Friday, June 21, 2013

Interview and Giveaway with Shannon McRoberts

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

I have been in love with vampires since I saw Anne Rice on QVC selling the whole Vampire Chronicles on tape.  I think that was back in 1994.  Before anyone had internet handy and my closest bookstore was 35 miles away.  I was intrigued about Claudia and I just had to know what was going on….it was a downward spiral from there.  I got every. single. vampire book by Anne Rice.  Then the movie came out….then there was that bad Dracula 2000 movie that I actually loved…..then Vampire Diaries….oh and let’s not forget Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  I think what fascinates me so much is the eternal beauty and power.  Now, original vampires like nosferatu are uUUUUGLY, but the ones I have been exposed to are very beautiful and so magnetizing.  Can we say Brad Pitt as Louis?  Or Ian Somerhalder as Damon ::wink wink:: 

2) Do you have a special formula for creating characters' names? Do you try to match a name with a certain meaning to attributes of the character or do you search for names popular in certain time periods or regions?

Sometimes I do.  Most times I go to a name generator program I have and just clink out some names and write down the ones I like.  Then as I am writing I put those names in there that speak to me.  Sometimes I come up with names on my own like Zarra.  As for those that were “researched” those are names like Athine and Morrigan.  I wanted certain name attributes like Celtic or Norse.   

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

I think secretly I enjoy Nikeda the most because she is the crowning jewel of my process.  Since high school I wanted to write about vampires.  I was never any good at it.  Then one day the idea for The Blood Sisters came up and smacked me in the face.  My tag line is “Take what you know about mythology and throw it out the window.”   What I learned was that it just doesn’t involve mythology like Greek vs Norse…it involves ALL fantasy type characters….including vampires and dragons!   

4) 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?

Yes and no.  When I first wrote Athine Verses:  The Beginning (first book) it was only supposed to be a single book.  Then I wrote another.  Then another.  Then another.  And with the fourth book I tied in The Secret of Genetic Corp X, the first book I ever wrote.  Now the first book, which is free on Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, etc, that is a complete stand-alone.  The Secret of Genetic Corp X is also a stand-alone book.   The other books are only available in Verses of Athine and are placed in the order  that they need to be read with new edits and a more unified story arc.  Readers will have to read them all to get ready for Cursed Bloods, which is book 5 in the series, but will be the 6th book I’ve written altogether.
5) Do any of your characters have similar characteristics of yourself in them and what are they?

Athine, in retrospect, is a lot like me. She is strong willed,  a cornerstone for her family, and doesn’t like to be underestimated.    

6) Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? How do you deal with it?

I have it right now.  I just have to try to get my creative juices going again.  I carry paper with me to jot down ideas.  I make fantasy art.  I write poetry.  I try to write short stories.  I completely veg on the couch and just forget that I’m trying to create a world.  Sometimes it is like trying to go up a big hill.  Other times it’s just like wheeee and the story comes out.  I think everyone has this in his or her creative endeavors. 

7)Where is your favorite place to read? Do you have a cozy corner or special reading spot?  
Anywhere I can get the chance.  I have a 4 year old and a full time job.  Sometimes I have to hide in the bathroom and pretend to take a shower to get a few minutes to read!

8) What can readers expect next from you? 

I am currently working on the next book Cursed Bloods which will follow The Blood Sisters and Worlds Collide.  I hope to have it out in at least eBook by 2014.    
9) Where can readers find you on the web? and

10)Would you like to leave readers with a little teaser or excerpt from the book?

Here is a teaser from The Blood Sisters (my vampire origins part of the series)

Testing was grueling.  For three days Aphrodite put Morain’a, Nikeda, and A’tiasul through a battery of physical and mental tests.  She diligently recorded the results and noted when Morain’a and Nikeda seemed to be using some kind of telepathy to communicate with one another.  Morain’a’s magic also seemed to be growing by leaps and bounds with the strict testing.  It appeared that although gifted in some areas A’tiasul was lacking many of the abilities of the girls. 

“Well, I’ve composited most of this information from your testing.  It is very interesting what I have found.”
Nikeda asked, “Will you share this with us?”

“Yes, eventually I will, but right now I don’t want to corrupt the data.  You all do not know what you are capable of and may not know everything you are doing.  Once you give A’tiasul your blood we will test some more and see how things change. Then you will be able to know what we have found.”

When A’tiasul heard his name he looked over at Nikeda and waggled his eyebrows at her playfully.  He enjoyed seeing how red he could make her face turn.  When Aphrodite dismissed them he went right straight over to Nikeda wearing a devious smile.  “You know, there are other ways besides embarrassment that I can make your face turn red.”         

Nikeda was even more flabbergasted.  Each day A’tiasul was becoming braver in his innuendos.  Now she was going to have to figure out a way to give him her blood that was not in the least bit appealing since he was obviously attracted.  She squirmed at the thought.  This was something new.  When she and Morain’a had exchanged blood it was a simple ritual of sisters and it felt right.  Yet, there was something about giving her blood to another for an experiment, especially somebody like A’tiasul that made her nervous.  Seeing her become uneasy and squirmy A’tiasul calmed down. 

“Nikeda, do not worry about giving me your blood.  It shouldn’t take much to make the experiment work if Aphrodite has calculated it correctly.  She said the best way to do this is for me to drink it.  After dinner we will go somewhere private and do the exchange.”

