This is the best blind book buy I have ever made! Not only did I love this story, but I love the author. Elizabeth agreed to do an interview with us!!!
BCM: How long have you been writing?
- EK: I have been making up stories and writing since I was little. I have always seemed to have a wild imagination. Writing was always a way for me to easily express myself considering I have a difficult time speaking.
BCM: Have you always been a fan of reading supernatural characters?
- EK: I grew up on it! My mom was always reading Anne Rice or something like that. She even dabbled with the Masquerade. Buffy was a family program we would all sit down and watch. It has always been in my life and I guess I just grew up on it.
BCM: Were any of your characters in Vamphyre Kisses based/inspired on real people:
- EK: Kind of. I am big on fantasizing (like day dreaming), and I am normally the lead character. But then I see how great of a story it could be and the main character (ie me) starts becoming someone else entirely. I also take certain traits from certain friends of mine. I really should try doing it! It seems like everyone I know wants to be a character in my book. For the second book I did get inspired by someone in particular though. A man by the name of Robert Bartlett. He wrote the book Real Alchemy, which I used for research for the second book. I ended up emailing him and he answered all my questions so nicely. He and his wife are both just terrific. So when I needed a certain alchemist in my book I thought of him while writing that character. :)
BMC: How did you come up with the story line for Vampyre Kisses?
- EK: I would love to say there was some awesome story behind the story line, like I was walking through the woods and a bird flew on my shoulder whispering it in my ear, but truthfully, it just happened. I just go with the flow and let the story take me where it wants to. I always have a basic idea though. I’ll even make bubble charts, but somewhere along the line it all ends up changing. The second book didn’t end up anything like what I had planned out! It’s crazy.
BCM: Have you always wanted to be a writer?
- EK: I can truthfully say no, no I did not. I use to want to be an actress/singer on Broadway. From my early teens to late teens I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I was always writing though. It just never occurred to me until I was around 20 that it was something that had always been a passion. It was something that had always been in my life. For instance, when I began writing Vampyre Kisses, I wrote it for fun. It wasn’t until I finished it that I looked at it and thought, “Hey! Maybe I can do something with this.” But that came to me not from a money stand point or living off of it, it came to me because I wanted to inspire others the way writers like Tamora Pierce and Kim Harrison had inspired me to write and find my passion in life.
BCM: What is a typical day in your life like?
- EK: Rarely normal. Hehe. Typically I go to work from 9-5 where I am lucky enough to be able to spend a big portion of my day talking with fabulous writers and readers on twitter or putting together marketing ideas. After work is usually spent with my dog, friends, family, Roller Derby Team, or actually sleeping. Sleep… such a rarity. Working on two hours at the moment.
BCM: Do you have any advice for budding writers?
- EK: 1. Don’t ever take no for an answer (but don’t be a stalker either) and 2. Take advice from others but always listen to your instincts and characters when you are writing your story. My characters have never steered me wrong.
BCM: How many books are you planning for this series?
- EK: In the VERY least there will be probably 4. I know for CERTAIN there will be 3. I will have to do a third one after what happens in the second one. Oh it is so devilish but the way this turns out. I can’t even wait for me to write the third book!
BCM: What challenges have you conquered being self-published?
- EK: When you are labeled has a self-published author there is so many doors that are closed to you and so many people that say you can’t accomplish this or that. I look at them and think, well not many self-published authors get into Barnes and Nobles but I did! This means people like my writing and that is the biggest challenge to conquer when you are self-published. In my humble opinion anyways.
BCM: I know that you are currently working on book #2. How is the writing going? When do you think we get to enjoy this book? (I cannot wait for this book & Liz gets to hear about it from me regularly).
- EK: Personally, I see the mistakes I made in the first book. I listened to my readers when it came to what they liked and what they didn’t. I truly believe the writing for the second book is 100% better. This book even surprised me. If at the end of a story I look back and think, “wow that is such a good part there and the story line really ended well there”, then I know I did something right. Because, when it comes down to it I am my hardest critic. There are short stories I go back and read and think they are utter trash. Like I don’t even know what I was thinking! But this second book! OMG! The story line is so good. I just really love where my characters took me and the surprise at the end is going to blow people away.
BCM: I know your using Beta Readers for book#2, did you use Beta Readers for Book #1?
- EK: No and I think that was a big mistake on my end. When you first get into this writing business you don’t know everything though. They don’t teach you all the secret ins and outs when you are in college. I think if I had it would have turned out even better than what it is now. But, I can’t dwell on that. I was young and now it is almost six years later and I know much more about what I am doing and who to turn to for help. And I must say I am so excited about the beta readers I have! Sharon and Diane are amazing. They don’t lie to me but they aren’t harsh and overbearing on me. It makes a HUGE difference to be critiqued and not criticize.
Ok I’m babbling now. But I could talk about writing all day if you tempted me! Haha.
♥'s and fangs, Elizabeth
Everyone here at BCM would like to extend a huge thank you to Elizabeth for the opportunity to interview her and for allowing us the honor of hosting such a great giveaway of her books. Thank you, Elizabeth!
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