Thank you so much, Joanne Wadsworth, for inviting me to the Q&A session in the “The Next Big Thing” blog! This is a wonderful idea. I hope to meet many new friends as I share details to my current work in progress.
What is your working title of your book?
SoulEaters Book One: Black Soul.
Where did the idea come from for the book?
I wrote the book over two years ago when unspeakable atrocities befell children, especially little girls, in my area. Child molestors, rapists and murderers got only a slap on the wrist. So, to deal with my outrage, I created a SoulEater. One of these dark but alluring creatures looks just like us, but they can see aura’s–a color surrounding each human detailing their character make-up. A black aura belong’s to a human condemned to death by God. A judge can’t see the atrocities the human has committed and more times than not, lets the waste of space off without any ramifications. A SoulEater takes a more direct and lethal approach at cleansing the earth of the criminal. Each novel in the series explores the life and forbidden loves of the five SoulEater brothers.
What genre does your book fall under?
Paranormal Romance. The heroes are dark, vampiristic beings–equal parts human and angel.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
This is always one of the harder questions because it’s difficult to find an actor you’re sure can display the qualities your characters have. It has to be a perfect match. My main character wasn’t a hard choice. Hands down: Ian Somerhalder is my Noah Kavanaugh. Noah is the perfect mixture of smart-aleck and brooding, remorseful criminal. He’s lived in indulgent pleasure long enough to know that it only brings gratification for a short while only to wear off leaving him empty and forlorn. Cursed to live till he ends his life in a slow, three-year-long starvation, Noah is sure he’ll never find anyone to fill that void till he meets Caroline Clark.
Caroline is an in home health aide with an irritatingly pleasant bedside manner. Noah is the first terminal patient she’s ever had. Once she finds there may be a cure for his illness, she’s determined to love him into fighting for his life or aggravating him endlessly till he has no other choice.
Caroline. Good question. I’ve pondered this one for awhile. Dark hair, cobalt blue eyes and someone who can go from happy to stone cold in seconds: Jennifer Lawrence. She’s one of the most phenomenal actresses on the big screen right now. I’d do things just short of illegal to sign her.
What is a one-sentence synopsis of your book?
What do you do when living kills the ones you love, but sacrificing yourself isn’t enough?
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
How long did it take for you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
It took about two months to write the first draft, but that draft has changed drastically since I’ve met and been mentored at different levels by wonderful writers like Joanne Wadsworth author of the upcoming novel Protector; Cristian Mihai the author of Jazz, The Writer and many others; Margaret Stohl author of the Beautiful Creatures novels (on the big screen in 2013); and Cassandra Claire author of The Mortal Instruments (City of Bones due out on the big screen in 2013). Speaking with these great artists have shaped my writing and continue to influence everything I write.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Shiver, The Hush, Hush, and House of Night series.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
The teens in my neighborhood, Chasity Moss, Chance Moss and Maria Marshall have urged me since four years ago to put the pen back to the paper, but with modern technology a staple as it is, I’ve grown to love (and name–Allie) my laptop. My motivation to guide teens into a more moralistic future drives me every day. So many have no one to look up to. If I can reach just one, my life means something and my art has purpose.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Here is a little excerpt:
Two years and 49 weeks into the slow excruciating death, his room was the sterile, bleach soaked environment Noah Kavanaugh had tried to avoid by dying at home. Now he was a twisted, twig figure lying askew on white sheets and down comforter, but a young girl who was not his nurse let herself into his room, uninvited. Her aura’s blue flash hit him like a wrecking ball, its scent jerking his attention to her. She absorbed all the air in the room. He couldn’t tear his eyes from her.
“My name is Caroline. Gertrude fell and broke her hip in three places last night, so I’ll be your caregiver until she gets back. She told me about your preoccupation with death. Just so you know, no one will be dying on my watch.” She tapped her bare arm and moved cautiously toward the bed to assess her patient. The cobalt blue determination springing from her eyes. A foreign object lodged itself in his chest.
Make her leave, Noah. Just three more weeks, he told himself, as his emaciated lower torso threatened to rejuvenate. His fading core swelled inside him and a need he’d long buried reached out. One soul and his life would be restored. Noah’s head swam on his weak neck and his fingers ached to reach beneath her warm floral scented hair and take her skull from its base.
“If you stay, I’ll probably kill you. I’ll suck the life from your body before you can scream. Just so you know.” His dry voice cracked.
Caroline pressed a few loose chocolate curls toward the nape of her elegantly curved neck. “So, now you’re a vampire or something?”
“Or something.” His voice was a warning.
SoulEaters Book One: Black Soul has been accepted to the Premium Catalog at Smashwords.com lending the novel the opportunity to be shared with over 50 countries. It will soon be featurned on Barnes & Noble, Diesel, Sony and Apple Book stores, among others. It can be purchased at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/248545.
I am currently working on a few different projects, but Tortured Soul, Book Two of the series will be out sometime next year! Stay tuned.