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Q&A With Celia Breslin
Last week, my pal Juli D. Revezzo visited to chat about Celtic gods and her latest release, The Artist’s Inheritance, and I promised to *finally* answer my own interview questions. And here we are… 🙂
1. How long have you been writing? What genres do you write?
I’ve been writing since I could hold a pencil. As a kid/teen, I loved reading fantasy, romance, sci fi, and horror. Penning stories was one of my favorite activities, too, and still is, obviously, lol. I like creating fictional worlds where I make the rules.
I write primarily urban fantasy and paranormal romance. I’ve also dabbled in speculative fiction, but that particular manuscript is languishing under my virtual bed. I just might dust it off one of these days.
2. What’s on your bookshelf and/or in your To Be Read pile?
On my real-world bookshelf = too much to mention. Highlights: Haruki Murakami, J.R. Ward, Laurell K. Hamilton, Philip K. Dick, Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Apollinaire, and many graphic novels.
In my Kindle TBR pile = so much goodness, wishing for more hours in a day for both writing and reading… Highlights: Laura Kaye’s Forever Freed and West of Want, Rosalie Lario’s Touch of the Angel and Heart of the Incubus, Rachel Firasek’s Creating Fate.
Read my blog post on My Favorite Reads for more book-y goodness.
3. Do you have a favorite author? More than one. My current must-read-everything-they-write authors are Laura Kaye and Kresley Cole.
4. What two authors would you love to chat with over a meal? Better yet, what two authors would you take on a writer’s retreat? Laura Kaye and Kresley Cole!
5. If the Earth was about to be destroyed to make way for a Hyperspace Bypass (Hello, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) and you have mere minutes to vacate, what book would you grab to take with you? In addition to your towel, of course. I’d grab my Kindle and in this magical universe we’re talking about it would have infinite battery life. I’d also likely grab my box set of J. R. Ward’s The Black Dagger Brotherhood (Laura Kaye and Kresley Cole’s works are on my Kindle).
6. Favorite food: Asian – Thai, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, etc. If I had to pick just one, then… sushi. With sake.
7. Favorite color: Black. And red. (what a surprise, vampire colors, heh)
8. Favorite music: This varies with my mood. When I wrote HAVEN, I listened to a lot of NIN, particularly With Teeth, and The Fragile. For fight scenes I fired up Prodigy, Invaders Must Die, among other techno treats. For club scenes, I listened to the dance music mixes provided by my husband (aka Bass Kittens) and our pal Justin Maxwell. Minimal Techno and Electro, for the most part. And I added a splash of House tracks (Deep, Tribal, etc.) to the mix, too.
9. Favorite supernatural creature? Vampires, of course.
10. Favorite TV show? Let’s go plural on this one and stick to my favorite genre. Previously: Anything by Joss Whedon — Buffy, Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse
Currently: True Blood, Vampire Diaries, Game of Thrones
11. Milk chocolate or Dark chocolate? Dark
12. Vampires or werewolves? Vampires!
13. Sexy demons or sexy angels? Wow, my questions are tough. Larissa Ione and Rosalie Lario’s demons.
14. Dragons or witches? Witches.
15. Tell us about your new release! HAVEN is the first book in the Tranquilli Bloodline Series. Vampire urban fantasy with a strong romantic element. It releases July 2013 from BURST Books, a Champagne Book Group imprint.
As you know, if you’ve surfed my Web site a bit (hint, hint), Haven stars Carina Tranquilli, a feisty club owner with a pesky memory problem, a mysterious latent power, and an overprotective and somewhat dysfunctional family. And a hot, undead, Fated Soul Mate. Oh, and Team Evil has painted a target on her back and they intend to hit the bulls-eye.
Here’s the back cover blurb:
San Francisco nightclub owner Carina Tranquilli works hard, plays hard, and never allows the death of her parents and her twelve-year memory gap to get her down. But her life takes a left turn when a witch attacks her on her twenty-fifth birthday.
Three hauntingly familiar vampires emerge to reveal she possesses a latent power. To protect her from their enemies, they admit to wiping her memories clean and abandoning her as a child, but now they need her help. As she struggles to evade her new protectors and even newer enemies, she meets Alexander, an enigmatic, undead musician. Insta-lust flares, leaving her wanting more.
With evil’s minions hounding her every move, and everything she thought she knew turned on its head, Carina must harness her burgeoning power, unravel her vampire family’s web of deceit, and fight to have a love life…without getting killed in the process.
All that talk of vampires in my Q&A put me in a vampire mood (as if I’m ever NOT in one, LOL). So, dear readers, here are some authors who write good vampire. Enjoy!