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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Time Conquers All by PJ Hultstrand

Today my guest is Patti Hultstrand.  She is the author of several books and took time out of her busy schedule to chat with us today.  Please give her a warm welcome.

Thank you so much for being with us today.

Please tell us a little about yourself.....

I am an author, a publisher, an owner of several businesses, a web designer, a senior graphic designer for over twenty years, a single-mother of a sixteen year old son, an Arizonan, a lover, a generous person, a creative force, a spiritually influenced being, a believer in justice, a moonie, a lover of science-fiction, fantasy, romance, and anything that answers my question of “what if”, a marketing guru, an entrepreneur, a visionary, an optimist of a future in space, but most importantly, I am a survivor and I hate being confined by labels or stuck in a box by others. There are no walls in my life, just a VERY LONG TO DO LIST! I should become a vampire so I can live as long as my to do list.

 What do you see as your influences on your writing?

      I gummed on Ray Bradbury's stories back in Jr. High and became my first love. When I met Mr. Bradbury back in 1986, I have followed some of his writing theories and life lessons every since. I used one of those when writing "Time Conquers All" in writing your story, not stopping until it is written, then go back and edit, edit, edit.

 Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

     Making the time to write on a regular basis is my biggest challenge. Since I work with other authors to get their books into print and into stores, I am left with no time for promoting my own books and for writing.

 Where do you hope to take your writing in the future?

     I have a synopsis written for over 12 books in the “Time” series. I am also working on collaborative efforts on one other book and one book/tv series with time-travel premise. I just can’t seem to get away from this topic of time-travel.

 How do you develop your plots and characters? Do you use any set formula?

     I used Ray Bradbury’s method of writing for "Time Conquers All", not stopping until it is written, then go back and edit, edit, edit. That 296,000 words have become my first 4 books in this serial. Then for the fifth book, I gave in to listening to everyone else about writing and tried to write specific scenes as they came to me, in no particular order. This was a disaster for me and I still don’t have book 5 done as the result of this method.

About developing plots and characters – Again, I have found that I let the characters drive the story, then I go back and decide if that REALLY needed to be in the story or did that character just get carried away. Also, I have found that small characters slip into the story and while I thought at first to cut them out, I found upon reflection that they were put into the story earlier because they will pay some important role later in the series. So, I left them in so readers would say, “Awww, so that’s why they were introduced in book 2”. LOL

 What drew you to write about time-travel romance with paranormal elements?

      Science-fiction was my first love in short stories and books. We rarely forget our first love whether in men or in other things we have loved. Physics has always intrigued me and picked at my "what if" mentality.

     Whenever I read a romance book or story that has the Rip VanWinkle premise, where the main character falls to sleep in one time and wakes up in another, and they don't give me a plausible reason for this, IT DRIVE ME INSANE. I expect a plausible scientific reason for such things as time-travel. "Time Conquers All" is much more complicated and spans centuries.

 How do you keep your writing different from the vast variety of stories (in your genre) out there today?

     Again, I am a more complicated writer. I write more complicated plots that when I finally solve the core conflict, it is my belief that people will wonder how in the world I came up this resolution. And then they will want to go back and read them again to see how I did this. Example of my kind of complex epic would be the Amber series by Roger Zelazny.

I had an agent recently tell me that they loved the idea I was leading in this series, but he felt I couldn’t hold the overall story arc together to complete the series. It is my goal to prove him wrong and to bring another complex series with characters you will miss when the overall story is done.

 How did your title come into play?

Near death experiences often change a person's perspective in life and makes them contemplate
what they are doing and where they should be going. I had a infection left growing inside me after what
should have been an easy hysterectomy. I wound up in the hospital several times that year fixing what
went horribly wrong. It was this emergency that caused me to reflect on my life since it was thought I would either die or could have colon complications that would affect the rest of my life.

      Obviously, I did not die and thankfully, I went home with minor complications and have recovered as far as possible. I will never be the same physically or spiritually.

      After I got home, I was on limited work detail, so started re-organizing my house. I had started "Time Conquers All" about twelve years earlier. I had printed the story on a dot-matrix printer (some young people are saying "huh" about now). I found the pages yellowed from age and dusty along the edges where the pages had peeked out from a creative person's twelve year pile of other discarded projects and items that probably should have been used on previous years' tax deductions.

