Genre: Urban Fantasy
Number of pages: 238
Word Count: 74,722
Half-vampire, half-human, Nina Martinez spent most of her life underground as part of an elite secret team of government agents who quietly take down rogue monsters -- the human world none the wiser.
She moves back to her hometown of Providence, RI to keep an eye on the recent uptick in supernatural activity, and to help run the bar she co-owns with her aunt. Her attempt at a “regular” life, not to mention a budding relationship with smoking hot FBI agent Max, is cut short because of a string of ritual murders targeting the city's community of witches.
But Nina's investigation unearths deadly secrets from her long buried parents. Now the target of supernatural assassins, could Nina be the most dangerous vampire hybrid to ever exist? No wonder she can’t get a date.
An urban fantasy set in a decaying Providence, Rhode Island, HELL'S BELLE is a fast-paced, adrenaline-fueled roller-coaster ride through a city on the cusp of becoming an urban wasteland. An energetic, expansive, and cinematic, HELL'S BELLE was called "captivating" by Kirkus Reviews.
Book Chick City gave it 5-stars, calling it "one of the best urban fantasies I have read this year!"
Welcome to IAB. I'm so glad you could stop in today to chat. May I offer you a beverage?
I'd love a Witches Brew, thank you!
Now that we are settled in, let's get to know you better.
BK: Looking out the nearest window, describe the scene you see.
It's dark. I can see my neighbor's front porch--they have their front night light on. I see trees, cars on the street but they are in shadow. We have few streetlights.
BK: Tell us about your office. Is it a mess like mine, or is everything in its place?
I wish my office was organized. Right now, it's like a tornado passed through.
BK: What is a must-have, such as coffee or a favorite pen, that you need to write?
I was a smoker for a long time, so writing without smoking was really tough at first. Now, I always need something to drink, coffee or tea, or even just water. Sometimes I'll have a beer or glass of wine. But I usually forget it's there. It's like a crutch. I just want it. Just in case!
BK: Do you like to write in silence, or do you need music or background noise?
It really depends. Some days I do better in complete silence, sometimes I like some music. But I don't need either to write. Since I write in weird places at weird times, I am pretty adaptable.
BK: Tell us a bit about your hero/heroine, and their development.
Nina is in her early 30s, half vampire, half human. I wanted her slightly older than the usual urban fantasy heroines. She had a weird, almost sheltered upbringing. She was raised on a secret military base where she trained to be a member of Blood Ops, this wild government organization takes down rogue supernatural creatures. So her world view is a little skewed. She's never really dated, her only friends are supernaturals since she never really spent time in the human world.
BK: As a writer myself, I'm always curious how other writers get through stumble blocks. When you find a story not flowing, or a character trying to fight you, how do you correct it?
I write through it and then go back and edit out the stuff that doesn't work. Sometimes I have to walk away and start the next chapter. Then I can go back to the problem spot with a fresh pair of eyes.
BK: Using the letters of your first name as an acronym, describe your book...
Kriptonite Ass-kicking Rocking Exciting N
BK: How did your writing journey begin?
I started writing plays in high school and all through college. That's what I thought I Wanted to do with my life. Then reality sunk in--it's near impossible to make a living as a playwright. So I just stopped, and worked in entertainment for 20 years. I wrote on and off but just kind of filed it away, forgot about it. A few years ago, I decide to just go for it.
BK: Using the letters from the word, Summer, how would friends and family describe you?
Silly Unhinged (sometimes) Madcap Magnanimous Enthusiastic Resourceful
BK: What is the craziest thing you've ever written about, whether it got published or not?
This is a tough one. I once wrote about someone lighting themselves on fire. I was 10.
BK: Tell us one thing you've done in life, that readers would be most surprised to know.
Another tough one! Maybe that I've worked the red carpet at an Emmy Awards? That was kind of wild. And super stressful.
BK: What can we expect from you in the future?
I am working on the Hell's Belle follow up, as well as a horror novel. I have the idea for a paranormal YA novel as well. Hopefully you'll be seeing a lot more books!
This or That...
Coke or Pepsi?
Diet Coke. In a glass bottle.
Night Owl or Early Bird?
Night owl when given a choice, but lately early bird
Fantasy or Mystery?
Pen/Paper or Computer?
Pizza or Burger?
Rock or Country?
Chocolate or Vanilla?
Beach or Mountains?
Thank you so much for having us as one of your stops today. It has been great getting to know more about you and your book, and hope you will come back when the next release is out (*hinthint*)
Wishing you much success! Watch for my review of Hell's Belle tomorrow! Whew! Good stuff!!!
About the Author:
An award-winning playwright, Karen Greco has spent close to twenty years in New York City, working in publicity and marketing for the entertainment industry.
A life-long obsession with exorcists and Dracula drew her to urban fantasy, where she can decapitate characters with impunity. HELL'S BELLE is her first novel.