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Hi all:

As you know on Fridays I bring you guest authors and new books. I have been spending plenty of time recently getting to know a bit better other bloggers, and although I have shared some of their blogs before, it occurred to me that many of the people whose blogs I read religiously are also authors but I had yet to bring them here. So it’s never too late and here I bring you one of them.

Seumas Gallacher. 

Seumas Gallacher. Blogger and writer extraordineur

Seumas Gallacher. Blogger and writer extraordineur

SEUMAS GALLACHER escaped from the world of finance five years ago, after a career spanning three continents and five decades.

As the self-professed ‘oldest computer Jurassic on the planet’ his headlong immersion into the dizzy world of eBook publishing opened his eyes, mind, and pleasure to the joys of self-publishing. As a former businessman, he rapidly understood the concept of a writer’s need to ‘build the platform’, and from a standing start began to develop a social networking outreach, which now tops 15,000 direct contacts.

His first two crime-thrillers, THE VIOLIN MAN’S LEGACY and VENGEANCE WEARS BLACK blew his mind with more than 75,000 e-link downloads to date. The third in what has become the ‘Jack Calder’ series, SAVAGE PAYBACK, was launched late 2013.

He started a humorous, informative, self-publishers blog less than two years ago, never having heard of a ‘blog’ prior to that, was voted ‘Blogger of the Year 2013’ and now has a loyal blog following on his networks. He says the novels contain his ‘Author’s Voice’, while the blog carries his ‘Author’s Brand’. And he’s LUVVIN IT!

Before I forget, here is his blog. It’s unmissable:

http://seumasgallacher.com/

The Violin Man's Legacy

The Violin Man’s Legacy

 

The violin man’s legacy

Thriller with bloody twists and turns as ruthless killers meet their match in a former SAS hit squad.

Jack Calder is an ex-SAS soldier working with former colleagues at ISP, a specialist security firm. He is sent to investigate a murderous diamond heist in Holland, but swiftly learns that there is a very strong Far East connection. He then travels to Hong Kong where he meets the glamorous chief of ISP’s local bureau, May-Ling.

Together they begin to unravel a complex web of corruption. The twin spiders at the centre of this web are the Chan brothers, leaders of one of Hong Kong’s most ruthless and powerful triad gangs.

The trail of death and mayhem coils across Europe, Hong Kong and South America until all the scores are settled.

http://www.amazon.com/Violin-Mans-Legacy-seumas-gallacher-ebook/dp/B005D7JNCQ/

Vengeance Wears Black

Vengeance Wears Black

Vengeance Wears Black

Jack Calder and his former SAS colleagues at ISP, a specialist security firm, are saved from certain death when an ex-Gurkha is killed smothering a deadly grenade thrown into a lunchtime Chinese restaurant in the West End of London. They learn that murderous turf wars are raging between Asian Triads and Eastern European mobsters vying for control of international fiefdoms of drug smuggling, people trafficking, prostitution and money laundering.

An unexpected visit from the highest levels of international law enforcement offers Jack and the ISP team a means to use their black operations skills to wreak a ruthless retaliation against the drug lords.

Unlikely partners emerge in their onslaught against the gangs as the warring criminal factions threaten an unholy alliance to repel them. The pursuit spins across Europe, Turkey and North Africa before a final reckoning.

http://www.amazon.com/VENGEANCE-WEARS-BLACK-seumas-gallacher-ebook/dp/B008H45KJC/

Savage Payback

Savage Payback

 

Savage Payback

A series of coordinated lethal bomb attacks on a dozen jewelry stores in London’s West End drag former SAS officer, Jack Calder and his specialist security firm, International Security Partners, into a deadly mesh of murder and international drug running.

A black ops explosives expert, an ex-colleague turned renegade mercenary with a twisted lust for revenge, emerges from the past to join forces with a powerful and dangerous drug baron from Eastern Europe.

A major cocaine trafficker from South America compounds the threats as competitive turf issues straddle international territories.

