Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Interview with author Kerrelyn Sparks

Welcome to RomFan Reviews Kerrelyn it is a great honor to have you with us today. I tell everyone if it were not for you I would have never picked up a Paranormal Romance but when I seen the title All I Want for Christmas is a Vampire I thought I would give it a try and now my bookshelves are over flowing with Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy.  But, I know that you are really busy right now so shall we jump right in and get started?

Can you tell us a little about your next release Sexiest Vampire Alive coming September 27, 2011?

Sexiest  Vampire Alive stars Gregori Holstein, the playboy of the Vampire World. At the end of Vampire Mine, a terrible thing happened—a video was released that proved the existence of vampires.  Now Vamps fear the worst, the Vampire Apocalypse!  Will mortals start hunting vampires down and staking them in their death-sleep?  At an emergency meeting, Coven Masters from around the world decide how to proceed. They need an emissary to open negotiations with the President of the United States.  They want their emissary to be modern, safe, and harmless. A Vamp who has never bitten a mortal.  A Vamp who has been entirely bottle-fed. Their choice—Gregori!

Now Gregori has the fate of the entire Vamp population on his shoulders. When he’s given a special assignment that involves the president’s daughter, will he succumb to his playboy ways and doom them all?

You can read an excerpt (chapter one) at my website, www.kerrelynsparks.com.

Please tell me there will be plenty more to come in the Love at Stake Series?

I just signed a contract for four more books, so now it’s possible for the series to last up to book # 16!

With so many books in the series how do you keep everything straight?

That is getting tricky!  I have a very long Cast List, which can actually be found on my website in the Vampire World.  I list all the important details about each character.  I also keep a detailed timeline. When I first started the series, it didn’t seem to matter much if a vampire was 499 years old or 502. But once they started having children, I had to be very careful.  There’s a huge difference between a 2-year-old and a 5-year-old!

 Do you have a favorite character out of all your books that someone special?

Well, I fall in love with all the heroes while I’m writing them. But I have to admit to a special soft spot for the Scotsmen, especially Connor.

What or who inspired you to become a writer?

My favorite authors inspired me-- authors I loved to read while I was growing up, like Mary Stewart and Anya Seton. And then later, I discovered Jayne Ann Krentz in all her identities, Kathleen Woodiwiss, and Jude Deveraux. I think I was most influenced by JAK since I loved her characters, her plotlines, her sense of humor, and her quick pace.

 I am sure with your schedule there is no such thing as free time but when you manage to squeeze some time for yourself in what are some things you enjoy doing?

I love to read, of course!!  And watch good movies. Hang out with my husband and kids. Travel. I used to do crafts like quilting, cross-stitch, and crochet, but I rarely have time for that any more.

If we were given a peek inside your personal library what authors might we find on your bookshelves?

Lots of JAK (especially her Amanda Quick novels), Karen Marie Moning, Kathleen Woodiwiss, Kim Harrison, Meg Cabot, Linda Lael Miller, Linda Winstead Jones, Janet Evanovich, Lynsay Sands, and books by some of my writer friends in the Houston area—Sophie Jordan, Christie Craig, Colleen Thompson, Kimberly Frost, and Gerry Bartlett.

How can readers contact you and learn more about your books?

You can learn more about the Love at Stake series at my website, www.kerrelynsparks.com, and you can email me at kerry@kerrelynsparks.com. In the Vampire World section of my website, there’s a forum, where you can chat with me and other readers. The forum is at http://www.kerrelynsparks.com/cgi-bin/board/YaBB.pl. You can also find my Friend page and Author page on Facebook. I’m on Twitter, but I have to admit that I don’t tweet very often. Do you really want to know that I finished doing the laundry? I also have an online newsletter that you join by sending a blank email to KerrelynSparksNews-subscribe@yahoogroups.com. I love hearing from readers!!  Especially if it takes me away from doing the laundry!

Thank you so much Kerrelyn for spending some time with us it was a pleasure having you here and we hope you come back again real soon.
 Also, check out A Love at Stake Novella A Very Vampy Christmas Available Sept. 6th in E-Book ISBN #978-006-2121127 for $1.99 at Amazon or B&N

To read reviews on all of Kerrelyn's Love at Stake Series book you can find them right here at RomFan Reviews

Now for one lucky person Kerrelyn is giving away a copy of her book Vampire Mine.  Just leave a comment and your email (no email no entry) by 11:59 PM EST Monday, August 29th contest is open internationally.


