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Interview with Suzan Battah

Published 27/01/2012 by supernaturalreadingaddict

Hello everyone! I want to give a warm welcome to author Suzan Battah. She’s been so kind to answer my questions and share them with all you readers out there. 

1.   Can you tel lus a little bit about yourself?

I’m Suzan Battah. I live in Sydney, Australia. My favorite past-time is reading but I also love going to the movies, Latin and Ballroom Dancing.
2.   When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I was about 14 or 15 years old and loved being in libraries and adored bookstores. I was caught reading the ending of a book, which I was so embarrassed about but I wanted to know whether the ending was going to be good enough to read the whole 400 pages, it was.

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

The story comes first for me, the concept is what than makes the chracters come to life. I love developing the idea and all the problems and from that begin the process of creating the characters.

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

Dancing! Love to dance Salsa, Tango all sorts of dancing but especially Latino and Ballroom Dancing.

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

There are plenty of writers who have inpsired me. Johanna Linsey, SE Hinton, JK Rowling, Richelle Mead, Stephanie Meyer are all really great writers who inspire me to keep writing and be the best I can be and work hard at getting better.

6.  Can you tell a little more about your book: Basatai: Outside in?

Armani is plagued by a curse in her blood. She’s remained hidden on earth with her human adoptive father for 17 years but everything is about to change when she turns 18 and the curse matures in her blood making her an open target. Her Guardian and Elite BaSatai Warriors have come to train her and cross her over for better protection but Armani isn’t ready to leave earth. She doesn’t believe she’s the one cursed.

7.  What inspired you to write this story?

I have a really wild imgaination and can day dream a lot especially when it comes to the fantastical world. I love creating supernatural worlds, it’s one of my favorite places to be in. One day I wondered what it would be like to be cursed and how would I feel about having someone willing to die just to protect me. BaSatai was born and soon too came the characters to life.

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

Karhl, he is Armani’s Guardian and is named after my best friend in primary school. Karhl is strong, protective, and such a sweetheart when he wants to be. He is powerful but not too arrogant and does everything he can to protect Armani. His devotion is so real. He’s got real emotions, not perfect but true in what he believes. A great friend to anyone.

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

Jayani! She’s a real hoot and a party girl, would be so much fun to have dinner and go danicng with the girls. She’s also a little dangerous sometimes, which makes her a little bit more interesting.

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

Suprisingly, I do get mail from readers and I love to hear from them. Being relatively unknown it’s really exciting to hear from someone who has read my books and enjoyed it so much they write to share. I love to hear from readers.   I’ve been fortunate enough to hear from readers in Europe, Phillipines, England, America, Bulgaria and Australia.
11. What are you currently working on? 

      The second novel in the BaSatai series which will be even more wild than the 1st with lots more romance, plenty more adventure and lots of twists and turns to keep you on the edge of your seat.

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

Being relatively new to the published world, I love to hear from new readers and fans but would love readers to spread the word about my books to reach a wider audience who may not have heard of my work. 

If you want to know more about Suzan and her writing visit her website:
Thank you so much Suzan for taking the time to answer my questions and I can’t wait to read the next book in this wonderful series!


Published 07/12/2011 by supernaturalreadingaddict

A little while ago I did an interview with Rainy of the Dark about me and blogging. And I got an e-mail today that my interview is online!!!!
So if you want to read more about why I started blogging and what I think is important about bookblogging. then click on this link: Interview

Interview with Calisto and Kate

Published 26/08/2011 by supernaturalreadingaddict

I was so excited when I recieved an e-mail from Lisa Kessler this week, she was going to do a blogpost today on my blog but she had another idea. I could interview Calisto and Kate if I wanted to, of course she didn’t have to ask me twice if I wanted to do this. So a big thank you for Calisto and Kate for answering my questions! And a big thank you for Lisa for asking me if I wanted to do this. So everybody give a warm welcome to Calisto and Kate!

Hi Everyone –
I wanted to thank Annabel for her great interview questions for Calisto and Kate from my new novel, Night Walker.  I guess I’ll pass the keyboard to them…
Annabel:  First of all how are you both doing?

*Kate smiles and glances at Calisto, then over to Annabel*  We’re both very happy to be here tonight.
Annabel: I have some questions for Calisto first. How do you adjust yourself to every new century?

*Calisto meets Annabel’s eyes*  I fear I do not adjust well. I still cling to familiar music and books from my century.
*Kate smiles and pats his thigh* He still won’t let me set up an email account for him.
The computer is not an adjustment I ever plan to make. *a hint of a smile*
Annabel: How do you cope with everyone you lose in the meantime? I don’t think I could live that long and feel lonely.

*smile fades*  Since Tala’s murder, ordered by a man I once thought of as my friend, I distanced myself from everyone. In a way, perhaps that helped me to endure eternity.
Annabel: Which country do you prefer, Spain or America?

I have not seen my homeland since I came to the New World with Father Junipero Serra in the 1700’s, so I would say America is my home now.
Annabel: How would you describe your feelings for Kate?

