Sanctuary of Nine Dragons

Visiting today is author Christina Weigand.

 

What inspired your latest book?

It’s been so long since I started the trilogy that I don’t remember what inspired it. I was participating in a Childrens Writing course at the Institute For Children’s Literature. For my second assignment I came up with the idea of writing about a boy who woke up one morning to discover that his life had been a lie and that he was really a prince and wizard who had been kidnapped shortly after he was born and raised as a farmer’s son. It was supposed to be a short story, but after I wrote it I realized that there was a lot more going on than could be contained in a short story. Besides I wanted to know how he got to the place he was in for that story. Through him the trilogy and Brandan and Joachim were born. And that boy Prince Airyn actually does become a major character in the third book where is story is finally started, leaving room to continue the antics of a new generation, even though Brandan and Joachim’s story is finished.

How much time do you spend promoting your books?  What works best for you?

More time than I would like. It seems at times like right now when a new book has released that I spend more time promoting than writing; not an equation I like. I haven’t really figured out what works for me. I am always on the lookout for new ways to promote and spend less time doing it.

 

Where do you get the ideas for your stories?

I don’t know that there are any specific places or instances that have resulted in a story idea.  Mostly my ideas just come from living, although my granddaughter and my youngest daughter  have at times supplied me with an idea that I can use in my books. Other times I have gotten a prompt that I am able to either fit into a story that I am working on or use as a springboard for a new story. Ultimately, though I credit God with giving me the gift of writing and the meat for the stories.

Do you have critique partners?

Yes. I had a great group when I lived in Washington state and I owe them a great debt of gratitude. Now that I am once again settled in Pennsylvania I have found a new group and am hoping for many successful years with them.

What is your favorite dessert/food?

Anything chocolate.

How likely are people you meet to end up in your next book?

I don’t think a whole person that I met has ended up or will end up in one of my books. I may take a particular trait or two and combine them with someone else’s traits to make a character.

Was your road to publication fraught with peril or a walk in the park?

A little of both.

Give us an elevator pitch for your book.

With Brandan banished and possibly dead, Joachim losing his mind and her son missing, can Maeve save Ramajadin from evil?

Do you have a view in your writing space?  What does your space look like?

My view is of the houses across the street. For the immediate future, my lair is a work in progress, much like my writing. We just moved into a brand new house and the rooms are a blank canvas waiting for the inspiration to finish them. I am surrounded by my dragons and books along with some favorite artwork and photos of my family.

 

Tell us about your hero.  Give us one of his strengths and one of his weaknesses.

King Joachim: The kidnapping of his infant son and the disappearance of his brother finally pushes Joachim over the edge. As he sinks into despair he rejects Asha and his family. He embarks on a journey to find his son in spite of the odds against a successful journey.

He rejects Asha and his family swearing that he can and will do it on his own, leaving Maeve to rule the country.

 

Tell us about your heroine.  Give us one of her strengths and one of her weaknesses.

Queen Maeve:  She is daughter to King Eyvindur of the Kningrad. The Kningrad have long been allies and friends to Crato. At birth King Eyvindur and King Theodric promised to wed their children and strengthen the alliance between Crato and Imherp the Kningrad nation. Maeve is totally dedicated to the alliance between the two countries. As Joachim continues his slide to insanity she will stand by his side. She is a fierce warrior and a passable adept. She is a strong ruler and the people of Crato love her in spite of the fact that she is not human.  She supports her husband’s loyalty to his brother even though she doubts that Brandan has any good intentions left.

 

What genres are you drawn to as a reader?

I like a lot of different genres. I read a lot of fantasy both YA and adult. I read a little romance, sci-fi, historical fiction. You name it I have probably tried it. That doesn’t mean I like every genre and there are some that if I realize what they are I will not read them, but for the most part I read just about anything with a strong leaning toward fantasy.

Do you prefer to read in the same genres you write in or do you avoid reading that genre? Why?

Yes I do read the genre I write, but I don’t limit myself to reading that particular genre as I mentioned in the previous question. I write YA and middle grade fantasy because that is where I feel most comfortable. I have tried writing in some other genres but just have not felt the same comfort that I feel in YA and middle grade.

How far do you plan ahead?

Writing wise or Life wise.  Writing wise since I am a pantster  so very little planning goes into my books. In life I do try and plan a little bit, but I find that planning tends to push me into a zone where I freeze up and get nothing done.

Do you have any words of inspiration for aspiring authors?

If it is your passion, don’t ever give up.  Write, read and write some more.

