- Have the main character of your last novel introduce you to our readers.
That would be Giselle from The Sapphire Oath.
- Without giving us spoilers introduce your latest and greatest novel or work in progress and let us know which it is and if it’s a WIP let us know when it goes live.
My current work in progress is an exciting spin on the Van Helsing vampire stories. Here is the blurb for you to read.
Perfect for fans of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel, The Vampire Diaries, The Originals. A Modern Van Helsing retelling.
Sometimes family secrets should stay buried…
Hayley Van Helsing, a twenty something vampire hunter, has always known her destiny was to become the leader of the Van Helsing dynasty, a clan made of supernatural hunters but she has always wondered if her life was meant for a different path, wishing for a normal human mundane life.
That is until she meets Darius, a tall dark mysterious man with piercing blue eyes, in a graveyard one night and unbeknown to her, he’s not just your average guy.
And he’s about to take her on an adventure that will make her question everything.
GRAVEYARD SHIFT is the thrilling first instalment in a steamy upper NA paranormal vampire romance series. If you like enemies-to-lovers, reverse harem, touch her and die, a tough female heroine, and a sexy morally grey antihero, this book is for you.
Get ready for a fresh take on vampires, werewolves, and witches by one-clicking today!
*This book is part of a series and ends in a cliff-hanger. Best suited for ages 16+ due to sexual situations.
My WIP will be going through a rapid release starting in October 2022.
- What do you like best about your main character in your latest and greatest or WIP from above?
I can answer this in both ways.
Giselle, the main character from The Sapphire Oath has always been a character that has followed me for years, I started writing her story at age 15 and continued later into my adult life. She’s headstrong, witty, loyal, and will die for the ones she loves. She’s everything I would have liked to have read in a story growing up. She tries to fight for what’s right but must deal with trauma from her childhood and battle her own demons while fighting bad guys.
Hayley Helsing, she is the main character of my WIP and is so much fun to write. She’s humorous, protective, and sometimes inviting to newbies. She can make her own choices and tries to learn from her mistakes. She understands her weaknesses, her stubbornness, and her unwillingness to forgive (most of the time). She is driven mostly by her heart and that can sometimes influence her decisions and can ultimately cause her issues later.
- Tell us a little about one of your side characters from your latest and greatest or WIP.
I can’t really say much about side characters in The Sapphire Oath series as it will give away too much, but I can for my WIP.
Jackson Gates, he’s the side character and Hayley’s best friend. He’s a witch from an amazing English dynasty bloodline and is so fun to write! He fell in love with a human but sadly that guy was lost during a battle and Jackson has now vowed to never love again, of course, that might change in the series. He’s very protective over Hayley as if she were his own flesh and blood. He’s not just spell smart but also science smart. He acts as the peacekeeper within the clan and tries to keep Hayley grounded as best as he can.
- How did you come up with your idea for the above story?
The Sapphire Oath started off as a girl who witnessed her mother’s death at the hands of her father and it went from there, almost feels like a dream when I talk about where the idea came from.
Graveyard Shift, I have always written vampires. During my teens I was on a few vampire roleplay forums and absolutely loved every second of it and has a teen obsessed with Buffy, Angel, Anne Rice novels, and later Twilight and The Vampire Diaries (the books), I thought it was time I put pen to paper and write about my own vampire hunter heroine. A lot of the story has been influenced by those old roleplay forum days as some names and side stories I wrote back when I was a teen.
- What was your writing plan for this book or WIP?
I am rapid releasing this WIP as I am expecting my second child around December, so I’d like to have at least book 1 and 2 out before that time. So, I am currently writing back-to-back. The Sapphire Oath book 2 isn’t due out until March/April 2023.
- How do you handle writers block?
- I like to go for walks, listen to playlists either on Spotify or YouTube. I bounce ideas off my partner and or read a favourite book. I try to also push through writer’s block, if it appears I will take a day or two off and then try and get back on that horse, sometimes just writing from word prompts or pushing through the story and then going back later to fix any mistakes, errors or rewrite.
- Do you have a secret writing ritual and what is it?
I always write on a full stomach as it helps me consternate. I will put on a playlist which helps influence the story and have a nice hot cup of tea next to me. All those things help.
- What is your writing snack?
Biscuits or chocolates or something sweet.
- What do you do when you’re not writing?
I am also a wedding photographer, so if I’m not writing I’m normally shooting or editing a wedding. Spending time with family, friends or planning my wedding.
- What is your favorite season and why?
Autumn(fall), I love the colours, the crisp mornings, the cooler air, the changing of the trees and Halloween. It just feels cozier to me.
- What is your favorite genre to read and what do you like about it?
Fantasy, romance and paranormal. They are my go to and I don’t think I’m ever going to change that.
- Do you have a writer mission statement? What is it?
A writer’s mission statement? I have never really thought of one. I write for me and that one reader, I have never worried about numbers of book sales or money earned, I just enjoy telling stories and even if it is only ever read by a handful of people, I am happy with that.
- What do you listen to when you write? How does it help to put you in the mood?
I listen to a lot of different genres in general, but I find certain songs help for certain scenes and certain characters. I like instrumental music, romance songs, and slow reverb songs.
AUGUST QUESTION OF THE MONTH
What was your biggest failure that you turned into a success?
I haven’t really figured that out. Success is measured differently to me to how it is measured by others. My success is usually to do with my own family life, being able to grow a person is a success to me, finding the man of my dreams and knowing I will become his wife soon is a success. Having my first published novel do well is a success to me. I measure my success in the moments and how it feels, failures aren’t anything as you always find a way to get back up, dust yourself off and try again.