*Taking Kate’s hand, he smiles at her, before gazing back at Annabel* How do you describe a feeling that is larger than words?
*Kate chuckles and shakes her head, smiling at Annabel* He tries to answer me with more questions too.
*Calisto’s smile fades, his voice deep with emotion* I love her more now than I ever have. She fascinates me and makes me laugh when I believed I had forgotten how.  Kate is the light to my darkness. The other half of my soul.
*He looks at Kate and adds* I am grateful and lucky to have her love in return.
Annabel: And now some questions for Kate… Like Calisto can you describe your feelings for him?

*Kate is still blushing from Calisto’s heartfelt words* Wow!  I’m not sure how I can follow that.  *Calisto’s smile widens* But I can say that before I met Calisto, I always felt like something was missing, almost like I was a stranger in my own life.
But from the moment I heard his voice, his Spanish accent, it all sparked something inside of me.  Not really a memory, but I felt comfortable with him. Safe. I confided secrets with him that I’d never shared with anyone. *holding Calisto’s hand a little tighter* That trust, knowing I wasn’t alone anymore, gave me an inner strength I never knew I had.
Annabel: Before I’m going to ask this question let me just tell you that you are such a great heroine! How did you find the strength to do all the things you did?! If I were you I wouldn’t know if I could handle everything like you did.

I didn’t know if I could handle it either!  *Kate laughs* I guess in the end you do what you have to do.  Live or die.  I’m glad I chose to live and keep moving forward.
Annabel: How do you handle knowing that your an old soul that has lived and loved this man before?

I have to admit that was creepy at first. My whole life I had this horrible nightmare, and to realize I was really seeing my own murder in a past life. *shudders and shakes her head, tightening her grip on Calisto’s hand again* As my past started to come back to me, I really thought I was losing my mind.
Calisto helped by filling in the blanks for me.  It did explain why I felt such a strong connection to him from the first moment we met, but I was glad that I fell in love with him before I remembered. Otherwise I might always wonder if it was real.
*Calisto nods* Kate is no longer Tala.  The past brought us together, but we have different lives now. I fell in love with the woman she is today. 

Annabel: Kate, are you happy with the life you’re living now and the choices you’ve made?

Yes.  *smiles at Calisto* I like knowing whatever the future holds we’ll face it together.
Annabel: And finally a question for you both… What are your plans for the future?

*Lisa takes over the keyboard*   I can’t let them tell you that… LOL  I’m working on the edits for Night Demon (Book #2) so they’re not allowed to give you any spoilers.
We are keeping the conversations going on the Night Series facebook page!  You can visit at
Thanks so much for the great interview quesitons, Annabel!!!
THE NIGHT SERIES – Book One by Lisa Kessler
Title: Night Walker
Author: Lisa Kessler
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: August 2011
ePub ISBN: 978-1-937044-12-1
Mobi ISBN: Coming soon!
Print ISBN: 978-1-937044-13-8
Books 2, 2 1/2, and 3 coming December 2011, January 2012, and June 2012!
Book Description:
He gave up his soul for a second chance to love her…
Two and a half centuries ago, Calisto Terana lost everything when a zealous priest murdered the woman he loved. Now, desperate for another chance to love her, he wants redemption for the mistake that cost her life.
She’s haunted by dreams of her own death…
After catching her fiance with another woman, Kate Bradley returns to San Diego to clear her head. The last thing she needs is romance, but after meeting Calisto she’s drawn to him in ways she doesn’t understand.
They’ve waited in the shadows for centuries…
Calisto has no doubt Kate is the reincarnation of his lost love, but the Fraternidad Del Fuego Santo has a new watcher with dark ambitions of his own. As old enemies reemerge and a new threat arises, the betrayal that enslaved Calisto to the night might destroy the only woman he’s ever loved again.

About the Author:
Lisa Kessler is an avid reader and writer of dark fiction. Her short stories have been published in print anthologies and magazines, and her vampire story, Immortal Beloved, was a finalist for a Bram Stoker award.
Lisa recently signed a 4 book deal with Entangled Publishing to release her Night Series.  The first book, Night Walker, is scheduled to be released August 5th.
When she’s not writing, Lisa is a professional vocalist, performing with the San Diego Opera as well as other musical theater companies in San Diego. You can learn more at
 Lisa lives in southern California with her incredibly fun husband and two amazing kids.
Thank you so much Lisa for this chance to do an amazing interview! And thank you again Calisto and Kate for taking the time to answer my questions. I can’t wait for the next book!

Interview with James Sanderson

Published 19/08/2011 by supernaturalreadingaddict

As part of his blogtour for the Angelic mysteries James Sanderson stopped by my blog today. Here is the interview he gave to the Tony Angelo Radio show. So give him a warm welcome everyone!

I had the great pleasure being on the Tony Angelo radio show last Saturday, and I wanted to share some of the things we talked about (and have added some other things we didn’t talk about). If you have any comments or questions of your own, please add them in the comments below.
Why do you write?

 A person must be crazy to want to write, and I mean that literally. When I was a kid my Dad was such an overbearing and dynamic force in my life – and I don’t mean to say he was abusive, really – that I couldn’t seem to find a voice for myself. When he argued with my mother I remember scrunching down into the corner of my bedroom and making myself very tiny. Then, when I learned to write, my writing was very tiny as well. People still comment on it today. My script is almost microscopic and all pinched together. It was as if I was trying to express myself but I didn’t really want anyone to be able to see what I was trying to say. So, I guess to keep expressing myself, I had to write.
How do you come up with story ideas and characters? 

