Happy Monday…oh, wait. That’s an oxymoron. How about Yawn. Is it Friday yet?
I was tagged by the marvelous Tricia Skinner to join the Baton Blog Hop wagon, wherein authors are asked the same four questions and go on to tag three more authors to post the following Monday. And in case you’ve been missing out on the awesomeness that is Tricia, I’m here to help you out (you can thank me with chocolate, books and/or wine). She writes action-packed urban fantasy starring hot, weapon-wielding Nephilim. Vroom-vroom. Her latest, Angel Kin, is available for preorder and will be out in the world April 28, so be sure to get it!
And now, to the author-in-action questions…
What am I working on? Wonderfully Wicked, my debut novel and the first book in The Wicked Series, is out on May 13 (less than a month – woo-hoo!), and I’m almost finished roughing the first draft of the sequel, Beautifully Burned. The series is urban fantasy with a paranormal romance edge, focusing on brooding, damaged heroes and the women who they can’t live without.
How does my work differ from others of its genre? Instead of going with the typical supernatural creatures, I made up my own. There are the V’alkara – men who invade dreams and feed on nightmares. Their counterparts are the dreamcasters – women whose nightmares leak and come to life. The V’alkara hunt dreamcasters, which becomes a bit of a problem when the V’alkara falls for his target.
Why do I write what I do? I love the paranormal, and I’ve always inhaled fantastical stories with action, fun characters, and a hit of romance. Plus, dreams have always fascinated me, so the combo was a no-brainer. Not that I don’t have a pure romantic fantasy or two in the works too…
How does my writing process work? Idea hits brain and bam! Write like a fiend…a fiend riding a sloth. The images are there in my head, but writing them down the way I see them takes a long time. There’s eventually some plotting involved, but typically my characters take me on their journey and I jot it down. Not that I don’t push them around some to hit turning points and torture them more than they’d like, but hey—it’s my world. They can just suck it up. I’m a slow, meticulous writer and tend to edit a lot as I go, but I polish, polish, polish after the rough draft is burned onto the screen.
My tagging victims for the Baton Blog Hop next week are:
Juliette Cross – I love her tagline: “Urban fantasy with a modern Gothic flair—a blend of old world sensuality with shadowed heroes and sharp-edged villains.” All the things I love best in a story!
Lisa T. Creswell – Lisa writes fanciful, magical YA stories, including The Storyteller Series and Hush Puppy. I ADORE Hush Puppy!
Rhenna Morgan – She’s the fantasy sexytimes queen, and I can’t wait for her stories to hit the world (soon, but not soon enough)!
A fiend riding on a sloth! That’s awesome. 🙂
And, sadly, so true!
I’ll race you! I travel by snail 🙂
Hee-hee! It would be neck-and-neck to the finish line, Lisa!
Great post! Your titles totally kick ass! I can’t wait to read Wonderfully Wicked! 😉 Thank you for the mention. I’ll have mine up next week. XO
Are you kidding me, Juliette? I can’t wait for YOUR books. You had me at Gothic and shadowed heroes. 🙂
Lol. They are a bit dark and brooding. I knew we were kindred spirits.
AN AWESOME HOP!
Thanks, Linda! This hop sure does showcase a lot of awesome authors!
Fantasy sexytimes queen? Oh. My. God. I have to go talk to my editor now and make sure I don’t fall short of the mark!
I’m glad you ride a sloth too. Maybe we could sloth-pool. 😛
Sloth-pool in the fast lane! Oh, and you totally are the sexytimes queen – no need to worry about living up to the title.
Fun stuff Coleen. Good luck with the sequel. Can’t spend a lot of time exploring today. Duty calls.
w/a Jansen Schmidt
The legal world calls and you answer. Hope you put on your cape, Patricia. 🙂 Thanks for stopping in!
Linda, you crack me up!
HAPPY SPRING ALL NOW GO READ A BOOK! LOL
Same to you, Linda! Have a great weekend! 🙂
STILL WISHING AND HOPING!
I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE THE BLURS THIS WEEK!
What’s the Blurs? I feel like I’m missing out on something!
WHOOPS. I MEAN BLURBS!!! LOL
Awww…I felt like there was something really cool out there I hadn’t heard about. The Blurs sounds ominous…maybe I can make up a new story. 🙂
Wonderfully Wicked needs to be on my ipad NOW!!!!!!! Enough time has passed since I critted that story and I need the dark love!
Yeah, baby! Just bought Angel Kin today…woo-hoo! In case you haven’t got my message, I’ll say it again: GIVE ME ABEL’S STORY!
OH FOR A GIFT CARD NOW!!
Patience, my dear, patience.
DID I SAY I REALLY REALLY WANNA READ THIS BOOK? LOL
You can say it again…I won’t mind. 🙂