Can you tell readers a little bit about yourself and what inspired to write in this particular genre?
I’ve always been fascinated with the paranormal…ghosts, vampires, and all things that go bump in the night. When I finally decided to write a novel, it was never a question as to what genre it would be. I grew up reading Stephen King and Dean Koontz, so I think the spook factor was a must in my books.
What inspired you to write this book?
I had an episode of sleep paralysis when I was much younger and the experience was the genesis of Protect Her.
In sleep paralysis, you wake up while still in REM sleep and can’t move. Often times it’s accompanied by hallucinations. Mine was a demon and scared the crap out of me.
Years later, I just had to put the event into a story.
Please tell us about your latest release.
Protect Her, a paranormal romance, has just released with Soul Mate Publishing. It’s the story of two lovers bound by fate, torn apart by evil, and reunited by perseverance.
Is there a character that you enjoyed writing more than any of the others?
Malcolm Campbell has been my favorite all along. He plays a supporting role in Protect Her, but Avenge Her is his novel.
He’s an immortal Highlander living in the present. He’s tormented by the death of his wife in the thirteenth century, and still holds honor and commitment as truths you don’t stray from, and he’s just so damn sexy, I can’t help but love him.
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?
By the time I write the first word I have a pretty clear picture in my head of who the characters are. I do like to find a picture that matches the image I have, and do get a bit of their backstory in my head before I begin.
Often times, they change who they are in the story and I have to create a backstory in their past to explain why they’ve gone off the rails. They really won’t listen to me about who they are, so I’ve learned to be really flexible.
What is your favorite scene from the book? Could you share a little bit of it, without spoilers of course?
One of my favorite scenes takes place in a gorge where Kris and Golden just begin to get close. But of course, something evil comes and messes thing up.
Did you find anything really interesting while researching this or another book?
I’ve really enjoyed researching about Druids and witches. I learned so much about Wiccan’s and Druid’s that I hadn’t known.
What is the most interesting thing you have physically done for book related research purposes?
For my second book in The Druid’s Curse series, Avenge Her, Izzy is a witch who uses tarot cards. They begin to appear in a variety of places and indicate danger is imminent.
I bought myself a tarot deck and have had to learn how to lay out a Celtic Cross spread, and what all the cards mean, as well as how the cards surrounding them relate.
That’s not to say I could comfortably give someone a reading, but I’ve had a blast trying to learn.
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?
The books have been written to stand alone, though there are several little side story arcs that are explained a little bit more with each book. But if you haven’t read the book before, not to worry, you will be caught up to speed with what you need to understand how these arcs have carried over from a previous book.
Do you write in different genres?
Protect Her has some chapters that take place in 13th century Scotland. I would love to write a straight historical romance one day.
Do you find it difficult to write in multiple genres?
I really didn’t find it difficult to switch genres. It just kind of flowed.
When did you consider yourself a writer?
When I signed on the dotted line of my contract. J
What was the last amazing book you read?
Elizabeth Kostova’s The Historian.
What can readers expect next from you?
Protect Her is the first novel in The Druid’s Curse series. I’m editing the second in the series, Avenge Her and hope to have it to my editor next month. I’m also currently writing the third in the series, Fear Her. I’ve also planned the fourth, Release Her.
Where can readers find you on the web?
Would you like to leave readers with a little teaser or excerpt from the book?
Grocery shopping when she was hungry was a bad idea. She tossed a box of Lucky Charms into a cart filled with frozen dinners, Ho Ho’s, and chips, before moving across the aisle and reaching for a loaf of bread. Her fingers slipped, and the white plastic rectangle with blue, yellow, and red dots did a summersault before sailing onto the worn linoleum floor five feet from where she stood.
She stared at the bread as exhaustion hit her like a Mack truck. God, she felt like a zombie with the brain capacity of a gnat. A large pair of hiking boots stepped into view, and her body hummed as if she were still in the car going seventy down the highway.
She closed her eyes and took a deep breath. Stepping back, she caught her hip on a display of rolls. Crap. She grabbed the heavy cardboard and set it to rights before the whole thing toppled to the floor.
A man chuckled.
She looked up.
Asshole Guy stared back. Any humor he may have had at her expense wasn’t evident on his hard angular jaw, high cheekbones, and slashed eyebrows. The murmurings and background noise of the store faded. Heat spread through her and pooled between her thighs.
Golden checked him out. She couldn’t help it. At Mary’s, she’d been so caught up in the fact he looked exactly like her dream man, her gaze hadn’t wandered below his thick neck.
A skintight, black T-shirt stretched over a ripped torso, tapered waist, long muscular legs in faded jeans—holy crap he was huge, and delicious, and standing in front of her.
He continued to stare.
She couldn’t believe the nerve of this guy. Babe or not, he was a giant A-hole. “Could you get out of the way?”
A delicious musky scent reminding her of woods and spice surrounded her, confused her.
She blinked several times, hands fisting the cart. His frown deepened above eyes so blue, she lost herself. It seemed as if they stood staring at each other for an eternity, though she knew it was more like seconds. She tried to swallow the lump in her throat, but couldn’t—no words—no movement—nothing.
He shook his head as if trying to clear something away, then in one graceful move, he lunged, picked up the bread, and held it out to her. A half-grin transformed his face into supermodel gorgeous and a dimple sank in his cheek. His eyebrow rose as he glanced at her basket of junk food.
“Your Wonder Bread—my lady.”
The deep timbre of his voice caressed her skin, and she wondered how it would feel to have his tongue flicking the sensitive flesh of her throat with feather light kisses, tickling her collarbone. Heat flooded her face.
What was wrong with her? Her lascivious thoughts made her cheeks and inner thighs burn. God, he made her think of words like lascivious. She needed to get away from him. He was trouble. As she clasped the bread, her hands shook like she’d drank two pots of coffee.
His head tipped, and a confused expression washed over his face before he turned and walked away.
She pulled the loaf to her tightening chest. How could he be real? She never thought he’d be real. She looked around the aisle in a daze.
He was gone.
Had she hallucinated again? She held her breath and sweat beaded her upper lip as she considered the idea.
Shit, she really was crazy.
The Druid's Curse
Print Length: 260 pages
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Golden Alexander is trapped in a nightmare.
Trying to flee her hallucination of a demon, she runs heart first into the brooding alpha male she’s been dreaming about for years, and then her nightmare really begins.
Kris Pietka is done with women...he’s broken. But when he meets Golden, an overwhelming need to protect her tests everything he thought he knew about himself, and the paranormal.
A bond forged centuries ago thrusts them together as they search for a way to break an ancient Druid curse prophesying their demise. Racing against the clock, they travel from Vermont, to the Carpathian Mountains in Poland, and the Scottish Highlands in search of answers and a way to break the curse.
But something evil watches—it covets, and time is running out.
Will fate allow love to prevail against unbeatable odds, or will Golden wake to find it was all a delusion?
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About the Author:
Sophia Kimble has always wanted to be an author, but for years, life got in the way. She wouldn’t change a thing about how her life turned out, though. Her family keeps her laughing and loving. Her wonderful husband and two extraordinary children stand beside her every step of the way and make this journey called life worth living.
Sophia has worked as a nurse for twenty years, but has put that career path aside to devote her time and imagination to writing down the stories that keep her up nights.
She takes her love of the paranormal, history, and genealogy, and weaves them into tales of family, fated love, and supernatural occurrences.
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