       Along with a few chapters, only a portion of one of them actually stayed in the book, I had a floor plan for the palace in the story, which only needed minor changes to be usable. It was mid-September 2002 when I sat down and decided it was about time I stopped writing for others and finish the story that was inside me all these years. I wrote almost everyday for 6 months and stopped when I hit over 296,000 words.

      Of course, I could never sell 296,000 words, especially for a new author's break out book. I cut it and started the LONG venture in editing and poking at the story to make it what it is today. It has mutated into so much more than I had conceived all those years ago. I had not been influenced by India or so heavily by time-travel back then. Tamea, my heroine had started as Tia on those yellowed pages, but Parker, my hero, has always been Parker, and probably always will be.

 Can you tell us a little bit about the main characters and/or the plot in your book?  

    In "Time Conquers All," Tamea, a nineteen-year old warrior princess from the India region of the world in the late 1500's, is being plagued by disturbing dreams and visions of the future. Tamea is assigned to protect a visiting king from a neighboring country while their two countries solidify a treaty that will benefit both countries. This king brings with him assassins that want to kill him and his family who are hiding a bigger secret regarding the origins of his country.

   This king is not who he seems, and Tamea must unravel the intrigue that surrounds him and his country, but even more important, she must find out why he has been haunting her dreams and visions.

   In book 2, "Rescue In Time" due to be released in June 2010, we find Tamea and Parker are connected by more than just their countries' alliances, but have a destiny to discern. Tamea continues to have the disturbing vision where Parker dies in her arms from a successful assassins bullet. She is subconsciously trying to solve the outcome to save his life in the future.

   Meanwhile, in the 1500's, Tamea and Parker must take their countries to war with their neighboring country of Bengal who have been implicated as the mastermind behind the assassination attempts on both of their families' lives. Tamea must learn that not all those close to her can be trusted, maybe not even the man she loves.

 What were your feelings when you first novel was accepted for publication?

It was rather bitter sweet for me because I am the publisher as well as the author. I spent more time with my book interior because I could and did not cost me to pay someone else to produce. I have been a graphic designer for over 20 years and have published magazines, catalogs, and program books.

 Who is your favorite author? What genre of books do you read?
 Are you working on any projects right now?

I am an eclectic reader because my interests are so broad. I still love Ray Bradbury, but my reading has included such names as Terry Brooks, Terry Pratchett, Alan Dean Foster, Sherlyn Kenyon, Larrell K. Hamilton, and my newest love would be James Owen. Look James up – I would say his work would pull influences from Ray Bradbury’s early works, but he is also an inspirational artist with ties in the comic book industry. Like Ray Bradbury, James Owen expresses his creativity into so many nooks and crannies of inspiring works now and can’t wait to see what is coming in his future.

The list is way too large on what projects I’m working on right now. But my second book in the time series has been promised by me to my fans at the conventions since January and I REALLY want to fulfill this promise to them. If I’m not pressed to do this, I would continue to push the project back in place of other paying projects for other people. It has always been my intention to publish at least one new book every 6 months for my series, and I have already fallen short on this goal. The good news to anyone coming aboard as a new fan of my work now is that there are 3 books behind this first one already written and waiting not so patiently in the doorway.

I am also writing and publishing another time-travel series called, “The Center of Time Bar” which will be an ongoing series of short stories, all centered on this bar that pulls important people into its venue in order to assist these people or set them on their correct course in life. We already have our first stories submitted and are working to pull in some bigger named authors to help with its marketability. This is my brain-child and its birth will be an important step for me.

 If you could leave readers with one legacy, what would you want it to be?

The possibilities of time-travel and the love of these characters who are so real to me.

What advice would you give to writers just starting out in this genre?

It doesn’t matter what genre you write, with the changes in technology, you now have many more choices in publishing your book or story, but never forget that even though it is cheaper and easier, there are still many steps in the publishing process that should never be skipped. It is still very important to find a good editor that you pay to make your story better for other's to read and enjoy. A compelling cover design is still very important in the sale ability of your book. You are not the best judge of your writing and a book is always judged by three things:  The cover design, the writing if it's not edited well, and the interior design can speak volumes to your potential readers. Once you are an author, you are in business, so put your best and most professional foot forward.

