The Undead Space Initiative
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Date of Publication: August 18, 2016
Number of pages: 410
Word Count: 83,000
Cover Artist: Kim Killion, Inc.
Cherry Cordial, vampire stripper extraordinaire, spectacularly messes up her life with a single act of kindness. How could she have known when she rescued gorgeous rogue Ian McDevitt that she would be implicated in the vampire queen’s murder?
Soon, she faces the wrath of the entire vampire community. To escape retribution, she joins a settlement program to colonize Mars. Her choices are grim: hurtle through space to the red planet to face the unknown and possible death, or stay on Earth and face certain annihilation.
To make things even more complicated, a certain gorgeous rogue seems to be shadowing her every move...
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Ideas come from all over the place. They often appear in my head while doing mundane chores like washing the dishes or driving the car. In fact, Dead Girls Don’t Cry started with a one-line idea while I was driving. Clear as day; Cherry Cordial, vampire stripper goes to Mars. And from that point forward I had to know more about her and why the heck was she going to Mars? Ideas are actually the easiest part of writing. The hard part is choosing which ideas become stories and then putting those words onto the page for a full length novel.
2. Do you have a dream cast for your book?
Not really. I am not a visual writer. I actually hear their voices in my head. Because of that, I often don’t have any real people in mind to cast (so no character Pinterest boards for me). Sometimes, I find it distracting to even try to choose a physical person to represent my character. Their attributes come into focus as I’m writing them through their dialogue and behavior. At that point, I get a better idea of who they are and what they look like.
3. How do you handle writer’s block?
I’m not a big believer in writer’s block as a thing. In my experience, if I’m not writing it’s because something in the plot isn’t sitting well with me. Or I’m just being lazy and I need to have more discipline. When I’m facing either situation, it’s best to just write something – anything really. I’ve adopted the strategy of fixing things in revision. It’s the old – you can’t fix a blank page chestnut. The other thing I do is take walks around my house or in the neighborhood. And then I don’t think about the story. I often find that letting my mind wander helps solve the plotting issue.
4. What inspired you to write this book?
Cherry Cordial did. She is one of those characters that blossomed into life with a full blown personality (which is a gift!!) The idea of telling a story about a colony of undead living on Mars was too crazy to pass up. I had no idea if anyone would want to buy it, but I didn’t care. Consequently, it was the fastest and most fun book I’ve written to date.
5.What’s the hardest part of being an author?
Dealing with marketing and social media. I always find it hard to properly promote myself. I’m an observer type. I have degrees in Anthropology and Psychology to bear witness to that fact. I’m perfectly happy to watch others interact or listen to other people tell their stories. Don’t get me wrong. I am not an introvert. I do enjoy socializing and meeting new people. I also don’t have any issues with public speaking either. I just don’t often talk about myself unless I’m asked. That said, I do love to engage with others on my website or via Facebook (my main hangout, these days).
Thank you so much for hosting me today. Questions and comments are welcome!