Monday, March 5, 2012

Author Interview & #Giveaway: Paranormal Blog Tour @StellaCam @CynthiaGarner

How much of your actual life gets written into your fictional stories?

SC: My emotions are echoed in my writing, and the things I really care about. I have often drawn on personal situations without realizing what I was doing until reading the material later. This can be humorous because I always have an "aha" moment!

Do you ever find that it's emotionally difficult to write some scenes or characters?

SC: Scenes where children may suffer are close to impossible for me. I've tossed few books (that I was reading) in my memory but two of them involved violence toward children and I couldn't deal with. Can't reproduce cruelty to animals, either.

I wrote a scene in which a young mother died shortly after giving birth and I could hardly see my screen for the tears.

What is a day in the life of Stella Cameron like when you're not writing?

SC: Um:) A bit aimless but I do tend to write for part of each day anyway. Up at 5 or 6, drink tea and more tea while I catch up on the bad news of the day. Clean (I love to clean) read, spend time in the garden . . . this is painful topic to examine because I don't do well when I'm not writing. I take a computer everywhere. Sometimes I tell myself I'll leave my computer behind when I take a trip but it never happens. I've done my best here so please forgive me.

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After her husband's tragic death, Leigh Kelly arrives on Whidbey Island determined to start over. Yet the tiny town of Chimney Rock is not as peaceful as it seems. Women have been disappearing, and Leigh can't shake the feeling that she's being watched . . . especially at night. Soon, she's experiencing visions she can't explain and fighting her attraction to a handsome stranger who seems to know her most intimate desires.


As the leader of the Team, a pack of werehounds forced to hide their very existence, former special ops soldier Niles Latimer is desperate to prove a man's heart beats beneath his predator's body. And Leigh-the mysterious beauty possessing powers she doesn't yet understand-may be the one woman who can help him. But Niles isn't the only one who recognizes Leigh's true identity. Something evil is waiting in the woods-and the hunt has begun . . .

Do you ever use real people as inspiration for your characters?

CG: No. Oh, I use actors/models, etc. for the physical inspiration, but I don’t use real people as the personalities of the characters. Though I have been tempted a couple of times to use real folks as villains. LOL I haven’t succumbed to that temptation yet, though.

Do you ever find that it’s emotionally difficult to write some scenes or characters?

CG: Not really. Maybe I’m just not that deep?

What is a day in the life of Cynthia Garner like when you’re not writing?

CG: I actually try to write a little bit every day. I have a full-time day job, so my writing time (which I also do full-time) is squeezed in in the evenings and weekends. I do enjoy a few TV shows (Castle, Being Human, Lost Girl, White Collar, Leverage, The Voice, The Sing-Off, and Face Off)… Okay, well, I guess that’s “several” instead of a “few”. LOL I’m trying to do better with exercise, too, but I am inherently lazy, so it’s a real struggle. Really, the life of Cynthia Garner is sadly rather boring.

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Warriors of the Rift

Once a generation, the rift between the paranormal world and the human world opens, allowing supernatural entities to cross. Vampire, demon, or shapeshifter, they can save the world—or send it spiraling into chaos.

Half-demon, half-human, Nix de la Fuente is accepted by neither and mistrusted by both. Determined to prove she's more human than not, she devotes herself to solving crimes between the world's mortals and its most unsavory undead. But her latest case brings her face to face with the one vampire she could never resist . . .

Called in to investigate a string of violent murders, special agent Tobias Caine isn't interested in rekindling his relationship with Nix. Yet one look and the vampire knows his need for her is as strong as ever. Once, their all-consuming passion nearly cost Nix her fragile hold on her humanity. Now, as their hunger for one another intensifies, exposing them to an unimaginable danger, it could cost them both their lives.

{March 5 -19, 2012}

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Cynthia Garner said...[Reply]

Thanks so much for hosting us today, Tasha.

Good luck, everyone!

Na said...[Reply]

I'm looking forward to meeting these characters :)

Michelle said...[Reply]

I am looking for a new author and these both seem like great reads! Thanks for the chance.

Di said...[Reply]

I've enjoyed Stella Cameron's historical romances, so I'd love to try her new genre. Plus, I haven't read Cynthia Garner's books, so I'd like to.
sallans d at yahoo dot com

YzhaBella's BookShelf said...[Reply]

I've been really hoping to get a chance to check out some of Stella's stories! thanks for the great post and the chance to win!

Joanne said...[Reply]

Both are new authors to me and I'm looking forward to reading their books and learning about the characters.


Tore said...[Reply]

I love reading about paranormal creatures and both books sound very good.

Maureen said...[Reply]

Stella Cameron's novel looks interesting since it has a small town that isn't what it seems.

Carol M said...[Reply]

I'm looking forward to reading two new authors!

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