What did you want to be when you were a child?  Did you always know you wanted to be a writer?

Yes and no. I don’t remember exactly when I started wanting to write. My first real memories of having a desire was when I was in middle school. For a while I thought I wanted to be a nurse, but then I went to see the movie Jaws. I didn’t sleep well that night and was pretty grossed out by the blood and gore. Needless to say I did not believe that those were good qualifications for a nursing career.

 

 

Please tell my readers a little bit about your book. 

 

Joachim banishes Brandan to prison island of Hyogo. His infant son, Prince Airyn disappears from his cradle. A chain of events is set in motion that will pit brother against brother, friend against friend, parents against children as Brandan and Joachim struggle for control of their sanity and their very lives.

With Brandan declared dead and his son missing Joachim sinks into despair and anger, where those close to him fear he may never return.

Is Brandan really dead and if he is, who is manipulating the Mantion and enemies of Crato?

Can Maeve save her country and her husband from the tentacles of evil pervading the land?

 

Describe the genre of this particular title, and is the only genre you write in? 

 

Sanctuary of Nine Dragons: Book Three along with Palace of the Twelve Pillars: Book One and Palace of the Three Crosses: Book Two are all YA Christian Fantasy. I also write Middle-grade and dabble in Inspirational for Women.

 

Title – Sanctuary of the Nine Dragons: Book Three

Series – Palace of the Twelve Pillars

Author – Christina Weigand

Genre – YA Fantasy

 

Book Blurb/Synopsis – Joachim banishes Brandan to prison island of Hyogo. His infant son, Prince Airyn disappears from his cradle. A chain of events is set in motion that will pit brother against brother, friend against friend, parents against children as Brandan and Joachim struggle for control of their sanity and their very lives.

With Brandan declared dead and his son missing Joachim sinks into despair and anger, where those close to him fear he may never return.

Is Brandan really dead and if he is, who is manipulating the Mantion and enemies of Crato?

Can Maeve save her country and her husband from the tentacles of evil pervading the land?

 

 

MuseItUp Publishing bookstore: https://museituppublishing.com/bookstore/index.php/new-releases/sanctuary-of-the-nine-dragons-detail

Amazon Kindle Link –http://www.amazon.com/Sanctuary-Dragons-Palace-Twelve-Pillars-ebook/dp/B00IA4UWK6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1391727261&sr=8-1&keywords=christina+weigand  

Barnes & Nobles Nook Link –http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sanctuary-of-the-nine-dragons-christina-weigand/1118475269?ean=2940148302995  

Smashwords Link –https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/403084  

 

SHARE YOUR AUTHOR BIO HERE: Christina Weigand’s a writer, wife, and mother of three grown children and a middle school daughter. She is also Nana to three granddaughters. She lives with her husband and youngest daughter in Pennsylvania, returning there after a short sabbatical in Washington. Currently, she’s working on fantasy novels and inspirational writing. Through her writing, she strives to share the Word of God and help people young and old to realize the love and mercy He has for everyone.

 

When she’s not writing, she’s active in her local Church as a lector, Bible Study, or with the church theater group, volunteering at her daughter’s school helping the children develop a love for reading and writing. Jesus fills her home with love as she shares Him through her writing. 

 

 

 

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Blog: www.weigandchris.com

Twitter: @CAWeigand

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Email: palaceofthetwelvepillars@gmail.com

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Amazon: amazon.com/author/christinaweigand

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Here’s the link to my first television appearance.

Today I appeared on Connecticut Style hosted by Teresa Dufour, along with author Gerri Brousseau and Whittemore librarian Kirk Morrission.

Here’s the link to the show. Let me know what you think.

Connecticut Style February 7th show:

http://wtnh.com/2014/02/07/ladies-night-out-celebration-of-romance/

 

 

 

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Exciting News!

On Friday, February 7, 2013 I will be on Connecticut Style hosted by Teresa LaBarbera along with author Gerri Brousseau and Whittemore Librarian Kirk Morrison. We will be speaking about ‘Ladies Night Out’ an event celebrating reading and Valentine’s Day.

February 6, 2013 at 12:30 pm on WTNH Channel 8

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coup de théâtre

John with author/lawyer Marcia Clark

Today I have a surprise for you. I interviewed the interviewer! Please Welcome John Valeri from the Hartford Book Examiner. I met John and his lovely wife Chelsey at the Big Book Club last year and we instantly hit off a great friendship.

So, hereeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee’s Johnny (John actually)

  1. What got you interested in books?

    You know, here’s the funny thing:  I didn’t like reading as a kid.  Or writing.  Or words, even.  (Quite possibly because I was a terrible speller.)  What I did like was having somebody read to me, and my mom was always willing to do that—The Little Engine That Could, The Elves and the Shoemaker, The Three Billy Goats Gruff.  It wasn’t until middle school that I would be introduced to my “gateway” books: the Nancy Drew series.  (People are always surprised to learn that I prefer her to the Hardy Boys, but c’mon—she’s way hotter!)  After having found the right book, a passion was ignited that has yet to be tempered.  I then jumped to the more adult stylings of Mary Higgins Clark, and was swapping her titles with my Home Ec teacher while all of my friends were reading Goosebumps.  (Nothing wrong with that, by the way.  I still read R.L. Stine—though I prefer his scarier books, like The Babysitter.)

     

  1. Who influenced you as a Youngest?

    Same question now that you are an adult?

    While I can remember both of my parents reading at times throughout my childhood—my father was a history buff and my mother had a thing for Danielle Steele romances—I didn’t share their enthusiasm for those particular genres.  (I still don’t, with the exception of the occasional Nicholas Sparks novel or any book pertaining to the JFK assassination.)  What I did take away was the idea that reading could be a pleasurable activity as opposed to punishment, even if I was too young to fathom how.  Then, I seemed to mature with some kind of super speed, which resulted in a desire to spend more time associating with friends who existed between the pages of books than friends who existed in real-life.

    As I grow older, I find that my father’s influence is more pronounced than I ever would have expected.  While I am very much my mother’s son in terms of personality and temperament, I am just now beginning to appreciate the lessons that he was attempting to teach me all along.  (I’d like to think I taught him a thing or two, too.)  I guess we learn in our own time, right?  He died in January of 2007, and I can’t help but think sometimes that he would have taken more pride in my extraordinary ordinary life than anybody else.

     

  2. How did you achieved your career goal with the Examiner?

    I’m not sure that I ever had a career goal with Examiner, though I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished since writing my first column nearly five years ago, in February of 2009.  (Ironically, I later discovered that a line from that article was excerpted on the back cover of a James Patterson novel!)  My biggest fear initially was that I wouldn’t have enough to say, whereas my primary concern now is that I don’t have enough time to cover everything I’d like to say.  While I’ll never be equally compensated in terms of what I put into the column (think money and time), I feel that I am obscenely rich in other ways.  That I’ve had the good fortune to interview nearly all of my favorite authors—and I’m talking BIG names: Mary Higgins Clark, James Patterson, Patricia Cornwell, Jodi Picoult, Wally Lamb, Lisa Gardner, Tess Gerritsen—is an experience that has surpassed my wildest expectations.  And that I’ve truly befriended some of them—including Marcia Clark, who I possessed hero worship for as a kid (still do!)—is the most humbling and heartening thing.  So onward, I say, even if that means going destitute in the process!

     

  3. Is your goal in the writing industry one of a reporter, writer or reviewer? Or a little of all three?

    My ultimate goal is to be a published author—though I find that my compulsion to read coupled with a full-time day job often hinders my momentum.  (Dear Gloria: the words really do get in the way.  Especially the written ones …)  I recently joined a writers group, which forces me to be disciplined (or risk the wrath that accompanies blowing a deadline), and I’m hoping the results will be fruitful.  I’m not crazy enough to think that writing alone will allow me to sustain myself financially, though I did marry well (ha!) and am hoping that I might someday be in a position to concentrate more fully on creative output.  I can’t imagine not writing about and reviewing books, either, so it seems I’m destined to have many balls in the air.  I’m just trying not to drop them …  

     

  4. How is your WIP coming along and what genre do you write in?

    I always thought that I’d be writing really creepy thrillers for a YA audience, and yet I find myself toiling away at a memoir about all of my bookish and otherwise outlandish exploits throughout the past several years—including being serenaded onstage by Gloria Estefan, attending the Scream 4 movie premiere in Hollywood, meeting my surrogate “Golden Girl” grandmother Rue McClanahan, and searching behind grassy knolls for truth in the aforementioned JFK assassination.  Ultimately, it’s a story about discovering myself.  It’s also a celebration of the realization that people you admire from afar truly can, and often do, exceed your expectations upon meeting them in the flesh, despite common cautionary beliefs to the contrary.

