Showing posts with label vampires. Show all posts
Showing posts with label vampires. Show all posts

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Her Name is Mariah πŸ§›‍♀️

Her Name is Mariah is the second of my two vampire books. The first one was The Rock Star of Vampires and it received such a warm reception, I was inspired to follow up with one of the more prominent characters, Mariah Nichols. 

Mariah Nichols was adaptable. She lived through her parent's bitter divorce, a childhood of neglect and the discovery that her only sibling was transgender – so the concept of turning into a mortal vampire was just one more adjustment in an already chaotic life.
But when tragedy rips through Mariah's heart, she realizes what it takes to survive in the world. She must become like an animal and run on instincts not emotions, or so she thought.
Her name is Mariah, and this is her story.









Tuesday, September 18, 2018

What are my books about? πŸ€”

One of the most commons questions I'm asked is what my books are about. You would think this would be one of the easiest questions to answers however, it is somewhat complex to tackle.

As it turns out, there are a lot of subjects that I cover in each book. For example, my first two books are about rock stars...but they are about so much more. For example, Fire is about the commercialization of the music industry, the unexpected stress and pressures of fame and the reality of our obsession with celebrity.

I later wrote two books about vampires. Just as with the last example, the books weren't just about vampires.  In The Rock Star of Vampires, for example, I talk about how this group of people is essentially like the rest of us except that they need to drink blood in order to live. It is like a vitamin to them. You discover their challenges and attributes that aren't always so glamorous. I also discuss their struggle with these sudden changes in their body and how they view the world. There's so much more going on than just being vampires; issues with family, friends and life. As it turns out, being a vampire doesn't automatically solve all your problems.

My last series is about organized crime/narcos. As with the other examples, these books are also about many other things; loyalty, family, health, social issues like racism and so much more.

No book is ever just about one thing and in fact, most books are vastly complex when you really try to break them down.




Tuesday, September 11, 2018

What are my books about? πŸ€”

One of the most common questions I get asked is what my books are about. I always struggle to answer this question because it's really difficult to accurately sum up all my books in a few short sentences. So, here goes.

My books tend to be dark fiction. I cover a lot of topics in my stories, especially areas that are controversial like Big Pharma, corruption, collusion, racist and white supremacy, just to name a few. I want to give readers something to think about, to consider as well as also entertain.

I make it a point to have my books move along quickly. A lot of novels are kind of slow and steady but I feel like people want to be grabbed by the throat and pulled right into the story. People are used to watching fast-paced television shows with a lot of drama, a lot of characters and non-stop action, so in my mind, books must compete. When I'm writing my books, I see them like a television show running in my head, so I write them accordingly. I believe that is where books are going in the future.


So what do I write about? I like to think I write about cool topics; vampires, rock stars, gangsters, all the sexy areas the top television shows centre on. We love the antihero these days much more than we love the boy next door. We love characters that jump off the page, that are full of passion and excitement. And why should we settle for anything less? 

My books are for people who like to be challenged and love action. I can tell you one thing for sure; I don't write books that your grandmother's going to be reading. 🀭

Sunday, September 9, 2018

What order should I read your books? πŸ“š

People often ask in what order they should read my books. Although I think most are standalone, I will break things down for those who are just checking them out for the first time. ☺️Here goes....

The Rock Star series:

Fire (2010)
A Spark before the Fire (2012)

The Vampire series:

The Rock Star of Vampires (2014)
Her Name is Mariah (2015)









Different Shades of the Same Color (2016)



The Hernandez/Gangster series:

We're All Animals (2016)
Always be a Wolf (2017)
The Devil is Smooth Like Honey (2017)
A Devil Named Hernandez (2018)
And the Devil Will Laugh (2018)

You'll notice that Different Shades of the Same Color kind of sits alone. There is a slight connection to my current (gangster) series it is a minor one. One of the characters from my current series was briefly mentioned in a couple of chapters of this book but that's about it. It's kind of the weirdo book that doesn't really have a place on the list.

I always encourage people to go online to learn about each book, read a chapter and see which one speaks to them. My writing is dark fiction, including graphic sex, violence, and inner conflicts. Oh, and there's some dark comedy in there too. πŸ˜‰




Monday, September 5, 2016

Why I Hate Being Stuck in a Genres 😩

I hate the word ‘genre’. It sounds so pretentious as if you define your book in one, single category rather than having it overlap in many areas. Then again, is that really surprising since we also live in a world that wants us to define ourselves into small categories that are easily digestible, uncomplicated and make other people comfortable?

I stopped trying to define my books. With the exception of The Rock Star of Vampires and it’s follow up, Her Name is Mariah, I have always stuck with the genre of ‘fiction’ when checking in with my publisher and later when asked the question in which category my books fit. I guess in my mind, a great book should overlap into many categories; there should be some romance – but not too much. There should be some drama – but not to the point that it becomes unrealistic. There should be some suspense but not necessarily non-stop from chapter one. There should be some erotica but not in the Fifty Shades extreme. I think it’s important that readers get a glimpse of themselves in the story as well as someone they want to be or a fantasy that they may have, but would never act on. 

When I write a book, I visualize it as if it were one of my favorite dramas on television. I like surprise twists and turns, I love strong emotions, I dive into dark topics that we don’t like to talk about as well as the light side of our personalities that makes us human.

Genres tend to be suffocating. When asked for themes in my first book, I stupidly suggested ‘romance’ even though it was only a fraction of the book. My publisher immediately suggested that I change the ending and do things differently to connect with the ‘romance’ fan. I wasn’t about to make my book into a tacky, $2 trash romance book and immediately said no. Same thing with the vampire books; I was told they weren’t ‘vampiry’ enough, not what fans wanted in this kind of genre – but to me, that was the point. Who says that all vampire books have to be the same? Isn’t the point of creativity is to be unique? Sometimes I think this is no longer the case.