Tell us a little about your new release SOPHIA which was released April 15th.
Sophia is my first female Vampire Lord. I’ve had female vampires before. Raphael’s Sire, the vampire who turned him, was a woman (and yes, she’s still called his Sire.) But Sophia is the first true female Vampire Lord in the series so far. That’s not saying there aren’t some ancient fem vamps wandering around Europe or elsewhere, but not on this continent. My Sophia is beautiful and seductive, qualities she possessed as a human before being turned. As a vampire, she’s very powerful, but her Sire is a bit of a playboy, so he never tutored her in the ways of power. He was much more concerned with having a good time. So when Sophia finds herself suddenly thrust into a situation where her vampiric power is the one thing that can save her and the people she cares about, it’s a whole new position for her. And one she’s not sure she wants. Sophia comes home to Vancouver to find her Sire missing and three vampires dead, with nothing but a letter that leads her south into Raphael’s territory looking for the killers. What she doesn’t know is that Raphael is also hunting these killers and he doesn’t welcome her intrusion into his territory.
I know next in the series is DUNCAN will we be seeing more Vampires in America after that? *praying hands* Please!!
My current contract with ImaJinn runs to eight books, so your prayers are answered! At least for three books after Duncan, anyway. I already have a name and a basic plot for the book after Duncan … Lucas will be next up on the Vampire Lord roster of lovelies. He’s a vampire and a cowboy. A cowboy vampire. How cool is that? And, as I keep telling my darling (but sometimes irritating) husband, NO! Vampires do not eat or drink the blood of cows or horses. Sheesh.
Who is your favorite character to write about? Who was the easiest and who was the hardest?
I don’t really have a favorite character. I love all of my vampires and all of my people, except the evil ones … hissss. But the easiest one to write is Cyn. Certain of my family members say that’s because she’s just like me. If that’s so, then it’s in personality only, and it’s the way I WISH I was. Cyn’s far more courageous than I am, although I have been known to be wild and crazy … all before I was properly married, of course. And the only thing we share in looks is that we’re both six feet tall. As for the hardest one, for some reason the guys are easier for me to write than the women.
I know some authors do outlines others just start writing/typing whatever their muse tells them to do. How do you prepare for your books?
You know, I used to be one of those who just sat down and started writing. But Raphael was my NaNoWriMo project a few years back and going into it, Kelley Armstrong, the wonderful writer who created and hosts my on-line writing group, gave us a tutorial in Outlining. Raphael was so firmly in my mind, with all of these detailed scenes bouncing around my head, that I decided to give outlining a try. And I never went back. I’m now a firm believer in outlining and do detailed outlines for all of my books. I usually start the rough outline well ahead of time and just add to it as scenes occur, and then before I start writing, I take a couple of weeks to firm it up and fill in any missing pieces. Once I begin writing, though, I’m not wedded to the outline. If the story takes me in a different direction, I’m always willing to go there. The basic plot always remains the same (so far, anyway) but specific scenes sometimes go places I didn’t anticipate.
What about research, your books take place all around America, hence Vampires in America right? LOL… how do you research the cities the books take place in?
My books take place not just around America, but into the past, as well. And I’m a stickler for accuracy. I personally hate reading a book about L.A., for example, that gets the directions and streets all wrong. It drives me a little nuts and throws me completely out of the book. So, I do try to research all of the places and times I write about. So far, I’ve used cities that I’ve personally visited, although even so I consult topographic and road maps and search out images on-line in different places, using Google maps and Flickr, for example. I do have to take liberties sometimes, but when I do, it’s to make up things rather than mischaracterize things/places that really exist. I’m writing about vampires, after all, so I figure a little fantasy is okay. As for historical accuracy, I’m a historian by training, so that part of it comes very naturally to me, and I always try to make my historical flashbacks as accurate as possible.
Are you an author that has to have total quiet when writing or do you need that background noise whether it is the TV or music going? If music who are you listening to?
I can write almost anywhere, but I don’t choose to supply my own noise. That means I can write in the middle of a Starbuck’s or a bookstore, or even sitting in a doctor’s waiting room. But I don’t wear headphones and I don’t listen to music, not even when I’m home in the middle of the night and it’s quiet. Mostly because my brain is very detail oriented and has a tendency to focus on the lyrics of the song, which makes it difficult to write!
Who would you suggest to someone asking you for a good author to read?
I’m a voracious reader! I read all sorts of books and all sorts of authors. I think most writers probably do. But I can tell you a few of my favorites … Adrian Phoenix is one of the best Urban Fantasy writers out there right now. Her Maker’s Song books are intricately detailed and she’s created an amazing universe for her characters. Plus Dante Baptiste is one of the sexiest men in fiction today! Larissa Ione’s Demonica series and now her new Lords of Deliverance are wonderful and truly unique. If you like Romantic Suspense, Kylie Brant’s Mindhunter series is great, as are Cynthia Eden’s Deadly books. And if you like your suspense with a harder edge, Lee Child and John Sandford. And if you like a TRULY hard edge on your suspense, go with John Gilstrap or Mark Greaney. I don’t read much young adult, but I do have a few favorite authors … Kelley Armstrong and Rachel Caine, who also write adult fiction, and my critique partner Michelle Muto just published her first YA, Book of Lost Souls, which is a lighthearted and excellent story for young teens.
Going to really make you think….favorite movies?
I don’t even have to think about that one, since I work in the industry and am a dedicated movie lover. I have endless rows of DVDs which are breeding at night when I turn out the lights. My favorite movie of all time is Terminator, the first one, although I liked the others, too. Other than that, I thought they did a great job with The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, so much so that I actually prefer watching the movies now to reading the books. They’re more accessible. Sliding Doors, a little known movie with Gwynneth Paltrow and John Hannah is just lovely. More recently, the Social Network was terrific (and should have won), so was Inception. But The King’s Speech was also an excellent movie and Colin Firth was superb. Also, going back a couple years, the most recent Star Trek movie (2009) was great! And I say that as a total fan of the one and only, the original Star Trek series.
Any advice you would like to give to future authors trying to get their start?
The best advice I can give is to WRITE. You have to write All. The. Time. And you have to finish what you start. I know many aspiring writers who start something, get partway through, then go off on another idea. That won’t work. You have to start and finish what you write. Even if it’s not what you wanted by the end, it will have taught you things, discipline among them. And when you do have something you like, you have to SUBMIT. Yes, you WILL BE REJECTED. We have all been rejected and are still being rejected. I never believe writers who say they wrote one thing and it was instantly published. Maybe it happens, but not to anyone I know.
Where can readers find out more about your books and contact you?
The best place to find me is on my blog at http://dbreynolds.wordpress.com/. All the latest info on my books is there, plus Vampire Vignettes and deleted scenes, and just random thoughts, too. There’s also a contact address, and I love hearing from readers!
Thank you so much D.B. for taking time out of your busy schedule to be here with us today as always I have enjoyed it very much and hope you will be ready to come back when DUNCAN is released.
Thank you, Annette! I love being here among friends and you know I’ll be back!
Read my review of SOPHIA here
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