INTERVIEW WITH AMANDA M. LYONS, AUTHOR OF EYES LIKE BLUE FIRE

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Hello, L.M. David. This interview is with Amanda M. Lyons, author of Eyes Like Blue Fire. This is, I believe, the second author I’ve interviewed where the book is about vampires! High-five for Amanda!! Again, this was prepared last year and I offer the same apologies.

Okay, let’s get started.

Q. Welcome Amanda.  Tell me a bit about yourself.

A. I’m a writer from rural Ohio raising two kids with my fiancé and trying to do my best to teach them how to be good people. I like just about everything creative, especially books and film. I have a soft spot for B movies, horror, and films that leave you feeling really moved by the time you get finished. I’ve also never given up my love of movies, or books, that could remind you of that sense of wonder we forget about once we stop being kids. I guess maybe you could consider me a horror writer with the best of intentions?

Q.      Your book, Eyes Like Blue Fire, is about my favorite subject: vampires. Please tell me about the world you created for this book.

A. The world Eyes Like Blue Fire takes place in isn’t really all that removed from our own. We share the same cities and a lot of the same culture but there things are a bit more tied up in dreams. That’s why dreams are so important to the characters in the story. Instead of their dreams being random images and events to occupy the mind their dreams are often connection to their deeper selves and other people who are important in their lives.  Their reality is actually very dreamlike and surreal at points.

Q. The main character, Katja, is a vampire who is alone. What is her character like?

A. Katja had a very sad and tragic life before she became a vampire, for her becoming a vampire was supposed to be about moving on from that past. Instead it too became tragic. As a result she’s closed herself off from everything but the past that now consumes her. She doesn’t see a real future ahead of her no matter how much she craves happiness. She’s a tragic figure but she’s also the hero of her own story because she is strong enough to face terrible odds to reclaim her life despite her fears about losing those she cares about again.

Q. Eyes Like Blue Fire is described as not being a love story. How would you describe it?

A. This has been a challenge. I call it gothic horror novel because it’s dark and moody, there’s lots of blood, horrific events and tragedy but in the end it’s about a woman choosing her own happiness over the what ifs and the maybe I’m wrongs she’s let rule her life. As with all of my novels thus far it’s got elements of other genres to it because it’s more about the characters and their development than the scares. I want you to care about my characters so that when the scares come you can feel it the way they do. I want certain scenes to stick in mind too.

 

Q. The character Raven, please describe his character.

A. Raven is a writer/poet living in London after years of traveling Europe as a child. He’s the person Katja meets one night and quickly bonds with. He has an immediate connection to her and after years of being alone this startles her enough to make her run. Raven has been seeking her out without even knowing it. While Katja’s search for happiness is groundless Raven’s has a clear face and there’s a reason for that, something you’d have to read the book to find out.

 

Q. Eyes Like Blue Fire seems to have it all: zombies, vampires, evil, despair and hope. How did you get in a mindset to create your book?

A. I spent a lot of years being lonely and frustrated with my life even in the midst of a happy relationship with my fiancé. In a lot of ways the book was a lesson for myself. Don’t dwell on and in your past or you will lose your future. I tended to work on Eyes Like Blue Fire when I was my most upset and a lot of that got down on the page. Once I was done writing the original drafts of the book and started editing it I would listen to a lot of Goth and industrial music to set the tone.

Q.  There is a character called Zero. Nice Name. What is this individual like?

A. Zero is a bit of a grouchy old man in a young man’s body. You don’t get too far into his head in this book but in the sequel you’ll get to know more about him and his tragic life and love affair with ELBF’s villainess Marie. He’s neither human nor a vampire but some sort of immortal because of his interaction with Marie. He’s made a lot of mistakes in life but he’s also started doing what he can to make up for that. As a result he gets frustrated if people around him are making similar mistakes and missing the big picture. He’s very directed and wants to do his best to keep being a positive influence.

