All the novellas from my Crossroads series, Gay Fiction, released by Phaze Publishing are contemporary, as are Blood Oath and Hot and Sticky, also Gay Fiction, released by Amber Quill Press.  Twimom: Of two genres that you primarily write (“historical erotic” and “m/m” romances), which do you prefer? Is one genre easier to write than the other? Keta: I’ll say the male/male novellas are quicker because they’re not full-length novels. The erotic romance is almost always full novels. And there’s more research with the historical romance. I enjoy writing both because of the variety and the different lengths, but if you really pinned me down I’d have to say I’m really fond of...
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Jul
19

Author Interview – Lisa Sanchez

Author Interview – Lisa Sanchez Today I have the honor of bringing to you author Lisa Sanchez. Lisa’s lifelong love of writing, coupled with her ability to weave together and intricate and compelling story has led to the release of her first published novel, Eve Of Samhain.  In her role as a busy stay-at-home and self-proclaimed “cheer mom,” Lisa wears a number of different hats. From taxi driver to chef, nurse to seamstress, laundry woman to enforcer, and, of course, writer, Lisa manages to keep everything together while caring for her husband and three children. The few spare moments left in her day are usually spent reading or writing, and if she’s really lucky, possibly even catching up on some much needed sleep. Lisa and her family currently reside in Tracy, California.  Please help me welcome Lisa to That’s What I’m Talking About. Twimom: Lisa, welcome and thank you for stopping by. Lisa: Thank you for inviting me. Twimom: This is your debut novel, congratulations… How long have you been writing? Is Eve of Samhain your first book or have you written any unpublished works? Lisa: Thank you! I’ve been writing since I was a child. Most of my free time was spent dreaming up stories and sharing them with anyone who would listen. My mother had the patience of a saint! Eve Of Samhain is my first novel. I have a few short stories floating around, but EOS was the first full-length manuscript I wrote with the intent to publish. Twimom: Wow, that’s great! What were your inspirations for creating a story based on Irish mythology? How much research did you need to complete for this story? Lisa: I’ve always been fascinated by Irish and Scottish culture. Both are rich with legends and scary folk-tales. I’d also be lying if I didn’t admit I have a “thing” for Irish and Scottish accents. Swoon! I did quite a bit of research before starting EOS. Most of my days early on were spent looking up Irish slang, and searching for any information I could find online with regard to The Gancanagh (Irish Love Talker), my inspiration for Quinn.  Twimom: Hmmm… Irish and Scottish accents… Sorry, my mind wandered off there! Are you planning a sequel for my favorite Irish Faery?  Lisa: Hee hee. Yes!  Book two is Martha’s story, and it’s already written. I’m polishing it right now before I sent it out into the cold, scary world. Twimom: Oh, I am SO glad to...
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Jun
24

Author Interview – Christa Paige Part 2

Author Interview – Christa Paige Part 2 Today I have the honor of welcoming back author Christa Paige.  We had so much to talk about that Christa returned for a second day of interviews.  Christa started her writing career as a critique partner for aspiring authors. Prompted by the crit-group, to attempt writing her own books, she embarked on the fascinating journey of being a novelist. She has a passion for the paranormal genre and decided to create a unique twist on vampire lore. Soon after that, she started her first contemporary series, Kissin’ Cops, based on the sexy detectives from Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. A Southern California native, she is happily married to her very own alpha male. Together, they restore classic cars and often go RV-ing. When she isn’t writing, she is a busy mother of two active girls. Her days are spent home-schooling. At night, she continues working on the next installments in both her Blood-Vine and Kissin’ Cops series. Please help me welcome Christa to That’s What I’m Talking About. Twimom: Welcome back, Christa. It was lovely to hear about your stories yesterday.  Now for a little bit about yourself… How long have you been writing?  Christa: The first thing I ever wrote, novel-wise, was when I was twelve years old. It was a sweeping romantic tale about a Civil War widow named Katherine, who thinks her husband lost his life on the battlefield and so, she remarries. Only, she finds out a few years and a couple of babies later, that her first husband had never really died. I began with complicated romantic plots and I don’t think I have changed that much since then. Serious writing-wise, I have been working on original fiction for about four years.  Twimom: Sounds like a lot to think about at the age of twelve. Outside of writing, how do you spend your time?  Christa: I’m the mom of two extremely busy pre-teens. I don’t know if I have time for hobbies. When we do find sometime for ourselves, hubby and I restore classic cars. Well, he does all the greasy, sweaty dirty work and I order all the cool interior parts. There is nothing more exciting than hauling butt in a rumbling ’69 Camaro SS! Also, we go RVing often. During the summer, it is all about the lake and, during the winter months, we go to the desert for dirt biking. On top of those, I really enjoy cooking. My youngest has...
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Jun
23