Attacks close to home heighten the urgency for Calder and his team to find and deal with each of the three sinister adversaries in a final savage payback.

http://www.amazon.com/SAVAGE-PAYBACK-Seumas-Gallacher-ebook/dp/B00G00GZEO/

Self-publishing steps to successful sales

Self-publishing steps to successful sales

Self-publishing Steps to Successful Sales

A self-publisher with over 75,000 sales/downloads explains in simple steps how he uses the social networks and ePublishing to enhance sales of his books on the Web and in hard copy.

http://www.amazon.com/Self-Publishing-Steps-Successful-Seumas-Gallacher-ebook/dp/B00JBL6K80/

And now, for a very good cause, Seumas has also taken part in a wonderful project.

Shadows and Light

Shadows and Light

Shadows and Light: To Benefit Women’s Aid

Product Description

37 stories from authors around the world. Coming together to aid the key UK charity Women’s Aid. Stories from some of the best in indie publishing around the world today, as well as a couple of big names. The tales within range from horror, noir, crime to a bit of Sci Fi and romance thrown in, all for your entertainment while helping make a difference and furthering the awareness of domestic abuse.

SHADOWS & LIGHT
A Ballard Tale
Andrew Scorah

Placebo
ANDREW VACHSS

The Battered Wife
Graham Masterton

QUITS.
SEUMAS GALLACHER

THE VALLEY OF THE SHADOW
DAVID EDGERLEY GATES

Daylight.
Kevin Holton

THE SAME OLD STORY
by Keith Dixon

WILLIAMS OF THE YARD
IN THE FOXBOROUGH CASE
By Andrew Peters

The Deaths of Andrea Ford
By
David Monk

Across the River
A Story by Samuel Dickens

THE DARE
By
Juliet B Madison

THE OTHER WIFE
~ By Absolutely*Kate

The Last Girl on Earth.
K.A. Hambly

The Summer of Penny Walsh
By Frank Sonderborg

Finding The Phoenix
By
Caitlin O’Connor

Black-Eyed Susan
By Thomas Pluck

The Blues Detective
The Affair of the Precious Packages
Andrew Peters

All Mine
By George Beck

Ruby Pendant
By Melissa Dougherty

Emily’s Valentine
Gerry McCullough

Killing in the Name of
Aidan Thorn

The Princess
The Fox & The Crow
William Rose

The Scent of Pancakes
By Tina Bausinger

The Man Behind the Curtain
By
Paul D Brazill

Doreen’s Tomorrows
by Gay Ingram

East Meets West
By
Jane Morris

THE VISIT

by Dana Wright

Heaven’s Scar
By
Caitlin O’Connor

Jane Unbound
By Kerry E.B. Black

Ellie
By Marie Bishop

LITTLE BROTHER
By
Cath Bore

Almost Christmas
by
Rayna L. Stiner

Floorboard Hoofbeats
By
Cass McMain

AN IRISH STORY
By
Roderick Craig Low

Accounts Payable
By
Hector Duarte Jr.

Through Two Unblackened Eyes
Linda Bonney Olin

http://www.amazon.com/Shadows-Light-Benefit-Womens-Aid-ebook/dp/B00MCY6CYK/

Thanks so much to Seumas for being such a sport, for his ongoing support of fellow authors and for his visit, thanks very much for reading, and you know what to do, like, share, comment, and of course, CLICK!

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Trossachs. Sir Walter Scott based his 'the Lady of the Lake' on this area.

Trossachs. Sir Walter Scott based his ‘the Lady of the Lake’ on this area.

It is Friday and it’s guest author day. I seemed to have to write about Sir Walter Scott as he kept appearing everywhere. When I was writing last week’s post on Frederick Douglass, he chose his free-man name by adopting that of one of the characters in Sir Walter Scott’s ‘Lady of the Lake’. I was writing about Jorge Manrique, who was a Spanish knight and poet, and that made me think about knights, novels… and Sir Walter Scott. And today somebody mentioned Robbie Burns on the radio, and that made me think of Scotland and… So here he is.

