Can you tell readers a little bit about yourself and what inspired to write in this particular genre?
I think Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance chose me J. The strange and unusual has always fascinated me. (I loved watching In Search Of as a kid.) With the book, I liked exploring how supernatural characters deal with living in the “normal” world and how being supernatural gives them glimpses into that strange and unusual.
What is it about the paranormal, in particular vampires, that fascinates you so much?
I like the mystery of the paranormal, have always loved a good atmospheric horror story or movie. Before cable tv, I used to watch these crazy horror movies they used to show on Saturday mornings after the cartoons on the local non-network channels. I’d close myself off in our guest room and watch them while gnawing on my fingernails.
I think we know very little about our world. We have only scratched the surface of understanding about this planet and the greater universe. Animals have senses that we don’t have and can see the world differently. I find that very interesting. I find mysteries interesting. What are UFOs? What are ghosts? What do these mysteries tell us about our world? I play a lot with metaphysics in the necromancer books as it relates to demon power and how it works.
Vampires play a minor role in the overall plot of the necromancer series, with one important vampire character that I love. Vampires form part of that greater mystery, that creepiness, but also represent dangerous passion. Look at how Bram Stoker wrote Dracula, Bela Lugosi’s portrayal, and Anne Rice’s Lestat. (I also love the original Fright Night movie!! Chris Sarandon is awesome as the vampire Jerry Dandrige.) They were dangerously attractive to both their male and female victims. I don’t like how some modern interpretations have stripped them of this primal passion, which stems a lot from the blood drinking, stealing that vital life force. When you take away the blood drinking, you take away part of what makes a vampire dangerous and primal. (The last True Blood episode where Eric turns Willa was awesome.)
What inspired you to write this book?
It was really the characters speaking to me and telling me this story. I never thought my heroine would be a necromancer, but once I began writing the story, I became more and more intrigued with exploring her character, and how she coexists with this intense power.
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?
The character definitely develops as I write. I do a character growth matrix which outlines different levels of growth the character achieves, beginning with change in skills and knowledge, eventually leading to a more spiritual growth, a change in belief. I really try to focus on the internal conflicts more than what they’re wearing, etc, although that’s there too.
Did you find anything really interesting while researching this or another book?
I enjoyed researching about necromancer abilities and expanding upon their mythology. How did they originate? The answer to this question forms the basis for the series and the main conflict of the book. It’s very exciting. I found all sort of stuff regarding necromancer powers in mythology and in gaming. Necromancers can do lots of crazy stuff, such as extracting disease from the dead and inflicting them on the living.
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?
That’s a tough one. I tried to write them in a way so that the reader understands the plot of the book without having read the previous book, but to really understand where these characters are coming from, it is much more beneficial and enriching to follow their journeys from the beginning. A lot happens to Ruby in Necromancer’s Seduction that reveals some very tragic events from her past. If someone were to pick up the book that follows, they would be okay with the story, but would miss that catharsis, that reveal of Ruby’s psyche from book one. Also, it’s exciting to see how the relationship between the characters evolve, devolve, and resolve from book one to book three.
Do you write in different genres?
I’m preparing a pirate historical book for publication at the end of this year, and I’m waiting for that perfect idea for a horror novel to hit me.
Do you find it difficult to write in multiple genres?
Yes and no. The pirate historical is written third person from the hero and heroine’s points of view, and the Necromancer Series is first person, all from Ruby’s point of view. I find that I can’t flip easily back and forth from the third person pirate point of view to first person Ruby POV. I have to stop work on the necromancer series and prepare my mind to work in the POV for the pirate historical. That being said, it wasn’t hard at all to write that pirate story in that time period (1700s) because, when I wrote it, I’d read lots of fiction and non-fiction books on pirates so my mind was already there. It was just a matter of putting my story ideas on the paper. The story literally flowed faster than I could write it, which was fantastic.
What are your guilty pleasures in life?
My husband and I are foodies so we occasionally like to indulge our culinary pleasures J; ice cream is possibly the one thing I cannot control myself around; sci fi, action, romantic, and comic book movies; and coffee, lots of coffee.
Other than writing, what are some of your interests, hobbies or passions in life?
Family and friends. I love the ocean and anything you can do in or around the ocean. I sometimes go a little nutty living in the desert (Phoenix), well, more than usual anyway J. I’ve also traveled a lot, lived in some interesting places such as West Africa, Brazil, and Montenegro, and love immersing myself in other cultures. When you travel and really interact with local cultures, you realize how amazing the world and its people are.
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The Necromancer’s Seduction
The Necromancer Series, Book One
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: ImaJinn Books
Cover Artist: Patricia Lazarus
She has never feared the walking dead. It’s the power required to reanimate the dead that startles her, seduces her. The power that dwells inside her…and is growing.
For Professor Ruby Montagne, being a necromancer has brought her nothing but heartache, and she walked away from that part of her life long ago. However, her quiet existence in San Francisco is shattered when she stumbles upon the body of a slain witch, and the supernatural community insists she transform him into a revenant to track the killer. But his murder was just the beginning, and Ruby soon realizes that the stakes are higher than anyone can imagine—and that revenants have nasty minds of their own.
Now demonic creatures have escaped into the human world, and zombies once again walk the streets. For humanity’s sake, Ruby forms an unlikely alliance with a witch, a zombie, and Ewan March, a demon warrior who sets her senses on fire.
She’s always distrusted demons and Ewan is no exception, but circumstances push them closer together, and Ruby not only finds it harder to resist him, she isn’t sure she even wants to. But she suspects his job of patrolling the portal separating humans and demons conceals a dark and deadly past that may consume them both.
With events spiraling out of control, Ruby unravels a plot that not only threatens the human and demon realms, but puts Ruby’s very soul in jeopardy. Because when the dead walk, no one is safe. Especially Ruby.
Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/sCnfq9Se7bU
About the Author:
Noemi Ghirghi writes as Mimi Sebastian and raised herself on books and the strange and unusual with an unhealthy dose of comics and Scooby Doo. Loving angst-filled romance thrown in the mix, she decided to blend all those elements in a steamy mix in her first Urban Fantasy series, the Necromancer Books. The first book, The Necromancer’s Seduction, debuts July 15, 2013, with ImaJinn Books.
Noemi spent two years in the Ivory Coast with the Peace Corps and loves to introduce tid-bits from her experiences in her writing. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America and the Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal chapter of RWA. A transplant from the beaches of Florida, Noemi now wanders the desert in Phoenix, AZ, and attempts to balance writing with a day career, fantastic family, and household diva: her Amazon parrot.