Saturday, July 30, 2011
AUGUST KICKOFF WITH AUTHOR ASHLYN CHASE!
AUTHOR ASHLYN CHASE IN ROCCO’S HOT SEAT– PART DEUX
Meow! As promised back in May, now that THE VAMPIRE NEXT DOOR has been released, here is part deux of my interview with its author, the fabulously talented Ashlyn Chase!
R: Welcome back, Ashlyn! Are you excited now that THE VAMPIRE NEXT DOOR has been released!
R:To recap, please tell us a bit about it.
A: The Vampire Next Door is the 3rd in my light paranormal series Strange Neighbors. The Vampire Next Door is the story of Sly (the vampire) and Morgaine (one of the witches) who live in the Boston apartment building, which seems to attract paranormal residents.
I’ll give you part of the back cover blurb:
How does a vigilante vampire hook up with a witch who’s afraid of the dark?
Undead Sly just hasn’t been the same since he lost the love of his life many years ago. He devotes his vampiric powers to maintaining a nice, safe neighborhood, until a chipped fang undermines his confidence—and leads him to a beautiful witch who awakens his long-forgotten desires.
The charming Morgaine has spells to cure everyone’s problems but her own. Her intense phobias keep her in her shell, until she gets to know tall, dark, and brooding Sly. Just when these two unlikely lovers think they might find a cure for both of them, their deepest fears are realized.
R: Thanks Ashlyn! That sounds intriguing! So, last interview we focused on your writing. Now let’s find out more about you! When did you know that you wanted to be a writer?
A: --I should have known early on, but missed the signs. I loved my creative writing classes in high school, but I had my heart set on becoming the world’s next great fine artist. I didn’t like starving though, so I gave up that dream and became a nurse. After a while in a very non-creative job, I was going stir-crazy. I’d married a neat-nick, so painting was more of a pain than pleasure. I took a screenwriting course at U.Mass and enjoyed the heck out of creating stories. So, the light dawned later in life, but fortunately, “It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” George Eliot said that.
R: Favorite TV Show?
A: --Castle. I’m SO excited it’s being renewed.
R: So are we! The Human and I are active supporters of Nathan Fillion’s charity, KIDS NEED TO READ. As a matter of fact, we’ll be having another fundraiser next month…but I digress.
R: Spies or Spooks?
A: --Neither one. I don’t like being scared—almost as much as I don’t like crying.
R: Very important question, so pay attention: Are you a cat person or a dog person?
A: --Cats, all the way
R: Heh heh, always a good thing to suck up to the interviewer, meow!
R: Day or Night person?
A: --I’m one of those annoying morning persons.
R: Favorite drink?
A: --Rum and diet coke. If you see me at a conference, send one over!
R: What is one thing your readers would be most surprised to know about you?
A: --That I’m relatively normal
R: What is the craziest thing you've ever done?
A: --Joined a ski club (even though I don’t ski) to get a cheap trip to the Alps, then going off by myself sightseeing through Germany, Austria and Italy. I was 18.
R: Ah, memories, reminds me of the time I chased this pretty calico…but I digress. If someone could describe you in one word, what would it be?
A: --I don’t know. Enigma?
R: What do you hope readers will most take away from your writing?
A: --A smile
R: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
A: --Yes. You are getting sleepy…buy my books. Your eyelids are closing…buy my books. You are completely relaxed…buy my books.
R: Ah, good old mind control
A: You got it, Rocco!
Ashlyn, thank you again!
Readers, run, don’t walk, to your nearest bookstore and get your copy of THE VAMPIRE NEXT DOOR TODAY!
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Other places to find Ashlyn:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ashlynsnewbestfriends/ (My fans e-mail chat loop. We have contests.)
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Raymond-NH/Ashlyn-Chase/101303673285353 (My fan page, please ‘like’ it. We have contests.)
http://ashlynchase.blogspot.com/ (Just the news)
http://casablancaauthors.blogspot.com/ (my fellow Sourcebooks authors)http://naughtyauthorchicks.blogspot.com/ (A group of awesome hot romance authors)
And coming soon: Interviews with authors Jill Myles and Caitlin Kittredge! Plus: Our KIDS NEED TO READ FUNDRAISER, Part 2!
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