Let's start the interview. Faye, when did you first consider yourself a writer?
I decided I wanted to be a writer when I was fifteen. I’ve always told people that I’m a writer in my spare time, and I tell unpublished, struggling writers that now. If you writer—you’re a writer. An author is different. I became an author when I had my first book published at the beginning of last year.
I agree wholeheartedly! Most, if not all, authors are also readers. What books have most influenced your life most?
Oh, there are so many. I read a lot of historical romances when I was younger, and I loved Kathleen Woodiwiss’s A Rose in Winter. I fell in love with the hero, and I’m sure every single hero I’ve written since then has been based on him. I also loved Sharon Penman’s
the Shadow about Simon de
Montfort. I fell in love with him too. It’s important to have a hero the reader
can fall for, I think. That’s what I aim for when I write, anyway. historical novel Falls
I think all female readers want to fall in love with the hero, I know I do! What book are you reading now?
I’m reading K A Mitchell’s Collision Course for a new reading group. It’s my first ever M/M romance. Sheesh. It’s hot. Oh, and I’ve just finished the Fifty Shades trilogy, which I adored. I know there’s a lot of criticism about it, and I’m not sure it quite deserves all the publicity it’s getting, but I thought it was wonderful, full of passion and emotion.
Everyone's talking about Fifty Shades. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I have a lot of “must-buys”, not all romance. I love Nicci French’s psychological thrillers because they’re in the first person and her writing always captivates me. I love Sharon Penman’s historicals because she really draws you into the period and she’s great at characterization. For light romance, I like authors like Leslie Kelly and Sarah Mayberry because they’re sexy and funny. I’ve recently fallen for Shannon Stacey, who writes warm, funny romances. Oh, and I love Nora Roberts for her sheer writing ability. But who doesn’t?
I don't know! lol What was the hardest part of writing Bloodlust?
With most books, I get halfway through and think it’s rubbish and end up going off and writing something else. Then I come back, re-read it, think “actually that’s not too bad” and go on to finish it. I certainly did that with this one. The mid point slump is the hardest part.
Ah, yes, the murky middle. Time for some fun questions! What paranormal creature would you be and why?
Ooh. Vampires have most fun, I think. I like the whole sucking thing. Although I think being a shifter would also be great fun. Knowing my luck I’d shift into a rabbit or something, though.
If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
The power to be able to do all the housecleaning and laundry in an hour, please.
If you could compare yourself with any animal, which would it be and why?
I like to think I’m a lioness, and that’s what I aim for—to be brave and honest and stand up for my friends and family. In reality, I’m probably more some sort of lemming. I’m always getting myself into ridiculous situations and I’m amazed I haven’t committed career suicide yet by saying something I shouldn’t have in public!
Thanks for having me here :-)
Thank you for stopping by! Now, a little about Bloodlust:
Some vampires had a thing for B+. Some preferred redheads. Others preferred blondes.
For Jasper, it had to be nuns--and he's been regretting that since the day he bit Amabel de Woodville, almost two centuries ago.
She'd done something to him. Something that restored his conscience, pointed his moral compass straight north, and ended his career of seducing virgin nuns and killing as he pleased. But even worse--she'd gotten under his skin, and he hasn't forgotten the green-eyed witch who'd been immune to his charms.
When Amabel ends up in his office, still as young as the day they'd met and seeking a charity sponsor, Jasper has the chance he's ached for: to show her the pleasure that's haunted her dreams for decades. He's taken the virginity of a hundred nuns...but a vampire nun? That's new.
And Jasper has always enjoyed a challenge.
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