Thanks to Paranormal Cravings, I have the lovely Mary Abshire on the blog today for an interview! I hope you'll stick around and see what Mary has to say and don't forget to enter the tour wide giveaway at the end!
Mary lives in Indiana and is a lifetime lover of the paranormal, sci-fi, and fantasy. When she's not slaving away at her government job, she is a Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Author.
She creates fantastical worlds with vampires, demons, werewolves, and other supernatural creatures. Dive into her books and find action, a dash of mystery, and seductive men with passionate hearts.
Hi Mary! Welcome to my humble space on the internet! As the first stop on your blog tour for Immortal Revenge I'm a little nervous so hopefully my questions won't be tiring for you!
I appreciate the interview!!
Can you tell me a bit about yourself? Where are you from and what made you decide to be a writer?
I grew up in Indianapolis for the most part. My mother divorced when I was an infant, so it was just the two of us. She is a science fiction lover and got me hooked on sci-fi and horror shows. My imagination was running crazy during my youth. I always enjoyed writing, but I never thought about it as something I would do. But in my early twenties, I gave it a try.
I wrote a young adult manuscript and saved it on a floppy disk. Yes, this was a LONG time ago. LOL. I never did anything with the manuscript and other priorities claimed hold of me. Fast forward sixteen years to around 2009. I noticed I had a lot of free time on my hands and thought… Why not see if I can really write something? So I did. My first series is the Soul Catcher series and the first novel was published in December 2010. The publisher recently shut down and the books are no longer available. I really connected with my protagonist and enjoyed writing the four books.
In the middle of the series, I started a new one--The Project Eve series, published with Lyrical Press. I've been writing pretty steady ever since. Is it a full time job? Hell no. I'd like it to be one day, but the market has changed so much since I first started. Writing doesn't pay the bills. LOL. But I write because I enjoy. I believe other writers agree. Writing is a passion.
I'm relatively new to your work, can you tell me a bit about Immortal Revenge? What is it about and how did you get the idea for the story?
I was taking a shower when the idea for the Legacy series came to me. I'll also point out that I was in the middle of a divorce. My emotions were wild. Up and down. So, I'm in the shower and I picture this strong young woman who recently lost her lover of many years and her home. She's human, but he's immortal. She is distraught but that quickly turns into anger. She wants revenge. That's what I got from a shower. LOL
Later on, I started my notes for the novel. My protagonist, Katie, is a strong and determined woman. She needed someone to balance out her journey. Someone who could make her laugh. So I created her best friend, Jules. She's a disco loving roller skating gal who and brings humor and helps Katie. They are a great team.
Riker came to me in a dream. He's a long time friend to Katie's deceased boyfriend. He's a vampire. I pictured him as a version of Eric from True Blood. He's a hard ass, cold and unemotional. But he has his quirks. Katie contacts him for help. Riker arrives to protect her. He tells her she's part of a legacy. Naturally, she doesn't believe him. Her focus is getting revenge. But as she claims that, she sees the clues and realizes maybe she is this leader. Maybe.
Immortal Revenge is an emotional journey for Katie and she discovers her potential. It's not a typical vampire novel, in my opinion. In fact, Riker and the villains are the only vamps in the story. Riker is more of a supporting character. The setting is modern day and in a town called Mishawaka, Indiana. Yes, it is a real town. There's plenty of action, suspense, violence, and language. Humor bits in the story too. I love the characters and the story.
What do you think it is about the paranormal romance genre that keeps readers coming back or more?
Hmm...Maybe it's because the human John Doe on the street just doesn't do it for readers anymore. He's too plain and ordinary. LOL.
I think most people are curious about the paranormal world and creatures. Women lean towards strong, unique men, ones that have some extra extraordinary ability. Whether the person is a vampire, werewolf, demon, ghost, whatever... There's something that makes the person extra special. Different. And anything goes. You can let your imagination run wild. I think readers like the variety and want to be taken into different worlds or challenges with supernatural creatures. Add romance and you've got a story. Readers love romance.
Immortal Revenge is the first book in the Legacy series, how many books will there be in this series and what can readers expect from the series itself?
I plan for the series to have a total of three, possibly four books. I have two more plotted currently. I tend to come up with the plots and the details come to me as I write the story. I don't believe the series can go beyond three or four books. Katie needs to gain respect and build an army. Then, she's going to have to battle and win a war. As for a potential fourth book, well, that would be what happens after the war. Will she find love again? Difficult to say. She will face more death and grief.
So far, what has been the most challenging part of being a published author? What about the most rewarding?
Challenging: Promotion. I'd rather spend my free time writing instead of promoting. The problem with not promoting means readers do not know about my books. If they don't know, the books don't sell.
Rewarding: Hearing from readers. I really enjoy hearing from readers and reading their reviews.
What authors do you like to read on your spare time, assuming that you have spare time once in awhile?
I try to read a little bit every day. Usually at work or before bed. My favorite authors include Kelley Armstrong, Kerrelyn Sparks, Lyndsay Sands, Kim Harrison, Darynda Jones, Jeanine Frost, Kerri Arthur and Kelley Gay. I have many favorites.
Any tv shows you can't live without or movies that you could watch over and over again?
I don't watch television much anymore. I wait until shows are on DVD, then borrow them from the library. Some favorites that I never tire of are X-Files, Fringe, American Horror Story, Californication, and Big Bang Theory. As for movies, I enjoy M. Night Shyamalan's movies. The Dark Knight trilogy was good. The Burbs always makes me laugh. Back to the Future always entertains me too.
Would you like to add anything else?
Thanks for the interview. Rock on!
Thank you once again Mary for your time and patience and good luck with the rest of the tour!
Genre: Urban fantasy
Grief stricken Katie Dillinger is on a mission to claim revenge for the death of her lover. In a race against time to find the murderer, Katie reaches out to Riker, a man listed as her boyfriend’s emergency contact. The cold-hearted man comes to Katie’s aid, but she doesn’t completely trust him. To keep her friends safe, she insists they leave town immediately. But her efforts come too late. A friend disappears and a clear message is left in the wake: surrender or more people will die.
Katie’s world is turned upside down when she discovers Riker has vowed to protect her. She’s involved in a prophecy, one which her lover had been preparing her for before his murder. All the combat training he gave her suddenly makes sense, and as Katie fights to keep her friends alive, she’s forced to prioritize. Revenge now, saving mankind next.
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