Author Interview – Christa Paige Part 1

Author Interview – Christa Paige Part 1 Today I have the honor of bringing to you author Christa Paige.  Christa started her writing career as a critique partner for aspiring authors. Prompted by the crit-group, to attempt writing her own books, she embarked on the fascinating journey of being a novelist. She has a passion for the paranormal genre and decided to create a unique twist on vampire lore. Soon after that, she started her first contemporary series, Kissin’ Cops, based on the sexy detectives from Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. A Southern California native, she is happily married to her very own alpha male. Together, they restore classic cars and often go RV-ing. When she isn’t writing, she is a busy mother of two active girls. Her days are spent home-schooling. At night, she continues working on the next installments in both her Blood-Vine and Kissin’ Cops series. Please help me welcome Christa to That’s What I’m Talking About. Twimom: Christa, welcome and thank you for stopping by. Christa: Thank you for inviting me. Twimom: Your current series (The Blood-Vine series) is about blood-suckers yet you don’t call them vampires. Can you give me a little more about your unique take on the vampire genre?   Christa: When I first began writing the series I knew two things. First, my females would not have vampire traits but would carry the genetic mutation. Second, the males would not be undead, soulless monsters who slept in caskets. I really liked the idea that the females were not as strong as the males because it gave them a vulnerability which makes their mates over-protective! I wanted a plausible reason for the vampirism, so I did an extensive search on longevity in different cultures. Finally, my research paid off and I found one that I felt worked wonderfully. After incorporating the factual information, from the Abkhazian people into the broader mythology of my vampires, I was able to create this new culture which I called the Kan Asma. (Loosely translated in Turkish it means the people of the Blood-Vine.) Since they are dependent on sharing blood to extend their lives and give them super-natural abilities, I think they can be classified as vampires. However, they do not call themselves vampires because they are living and breathing creatures who have basic needs like the human next door. They do, however, believe they are superior to humans.  Twimom: It’s an interesting concept that works well in your stories. Can you tell...
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Jun
16

Author Interview – Devyn Quinn

Author Interview – Devyn Quinn Today I have the privilege of bringing to you author, Devyn Quinn. Devyn has been writing off and on for over 20 years, and has a backlist of over a dozen books. She lives in the scenic Southwest, though she has called several other states home. She is a huge fan of dark gothic music & shoot-’em-up action movies. But reading is her first love and Devyn spends too much time with history books, as well as feeding her addiction for celebrity biographies. She especially enjoys reading books on Hollywood before the 1960’s and is crazy about Marilyn Monroe, her legend and her myth. Devyn lives with her cats, ferrets, and one little single Shih Tzu doggie, Tess.  Please welcome Devyn to my blog. Twimom: Hi Devyn! Welcome to That’s What I’m Talking About… Devyn: Thanks for having me here. Twimom: Your new Dark Tides Series features mermaids… What inspired you to write a series about the mers?  Devyn: I was actually not inspired, so much as prompted. My agent had a request from NAL editor Lindsay Nouis for a mermaid project and I was one of the authors who put together a proposal.  Since I had no real knowledge of sea-lore, I didn’t expect my project would be the one they chose to buy. You could have knocked me over with a feather when my agent called to say they’d made an offer for a three book series. Twimom: As someone that has read your first Dark Tides’ book: Siren’s Call, I’d like to tell you that your mermaid lore is interesting and exciting. Where do you think the series will go next? Are you contracted to write more books? Devyn: Honestly, I have no idea where it will go.  I am contracted to write three in the “Dark Tides” series and I do each as it comes. I never know what I will write until I am writing, LOL.   In addition to the mermaid series, I’ve also signed a three-book deal for a new dark vampire themed series, tentatively titled “Darkness Descending”. To read about my backlist and forthcoming novels, please visit www.devynquinn.com for details. Twimom: Sounds exciting! Other than writing, what keeps you busy?   Devyn: I run a ferret rescue, for the rescue and re-homing of the domestic ferret. In addition, I am crazy about electronics and dying to get my hands on an iPad. If it is a gadget, I want to play...
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Jun
8