 Any last comments you would like to add?.....(upcoming events,  titles, etc. )

Our Big Upcoming Event will be our introduction into the biggest independent bookstore in Arizona. We have our first book event for Arizona Authors from an Arizona Publisher on June 9th at 7pm. Everyone local - we would love you coming out to support these hungry for attention authors and their works. For all lovers of...... Epic Romance, Historical Fantasy and Contemporary Horror.

Is there a website that readers may find you at?

Facebook,  Twitter,  or Myspace?


Thank you so much for chatting with us Patti.  Please leave a comment for Patti and for your chance to win a copy of one of her books.

She is also on virtual book tour,  so be sure to visit her websites and follow her tour leaving her a comment to let her know you stopped in.

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Saturday, May 22, 2010

The Hunted of 2060 by Ami Blackwelder

Today my guest is Ami Blackwelder,  author of The Hunted of 2060.  Thank you so much for being with us today.  Please give her a warm welcome.

Please tell us a little about yourself…..I was raised in Florida, but spent the last eight years overseas in third world countries, teaching and writing. I spent six years in Thailand which has become my second home. 

What do you see as your influences on your writing?

I am influenced by edgy, innovative writers and I enjoy reading paranormal and historical romance novels which is what I focused on when I write. I tend to accentuate the forbidden aspects of romance in my genres.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Finding the time to write all the ideas spinning around in my head…

Where do you hope to take your writing in the future?

I hope to find a 'big' publishing house or at the very least produce enough books of my own to be an established self publisher.

How do you develop your plots and characters? Do you use any set  formula?

I begin with a seed of an idea that is bursting to be born and grow. The plot is usually developed a bit beforehand, but as i write, the characters may take the story in directions I never could have anticipated.

What drew you to write about paranormal romance?

I am drawn to the imaginative and innovative aspects of the human personality. Inventing a world that does not exist, except in your own mind is fascinating to me.

How do you keep your writing different from the vast variety of stories (in your genre) out there today?

My writing focuses on the forbidden aspects of romance where culture, religion, gender, age, time, death, and species differences may all become obstacles.

How did your title come into play? 

My titles are born usually out of a significant part to the novel. In The hunted of 2060, the title is based on the fact that the species is being hunted and the year is 2060. There are too many novels with hunted, hunting as the title and so I decided later to add the year to distinguish it.

Can you tell us a little bit about the main characters and/or the plot in your book?

The Hunted of 2060 is set in Alaska in the year 2060 after an invading species to earth has been eradicated. The story revolves around a Sophomore at Alaska University as she undergoes changes and learns she is one of the 'eradicated' that survived. The novel is about her coming to terms with who she is, her struggle of survival, and the romance she shares with a human.

What were your feelings when you first novel was accepted for  publication?

I was very excited. I wasn't sure I read the acceptance letter correctly. Then, I had a lot of hard work to put forward into making the novel into something more professional.

Who is your favorite author?  What genre of books do you read?

Jane Austen. Paranormal and historical romances.

Pride and Prejudice                                                                           Sense and Sensibility

Are you working on any projects right now?

I am busy in May re-editing content and grammar in my novels and in June I will begin a sci-fi historical novel entitled: EXIST. It questions what is existence and is a love story that asks would you let time stop love?

If you could leave readers with one legacy, what would you want it to

That I gave my readers something entertaining, educational and gripping to read.

What advice would you give to writers just starting out in this genre?

Write what you love, because in the end there is a lot of rejection and criticism of your work and so what really matters is what you think about your work.

Any last comments you would like to add?.....(upcoming events,  titles, etc. )

The Hunted of 2060 may also be seen on Bitten By Books in May, Catch the Drift with Mama Snow in July, immortylrevolution.blogspot.com in August, paulazone.blogspot.com in June, Written in Blood blog in June, and more to come!

Is there a website that readers may find you at?

http://amiblackwelder.com. There are previews and videos to view on my novels as well as many purchasing options. 

Facebook,  Twitter,  or Myspace?

I'm on FACEBOOK and Twitter under Ami Blackwelder!

Well thank you so much for chatting with us today Ami.  It has been such a pleasure.  Be sure to leave a comment for Ami today for your entry to win a copy of her book during her tour.

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Monday, May 17, 2010

A Bite of Immortality with Denise Verrico author of Cara Mia

Please give a warm welcome to author Denise Verrico.  Thank you so much for being with us today Denise.  I love the synopsis of your book and I can't wait to start reading it.  The cover is gorgeous!

