January 29, 2013
Below is my contribution to the 'Authors Tagging Authors’ Blog Hop.’ After being tagged by fellow Rhemalda Author, Cas Peace, I figured I better figure out what this blog hop business was all about. Cas is the author behind King’s Envoy and King’s Champion part of the Artesans of Albia Series. They’re amazing stories that you should definitely check out. http://peacewrites.blogspot.co.uk/
So without further adieu, here follows the questions and my answers:
What is the working title of your next book?
My current work in progress is entitled, Voodoo Fire.
Where did the idea come from for the book?
My maternal grandfather was born in Garyville, Louisiana. I have always found the city of New Orleans and its culture absolutely fascinating. With its above ground cemeteries and multi-cultured history, the story of a séance going wrong at the tomb of the infamous voodoo queen, Marie Laveau, just played out in my head.
What genre does your book fall under?
I would call it classic horror with a romantic element. I don’t think I will ever escape from romance when it comes to my writing. After making a few bad personal life decisions the happily-ever-after element of romance appeals to me very much.
What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
I could definitely see actress Amanda Siegfried in the role of the lead character Willow. Amanda has a wide-eyed innocence that would be perfect for a possessed mid-western college girl. The hero would be somewhat harder for me to cast as I based him on someone special to me. I would have to give that choice a lot of thought.
What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?
Queen Marie is back and she’s not happy…
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Voodoo Fire is currently scheduled for a fall release through Seven Realms Publishing.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
I am currently still working on it. My writing goal is no less than a thousand words a day. I usually surpass this mark, but I like to set a reasonable goal since I have a life outside of writing.
What other books would you compare this to within your genre?
I try to make each of my stories totally unique so I have never read or heard of anything similar.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I tend to have a moral to all of the stories I write and this one is no different. In the midst of a major life change, I was forced to endure the petty vindictiveness of a few people. Voodoo Fire is a tale of what happens when a person takes a negative path as opposed to a positive one. On a more personal note, it’s also about what can happen when you push a good person too far.
What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
I think Voodoo Fire has a little of something for everyone. There’s non-explicit horror, suspense and a hint of romance. Since the romance takes a backseat in the story, I also think it’s the first novel in my catalog that will appeal to both women and men.
Next up on the blog tour is fellow Seven Realms Publishing author, Rick Nichols. Rick is the author of the John Logan series about ex-spy turned PI John Logan as well as the Eastlander Chronicles series. His influences include Robert B Parker and Robert Jordan. When he's not creating worlds, Rick enjoys reading, guitar, golf, and spending time with his family. He lives in Florida. My dad is a fan of Rick’s John Logan series and I was fortunate to be chosen to proof the Eastlander Chronicles. I eagerly await the next installment. Check out Rick’s blog: www.ricknicholsonline.com
After Rick, we have author/illustrator Virginia Wright. Virginia is the author and illustrator of the children's books: The Princess and the Castle, The Prince and the Dragon, Crying Bear, The Christmas Secret, and an educational, non-fiction book titled-- Buzzzzzzzz: What Honeybees Do. She also had several of her writings published in an Anthology-- Soundings, by the Poetry Fellowship of Maine. She was quoted as saying, "When I am not spending time with my husband, watering my vegetable and herb gardens, canning, or cooking, I spend my time doing what I enjoy doing most, writing..." My son loves her book, Buzzzzzzzz: What Honeybees Do. Link: http://www.virginiawright.com/blog
Then we have another fellow Seven Realms author, R.P. Steeves. Rich is the talented author behind the Misty Johnson series; Supernatural Dick in Capitol Hell and Book Two, The National Maul. I keep trying to convince Rich to have Misty take on the Curse of the Wrigleyville Goat, but to date have had little success. He has an informative and entertaining blog so be sure to check it out. http://www.rpsteeves.com
D.G. Gass, poet and author of "Ghosts of Arlington" is the next author on our hop. Long after I had the opportunity to read it, D.G.’s story about war and its aftermath still resonates with me. A veteran herself, you should definitely check out her site. http://writerdggass.wordpress.com
Last but by no means least we have the multi-talented, J. Kent Holloway. Kent is an adventure author with a passion for edge-of-your-seat thrillers. A real-life paranormal investigator, his work explores the realms of the unknown. When not writing or scouring the southeastern United States for ghosts and cryptids, he works as a forensic death investigator. His books include: Primal Thirst, Sirens’ Song, The Curse of One-Eyed Jack, The Djinn, Devil’s Child, Freakshow, Masquerade at One Thousand Feet, and Willie Wiggles and the Weaving Webb. How’s that for multi-talented? Be sure to check out his website: http://www.kenthollowayonline.com
Every one of these authors is an incredible talent. It’s an honor to know them.