     

  5. When you write do you listen to music? If so, rock, metallic, easy listening

     I hardly ever listen to music while writing—I’m easily distracted and would spend more time singing than typing—though I often do so before writing, which can help to set the tone.  (You can imagine my soundtrack to the Gloria chapter.  It’s rife with congas and timbales!)  The exception was when I was working on a teen thriller and used Marco Beltrami’s scores for the Scream films as inspiration.  The ominous, menacing orchestrations brought something out in my writing that might otherwise have been lacking.  Of course, there was no catchy chorus to trigger the “repeat” function of my brain, and for that we’re all thankful …

     

  6. Who is your favorite author?

    I’d have an easier time picking my favorite child—assuming I had children!  Which I don’t.  Really, I could probably rank family and friends before I could rank authors.  I will say that Mary Higgins Clark, Cornwell, Gardner, and Gerritsen still warrant a fast pass to the top of my “must read” piles (emphasis on the plural), as do Wendy Corsi Staub, Chelsea Cain, Suzanne Palmieri (who was once my professor and continues to teach me), and certain releases from James Patterson and Debbie Macomber.  Marcia Clark is my favorite emerging author (surprised?), and the three books in her series are phenomenal.  She lived and breathed the world of a prosecutor in the elite Special Trials Unit for ten years, and that knowledge infuses each and every page of her fiction.  Though everybody knows her from the Simpson case, she has said that she’d love for someone to say, “Oh, Marcia Clark, the author of the Rachel Knight mystery series!”  So let me be the first:  Oh, Marcia Clark, the author of the Rachel Knight mystery series!  They’re damn good …

     

  7. Favorite genre?

    Yup, I’ll bet you’ve got me pegged.  My genre of choice is, and always has been, mystery.  I’m a sucker for a good whodunit, and my innate competitive streak results in an absolute need to figure everything out before the author’s big reveal(s).  (While most readers like being surprised, I’d rather be validated.)  Of course, I think the great majority of stories have some element of suspense to them, which is why I strive to be an equal opportunity booklover …  

 

Marian: Will you treat us to a little excerpt from your current WIP?

John: Love to.

Excerpt: Untitled

The year is 1995.

I am a socially awkward, overweight, vision-impaired thirteen-year-old with the mentality of a man at least twice my age.  Middle School is my hell, and books my salvation.

I have progressed from Nancy Drew to the more adult stylings of Mary Higgins Clark.

And, like a good majority of (pop) culturally conscious Americans, I am hooked on “The Trial of the Century”—the criminal prosecution of ex-football player O.J. Simpson for the murders of his former wife, Nicole Brown, and her friend, Ronald Goldman.

While most kids my age are content to talk “cooties,” I spout terms like “DNA,” “perjury,” and “jury nullification.”  While they trade pogs on the playground, I am consumed by CNN’s gavel to gavel coverage of the day’s court proceedings.

During my summer break, I draw up mock trial exhibits and argue in front of a jury comprised of the few people who are willing to indulge me in this insanity.  My mother.  My uncle.  Even my brother and his friend, Jason, on the rare occasion that they have nothing better to do.

It’s the brutality of the crimes, the intense media scrutiny, the larger-than-life personalities, which have all drawn me in.

And there is one figure that looms larger than all others.

Her name is Marcia Clark, and she is my hero.

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BURNING COVER REVEAL!

Author Rachel Firasek reveals the cover to the second book in the Tears of the Sun Series.

Blurb

“Never say never.”

Gabe James never thought he’d suffer from a broken heart. He never thought he’d have to work for a living. And he sure as hell never thought he’d fall for a woman that carries a torch for the man that is trying to ruin his life.

Jade McKenzie has danced with demons most of her life, and just when she feels like the dark clouds have lifted, a pointless fight with an ex-boyfriend leaves her with a scarred face and ends her ballet career. Now she dances on a stage where the sway of her hips trumps the pirouettes of her past, a mask concealing her marred beauty. But nothing will stop the pain of shattered dreams.

Except love.

With Gabe’s career on the line and the threat of financial ruin blazing on the horizon, he’s guarded against a woman threatening to distract him even further when he needs his focus most. Jade can’t escape the memories of her past or Gabe’s heated glances—even if he swears that it’s her enthralling him. The two together are like kerosene and matches waiting for a spark. For a woman with no future and a man on the verge of losing hope, the only things left to cling to are their determined wills and the promise of a burning love.

