#GuestPost- Charles O’Keefe Shares His Inspiration for ‘The Newfoundland Vampire’ Series!

“How did the author come up with this story?”

That is a question asked by nearly every reader, especially when the story is set in an alternate reality. Today, Charles O’Keefe stops by to share what inspired him to write about Vampires. His is a story I’m sure most authors can relate to!

Welcome, Charles!

So inspiration is a funny thing (at least in my experience), sometimes it does just come to you out of the blue, a flash through your mind and few words someone says, a song, a memory, staring outside, even a certain food or smell could bring it on. For me though the inspiration for my first novel “The Newfoundland Vampire” didn’t come all at once (at least I don’t remember it that way) it was a combination of things and it developed slowly over time.

Back in 2002 I was working as a student assistant and I hated it, I spent endless time daydreaming at work and wondering how I ended up at this job. I came to a decision to go back to university and get my Masters in Education and started the coursework in May of that year. Before I started my Masters’ I had written a little, less than one chapter for a vampire book where the main character was based on me. I guess  the initial idea was just an escape from my everyday life and it went back to a choice I made in university about a woman, I think I made a mistake (what I did doesn’t matter now)and it’s a regrets I have in life. The point here is that for me since my vampire book would have a younger version of myself he could make a different choice, I could imagine how his/my life would have turned out differently (and of course if vampires were real). I got busy though and life happened, I got my Masters, got married, started and ended a brief teaching career and finally ended up working at my parent’s business (a beauty wholesaler if you’re curious) and once again had lots daydreaming time on my hands.  I can’t say I completely forgot about my book, it was there in the back of mind, I’d think about it, sometimes for a few minutes, sometimes longer but the task of writing a whole book always seemed too huge. Then a friend of mine, Shannon Sullivan, put out a book “The Dying Days” and the wheels turned in my mind. I was mentioned in the acknowledgements section of his book, which was nice. Friends brought up how I should write a book and I did think about it again but used the same excuses as before and didn’t get started.

Life continued on, I settled into my new job as best I could and I kept reading and listening to podcasts (both of which I still enjoy). In particular I listened to podcasts about writing, interviews with authors and my ideas resurfaced for my long abandoned novel. I was glad to have been mentioned in a book but I wanted more, I wanted a book of my own and I wanted a taste of the writer’s life. I wanted something more to look forward to. I realized that I could be a writer and while on vacation with time on hands, lovely scenery and warm weather inspiration finally took hold. I wrote for about 8 months (at my own pace, I’ve never been good for writing for hours on end) and then started the long task of editing and finding a publisher. So for me lots of little things inspired me, encouragement from friends and family, a friends published book, my own mention in it, the desire for excitement and change, curiosity and ultimately my own creative nature and a need for recognition and praise for doing something I enjoyed. Inspiration eventually lead me to Pat and the great people at Penumbra, I knew my first book had found a home and my journey had just begun.

Cover

Joseph O’Reily is still adjusting to the lifestyle and the dangers that come with being a new vampire. He and Cassandra recently fought to the death with Cassandra’s estranged husband John Snow, and now Joseph has experienced his first ménage a trios, as only a vampire can. As if all of this was not complicated enough, he and Cassandra have been tasked with hunting down and killing a rogue vampire, Donald Rathmore.

Another of John Snow’s creations, Donald is an evil misogynistic killer in his own right. Donald has no interest in avenging his creator’s death, but killing Cassandra is at the top of his list.

While Donald continues his murderous spree, Joseph and Cassandra always seem to be one step behind him. The chase is further complicated as they encounter other vampires and learn more about the mysterious nature of the Vampire Council and the coming war between good and evil.

Joseph is only now beginning to trust Cassandra, and this trust will be shaken when he discovers she has even more secrets than he imagined. Her idea of justice and morality is at complete odds with his own. Despite all his powers and growing skill, Joseph is tested physically as a vampire and emotionally by Cassandra. This time the answers and challenges may be too much for the young vampire to handle.

 Amazon     Amazon Kindle     Amazon UK     Barnes and Noble

Check out the first book in the series, The Newfoundland Vampire!

authorAbout the Author:

Charles O’Keefe lives in the beautiful province of Newfoundland, Canada, with his wife and two feline ‘children,’ Jude and Esther. He works as an I.T. support guy and enjoys many hobbies and activities that include writing, reading, watching fantasy/science-fiction movies and television shows, gaming, poker, walking, acting, martial arts and of course fantasizing about vampires.

He currently has two novels out, books 1 and 2 of “The Newfoundland Vampire” series.

 

Amazon author page     Blog      Facebook      Goodreads      Twitter      Website

#####

Thank you for stopping by! I love to make new friends. Got questions or comments? Leave a comment, or connect with me online!  If you’ve enjoyed this post, sign up for the monthly newsletter by following this blog!

MJ

About Me     Twitter     Facebook    Pinterest     Instagram  Google+      Goodreads     Linkedin     Email

#NewRelease! Creatus by Carmen DeSousa! Romantic Suspense with a Supernatural Edge!

Here’s a novel I’m excited to share as I’ve had the opportunity to watch Carmen go through it’s creative development.  With that said, check this out!

In every myth there is a modicum of truth…

CREATUS - Final Front Cover

Creatus

The reason we believe in Fairy Tales—and Monsters.

As the sun’s rays peeked above the horizon, lighting the abyss below her, she inhaled a deep breath, closed her eyes, and jumped. She didn’t scream; she didn’t look down. As much as she hated her life, she hoped it wouldn’t end this way. She’d really like to see him one more time.

