Friday, October 28, 2016

Interview With Author Tiffany Current

   Halloween is the perfect time to celebrate the paranormal and the release of My Maker's Keeper by author Tiffany Current.  In this interview Tiffany tells us about her new novel and some of the things that went into creating it.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Author Tiffany Current
   I’m an online marketer by day and writer by night. I love watching TV and reading books.  Overall, my life is pretty boring, but I like it that way.

What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
   My latest book is called My Maker’s Keeper. I’m a huge vampire fan and a huge YA fan, so I knew I wanted to write something that combined the two. Generally, a lot vampire books involve a human girl falling for a vampire, but I thought it would be fun to flip that concept and have the girl be the vampire.
How would you categorize your book?
   It’s Young Adult and Paranormal Romance.

Introduce us to your series lead protagonist.  What is it about this character that appeals to you as a writer?
   Hannah Clark is the lead in My Maker’s Keeper. She’s an 18-year-old senior in high school who was turned into a vampire against her will. She’s trying to keep that a secret from everyone she knows and loves. What I like about her is that she’s not some damsel in distress. She has real issues that she’s trying to work through in the book, and that’s nice to see.
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How did the book come to be titled?
   In my book, I wanted to add to the vampire lore that’s out there, so I created this term called a “keeper.” Basically, a keeper is what’s considered a vampire’s offspring. So I used that term coupled with the saying “my brother’s keeper” and got My Maker’s Keeper.

Tell us more about the cover design.  How involved were you with creating the cover?
   I hired a graphic designer for my cover. I wish I could create it myself, but that’s just not my wheelhouse. Basically, I gave him a general idea of what I wanted the cover to look like and the mood I was hoping to create. It only took him a few go rounds to get my vision right.

What types of genres do you read now for pleasure?
   I read a lot of paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and just plain fantasy books.

Do you have any favorite characters, and if so, what is it about them that appeals to you?
   I generally love the dark and troubled male leads in the books. What can I say, I’m a sucker for the bad boy (at least in fiction).

What is next for you?
   I’m writing an urban fantasy novelette. It’s about this cynical and sarcastic woman who doesn’t believe in the supernatural – only to discover she is supernatural and has to team up with a hot guy to rid the world of monsters.

   Hannah Clark used to be an ordinary girl. She used to be a lot of things. Until she was bitten.
   Five months ago, Hannah woke up in the middle of the woods as a vampire. She didn’t know how it happened or who turned her. She just knew she wasn’t safe in her hometown anymore.
   Fort Wayne was supposed to be her fresh start. Her chance to finish high school without any other incidents. But then she met Jackson. Their attraction was instant and awakened something deep inside of her. Her thirst for blood.
   Things only got worse when her maker, Lucas, came to town. He might have been sexy, but he was one dangerous vampire. And if Hannah wanted to keep Jackson safe, she had to protect him from Lucas’ ravenous ways. Even though she found herself excited by them.
   But Lucas wasn’t there for her. Something sinister was happening in town. Vampires were going missing, and if Hannah didn’t want to be next, she had to work with Lucas to solve the mystery. But could she trust him? Or should she trust Jackson? She had to make a choice—and her life might just depend on it.

You can find Tiffany Current and her book at the following places:
Twitter:   @TiffanyCurrent


Friday, October 14, 2016

Interview With Author Denise Walker

   I recently had the pleasure of talking with Denise Walker, author of the novel Cedar ValleyIn this interview we talk about what inspired the story, the writer who influenced her, and what she has planned next.

Tell us a little about yourself.  
Author Denise Walker

   I live in Edmonton, Alberta where I work full-time as an Emergency Communications Officer.  I take 9-1-1 calls and dispatch ambulances which can be interesting to say the least (and a great source of inspiration!)  I do most of my writing in my downtime at work and the rest on my couch in my tiny downtown apartment.  Writing has been a passion of mine from an early age but I'd never completed a novel until now.  I've always dreamed of being a published author and now that it's happened I can't express how wonderful it feels.

What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?

   My book is titled Cedar ValleyIt all began when I was camping in the mountains with some friends.  We were sitting around the campfire when my friend's boyfriend (I have no idea how it came up) said, "What if... when you turn a certain age you had to kill your parents?"  And it just snowballed from there.

Introduce us to your novel's lead characters.  What is it about these characters that appeal to you as a writer?

   I'd never written from the view of a male character before and it was as equally challenging as it was fun.  Cedar Valley follows the POV of two main characters, our protagonist - Peter, and our antagonist - Ari.  Peter is a police officer who is haunted by the fact that within the year, he'll have to kill his parents.  He's desperate to find a way to save them.  Meanwhile, Ari begins our story by sacrificing his parents and he finds he wasn't bothered by it at all, actually he rather enjoyed it.  Plagued with a bloodlust, he'll go on to be Cedar Valley's worst serial killer.
   Ari's chapters were so fun to write, they're written in first person and it was quite the experience to get into the head of a killer.
   Peter, on the other hand I created out of necessity.  However, I ended up falling in love with him and I hope everyone else does too.
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How did the book come to be titled?

   Initially, I wanted to call the book The Catalyst however if you search that title, there are approximately 56,000 other books with that title and I wanted Cedar Valley to stand out.  Cedar Valley is the name of the town where the story takes place.

How involved were you with creating the cover?

   I was fairly involved.  My best friend Lydia Stewart is a designer and created the cover for me.  I think she did an excellent job portraying the tone of the book.

Tell us something about your book that isn't mentioned in the synopsis.

   Peter has an awesome partner named Royal who also happens to be his best friend.  I find their relationship super entertaining and Royal provides some much needed comic relief.

What are your interests outside of writing and do any of these find their way into your book?

   I like to practice yoga and that plays a big part in Ari's life.  Before he killed them, his parents were yoga teachers at an integral place called the Temple.  He goes on to take their place.
   I also enjoy nature and there are many elements of that in Cedar Valley.

What specific author influenced how or what you write today?

   My favourite author is David Morrell.  The first book I read by him was Creepers and it blew my mind.  It was so creepy and well thought out.  I  began devouring every book by Morrell that I could get my hands on.  He wrote a series of short horror stories that he published as collections.  Each story is preceded by an introduction including the inspiration for each story.  In one, Morrell goes on to describe his experience in University where he pursued a Literary professor with great tenacity.  The professor dismissed his work but began to give him advice which he shared in that introduction: (and I'm paraphrasing) Find what really scares you.  Not heights, not ghosts, not fire, but what truly terrifies you.  The so called ferret in your psyche.  So I began to think of what really scares me and it lit a fire under my writing like nothing ever had.

What is next for you?

   I am celebrating Cedar Valley by having a book launch party at a local restaurant.  I'm so excited for that.  Also, I'm using October for outlining and prepping for NaNoWriMo 2016.  I'll be dipping my toes in a sort of Supernatural/Dark Fantasy type!  Should be lots of fun.

You can find Denise at the following places:

Twitter:  @DeniseWalker

Facebook:   DeniseWalkerAuthor

Cedar Valley is available at Amazon in ebook or paperback