Q. Are you currently working on a sequel to Eyes Like Blue Fire? If not, what is your current work in progress?

A. I actually started the sequel several years ago on a burst of inspiration brought about by what I’d achieved while editing ELBF. The first draft is at the halfway mark and yes, I do have plans on finishing it up so that I can get it out there too. Cool Green Waters (as it’s tentatively titled at the moment) will feature a lot more about Zero and Michael as they seek out Anton’s last apprentice Mateo. It also tells us how things are going with Katja and Raven. I think there will be a lot of surprises for fans of ELBF. You learn quite a bit about how Marie’s influence has affected others, meet some new vampires, explore the characters a bit more and also run into some surprises about characters in the first book. I like what I was able to do with ELBF but I feel like Cool Green Waters achieves so much more both because I wrote it when I was a much more polished writer and there is so much more to explore and discover.

Q. What about your world of vampires will attract readers?

A. There are a few things actually. My vampires are a bit more human. What do I mean by that? They have a much more natural way of seeing things and interacting with the world they live in. Now for some of them (like Marie) this means being cruel and sadistic because she’s out of touch with life as a whole. For Katja it means that she has a hard time coming to grips with how tragic her life has been and she’s afraid to move on. I think it makes it easier to sympathize with them.

My vampires are also a bit different from other vamps. Mirrors are a lot more horrific than trivial for them, they aren’t inherently evil so crosses mean nothing to them, they are sensitive to holy water but this has more to do with allergens than religion.

They also have some physical traits that make feeding and sex very different. I won’t go too much into that but it does open them up to all sorts of experiences that are unexpected.

Q. Which character was your favorite?

A. Over time my favorite character has changed. In a lot of ways Katja and Raven are based on me and my way of seeing things over time. So initially, they were my favorite characters because they were clearer to me than the others. Now I’d say it would be characters like Zero and Mateo who learn from their mistakes.

Q. Which character turned out to be your least favorite?

A. Becca, I’m still not sure I got her right. She needed to be endearing but very flawed.

Q. If your book were being made into a movie, who would you get to play Katja, Raven and Zero?

A. I’d want them to be played by unknown actors so that they weren’t changed by actors’ previous roles and reputations. So that they became the characters instead of overwhelming them.

Q. What has been the hardest part about self-publishing your work?

A. Two things. Deciding to do it and getting together the confidence to do the self-promotion involved. When I first started writing I was told in many books how self-publication was giving up and that it meant you couldn’t be taken seriously. It was hard to let go of that representation especially because it only recently started to be universally understood that self-publication was just another market for publication. It helped that I was able to see so many other writers doing it and becoming successful. As far as self-promotion…well I’m very introverted so it feels really alien to go out there and essentially be telling people ‘come read my book you’ll love it!’ It feel like bragging in a way and I’m not used to that. I do enjoy interviews though. They’re very fun!

Q. What advice would you give writers who are struggling to get into the publishing world?

A. Don’t give up! It will take a lot of effort and you will feel like it’s never going to turn out at times but it will be worth it when you get what you want from your work.

L.M. David: Thank you for doing the interview. I wish you the best with your book because, again, vampires are my favorite.

Author’s Bio:

Amanda M. Lyons is a longtime fan of horror and fantasy. She writes character driven novels that while influenced by her darker interests, can also be heavily laced with fantasy, romance, history and magic. Amanda M. Lyons has lived her whole life in rural Ohio where she lives with her fiancé and two children. Eyes Like Blue Fire is her first novel.

Author links:

Goodreads:http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7035440.Amanda_M_Lyons

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/pages/Amanda-M-Lyons-Author/357528661024257?fref=ts

Twitter:https://twitter.com/AmandaMLyons

Website: http://amandamlyons.weebly.com/books.html

Synopsis Blue eyes Like Fire: Katja is a vampire who has lost sense of herself and her value in the world. Lost, broken and damaged she wanders the streets of Europe hoping to find some sense of purpose beyond the death and tragedy she has always known. Betrayed by her sire and left alone in the night she is startled to discover herself forming a connection to a young man who shares a close resemblance to her master and lover. Though everything in her begs her to stay with him she flees only to come running back to save him when a sadistic monster from her sire’s past comes to destroy the only hope she has had in 300 years.

