Saturday, March 2, 2013

Interview with DN Simmons

What is it about the paranormal, in particular vampires, that fascinates you so much?

 Vampires are awesome. They are powerful, top of the food chain, immortal and that’s just for starters. I prefer to make them sexy yet deadly. I love it when they can show their gentle/romantic side, but also bare their fangs and rip your throat open when it suits them. Their bite can be sexual and erotic or savage and painful. I like it when it’s a bit of both. Painful but then it becomes something extremely pleasurable.  Vampires are just fun creatures to write and read about when the focus is on them and their world.

What inspired you to write this book? 

I wanted to write the story I’ve always wanted to read. Having read many vampire/shifter books, there was always something missing for me, no matter how much I enjoyed the story. So, I wrote the perfect urban-fantasy book for me.

No. I’ve never had an issue creating characters.

Is there a character that you enjoyed writing more than any of the others? 

I love writing for Sergio and Adrian. But I also love writing for Xavier and Warren. Then when I think about my other character… I love writing for them as well. They all have their own unique personalities that I find myself unable to find a favorite. They play off each other beautifully and I love them all.

Do you have a formula for developing characters? Like do you create a character sketch or list of attributes before you start writing or do you just let the character develop as you write? 

Actually, I don’t. When I’m writing, I see the story unfold in my mind, playing out like a movie. The characters come as the story grows and I simply create them as I see fit.

What is your favorite scene from the book? 

I have so many favorite scenes from this book and actually, all of the books in the series. 

Could you share a little bit of it, without spoilers of course? 

I’d say the scene on the airplane is one of my favorites. It was funny, sexy and exciting.

Can you tell readers a little bit about the world building in the book/series? 

How does this world differ from our normal world? The KOTDC takes place in modern times and is a reflection of our world. So you’ll find characters of mixed races and sexual orientation, and issues that define our modern culture all in a fantasy setting of vampires and shifters.

With the book being part of a series, are there any character or story arcs, that readers jumping in somewhere other than the first book, need to be aware of? Can these books be read as stand alones? 

I created the Knights of the Darkness Chronicles to be read as a series. So each books builds upon the last. The only book you can probably read without reading the one before it, is “The Guilty Innocent”. But so much will still be missed by not reading “Desires Unleashed” as that novel lays down the foundation of the characters and the world they live in.

Do any of your characters have similar characteristics of yourself in them and what are they?

 All of my characters have a little bit of me in their personalities… but each one has their own personalities as well.

Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? 


Do you have any weird writing quirks or rituals? 

I listen to one song, maybe two repeatedly while writing. It keeps me in the “Zone” so to speak.

When did you consider yourself a writer? 

When I begin writing “Desires Unleashed”, my first novel.

What are your guilty pleasures in life? 

Junk Food.

Other than writing, what are some of your interests, hobbies or passions in life? 

I love the Arts. I love listening to music, dancing and singing. I enjoy watching movies and television shows, mainly because I go crazy over great writing and acting. The world needs storytellers and entertainers and I appreciate it when it’s done well.

What was the last amazing book you read? 

I really enjoyed reading “The Immortal Rules” by Julie Kagawa.

What can readers expect next from you? 

A lot of fast-paced action sequences. Dynamic and highly engaging characters that will draw you into their world. Intricate and entertaining story lines that will grip you from the very first page and not let go until the last page is read. Sex scenes so bold and steamy, you’ll have to loosen your collar and turn up the air conditioning. All in all, readers can expect to have a great time reading a D.N. Simmons novel. :D

Where can readers find you on the web?

