SOURCEBOOKS,INC. AND MY BOOK ADDICTION AND MORE PRESENTS AUTHOR ELISABETH STAAB TODAY!!
WELCOME PARANORMAL ROMANCE WRITER, ELISABETH STAAB!!
Hello, Elisabeth and welcome to My Book Addiction and More!!
Hi, thank you so much for having me!
ELISABETH: Let’s see. I’m an at-home parent by day, and an author whenever I can squeeze it in. My other favorite things outside of that are music, coffee, good friends, and lately I’m really hooked on the TV show Glee. Probably because it’s about music and good friends. Also, there’s often coffee.
ELISABETH: You know, at first it was sort of just something I wanted to try. I’d gotten so hooked on paranormals that I blew through series after series. I didn’t know what I wanted to read next, and my husband wanted that answer to be “nothing” because I was buying so many books! One night I had this image in my head that would end up being the opening scene for King of Darkness. I had written all my life but never seriously. I still remember when I said to my best friend “I think I’m going to write a novel.” He kind of smiled and said, “Yeah, good luck with that. I’ve started a bunch of them and haven’t finished one yet.”
ELISABETH: I always come back to two scenes in my mind. First, the first time Thad sees Isabel from across a crowded club. It’s not a love at first sight thing, exactly, but he’s blown away by her. Something in his gut tells him she’s “the one,” but then she turns and runs away. And I also really dig the first time Thad and Isabel make love, because even though it’s a case of attraction first, love later in this particular story, they really do start to connect there. They just don’t really acknowledge it fully to themselves.
MBA&M: What do you feel the appeal of “Vampires” is to readers?
ELISABETH: The concept of the “dark hero” is one that a lot of folks respond to in fiction. A good guy who’s a little bit hotter because there’s a dark, forbidden element to his persona that adds excitement. I think the reasons readers are into vampires are as many and varied as the readers themselves. Some like the fangs, some like the alpha male-ness, some like the fact that there’s a more primal element to the hero. He growls! He bites! As a writer, I like that an actual physical connection gets created between the two lovers. It’s not just falling in love emotionally, a physical bond is created. Not to mention, there’s an added element of danger and suspense, when your hero needs blood—potentially, specifically, his love interest’s blood—to survive in the story.
MBA&M: What do you feel the appeal of Paranormal Romance is to readers?
ELISABETH: It takes fiction to the nth degree in terms of imagination. You’re no longer limited by your hero’s humanity, he can literally be *anything*. He can have wings, or scales, or turn into a wolf when the moon gets full. Which can turn out to be fortuitous because it’s the time when his heroine is being kidnapped by the evil villain and the wolf chews the villain’s leg off and saves her. They can live on any planet, in any dimension. I think it’s escape in every sense, and it really takes fiction out of the box. I did a guest blog post recently where I had readers build their own fictional paranormal boyfriend, and people seemed to have a lot of fun with it. When I write paranormal, it’s often about a world that exists in an urban setting right under humans’ noses because that’s fun for me—the idea that when I’m getting my gas at 7-11, the burly guy on the Harley over there is really a vampire gassing up before he goes to look for more enemy wizards, I think that’s a fun fantasy. Maybe I just never grew up.
MBA&M: If you could switch places with any of the characters in “King of Darkness” who would it be and why?
ELISABETH: That’s a tough one. I love all of my characters so much. I think Siddoh, one of my secondary characters who you’ll begin to see more of in future books after King of Darkness. He’s misunderstood sometimes. I like him an awful lot.
MBA&M: What are some of the lessons you have learned as an author?
ELISABETH: Wow. I’ve learned so many. I think the biggest is to keep learning because I know a TON more about being a good writer than I did when I started out, but there are a billion more things for me to learn. I try to read books, take classes, etc. as much as I can squeeze it into my schedule. My critique partner, he’s been writing as a career for 20 years and he still does that. I figure if he does, then I should also.
MBA&M: Who do you feel is your greatest hero, be it person or character?
ELISABETH: My husband, definitely. It takes a lot of fortitude to be a writer’s spouse, especially when you’ve got young children. No way could I be successful without his support, and that means the world to me.
Elisabeth, do you have anything to add?
ELISABETH: I’ve been getting a lot of questions about book 2. Prince of Power, Anton and Tyra’s story, is set to release in January of 2013.
Thank you for visiting with My Book Addiction and More and our readers today!!
ELISABETH: Thank you so much for having me on your blog, I really appreciate it!
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(from the author’s website)
KING OF DARKNESS by Elisabeth Staab
Book one of the dark, edgy Chronicles of Yavn is available for pre-order at Amazon and Barnes & Noble and pretty much anywhere books can be ordered).
ETERNAL COMMITMENT IS NOT ON HER AGENDA…
Scorned by the vampire community for her lack of power, Isabel Anthony lives a carefree existence masquerading as human—although, drifting among the debauched human nightlife, she prefers the patrons’ blood to other indulgences. But when she meets the king of vampires this party girl’s life turns dark and dangerous.
BUT TIME’S RUNNING OUT FOR THE KING OF VAMPIRES…
Dead-set on finding the prophesied mate who will unlock his fiery powers, Thad Morgan must find his queen before their race is destroyed. Their enemies are gaining ground, and Thad needs his powers to unite his subjects. But when his search leads him to the defiant Isabel, he wonders if fate has gotten it seriously wrong…
Mass Market Paperback:352 pages
Publisher:Sourcebooks Casablanca (February 7, 2012)
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