Please tell us a little about yourself.....

I’m originally from the East Coast, but I currently live in Ohio.  My husband and I met doing theatre and have been married twenty years.  I have a punk-rocker son that I’m very proud of.  We’re all roller coaster fanatics.  Other than riding coasters, watching good movies is my favorite way to relax.  Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Being Human and Dark Shadows are my favorite paranormal TV shows.  My favorite rock group is Queen.  I have seven birds in the parrot family: an African Grey named Gromit, three cockatiels, Pippin, Galadriel and Toby and three budgies, Wacko, Yacko and Dot.

 What do you see as your influences on your writing?

Hmm…my training in the theatre has shaped the way I attack character and conflict.  I see each chapter like a scene in a play, with an individual arc that affects the arc of the entire story.  My love of history, theatre and science plays a big part in Cara Mia.  I like to create characters from time periods that interest me, like ancient Rome, the Holocaust or the American civil war and throw them together.  I think a lot about how the time and place a character came from may have influenced them.  
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Trying to give the characters depth, yet not weigh down the narrative with too much introspection or description.  It’s tricky to show and not tell.  This is a challenge I also happen to like.

Where do you hope to take your writing in the future?

I’m trying to improve my craft all the time.  I have plans for nine total books in this series, and I’ve started other projects, including plays.  A screenplay of Cara Mia is a dream of mine.

 How do you develop your plots and characters? Do you use any set

I start with a general outline, but then some character will hijack it and take it to places I hadn’t foreseen.  I’m not a big plotter.  Creating characters is the part I love best.  They come to me after I’ve done some research or read something that really inspires me.  When I create a character, I go back to my training as an actor and do my homework.  I come up with a back-story, attitudes, likes, dislikes and mannerisms, both physical and vocal.  I also try to give everyone an occupation of some kind.  I ask myself questions.  How do they dress and move?  What are their relationships like?  How do they feel about and interact with the other characters.  Most importantly, what do my characters want?  What are their beliefs and motivations?  Conflict arises out of obstacles placed in the characters’ way.  Even minor characters have a story.
The plot of Cara Mia evolved over time.  I had the Mia, Ethan and Brovik triangle roughed out, and then Kurt came into the picture, creating yet another triangle and shaking things up.  Then I became interested in biotechnology and came up with the idea of Mia and Kurt rebelling against their masters to take the secret of immortality to science.  The whole idea of the revolution and the “forbidden science” grew from that.  

 What drew you to write about vampires/paranormal romance/horror/science fiction (please choose your genre here)?

I’ve always found vampires fascinating because they reflect the dark side of humanity.  This is a life-long obsession of mine.  It’s always intrigued me how easily people can turn into monsters under extreme circumstances.  History is full of examples of man’s inhumanity to man.
I’d say my story is urban fantasy with sci fi elements, rather than paranormal romance.  Although Mia and Kurt’s romance and love for one another is an important component to their story, I’ve never really been into romance for romance’s sake, or the vampire as alpha male hero.  My heroine doesn’t need saving.  Oh, she makes plenty of mistakes and bad decisions.  She suffers a lot because of them, but she fights back.

 How do you keep your writing different from the vast variety of
 stories (in your genre) out there today?

I try to think outside of the box (or is that coffin?)  What I’ve tried to do is build a unique world, while not entirely throwing out some of the legendary vampire attributes.  My vamps are still stronger and faster than ordinary humans, but they are biologically mutated rather than “undead”.  They can’t go out in the sun and must drink human blood, but the blood doesn’t have to come from live victims.  I turn to mythology, literature, history and science for inspiration.  My vampires live in a multi-layered society, with cultural customs and even a religion.  There are no werewolves or other supernatural beings in this world and no magical powers.
In my opinion, the key is to create a fresh cast of characters that doesn’t follow the stereotypes.  A hero doesn’t have to be six-two and rugged to be tough.  Kurt is five-six and a hundred and thirty pounds soaking wet, but he’s smart and courageous.  He doesn’t treat Mia as a possession but an equal partner.  Also, characters don’t have to be likeable all the time.  Mia can be a bit snarky.  She’s a native New Yorker and doesn’t mince words.


 How did your title come into play?

Cara Mia is an endearment in Italian.  It means, my darling.  It’s something Mia’s father called her as a little girl.  Her master, Ethan also calls her this, but it takes on a sinister connotation.  Mia is a possessive pronoun, conveying his ownership of her.  Mia Disantini loosely means, my little saint.  