70 comments:

  1. they definitely sound right up my alley and love to find out the little interesting bits...thanks for the info, hon!

    *sends down a pair of cosmos* have a great tuesday!

    dragoness007[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  2. This is one series that I collect..I would love to add a signed copy. Thank you for the chance!!!! lprater@modweldco.com

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  3. Your books are the perfect escape from the every day life! Some people meditate, some people garden, but this is my form of meditation! An alternate reality with romance that gives me the chance to reboot my brain! I LOVE THESE BOOKS! Can hardly wait for the next installment!!!

    LSTINSON2382@GMAIL.COM

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  4. I Absolutely love your books. They are always at the top of my wish lists for birthdays and Christmas'. I have every single book from the Love at Stake series and am waiting eagerly for your new book XD. I am rather disappointed that I live in Australia as I can never attend any of your signings or outings :(. Keep writing as I love your work. Thanks heaps

    i_luv_sheep11@hotmail.com

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  5. Some of my favorite books! Been hooked for awhile now! I've read almost every one of your books! Keep up the good work! geenashuck@yahoo.com

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  6. ohh i love her books!! cant wait to read the new ones... and i love finding out that authors i like read the same books as me!

    alainala@hotmail.ca

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  7. I got a free copy of All I want from Barnes & Noble for my Nook and was hooked. Within 3 months, I read all 10 books and have already pre-purchased Sexiest - I am a fan for life now.

    PS 3Months may not seem long, but my past average is only 1 book in 3 months...

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  8. wow I will keep everything crossed in case I am the lucky one

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  9. Sounds like an interesting series. Thanks for the giveaway. juliecookies(at)gmail.com

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  10. Love this series! Connor is my favorite too.
    So glad to hear your contract has been extended.
    Lisaguertin at yahoo.com

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  11. I can't wait to read Sexiest Vampire Alive. I really love your books the titles grabbed me too and I had to read them. I have a thing for the Highlanders too and Carlos Panterra ( love the name) Thanks for a great series and a great interview,can't wait to read the next 4 books
    blonde_mama_t@me.com

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  12. Can't wait to read more about Gregori..
    would love to win a signed copy!!
    allielou78@gmail.com

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  13. I started reading your series with the "All I want for Christmas is a Vampire" and have not stopped. I love the Scotsmen (Connor) they are my favorites. Thanks for writing them.

    ddurbin63@wildblue.net

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  14. omg...i love the series so much! since the 1st book i was hooked..<3 <3

    itcha_raena[at]yahoo.com

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  15. I've been reading this series since the first first book was released and always am excited when a new one comes out to see what you've come up with next. It's almost impossible to choose which of the characters are my favorites though. They each have something different going for them that makes them special. I'm thrilled to hear that there are 4 more already contracted!! Keep up the great work!

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  16. I can't wait for Gregori's story!!

    wrightgirl@gmail.com

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  17. I Can't wait to try one of ms.Sparks books Iam mesmerized by her book covers. I can't wait to read the book. Gail Nichols nicholsterry27@yahoo.com

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  18. I love these books, I love vampires and I love all mystical creatures. Mrs Sparks brings these amazing creatures to more than life. I love them! I would love a copy of this book.

    hmmhelp@yahoo.com

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  19. Love these books! Once I start reading, they are hard to put down. Thankful for your imagination--keep them coming and I will keep buying them! ;)
    jncphillips@yahoo.com

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  20. I so adore your books! I can't wait for Gregori's story! Keep up the great work!

    jihyun_kim@ymail.com

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  21. Very beautiful interview and her new book sounds great!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    artgiote at gmail dot com

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  22. I've come across your books just couple of months ago....and I'm almost done! Can't stop reading! Keep up good work. No, make that excellent work!
    love
    Kat

    katrinzeta@hotmail.com

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  23. So happy to hear there will be lots more Love at Stake!

    claddagh64 at yahoo dot com

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  24. Oh, sounds like such an exciting series and one that I'd love to get taken away with to another world!

    catslady5(at)aol.com

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  25. I love this series!!Its hilarious and always brightens my mood:)
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    justjanhvi at gmail dot com