Henry Raeburn's portrait of Sir Walter Scott and his dogs

Henry Raeburn’s portrait of Sir Walter Scott and his dogs

Walter Scott (he was knighted by George the IV and became First Baronet) was born on the 15th of August 1771. His father was a successful solicitor and his grandfather (on his mother’s side, John Rutherford), had been Professor of Physiology at the University of Edinburgh. He contracted poliomyelitis when he was only a few months old and spent plenty of time at his grandparents’ farm in the Scottish Borders, (Tweeddale) where he showed an interest in history and the local customs.

He attended the Edinburgh High School and then with his father’s encouragement studied law at Edinburgh University (although according to one source he never took the degree exams as he only wanted to become an advocate, but passed the bar exam in 1792). Although he persevered with the legal job, he started writing poetry when he was 25 (he initially translated German poems and works). In 1797 he married Charlotte Carpenter, the daughter of a French refugee. They were happily married until her death (in 1826). They had four children. Their first born died when he was only one day old. In 1803 he published a three-volume set of collected Scottish ballads, The Minstrelsy of the Scottish Borders. This was followed by many narrative poems that became extremely popular, like The Lay of the Last Minstrel (1805), Marmion (1808), The Lady of the Lake (1810), Rokeby (1813) and The Lord of the Isles (1815). His depictions of the Scottish landscape, stories and customs helped to put Scotland on the radar and it became a touristic destination, fueling a fashion for all Scottish things.

He became Sheriff-Depute of Selkirk and a Principal Clerk to the Court of Session at Edinburgh. He continued to publish his own poems, reviewed, edited, set up a theatre in Edinburgh and helped fund the Quarterly Review in 1809.

Despite his great fame as poet (he declined the Poet Laureate in 1813 suggesting Robert Southey for the post) it would be his novels that would make him reach new heights in esteem and popularity. He published (anonymously) Waverley in 1814 (subtitled Sixty Years Since). This novel has been credited with creating the genre of the historical novel. Other novels dealing also with the Highlands and Jacobitism and forming part of what has become known as ‘the Waverley novels’ are Rob Roy (1817), The Heart of Midlothian (1818) and Redgauntlet (1824).

Sir Walter Scott's home 'Abbotsford'

Sir Walter Scott’s home ‘Abbotsford’

He associated with Ballantyne’s in his publishing company, and was badly affected by the bank crisis of 1825 (yes, this is not a new thing). He also had difficulties due to the financing of the built of his home at Abottsford. I have read variously that the debt amounted to between £114000 to £140000 (a fortune at the time). Rather than declare himself bankrupt, he placed his home and income into a trust belonging to his creditors and carried on writing his way out of his debts. He suffered a series of strokes and died on 21st September 1832. It seems that he had not fully paid his debt at the time but with the royalties from his books this was settled shortly after his death. He was buried at Dryburgh Abbey with his ancestors.

Some of his other novels include: Ivanhoe (set in England, 1819, probably the best known of them all), The Bride of Lammermmoor (also in 1819), Kenilworth (1821), The Fortunes Of Nigel (1822), Peveril Of The Peak (1823), Quentin Durward (1823), The Talisman (1825), Woodstock (1826), The Surgeon’s Daughter (1827), and Anne Of Geierstein (1829).

Sir Walter Scott was also one of the first authors to become internationally renowned and admired in other countries, and he toured often.

He was not only prolific, hard-working and principled, but very modest. I loved this comment that I felt I had to share:

While on holiday in Shetland he wrote:

…it would be a fine situation to compose an ode to the Genius of Sumburgh-head,
or an Elegy upon a Cormorant – or to have written or spoken madness of any kind
in prose or poetry. But I gave vent to my excited feelings in a more simple way;
and sitting gentle down on the steep green slope which led to the beach, I e’en
slid down a few hundred feet, and found the exercise quite an adequate vent to
my enthusiasm, I recommend this exercise (time and place suiting) to all my brother
scribblers, and I have no doubt it will save much effusion of Christian ink.

