Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Interview - Swords and Stilettos by Kristin D. Van Risseghem

Can you tell readers a little bit about yourself and what inspired to write in this particular genre?

Writing isn’t my day job so I have to balance my life and stay focused. Between working, writing, marketing, I also run giveaways (because who doesn’t LOVE free books, swag, prizes and stuff?!?) and all of that takes time to set up and coordinate.
When I was little reading was like second nature. I read a lot, but as I grew up and dance, band, choir took priority so I didn’t read as much in high school or college. It wasn’t until Eclipse came out and everyone was talking about Twilight, that a couple friends of mine started a book club and asked me to join. I’ve been reading ever since. Broke 2 Kindles along the way, read main stream books and Indie authors. But I thoroughly enjoy young adult fantasy, urban fantasy, dystopian, paranormal, mysteries, thrillers, romance, contemporary … basically I’ll give anything a whirl.

What inspired you to write this book?

I dreamed the opening warehouse scene for three consecutive nights. I knew the story had to be written.

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

My favorite character to write is Sidelle, the Summer Fairy. Why? She’s the least like me and probably how I would want to be. She’s fun, funny, snarky, witty; almost the complete opposite of me.

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

My favorite scene is when Zoe, the main character, goes on her first date with Shay (the Nephilim). He takes her to an open field, have a dessert picnic, then go flying. Vague, I know. LOL

What are your guilty pleasures in life?

I eat chocolate a lot. Cakes, cupcakes, candy, shakes, ice cream … you name it, if it comes in chocolate, I’ll eat it. Or at least try it,

What was the last amazing book you read?

I read a lot of Indie published books, maybe because I like to support them. Or maybe it’s because I’m an Indie author. But the last five-star book was called Cinnamon & Salt by C.J. Ethington.

What can readers expect next from you?

I’ll be releasing a novella entitled Arrows & Angels in March 2017. It’s Kieran’s biography on how he became the Guardian Angel he is today.

Where can readers find you on the web?

I’m all over the web mostly because I do have a unique last name. But all my deets are here:

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

This is from about the middle of the book (Chapter 14):
Dad glanced at me with hopeful eyes. I couldn’t deny him this.
“I think you should,” I told him.
Now that he had my permission, Dad walked around the Bel Air, not touching it, but examining it under a microscope. Looking up from the wheels he asked, “What made you pick this model and not some other one?”
“It was between her and a 1962 Lincoln Continental Convertible with suicide doors.” He shrugged. “I got a better deal on this.”
“A ‘62 Lincoln. That’s a pretty sweet car, but I’d have to agree. This is better.” He shook Shay’s hand again. “Good choice. Very good choice.” They stood side by side, staring at the car, and I had to work on not laughing.
“I’ll leave you two alone now,” I said with a grin, then turned back to the house. Just before I reached the front door, I glanced back, still amazed at my dad’s behavior. If I hadn’t turned around, I would have missed it. Dad had leaned over to whisper something in Shay’s ear. Shay nodded and said something back. I was dying to know what they were talking about. Then again, they were probably just talking cars.
By the time I made it to the front door, Shay had jogged up to stand beside me. “Your dad is way cool!”
“You’re saying that to butter him up.”
“No, he is. Kieran says so, too.”
“What did he whisper to you at the end?” I asked.
He smiled gently and brushed his fingers over my cheek, tucking back my hair. “He told me to treat you better than I care for the car. He said a car can be replaced, and you can’t be.”
Now that was nice to hear. “And you said?”

“I promised I’d protect you with my life.”

Swords and Stilettos
Enlighten Series
Book One
Kristin D. Van Risseghem

Genre: YA urban fantasy

Publisher: Kasian Publishing LLC

Date of Publication: December 7, 2016

ISBN: 9781943207367

Number of pages: 290
Word Count: 73k

Cover Artist: Angela Fristoe of Covered Creatively

Book Description:

Zoe Jabril needs to devise a kick-ass plan to save the world ASAP. Otherwise, Armageddon starts the day she turns eighteen—and if that happens, everything is going to hell. Literally.

She could be any other 17-year-old attending parties and checking out cute guys—except she discovers her best friend is a Guardian Angel and the boy she crushes on is a Nephilim, both sent to protect her from the demons who want her dead.

Now Zoe has to deal with growing feelings toward the Nephilim, who spreads a strange electrical current through her body every time he touches her. And she’s under constant attack from Demons, trying to stop her from fulfilling the Prophecy: a girl will be born who will unite Angels, Nephilim, Fairies and Werewolves to battle evil. Then she has to control newly found talents if she’s to prevent the devil from escaping Hell.

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I stumbled into Kieran as a tremor moved through me. Hairs on my arms stood at attention like tiny lightning rods. “Do you feel that?” my voice sounded breathless, even to me.
He glanced sideways, “Feel what?”
“Look.” I held out my arms to him. “I feel strange. Like someone . . .” I rubbed my slightly numb hands over my forearms and sucked in a breath, as he hooked his head around. I fell into step beside him. “Never mind. It’s probably nothing.”
This happens when lightning’s about to strike, right?

The heat from the sun radiated off the few cars parked along Boutique Row, their owners engaged in mid-afternoon shopping. Store fronts displayed the new and trendy “must-have” dresses, shorts, and shoes for the spring season. I paused to see my reflection. Not a hair was out of place. Thank God.

About the Author:

USA Today bestselling and Award-Winning, Kristin D. Van Risseghem grew up in a small town along the Mississippi River with her parents and older sister. Currently, Kristin lives in Minnesota with her husband and two Calico cats. She also loves attending book clubs, going shopping, and hanging out with friends. She has come to realize that she absolutely has an addiction to purses and shoes. They are her weakness and probably has way too many of both.

In the summer months, Kristin can usually be found lounging on her boat, drinking an ice cold something. Being an avid reader of YA and Women's Literature stories, she still finds time to read a ton of books in-between writing. And in the winter months, her main goal is to stay warm from the Minnesota cold!

Kristin’s books are published by Kasian Publishing LLC.

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