Friday, August 13, 2010

Interview with D.B. Reynolds

Welcome to RomFan Reviews D.B. thank you so much for joining us today.

1. Who was the person in your life who inspired you to start writing?

There really wasn’t one person who did it. I had a couple of great teachers in high school who made me believe I could write, but when I finally took the big step, it was during summer break from college when I was working a job with nothing to do. I couldn’t read a book, because that would have been too obvious and I wanted to keep working (so to speak), so I decided to write one instead. After I graduated from college, there was a huge long gap in time before I had the hours free to really sit down and write again.

2. Tell us a little about your new release RAJMUND now available?

RAJMUND is the third Vampires in America book, but the first whose story doesn’t center on Raphael and Cyn. They’re in the story, and they will be the common thread linking all eight books, but the story is not about them this time. Rajmund is a powerful, younger vampire who rules all of Manhattan, New York for his Sire, the Vampire Lord Krystof. Rajmund is very different from Raphael. He’s powerful, charismatic and a natural born leader, like Raphael, but because he’s younger, his attitudes and way of doing things are very different. Rajmund gets called back to Buffalo, NY to handle a police matter for Krystof. Some human women have gone missing and the police think vampires are behind it. Rajmund has to figure out whether some rogue vampire is out there killing human women, or if there’s something even worse going on, something that threatens every vampire alive. During the investigation he runs into Sarah Stratton. Sarah is a college friend of Cyn’s and she has a secret that could help Rajmund save the missing women. But revealing her secret will also destroy the carefully constructed lie she’s been living for almost ten years.

3. Will we be seeing more Vampires in America in the near future?

I’m happy to say I just signed a contract with my publisher, ImaJinn Books, for an additional five Vampires in America books. I always saw this series as eight books, one for each of the North American territories, so I’m thrilled I’ll have the chance to finish it. I’m already writing Book 4, which is SOPHIA, and Book 5 will be DUNCAN, which is a popular choice!

Congratulations that is great news!!!!  I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

4. If Vampires was turned into a movie what actor/actress would you like to see play the characters from your books?

I don’t even think about that. First of all, having worked in the film industry for more than a decade, I know how little power writers have when it comes to casting even their own books! But secondly, I have a clear image in my head of my characters and it generally doesn’t relate to anyone real.

5. You decided to venture away from vampires with your book HEART OF THE WOLF which is about shifters, what made you decide to switch gears and try something new? And will we see more of your wolves?

It’s odd, but the trigger for my HEART OF THE WOLF e-novella was the cemetery scene at the very beginning. I saw that scene very clearly and wrote a story to match it. As for why shifters, I love pretty much anything paranormal, so shifters were a natural choice for me. I didn’t want to combine shifters and vampires in a single story, which meant no shifters in my Vampires in America books. So my werewolves got their very own story. As for whether there will be more … I’m pretty sure there will be. But the next story will be longer, so I can develop it more thoroughly.

6. When you take a break from writing what are some of the things you enjoy doing?

Mostly reading. I sometimes think I could just sit for days and read, if only someone would deliver food to me. Well, except for nature calls, of course. And I also love movies, especially action/adventure movies.

7. I know one author we can find on your book shelf is Adrian Phoenix but who else would we see?

I am a big fan of Adrian Phoenix’s books. I love Dante and Heather, and her new series beginning with Black Dust Mambo is terrific. I also love Kresley Cole, Nalini Singh, Ilona Andrews, C. J. Cherryh, Lynn Viehl, Kelley Armstrong … and also John Sandford, Annie Solomon, C. J. Box and Laura Griffin. These are just a few of the authors whose books I look forward to.

8. Any advice you would like to give to future authors trying to get their start?

My first advice would be to join a good writing group, one whose members offer honest critiques. Having your family and friends read your stuff is great, but they’re more concerned with making you feel good. Cheerleading is nice, but it’s not helpful. There are many of these groups on-line now. The one I can recommend from personal experience is Kelley Armstrong’s OWG, which is located in her discussion forums at kelleyarmstrong.com.

9. Where can readers find out more about your books and contact you?

At my blog, which is http://dbreynolds.wordpress.com

Thank you so much D.B. for taking time out of your busy schedule to be here with us today.

And now for one lucky person D.B. has offered an autograhed book of their choice.  All you have to do for a chance to win is add a comment to this post and on Wed. Aug. 18th we will randomly draw one person's name.
Vampires in America Series

14 comments:

  1. Hi DB:
    You know I'm a HUGE fan of your writing and love your books. I'm in the middle of RAJMUND right now and can't wait to get home to finish it. :)

    I highly recommend ANYTHING by DB Reynolds, her Vampires in America series, in particular.

    Congrats on the sale of more books in the series. I can't wait!!

    Hugs,
    Adrian

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  2. Thanks for the interview and giveaway! And congrats, D.B., on more books in the series! Raphael and Jabril were great books, and I'm looking forward to Rajmund.
    -Rachel

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  3. I have Raphael but would like a chance to win others in the series.

    Thanks for a very interesting interview!

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  4. I have all of your books in e-book format...so would be very excited to have a chance to win a signed copy (fingers crossed) of your first book Raphael...Congratulations!!! ad

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  5. Thanks for the giveaway.
    Which is harder to write about---the vampire or the shifter?

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  6. Adrian! Thank you for dropping by. Now go write some more books!! I can't beleeeeeve we have to wait until February for Etched in Bone! I'm dying here!

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  7. Estella,

    I love writing both my vampires and wolves, but the wolves are more difficult to write. Once I get inside the vampire's specific personality-- like Raphael is more formal and reserved (except with Cyn) and Rajmund is more of a tough guy, but with a heart--I can write them pretty smoothly.

    My wolves are always wolves, so I have to balance the animal and the human, and then when they shift I have to be sure I'm writing from the wolf's perspective and not let the human intrude too much.

    I love them all, though.

    Thanks for the great question and thanks for stopping by.

    DBR

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  8. Hi. great interview. look forward to getting your books and reading them. all of them sound really awesome! and heart of the wolf sounds really great too. congrat on getting the ok for all the books to be published. i am happy for you.

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  9. Hi D.B.
    I love your Vampire in America series but I will really be looking forward to the shifter books. I hope you have a complete series about them.

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  10. Hey D.B.;
    Thank you for writing a wonderful series. I finished Raj's book and loved it. I'm so happy to hear that you will have more books in this series.
    Please tell me that we'll be seeing much more of Raphael and Cyn, I loved them both.

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  11. We'll be seeing much more of Raphael and Cyn!

    LOL

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  12. A chance for a signed copy of Rajmund? Count me in!

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  13. Excellent interview as usual! Congrats on the contract!

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  14. Great interview. I love the sound of your series. Thanks for sharing!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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