 

Add Burning to your Goodread’s TBR: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19299468-burning

 

And for a limited time, Drowning is on sale! http://www.amazon.com/Drowning-Tears-Sin-Rachel-Firasek-ebook/dp/B00G8JAQFQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1388943896&sr=8-1&keywords=Drowning

 

Author Bio:

Rachel Firasek spends her days daydreaming of stories and her nights putting the ideas to ink. She has spent a dull life following the rules, meeting deadlines, and toeing the line, but in her made up worlds, she can let the wild side loose. Her wonderful husband and three children support her love of the written word and only ask for the occasional The Voice and Best in Ink quality hour.

She has a philosophy about love. It must devastate or it isn’t truly worth loving. She hopes that you all find your devastating love and cling to it with all your heart! Oh, and don’t forget to live on the edge—that’s the only way to experience romance…

 

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Busy summer leads right into a buzy winter

It seems like yesterday I was waiting for summer to arrive, and here the New Year is approaching at the speed of light.

 

Do you find your days passing this fast? As a youngster I’d roll my eyes when my mother or father commented on this very subject. Time seemed to drag by then, especially around Christmas. Now after all the shopping, wrapping and preparation it seemed the day flew by. I hope yours was as wonderful as mine. I love entertaining and seeing family and friends.

 

 

 

Do you have special plans for New Year’s Eve? If so, please remember not to drive and drink. Your life and others are on the line.

 

My wish for you for this coming year is that all your wishes come true. Have a Happy, Healthy and Safe New Year!

Thank you for a wonderful year,

Marian

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Today’s Event Has Been Cancelled Due to Inclement Weather

The Monte Cristo Bookshop event with Leo J. Maloney and me scheduled for 4pm today, December 14, 2013 has been cancelled due to the snow storm sweeping the northeast.

 

Here are our links and covers if you’d like to check out our books

Amazon Silent Assassin

 

Amazon Burn in Hell

 

The event will be rescheduled in Spring 2014. When it’s rescheduled I will announce it here. Stay safe and warm today no matter where you are.

Marian

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Do you like Fruitcake? I do!

Do you like Fruitcake? I do, especially when it’s served up by author Vicki Batman.

Marian said I could write about… pie

Actually she said write about whatever I wanted. So before I fell asleep last night, thoughts about this blog wound through my head and P-I-E appeared. Me oh Mi, I love my pie.

 

According to Wikipedia: The Pilgrim fathers and early settlers brought their pie recipes with them to America, adapting to the ingredients and techniques available to them in the New World. Their first pies were based on berries and fruits pointed out to them by the Native North Americans. Pies allowed colonial cooks to stretch ingredients and also used round shallow pans to literally “cut corners,” and create a regional variation of shallow pie. Here’s the link for more information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pie

But I digress. We want to talk goodies.

When younger, my favorite pie was good old-fashioned apple. My mom was a great dessert maker, and pies were no exception. From recipes found in her Betty Crocker cookbook, she also made a wide variety of custard pies. For example: chocolate and lemon with mile-high meringue. Occasionally, she trotted out banana, but not my favorite. Bananas were best when fresh from the peeling. Or coconut. Nah, not the best unnnnntill I went to a local restaurant with a friend and… OMG, now that was coconut custard.  Sorry mom.

She didn’t make peach much. She made a cake cobbler with peaches instead. We adored that. Her pecan pie was outstanding.

I’m not a pumpkin pie fan. Handsome and my boys love it, but not me.

Several years ago, a friend turned me on to her Cranberry Crumble. So in case you are wondering what to do with that huge bag of berries, try this:

Cranberry Crumble, serves 6-8, delicious with whipped cream

2 C fresh cranberries

1 egg

1/3 C pus ½ C sugar (you can use a tad less if you want)

½ c flour

½ c walnuts or pecans, chopped

¼ c margarine or butter, melted

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray an 8 inch pie plate with non-stick spray. Put cranberries in pie plate. Sprinkle with 1/3 C of sugar and ½ C chopped nuts.

Beat egg well, adding ½ C of sugar. Add flour and melted margarine or butter. Beat until thoroughly incorporated. Pour over berries. Dough is stiff and sticky.

Bake 45 minutes. Crust should be golden brown. Serve warm.

 

What is your favorite pie?

 

I also love fruitcake! And based on that love, I wrote “The Great Fruitcake Bake-off,” a romantic comedy set at holiday time. Blurb: To defend her five wins, Samantha Greene, has to find a new entry for The Great Fruitcake Bake-off and teams up with new neighbor, Dixon Roberts, only what they discover is baking a award-winning entry can be complicated, bad guys are plotting to take the crown, and ultimately, first prize isn’t just about a ribbon.

