Interview with author Kym Grosso and giveaway of Kade’s Dark Embrace and Luca’s Magic Embrace
Thanks so much for having me to your website, I Love Vampire Novels. I am so excited to have the opportunity to visit with you and your readers.
Firstly, tell us about your book/series.
Luca's Magic Embrace is the second book in the Immortals of New Orleans Series and is an erotic paranormal romance with elements of suspense and mystery. Luca’s book picks up where Kade’s Dark Embrace ended, but can be read standalone. In the first book, Samantha, the heroine, was the unfortunate victim of a kidnapping and was turned into a witch against her will. She despises being a witch and decides to leave New Orleans in an attempt to get away and recapture her previous human life.
Luca is Kade’s second in command. He’s a sexy Alpha male, who revels in being vampire. He’s not generally fond of humans, but he feels a sense of responsibility for Samantha, since he rescued her at the end of Kade’s book. Driven by duty, he pursues her into the mountains of Pennsylvania, determined to bring her back to the safety of her coven. After someone sets her cabin on fire, Samantha reluctantly agrees to let Luca bring her back to New Orleans.
In the Big Easy, Samantha and Luca embark on a spellbinding adventure, searching for a mystical amulet that promises to release her obligation from an ancient, lethal vampire who's been threatening her life. While there are some of the same characters from Kade’s book, Luca’s book is his alone. He has his own “happily ever after” romantic and erotic love story.
What are you working on at the moment?
I am working feverishly to finish the next book in the series, Tristan’s Lyceum Wolves, which is all about my favorite sexy and quick witted Alpha wolf, Tristan Livingston. At the end of Luca’s book, someone destroyed Tristan’s nightclub, and the charred remains collapse on him while he is looking for clues.
In Lyceum Wolves, we learn more about his role as Alpha and his pack. I am really enjoying writing his book, as he certainly doesn’t hide his power or his sexual prowess. The big questions are who is his love interest and what kind of supernatural is she?
Tristan’s Lyceum Wolves is scheduled for release on April 1, 2013
What inspired you to become a writer?
My son, without a doubt, is the one person who inspired me to become an author. I developed a late interest in writing after my son was diagnosed with autism in 1999. Four years ago, I started my own website, AutismInRealLife.com, published a few articles in magazines and journals and continue to write articles about autism for PsychologyToday.com.
As far romance novels, I published my first book in March 2012. I wouldn’t have even considered the idea of penning a novel, but I had a serious block on where to go with the autism book I was trying to write. I just couldn’t figure out an original angle. So I just decided that I’d take a break from it and try writing about what I love to read: romance. I wrote Kade’s Dark Embrace last winter, and published it March 2012.
How long have you been writing?
This is a hard question because I’ve only been writing novels for about a year now. That being said, I feel like I’ve been writing my whole life. During grad school, I had this finance professor who was a stickler for well written essays. I believe this criticism really helped me focus on the way I wrote, but still at that time, I was only writing papers and essays. All of these lessons really helped me when I started working in corporate America, having to write important documents such as business plans, etc.
But I have to say it wasn’t until my son was diagnosed that I had to learn serious persuasive writing – the kind where you are documenting facts in order to get services that could change a person’s life. The letter’s I needed to write, and sometimes still do, had to be professional and knowledgeable but compelling and passionate. Before I knew it, I started writing autism articles in an effort to help other parents.
What is your relationship with your characters? Do you have a favourite? Is there one that you find a bit more difficult?
This is a great question. And as an author, you do find yourself having relationship with the characters. When I’m writing, they feel like real people having real conversations even though they are entirely fictional and all in my own head. It’s kind of funny.
Tristan is by far the sexist male I’ve ever written. From business to sex, he’s completely confident in everything he does. While he’s very dominant, he has a great sense of humor about him. He’s a little bit of a bad boy as well; likes to ride his Harley, exudes sexuality and could care less if people see him naked after he shifts. There’s a scene in Luca’s book when he transforms from wolf to man if front of Samantha and just starts talking to her nonchalantly as if he isn’t nude. At some point, Luca looks at him and is like, “Really wolf? Where’re your clothes?” He just so confident and sure of his nature; he doesn’t ever pretend to be anything he isn’t. He’s pure Alpha wolf.
Is there anything that you find challenging about being a writer?
The hardest part of writing a book, for me, is starting the next novel. If writer’s block starts, I do one of two things. Either I take a break from what I am writing and start writing about a different topic, like autism for my PyschologyToday.com blog. Or I just need to go back and really think about how the scene is going to flow. Sometimes it can be harder to write if I don’t have a clear sense of how a scene is going to be played out including what the characters are going to do and say. I need to have all the details worked out in my head before I start writing, or it can thwart the natural flow of words.
