Hello my lovelies!
I am really honored to introduce you to a great fellow Canadian, and fantastic author Sharon Ashwood !
She very nicely accepted to do an interview in honor of her last release Scorched (December 1st, 2009).
Without any more waiting, here's what came out of our "meeting" =)
Would you like to introduce your Dark Forgotten series to readers who haven't laid their eyes on them yet?
The Dark Forgotten stories fall between paranormal romance and urban fantasy. There are elements of both in the books, but each has a romance at the centre of the story. In this world, the supernatural creatures—vampires, werewolves and so on—live side by side with humans, but it’s not an easy relationship. There is a lot of tension between species. Vampires are particularly dangerous, because their bite is filled with a venom that gives a highly erotic and addictive rush. Humans can be enslaved with as little as one bite. Some demons, on the other hand, have the ability to steal your soul with a kiss. Basically, you have to be careful who you date!
As the story progresses, we discover the Castle, an interdimensional prison for the supernatural. That adds a whole new level of problems. I should also say that there is a lot of magic, fight scenes, and adventure in my books.
Ravenous was your first novel, how did the publication process go?
Getting a book out the door is never simple. Ravenous went through quite a few drafts before it hit its stride—it began as a project I concocted for fun with an online critique group. One day I thought—hey, this could be a whole book! Then one day I submitted it for publication and was completely surprised that it was accepted. I have a wonderful editor, and she worked with me until it was the best possible book.
With shelves full vampires and werewolves, how do you think your series stands out?
My stories have a lot of humour. They’re about the collision between the monsters and our everyday world. I mean, what kind of pension benefits do you give a vampire? When you arrest a werewolf, does he go to jail or the pound? Can you unionize zombies?
It’s also about obligations and relationships—not only love, but also loyalty, friendship, family, colleagues and all the other connections we have. If you’re hundreds of years old, there’s baggage. If you’ve just been made into a demon—well, then what? Nobody likes you anymore. How do you find a place to fit in? Nobody’s life is simple
Oh, and I have sexy vampires. That never hurts, does it?
I know there was a 3rd novel announced in the series, how many can we expect?
I’m working on a fourth—I have plans for a couple more after that.
Let's learn more about you =)
What's your favorite book ever?
Kind of depends on my mood. I love swashbuckling classics like The Three Musketeers, but I also love a lot of young adult books, such as The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander, Alan Garner’s stories, and Susan Cooper’s novels. I’ve always loved a good fantasy adventure.
Your favourite perfume?
Armani Emporio. It’s a bit on the spicy side.
Where are we most likely to find you at 11pm?
Getting ready for bed. I have a day job! I like to read in bed though, and a good book will keep me up late.
What's the latest movie you saw on big screen and what was it?
I saw Sherlock Holmes, and I highly recommend it. It’s tons of fun!
Your biggest dream?
That’s simple—I want an abundant supply of enthusiastic readers to entertain. Any storyteller will say the same thing!
Thank you SO MUCH Sharon for taking the time to stop by Tynga's Reviews, it's very appreciated!
If you wanna say a little something to Sharon, feel free to leave a comment she'll stop by to take a look!
She generously offered a copy of either Ravenous or Scorched to 1 lucky reader (winner's choice).
(click the book to read an excerpt)
(click the book to read an excerpt)
Here are the rules to follow to get your hands on one of those!
- Open Internationnal (Thank you Sharon!)
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- Ends January 29th, 2010.
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