Katja and Raven will face many horrors among them Renfield style zombies, ghosts and the undead. This is also the first in the series Broken Edges.

AUTHOR INTERVIEW, TRINA M. LEE, AUTHOR OF DARKER, ALEXA O’BRIEN HUNTRESS

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Hello, this is L.M. David. It’s been a while since this interview, and the ones that follow, were initially done. Of note, this was done with Trina in June, 2013 but never posted on my blog. Those who read prior author interview may recall each opened with a complaint about Preston, the main character of my book, Touched: The Hunter Legacy. Since I am still wrapping my head around getting back into this, these will be straightforward for a while. Be patient.

This interview is with Trina Lee, author of Darker, Alexa O’Brien Huntress.

Welcome Trina. Let’s get started:

Q.  Tell me about yourself.

A. I’m a Canadian author, a huge animal lover and believer in dreams coming true. I have a fiancé and a teen daughter who make my world complete.

Q. What is your book, entitled Darker, Alexa O’Brien Huntress about?

A. It’s about a powerful werewolf named Alexa who possesses a unique power due to her connection to a vampire. In this book Alexa is trying to find a way to stop a demon who is threatening to kill the wolves in her pack.

Q.  What is the character Alexa O’Brien like?

A. She’s feisty and takes no crap from anyone but she’s also emotional and thoughtful, wanting to do what is right.

Q.  You describe Lilah as a demon queen. What has made this character so angry toward Alexa and her pack of wolves?

A. Lilah is cursed. The only thing that will break her curse is something that Alexa has.

Q.  I see there are also vampires in this book. With the character Kale Sinclaire missing, does that mean there is a war between the vampires and werewolves?

A. No there is no animosity between vampires and werewolves in this series. For the most part they co-exist rather well.

Q.  Who is Arys Knight and what is he like?

A.  He is the vampire Alexa shares power with. He’s an arrogant vampire with the ability to get what he wants and make others enjoy giving it to him. He is the perfect mix of monster and man.

Q.  Shya is yet another individual in Darker with a grudge. What is this character about?

A.  Shya is a demon. He doesn’t really have any grudges, he just has plans that he won’t let anyone get in the way of.

Q. What inspired you to write Darker?

A.  I am enjoying writing this whole series. Each book is just as exciting as the last. It keeps me going.

Q.  This is the sixth book in the series in the Alexa O’Brien Huntress series. Which is your favorite to date and why?

A.  I don’t think I have a favorite. I love all of them.

Q.  Which do you find more fascinating to write about? Werewolves? Or Vampires? And why?

A.  I love them both. They are both featured quite prominently in the series considering Alexa is a wolf with power that comes from her link to a vampire. The vampire and the werewolf are easily my top two favorite supernatural creatures.

Q. In Darker, which character was the hardest for you to write?

A. Nobody really. The story is told in first person which keeps me linked closest to Alexa. It allows me to see the others through her eyes which makes it feel very natural for me.

Q. What was your favorite part when writing Darker?

A. Writing the scenes that will surprise readers is the best part.

Q.  Will there be another installment in the Alexa O’Brien series?

A. Yes there will be more books in the series. I’m not sure how many in total yet.

Q.  You self-published, as so many other authors within recent years have opted to do. Why did you prefer that over traditional publishing?

A. Actually I was traditionally published first and I still do have a traditional publisher for some erotic romance stories. I chose later to move the Alexa series from a traditional publisher and re-release it myself. It was the best business decision for me at the time and I’ve enjoyed it.

Q. What advice do you have for other writers who are just starting in the publishing world?

A. Never give up and don’t stop writing. It takes time to get your name out there but with hard work it does happen. Learn all that you can and if you self-publish, hire a good editor. It’s a must.