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Would you like to leave readers with a little teaser or excerpt from the book?
Darian casually looked down at the photograph then up toward the detectives. As I listened to the conversation, I could hear the detective identify the man in the picture. His name was Anthony Juliano. Apparently, he was the assistant day manager at Desires Unleashed before Annette took the position. Anthony had been found dead, his body burned. Only a partial skull and a few bone fragments were discovered amidst the ash. The only method in which he had been identified was through dental records. Darian said he didn’t know what had happened to Anthony Juliano. The detectives appeared to become frustrated, Darian was being so compliant, and he was completely relaxed as if he had not one worry in the world. The detectives then accused Darian of murdering Anthony as well as Annette. I would guess they were attempting to get a rise out of him, hoping he would accidentally give something away.
“Those two are imbeciles,” Xavier growled. When I looked at him, his lips were pressed tightly together, a frown on his face. He must be incensed ... and worried. Darian is his lover and master; his loyalty is to him. I have to admit, I didn’t enjoy seeing Darian in this situation either. I believed he was being framed by the same person who had killed Annette. “He didn’t do this!” Xavier said through clenched teeth. “Warren, when can he receive visitors? How long will he be here?” he asked, never taking his worried gaze from Darian.
“Seven days, this would be day one. We have six days to find the truth, on the seventh day, he’ll have his trial.” Warren looked at Xavier and me. “We don’t have time to waste. Tomorrow, Darian can have visitors, but not until then.”
Oh my God! This situation was getting worse with every passing minute! It was easily turning into one of the worst nights of my life. My heart was heavy with grief and my mind swam with thoughts of justice and revenge. I wanted to go home. I told Warren I wanted to leave and he agreed. As the three of us walked toward the door, Darian’s lawyer entered the interrogation room, declaring that his client had been more than agreeable and he need not answer any more questions. The two detectives looked at each other and nodded. They both left the room, leaving Darian alone with his lawyer. That was the last thing I saw as I exited the secret room, closing the door behind us.
Warren drove me home. “I can come up there with you to keep you company. You don’t have to go through this alone,” he said sympathetically.
I forced a smile which I could tell didn’t fool Warren, not that I was trying to pretend otherwise. It was very thoughtful of him to offer. I was frightened; I couldn’t understand why someone would kill Annette. Could I be a target also? If I were, a little protection would be in my best interest. “Thank you, Warren. I would really appreciate that.”
He smiled and nodded. I looked at Xavier, who was staring out of the window in deep thought. His elbow rested on the frame, his chin resting on his fingers.
“Xavier?” I asked. The sound of my voice seemed to bring him out of his thoughts. He looked at me, his eyes were as blank as if he was in a trance, and it unnerved me. I was used to seeing Xavier in better spirits. “What are you thinking about?”
He took a deep breath then released it. “Darian.” His eyes panned over both Warren and me. “For the time being, he will stay calm and await his seven days but he will not let them kill him. Those two S.U.I.T. detectives aren’t interested in the truth. I watched them tonight; their only concern was the fact that they had “bagged” a master vampire,” Xavier said.
“A seemingly untouchable one at that,” Warren added. He took my hand and gently squeezed it reassuringly. I was too caught up with what Xavier was saying.
Xavier continued revealing his thoughts. He shook his head gravely. “He’ll go rogue. He will kill whoever stands in the way of his freedom. It will be a massacre.”
I must have gasped, because both men looked at me. I seemed to be the only one surprised by the idea of Darian killing innocent people to escape death.
“Natasha, you must understand, Darian is a master vampire, centuries old. He will not be brought down by this. Going rogue is not something he would want to do. He has worked extremely hard establishing himself here in Chicago, especially after the Exposure, which is why he’s being compliant now. However, if push comes to shove, things will get ugly,” Xavier said as a matter-of-fact.

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The Guilty Innocent
Knights of the Darkness Chronicles Book Two
D.N. Simmons

Genre: Urban-fantasy
subgenres: Horror, Paranormal Romance, GLBT, Multicultural, Mystery/Thriller.

Publisher: Rushmore Publishing

ISBN: 978-0615688381

Number of pages: 271
Word Count: 106415

 Book Description:

The Guilty Innocent is the second novel in the edgy, action-packed, sexually-charged, Knights of the Darkness Chronicles.

In this installment, Darian, the gorgeous, charismatic and charming master vampire of Chicago is framed for a crime he didn't commit, but why? His lover, Xavier, Natasha and a few others must travel halfway across the world to find out who and why before time runs out and all hell breaks loose!

Original, sexy and gritty, the Knights of the Darkness Chronicles will suck you in and take you for a ride you won't forget!

Desires Unleashed
Knights of the Darkness Chronicles Book One
D.N. Simmons

Publisher:    Rushmore Publishing

ISBN-13:   978-0615678641
ASIN:   B004DCB6P4

pages:   294
Wordcount: 121436

Genre:   Urban-Fantasy/Dark Urban Fantasy w/Paranormal Romance elements.

Content warning: Multicultural and mixed genre such as gay/bisexual/straight pairings/sex scenes.Graphic language and violence. Strong sexual themes.

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Book Description:

Desires Unleashed is the first novel in the riveting, highly-addictive and sexually charged Knights of the Darkness Chronicles. Experience the heart-pounding thrill of the chase in this electrifying page-turner as you uncover the mystery behind the series of gruesome killings that have been terrorizing the citizens of Chicago.

When a grisly decapitated corpse pops up on a Chicago Street, drained of blood, the highly-trained, government-funded special police force assigned two of their best detectives to the case. S.U.I.T. Detectives Warren Davis and Matthew Eric delve deep into their investigation to discover just who or what is leaving mutilated bodies in public places. They soon realize that the killer or killers is one step ahead of them and if they are going to stop the menace before another innocent human is viciously attack, they are going to need help.

Natasha Hemingway liked her life just the way it was... normal and supernatural free. The vampires and shape-shifters were just where she wanted them to be--far away from her. All was going well until an unfortunate accident landed her in the hospital. It was then that she discovered she had an ability that could help her save countless lives.

All of a sudden, she finds herself thrust into the dangerous and alluring world of the supernatural and into the arms of two very sexy and deadly vampires.

Original, gritty and sprinkled with just the right amount of humor and wit, the Knights of the Darkness Chronicles will suck you in and take you for a ride you won't forget. You don't want to miss out on this amazing series!

About the Author:

D. N. Simmons lives in Chicago IL., with a rambunctious German Shepherd that's too big for his own good and mischievous kitten that she affectionately calls "Itty-bitty". Her hobbies include rollerblading, billiards, bowling, reading, watching television and going to the movies.

She has been nominated at Love Romances and More, winning honorable mention for best paranormal book of 2006. She has won "Author of the Month" at Warrior of Words. She was voted "New Voice of Today" at Romance Reviews and "Rising Star" at Love Romance and More.

To learn more, and have the opportunity to speak with the author personally, please visit the official website and forum at   D.N. is always interesting in meeting new and wonderful people.

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