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  26. I absolutely love this series!! Your books helped me to fall in love with reading. I recommend this series to everyone. Although I adore all the books, the 1st one is still my favorite. Roman will always rule my heart!!

    mandy(at)fuse(dot)net

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  27. I would love to win an autographed copy of Vampire Mine. Your books are hilarious. Thanks for the contest.

    sarahhardee(at)gmail(dot)com

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  28. I love this series and would love to have an autographed copy.

    miztik_rose@yahoo.com

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  30. I have been wanting to read Kerrelyn Sparks's vampire books!! =) They looks sooo good.
    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

    Valerie Long
    just.val.1974@gmail.com

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  31. I absolutely love all of her books. I was lucky enought to score How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire as a free Nook book in March. I was totally hooked after reading it. I downloaded and read each book as soon as I finished the previous one. I would love it if I won this book.

    JennStars9@aol.com

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  32. I can't wait for the newest book. I read "Eat, Love, Prey" and then had to get ahold of the rest of the series. mystyne@gmail.com

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  33. I never liked vampires - that changed after reading "Love at stake." My favorite book is "All I want for Christmas is a vampire." I love Ian! I can't wait for book of Tino ... He's so cute!

    I'm from Poland, so I read books 6-10 unofficial translations. But I hope that soon they will appear in stores:)

    malfojka@gmail.com

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  34. Wow!!! Look at all the Kerrelyn Sparks fans you guys are amazing.

    I see a few others are like me and got hooked after All I want for Christmas is a Vampire. Kerrelyn definitely delivers with each one of her books.

    Conn to you my love thank you for always showing up and thanks for the drinks. Ladies and Gents the best virtual bartender in the world. My fellow Hellion Conn.

    ~Annette~

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  35. I just finished reading Connor's book!! I loved the pink nail polish joke! Can't wait for the next one!! September 27 is so far away!! Please keep writing! I would love to get a story with Brynley!

    Thank you for your books

    Isabel at isaboo28@yahoo.com

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  36. I love Kerrelyn Spark's books! I couldn't put down the book I read of hers.

    Ashley Kline
    midnight_nicky1@yahoo.com

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  37. I love KS books,my fave is the one where his fang breaks and he has to go to the dentist! I absolutely love your sense of humor. I feel like your world really exists while I am reading and cannot put them down!


    Thanks,
    Julie
    Kc9ibu@yahoo.com

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  38. Kerrlyn sparks is my favorite author. I picked one of her books and I was literally hooked I have all of them and waiting for her new release. She inspired me to start writing again. I would love and autograph copy of vampire mine. Love you Kerrlyn spark! Keep doing a good job. Much love.
    -Fatima
    malpica_fatima@yahoo.com

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  39. well love your books and i'm trying to colleact all your books and i have every one of them and would love a sign book from u

    sweetgirls1008@yahoo.com
    shannon

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  40. Hi Kerrelyn! I love all your heroes, but I have to say that Ian is my favorite. However, if Gregori asked me to dance, I certainly wouldn't turn him down!
    Can't wait to read Sexiest Vampire Alive! Sylvie

    syltim@aol.com

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  41. OH MY GOD! I have been waiting for this book for forever now! I love the series and read all of them! Finally its Gregori's turn! Cannot wait!


    Eurika S.
    email: eurika_sulpya@yahoo.com

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  42. I enjoyed the interview and I love this series, so I can't wait to read Sexiest Vampire Alive.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

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  43. I soo Love Kerrelyn's Love at Stake Series! Her books pull you in and make you feel like you are apart of the story. I so can't wait to read Sexiest Vampire Alive and would love to win an autographed copy of Vampire Mine!! I will keep my fingers crossed!

    unicorndragon@verizon.net

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  44. Love this series. Started in the middle and had to go back and order the first ones. Any time a story can draw you in to the storyline, it's a good book. Kerrelyn's are also funny.

    Elizabeth Gray
    elizabethgr@sbcglobal.net

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  45. I would love a signed copy of this book!!! I've read everything in the series and anxiously waiting for the next book.
    Diana
    jdjgould612@yahoo.com

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  46. Hi Kerrelyn, I've heard a lot about your vampire books and I think it's time I check them out. Vampires are my favourite paranormal creatures. As a read I tend to fall for all the heroes I read about as well and Scotsmen are right up there :)
    Cambonified(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  47. Love your books!

