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As you know, on Fridays I bring you guest authors and new books. Lola Mariné, today’s author, is a member of a group of writers in Spanish I belong to, and like me, she also comes from Barcelona. She’s done many things in her previous lives (including acting), and she’s a bestselling author in Spanish. Her best known book is called ‘Nunca fuimos a Katmandú‘ (‘We Never Went to Katmandú’). As life would have it, she decided to go to Nepal with her son, and the book she has published about their experience volunteering there has now been translated to English, and I could not let such a chance pass by without bringing it here, as a way of introducing you to this wonderful writer.

Nepal: Close to the Stars by Lola Mariné, translated by James Salter

Nepal: Close to the Stars by Lola Mariné, translated by James Salter

Nepal, close to the stars” tells the volunteer experience of the author and her son at a school in Nepal, the Kanasugi Inglés Boarding School, located in Tikapur, a small town southwest of the country to which they traveled in late January 2013 and where they remained for two months.
In a conversational and casual tone, Lola Mariné shares with readers cultural contrasts, anecdotes and experiences, feelings and sensations of an unforgettable journey that also lead them to Kathmandu and Pokhara.

If you want to check it in more detail, here is the link in Amazon:

Thanks very much to Lola Mariné and James Salter for the book, to all of you for reading, and you know what to do, if you’ve found it interesting, like, share, comment, and CLICK!

As promised last week, this week we have TWO guest authors talking about themselves, life as writers, and their books. The first one is Jodie Pierce who has been kind enough to accept my invitation and offers us an illuminating and open account of her life experience and how this formed her as a writer. As I mentioned last week, there is continuity as she also has been writing about vampires.

And now, over to you, Jodie:


Tell me a bit about yourself: I am 37 and live with my hubby in Cleveland, Ohio. I have had a fascination with vampires since I was a child but didn’t start writing about then until I read an Anne Rice book one day. I was an exchange student in Brasil so you will find some of that in my stories. I enjoy research so many places, foods, clothes, etc are true in my stories. I currently have eight books published.


What type of genre do you write? Paranormal.


What genre to you personally read? Paranormal.


Tell me about your latest? The Vampire Queen is once again ruling her subjects only this time it is a school for the ‘different’ children in Scotland. A school full of vampires, witches, warlocks, elves and fairies, one that is feared and hated by all who attend. A new group of witches and warlocks show up to her gates and cause all kinds of havoc within the school. Vampires and witches are at odds and only a few can see the survival of the school. An ancient lover and the Queen are reunited but at what costs? A new, as well as an old lover unite to attempt to take the Queen off her throne. Will it work? Will the Queen maintain her horrendous rule over the students? Can the spells woven work and change history? All will be told in the end.

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Where is your book available? &


What sparked your passion for books and the art of a good story?  My parents always read. Mom was a Librarian and Dad read at least a book a day so I started reading while being grounded and loved it.


Is there a particular book that changed or affected your life in a big way?  I can’t remember the exact book but it was an Anne Rice book. Christine Feehan lead me into my erotic side too.


What was the seed of inspiration for your latest book? I already had books 1 & 2 and decided I wanted to be able to say I had a trilogy. I decided to close up some things from the first two books and the idea for the book came to me in a dream.


What has been your best moment as a writer?  The day I got that email that said they wanted to publish my first story.


Who is your author idol?  Anne Rice!


Do you see yourself in any of your characters? No but I write other people around me into my characters.


Do you feel like your dream has come true or is there much more to do? There’s always more to do. More to write…LOL!


What does your workspace look like? I work, sitting on my recliner with my computer on my lap. My table next to my chair is loaded with papers, notes and Luna bar wrappers.


What do you do when you’re not writing? I enjoy watching tv with hubby, getting coffee or a bite to eat out, spend time with my parents.


What are the most important attributes to remaining sane as a writer? Persistence but most writers/artists aren’t sane.


Did you have a moment when you realized you were meant to be a writer? I just always knew since middle school. I loved to write even then.


What advice would you give to aspiring authors? Keep trying. Go for your dreams. You only fail if you give up.


Who would be your favorite character in your current release?