It takes me a long time to come up with story ideas – and I mean years – and they almost always come from character. Characters develop from people I know, or from my own experience, but I don’t believe any of my characters are based on real people. They are more like composite people. Then, when I know my character, I begin to wonder how they would act or react in this situation or that. The story usually emerges from that.
When and how do you write?

 I have the great luxury now of being a full-time writer, but if I’m not careful my time can go away just as fast as anyone else’s. I usually blog ‘The Angelic Mysteries’ – my novel coming out in August – on Monday. Then I work on the next chapter of my latest novel on Tuesday and Wednesday. Then on Thursday I blog ‘Literary Greatness’, which is my blog about great authors, literature, books, and writing. I promote my work online anytime I get a minute. For the modern author, marketing and promotion must be part of the writing process.
What authors inspire you?

 I have a library full of authors I refer back to often. Tolstoy. Dostoevsky. Hemingway. Faulkner. Steinbeck. Melville. The complete Shakespeare. Henry James. Of course any I don’t have right on the shelf I can usually find online now. That is a great benefit of reading classic literature – you can usually get it free or very cheap on the library giveaway shelf or the used bookstore or online.
What are you working on now? 

‘The Angelic Mysteries’ is a novel about a man who meets a woman who believes herself to be an angel. They are being pursued around Europe by a psychopath she believes in an anti-angel – an angel from hell. It is a thriller and a love story, but also a novel of ideas: about the thin line between sanity and insanity. It’s due out August 18th.
How long does it take you to write a novel? 

Oh goodness, there is no time limit. ‘The Angelic Mysteries’ came out in a limited edition literary paperback in 1994. I have been working on it off and on ever since. The edition due out in August is my final draft however.
What is your next project?

 I have been working on a series of short stories about nonviolent direct action as it has been used around the world, and the collection, as yet untitled, is due out in the spring (March 2012). Meanwhile some of them are being published in small press magazines.
How long have you been writing?

 Well, as I said about being a kid hiding out in my bedroom from the fights my parents had, I began to write stories almost as soon as I could write. I remember my twelfth year in particular. I always read classic literature too, so I was considered somewhat weird by my young friends.
How does your background influence your work?

 I know I have always wanted to be a writer, and the fact that I read classic literature from an early age has had the most influence on my work. Whenever I read I am making mental notes about how this or that style or technique might be useful to my work in the future. I believe that novels should express great ideas because the written word is just too important to waste on only entertainment.
How do you research? 

Plain old library time. Of course it is a lot easier to get books now through inter library loans and so on, and I use the internet extensively. A writer simply must use the internet to help with research. There is no reason for a writer to miss some important detail.
Give some facts and juicy tidbits about your work.

 (Laughs). I don’t know how juicy it is, but when I was writing ‘American Masters’ I came to the chapter about our American State Papers as Literature. It occurred to me that Benjamin Franklin, because he had access to his own printing press, was able to go directly to his readers with his story. Who knows what would be known of him today if he had had to go through some convoluted publishing process to get his work out. In France especially he was able to influence people directly with his writing. I think we authors need to start looking for ways to write directly to our readers. Of course the internet is making great strides at helping us do that.
What are you reading now?

 I am reading ‘Anna Karenina’ for the umpteenth time. It is really my favorite novel. On my shelf are also ‘Middlemarch’ and ‘Vanity Fair’, which are also long reads. So, I’ve got my reading time mapped out for me for quite a while.
Do you have any concluding remarks?

 Only that we writers need to hear from our readers. If you are reading a blog or are meeting an author on Facebook or wherever, don’t be afraid to speak out and say what you think about our work or about reading and writing in general. (Be kind, but be real). We are just breaking into the idea of being able to speak directly with our readers, and we need to know what you are thinking. It will help us create our future works and it will keep us honest about why we’re writing, and who we’re writing for. I would love your feedback at either of my blog sites: Literary Greatness – or You may also look for me on Facebook (James D. Sanderson).

Thank you Jim for sharing this great interview with us!

Interview with Katie Salidas

Published 15/06/2011 by supernaturalreadingaddict

As part of her blogtour for Karma & Melodies Katie Salidas stopped by my blog today to answer some questions.

So give a warm welcome to: Katie Salidas

1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Hmm, let’s see, background on me. I was never very good at just talking about myself. I’m a complete introvert, which I guess helps with writing. I’m much more comfortable with my notebook and pen, writing down stories than I am in public speaking about things. So, really, my life is not hugely exciting. I grew up in a small town in Texas and at the age of 14 moved to Sin City, Las Vegas, Nevada.  Being an introvert, I spent a lot of time people watching , which I think also helps when it comes to creating characters. You learn a lot by observation.

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

I spent a lot of my teenage years reading books and writing down my own silly stories. I never expected them to become a career. It was always just a fun hobby. As I got older, I really wanted to share them with others. That’s when I started seriously considering publishing.

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

I get an idea for a situation and then I begin to fill in the blanks. If that makes any sense. The story forms around it and the characters take on life as well.

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

I love to go out an hike at Red Rock. It’s just beautiful out there. I’ve been trying to get my daughter interestd in it but she’s not quite as enthusiastic about “walking.” LoL.

