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Dual blogtour: Guest Post

Published 17/08/2012 by supernaturalreadingaddict


So as part of the dual blogtour for The unsacred gift and Transition: The chimera hunters series I have a guest post by the author of The unsacred gift C.S. Dorsey. I was scheduled for an interview but because I mixed the interview and review date up I got the chance to do a guest post. So here it is, enjoy reading it as much as I did:

Facts about the Setting

 

The locations for The Unsacred Gift are pretty well-known to me. Which is one of the reasons why I choose them. Seattle was the perfect place because not only have I been there several times since living in Washington (state) years ago, but the rainy weather and gloomy setting was perfect. I wanted to have a setting that would fit Sissy’s constant mood of feeling sad and lonely with her “gift.” So what better way to present that in the story.

 

When it was time for her to come home I had to defiantly settle on a spot where it was sunny, and what better setting than California. I choose California because not only am I from there, but I wanted her to be somewhere where the street where familiar to pin point the exact location of her sisters disappearance.

 

I also wanted to have a location that my friends and family could be familiar with as well. And since I have lived in Washington and California it was very easy for me to talk about the different shifts in climate change.

I have to admit, reading this guest post really makes me want to read the book! I hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as I did. Here is some more information about the author:

 

Author Bio

C. S. Dorsey currently lives in Northern California. She graduated from the University of Phoenix with an Associate Degree in Financial Services, and is currently working for a financial institution. She never thought about writing until one day this girl started talking to her in her head and never stop. She has written other young adult books including best-selling Lukos Trilogy.

Social Media Links:

blog:          http://csdorsey.blogspot.com

twitter:       http://www.twitter.com/cs_dorsey

goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/csdorsey

facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/candicesdorsey

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Interview with Michael J. Lee

Published 13/04/2011 by supernaturalreadingaddict

As part of the bewitched booktours, Michael J. Lee stops by my blog today for an interview. I really enjoyed My frankenstein, as a fan of the original story I really wanted to read this book. I want to thank Michael J. Lee   for taking the time to answer my questions.

So give a warm welcom to Michael J. Lee


1. Can you tell a little bit about yourself?

I’ve been writing for waaay too long. I started writing short stories in College. Then one day I made the finals on the Disney Screenwriting Fellowship. I moved out to LA and concentrated on screenplays. I learned quite a bit and became an excellent script reader and judge. One of my screenplays got me a manager. At his behest I looked at transforming My Frankenstein which at the the time was a screenplay into a novel.

2. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

Around the time I discovered Poe and short horror fiction when I was a kid. Those were the only interesting books from the school library.

3. What comes first? The story, the character(s) or the idea for the novel?

They all sort of come about at the same time. Rather, I need to have all three working in sync before a project really takes off for me. I need characters who jump out, a compelling plot to occupy them. and an original concept to tie all together. You try to start without one of the three and you’ll just be spinning on your wheels.

4. What would be your favorite past time activity, when you are not writing?

Cooking. I’m addicted to Food Network and the shows like No Reservation and Bizarre Foods.

5. Are there any writers out there that have inspired you?

To many to neme but here’s just a partial list, J.R.R. Tolkien, Gene Wolfe, Tracy Hickman and Margaret Weis, Charlaine Harris, Vivi Anna, Michele Hauf, Scott Westerfeld, Cory Doctorow, Stephanie Meyers, JK Rowling.

6. Can you tell a little more about your book: My Frankenstein?

It’s a romantic retelling of the story told mostly through the eyes of a young, inquisitive girl who meets the Baron and is swept off her feet by him. There are some critical changes some mordern twists. A love triangle develops between the three manin characters, one that’s resolved in a fiery conclusion.

7. What inspired you to write this story?

I’ve always been a huge Frankenstein fan since I was a young boy. I was always fascinated by the different ways it was adapted in film. Universal wnet one way, Hammer Films went in a slightly different direction. It seemed only natural for me to take a stab at it.

8. Which character did you enjoy writing about the most and why?

Definitely Viktor because he’s so evil yet so likable and even a little sympathetic. He does horrible things but he was his reason and his motivation. He truly believes what he’s doing is right. Plus he’s so proactive and commited. As with all the best villains he’s just a few degrees off from being a hero.

9.  If you could have dinner with one of your characters who would you choose and why?

Viktor, but only because he’d have the fanciest spread! I’d definitely check to make sure my wine didn’t have arsenic in it.

10. Do you get a lot of respnses from your readers?

Everyone who has read it has had nothing but praise. I know that can’t last. If this book is going to sell well inevitably there’s going to be that one guy who has to be contrary.

11. What are you currently working on?

I’m polishing up a new novel called From Russia with Blood. It combines another two of my favourite genres. I’ll let you guess which ones.

12. Is there anything you would like to say to your readers?

Besides “Buy my book!” Write what fascinates you. If you don’t love it, it’ll show. Put your heart into it. Love your chracters, you’re going to be spending a lot of time with them. Don’t get discouraged by rejections. It takes a lot of cuurage to say “Yes! We’re going to buy that story!” It doesn’t cost them anything to say “No!”

Author Bio

“Michael Lee is a script consultant, judge and entertainment blogger for The Wrap.com and has lived in Detroit, Connecticut, Ohio and Los Angeles.”
http://www.thewrap.com/blog/michael-lee

Giveaway:

Micheal J. Lee is giving away one kindle edition of his book! Leave a comment on this interview including your e-mail adress and I’ll pick a winner at the end of next week.

Blogtour: Interview Tami Jackson

Published 22/02/2011 by supernaturalreadingaddict

So I had the pleasure of not only reading and reviewing Raven & the resurrected but I got to interview the author Tami Jackson as well.
I would like to thank Tami for her time to answer my questions and I hope you all enjoy the interview!

