Interview with Kerrelyn Sparks and my PUBLIC apology

I was supposed to post an interview with Kerrelyn Sparks, amazing author of the Hearts at Stake series, but I totally blanked and did not. I am posting now and I hope that she gets a chance to stop by.

Kerrelyn: I apologize profusely, it was unprofessional of me to totally forget.
Readers: I apologize to you as well, you were expecting an interview on the 2nd and it wasn't there.

Here is a bit about Ms. Sparks:
Kerrelyn Sparks’ first paranormal romance, How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire, zoomed out of the bat cave so fast it became Borders bestselling debut romance of 2005.   Each book in the Love at Stake series has become a USAToday bestseller.  When the fourth book, The Undead Next Door, landed on the New York Times bestseller list, even the Undead sat up and took notice, which made Kerrelyn a bit nervous. She lives in the Greater Houston area with her husband, children, and a house full of garlic.  So far, there are no vampires in her family. Werewolves are another matter entirely.

On to some questions shall we:

(BBB): So...as I have to ask, why vampires?

(KS): Why not? I’m having so much fun with them!  Are they are dead or not dead or somewhere in between?  Vampires are vague enough to give me a lot of freedom in writing them.  I can give them special powers and vulnerabilities.  I can build their world however I like.  It’s a challenge, but so much fun!  And then, vampires have that sexy, bad boy appeal that makes them perfect for romance.  They get to do everything your momma told you not to do:  sleep all day, party all night, and play with their food!

(BBB): Can you tell us a bit about your upcoming book?

(KS): The next book, number 8 in the Love at Stake series, goes on sale March 9, 2010.  It’s titled The Vampire and the Virgin.  Robby MacKay is the hero (he’s the vampire, not the virgin).  If you read book 7, Forbidden Nights with a Vampire, you’ll know that Robby is captured by the bad guys and tortured.  Poor guy!  He needs some lovin’!  Please drop by my website at www.kerrelynsparks.com to find out more. I’ll be posting an excerpt sometime in January and starting a contest to win free books (prior books in the series).

(BBB): Who is your favorite character from the whole series so far?

(KS): Tricky question!   My favorite hero and heroine are always the ones I’m writing at the moment.   I have to dig deep into their personalities, and I spend several months in their heads, thinking their thoughts and feeling their emotions.  Since I’m living in the heroine’s shoes for a few months, and she’s falling in love with the hero, I fall in love with him, too.  I always think he’s the best and sexiest hero ever, and that the next hero couldn’t possibly be better.  But then, I get into the next book, and the next hero surprises me when I fall for him, too!

(BBB): What is your favorite thing about being a famous, celebrated author?

(KS): Ha! There may be a few readers who show up at a booksigning who are excited to meet me, and I am equally excited to meet them, but the majority of the general public has never heard of me.   I still clean house and do laundry.  My kids still want to know what’s for supper. And even though my books are hitting the bestseller lists, they didn’t magically become easier to write.  The writing is tough and a little lonely, so I’m always thrilled to received encouraging e-mails and letters from readers.  

(BBB): What's your favorite food?

(KS): Chocolate!

(BBB): Do you plan on writing any other genres? or even any other paranormal offshoots?

(KS): My very first published book was a historical romance titled For Love or Country.  I’d be happy to try other things, but for now, my friendly vamps are taking up all my time.

(BBB): What is your favorite book...as a reader?

(KS): Impossible to choose just one!  I have different favorites for whatever mood I’m in. If I want to immerse myself in another world, then I turn to the Lord of the Rings trilogy or the Harry Potter series.  If I want to laugh, I read Janet Evanovich,  Amanda Quick, Lynsay Sands, or Sandra Hill.  For a historical fix, I like Roberta Gellis, Dorothy Dunnett, or Anya Seton.  I have a whole bunch of favorite romance writers—Julia Quinn, Christina Dodd, Eloisa James, Linda Lael Miller, Jayne Ann Krentz, Gaelen Foley, Laura Lee Guhrke, Linda Winstead Jones, and list goes on and on.  I actually avoid reading other vampire books because I don’t want to be subconsciously influenced in any way.

(BBB): What inspired your parallel vampire world?

(KS): The real world, and the crazy things all around us.  If we can have fusion cuisine, then the vamps can have Vampire Fusion Cuisine.  They can also have their own Digital Vampire Network with their own reality shows and soap operas.

(BBB): Are your vamps ever going to come out in open to the humans?

(KS): I could tell you, but one of my Vamps would have to kill you—or change you.

(BBB): If you could re-do any of the books you have written would you? why? or if not...anything you wish you have changed?

(KS): I’m sure if I read through the books again, I’d find a sentence here or there that I’d want to rewrite.  But as for major things, like the way the world is built—no, I wouldn’t change a thing.

Ms. Sparks. Thank you so much for agreeing to do an interview with me! It was a blast.

Check out Kerrelyn Sparks' book at her webpage.