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

Inspiration comes from everywhere. I woul d be fibbing if I said I didn’t not take inspiration from the great authors who have given me many hours of reading enjoyment.  I’m an avid paranormal reader. =)

6. Can you tell a little more about your book: Karma & Melodies? 

In Karma & Melodies, I ask:  What would you go through for a second chance at love?
Second chances at love don’t come very often, even for a vampire who has eternity.

Kendra used to spend her days organizing events for Café Enigma while daydreaming about Marcus, the sexy lead singer of Normal Paradox. But all those dreams of becoming Mrs. Rock Star died, along with her mortality, the moment Hector entered her life. He tricked her and seduced her into becoming a vampire, stealing Kendra away from Marcus forever.

Ten torturous years later; however, Kendra finds a way to escape Hector and is reunited with her lost love, Marcus. Now that she’s found him she doesn’t want to let him go. But, whispered threats from Hector begin invading her dreams. He’s tracking her down, and she can feel it. He’s a true monster, capable of unspeakable horrors, and Kendra knows what he will do if he catches them.

She’ll have to make a choice: stay and fight for the man she’s always loved, or protect him by leaving and keeping Marcus off of Hector’s radar?

7. What inspired you to write this story?

Karma & Melodies came to me as a snippet of idea and blossomed from there. I see a lot of stories where the man is the vampire and must save the woman. I wanted to turn things around a little. In this story Kendra is the vampire and she is the one trying to protect Marcus.
While coming up with the background for these characters, I was listening to a lot of music and had planned on going to the Coachella music festival. There was a band playing that year that hadn’t played in the States for over 10 years. I ended up missing the concert, but it gave me inspiration. In the beginning, Kendra attends the concert where Marcus is singing and begins the chain of events that connects their lives again after 10 years apart. From there, the story took off.

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

I’m going to go unexpected for a moment and talk about Mikey. He’s not one of the main characters but he was just so much fun to write about. He’s my male diva! He’s the guitarist in the band Normal Paradox and he has a slight prejudice against supernatural creatures.
What made him fun to write about was the conflict between him and Kendra (a vampire) and also his love for his band. He needed to keep Kendra around for Marcus’s sake but he hated every minute of it. Kendra creeped him out, he worried that she was going to use him for a midnight snack, and also didn’t appreciate the effect she was having on his lead singer, Marcus. However, even with all of that anger, he couldn’t tell her to take a hike, or drive a stake through her heart because ultimately she was a necessary evil.

The temper tantrums he threw and the names he called her along the way were just so much fun to write. I have to admit, I love writing argumentative characters.

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

I’d love to go to dinner with the entire group Normal Paradox. How much fun would that be? Maybe they would invite me to come on tour with them as well. I’ve always wanted to be a roadie. =)

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

I love to hear from readers! One of the greates joys of being an author is seeing that other people are enjoying the work you have created. I’ve had quite a few tell me they loved the twist of having a female vampire main character instead of a male. They also really enjoyed the musical aspect as well. That puts a smile on my face. I want to be sure I am crafting stories that people will want to read.

11. What are you currently working on?

My next, or should I say latest, big release is the third installment of the Immortalis series, Pandora’s Box


After a few months as a vampire, Alyssa thought she’d learned all she needed to know about the supernatural world. But her confidence is shattered by the delivery of a mysterious package – a Pandora’s Box.

Seemingly innocuous, the box is in reality an ancient prison, generated by a magic more powerful than anyone in her clan has ever known. But what manner of evil could need such force to contain it?

When the box is opened, the sinister creature within is released, and only supernatural blood will satiate its thirst. The clan soon learns how it feels when the hunter becomes the hunted.

Powerless against the ancient evil, the clan flees Las Vegas for Boston, with only a slim hope for salvation. Could Lysander’s old journals hold the key? And what if they don’t?

And how welcome will they be in a city run by a whole different kind of supernatural being? 


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

Thank you, dear reader! You are the reason I do this!

If you’d like to check out my latest work, Karma & Melodies stop by and read a sample or two. If you like what you see, all of my novels and novellas are available in every ebook format!
Search for me on any of your favorite ebook retailer’s website.

About the author:

Katie Salidas is a Super Woman! Endowed with special powers and abilities, beyond those of mortal women, She can get the munchkin off to gymnastics, cheerleading, Girl Scouts, and swim lessons.  She can put hot food on the table for dinner while assisting with homework, baths, and bedtime… And, She still finds the time to keep the hubby happy (nudge nudge wink wink). She can do all of this and still have time to write.
 And if you can believe all of those lies, there is some beautiful swamp land in Florida for sale…
Katie Salidas resides in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mother, wife, and author, she does try to do it all, often causing sleep deprivation and many nights passed out at the computer. Writing books is her passion, and she hopes that her passion will bring you hours of entertainment.

Thank you so much Katie for stopping by my blog today and taking the time to answer my questions and good luck with the rest of the blogtour!


Now it’s giveaway time, as part of the blogtour I can give away one e-book copy of Karma & Melodies. If you want to win this leave a comment on this interview and include your e-mail adress. I’ll pick a winner at the last day of june. 