 Her life didn’t flash before her eyes as she’d always heard. Just an image of her mother covered in blood and her Dark Angel telling her he was sorry.

 Creatus, by best-selling author Carmen DeSousa, is a new romantic-suspense novel with a supernatural edge that answers the myths and fairy tales you’ve heard about preternatural sentient beings.

Prepare yourself to believe.

Download your copy TODAY!

Amazon US     Amazon UK

In order to spread the news, we are also giving away a $50 gift card! In order to qualify, just share this post’s URL in the Raffle Copter and on any social website you choose. The more places you share, the more entries you earn!

Contest ends midnight, Monday September 2, 2013. The drawing, which includes all participating websites, will be held Tuesday, September 3, 2013. The winner will be posted the same day.

Raffle Copter $50 Giveaway

#####

Thank you for stopping by! I love to make new friends. Got questions or comments? Leave a comment, or connect with me online!  If you’ve enjoyed this post, sign up for the monthly newsletter by following this blog!

MJ

About Me     Twitter     Facebook    Pinterest     Instagram  Google+      Goodreads     Linkedin     Email

Interview with Melynda Price!

Today I welcome another  5 Prince Publishing author,  Melynda Price. Melinda writes  Paranormal Romance. Take a moment to get to know her, then check out her book, Until Darkness Comes!

Welcome, Melynda!

What inspired you to write?

A few key things contributed to my becoming an author. I edited a book for a friend of mine, and I absolutely loved it! But as fantastic as her story was, I found myself wanting to write over it. What if this happened? Or what if they said that? At the time, I was also reading the Book of Enoch, which inspired me to write a fallen angel series.

 What genre do you write? Did you choose it, or did it choose you?

I write paranormal romance. I think the choosing was mutual, LOL. I only read paranormal, it’s what intrigues me, and I write what I’m passionate about. I love creating a world that’s larger than life, an escape from reality and the confines of our world where my only challenge is to make the unbelievable believable.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

I’m the most productive in the morning. I’ve found that’s when my creativity is the best. I like to grab a cup of coffee, settle into my chair with my Chihuahua and spend the day writing. 🙂

 What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

It’s not a quirk as much as a challenge, but I have the hardest time ending a book. I hate to say good-bye to my characters, and I find it very difficult to wrap up a story that will give the reader closure. It’s important to me that they don’t feel like the ending is rushed. I’ve read so many great stories but then was disappointed with the ending. I think cliffhangers are great too, as long as everyone gets their Happily Ever After when it’s all finished. 🙂

 Are you a pantser or plotter?

I’m a total pantser. In fact, half the time, I don’t even know what’s going to happen until sit down to write it. I think this style of writing can make for an exciting, unpredictable read. When I wrote Shades of Darkness, I had my first draft written and when I was polishing it for my editor, I got pulled back into the story and I completely rewrote the ending. 🙂

Are your stories based on experiences based on someone you know, or are events in your own life reflected in the characters/stories you write? Can you share and example?

My stories are complete and total fabrications. However, I have been told by people who know me, that they can see a little of by daughter in Olivia. I find it funny how even without trying my creative side intersects with reality.

Do you have any suggestions to help new authors become a better writer? If so, what are they?

Learn to write deep POV from the beginning. It’s a craft of writing that takes time to develop but well worth it. It will enrich your story and make your writing stronger.

 Are you self-pubbed, indie pubbed, or traditionally pubbed?

I’m traditionally published through 5Prince Publishing. My first book, Until Darkness Comes released 3/21/12. Shades of Darkness, the second book in this series, will release 2/28/13.

 What are your current projects?

I’m currently writing the third book in my Redemption Series, Courting Darkness.

Connect  with Melynda on these sites:

Website      FB Author Page      FB      Twitter      Email 

Autumn landscapeA guardian angel… A forbidden love… Eternal consequences…
Olivia Norton was born with a gift—a gift heaven has sworn to protect, and hell is bound to destroy. Her perfect world is turned upside-down when two handsome strangers, Max and Liam, step into her life. Olivia soon discovers that her ‘Mr. Perfect’ is actually a perfect nightmare.

 The rules of engagement have changed and Liam, Olivia’s guardian angel, is forced to cross dimensional borders or risk losing the woman he’s sworn to protect. Suddenly, thrust into a world unlike anything he’s ever known, Liam isn’t prepared to come face to face with the young woman whose life he holds in his hands.

 But nothing is as it seems, and secrets abound that will ultimately force him to choose between two impossibilities. Max will stop at nothing to finish what he’s started, and Olivia is soon plunged into a battle between good and evil. Her very life hangs in the balance as two forces fight to win her heart.

BUY your copy today!!!

Autumn landscape

 Coming  2/28/13!!!

Free will comes at a cost…

Three years after losing the love of her life, Olivia Norton refuses to continue living in the shadows of what will never be. But how can she marry another when her guardian angel still holds her heart?

Bound by Universal Law, Liam is forced to choose between his honor and his heart. Returning for Olivia nearly cost him his salvation once, but twice may prove to be his final undoing. Some sacrifices are worth the risk, while others could bring consequences that would last an immortal lifetime.

The game has changed—new players bring new threats and challenges. The evil that nearly took Olivia’s life three years ago has returned with a vengeance. A legion has been sent, and the Dark Court will not rest until the last sighted female has been killed.

An old enemy returns… Evil has a new face, a new name, and Haden will stop at nothing to possess the key Olivia holds, unlocking the power he needs to claim his revenge against Heaven and Hell.