What books did you love growing up?
I learned to read in kindergarten, thanks to a very progressive teacher and the fact that my grandmother bought me tons of books. I read many of the classics (Little Women was a favorite) growing up, but by the time I was 11, I was already reading “grown-up” books. Salem’s Lot, by Stephen King, was my first adult title and boy, did I fall in love with horror right then and there! I lived in a small town and the first time I tried to take a grown-up book home, the librarian actually called my mother and asked her if I was allowed to! Fortunately, my mother said yes.
What genre of books do you adore?
I’m a bit eclectic when it comes to reading. I love traditional horror: creepy, bloody, chilling stories of haunted houses and things that go bump in the night. I also love dark creatures with a sexy strike, which is what Marcus is in City of the Fallen. And I love reading nonfiction too. Maybe not surprisingly, I have a love of books covering dark periods of history, like the Black Plague during the 14 to write a story about it – and I will, one day.
What book should everybody read at least once?
A book out of their comfort zone. If you’re a fan of romance, try a thriller. Or pick up a biography or a self-help book. I think many of us close ourselves up to new stuff and it’s a big mistake. There are so many wonderful books out there and sometimes the only way to discover them is to try something completely unexpected.
What do you hope your obituary will say about you?
Hopefully, that I lived fully and never let fear stopped me. That’s all you can hope for in life, really. Nobody can guarantee you success or happiness, but you can – and should – fight for your dreams.
Location and life experiences can really influence writing, tell us where you grew up and where you now live?
I’ve lived all over the world. I come from a family of immigrants and expats, so I think it’s in my blood. I am extremely lucky that I write (a mix of freelancing and books) full-time, so I can take my job with me anywhere I go. I’ve lived in South America and Vietnam. I also spent almost four years living in Siberia. I love snow and cold weather, so I don’t think any other place in the world is going to beat that for exciting. I’m currently living in Thailand. Next stop? I don’t know yet. I have three dogs that move with me from country to country, so I have some limitations regarding where I can go next (I refuse to put them in quarantine). I’m desperately missing snow and cold weather, though, so I’ll probably be heading to northern Europe next. But not for at least another year.
Five years ago, vampires came out of hiding and took over the world. It was meant to be a quick enslavement but it turned into a bloody battle that brought humanity to the brink of extinction.
Isabelle Bryant is one of the “lucky” survivors, now living in hiding, scavenging for food through deserted towns.
And she’s tired of it.
So she’s devised a plan: find the king of the vampires and drive a stake through his heart.
Except that wickedly sensual king Marcus is nothing like the monster she expected. And while landing on his bed was part of the plan all along, discovering that he might hold the key to humanity’s survival certainly wasn’t. The catch? Saving humanity also means ensuring vampire survival. It means giving up hope for a return to a human-ruled world.
As sparks fly and hate becomes heat, Isabelle must pick a side — before the darkness devours them all.
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Genre - Paranormal Romance/Dystopian Romance
Rating – R
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