Q. Also, I visited your blog site. Does Dark Mountain Books (which I believe is a self-publishing group of writers which you are part of) still producing books? I noted you changed from it to Createspace for your later novels. If the question is too nosey, it’s okay if you don’t answer the question.

A. Dark Mountain Books is an independent imprint I started with fellow author Alanna Coca. I didn’t switch anything away from it. My Alexa books are still Dark Mountain releases. I only use CreateSpace to distribute print copies.

L.M. David: Well, that’s all the questions I have for you. Thanks for doing this interview and I wish you the best of luck with your writing projects.

Author’s Bio:

Trina M. Lee was born in Edmonton, Alberta Canada. Writing fiction since childhood, a fascination with the supernatural developed in her early teen years and an immersion in paranormal fiction began. Trina enjoys hearing from readers and has an active social media presence.

Author’s Links:

Website: TrinaMLee.com

Facebook: Facebook.com/AuthorTrinaMLee

Twitter: Twitter.com/TrinaMLee

Excerpt from Darker: Alexa O’Brien Huntress

Alexa O’Brien is fighting a losing battle with the dark power growing inside her as she struggles to cope with the absence of her wolf mate, Shaz. There’s no time to feel sorry for herself. She must find a way to stop Lilah, a demon queen hell bent on forcing Alexa to willingly surrender her blood to break a centuries old curse. With her power bound, Lilah is ready to play dirty. Even if it means killing Alexa’s wolves, one by one.

It isn’t easy to stay a step ahead of the demon, especially with the FPA on her case. The government organization is to blame for the disappearance of vampire, Kale Sinclair. When she looks into his whereabouts, the discovery of some shady secrets paints the FPA in a whole new light.

Alexa’s vampire lover and twin flame, Arys Knight, doesn’t quite see the demon situation her way. The conflict between Arys and Alexa grows hot when Arys wants to ally with Shya, a demon with his own sinister agenda. But Alexa can only deal with one demon at a time. Nothing else matters when Lilah targets someone deeply important to her. Alexa will do anything to make it right, including walking straight into the demon’s clutches.

TARA’S BLOG HOP TOUR

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Tara Fox Hall is an OSHA-certified safety and health inspector at a metal fabrication shop in upstate New York. She received her bachelor’s degree in mathematics with a double minor in chemistry and biology from Binghamton University. Her writing credits include nonfiction short stories, flash, short and novella-length horror stories, and contemporary and historical paranormal romance. Her horror stories have appeared in Deadman’s Tome, Flashes in the Dark, Ghastly Door, The Halloween Alliance, Black Petals, SNM Horror Magazine, Microhorror, Dark Eclipse, Cemetery Moon, and various anthologies, including the recently published charity works Fear (Vol. 1) and Shifters. She also coauthored the essay “The Allure of the Serial Killer,” published in Serial Killers – Philosophy for Everyone: Being and Killing (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010). She is the author of the paranormal fantasy Lash series and the paranormal romantic drama Promise Me series. Tara divides her free time unequally between writing novels and short stories, chain sawing firewood, caring for stray animals, sewing cat and dog beds for donation to animal shelters, and target practice.

The Promise Me Series:

WHY VAMPIRES: I’ve loved vampires since I saw Frank Langella in the first “hot vampire” version of Dracula years ago. That love intensified in my later teens with The Lost Boys, and reading Interview with the Vampire, along with anything vampire I could get my hands on. But I wanted more than the evil monster chasing young virgins; more than the sweet, misunderstood handsome fanged stranger that becomes the perfect mate for the woman who captures his heart after so many lone centuries. I wanted a vampire so well-crafted in detail that I could believe he was real. I wanted something different to happen in the story, other than girl becomes vampire, or vampire becomes dust. I wanted passion, tragedy, romance, suspense, action, and the haunting sweetness of poetry and song floating on a soft night breeze. So I penned my own vampires.