 Can you tell us a little bit about the main characters and/or the plot in your book?

The book opens in 1986, with Mia badly beaten and cast out by Ethan in the middle of a winter night to fend for herself.  We see a seemingly helpless young woman who turns out to be neither young nor helpless.  It flashes forward to 2000, to the POV of Dr. Joe Ansari, a neuroscientist at Genpath Laboratories.  Joe is assigned to create a behavioral profile on Mia and her lover, Kurt who are imprisoned in separate cells in the facility.  Mia refuses at first to cooperate, but strikes a deal with Joe, who agrees to deliver messages between her and Kurt.  She tells Joe of a fifty-year journey, fraught with peril and intrigue that led her to Genpath.  But Joe begins to realize that there are details in the story Mia has left out, and he is caught in the middle of a dangerous struggle.

Mia is a strong and independent woman who chafes against a culture that assigns her the role of concubine.  In Kurt, she finds a strong yet compassionate man who loves her for the woman she is.

 Can you tell us a the difference between an Immortal Elder,  Immortal Alpha,  and Immortal Slave?

An Immortyl Elder is the head of one of the thirteen houses of vampires. The fountainhead of Immortyl blood is the Chief Elder, Kalidasa who claims to have been gifted his immortality by the Goddess, Kali. He's essentially a king.  These "Houses" are somewhat like feudal fiefdoms and the elders the Barons.  They are generally the most ancient, but sometimes they are younger and have defeated the previous elder to win the title.  They control territories throughout the old world.  No one can do business or stay in the territory without petioning the elder for permission and paying him tribute.  North America and South America are neutral ground.  The alphas are vassals to the elder and are his "blood".  They oversee the elder's business interests in his territories.  Each elder may have six alphas in service to him.  Slaves fall into two classes, one being a soldier class, called "dogs" and the other being a class of male and female sexual companions and domestics.  In addition, there are Immortyl temple artists and courtesans called Adepts of the Ancient Arts.  They are devotees of the Goddess Kali in an Immortyl Tantric cult founded by the Chief Elder, Kalidasa.  Adepts are the equivilant to an Immortyl celebrity in spite of their slave status.  Lastly, there are runaways and cast-off slaves known as sewer rats, these are mostly kids and teenagers in form, and rogue dogs who sell their services as assassins and mercenaries.


What were your feelings when you first novel was accepted for publication?

Lisa Smith from L&L Dreamspell sent me an e-mail offering me a contract while I was watching the Oscars in 2009.  (Ironically, the actor from Twilight was on at that moment.)  It took three days to sink in.  I walked around in a daze.  Then I was very excited and scared too.  By the way, L&L Dreamspell just published their 100th book!

 Who is your favorite author? What genre of books do you read?

I’ve read all kinds of books from classics to graphic novels.  What actor doesn’t love Shakespeare?  I love historical fiction.  Two of my favorite authors in that genre are Robert Graves and Mary Renault.  My favorite in my genre is Anne Rice.

 Are you working on any projects right now?

Book Three, Fearful Symmetry is going through critique with my writer’s group.  I’m on a third draft of Book Four, Ratopia and I’m kicking around two other novels.  

If you could leave readers with one legacy, what would you want it to
I’d like to take the genre to a new place.  My mission is not only to entertain, but to also raise some questions about human nature.   That’s my lofty goal, but I do like to make people laugh as well.

What advice would you give to writers just starting out in this genre?
I’m still learning myself, but first off, every writer should be a reader and not only in one’s genre.  A writer should read up on all sorts of subjects and observe the world around him or her.  Also, read books on writing.  Join a good critique group who is supportive, but not afraid to tell you when you’re off track.  I’ve worked with mine on books two and three, and I’ve learned a lot.  The free editing advice is priceless.  Don’t try to be like anyone else.  Use your unique experiences and knowledge to write an original story.  There is only one Anne Rice or Charlaine Harris and there is only one of you.  Perfect your craft and find your own niche.  Learn to present yourself and your project in a professional manner.  The one thing writers seldom know about at first is how the publishing industry works.  Research the kinds of publishers and find the right fit for you.  Go to sites like Predators and Editors to learn to avoid pitfalls.