Author Interview – Amanda Hocking

Author Interview – Amanda Hocking Today I have the privilege of bringing to you Young Adult and Urban Fantasy author, Amanda Hocking. At age 25, she has already published three YA books, with a fourth to be released in August 2010.  Her series, My Blood Approves, is based in her home town of Minneapolis, MN.  She currently has a full-time job working with people with disabilities, but would love to be a full-time writing some day.  Please welcome Amanda Hocking to my blog. Twimom: Hi Amanda! Welcome to That’s What I’m Talking About… Amanda: Thanks for having me here. Twimom: You currently write YA and UF books, what are your favorite genres to read? Amanda: I prefer Young Adult and graphic novels. And, I don’t know how to classify Kurt Vonnegut, but I enjoy whatever he writes. Twimom: Other than writing, what do you like to do? Amanda: When I’m not writing, I enjoy making collages, reading and watching movies, but writing takes up a lot of my time.  Twimom: I bet it does! You are getting ready for the release of your fourth novel! And I think I read on your blog that you have 12 other books written and waiting for publication. Are any of these books part of the My Blood Approves series? Amanda: Only one of my unpublished novels is part of the My Blood Approves series, and that’s Wisdom, which will be released in August.  Switched and its sequel Torn, which is the series I’m releasing next, is YA urban fantasy about a changeling. When Wendy Everly was six-years-old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. It isn’t until eleven years later that Wendy finds out her mother might’ve been telling the truth. It’s like Princess Diaries, but with a much harder edge and a paranormal slant.  I also have Honalee, a YA series about witches, and Hollowland, an urban fantasy about zombies.  Virtue is complete fantasy, kind of a fairy tale. Lily is a young princess set to be kidnapped by her wicked stepmother, and Lux is the guy hired to do the job, and falling for each other is only the start of their troubles I’ve written a few other books that aren’t paranormal in nature, but most of them aren’t fit for publication. Lost Without You is about teenage girl going missing, and the frantic search her friends and family go through to find her. Clandestine is about a girl...
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Jun
2

Lara Adrian – Author Interview

Lara Adrian – Author Interview Welcome to Day 2 of my Lara Adrian/Midnight Breed Event and Giveaway. Today I have the pleasure of sharing with you an author interview with Ms. Adrian – author of the amazing Midnight Breed Series.  Please help me welcome Lara to my blog, That’s What I’m Talking About… Twimom: Lara, Thank you for finding time in your busy schedule to stop by. I’m wondering, do you have a favorite character or book from your Midnight Breed Series or does it vary with each book you write? If so, who is it and why…. Lara: I don’t have a favorite character or favorite book within the series. Part of that is a conscious effort, because as a writer—and particularly as a writer of a lengthy series that follows numerous characters—I think it’s important not to lavish all of my attention on one specific series “star”. As for the books themselves, my personal challenge is to deliver something fresh and new with each release. Hopefully, if I’m doing my job on that front, there are plenty of potential favorites for readers to choose from within the series. 🙂 Twimom: Yes, I do have my favorites! I think that Lucan is so masculine and dreamy! And the lonely, manly Harvard… I can’t wait for his day to shine!  In your MB series, your characters visit all sorts of locals – Europe, Alaska, Boston, etc. Have you visited any/all of these locations? How do you research the areas in order to capture the essence of the locales?  Lara: I’ve lived in New Hampshire for the past ten years, and I’ve also lived in the Boston suburbs and other parts of New England, so I am fairly familiar with the area where the Breed, and more specifically, the Order, is headquartered. As for the other series locales, my mom is German, and our family spent a month there when I was a kid, so it was great fun for me to be able to set some of the series storylines in Europe. Most of my location research is done via the Internet and travel books (I highly recommend the DK Eyewitness Travel Guides). I’m a research junkie, so I’ve clocked many hours (days, weeks!) poring over websites and travel photos, looking for interesting places and details to help bring my locations to life. Of course, in the end a lot of it comes down to imagination, and although there are bits and pieces of authenticity in my...
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