This seemed to afford her some relief.  At least he didn’t want to do the exchange in front of everyone.  “Very well then, I will meet you in your room after dinner.”

Dinner was a long drawn out affair.  It was a lavish feast celebrating the impending experiment completion.  Yet, it seemed to end too quickly for Nikeda’s liking.  A’tiasul looked at Nikeda and motioned for her to follow him so they could complete the experiment.  In only a matter of moments she would be behind closed doors with this beautiful creature.  It was a thought that made her feel uneasy. 

A’tiasul closed the door behind them and turned towards Nikeda.  “Why do you look like you have seen a banshee? What do you think I intend to do to you in here?”

Nikeda scratched her head some and shrugged.  “I just feel weird that is all.  When I did this with Morain’a there was nothing riding on it.  There was also no thought into the exchange.  It was impulsive.  This will not be impulsive.”

A’tiasul laughed.  “So, if it were impulsive you wouldn’t feel as strange.” He moved quickly and caught Nikeda around her waist.  Instinctively she began to fight him, but she was tired and he was strong.  His arms fit perfectly around her waist.  He squeezed her tighter and drew her to him in a long, hard kiss.  Then he moved down her neck to the point where the blood flowed best and bit her.  She struggled a bit against him but soon she felt a rush coming over her as he drank her blood. 

She was disoriented and light headed after a few more seconds.  She could feel him pushing her towards his bed, but he wasn’t letting up on drinking from her.  “A’tiasul, stop, please,” she cried at him.  She was beginning to feel him inside her mind.  It was like nothing she had ever felt with Morain’a.  It was driving her wild as all she could see was his desire for her.  He laid her down on the bed eagerly and harshly kissing her all over.  She was fighting against him to make him listen to her.  The blood must have been consuming him.  Finally she uttered the words in her mind.  “A’tiasul, stop it.  Snap out of it.”

Immediately he looked down at her and was disgusted by his actions.  Was it the blood rushing into him or was it that part of him that he feared; the part that was the son of Zeus.  “I’m sorry Nikeda.  I have no idea what came over me.  The blood was so powerful.  It was twenty times more intoxicating as the best ambrosia wines.  I think it best, if this does work, that you not let anyone else drink directly from you.  Again, I am so sorry.”

Nikeda was gaining some of her strength back, but she was leery of A’tiasul all the same.  She could feel his inner thoughts.  “Can you hear my thoughts?”

“No, not really.  It’s all very loud in my head right now.  There are lots of voices and noises.”

Nikeda got up and cleaned the wound on her neck.  “I think it best for us both to get some rest.  It may take a while for you to get used to the noises in your head.  I am thinking that eventually they will become clear and controllable.” She walked over and kissed him on his cheek.  She didn’t flinch when he grabbed her and sat her down on his leg.  It was almost as if she could see his thoughts before he acted.  He cupped her face in his hands and gently kissed her. 

“I’m sorry.  I am not my father’s son.  I would have never done such a thing on any ordinary day.  My intentions to you I am sure are not hidden, but I would not force them upon you.”

Nikeda could feel his heart breaking at the thought of being like Zeus.  He was afraid he would spiral out of control.  “A’tiasul, I believe you, but I think you are right that no one else should drink from me.  Who knows what might happen.” She looked at his deep, begging eyes and paused.  “Maybe, someday in another life we could be together, but not here; not now.  There is too much at stake.” It broke her heart to tell him that, but she knew it was the truth.  They must focus on the task at hand.

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Verses of Athine
The Daughter of Ares Chronicles
Shannon McRoberts

Genre:  Fantasy

Publisher:  Obsidian Poet Press

Date of Publication: April 2013

ISBN:  978-1483934112
ISBN:  9781301957460

Number of pages:  358
Word Count:  97,100

Cover Artist:  Shannon McRoberts

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Book Description:

Take what you know about mythology and throw it out the window....

Do you have any idea what Zeus, Odin, Pandora's Box, Atlantis, Machu Picchu, Hera, Nike, Dragons, Vlad, Clones, and Vampires have in common? Athine does!

Athine is not your ordinary immortal born goddess. Learn of her mysterious origins, learn why Zeus hates her so much, find out where vampires come from, and learn what really happened to the dragons.

The Daughter of Ares Chronicles follows Athine as she uncovers the secrets of her destiny while interacting with key figures from many mythologies.

This printed version contains novellas one through four in one complete edition.

About the Author:

My name is Shannon McRoberts.  I am an independent artist, author, and poet.  I have been self-publishing books of all kinds since 2005.    My first book was a poetry book called Poetry for the Chronically Heart Broken and Depressed.  That book has since been replaced with a more robust collection called Erosion of the Heart.  I am currently working on bringing this book to paper format and expanded distribution through Smashwords.   

My first ever sci-fi book, The Secret of Genetic Corp X, has been compared to Blade Runner.  I am also currently working on having this book brought back to a paper edition.  

My favorite series, The Daughter of Ares Chronicles, features Athine, an immortal born goddess that I created for the series.  In this series, I take mythologies of all kinds and turn them on their ears!  

When I am not working or creating fantasy worlds for my characters to live in I enjoy being lost in MMORPGs, good books, and in the company of my friends and family.  

I currently live in Kentucky with my wonderful husband and beautiful daughter.  


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1 comment:

Obsidian Poet said...

Thank you for the interview. I had fun :)