 Any last comments you would like to add?.....(upcoming events,  titles, etc. )

 Twilight of the Gods, Book Two of the Immortyl Revolution will be out this fall.  I’ll be appearing next at Marcon in Columbus, Ohio over Memorial Day weekend.  This interview is the kick-off of my Virtual Book Tour.  For the complete schedule of my VBT, go to my website, blog or Facebook fan page.  I also host interviews and giveaways at my blog.
Cara Mia is available in trade paperback from Amazon (also on Kindle), Borders, and Barnes and Noble’s websites, as well multi-format e-book from Fictionwise and other sites.  If your local bookstore doesn’t stock copies yet, they will special order them.  Autographed copies can be ordered from my website and blog.  Cara Mia merchandise (with the lovely butterfly cover by L&L Dreamspell’s Linda Houle) is sold through http://www.cafepress.com/CaraMiaImmortyl.

Is there a website that readers may find you at?
I’m at www.deniseverricowriter.webs.com and my blog is www.ImmortylRevolution.blogspot.com.

You can follow me at my Facebook fan page, Immortyl Revolution and on Twitter.  I’m also on Live Journal, Bitten by Books in the Blood Bank, Goodreads, Shelfari and I have an author page at Amazon.com.  I’m a member of Authors Supporting Authors.

Thank you so much for stopping by Denise.  It has been such a pleasure chatting with you.  Please be sure to follow Denise on her book tour,  and leave a comment here today for an entry to win a copy of her book.  Also,  by leaving a comment and becoming a follower of my blog,  you will be entered for your chance to win a journal with a book light. (light color may vary)

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Saturday, May 15, 2010

 Today I'd like to welcome David Fingerman,  author of Edging Past Reality and soon to be released Silent Kill. 

Thank you so much for being with us today.
Thank you so much for having me.

Please tell us a little about yourself.....
I really love this writing lifestyle I've developed for myself.  I'm not much of a 'people' person and I enjoy the days when I wake up and wonder if I have to deal with any human contact that day (not including phone and emails).  If not, to hell with shower and getting dressed.  I have no problem sitting at my computer all day and writing.  Welcome to my world.

What do you see as your influences on your writing?
On days when I do have to be out and about in the real world, pretty much anything that touches me has its influences.  Probably the biggest influences though, are when I worked in the courtroom.  I saw the best and worst that people can be.  Made for fantastic character sketches.

 Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
When I'm writing horror, coming up with something I've never seen done before.  If it has been done before, giving it a new and original twist.  In novel writing (no matter the genre) it's that middle part of the novel I find most challenging ~ All modesty aside, I think I'm pretty good at drawing in the reader with the opening.  I just want to keep them excitedly turning the pages until the end.

 Where do you hope to take your writing in the future?
New York Times best seller would be grand, as would selling movie rights.

 How do you develop your plots and characters? Do you use any set
Very informally.  I try to always carry a notepad and pen (harder in the summer) with me.  When an idea strikes, I write it down.  Once I really get going on the idea, the characters and plot start developing themselves.  I build an outline as I go, more so to keep the timeline straight. and character traits consistent.  

 What drew you to write about horror?
I have to thank 'Alfred Hitchcock Presents.'  I was probably too young to be watching that show in the first place (I think I was six or seven) and there was an episode called "An Unlocked Window."  Scared the bejeebies out of me ~ and I loved it!  Haunted me for nights but I couldn't tell my parents or they wouldn't let me watch Alfred Hitchcock anymore.  What scared me more than anything in that one episode was there was nothing supernatural - just human beings dealing in a horrible situation.  As I grew and learned to write - wanting to scare the hell out of people with my words was my choice.  That episode always lurked in the back of my mind.

 How do you keep your writing different from the vast variety of
 stories (in your genre) out there today?
Fortunately (or unfortunately) I've got one hell of a warped and unique imagination.

 How did your title come into play?
Talking about my book of horror and speculative fiction short stories, "Edging Past Reality" is the title of the book and also the title of one of the stories.  I thought that encapsulated the theme of the book.  In "Silent Kill" (the novel I'm promoting even though it's not released yet), well, without giving too much away, Silent Kill is a command to a cute little rottweiler.  Okay, he's not so cute, and certainly not little.