My favorite character is the main character, The Vampire Queen. She is at first a scared young woman who has to relearn everything about herself that she once knew. After that, she becomes sassy, seductive, impulsive, sometimes arrogant, petulant yet ruthless and looking to resume her reign in the vampire race.



Are the names of the characters in your novels important?  How and why?

I pick all my names from a giant baby book I have or from online baby name sites. I usually think of a letter for the name and then search say all the ‘t’s and look for a name with a meaning of the main characteristic of that character. It makes it more fun for me and though no one knows my ‘evil name plot’ it amuses me.


Does travel play in the writing of your books? Well, not exactly travel in as far as my personal travelling to locations but I research all of my locations. I like to do research so I look up everything from places, food, clothes, etc. It helps me learn about new places and makes the reading more interesting in my opinion.


What do you find most rewarding about writing?

I like the creative outlet that it gives me. Much of my writing comes from dreams I have. I dream a concept and then have other dreams about various sequences within the book. I often wake up at 4am and have to write. I also lay in bed before falling asleep just dwelling on it and come up with some great ideas so I have a pen and paper next to the bed for that. Sometimes, hubby gives me a great concept for a story and then I just run away with it. That’s the case for the story I’m working on now. Sometimes I get stuck in the middle but then when the floodgates open, look out! LOL!  J


What does your significant other and family think of your writing career?

Well, this is a tricky one without offending others but I have to be honest. My hubby is my biggest supporter. Like I said, he gives me ideas, reads my books, buys them (encourages me to buy others’ books I need to feed my starving readers brain), etc. He tells me all the time how proud of me he is and reminds me when I’m down how far I’ve come in reaching my goal to be a writer. On the flip side, my parents (which I’m very close to) don’t really seem to care. They have never read any of my stories (and they read a lot-sometimes 4 books a week). My mother claims it’s because they are about vampires and she’s not into that genre. My dad has said he’s proud of me but gives me crap about not making millions on them. It’s frustrating. I love them but they don’t support me, I feel so I’m at a loss with them and don’t bring it up much anymore.


Tell us about your favorite restaurant.

My hubby and I seem to be foodies. We watch all the cooking and food shows. We love to try new things, places, food, etc. On the cooking shows, they spoke about using bone marrow. I already have a hard time with eating food off a bone so it grossed me out. I said I’d ‘never’ eat it. Well, we went to a critically acclaimed chef’s restaurant, Lolita by Michael Simon and it was on the menu. He ordered it and I was still skeptical but he talked me into trying it. I have to say, it wasn’t as bad as I thought and it was actually pretty good. I wouldn’t eat it every day and it is an acquired taste but it was good.


Who is your favorite author?

My favorite author is also the woman who inspired me to write about vampires. I was writing romance, bored to death with it and uninspired. I have had a fascination with vampires since I was a child but it wasn’t until I read an Anne Rice book that I decided I should write about these vampires that I’d grown to love so much over the years. As far as my erotic books, Christine Feehan was my additional inspiration after reading Anne Rice’s Sleeping Beauty series. Ms. Feehan’s books were amazing and took my imagination to places I had never thought I’d be able to put out on paper.


Do you have a favorite quote, quip, or saying? What is it?

“I often paint self-portraits for it is I that knows myself the best”-Freida Kahlo

It reminds me to look inward at myself as that’s where everything in my life comes from.


After this book, what is next? I already have a story I’m working on, temporarily called The Forsaken One.



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Facebook:  and which I co manage with my favorite author friend, Deborah Palumbo (check her out on my 2nd blog as the first interview).
Twitter: @vampiregds


And of course, a couple of other things: Friday, the 7th December we have as guest author, Vanessa Wester. Again this is a cracking account of how he became a writer that all of you should enjoy.

Next week I have a couple more interesting guests. But more about that on Friday.

Just remind you of my book, The Man Who Never Was


And I have an author page in Goodreads. If anybody is not yet in Goodreads, don’t waste a minute. It’s a wonderful site were you can share your love for all kinds of books, set yourself writing challenges, get to meet some of your favourite authors and be invited to great events. Don’t miss it!








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