Friday, May 30, 2014

Interview with Krissy Daniels

Hello Krissy, welcome to Fang-tastic Books. Can you tell readers a little bit about yourself and what inspired to write in this particular genre?

Hello! First of all, thank you so much for having me.

I’m a mom, wife, daydreamer and hopeless romantic. I write paranormal because I love to read paranormal. You can push boundaries in paranormal that you can’t with contemporary. 

What inspired you to write this book?

Aflame started as a completely different book. It didn’t start as a paranormal. I’d read my first BDSM book. I loved the story but hated how it made me feel. So, I started writing an anti-BDSM book, to explore what would happen to a woman if she was trapped with a Dom who abused his position. From there, it morphed into something completely different.

Please tell us about your latest release.

Aflame is a spicy hot paranormal romance. The first in a series that follows the lives of a breed of warriors created by fallen angels. Grayce hates men, has a foul mouth to rival any trucker and a nuclear temper that’s more powerful than she could ever imagine. Zander has a heart of gold, muscles of steel and superhuman abilities. Together, their powers only get stronger. Thank goodness for that. Tyr, the violent psychopath who’d tortured Grayce for years, has come back to claim her. Grayce fights to free herself from the binds of her past. Zander fights to help Grayce control her rage before she destroys everyone and everything in her path. His true challenge, however, is to help her trust and love again. 

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?

Most of the time, the names just pop into my head. On occasion, I’ll research names to fit a character’s heritage. 

Was one of your characters more challenging to write than another?

It’s weird, but I have a harder time writing the female pov’s. 

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

I love them all, but the baddies are so much fun to write. I like to go dark and usually have to tone them down through the revisions. 

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?

I do not have a formula. I just write and the characters develop on their own. 

What is your favorite scene from the book? Could you share a little bit of it, without spoilers of course?

Oh my gosh, it’s hard to pick one scene. There’s a scene by the lake where Zander tries to gage how powerful Grayce is by making her angry. I had fun with that one. 

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?

Aflame is the first in the Apotheosis series, so no, not yet.

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

I don’t necessarily call it writers block, but I do have periods where I get stuck. If that happens, I just pull up a different manuscript and work on another story. Sometimes, I’ll just get up and do dishes, laundry, or play with the dogs for a few minutes. On a few occasions, I simply type blah, blah, blah  on the page and skip to another scene until I’ve figured out how to fix my issue.  

Do you have any weird writing quirks or rituals?

Not that I’m aware of LOL. I do take time to pray before I start writing everyday. 

Do you write in different genres? 

Yes! I’ve written an erotic romantic suspense that’s coming out this summer called How to Kill Your Boss.

Do you find it difficult to write in multiple genres?

No. I don’t find it difficult. Not yet anyway. 

When did you consider yourself a writer?

I’ve loved writing for as long as I can remember. I struggle with calling myself a writer. 
When people ask me what I do, I tell them I’m a stay-home-mom, out of habit. 

What are your guilty pleasures in life?

Smutty romance novels and smutty television. I like them dark, too. I’ve recently discovered Banshee on Cinemax. Holy Cow! Amish mafia? Does it get any better than that? 

What was the last amazing book you read?

I just finished Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher. I’m still processing…

Oh! Pam Godwin’s Deliver. That was so, so good!

Where is your favorite place to read? Do you have a cozy corner or special reading spot?

I love to read myself to sleep in bed!  

What can readers expect next from you?

How to Kill Your Boss is coming out in July. Aglow, book two in the Apotheosis series is finished and in the revision stage.

Where can readers find you on the web? (coming soon)

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

With bare hands splayed across the open wounds, Grayce squeezed her eyes closed and prayed for control. Begged. Pleaded to a God she’d never before acknowledged.

Chelsea needed time to get away.

Grayce prayed for Chelsea, prayed for Zander. Prayed they wouldn’t die because of her.
Her wits slipped away. Raw emotion drove her actions now. Blood covered her arms. Her lips throbbed with the remnants of his kiss. A kiss that felt like goodbye. He couldn’t die. The primal need to protect him overwhelmed her senses.

“Take me,” she implored. “Take me instead.”

Hell’s own fire coursed through her veins. Savage. Brutal. Pissed off.

She would’ve sold her soul at that moment to keep him alive. Zander didn’t deserve this. She did. 

Earth and grass swirled and gyrated, turned to ash around her. Her small fingers stretched across his bloodied and shredded skin. Her insides boiled. Her skin bubbled and vibrated with indignant protest.

He said he loved her, now he was dying. Why? What kind of cruel, sadistic joke was this, anyway? Violent trembles overtook her as an earthquake made its way through her body from the inside out.

“I will not let you die.”

Book One
Krissy Daniels

Genre:  Paranormal/Fantasy Romance

Publisher: Kensington/Lyrical Press
Date of Publication: April 7, 2014

ISBN:  1616505362

Number of pages:  218
Word Count: 73,000
Cover Artist:  Renee Rocco

Book Description:

To save her soul, he’ll let her burn.

Grayce has been on the run for years. Having escaped an abusive relationship with a violent psychopath, she is trying to rebuild her life one small step at a time. Things are going well until Zander crosses her path, badass and sexy as hell. His presence awakens heated desires she long ago buried. Last thing Grayce wants is a man, and the way her body reacts to Zander scares her more than the threat of being found.

Tyr will do anything to get his little dove back. She is a Beacon, and her raw, burning energy gives him power and strength. More than the evil that already compels him. But a blond giant of a man hovers protectively around her. No matter. He’ll play with him too.

When Zander rescues Grayce from Tyr’s first attempt to reclaim her, he reveals his superhuman abilities. Power that Grayce also has, but has yet to understand. As predestined soul mates, Zander must help Grace control her rage before her fire threatens to destroy everyone and everything in her path. But his true challenge is more than that—to show her it’s possible to trust and love again.

CONTENT WARNING: Hot sex with a foul-mouthed firecracker.

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About the Author:

Krissy is a full time writer, reader and lover of all things romance.

As a child surrounded by the great outdoors, life was full of adventure that fueled an overactive imagination and ignited a passion for storytelling. Whether it be dolls, or running free through the wooded areas surrounding her home, playtime always included a tormented villain, a damsel in dis-tress and a larger than life hero.

After relentless encouragement from friends and family, she finally put the characters in her head to pen and paper. The only thing she loves more than curling up with a steamy romance novel, is cozying up to her desk and writing her own sexy adventures to share with others.

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1 comment:

Krissy Daniels said...

Thank you so much for hosting Aflame today and for the fun interview!