60 comments:

  1. I love her series and can't wait for the nest release. Viva la vampires!

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  2. I love this series. I did review for All I Want for Christmas is a Vampire. My fav so far. I can't wait until March!!!

    Great Interview!

    Brande

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  3. I love this vampire series!
    Lots of kilt-wearing vamps.

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  4. Great interview I just love Kerrelyn Sparks she is just brilliant in my humble opinion. She has it all romance, adventure and LOL moments a plenty can't go wrong with her. I just found your wonderful blog keep up the great work! :)

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  5. Please don't apologize! I forgot about this, too! Holidays are so darned hectic! And I'm so glad I found you. All my info about this blog was on my desktop computer which has apparently died this morning. And I have revisions due on Carlos's book in two weeks--what great timing!!! Aaagggh!! Luckily, I have the latest version of Carlos's book on my laptop, so I can still get the job done. It's always something! Thanks, everyone, for stopping by. Now that I have found the blog, I'll spread the word.
    Hugs!
    Kerrelyn

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  6. I can't wait for the next book to come out. It seems like it has been forever since the last one. I suppose if I didn't devour the entire thing in one day it wouldn't be such a long wait for the next one. :)

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  7. This is one of the best series I've read...Keep them coming Kerrelyn!

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  8. Enjoyed reading the comments.
    If I had a question to ask the author it would be
    What is the most important thing in your purse other than a cell-phone?
    JWIsley(at)aol(dot)com

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  9. I love reading about your books.. I have read and re-read them. and have laughed about the blood lite and chocolood etc.. cant wait until your other books come out..

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  10. ESCAPE FROM REALITY
    HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU AND YOUR STAFF
    LOVE ALL YOUR BOOKS. MY DAUGHTER EVEN REREADS THEM WHEN SHE COMES HOME FROM SCHOOL FOR A VISIT
    KEEP THEM COMING

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  11. I pretty well pick up one of these books without even reading the synopsis--have enjoyed them all so far.

    clynsg at yahoo.com

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  12. I read ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS A VAMPIRE and loved it. I look forward to reading more of your books, Kerrelyn. Thanks for the insightful interview. :-)=

    Mel K.
    Meljprincess AT aol DOT com

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  13. I love these books and am eagerly awaiting the next one (and the one after that and the one after that and...)! Vampires are my favorites and this is tied for first as my favorite series about them (Lynsay Sands is the author of my other favorite series). I love not only the people but the humor. Thank you so much, Kerrelyn, for sharing them with us.

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  14. I loved the way you commented that you do not read other vampire books that is what makes you unique and us readers interested in reading the next/new books! There was so much I liked about your answers in your interview! Please keep up the fantastic work!!!

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  15. I have all her books and I love them they are my favorite series ever!!

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  16. Great interview. LOVE the series and can't wait for the next book. The countdown has begun until March 9th.

    If you're in the mood to have a laugh, read Dakota Cassidy, she'll have you in stitches.

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  17. Thanks for stopping by! As for the question-- what's in my purse? I usually have a small notebook in there in case something pops into my mind, like a line of dialogue, etc, and I want to write it down.

    I can't remember which book I offered to give away to a commentator on this blog-- all my correspondence is on the dead computer -- grrr. But I will be happy to send someone a book from my backlist. Good luck to you all!

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  18. Hi Kerrelyn,
    I love this series. I have every one of these books and can't wait for the next to come out. Thanks Kerrelyn for giving us such a great vampire series to read. I Truly enjoy them.
    HeidiS

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  19. I love this series. I'm soooo eager to get to Connor's story. Him and Angus are my favorite characters. I can't wait for the rest of the series to unfold. Great work Kerrelyn!

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  20. Would love to read your books. My daughter recently got me started reading about vampires. Good interview.

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  21. Great interview!! Love the series always count the days when next book comes out

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  22. Kerrelyn
    I have read the whole series. I absolutely love them. Not only are they about vampires and romance but they are often funny at times. I would love to win a signed copy since I am a huge fan. I am so looking forward to the next book in the series
    Jennifer Cochran

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  23. Your books are amazing i love how you write. The series is amazing and i cant wait to see what happens with the malcontents!! March cant be here sooner :)

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  24. Thank you for the interview!! Can't wait for the next book. The first book I read was All I want for Christmas is a Vampire. Then I went seeking the other books.

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  25. I can not wait for Robby's book.

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  26. I love this series, I was intrigued by the title for the first book and thought what a fun
    title. Have loved every book in the series so far and can't wait to see what happens next to the characters. I like that the characters also keep appearing in the entire series.

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  27. I love this series, each book is new and different! Definitely ones that I can never put down!

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  28. Hi, Kerrelyn Sparks! Happy New Year! I'm glad to see that your favorite food is chocolate. My new year's resolution is to eat more chocolate in 2010 : )

    I agree that there are quite a few everyday bloodsuckers!

    gcwhiskas at aol dot com

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  29. Great interview. I love Kerrelyn's books.