 Can you tell us a little bit about the main characters and/or the plot in your book?
Talking about "Silent Kill," Louise Miller is a lesbian cop.  Dealing with the good ol' boy mindset is hard enough, but then one of her few friends on the force is found dead. She teams up with her brother, Andrew, a rookie deputy sheriff to track down the killer.  Elias is just one crazy psychodude with a sadistic sense of humor.

 What were your feelings when you first novel was accepted for
Elated, ecstatic, and when I could breath again ~ FINALLY!

 Who is your favorite author? What genre of books do you read?
Harlan Ellison is my favorite author.  I read a wide variety of books, mostly fiction.  I do enjoy history and biographies occasionally, but in biographies the person has to be dead or I feel it's incomplete.  I'm not a fan of literary fiction or romance, but if the writing is excellent I'll most likely enjoy it.  That being said, I read mostly mysteries, horror, and suspense/thrillers.

 Are you working on any projects right now?
Too many at once.  I've got one horror novel that's about half done, another horror novel about one quarter done. Because of an idea I recently had, I've got an opening chapter of what will be a suspense/thriller.  And now I'm in the mood to do a short story or two or three . . .

 If you could leave readers with one legacy, what would you want it to
"I love his books!  He's my favorite author!"

What advice would you give to writers just starting out in this genre?
How To Books and classes are fine, but they don't amount to much if you don't write every day.  And if possible, join a writers' group.

 Any last comments you would like to add?.....(upcoming events,  titles, etc. )
Keep an eye out for "Silent Kill."  It should be released soon.  Also, feel free to subscribe to my blog - it's at my website (see below).

Is there a website that readers may find you at?
Website: www.davidfingerman.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/david.fingerman?ref=profile
Twitter: http://twitter.com/davfin23

David is on virtual book tour with Authors Supporting Authors.  You can see his dates and destinations from his website.

David's next stop will be May 21, guest blogging at Magician Of Oz.

Leave a comment here today for David,  and you will be entered into a drawing to win a copy of his book!

Follow my blog and leave a comment and you will also be entered into a drawing to win a book light for your nightly reading pleasure.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Chatting with author Katie Salidas, Immortalis Carpe Noctem

 Today my guest is author Katie Salidas.  Her novel Immortalis Carpe Noctem is published by Rising Sign Books.  Katie has taken vampire writing a step further,  letting you see exactly what a person going through the change experiences.

Thank you so much for chatting with us today Katie.  It is such a pleasure having you here.

Please tell us a little about yourself.....

Well, I'm a self-proclaimed vamp-a-holic. LoL. I just love vampires in any form: Books, Tv, or Movies. I loved them so much it pushed me to write my own story about them. I've just released my first novel, Immortalis Carpe Noctem. It's available in print and ebook format. Look for it anywhere you buy books. And if the book store doesn't have it on the shelves, ask for it!

What do you see as your influences on your writing?

Everything influences my writing. Things I watch on TV, Movies, and of course the books I read. I find that the questions raised as I read stories help me to create things. For example, If I read a story about werewolves, I want to know all about them. What makes them tick. That could inspire me to create my own version of werewolves and a new story might spark from that. Influence is everywhere, you just have to look.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Might sound a bit crazy, but sometimes getting the characters to do what you want them to is a challenge. Once you have breathed life into them with their story and given them personality, they tend to take over. Then, when you want them to do something they don't want to do, the story just seems to grind to a halt. I've had many occasions where whole scenes had to be rewritten because the characters just didn't work out doing what I had planned for them to do.

Where do you hope to take your writing in the future?

I hope to be a multi-published author and really be able to live off of my writing. It's a big dream but I think it could happen.

How do you develop your plots and characters? Do you use any set formula?

I am a pantser, through and through. LoL. Like I said above, I breathe life into my characters and see where the story wants to go. It is often frustrating and leads to many revisions but it is the only way I know to write. I just cannot strap my self down to a defined plot.

What drew you to write about vampires?

I've loved them since I was a little girl. It was only natural I write about them.

How do you keep your writing different from the vast variety of vampire stories out there today?

Immortalis Carpe Noctem, does have a lot of similar vampire themes. It's hard to strike too far from the norm without people complaining. That is not so say it is cliché. Instead of staring out with a kick ass heroine, Immortalis starts off a bit more rough. The main character has to come to grips with what has happened to her. She grows into herself a little more slowly, allowing you to really understand what it is to be a vampire and the not so glamorous nature of their kind. Sometimes stumbling and making mistakes can be an adventure too. Now, don't get me wrong, she isn't going to be a weakling forever. She will grow to be that kick ass heroine but it will take time.

