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Hi, Leagh! Thanks so much for interviewing me.
R: Hi Cynthia, glad you could make it. Tell us a little about yourself.
C: I’m a southern girl—born and raised along the Gulf Coast. I love horror movies (Saturday nights will find me glued to the SyFy Channel), chocolate, good books, and the beach.
I write paranormal romance and romantic suspense stories. What can I say? I like monsters.
R: If you were not a writer what would you be?
C: A teacher. Before I started writing full-time, I taught history to middle school students. I enjoy working with kids, so I’d still be doing that job.
Although…growing up, my plan was to always be a magician. However, while I know enough tricks to amuse my son, I don’t know enough to actually give Copperfield any competition.
R: Well I for one am very happy you choose to be a writer. Where do you get your ideas for your books?
C: Everywhere! Seriously, songs, movies, dreams—ideas can come from any place. When they hit me, I just write the ideas down as quickly as possible so that I don’t forget.
R: Can you tell us a little about Angel of Darkness and its characters?
C: Yes—thanks for asking! ANGEL OF DARKNESS is the first book in my Fallen series. (I’m currently working on book 4, so there will be at least 4 stories in this series.) My hero is Keenan, an Angel of Death. He can kill with a touch and has done so—for thousands of years. But, one night, everything changes for Keenan. He is in New Orleans, perched on the Cathedral and ready to take his latest charge, but he hesitates. Instead of killing Nicole St. James, Keenan kills the vampire who is attacking her.
Because he doesn’t follow orders (naughty angel), Keenan falls. His wings burn away as he plummets to earth.
The only way Keenan can get back to heaven? He has to finish his mission…he has to kill Nicole.
But Keenan doesn’t want to kill Nicole. She’s not the same woman that he watched before. That dark night, she changed, too, and Nicole became a vampire. Now every supernatural creature in the area is after her—angels, demons, even shifters, but Keenan is determined to protect her from everyone…even from himself.
One note about Keenan…he’s my first virgin hero. Yes, I said virgin hero. My angels don’t feel emotions—no needs, no lusts, no desires. At least, they don’t feel them until they fall. Once they fall, they get hit with every emotion that humans feel, and those emotions can be pretty overwhelming. So when those out-of-control desires are paired with an angel’s supernatural strengths, all hell can really break loose.
R: Oh that sounds so exciting! I am anxiously awaiting a chance to read this book. What was the hardest part about writing this book?
C: My villains. Yes, there is definitely more than one villain in this book. It was a little tricky, though, because I knew that I planned to write some books about the “bad” guys later. So it was a trick to balance their evil deeds versus how much redemption they’d be able to earn from readers in the future.
R: Were there any deleted scenes that you wanted to keep in?
C: I was very lucky with this book—no deleted scenes! Yay!
R: Is this a series and if so how many books will there be total?
C: It is a series. Four books are planned. Three written, the last in the works.
R: How to you cope with writers block?
C: I write through it. I write and write and I may have to delete scenes later b/c they suck, but I force my fingers to stick to the keyboard. I figure I can fix a broken scene, but there’s little I can do for endless blank pages.
R: Are there any special things you need while writing and when do you normally write?
C: I like to listen to music before I write—in order to set the mood. As far as when I write, I do that whenever the house is quiet. (Not too many quiet days in the summer!) I prefer to write early in the morning b/c my mind seems fresher then, but I often wind up writing late at night.
R: Are going to be attending any conventions in the 2011-2012 season?
C: I am! Right now, I’m planning to attend the RT Convention in Chicago, the Silken Sands Writers Conference in Pensacola, Florida, and the Authors After Dark event in New Orleans.
Thank you for the interview!
You are very welcome. Thank you so much for being here.
Cynthia is offering one commenter an ARC of this book. All you have to do is follow this blog and comment to win. Tell me what you think about virgin heroes. Please leave your email address so I can contact you if you win. I will pick a winner on 9/16/11 and post here.
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