Interview:Roxanne Rhoads

Published 06/06/2011 by supernaturalreadingaddict

As part of her blog tour for Paranormal Pleasures Roxanne Rhoads stopped by my blog today for an interview.

So give a warm welcome to Roxanne Rhoads!

1.      Can you tel lus a little bit about yourself?

I’m a busy bee in the book world- in addition to writing fiction, I am a freelance writer, a blogger, a book reviewer and promoter, and the owner of Bewitching Book Tours. I also recently joined Entangled Publishing as a book publicis
When I’m not busy in the book world I’m a wife and mom of three wonderful kids ages 5-19.

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

I wanted to be a writer since I was a little kid. I was a bookworm so writing came naturally. I attended all the local young author’s conferences, wrote for school papers and entered every writing competetion I could. 2 of my poems were published when I was 11 and form then on I was hooked. In high school I wrote for the local paper and school paper. In college I wrote for several local publications and submitted my poetry nationally. I took a breal for awhile then came back to writing in 2005 and started writing fiction in addition to poetry and various forms of non-fiction.

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

Oh well, it all depends on the book or story. Sometimes characters come to me first and I work them into a book or story. Other times a book idea comes to me and I start with that. Overkill started with the first line popping into my head and then I created the story from that. I guess it all depends on what the muse wants to give me to work with on any given day.

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

I love to read (obviously), craft, garden and treasure hunt for vintage goodies.

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

Kim Harrison, Laurell K Hamilton, Jeaniene Forst to name a few.

6. Can you tell a little more about  your book Paranormal Pleasures? 

It’s a collection of 10 erotic paranormal stories. Eight are previously published, two are brand new. A couple are examples of my early work while a few wer just written this past year. I re-edited everything for this book and was amazed at how much my writing style has evolved over the past 6 years.

7. What inspired you to write these stories?

Everything in this book that had been published before was only published in ebooks or on websites and I had quite a few people ask me when the works would be out in print. Especially “A Halloween to Remember”. I had a lot of requests for that one to come out in print. 

So I decided to round up my available stories that all fit into a general theme and put them together in one book available in both print and ebook formats.

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

I love Halloween, it’s my favorite holiday so I think A Halloween to Remember was my favorite story to write, plus I just went crazy with my imagination creating the sexy Halloween party.

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

In this book, probably Renata. She has a history to tell and I want to know more. I think she will appear in another story.

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

Some of my readers are very loyal and I hear from them a lot. They always tell me that they read my newest or they posted a review for me. They are follow me from website to website whenever I’m on tour or being a guest somewhere. They  are so fabulous  and supportive, I really appreciate it.

11. What are you currently working on?

I have a series of sexy vampire novels I’m working on  and a stand alone chick lit style 
paranormal normal novel featuring a witch coming into her powers late in life.

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



As part of the blogtour I’m hosting a giveaway, one winner will get an e-book copy of paranormal pleasures. Leave a comment and your e-mail adres, I will pick a winner at the last day of this month!

Thank you very much Roxanne for taking the time to answer my questions! 

Interview S.J. Wright

Published 16/05/2011 by supernaturalreadingaddict

As part of the blogtour hosted by Bewitching booktours I got the chance to read and review The vampire’s warden written by S.J. Wright. As a bonus I also got the chance to do an interview with the author of this amazing book!

A warm welcome to S.J. Wright!

1. Can you tell a little bit about yourself?

I grew up in a small city in northern Indiana called Mishawaka, lived in Indianapolis for awhile, and when my husband and I got married, my oldest son and I moved down to Louisiana where he was working at the time.  We now live in the Dallas area and have another son, Cameron, who was born with spina bifida in 2006.  His smile can light up an entire room.

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

When I was around twelve, my Mom handed me a paperback copy of My Friend Flicka.  It was the first long book I’d ever read.  It sparked something inside me, transported me into a different place and into somebody else’s mind and skin.  I fell madly in love with books and decided that if I could do it, someday I would write books.

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

Usually, when an idea takes fire for me, it starts with a single line of dialog that just pops into my head.  A simple line like, “I just can’t do this anymore.”  It sets off a whirlwind of possibilities in my head.  Maybe the speaker is a wife who’s come to the end of her rope and wants to leave her husband.  Maybe it’s a grandfather who’s been keeping a secret from his family.  I settle on one possibility and then work out the characters, conflict, etc.

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

There’s one thing that I wish I could do again.  Now that I’m a Mom and we don’t have a pool, it makes it difficult.  When my parents had a pool, I used to float with my face to the sky and just take deep breaths as the sunlight filtered down through the treetops.  The only sounds were birds chirping and the whistle of wind through the trees.  It was magical.  Hopefully one day I’ll get to do that again.

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

There are lot of writers who have inspired me.  Margaret Mitchell comes first, because she had such an amazing array of characters in Gone with the Wind.  I still love that book.

6. Can you tell a little more about your book: The vampire’s warden?

The Vampire’s Warden is a story about a young woman who discovers that there are secrets about her family that will force her to carry a kind of responsibility that she never knew existed.  She’s so strong, but she also carries a lot of anger around with her.

7. What inspired you to write this story?

I’m a big fan of vampire fiction.  I’ve read Anne Rice, Charlaine Harris, Stephenie Meyer, and dozens of others.  There’s something so wonderful about the idea that a creature who exists on human blood might crave companionship and love from humans.