Website: http://www.tarafoxhall.com

Tell me a bit about yourself:

My bio says it all: Tara Fox Hall’s writing credits include nonfiction, horror, suspense, action-adventure, erotica, and contemporary and historical paranormal romance. She is the author of the paranormal action-adventure Lash series and the vampire romantic suspense Promise Me series. Tara divides her free time unequally between writing novels and short stories, chain sawing firewood, caring for stray animals, sewing cat and dog beds for donation to animal shelters, and target practice.

What type of genre do you write?

Mostly I write supernatural-related fiction stories, such as the paranormal fiction series Promise Me and Lash. But as per above, I also have written erotica, suspense, horror, contemporary fiction, and non-fiction.
What genre to you personally read?

Thrillers as a rule are my favourite books, the more graphic the better. But I occasionally branch out to YA, historical, romance, graphic novels, action/adventure, westerns and other genres.

Tell me about your latest?

My latest book is Taken for His Own, the fourth installment in my Promise Me Series. It takes up where the third book left off. Sar had done her best to rebuild her life when her fiancé Theo went missing. She’s partnered with her former vampire lover Danial to raise Theo’s daughter Elle (Elle’s natural mother is dead from childbirth complications). She’s also had a child of her own with Danial, Theoron, and is trying to come to terms with her inevitable turning from human to vampire. When she finds out Theo’s alive, she can’t stop herself from journeying west to find him, and confront him about where he’s been for the last year and a half. This is where Taken for His Own begins. After a passionate reunion and a hasty marriage, the two lovebirds are headed back east. But picking up the pieces is far from easy. While Danial is accepting of Theo’s return, Elle prefers her vampire adoptive father over Theo. More than one enemy is waiting in the wings, making repeat attempts on Sar’s life. Add into the mix Devlin, Sar’s old enemy who’s now turned good guy, and a new paramour for Danial and you’ve got a powder keg primed to explode.

What sparked your passion for books and the art of a good story?

I’ve always enjoyed reading…a very passionate teacher taught me to read my first words in kindergarten, and I began devouring short books by first grade…and novels for YA by third grade.

Is there a particular book that changed or affected your life in a big way?

The Hobbit. I like the message; that it’s not who you were or what you can do that influences what you will do, it’s how willing you are to step outside your own boundaries and push for what you think is right.

Is there a message in your book that you want readers to grasp?

That it’s never too late to take control of your destiny…and that you are the only one that really ever can. You may not be able to control what happens to you, but you can always control how you react to events. And that it’s important to always try to do the right thing…but that isn’t always possible.

What challenges have you faced in your writing career?

Getting published. I spent 4 years getting rejection after rejection from every agent under the sun and also some publishers. But the near misses were the worst, to think that I finally had an agent or a publisher and then to have it fall through at the last moment. Those were the crushing blows. The newest thing I worry about are bad reviews.

What has been your best moment as a writer?

Getting that first acceptance…though every 5 star review is another perfect moment for me. I love getting validation for the world I created.

Do you see yourself in any of your characters?

Bits of me are in all my characters, being my creations.

Do you feel like your dream has come true or is there much more to do?
There is MUCH more to do….I won’t be able to rest easy until all of the Promise Me series is out and sitting on my bookshelf in a lovely row and after that, I’ll probably say the same until the Lash series is done!

Have you ever had a day when you just wanted to quit?

Of course. Getting my first 2 star review on Amazon made me want to quit. Poor sales in a given quarter makes me want to quit. Having no free time makes me want to quit. But I didn’t survive years of fighting to get my stories out to give up now.

What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

Don’t give up until you do what you set out to do.

After this book, what is next? There will be more books in this series?

Two more will be out this year—Immortal Confessions and Her Secret—with more in 2014 and 2015, until the series is done. The next installment in the Lash Series, Revenge, will be out this fall, and hopefully my second anthology of short suspense/horror stories will also publish. There will also be the first Promise Me anthology and a Latham’s Landing anthology this fall. A new Lash short story, “Spiritwalker”, will debut in the Shifters charity anthology from Hazardous Press, and I also have a short story called “The Lie” in the upcoming anthology Brief Grislys, both due out in a month or less. I’m also working on a sequel to my transgender short Grow a Pair, and another compilation of BDSM stories for the late summer/fall.