Who is your favorite author? What genre of books do you read?

I love to read anything involving vampires and they span the genres from horror to erotica. All are great in my opinion. I do have a soft spot for the older Anne Rice novels as well as the hot new Charlaine Harris ones.

Are you working on any projects right now?

I'm always working on something. Currently I am finishing up revisions for the next book in the Immortalis series. Hunters and Prey should be out in early 2011.

If you could leave readers with one legacy, what would you want it to be?

Not really sure how to answer this one. I'm not looking to get famous with my writing. I would just like to know that people really enjoyed the stories I created. They are like children to us writers and to know people appreciate them when we've sent them off into the world is all we really need.

What advice would you give to writers just starting out in this genre?

Write the story that is in your heart. Make your characters come to life and enjoy the whole process. Publication is great, but you should enjoy every part, not just the birth of your book.

Any last comments you would like to add?.....

I just want to say thank you for having me here on your blog. It has been a pleasure chatting with you today.

I'm always looking to interact with readers and writers online, please feel free to stop by and say hello on Facebook. I am always there, look me up if you have some time.


Katie thanks again for chatting with us.  Katie is on virtual book tour with Authors Supporting Authors,  and will be going on tour with Pump Up Your Book.  You can see her schedule of stops at her website Rising Sign Books.  

Leave a comment for Katie for your chance to win a copy of Immortalis Carpe Noctem.  Katie's next stop is with Lisa at Reviews and Interviews,  on May 18.  

Leave a comment today for Katie and get an 1 entry to win a writers pack,  which includes a journal, pen, book light, and book marker.

Bonus entries:  Please leave a separate comment for each entry as each comment receives its own number,  and the winner will be chosen  by random generator,  and announced Monday, May 17.
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Monday, May 10, 2010

Contest Winner of Journey To Forever!

I'm a day late so sorry but the winner of the book Journey To Forever is Stephanie Suesan Smith.  Congratulations Stephanie.

Winner was chosen by Random Number Generator.

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Sunday, May 2, 2010

Prize Give Aways Start Today for Virtual Book Tours!

Virtual Book Tours for Authors Supporting Authors has been going fantastic! We have over 20 authors on tour, with over 30 stops! WOW! So here I am, going to give you a list of hosts participating with their links.

For everyone that leaves a comment after each authors post that is on tour, you will be entered into a drawing to win a signed copy of the authors books, plus these fabulous prizes, with more prizes added everyday!

Writers Pack includes a journal, matching pen set, book light and book marker from one of our authors.

We have 8 book lights to give away in a variety of colors.

We have three $25 and one $50 Visa Gift Card

I will be giving away 2 Visa Gift Cards.

Author Aurora Lightbourne will be giving away one $25 Visa Gift card with her Crossword game with her tour. Visit her site for more details.

Author Melody Dempsey will be giving away one $50 Visa Gift Card with her tour for anyone that comes close to guessing the plot of her sequel for The Forest Portal!

Free design and Free printing & shipping of a 8.5 x 11.5 Heirloom book from Heritage Makers. This is a great gift for any family. (a $135 value).
Donated by Patti Hultstrand

Write until your heart’s content with the 11.5x8.5 storybook. There’s plenty of room for journaling right along side your photos. A nice size for family traditions and heritage stories.
  • 21 high-quality pages, expandable to 99 ($0.99 per extra page)
  • Personalized, hardbound cover
  • Completely customizable
  • Create your own design or try a template
  • Just add photos and your words
  • Simple drag-and-drop placement

Plus books upon books will be given as prizes, simply for leaving a comment after each authors post! Simply visit each blog, become a follower, leave a comment, TADA! You are entered into the drawings. Visit often, or subscribe via email so you will be notified when each drawing will be done, and if you won!

Hosts Participating with Authors Supporting Authors Virtual Book Tours:

Wow! Now that is quite a list! You can see ALL authors on tour by visiting the Virtual Book Tour Cafe. Just click on their banners to be taken to their pages to learn more about them!

To start off the give aways - today through May 9, if you leave a comment for this post, you will be entered into a drawing to win this book:

So why not leave a comment for your chance to win today! Winner will be announced next Sunday, May 9, so get your comment in for an entry to win!

Good Luck!