    Crystal816[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  30. Well I love the series.I seen one of your books in the book store it caught my eye,well I read it in 1day went back got 2 more then ordered all the rest. So I'm hooked matter fact I'm reading the entire series again to refresh myself before the new one comes out in march.Thanks for taking us to another world.

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  31. Great interview. Can't wait to read it.
    Sue B
    katsrus(at)gmail(dot)com

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  32. I can't wait until March. It was such a pleasure to get to meet you at Buns n Roses in October. I can't wait for Connor's story, he just intrigues me.

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  33. I really enjoy your books!! This is a great series. Waiting for March to get here!!

    Judy (magnolias_1@msn.com)

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  34. Thanks for such a great series! I love these books and I'm so happy a new book is almost here and we get another one in the fall, as well. Wonderful! Thank you for the interview and allowing us to hear from Kerrelyn. She has to be so busy with Robby's book being released, revisions on Carlos' book and then starting the next one. It is so nice that she still has time for her readers! Hugs to Kerrelyn!

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  35. I remember that when I finished reading How To Marry a Millionaire Vampire, I called a fellow paranormal/vampire romance reader & told him to go out a buy a copy, right now. I thought that it was that funny.

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  36. Awesome. I can't wait to get the series. I wonder are they on ebooks. I look forward to inking my teeth into these books

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  37. Monica,

    Thanks for posting the interview. I enjoyed it.

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  38. I am one major fan of Ms.Sparks, Love At Stake series & I really enjoyed reading her interview with BBB!! I really like two major parts of the interview Chocolate, I think that Chocolate in all it's wonderful forms a is my favorite food too & having her vamp kill or change ya if she answered the question! *LOL*

    Fabulous Interview!!

    Corwynn

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  39. I can't wait for her books to come out. I have them on Preorder as soon as I hear of the next one to come. she can't write them fast enough

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  40. WOW you guys are coming from everywhere. Where did she let you all know about the interview, lol?

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  41. I love her stories. I have them on pre-order when I hear of the next one to come out. she can't write them fast enough. love the characters!!

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  42. LOL, Monica! I told the wonderful readers on my online newsletter, Facebook page, and the Vampire Vixens. Do you remember which book I offered to give away? All my correspondence with you is on a computer that died this morning. I don't even have your email address now. Luckily, I remembered the name Bibliophilic and was able to find the blog this morning. Thank you for inviting me here!

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  43. Whew thank goodness. lol. Yes I found the original email you said you will send a copy of 'Secret Life of a Vampire' to the winner.

    Thanks again for being here :)

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  44. I love Kerrelyn's vampire series, they're a lot of fun. I'm partial to vampire stories, whether they're dark or light hearted, but I always enjoy the stories with humor. Great interview, and I'm glad that Kerrelyn has been able to stop by.

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  45. I can't wait for each book as they come out. It really is terrific writing. I love reading all of Kerrelyn's books.

    Karen.

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  46. it has been a long wait for me. now that i have moved to london, i have better access to your books. can't wait to fall in love with robby next!

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  47. it has been a long wait for me. now that i have moved to london, i have better access to your books. can't wait to fall in love with robby next!

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  48. I am a huge fan of Ms. Sparks!! I am eagerly anticipating the next book!!! Thanks for including her!

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  49. I love reading about vampires, shapeshifters, any paranormal romance stories. I'm really hooked.Best of luck on your continued success.

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  50. Sleep all day, party all night and play with their food. I love it! I love all you books also. I am like you...I don't think I could pick a favorite.

    Thanks for writing them.

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  51. I love the Vamps In The City series. There are so many interesting vamps to learn about. Their stories just suck me in and the minor characters make me want them to have books of their own so I can learn more about them. Thanks for sharing your world of vampires with us. Can't wait until I read about Robbie.

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  52. Kerrelyn!! Looking forward to Robby's book. You write such wonderful stories, you know I can't ever put them down. he he

    Kimberly
    (sgttibbs)

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  53. Great interview Kerrelyn, it is because of you and All I Want For Christmas is a Vampire that I started reading paranormal and now it is hard for me to read anything else.

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  54. I love these books. I own only one but have read pieces of the others. Can't Wait!!

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  55. Looking forward to the next book in the series! What a perfect birthday present:)

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  56. I have read all of her series and they are wonderful. I can't wait for the latest. I have it on order already.

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  57. I liked the interview! I've heard nothing but good things about her books but I haven't had a chance to try them.

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  58. I love the Love at Stake series. Kerrelyn Sparks is amazing! Her writting is remarkable, and her characters...you relate to the them. Sexy vamp men in kilts and shapeshifters...what more could you want? I cannot wait for the next series with Robby and Carlos. I send my deepest condolences to Mrs. Sparks. Good Luck!

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  59. I love the Love at Stake series. Kerrelyn Sparks is amazing! Her writting is remarkable, and her characters...you relate to the them. Sexy vamp men in kilts and shapeshifters...what more could you want? I cannot wait for the next series with Robby and Carlos. I send my deepest condolences to Mrs. Sparks. Good Luck!

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