Your website? http://www.tarafoxhall.com

Your blog? http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5286654.Tara_Fox_Hall/blog

Other websites?
Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/TerrorFoxHall
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tara-Fox-Hall/151813374904903
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/TaraFH
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/tara-fox-hall
Melange Books: http://www.melange-books.com/authors/tarafoxhall/index.html
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Tara-Fox-Hall/e/B005YPAA4W/

INTERVIEW WITH LINDSAY PRYOR, AUTHOR OF BLOOD SHADOWS – BLACKTHORN BOOK I and BLOOD ROSES – BLACKTHORN BOOK II

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Welcome. This is L.M. David and today I am interviewing Lindsay Pryor, author of Blood Shadows – Blackthorn Book I and Blood Roses – Blackthorn Book II. I especially like having Lindsay here because this is a genre that I absolutely love, vampires. With the exception, that is, of Preston. I would love to eject him into a realm occupied by the Cybermen from Dr. Who.

Okay, let’s get started.

Q.  Tell me a bit about yourself.

A.  I’m a British paranormal romance author and creator of the Blackthorn series. I’ve been writing for about thirty years but was first published six months ago after being discovered by my publisher (Bookouture) through Harlequin Mills and Boon’s New Voices competition. Readers and editors voted me into the final in both 2010 and 2011 with the first two books of the series.

I’m a part-time special needs teacher and live in the South-West of England with my husband and our house rabbit. I have a passion for animal welfare, films and am addicted to TV shows such as The Vampire Diaries, Supernatural, Dexter, and Being Human (UK).

Q.  Your book, Blood Shadows – Blackthorn Book I, is about a society where vampires are third class citizens. What conditions do they live in?

A.  To give you some context first, when the third species ‘outed’ themselves to humankind, a new segregation system was put in place. ‘Locales’ replaced previously divisible villages, towns and cities. Every locale is made up of four districts, each district spanning out from the nucleus where the ‘third species’ reside and are contained. Each district is divided by guarded borders that become increasingly secure the further away from the nucleus they are.

When the new system was set up it was with the agreement that, once the third species proved themselves not to be a risk, a merger could ensue. Because of prophetic whispers of a vampire uprising, this has never happened.

The Blackthorn series is based around one such locale consisting of Blackthorn, Lowtown, Midtown and Summerton. Blackthorn is the polluted, over-populated, rotten core of that locale. The vampires (and the fewer numbered lycans) who are forced to live there are given the dregs in terms of location, provision, opportunities and rights. It is also used as an overflow system for law-evading humans deemed unfit to reside elsewhere. It’s an extremely dark, lethal and violent place.

Q.  Caitlin Parish is part of the Vampire Control Unit. What is the primary function of the Vampire Control Unit?

A.  Once the new system was set up globally, each locale was assigned a Third Species Control Division (TSCD). This is the centre of law enforcement responsible for overseeing third species matters. The Vampire Control Unit (VCU) is just one division. It’s an elite and specialist field involved in tracking and convicting known vampiric law-evaders or those with detrimental influential power.

Q.  Describe Caitlin Parish and her role in Blood Shadows – Blackthorn.

A.  Caitlin Parish works for the Vampire Control Unit both as an agent on the street but also as a shadow reader (I will talk about that in a moment) in the interrogation room. She’s a young woman in an all-boys’ world in terms of the job she does, so she’s got to be strong, resilient and, in many respects, outdo everyone else just to prove herself worthy. She’s a workaholic and a loner – but then she’s seen the day of her death coming for a long time.

At first, Blood Shadows can come across as “a vampire agent hunting a bad vampire” scenario, yet it’s anything but that. I’ll spoil it if I disclose too much here. Basically, you just need to know that Caitlin has lost her parents to a mysterious creature both within seven years of each other. She’s convinced she’s next which is why she gets embroiled with master vampire, Kane Malloy.