(I must thank Stuart Kelly at the Scottish Poetry Library for sharing it in his page. Link below)

Sir Walter Scott on poetry

Sir Walter Scott on poetry

Links:

Biography:

Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Scott

His digital archive at the University of Edinburgh.

http://www.walterscott.lib.ed.ac.uk/

BBC2. Writing Scotland:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00mr8yj/profiles/walter-scott

Website for Abbotsford, his home:

http://www.scottsabbotsford.com/

Encyclopaedia Britannica:

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/529629/Sir-Walter-Scott-1st-Baronet

His page at the Scottish Poetry Library:

http://www.scottishpoetrylibrary.org.uk/poetry/poets/sir-walter-scott

SpartacusSchool net:

http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/Jscott.htm

The Literature network:

http://www.online-literature.com/walter_scott/

Works:

His books in Amazon.co.uk (there a few free versions and many cheap ones):

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sir-Walter-Scott/e/B001H6EPEI

And in Amazon.com:

http://www.amazon.com/Sir-Walter-Scott/e/B001H6EPEI

This is his author page at the Project Gutenberg where you can find and download free e-books:

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/author/59

Some of the above links, like his digital archive, contain also online links to his works.

Images:

The header is from:

http://infinite-scotland.com/poi/sir-walter-scott/

And the quote above came from:

http://bhuwanchand.wordpress.com/2013/09/17/dailybookquote-17sep13-sir-walter-scotts-ivanhoe/

For more pictures and information about his home:

http://exploretheborders.com/sir-walter-scott-and-abbotsford/

And I leave you also an article quoting Stuart Kelly talking about Sir Walter Scott’s importance:

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2010/aug/16/walter-scott-edinburgh-book-festival

Thanks for reading, I hope you’ve enjoyed it and if you have, please remember to like, share, comment and CLIC! Never stop reading!

It’s Friday, and guest author day. If you remember, a couple of weeks ago when writing about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, there was a reference to Robert Louis Stevenson and I took note I should invite him too. And here he is.

As fascinating as his writing is, the man is no less interesting. I will not try and give you a detailed account of his life (although I include links to a number of well-informed sites) but just a few notes. And of course, I’ll give you links to some of his works, now free to download (although I would be surprised if you haven’t read or have copies of many of them).

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I liked his description of himself in a letter to J.M. Barrie (yes, he keeps appearing and is on the list too):

“Exceedingly lean, dark, rather ruddy-black eyes (drawing-book eyes, Amanuensis) crow’s footed, beginning to be grizzled, general appearance of a blasted boy or blighted youth or to borrow Carlyle on De Quincey ‘child that has been in hell'” (2/3 April 1893)

Robert Lewis (later Louis) Balfour Stevenson was born in Edinburgh on 13th November 1850. His father was an engineer (he built many of the deep-sea lighthouses in Scotland). His mother came from a family of church ministers and lawyers.

At 17 he enrolled at EdinburghUniversity, initially to study engineering but he abandoned this and as a compromise he studied law, completing his studies in 1875, although he never worked as a lawyer as he already knew he wanted to be a writer. During summer holidays he travelled to France to be with other young artists. He had essays and travel books published (An Inland Voyage and Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes).

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He met his future wife in September 1876 at Grez (south-east of Paris). He was 25, she was 36 and independent American woman, separated from her husband and with two children. Two years later she went back to California and he followed in August 1879. This was the subject of his next work: The Amateur Emigrant (that some consider one of his best works). After Fanny obtained the divorce they married in 1880.

Stevenson initiated the British tradition of short story writing (“A Lodging for the Night” 1877, was later collected with 3 others in a book New Arabian Nights in 1882). He continued to write short stories all his life and they were collected in some volumes: The Merry Men and Other Tales and Fables and Island Nights’ Entertainments.

In 1881 on a rainy summer day he created a map of an imaginary Treasure Island with his stepson. From this he wrote the novel that was published in 1883 and marked the beginning of his popularity. He wrote other works that would fit in within the category of children’s stories: A Child’s Garden of Verses (1885), The Black Arrow (1883), Kidnapped (1886 the same year when he wrote Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde) and its continuation Catriona (1893).