 

Here’s an excerpt:

“I am not entering this year.” Standing firm, I crossed my arms and pinned an unbreakable stare on Bethany, my co-worker and long-time friend who lived in the same apartment complex as me. We’d arrived early for work and were piddling over coffee in her cubical like we always did before getting to the nuts and bolts of company business. I added, “Period.”

She rolled her eyes in that I’m so not believing this fashion and tweaked the Santa garland decorating her cube’s walls. “Why not, Samantha? You should be proud to be the five-time winner of the Great Fruitcake Bake-off. You’re a-a…” her words trailed off as she searched the ceiling for the ultimate in descriptive, “legend.”

“Is being a legend in the fruitcake world a good thing?” I let loose a long exhale, dropping my arms to my side. “It’s exhausting. Finding the perfect recipe, then bake and exhibit it. The tension cuts into my holiday enjoyment. Besides, shouldn’t somebody else win?”

Bethany’s fists went to her hips. “Sam, we’re talking fruitcake here. It’s not groundbreaking like, like the Declaration of Independence or…the Pyramids.”

I set my hand to my breastbone. “I’m shocked to hear you, my very best confidant since dance school days, say that. Fruitcake is the cake of all time. It dates to–”

She bobbed her head. “I know, I know. To the sixteenth century.”

I raised my finger. “It gets a bad–”

“Rap.” She sighed, a soul searching blow of breath which told the world I’ve heard this issue before. “You always say that. You also always say you love participating; yet, you’re not defending your title this year.” She bore a laser-like glare into me.

I tossed my hands skywards, sending a plea to the heavens to find an answer. “I’ve used up all of Grammie’s recipes. I don’t know where to find a new one.”

“You could start over with the first confection you entered five years ago, couldn’t you?”

“I suppose, but it seems like cheating…in a weird way. And I don’t cheat.”

 

Hilarious—right? To preorder “The Great Fruitcake Bake-off,” go to: http://museituppublishing.com/bookstore/index.php/coming-soon/the-great-fruitcake-bake-off-detail/

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My First Radio Show Interview–Click below to listen

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What drew me into the Horror Genre

First off, thanks to Marian for being part of my blog tour, I appreciate it.

 

I’ve always been a fan of horror, well maybe not as a little child but early on. Fear is a primal human emotion and it is fun to be scared (in a safe environment of course). I was attracted to horror because it was forbidden, seeing scary movies when I was too young perhaps but I’m off topic already. I think that horror/fantasy (and for me vampires) is one of the most wide open places to tell a story. I have loved and been fascinated with vampires for a long time, over 20 years, and when I finally decided to write a novel it was just the most natural choice. While I’m not a fan of seeing gore on the screen, having it described in a book is always fun and exciting. Horror for me is about imagination and I think horror writers have some of the best imaginations out there (hopefully myself included). I also wanted to follow in the footsteps of writers I enjoy/admire like Stephen King, Anne Rice, Bram Stoker, Robert Louis Stevenson, Edgar Allan Poe and Richard Matheson. Don’t get me wrong I’ve read plenty of science-fiction (Star Trek novels in particular) but it never captured my imagination like horror/fantasy stories did. I’ve always loved fantastical creatures and characters with great and mysterious (or not so much) powers.

 

For my “Newfoundland Vampire” books in particular they just had to be horror. I know vampires can be done as science-fiction but I think that rarely works, vampires are meant to be supernatural creatures (at least most of the time) and only horror can really do them justice. For me the main character in my novels, Joseph O’Reily, is heavily based on me (a younger, more shy and reserved me perhaps). As such, I just couldn’t come up with a good idea for a sci-fi or pure fantasy novel (well not yet anyway). I imagined what my life would be like if I had made different choices, taken a different path and of course, to make it interesting what I would do if vampires were real and I was one. I suppose I also knew I wanted to make an adult story, I couldn’t imagine writing a good story about vampires that didn’t have sex and violence (and swearing) in it. While I know that adult stories can easily go in another genre it was just the best fit for a story that took me 8 years to come up with and almost 2 years to be written and published.

 

While I know vampires have been done a lot lately I was convinced that I could do my own unique take on them and I believe I accomplished it (at least for the most part).  I hope people who read my books will root for the heroes, be repulsed by the villains and perhaps think about some of the issues I bring up. Like any good horror story I have characters make bad/questionable choices. I leave it up to the reader if they agree with those choices and try to show the affect it has on the characters’ lives (and how they feel about them afterwards). While I know any genre can encompass all the great aspects of a story, I think vampires belong in horror and my writing (at least for now) belongs there as well.

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