Q.  Kane Malloy is a master vampire. What is he like?

A.  Kane is top of the VCU’s most wanted list. He’s dangerous, focused and, according to readers and reviewers, shockingly sexy. He’s anti-the system, but his true agenda remains uncovered until later in the series.

Master vampires are different to other vampires because they’re dual feeders – they feed on blood and energy. More powerful than other vampires, they don’t adhere to the laws of the Higher Order (vampire royalty). Needless to say, he’s the thorn in the side of anyone who wants to control him.

Q.  Describe the ability to read shadows which Caitlin has.

A.  Shadow readers are humans with an innate ability to read and interpret third species’ shadows. Shadows are the third species equivalent of souls. As well as basic DNA, it’s what differentiates them from humans.

A shadow reader can access the inner workings of a shadow like a recording of past actions and events, thus allowing them to search and analyse information. They need a pulse to unlock what is contained because a heart beat releases concentrated energy to make the contained recordings more vivid. Shadow readers are used in the interrogation room by the Third Species Control Division as a last resort to convict those trying to evade justice. It’s a very invasive technique so is only used if a detainee refuses to co-operate or if their confession conflicts with evidence.

Q.  In the second book, Blood Roses – Blackthorn Book 2, how has the lives of vampires changed?

A.  The series doesn’t work like that. Each of the first four books focuses on a different couple whose forbidden love is going to have major consequences for the future. The couples and their actions become increasingly interwoven as the series progresses, with the fate of the third species and humankind dependent on the decisions they make.

Q.  Leila, in Blood Roses, is a rare and powerful witch. Tell me about her.

A.  Leila lives in the privileged, human-only elite district of Summerton. She was brought up prejudiced against vampires and their imminent threat of overthrowing human power. Her grandfather brought up her and her two sisters. He was the holder of several prophecy books that foretold of the vampire uprising – so she’s had insider information.

She’s a witch – or an ‘interpreter’ to be politically correct – and as such, can read the archaic languages that her grandfather’s books are written in. On top of that, she also has a rare blood strain that makes her a serryn (more of that next).

Despite her serryn nature, she has shied away from fulfilling her role, refusing to have anything to do with vampires. There’s a lot behind that but, again, I won’t disclose it here.

Q.  Describe the “serryn” ability.

A.  A serryn is a witch and a temptress whose blood is poisonous to vampires. They’re incredibly dangerous and seductive and, on chemical level, attract and tempt vampires to bite. They’re not a particularly pleasant species, not caring whether they kill males, females or the young. The more vampires they kill, the more addicted they become until that’s all they can focus on.

They tend to be loners, disconnecting themselves from any family ties. Leila, however, is something of an anomaly because of her convictions.

Q.  Caleb Dehain is a vampire with a dark past. What is his character about?

A.  Caleb is shrouded in a lot of mystery through the story, including his motivations of why he’s the way he is. He can come across as very sinister, cruel and manipulative. Caleb used to be a serryn hunter and that makes quite a merciless and brutal character, but he has his reasons. He’s extremely powerful and influential in the Blackthorn underworld.

He’s forced to bring Leila to Blackthorn to save his dying brother. He immediately suspects what she is, but can’t kill her straight away as he wants to. The story unfolds from there.

Q.  Of the two books, which character is your favorite and why?

A.  I get asked this a lot. I honestly don’t have a favourite character and couldn’t even begin to choose. I love them all for very different reasons.

Q.  In a world such as this, where werewolves, witches, vampires, and humans all share the same planet, what was the hardest part while writing the first two books in this series?

A.  The world creation has been fairly straightforward. I started creating the series and Blackthorn itself over sixteen years ago, so it’s second nature now. I know it better than I know where I live.