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

I had the most fun writing about Michael.  He’s so sarcastic and dark.  He has such a mysterious past.  I can’t wait to write more about what he’s been through and who he’s met.

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

That’s a difficult question.  Choosing between Alex and Michael, I would probably choose Michael.  I’m sure the dinner conversation would be very interesting.

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

I do!  I love hearing from them.  Whenever a reader mentions that they want more of Michael, I can’t help but grin.

11. What are you currently working on?

I’m in the process of writing The Vampire’s Curse, which will be the second book in the Undead in Brown County series.  I’m planning to release either three or four books total at this time.  There has been some talk of doing a longer series, though.  I’m considering the idea seriously.  I love these characters.

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

Thank you, thank you, thank you!  Everybody has been so wonderful and supportive.  I love you guys!


As part of the tour I can host a giveaway, the giveaway is open for the U.S. only. It contains a signed copy of The Vampire’s warden and a printed version of the first four chapeters of The Vampire’s curse book two in the series. So leave a comment with your e-mail adress, I’ll pick a winner on may 30.

Thank you S.J. Wright for taking the time to answer my questions and I can’t wait to read the next book and learn more about the wonderful characters and world you created in your book!

Interview with William Johnson

Published 11/05/2011 by supernaturalreadingaddict

After reading the wonderful book The dark province I got the chance to interview the author William Johnson. 

So give a warm welcome to: William Johnson!

1)      Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? 

Besides being an author, I am a happily married husband of ten years and father of two awesome children. I was born and raised in the state of Virginia not far from Washington D.C. Growing up, my father was a school principal and his father was a preacher. The influence of education and religion was strong in my home growing up. Today, I teach, direct, and perform improvisational comedy theatre and have a background in the theatre arts. I’m particularly passionate about education and certain social issues, such as the eradication of prejudice.

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

I began writing for my sanity when I was in the 11th grade. I enjoyed it, and continued to do it in many forms into my first years in college. It was during the summer of 1995 when I was working a job as a sales manager that I had the epiphany and realized “all I want to do is write.”

3)      What comes first? The story, the characters or the idea for the novel?

For me it differs piece to piece. The idea for THE DARK PROVINCE began with the main female characters from the forbidden land. I began writing the names of these characters on post-it notes, each name fit a female character with a specific look and relationship with another character. When I was finished I had about eighteen or so characters that were grouped together. I set them in a small secluded town ruled by a reclusive king. As the idea developed I expanded the world and the land of Tiyll was formed. More characters were created to inhabit the new land. Toward the end of the process I realized the story I wanted to tell was of a desperate man who abhorred that land but needed to come as it was it last hope. It was then that Calvin and his sister Mari were created and the story was born.

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

I love sports. I volunteer as an assistant coach for my son’s soccer team. I also like playing video games. Right now my son is very big into Lego Star Wars and playing it with him has given me a chance to share the Star Wars stories in a way that he can get excited about.

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

Absolutely. Some novelists, some songwriters. I enjoyed Danzy Senna’s take on prejudice and racial identity in Caucasia. As a child I loved the imaginative world created by Madeleine L’Engle  in A Wrinkle in Time. I think that Tori Amos is a extremely courageous and poetic songwriter and hip hop artists Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean, and Pras Michel did some provocative, thoughtful work on their album The Score.

6)      Can you tell a little more about your book: The Dark Province: Son of Duprin?

Sure. It’s an epic fantasy adventure novel about a man who has to defy his religion to travel to a forbidden place in search of a cure for his sister’s terminal illness. The book deals with prejudice, it deals with fundamentalist religious thought, it deals with sex and how its viewed in the eyes of strict moralists. I think while at the same time as it has something for every reader: action, romance, adventure, supernatural and fantasy elements—I think it also challenges a reader’s sensibility. There is a noteworthy amount of sensual content. The main character is a very conservative man and the reader can’t hide from his flaws. He’s a hero and a monster. Whether he’s a hero trapped inside a monster or a monster trapped inside a hero is up to the reader. Perhaps he’s just human.

7)      What inspired you to write this story?

It began with musings about the duplicitous approach that Americans have toward sex. While it makes so many of us so uncomfortable to talk about even when it is in the interest of our own vital health, we still use it overwhelmingly to sell everything from a cell phone to a bowl of cereal. After giving a lot a thought to where this duplicity came from, I looked inward and reflected on my own religious upbringing and how it affected my own views and conflicts. Combining sex and religion in a thematic discussion of love and faith felt like a potent mix. I was quite inspired to pursue the story once these elements were in place.

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

I enjoyed writing about Tessie. What a sweetie! She embodied innocence in the midst of a culture so many would consider the furthest thing from innocent.

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

I’d have to say if I had a chance I wouldn’t pass up a dinner with the governess, Tjetta D’jiaree. Graceful, wise, patient. I’d want to hear her share more about her passion for her city and how she manages to stand so tall in the face of horrors and the unknown.

10)  Do you get a lot of responses from your readers?

I have. It has been the biggest pleasure of the experience. To share with them something that previously only existed in my own mind has been an absolute thrill.

11)  What are you currently working on?