He wrote a number of books that would fit in within the description of novels and romances: Prince Otto (1885), The Master of Ballantree (set in historical Scotland, exploring the issue of doubles, here as two brothers, considered by Calvino and Brecht the best of his works), Weir of Hermiston that he was working on when he died (published incomplete and posthumously in 1896).

In 1888 he decided to sail the South Seas with his family, stopping here and there and collecting material for a work on the South Seas. In 1889 they stopped in the SamoanIslands (port of Apia) and decided to build a house there. He wrote essays (In the South Seas) and stories set there (The Wrecker, 1892, and The Ebb-Tide, 1894).

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He died in December 1894 and was buried near his house on Samoa.

He wrote nearly everything apart from the typical long Victorian novel: plays, essays, poems, biography, romances, short stories… He also wrote a number of musical compositions. He was careful with his style but at the same time interested in popular genres. Due in part to that popularity he fell in disregard with critics and was mostly ignored by Modernists and later scholars. Critical interest has increased somewhat but is still very modest compared to other writers of the period. Maybe it’s true that you can be popular or be a critical success, but be both is really difficult. I suspect given a choice, like most of us, he’d rather have people read him than people write about him. He is still the 26th most translated author in the world. 

Links:

Biography and information:

Robert Louis Stevenson website. Fabulous resource with detailed information, photographs…:

http://www.robert-louis-stevenson.org/

Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Louis_Stevenson

In Biography.com:
http://www.biography.com/people/robert-louis-stevenson-9494571

The Literature Network:

http://www.online-literature.com/stevenson/

Author page in Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/854076.Robert_Louis_Stevenson

Edinburgh celebrates Robert Louis Stevenson with a series of events.

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/life-works-robert-louis-stevenson-2678253

Books and other writings:

Collection of poems free online:

http://www.poetryloverspage.com/poets/stevenson/stevenson_ind.html

The Black Arrow. A Tale of the Two Roses:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004TSA2LG/

Merry Men

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004UJKLCO/

Weir of Hermiston

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004UJK69W/

Island Nights’ Entertainment

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004UJKT12/

Catriona

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004UJ849G/

Essays

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008403R76/

Treasure Island is not available free in Amazon but here is the link in Project Gutenberg in a variety of formats:

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/120

Also in project Gutenberg, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde:

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/43

Kidnapped (also in Project Gutenber):

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/421

Here is the link to the author in Project Gutenberg, where you can check other works and versions (including audios):

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/author/35

Movie and TV versions (I recently saw a musical version of Jekyll and Hyde so…)

In IMDB he is given writing credits for 245 movies and TV series…

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0829044/

Thank you for reading, and if you’ve enjoyed it, don’t forget to like, comment, share and of course, CLICK! It’s FREE!

You’ll remember I’ve written about my new romance ‘Click Me Happy!’ a few times. I hope you aren’t already bored of it, because now it’s finally out! I don’t normally write romantic novels but the idea for this one came to me and kept bothering me so I had to give it a go.

Some readers had left me comment about the ending of ‘The Man Who Never Was telling me they’d much rather a conventional happy ending (I don’t think it’s unhappy, but rather neutral), and therefore I decided to try and leave it to the reader’s opinion. I’d write several endings and the reader could choose. To being with I was going with only a happy and an unhappy ending but then I realised I would most likely have gone for something more neutral, so now there are three endings to choose from. You can choose an ending or read all three and choose, or make up your own. At the end of the novel I leave a series of links so you can tell me what you think. And of course if you like it, I’d be grateful if you share and leave a review! The novel is on special promotion this first week at $0.99. Don’t miss the chance to choose your favourite ending!

I leave you the beginning of the first chapter…

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http://viewBook.at/B00DK02JT2

Chapter 1. We meet the “heroine”

“No. Not another bleeming romantic novel! I’m going to puke! Come on, come on, look at it! Pink cover with a hunk showing off his chest and a gorgeous girl looking impressed. And somebody’s idea of a Scottish castle on the background. I can’t stand it any longer!”