I think the challenge has been more since publication. I originally wrote the series for myself, so I had to rethink about the execution of the stories and the overall series development when I knew the books were going to be published. Because I know the world so well, I had to think carefully about getting the balance right between revealing what needs to be revealed and when in the series and, in many respects, writing backwards to link all the books together seamlessly. Also, I have to keep each book as a standalone for anyone who reads the books out of sync whilst not constantly repeating myself for avid readers.

Q.  What about this series will appeal to readers?

A.   Can I cheat on this one and just include some review quotes? I think they sum it up better than I can:

Blood Shadows is intense and dark, unlike any other vampire novel I’ve ever read…The Blackthorn series is urban fantasy dynamite.” ~ GraveTells

“There is a ton of sexual tension throughout the book, and the sex scenes are HOT. It’s passionate and intense. Weaved around the emotional romance is an amazing plot. It has a complex storyline with twists and turns. You won’t be able to put this book down, and you’ll be wondering what is going to happen up until the last page.” ~ Paranormal Opinion

“Blood Shadows blew my mind not only because the characters were emotionally intense and complex, but also the plot was a perfectly carved creation that’s twist and suspense kept me speechless.” ~ Seeing Night Book Reviews

“If you’re looking for a new PNR series that has a dark world and complicated characters, then you’ll want to grab a copy of this.” Fiction Vixen

“Everything is so well formed with its own history and culture that it really feels like I’m living in Blackthorn whenever I’m reading…five stars aren’t nearly enough to even begin to cover it.” ~ Marked by Books

“This concept is creative and different from other paranormal books I’ve read lately.” ~ My Paranormal Book Review  

“I am officially addicted to this series. Why, you ask? Because Lindsay Pryor is my kind of fearless author. She isn’t afraid to “go there”, to create characters and situations that challenge me as a reader.” ~ The Demon Librarian

“Lindsay J. Pryor…writes paranormal romance mixed with urban fantasy the way I like it – clever world-building, intense characters and no easy options for them to take.” ~ Nocturnal Book Reviews

Q.  Will there be more in this series following next book Blood Torn?

A.  There most definitely will be. I’ve been signed for three books at the moment – both Blood Shadows and Blood Roses are out now and Blood Torn will been out in the Autumn. But, as I’ve mentioned, there are more to come.

Q. What advice would you give writers just starting out?

A.  Write first and foremost for yourself and love the stories you create – that’s what will keep you unique and authentic. It’ll also help retain your passion for your stories through the long, challenging and demanding road to publication.

L.M. David: Okay, well that does it for this interview. Thanks, again, for stopping by and doing the interview.

Author’s Bio:

Lindsay J. Pryor is a British Paranormal Romance author who writes dark, intense, multi-layered stories set in the dystopian world of Blackthorn.

Blackthorn really captured the imagination of Lindsay’s publisher as a fantastically vivid and complex world, one which readers will utterly lose themselves in. She paints this multi-layered world effortlessly, and uses it as the setting for intense forbidden romances.

Combining sizzling passion and dark, sinfully seductive vampire heroes, Lindsay J. Pryor’s writing is an exciting new find for those who love paranormal romance and urban fantasy. If you’re a fan of J.R Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Kelley Armstrong, Christine Feehan, Kresley Cole or Felicity Heaton then you’ll love Lindsay J. Pryor’s books too.

Following the critically acclaimed Blood Shadows, Blood Roses, book two in the Blackthorn series, was launched 26/4/13. Blood Torn will follow in the Autumn of 2013.

Her first three books have been signed by Bookouture. The Lorella Belli Literary Agency are representing translation and audio rights.

Lindsay has been creating stories since she was nine years old, when she quickly decided that fantasy was more interesting than reality. She thought she’d grow out of it but hasn’t yet.

Her writing was first discovered through Mills & Boon’s New Voices competition, where she was a finalist in both 2010 and 2011.

When not writing or teaching, Lindsay indulges her fascination with mythology and is a supporter of animal welfare. She’s Welsh but lives in the South West of England with her husband and their rescue bunny.

Author Link:

www.lindsayjpryor.com