Thank you, very much, Annabel, for interviewing me today.
ANNABEL: Can you tell us a little about yourself?

TAMI: Well? I live just south of Seattle now with my husband Doug. I like dark chocolate and the color red. Like you, Annabel, I love pets for the fun energy they bring into a home and Doug and I’ve been adopted by a dachshund, a pug, and two indoor cats. We also keep a handful of chickens in the back yard with a rabbit named Oscar. Formerly a sole custody parent, I raised my three children alone and feel so grateful they are all now very successful adults. Through my marriage to Doug, I gained two grown step sons so we now make up a rather large family. 
ANNABEL: Can you tell us a little more about your book?

TAMI: The book is called Ravena & The Resurrected (SunTigerMOJO.com) and reviewers keep remarking about how humorous they find it. 23-year-old Ravena Doomlah had moved to Seattle to meet vampires. She recently graduated from college and, as a plump computer geek (she works in tech support) scores a job at the downtown library. That’s where she cannot understand why her coworkers don’t believe in blood drinkers. They won’t even listen when she admits she met a gorgeous blonde vampire on the street with mesmerizing blue-green eyes.
She yearns to meet that vampire again and returns to the location where she saw him, but things don’t go as planned. When Ravena finally becomes vampire, instead of feeling wooed, she’s suddenly attacked in a very cruel fashion. Her maker is a very thin and unfamiliar grey-haired stalker who looks like he stepped out of a history book with his dali mustache. The rest of the book details Ravena’s life: as she goes through the changes that make her crave blood while she flees a highly motivated enemy, Assassins, who hate all stalkers of the night. The book has many twists and turns that make complete sense by the time a reader reaches the happy ending.
ANNABEL: Would you rather be a werewolf or vampire and why?

TAMI:When I walk into a book store, I can get lost in either the vampire or werewolf section. I love reading about them both. Meanwhile, because werewolves seem less able to control themselves, and because when a vampire shape-shifts (e.g., to fly) it’s not due to the moon phase but due to personal desire, I think the vampire life looks much more compelling. Vampires are not typically depicted as enduring the most painful transformations that werewolves endure either. In R&R, Ravena’s great-grandmother remembers werewolf stories from her childhood and describes how not all shape-shifters are alike. A wolf made by a sorcerer’s curse has less control during a full moon than a wolf-mutant who acquired the virus from being bitten. In chapter seven:
“Those bitten can shape-shift and turn into a wolf any time they want. Other werewolves, such as those cursed by a soothsayer, shape-shift only when there’s a full moon. That’s why cursed wolves harbor a most ferocious resentment for the moon phases; as Luna (the moon) controls them!”
ANNABEL: What is your writing process like?

TAMI: It’s wide and varied. Sometimes I’m holding the dachshund while the pug sleeps at my feet and I type away feverishly. Yet sometimes ideas come while I’m sleeping. That’s when I wake up, jot down notes, and go back to sleep. Sometimes I’m compelled to take my laptop to the library or to a coffee shop and just sit with the public buzz happening in the background while I write like crazy. At other times, I’m outside gardening and remove my gloves to jot down notes to myself. I often peck out quick notes on my Smart Phone when I’m out and traveling around town. That’s so I don’t forget a great idea once it appears.
ANNABEL: Did you decide right away that your book would be the first in a series?

TAMI: No. Meeting Ravena was very much like making friends in a book club. The relationship had to evolve and now she’s become so real to me I started a character blog for her. She still has much more to say (which is why this will be a series.)
ANNABEL: How did you come up with Ravena?

TAMI: Initially I wanted to record life lessons that I feel took me way too long to learn. If I ever have grandchildren, I hope they are not taught to always turn the other cheek, and they are instead advised that some people can be very mean and quite often it has nothing to do with something the child may have done – so learn to avoid those people and surround yourself with the loving sort. Some of these “lessons” I’ve learned are expressed in Ravena’s life. For instance, it takes her a while to learn she cannot just take everybody at their word – not even those she meets in the night.
ANNABEL: If This book would be made into a movie, who would you want to play the role of Ravena?

TAMI: There are so many talented actresses the world over. I’m sure many (currently unknowns) could play her part very effectively. In my mind, after Ravena becomes vampire, she looks something like Croatian actress Zrinka Cvitešić (my drawings of Ravena do NOT do her justice). Meanwhile, I adore Keira Knightley and all her work. She would most certainly play Ravena perfectly!
ANNABEL: Do you have any advice for people out there who want to become writers?

TAMI: Just do it. Write. You can study writing all you want and go to all the workshops and writer’s critique groups you can make time for. Yet unless you’re actually sitting down in isolation doing ‘the work’ you won’t ever really get your book written. Writing can feel very lonely at times. That’s why I really love social media. I treat Facebook, other blogs, and Twitter like it’s the office water cooler. I pop by and say hello to people to make sure I stay in touch with what’s going on in the world when I’m working in isolation.
ANNABEL: Is there anything you want to say to your fans reading this? 

TAMI: This interview today is part of a blog tour. I’ve been introducing the various characters in R&R on participating blogs and anyone who is interested in reading more may find hyperlinks to the entire tour at  http://suntigermojo.com/book-tour-author-tami-jackson-blogs.html. To reach me, viewers may search “Vamchoir” on-line or visit the publisher’s website:http://SunTigerMOJO.com
Thanks again, Annabel. I feel very thankful for all of your questions and am grateful for this opportunity to share with your subscribers.

Again thank you very much Tami for your time! If you want to read my review of the book just click HERE.

You can find a summary of the book at Goodreads.
And if you would like to read this book yourself so you can read this wonderful book yourself. You can find the book
here at smashwords.

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