Lilith Darville was far more attractive than she ever gave herself credit for. She was not a ravishing beauty (whatever that means) but she had nice brown hair, that she always wore short (no talent for creating hairdos), big almond shaped brown eyes, a beauty spot on her left cheek, a small nose and a well-defined mouth. A very pleasant combination whatever her opinion.

She only wore makeup under extreme duress (and on very special occasions), and although she used to be big as a child, between healthy eating and plenty of exercising she was now slim and reasonably fit. Not a supermodel but, who wants to be that skinny anyway?

“What’s it called?” Asked the Head librarian and good friend of Lilith, Debbie.

“What does it matter? It should be called: Just look at the six pack in this guy, get horny and buy my book. Does anybody believe all this rubbish?”

“It’s not about believing, Lilith. It’s fantasising. Who wouldn’t want to go out with a gorgeous guy and be the centre of his world, and have other women envy you and…?”

Thank you for reading. Remember to share if you’d like it and don’t forget to CLICK!

Como les prometí la semana pasada, esta semana tenemos DOS autoras invitada. Hoy, Jodie Pierce nos ofrece una entrevista sincera y fascinante que nos da información privilegiada sobre sus métodos de escritura y su personalidad creativa.

Y el viernes, tendremos de invitada a Vanesa Wester. Y les puedo garantizar que tampoco tendrá desperdicio.

Y ahora les dejo con Jodie que también nos habla de vampiros….

Entrevista con Jodie Pierce

 

Tengo el gran honor de tener como autora invitada a Jodie Pierce. Si os gusta el género paranormal, no os perdáis ‘The Vampire Queen’ (La reina de los vampiros). Y ahora, os dejo con Jodie que nos hablará de su obra y de muchas otras cosas fascinantes.

 

Dime algo sobre ti: Tengo 37 años y vivo con mi marido en Cleveland, Ohio. Siempre me han fascinado los vampiros, desde que era niña pero no empecé a escribir sobre ellos hasta que un día leí el libro de Anne Rice. Yo era una estudiante de intercambio en Brasil y leeréis algo sobre ello en mis historias. Me gusta informarme sobre lugares, comida, ropa, etc para darle más realidad a mis historias. He publicado ocho libros hasta ahora.

 

¿Qué género de libros escribes? Paranormal.

 

¿Qué tipo de libros lees? Paranormal.

 

Dinos algo sobre tu última novela. The Vampire Queen una vez más está al mando de sus sujetos aunque esta vez es una escuela para los niños ‘diferentes’ de Escocia. Una escuela llena de vampiros, brujas, brujos, elfos y hadas, que es odiada y temida por todos los estudiantes. Un nuevo grupo de brujas y brujos aparecen a las puertas de la escuela y causan todo tipo de problemas. Vampiros y brujas se llevan a matar y muy pocos creen que la escuela pueda sobrevivir. La Reina se reúne con un antiguo amante pero ¿a qué precio? Un nuevo amante y uno de sus previos amantes se unen para intentar destronar a la Reina. ¿Lo conseguirán? ¿Seguirá la Reina con su terrorífico dominio sobre la escuela? ¿Funcionarán los encantos  y hechizos y cambiarán la historia? Todo será rebelado al final.

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¿Dónde se puede comprar tu libro? www.amazon.com & www.barnesandnoble.com

 

¿Qué te hizo apasionarte por los libros y el arte de una buena historia? A mis padres siempre les ha gustado la lectura. Mi madre era bibliotecaria y mi padre leía al menos un libro al día así que yo empecé a leer en mi etapa formativa y me encantó.

 

¿Hay algún libro en particular que haya afectado o cambiado tu vida de manera radical? No recuerdo exactamente qué libro pero fue una de las novelas de Anne Rice. Christine Feehan me introdujo al aspecto erótico.

