Interview Answers - Part Three

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From Toni

Whats your favorite dish at Blueberry Hill?

LoL, Nice question. I am quite partial to the Blueberry topped pancakes. Though they turn your mouth blue, they are worth it. Quite tasty!!

2) Are you glad you lost your job, giving you the opportunity to finish your book?

Hmmm, am I glad I lost my job. That question is not a black or white answer. I was well paid and financially secure.  Losing that hurt quite a bit. Having more free time though is nice.

3) If you could no longer write books, what other occupation would you like to pursue?

Professional Critiquer. Is that a real job? If not, it should be. How cool would that be to read other peoples stories every day and help make them better?

4) Have any of your friends or family been an inspiration for characters in any of your works?

Yeppers, but I’m not saying who.

5) If money was not an issue, where in the world would you live and why?

If money were no issue I would live everywhere. There are so many places in the world I want to see but just can’t afford to. If I had the money I would probably tour the world with my family and after seeing every place we could, then we would decide where we like best.

From Areana

1)What or whom was the inspiration for your main male M.C?

Lysander is a mix of quite a few men I have known over the years. 

2)Do you prefer vampires more than any other creatures of the paranormal or are there others you like as well to write about?

Vampires are my number one! I have loved them since I was a little girl. I do fancy werewolves too so don’t be surprised when they pop into my stories from time to time.

3)And that question follows tithe this one, Do you feel you write better with a female or male perspective?

Being a woman I feel I can write from a female perspective better. It’s that whole “write what you know” thing. That’s not to say I can’t write a good male perspective, its just easier since I am a woman.

4)Do you see yourself writing a historical romance with a vampire twist?

Actually I have one of those in mind right now. Will have to see if it pans out. I’ve never written a totally, Romance piece before.

Okay, okay, last one:
5) Out of the thousands of authors out there, Whom would you most like to meet and/or have them write a forward for one of your books?

I would love an opportunity to meet Anne Rice. Her Vampire Chronicles series is still my all-time favorite. I believe she revamped (pun intended) the genre back in the late 80’s and early 90’s with that series. (I do realize that Interview was published in the 70’s but didn’t gain the recognition it deserved until later)

From BK

What process did you go through to develop your characters in your book?

Many of my characters are drawn from people I know. I like to take an aspect of their personality and tweak it or embellish it a little.

2. What type of music soothes your muse?

I find the muse is an “in the moment” spirit. She likes a tune that matches the mood of the piece I am working on. If I need action, I must have fast paced, hard hitting beats. If I am writing a sensual and seductive scene, the muse demands softer music with flowing melodies and deep, husky voices.

3. When writing, does your muse ever just take over?

I love it when that happens. Those are the times when pages write themselves and scenes play before my eyes like movies. All I have to do is sit back and let my fingers type away. It is such a beautiful thing. 

4. Who are your greatest influences?

Anne Rice was my first real inspiration for the vampire genre, because (and please correct me if I am wrong here) she was the first to show us things from the vampires perspective. Rather than being just a bloodthirsty monster, for the first time, vampires had feelings. She pioneered the way for other authors to follow. After that, we saw many more series pop-up where the vampire wasn’t always the bad guy.

5. What inspired your paranormal writing side?

I think reading what came before and asking myself if I could do anything to “add” to the genre.

When writing my story, I asked myself, why? Why can’t vampires handle the sunlight? Why do holy relics bother them? I wanted to give the reader a real, solid reason behind the answers to these questions. I wanted to make my vampires real enough to step out of the pages.


Stina said...

Great interview! I lost my job too. I wasn't sorry. I finally had time for my kids and I could finally start writing a novel. With my job, there wasn't even enough time to read a book. :(

Theresa Milstein said...

I'm a big vampire fan too.

About The Author

Katie Salidas is a USA Today bestselling author and RONE award winner known for her unique genre-blending style.

Since 2010 she's penned five bestselling book series: the Immortalis, Olde Town Pack, Little Werewolf, Chronicles of the Uprising, and the all-new Agents of A.S.S.E.T. series. As her not-so-secret alter ego, Rozlyn Sparks, she is a USA Today bestselling author of romance with a naughty side.

In her spare time Katie also produces and hosts a YouTube talk show; Spilling Ink. She also has a regular column on First Comics News where she explores writing from a nerdy perspective.