Today on my blog I have the pleasure of interviewing author Bianca D'Arc. Not only is she a brilliant author but she is also very giving. Not only do I get to pick her brain about being a writer but she is giving away an e-book copy of King Of Swords (Arcana Series Book #1). To enter just leave a meaningful comment with your e-mail address and your entered. Giveaway ends May 7,2012 at 11:59 PM EST.
1) How did you come up with the idea for your Brotherhood Of Blood Series and could you tell me a little bit about it?
Way back in 2005, a now-defunct publisher was holding a contest for vampire romance short stories. The prize was a publishing contract. I wrote One & Only for the contest. It was released by that first publisher in the Spring of 2006. When that publisher went out of business, the opportunity arose to move all my vampire short stories over to Samhain and the rest, as they say, is history.
So that's the genesis. As for the books themselves - I decided early on to set my vampires apart just a tiny bit by the idea that they can still drink wine. It is their last link to the sun and it has healing properties for them. That's my tiny little twist on a genre that's chock full of different takes on the traditional vampire. My werecreatures come in all types - though mostly they are predators. I write werewolves, big cat shifters, even a werebear on occasion, and depending on the type of creature they turn into, each has a slightly different social structure.
The actual Brotherhood of Blood stories are all linked by the fact that the heroines were all once members of the same college study group. They've stayed friends all this time and one by one, they pair off with vampires - except for the last one, Sally, who gets her very own Alpha werewolf in my newest book, Wolf Hills.
2) Are any of the characters from your Brotherhood Of Blood Series based on real people or are they all completely from your imagination?
I don't write real people. Occasionally, as a nod to a friend, I might use their first name or something, but the characters always come directly from my little mind.
3) Music, for me, is a big part of my life, So I was wondering what type of music do you listen to and is music a must when you are writing?
Believe it or not, at one time I contemplated a career as a professional musician. When I gave up that dream, a lot of the music went out of my life, but to this day, I can't just listen to music. If I listen, I listen with my whole being and immerse myself in the experience. So writing with music is not a good combo for me unless it's something I can mostly tune out like New Age space music or something.
4) There are some author's who write books together like P.C. Cast And Kristin Cast of The House Of Night Series, so my question to you is, if you could, Who would you like to write a book with?
I've never co-written, but it's something I've contemplated. I'm not quite sure how it would work, but a few of my author friends and I have tossed around the idea. We just haven't acted on it. I'm not going to name names just yet, because it's still very nebulous and I don't want to jinx it! ;-)
5) Did you always want to be a writer or did you see yourself taking a different career path?
I've written for my own enjoyment from about the age of 15 or so, but I didn't really consider it as a career until after 9/11. I'm a native NY'er and I worked on Wall Street until about 2 weeks before the towers came down in 2001. That single event had a very marked effect on my life and my career path. Eventually, I came to realize I should do the things I love to do - like writing. I started pursuing publication seriously in November of 2005 and my first book came out on Valentine's Day of 2006.
6) Are there any writers/authors who have inspired you and what author's do you like to read?
I'd say my biggest inspiration to try the small press route to publishing was Lora Leigh. I saw what she was doing in 2005, when I first discovered ebooks, and I thought maybe I could break into the business, writing the kinds of stories I loved, but that weren't exactly commercially viable for the old-school traditional publishers. I can't argue with the results and I'm still thankful to Lora Leigh to this day, for leading the way for so many of us.
As for what I read - it's an ecclectic mix. My comfort reads are still the oldies-but-goodies: Linda Howard, Rachel Lee, Diana Palmer, Suzanne Brockmann, Merline Lovelace, and a few others. I grab anything Viola Grace puts out because I LOVE space opera!!! As far as non-romance, I re-read all of Elizabeth Moon's space opera at least once a year. And every few years, I go back and re-read all of Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar series. I loved it when I was a kid and I still love it now. :)
7) If you could check off one or two things from your bucket list what would they be and why?
I'd love to fly in a private jet. Why? Because I think they're cool and I'd feel super rich! LOL! I missed out on flying on the Concorde, but a nice, luxurious, private jet isn't a bad replacement. ;-)
8) What do you hope people can take away from reading one of your novels?
An adventurous escape into a fantastical world where love conquers all and the good guys always win.
9) Is there any genre you would like to try your hand at writing but just haven't had the chance to write?
I want to try my hand at straight contemporary - meaning no paranormal elements - but somehow a creature or two always butts in. ;-)
10) What is coming up next for you book wise (i.e. next book, book signings, blog tour, etc)?
I'm spending the rest of the year focused on writing. I really need to get more new material out there. I just finished a new Dragon Knights book that we'll be editing in the coming months. I also wrote a short story for the upcoming Mammoth Book of Futuristic Romance. I'll be putting out another installment in my Arcana series in June or July, called King of Clubs, and then probably the final story in the Kings later this year, called King of Stars. I expect to attend a convention or two in the Fall, but mostly I'm going to be writing, writing, writing!
Thanks for having me. These questions were a blast! :)
King Of Swords (Arcana Series Book #1) By Bianca D'Arc
David is a newly retired special ops soldier, looking to find his way in the unfamiliar civilian world. His first step is to visit an old friend, the owner of a bar called The Rabbit Hole on a distant space station. While there, he meets an intriguing woman who holds the keys to his future
Adele has a special ability, handed down through her mother's line. Adele can sometimes see the future. She doesn't know exactly why she's been drawn to the space station where her aunt deals cards in a bar that caters to station workers and ex-military. She only knows that she needs to be there. When she meets David, sparks of desire fly between them and she begins to suspect that he is part of the reason she traveled halfway across the galaxy.
Pirates gas the inhabitants of the station while Adele and David are safe inside a transport tube and it's up to them to repell the invaders. But what good can one retired soldier and a civilian do against a ship full of alien pirates? Both will discover there's more to each other than meets the eye as they do their best to overcome the alien threat and retake the station.
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