Do you write freehand at all or straight onto your pc?
I always write straight onto my PC. My handwriting is atrocious, and I can’t imagine having to go back and type the novel back into a Word document. I have a friend who writes freehand but she has much nicer handwriting than I do. ☺
Do you have a strict writing routine/word count per day?
I don’t start with a word count on Chapter One, but once I really get into it, by Chapter Two, I try to write around 3,000 words a day. It forces me to keep going and remember what’s happening in the book, the previous scene, etc.
I write a scene at time, but the words and actions of the characters have to be in my mind before I start. So when I’m writing it is like I can’t shut my mind off. Whether I’m at the gym or in the shower, I’m constantly thinking about what is going to happen in the next scene of my book, exactly how it’s going to play out and what the characters are going to say. It just goes on like that day after day until the book is finished. Then I let it sit a few days and run back through every word for my own edits before I send it off to my editor.
Is there one question that you wish that you would be asked in an interview? If so, what is it and what’s the answer?
The question I love most is about location research. Sure, I can go online and do research, but sometimes unless you’ve been to a location, you can’t always describe it correctly or get a true feel of the place. And I won’t lie, it is lots of fun to travel and learn new things.
I’ve been to New Orleans many times, but while I was writing Luca’s book, I had the opportunity to go again. I was able to take tons of pictures and scout out the Maid of New Orleans statue. I actually ended up re-writing the scene where Luca and Samantha are looking for clues at the statue to reflect the actual physical layout of it. It really makes more sense when you get a chance to travel to the place you are describing.
If you do site research, it is easy to write about what you know and really describe what you’ve tasted, heard, smelled, seen, etc. There is nothing like the taste of a beignet or the feel of the crowd and street vendors throughout the French Quarter or the sound of street musicians. While in New Orleans, I also had the chance to tour the suburban areas and bayous. As I write Tristan’s book, these details will become more important, and I really needed to see it for myself. I also would like to visit a wolf refuge, so I can observe wolves for myself and learn more about them. It may help me when I describe the actions of Tristan and his pack.
What do you think causes people’s enduring fascination with vampires?
I actually wrote an entire post on this topic, “Top 10 Reasons Why We Love Vampires.” ☺ There is no denying that people have been fascinated, sometimes terrified, of vampires for hundreds of years. I think Bram Stoker’s Dracula was a driving factor in why the fascination still exists to this day. That book changed people’s perceptions about vampires; the concept of vampire was no longer just about a superstitious fear. Sure he was still scary, but the vampire was not a mindless monster; rather, he was cunning and sophisticated. And he liked the ladies.
Some people will say that vampires have been done to death and ask “When will the vampire craze end?” As a life-long vampire movie and book lover, I see the craze as an ongoing wave that ebbs and flows but never goes away. The next time they remake Dracula, the movie, I know I will go see it, as will thousands of other people who like being scared just enough to jump in their theater seat.
As an author, there is something creatively freeing when you write about vampires, werewolves, witches, etc. In a paranormal romance, characters are open to all kinds of experiences that are only limited by the author’s imagination. They have supernatural gifts and talents, and the rules of game can be anything you want them to be. And of course, there is nothing sexier than a hot alpha male vampire…well, except for, perhaps, a hot alpha male wolf.
Do you have any plans to write in a different genre in the future?
Definitely. One of the things about all my books is that even though they have steamy hot love scenes, they all have a bit of a mystery/romantic suspense feel to them. So I’d love to write a contemporary romantic suspense someday. I’ve also considered writing straight erotic romance – no paranormal involved. I started writing a novella (I’m about 12,000 words into it) but I didn’t finish it yet.
The Immortals of New Orleans series is a priority for me right now, as is continuing to write about autism on PsychologyToday.com. I have all these ideas but not enough time to write. ☺
Are you also an avid reader? What are you reading at the moment?
Yes, I am truly addicted to my Kindle. It’s goes to the gym, the beach…everywhere. Aside from sometimes reading non-fiction, I tend to read all kinds of romances and mysteries. With the romance books, I prefer the ones that are on the “Hot” side. Right now, I’m reading Hidden Depths by Aubrianna Hunter; it’s a really great book.
The vampires are attacking! Grab the first thing you see to your right and hit them with it! What was it? And how do you think you did in the ensuing fight?
I’m sitting in front of my fireplace and grabbed the iron poker. I may have damaged the vampire, but I’m afraid he’s still alive. Even if I hit his heart, it’s not wood or silver. I’d better run for it.
The afore mentioned vampire attack didn’t go so well and you were bitten by the vampire…now what?
