Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Would you travel to the ends of the earth for the one you love?



Today's Spooktacular Spotlight Author is Melissa Crowe!
She's brought Journey, The Beast Within novellas #3 to share with us.


Ian has been summoned by the Goddess Danu to the Otherworld, and Karina will not let him go without a fight.
With a Tutha De Danann that is unable to cross water getting from Australia to Ireland will make for an interesting journey. Supernatural beings, sworn enemies and the full moon are only half of the risk as they try to cross three continents. Drug smuggling, guerrilla kidnapping and lycans on the prowl will hamper their travels.
Davarus, self-proclaimed King of the lycanthropes is building an army and on the move. Danger faces these forbidden lovers at every turn.
Would you travel to the ends of the earth for the one you love?

A Little Facetime With The Author

K.S.  Hello and welcome to the blog. I am very excited to have you here. Why don’t we start off with a small introduction? Tell us a little about yourself.  

MC Thanks for having me. So a little about myself, I am from Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia. I have been a lover of Paranormal and strong powerful women all my life and now am lucky enough to put the two together and share it with the world.

K.S.  Tell us the story behind the story. What inspired you to write this novel? 

MC I wrote a vampire series and tried to market it to traditional publishers and agents with no success. Living in Australia, publishers and Agents are pretty few and far between. I really believed my stories were worthy of being told and had convinced myself that people had a problem with my vampires. 
So I downloaded the submission criteria of a publishing house and set out to write a story to their criteria and wanted to do a werewolf story. Knowing nothing about werewolves I needed to do some research. Then I decided I wanted a faerie in it too, just to mix it up a bit, so did more and more research.  
I stumbled across the Tuatha De Danann and they became my main characters. After more and more research I settled for lycanthropes and wrote The Beast Within. It was only ever meant to be a standalone novel with lose ends tied off, but I really do love Karina so left the door slightly ajar. Now, three novellas down and plans for two more, the rest is history.

K.S. Tell us about the book cover.  How does it represent your book? How did you choose the artwork? 

MC I am lucky enough to have a friend of a friend who does my covers. Kate is a photography who gave it a go for me, book covers are not her area and she only does them for me so I know I will always have a unique cover from her. 
She did a photo shoot for a local boutique and told me about this girl who fit the criteria I was after for my cover and I now have Emily on two of my Beast Within novella covers and want to keep her for all of them. 
When I write I get ideas of what I want the cover to look like and how it will connect to the story I am telling. I email Kate with my ideas and she always comes back with exactly what I am picturing in my head. She is awesome.


K.S.  Any interesting writing quirks or stories you would like to share with my readers?

MC Nothing interesting, but I don’t go into my stories with a set plan. I may have a snippet of an idea and make it up as I write. It takes me to some interesting places.

K.S.  When did you realize you wanted to be a writer? What sparked the desire to pen your first novel?

MC I started writing in 2009, before then I had no desire to write. I didn’t read for enjoyment until I was in my 20’s but haven’t stopped reading anything I can get my hands on for the last ten years. 
Since I was a tween I always loved vampires. Stephanie Meyer gave the genre a massive resurgence and along with that came a lot of similar story lines. I got to the point where I thought “Why is it always the mortal girl that makes the sacrifice? Why can’t it be the other way around?” And The Ivory Series was born from that idea. Once I did begin writing though, I realized just how much I loved it and have not stopped, it’s very therapeutic.

K.S.  What genre do you write?

MC NA Paranormal Romance.

K.S.  What would you say has inspired you most in your writing career? Or, who is your favorite author and why?

MC I love Anne Rice, her novels are so beautifully detailed that you lose yourself in them. 
I am a history nerd, so love finding something obscure in mythology and developing it in my characters. My debut work The Beast Within, is about a Tuatha De Danann which is a Celtic warrior faerie. I had never heard of them before so did some research and ideas were going off in my head so I wrote them down and made a series about them.

K.S.  What does your family think of your writing?

MC They are really supportive, no one could be a writer if they didn’t have the full support of those they love as it is very time consuming. When I got my first delivery of books, my kids saw my profile picture on the back and they now think I am a rock star. That’s a pretty good feeling.


K.S.  What was one of the most surprising things you learned while creating your book/s?

MC Just how creative I can be. I am exploring parts of me I never thought existed. To my surprise I can be pretty dark.

K.S.  What inspires you?

MC Finding something obscure and researching the crap out of it, then letting my imagination work out a storyline. I get really excited about it.

K.S.  Where can we buy your novel?

My novels are available through Amazon, Smashwords and Smashwords affiliates.

K.S.  Do you have a website, fan site, or Blog that we can visit?





K.S.  Do you have any closing advice to aspiring writers? 

MC If you truly believe in your work, then don’t take no for an answer. We are lucky enough to live in an age where self-publishing is a reality and indie authors are giving the traditional publishers a run for their money. But be prepared to work hard, you can’t release one book and expect to be the next Amanda Hocking. You will spend just as much time on self-promotion as you will on writing. 

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