A Chat with Paula Kennedy – Angels of the Night series
Hi Everyone! Today, I’m delighted to welcome Champagne Book Group author Paula Kennedy to my blog.
Hi Paula! Thanks for joining us today for a chitchat.
It’s a pleasure to be here! Thanks for having me.
Tell us…How long have you been writing? What genres do you write?
I’ve always had a creative side and don’t remember a time when I wasn’t making up stories for my sisters, planning a puppet play for neighbors or family or just laying around writing my story ideas down. I only just decided to submit a manuscript to a publisher and I wasn’t quite sure what was going to happen. You can image my elation at being offered a contract by Champagne Books.
I am a lover of all genres – Science Fiction all the way to Epic Fantasy – but my published works are paranormal romance.
We love sci-fi, fantasy and romance around here. *grins* So, what’s on your bookshelf and/or in your To Be Read pile?
As is the way with most people I’ve spoken with, my TBR pile is much larger than the time I have available to tackle it! If you find me on Goodreads you’ll see I have a few select titles I aim to get through in the next year. Some examples are: Rule by Jay Crownover, Angelfall by Susan Ea and Whitby After Dark by Stella Coulson. Right now I’m rereading City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau with a Bookclub! I LOVE this book and can’t wait to read the others in this series! So much to read…so little time.
I hear you on the huge TBR pile! Do you have a favorite author?
My list of favorite authors has grown over the years but there are several I return to frequently. Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Margaret Atwood and Anne Rice are my top four. On a warm summer day, when I’m gloriously ‘bored’ I like to lay out on a lawn chair and read anything from these authors while the scent of freshly cut grass lingers in the air.
That sounds so relaxing, Paula. Speaking of favorite authors, what two would you love to chat with over a meal? Better yet, what two authors would you take on a writer’s retreat?
Definitely Anne Rice and Stephen King. Pair King’s wild imagination with some sexy vampires and voila – you have the makings of a pretty awesome story. I’d love to pick either of their brains about what direction the Angels of the Night series should take.
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.
City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau! Wouldn’t want to let my Bookclub members down! lol
And now for the big secrets…Favorite food?
Raspberries! One of my first memories is of eating a sun-warmed raspberry right off the plant. The fruit was as big as my hand so you can imagine how little I was. Give me a bowl of freshly picked raspberries and I’ll love you forever.
Sweet. And favorite color?
Probably neutral earth tones.
Like my love of all genres of books, I also enjoy a variety of music. If I’m writing a particular section in one of my novels I like to match up the emotion in the story with a song. I have a lot of Breaking Benjamin, Hedley and Metallica in my playlist.
Favorite supernatural creature?
Vampires have always held a special allure to me and in my series I’ve taken a new perspective on the idea of what a vampire is. I don’t want to ruin it for those who haven’t read the books yet but I’ve used science, and a little physics, to explain why vampires are different from humans.
Thanks for visiting today, Paula. Before you go, tell us about your new release!
Angels of the Night: Discovery is the first in a series of paranormal romance books.
Allison Webber, a seemingly ordinary person, joins a secret society hiding the existence of vampires. Things heat up quickly in this all male cult when she catches the eyes of two sexy vampire twins, Thane and Darcy Wallace. Amid steamy encounters with the identical twins competing for her attention, Allison learns her mission is to aid a select group of vampires, the Angels of the Night, as they hunt and destroy the females of their species. Completely taken with the brothers and her new role, she fails to see that one of the twins has been using her. Allison must delve deep within herself for the courage to save the brother she loves and destroy the one who betrayed her.
I don’t really have a set number in mind for the series and will continue to write until the entire story feels like it’s done. Right now I’m working on the third book, Angels of the Night: Deception. This series keep calling and I keep writing!