Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The Next Big Thing

I recently read "Where Will You Run" and "Where Will You Hide". Two wonderfully addicting books by M.E. Franco. I've also had the honor of virtually meeting her and fulfilling a life long dream of meeting one of my favorite authors. Granted, she's one of my newest faves, but I still think it's totally cool that she takes the time to chat with her fans. :) M. E. is an amazing author who gets you hooked into her stories from the get-go and won't let you go until the end. I literally couldn't put these books down, they were so good. I can't wait to read her third... "Where Will You Turn?" (which, if you're reading this, M.E., I think is a FANTASTIC title! lol)
This has been the first time I've participated in any type of blogger event thingy, and I'm really excited that she picked me to talk about my new work in progress. I'm almost finished with Consumed since I split Created into two full-length novels. Here's the synopsis:
For three hundred years I lived with Stephan; learning about the culture forced upon me, growing as a pyrokinetic vampire and healing from Mneseus' century of abuse. Before Stephan's guidance and direction, I was an empty shell. His kindness, compassion and just beliefs showed me that there could be a life without pain. Over time, I learned to love again. Foolishly I believed Stephan and I would be partners, comfortable and content with out half-life for eternity.
Then She came and ruined it.
I left them to find a place I could spend the rest of my lonely years. Mneseus' last words reverberated through the centuries, reminding me, I wasn't worthy of love. It would be now, when I finally resigned myself to an eternity of solitude, that I would find it.
Logan was everything I'd ever needed in a man, with one fatal flaw. Could I look past that, risking my heart, my future and his very life to be with him? Was love truly enough?

Here are the rules:

Answer the ten questions about your current WIP (Work In Progress)

Tag other writers/bloggers and add their links so we can hop over and meet them, and link back to my page. Be sure to check out M. E.'s blog about her next big thing: "Where Will You Turn?"

1.   What is the working title of your book?

Consumed. I thought it'd be fun to start every book in this series with a C. Didn't expect it to be over 5 books long, yet right now the book arc is looking to be 7-9 books. That's a lot of "C" words. lol

2.   Where did the idea come for the book?

When I started this series, I wanted to write a book about vampires and shifters that I wanted to read, something different, not always the happy ending, cookie cutter books that are already out there. I created Natasha and her story took off in a completely different direction than I'd originally planned (I didn't want romance or sex...) Once Changed was complete, Victoria's light, tentative voice asked to have her story told. She'd been hurt so badly and shunned from so many, I couldn't tell her no. Created was born. I thought it'd be cool to go back and forth from her past and her present, but that was proving to be quite a long book and very confusing. I didn't feel the impact was being met for either story so after months of agonizing deliberation, I split them. Consumed was born.

3.   What genre does your book fall under?

Paranormal Romance/Erotica. Not for people under the age of 18. Some over 18 will blush profusely.

4.   Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
This is tough. I've thought about it and talked about it with my sister often enough that I should have an idea. Trouble is, they're so unique, such their own individuals that I have trouble casting them. Logan however, was written based solely on an actor that I completely adore. 
Here are my ideas for the main Male characters:
Karl Urban as Stephan

Dwayne Johnson as Mneseus

Vin Diesel as Raifuku "Raif"

Joe Manganiello as Logan
And for the Ladies...

Hayden Panettiere as Victoria

Holly Marie Combs as Natasha
Kate Beckinsale as Katie

5.  What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
After centuries of abuse and loneliness, would Victoria ever find love?

6.   Will your book be self published or represented by an agency?

Self published. I'm too much of a control freak.

7.   How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

It typically takes me three - four months when I start writing to the completion of my full-length novels, as long as I don't get interrupted during writing. If I could write full-time, it'd take less time to write.

8.   What other books would you compare this story to in your genre?

I've actually never thought about this before. I'd say, probably Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake before it turned into nothing but porn. Maybe Kelly Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series and Kim Harrison's Hollow's series. Again, I'm not really sure, but these series' all have strong supernatural female leads that you grow attached to and love, just like mine.

9.   Who or What inspired you to write this book?

My mom and I were talking about life one day a few years back and she said, "I don't know why you don't write. You're an amazing storyteller." I was baffled by this as she'd never said that before. I thought about it and started Choice about a year later. Now, I have to write. It's like breathing to me. I don't feel complete unless I have at least one writing project that I'm working on.

10.       What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

I became enthralled by Steve Alten's writing a few years back. He put so many facts into his books that they felt as if they could actually happen. When I finally sat down to write, I was determined to make my fictional world as close to reality as I could. I've researched everything I could, designing Atlantis and the history based off of Plato's initial description. Poseidon did marry Clieto and they did have 5 sets of twins. There are lots of little factual tidbits in my stories that I intertwined into the fictional story. I think it helps to bring the reader into the story and make it more believable. 

Here are the authors I have nominated (mostly because I think they're relatively unknown, awesome authors). Click on the name to go to the author's blog and click on the title or “here” links to check out their books. 

Mary Ting wrote Crossroads, a new series I'm just starting to get into.
Carlyle Labuschagne writes the Broken Series, the start of a new series I'm quickly becoming addicted to! 
Claire Smith, a newbie author that is publishing her first book SOON! I can't wait!!!