    Natalie S.

    gnat65 AT yahoo DOT com

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  48. I downloaded How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire as a free ebook. I'd finished it within a few hours and then proceeded to buy the rest of them and had read the whole series (up to Connor's story) within a week! I absolutely LOVE this series!!! please add me for your drawing :D

    Krista
    Krista405@gmail.com

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  49. I love the books. I've preorderd the new book, can't wait for it's delivery.

    Johanna

    johannajasmin@arcor.de

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  50. Emma : "You know how to shoot?"
    Heather : "Yes. My dad taught me everything about gun safety. He was an expert."
    Shanna : "What happened to him?"
    Heather : "He was...shot." :) lol

    I "Love" The Love At Stake series it is always guaranteed of a good laugh and is definitely a hot, light read. Thank you for the giveaway :)

    xander_316(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  51. I love the Love at Stake series. Can't wait to see how Gregori falls. Vampires and were and angels, oh my!
    Peggye
    vlad1476@att.net

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  52. Hi, Fellow Houstonian,

    Congratulations on the contract that
    will bring four more Vamp stories into
    this world! Hmmm, that means more Vamp names: Angelo, Lazlo, Orion, Absalom. These have probably already been used. Can you see why I make a better reader than a writer!

    Pat Cochran
    p-cochran@juno.com

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  53. Love this series! Congrats to the contract :-)

    sonkad(at)gmail(dot)com

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  54. Anyone who has not read this series, I really recommend you do so. I love the series and the variety of characters. They are so unique. I too love the Scotmen but my fave would probably be Angus from BE STILL MY VAMPIRE HEART. I can't wait to read Gregori's story.

    June M.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

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  55. Ms. Sparks, I discovered your work by chance one day when I saw "Eat Prey Love" on the shelves of a local bookstore. It begged me to buy it. It didn't have to beg long. I bought it and never looked back. Keep up the good work! My favorite is Phineas!

    cathibee@live.co.za

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  56. I love her books! I lost my collection a while back slowly buildin them back up awesome interview and post

    mortalsinn(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

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  57. I love this series. Can't wait to read Gregori's book! =D


    emilytardy@yahoo.com

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  58. I am excited for Sept. <3

    Terri M

    oklahomamommy0306@gmail.com

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  59. I'm so excited for the next book to come out this Sept. I can't wait :) ^_^
    cherie
    gacktfan5@aol.com

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  60. I LOVE this series and can't wait for the two new stories to come out! Thanks for the offer of this giveaway.
    wildaboutbones {at} gmail {dot}com

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  61. I love your books and would love to add a signed copy to my collection

    Megan
    Megblod@yahoo.com

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  62. Your books are so amazing that I've learnt the powers of patience when waiting for your next release ;o)

    Your fan, Rita in South Africa

    bitemeash(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  63. I have all your books and will add this one to my collection. I know it is going to be great.

    Betty

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  64. I love this series. I am like Kerrilyn, I have a soft spot for the Scot's!

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  65. I also love the were's in this series.
    janiebow@gmail.com

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  66. Wow. It's great to see so many people who enjoy
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    Kerrelyn's books as much as Annette and I do. I'm thrilled to see four more books on the horizon, and I'm sure they'll be even better than the others. Thank you Kerrelyn for stopping by to chat, and good luck to you on your future writing endeavors.

    -Carla

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  67. I've read the first two books in the Love At Stake series and really like them! They are steamy yet light, perfect for a relaxing day. Would love to read Vampire Mine.

    angeldream3[AT]gmail[DOT]com

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  68. Sparks books were some of the ones that truly hooked me on PR. I love being able to laugh with being totally entertained. And I've just introduced one of my younger friends to this wonderful series.
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    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com
    http://lisaslovesbooksofcourse.blogspot.com/

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  69. Hiiii:
    I love your books & I have all your books and would love to add a signed copy to my collection
    Can't wait to see how Gregori falls <3
    eglantine
    eglantine.rose@gmail.com

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  70. Yes, I too love Kerrelyn's Love At Stake series. I'm so looking forward to reading more about Gregori. Love those Scotsmen. Good luck everyone.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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