 

¿Cuál fue la semilla de tu inspiración para tu último libro? Ya había escrito los libros 1 & 2 y decidí que quería completar una trilogía. Decidí atar algunos de los cabos que habían quedado sueltos en los primeros dos libros y la idea para el tercero me llegó en un sueño.

 

¿Cuál ha sido tu mejor momento como escritora? El día en que recibí el primer correo electrónico diciéndome que querían publicar mi primera historia.

 

¿Quién es tu ídolo como autor? ¡Anne Rice!

 

¿Te reconoces a ti misma en alguno de tus personajes? No, pero introduzco a gente a mi alrededor en mis personajes.

 

¿Crees que tu sueño se ha convertido en realidad o queda todavía mucho por hacer? Siempre queda mucho por hacer. ¡Más que escribir!

 

¿Dónde escribes? Yo escribo sentada en mi silla reclinable con mi ordenador en la falda. La mesa junto a mi silla está cubierta de papeles, notas y envoltorios de Luna bar (chocolate).

 

¿Qué haces cuando no estás escribiendo? Disfruto viendo la televisión con mi marido, yendo a tomar un café o comiendo fuera, visitando a mis padres.

 

¿Cuáles son los atributos más importantes para mantenerse cuerdo como escritor? Ser persistente, pero la mayoría de escritores y artistas no están cuerdos.

 

¿Hubo un instante cuando te diste cuenta de que serías escritora? Siempre lo supe desde el instituto. Me encantaba escribir ya entonces.

 

¿Qué consejo le daría a los que aspiran a ser escritores? Sigue intentándolo. Sigue tus sueños. Sólo fracasas si abandonas.

 

¿Cuál es tu personaje favorito en tu última novela? Mi personaje favorito es la protagonista, La Reina Vampira.  Al principio es una mujer joven y asustada que tiene que descubrir de nuevo todo lo que sabía sobre si misma. Después de conseguir eso, se convierte en una mujer atrevida, seductora, impulsiva, a veces arrogante y petulante pero sin compasión y determinada a resumir su reinado sobre la raza de vampiros.

 

¿Son importantes los nombres de los personajes en tu novela? ¿Cómo y por qué? Escojo los nombres de un libro gigante de nombres de bebés que tengo o en el Internet a través de páginas con nombres de bebés. Normalmente pienso en una letra para el nombre y entonces busco por ejemplo, todas las ‘t’s y selecciono un nombre empezando con esa letra que reúna las principales características de ese personaje. Lo hace más divertido para mí y aunque nadie sepa mi ‘diabólico plan de nombres’ me divierte.

 

¿El viajar juega algún papel en la escritura de tus libros? Bueno, no exactamente si nos referimos a viajar personalmente a los escenarios pero estudio todos los escenarios y sitios que aparecen en mis libros. También me gusta estudiar detalles sobre los lugares, comida, ropas, costumbres, etc. Me ayuda a aprender cosas nuevas y hace la lectura más interesante en mi opinión.

 

¿Qué te produce más satisfacción al escribir? Me gusta la posibilidad que me ofrece de expresar mi creatividad. Mucho de lo que escribo viene de mis sueños. Sueño un concepto central y luego tengo otros sueños sobre varias escenas que ocurren en el libro. A menudo me despierto a las 4 de la mañana y tengo que escribir. También estoy acostada en la cama antes de quedarme dormida pensando y se me ocurren muy buenas ideas así que siempre tengo lápiz y papel junto a la cama. A veces mi marido me da una gran idea para una historia y yo la desarrollo. Eso es lo que pasó con la historia en la que estoy trabajando ahora. A veces me quedo estancada en el medio pero luego la compuerta se abre y ¡cuidado, apartense!

 

¿Qué piensan tu pareja y tu familia sobre tu carrera de escritora?

