I recently ran an AMA event. For those who don’t know what that is — AMA is short for Ask Me Anything. It was interesting to see what kind of questions cropped up. I’ve posted the entire thing below 🙂
If someone offered you a film based on your book, will you accept it?
Yes, with stipulations. I’ve seen too many authors be very disappointed in what happens to their books when the TV/Film companies get hold of them. I’d want to have input into the script, the things they change (because, let’s be honest, they’d change things!) and I’d definitely want to have some control over the actor choices.
What inspired you to do this?
The AMA? I’ve read a few and they looked like fun. It’s always interesting to talk to people and see the kinds of things they want to know.
How and when did you start becoming interested in the paranormal, vampires and werewolves?
How do you come up with unique characters and scenarios when there are already so many similar stories that were created all these years?
What is the best advice you ever received from mentors or other authors that you have applied to your work?
Don’t edit as you write. Finish the first draft — just keep writing. Don’t worry about it being rubbish or having scenes that you won’t use. Just keep writing. Once you’ve finished the first draft, set it aside for a couple of weeks and do something else, anything else! Take a break and then go back and reread a couple of times before editing.
How did you come up with so much courage to publish your book when there are so many more famous authors around?
Does it take long to look for a publisher to help me release my book or should I risk it and self-publish instead?
Do you think the vampires and werewolves kind of stories are already overused?
Do you think you’ll come out with a set of new novels for Bonded in Blood to turn it into a series?Do you think you’ll come out with a set of new novels for Bonded in Blood to turn it into a series?
It’s intended to be a series. The second book (Blood Carousel) is almost complete — about to go into editing and book cover design stage. Book three has been started 🙂
If there’s any tip you can share with other aspiring writers, what would it be?
If given the chance, would you rather have Bonded in Blood turned into a movie or a TV show?
TV Show. Bonded in Blood, while like the upcoming books in the series, can be read as a standalone story, is actually the beginning of a series and all the books do link together. I think a TV show would be far more interesting to do.
They say that when writing stories, it’s more difficult to scare a person than making them cry; how do you make sure your content is good enough for the paranormal niche?
I don’t write paranormal horror, so scaring people isn’t really the aim of our books. If anything, we’re more inclined to be a paranormal thriller — so there’s mystery, with a high focus on the paranormal elements and a slight hint of romance.
While writing paranormal stories, do you ever feel scared yourself?
No. I’ve always been fascinated by the paranormal/supernatural. From an early age, I was drawn to stories that involved the unexplained — ghosts, witches, vampires, etc.
What/Who inspired you to deal with vampires and werewolves?
Why did you want to become an author and is this job able to sustain your lifestyle and daily needs financially?
Did you ever come at a point when you doubted yourself and your writing skills while writing this book?
I think self-doubt is something every writer suffers from. You just have to push through it and keep on going. Getting feedback from people you don’t know helps (or not, if the feedback is bad!).
If your book doesn’t include high school girls and things teens usually like, what’s your target age bracket for your readers?
Do you personally believe that there’s truly paranormal activity in this world we live in?
I do believe that there are things out there that we haven’t been able to explain — be that ghosts, imprints, remnants, etc.
Where do you draw inspiration when writing novels to make sure that yours is unique?
Usually the story will start with something I’ve seen in passing, a situation or even just a person that sparks an idea and I’ll end up with a “what if” scenario. From there, I’ll expand on it, sampling different reactions to that “what if” and a story will develop from there.
Who is yr all time favourite author?
I have to pick just one? I don’t think I can do that! It depends on the genre. I love Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Kelley Armstrong, Patricia Briggs, Terry Goodkind, David Eddings, Jim Butcher, Gena Showalter. They’re authors I’ll reread happily and often.
Has being a author always been yr dream?
Who is yr favourite character in bonded in blood?
Will there be a second book to bonded in blood?
How do you keep up with all the popular novels that come out to make sure that yours stand out?
I don’t. I don’t worry about what everyone else is doing. I write the story that I have in mind.