Well, I sure hope the vampire is really hot and gives me one of those bites with a happy ending. If not, I’m reaching for a piece of wood in the fireplace that’s on fire, grabbing the unlit end, of course. It’s my next best bet for killing a vampire; set him on fire.
In the event of a zombie apocalypse what item would you make sure that you took with you to your underground safety bunker? (we will presume that your family are already safely in the bunker!)
I grabbed my Kindle, i-Phone and a big bottle of Shiraz.
Can you give us five random facts about yourself?
1. I got married to my husband in Las Vegas with Elvis singing Viva Las Vegas.
2. I love to vacation in Jamaica. It is awesome there.
3. I’m an animal lover. We have a dog, cat and guinea pig – all adopted from shelters. My parents let my brother and I have all kinds of animals when I was a kid including a horse and a snake.
4. Zumba is my favorite way to exercise. Love to shake it to some Pitbull. ☺
5. Sometimes when I’m writing, I read the love scenes out loud to my husband to see what he thinks. There are advantages to writing romance. ☺
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
I would tell them that if they want to write a book or articles, they need to not just write, but also publish their stories/blogs/books. It gets you in the habit of writing, editing, receiving feedback, etc. The more you write, the more comfortable you are in your own skin, so to speak. If you are writing non-fiction, like I do with autism, write what you know and write from the heart. There is no doubt that it can be a little scary putting yourself out there.
Keep writing. Have faith. I’m a newbie, but I know this much, writing books is a journey not a lap around the track. So as Dory from Finding Nemo said, “Just keep swimming.”
Is there anything you would like to say to your readers?
I would thank them for being so incredibly supportive of a new author and series. It’s so awesome to interact with readers on Facebook and twitter. I just want them to know how appreciative I am for every note and kind word they send me. It really means a lot. ☺
Kym Grosso is the author of the erotic paranormal romance series, The Immortals of New Orleans. Both of her novels, Kade's Dark Embrace (Immortals of New Orleans, Book 1) and Luca's Magic Embrace (Immortals of New Orleans, Book 2), are currently available via Amazon, digitally and in print. Tristan's Lyceum Wolves (Immortals of New Orleans, Book3) is scheduled for release on April 1, 2013.
In addition to romance, Kym has written and published several articles about autism, and is passionate about autism advocacy. She writes autism articles on PsychologyToday.com and AutismInRealLife.com. She also is a contributing essay author in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Raising Kids on the Spectrum.
Kym lives with her husband, two children, dog, cat and guinea pig. Her hobbies include autism advocacy, reading, tennis, zumba, traveling and spending time with her husband and children. New Orleans, with its rich culture, history and unique cuisine, is one of her favorite places to visit.
Also, she loves traveling just about anywhere that has a beach or snow covered mountains. On any given night, Kym can be found reading her Kindle, which is filled with hundreds of romances.
Kade's Dark Embrace
After a series of girls are ritualistically murdered on the cold streets of Philadelphia, seasoned detective, Sydney Willows, is forced to work with sexy, alpha vampire, Kade Issacson. While working the case, Sydney finds herself inexplicably drawn to Kade, fighting the passion she feels towards him. Kade, determined to solve the case and mete out justice, is captivated by the independent, fiery detective. As he attempts to protect her from a very real murderer, Kade grows concerned that the beautiful, but very human detective, could easily end up dead should she tangle with supernatural forces that are beyond her control. The investigation leads them into a dark and dangerous world, deep in the heart of New Orleans, where together, they search for the perpetrators of the Voodoo killings. Sydney soon becomes the target of the killer and ends up fighting for her life and love in the Big Easy. If she makes it out alive, will she give into the intoxicating desire she feels for Kade?
Luca's Magic Embrace
Sexy vampire, Luca Macquarie doesn't do love; especially not with humans. Yet, ever since he rescued Samantha Irving, he can't deny the enigmatic attraction he's developed for the alluring mortal woman. Concerned for her safety, he's determined to bring Samantha back to her coven. His mission is to go find the novice witch and bring her home, nothing more, nothing less; falling for her is not supposed to be part of the plan.
Samantha doesn't want to be a witch, yet that's exactly what she is. After failing to elicit her magic, she escapes to the mountains in an attempt to resume a semblance of her previous human life. When an arsonist torches her cabin, Samantha's worst fears are realized. Aware that her life is on the line, she reluctantly agrees to return to New Orleans with Luca.
In the Big Easy, Samantha and Luca embark on a spellbinding journey, searching for a mystical amulet that promises to release her obligation from an ancient, lethal vampire who's been threatening her life. With cryptic clues and clandestine allies, will Luca and Samantha destroy the dangerous amulet before others acquire it, setting forth a chain of catastrophic consequences? And will Luca give into his erotic desire for the witch who magically captures heart?
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