Bueno, esto es algo delicado e intentaré no ofender a nadie, pero tengo que ser sincera. Mi marido es my mayor apoyo. Como he dicho, me da ideas, lee mis libros, los compra (me anima a comprar libros de otros autores que necesito para alimentar el cerebro hambriento de los lectores), etc. Me dice todo el tiempo que está muy orgulloso de mí y me recuerda cuando estoy baja de moral como de lejos he llegado en mi camino para convertirme en escritora. Por el contrario, mis padres (a los que estoy muy unida) no parecen darle ninguna importancia. No han leído nunca ninguna de mis historias (y leen mucho, a veces 4 libros por semana). Mi madre dice que es porque son sobre vampiros y a ella no le gusta ese género. Mi padre me dice que está orgulloso de mí pero no deja de quejarse porque no me he hecho millonaria con mis libros. Es frustrante. Los quiero pero no me apoyan. Me siento perdida con ellos y no saco a relucir el tema mucho estos días.

 

Dinos cuál es tu restaurante favorito.

A mi marido y a mí nos interesa mucho la comida y la cocina. Vemos todos los programas de cocinar y de alimentos. Nos encanta probar nuevas cosas, sitios, comidas, etc. En uno de los programas de cocina hablaran sobre usar médula ósea. A mí ya me costaba comer carne directamente del hueso así que esto me dio mucho asco. Dije que ‘nunca’ lo probaría. Pues fuimos a comer a un restaurante aclamado por la crítica, Lolita de Michael Simon y estaba en el menú. Mi marido lo pidió y yo seguía siendo bastante escéptica pero me convenció para que lo probara. Tengo que reconocer que no era tan malo como había pensado, y de hecho estaba bueno. No lo comería cada día y es algo a lo que hay que acostumbrarse pero estaba bueno.

 

¿Quién es tu autor/a favorito?

Mi autor favorito es también la mujer que me inspiró a escribir sobre vampiros. Yo estaba escribiendo novelas románticas, aburrida a muerte con ellas y sin inspiración. A mí me han fascinado los vampiros desde que era pequeña pero no fue hasta que leí uno de los libros de Anne Rice que decidí que debería escribir sobre esos vampiros a los que quería tanto hacía tanto tiempo. Con respecto a mis libro eróticos, Christine Feehan fue mi inspiración adicional después de leer la serie Sleeping Beauty  (La Bella Durmiente) de Anne Rice. Los libros de Ms. Feehan son fantásticos y guiaron mi imaginación a lugares de los que nunca creí podría escribir.

 

¿Tienes una expresión favorita? ¿Cuál es? “A menudo pinto auto-retratos porque yo soy la que me conozco mejor.”-Frida Kahlo. Me recuerda que tengo que mirar hacia mi interior porque de ahí es donde viene todo en mi vida.

 

¿Y después de este libro? Ya tengo otra historia en la que estoy trabajando. De momento se llama ‘The Forsaken One’ (‘El abandonado’)

 

Si quieren saber más sobre mi o ponerse en contacto conmigo:

Website:     thevampirequeen1@weebly.com

Blog:   www.thevampirequeen1.blogspot.com

2nd Blog:   www.jodiepierceauthor.blogspot.com

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/jodie.pierce.14  y www.facebook.com/authors.authority que comparto con mi favorita  amiga/autora, Deborah Palumbo (Lean al primera entrevista en mi Segundo blog para saber más sobre ella).

www.groups.yahoo.com/groups/Sink_Your_Fangs_In
www.goodreads.com/user/show/5216941-jodie-pierce

 

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Y antes de dejarles, un par de cosas. La semana que viene también tendremos a dos autoras invitadas. Les prometo que será de lo más especial.

Y por supuesto, no les puedo dejar sin recordarles que mi libro ‘El hombre que nunca existió’ está a la venta en versión electrónica.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009TWEGC8

Y como novedad, les daré el enlace para mi página de autora en Goodreads. Si todavía no son miembros de Goodreads y les gusta leer, ¿ a qué están esperando? Es una página de web maravillosa para descubrir libros de géneros diversos, lectores con intereses similares, conocer a sus autores favoritos, participar en eventos y hacer amigos. ¡Anímense!

 

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6562510.Olga_N_ez_Miret

 

 

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