I’m working on two projects right now. I am working on a sequel to THE DARK PROVINCE. I’m about half way though the manuscript. I took a break from that in March to start working on an old love story between young people set in the Southeast California desert. It’s an old story that I have been developing for some time and now I feel the time is right to write it. I’m about a third of the way through that manuscript right now.

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

Thank you!!! I love my readers. They have made this journey a dream come true. I look forward to repaying their love, support, and enthusiasm with great new works. They are with me with every stroke of the pencil. I’m very grateful.

Thank you William for taking the time to answer my questions! 

Interview with Joey Mills

Published 25/04/2011 by supernaturalreadingaddict

Today I want to welcome Joey Mills on My Book Addiction. I read the book Crowe and after reading the book I got really curious abou the author.

So give a warm welcome to: Joey Mills!

1.       Can you tel lus a little bit about yourself?
I am a 33 year old father of three. I am a native of the Missouri Ozarks, where my family and I currently reside. I’m busy promoting Crowe right now and getting ready to begin writing the first draft of my next novel in the coming days.
2.       When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I think the first time that I took real pride in something I had written was during my sophomore year of high school. I didn’t think it was a viable career choice (where do you go to get a job as a writer outside of the local newspaper?), so I shelved it as a career path and focused my attention elsewhere.
However, the story ideas kept on coming. I think that’s why I never found real happiness in a job until I started writing… I wasn’t doing what I felt like I was supposed to be doing. Those jobs were part of the plan, though, and once my wife finished school and began her career, I was able to stay home to get the kids where they needed to be and to pursue my passion for writing. In the end, it all worked out.
3.       What comes first? The story, the charater(s) or the idea for the novel?
For me, the idea comes first, but it isn’t a complete picture of the novel. It usually starts as a scene… something visually striking that makes me think, “wouldn’t it be cool if…”. From there the story just sort of forms around that scene, coming faster and more brilliantly. I’ll throw a few characters at the scene and see what feels good, and start writing. As those characters evolve and take on a life of their own, they sometimes take the story in expected places.
4.       What would be your favorite past time activity, when you are not writing?
I love to read, which I think is a must if you’re going to be a writer. When you’re wholly immersed in reading and writing, there’s not much time for anything else, especially when you have three kids to care for as well.
5.       Are there any writers ou there that have inspired you?
I’m a huge Stephen King fan, not only of his fiction but of his book On Writing as well. Regardless of what you think of the man’s fiction, On Writing is a must for anyone considering writing as a career.
6.       Can you tell a little more about your book: Crowe?
Crowe is about a young man named Johnny Crowe who, because of the circumstances of his upbringing, is almost invisible to the people of the small town where he lives. When the Civil War breaks out, Johnny sees his opportunity to make something of himself, so he joins the Confederate army in order to defend his home state of Virginia. His hope is that the fighting will end quickly and he will be able to return home, having earned the respect of the townsfolk, and marry his sweetheart.
But, things don’t go so well for Johnny. He is wounded the first time he sees action. He continues to run into obstacles along the way, but a mysterious stranger — Mr. Scratch — always seems to have exactly what Johnny need to get himself out of whatever predicament he finds himself in, for a price.
These things take a toll on Johnny to the point that all he wants to do is return home. However, the man the returns is much different than the boy who left, and Johnny must come to terms with who he is, what he believes, and what his role is in the small-town universe that he calls home. He must also confront the truths about his past and the forces that shaped his destiny.
7.       What inspired you to write this story?
I was watching the “Night on Bald Mountain” scene from the old Fantasia film from like 1940 and started wondering about the town where the story takes place. Who would live in a town like that, under the shadow of Bald Mountain? The story just sort of came from there.
8.       Which character did you enjoy writing about the most and why?
All of the characters had their charms and their difficulties. Johnny is by far the character that hits closest to home for me. Mr. Scratch was a lot of fun, particualrly the little number when he first meets Johnny. Saul Samuels was all kinds of fun to write, in the most sinister way.
9.       If you could have dinner with one of your characters who would you choose and why?
It would have to be the version of Johnny that appears at the end of the story. I think the first thing I would do is apologize to him for putting him through all of that, then listen to his tales about what happened after the story ended.
10.   Do you get a lot of responses from your readers?
Unfortunately, no. I’d love some feedback — good, bad, or indifferent. I know what I think of the book, but I’d love to know what others thought. The only thing I’ve heard is from my mom, who told me that she thought it would end differently.
11.   What are you currently working on?
I am working on a ten-book series, which I had originally pitched to the publishing house. Book one is starting to come together well and I’m very excited about it. To me, Crowe felt a little timid, in that I didn’t know exactly what to expect from the process. With my next book, Pentecost, I’m not holding anything back! I just me with my photographer about the cover today and this book is going to rock, from the front cover to the last word.
12.   Is there anything you would like to say to your readers?
Thank you for your support of me and Crowe. It turned out to be a really personal story and I hope that others can relate to the story and the struggles that Johnny goes through. You can check out more about Crowe, me, and my next project at I’d love to hear what you think!
Thank you so much Joey for taking the time to visit my blog. 

Interview with Xavier Leret

Published 15/04/2011 by supernaturalreadingaddict
I had the pleasure to do an interview with the author of Heaven sent. I absolutely loved the book so I was very curious about the answers the author would give me.

So give a warm welcome to: Xavier Leret

  1. Can you tel lus a little bit about yourself?

    I was brought up in Bristol. My father is an Orthodox priest and my mother is a teacher. I have no idea how I made it through school with any qualifications but some how I did and managed to get a place at Reading Uni to study Film and Drama – this was back in 1987. After my degree I trained to be theatre director and then became the founder and Artistic Director of KAOS Theatre. It was important for me to have my own company because it was the only way I was ever going to get the plays that I was writing performed. I was lucky and KAOS took off, we travelled the world and won awards. And then it stopped. I had fallen out of love with theatre. Anyway, at the tail end of KAOS I made my first feature film which was selected as a “Breakthrough Movie’ for LUFF 2007 and then my second film was released on DVD in 2009. And last year I did an MA in Creative Writing. I wanted to make the jump script writing into writing prose. They are different crafts. I also felt that I had lost touch with why I was writing. Every time I directed something I was moving further and further away from what I wanted creatively and how I imagined the piece when I was writing. Or worse than that I would be lazy in my writing and think, ‘don’t worry about it now because you can work it out in rehearsals’. But there is also a much more profound reason why I walked away theatre and film and it is this. Nothing moves or engages me quite like a novel. You are inside the story with the characters and I love that. With film (and I do love movies) you are always on the outside observing, but with a book you are right there in the moment hearing the thoughts of the character or author. That’s just brilliant. And nothing can tear me apart like a novel.

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

    From a very early age. But I thought I would never do it because I could never finish anything when I was child. In fact finishing Heaven Sent has broken a hex that I felt was hung about my shoulders since I very young age.

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

    Characters, then a bit of the story, then the characters change and start doing their own thing so the story changes. I have been through so many drafts on Heaven Sent. I began with, what I understand now to be, character studies – though at the time I thought I was writing the story. These early drafts were very dark and none of that material remains in the book – it was a little too much. There was a whole back story to Daisy that was frankly horrifically disturbing. I will reveal all this working out on my blog at some point. I was blogging it at the time but have hidden it for now so that I can launch the book.

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

    I have three children and they seem to take up most of my time. But I enjoy walking, I live in a beautiful spot in the countryside of England. I enjoy looking after my garden and growing my vegtables. I have a very soft spot for wine. And I love reading.

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

    So many and all for different reasons. Mikhail Bulgakov, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Cormac McCarthy, Jiri Weil, J.M Coetzee, Albert Camus, Michel Houellebecq, Emille Zola, Solzhenitsyn, Paul Auster, Alan Paton, Brecht, Shakespeare…

  6. Can you tell a little more about your book: Heaven sent?

    Essentially Heaven Sent is a love story that take the reader on a journey into some dark harsh places without ever loosing its sense of humanity – at leasts that’s how I see it.

  7. What inspired you to write this story?

    My mum once worked in a temporary accommodation for kids who had been removed from their parents and she told me a story about a girl who’s step-dad had sold her to sailors from out of the back of his van when she was just three years old. This girl became the inspiration for Daizee.

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

    Writing Carlo made me address many things about my childhood, some of which hurt – but of course he isn’t me, just an aspect of myself – the bit of me I wish I was. I love his naivety – because I’m a bit of a cynic.
    When I first started writing both Daizee and Carlo had an equal presence and over the summer of last year Carlo’s narrative was punctuated by Daizee talking directly to the reader. This stuff was tough to write an d in the end I cut it because it was too much – it was important for me to know the stuff, but it was not necessary for the reader. But I love Daizee – I love the way she survives and is a force to be reckoned with. I love the way she exacts revenge and that ultimately she Is quite a powerful force for good in a world in which examples of what is good are so often not.

  9. Can you tell us why you decided to give Daizee such a thick accent?

    I’m from Bristol, so it was an accent I grew up with. Whenever she spoke to me her accent was thick, though at first I didn’t write her with an accent I began to experiment with the accent over the summer, breaking her language down and found that it made me experiment with her vocabulary. Using the accent gave her a very clear poetry and rhythm. The next big job was to make the accent consistent because it really was all over the place. Bristolian is not just an accent but a language. There is a Bristolian dictionary.

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

    Daizee, because her story really moved me. She was the character who forced me to write. She was the one that would scream at me in the morning to get writing.

  11. Do you get a lot of responses from your readers?

    It’s early days on the book. But yes, so far I’ve been getting an amazing reaction, that once they have picked up the book they can’t put it down – which considering how dark some it is leaves me stunned. But better than this, people have said that it is story that forces them to take a second look at the world and re-judge it. That’s quite an extraordinary reaction to have and more than I could have hoped for.

  12. What are you currently working on?
     It is about three young children who’s parents disappear and they find themselves running from the authorities headlong into a revolution.
    The second is a novel called The Boy about a poverty stricken man called Will who’s wife dies whilst giving birth to their son. Will brings up his son. When the boy is fifteen he disappears. The father assumes that he has joined the army to go and fight in the first world war. The father goes to find him and they meet the night before the first charge of the Somme.
    That’s the plan. It’ll probably all change.

    So thanks again Xavier Leret for taking the time to answer my question!!

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