Publisher: Disenchanted Publishing, Inc.
Publish Date: April 19, 2013
Synopsis: Mystery, Murder, and Manolo Blahnik…
A devoted fashionata and practical New Yorker, Skylar Blackwell doesn’t believe in the supernatural—until she inherits Summerwind Mansion. . . .
When her uncle is brutally murdered, and the cops seem uninterested in following up the case, Skylar journeys to California to seek answers. Her search for clues is soon overshadowed by haunting nightmares of a young woman also murdered in the house.
Now the inhabitants of Summerwind are mysteriously dying, leaving no evidence as to how or why, and Skylar finds herself in a deadly race against time to expose the killer—before they strike again.
The problem is . . . whoever it is may not be human.
Armed with only wit and Pradas, Skylar begins questioning the servants, but the growing list of suspects includes the sexy and brooding caretaker, Dorian, a man desperately trying to forget his tragic past. And a major distraction for Skylar.
Determined to play detective—instead of the fashion police—and unravel the dark history of the mansion, Skylar is plunged into an otherworldly mystery that not even she can explain away. As the boundaries between reality and dreams blur, Skylar’s greatest challenge is to stay alive long enough to learn the truth.
Interview: Q. Please tell us about your current release.
I actually wrote the first draft of my NA paranormal, IMMORTAL ECLIPSE aka IE about nine years ago. The story for IE has evolved over the years and with each revised draft, the storyline has improved. The early drafts had the protagonist as a disillusioned runway model, but I wasn’t sure most readers would be able to relate to her, so she developed into a fashion photographer instead. However, the basic plot elements remained, which featured a young woman relocating from New York to Carmel, California and moving into a supposedly haunted house, and then discovering a dead girl that died on the property, which mysteriously resembles the main character.
Q. How did writing this book affect you?
I knew while writing this book, that I was creating a narrative that wouldn’t speak to the overall market, but I really wanted to write this story. A tale about a different kind of heroine not found in most new adult, horror, urban fantasy, and darker paranormal romances. My idiosyncratic, yet tough heroine is brave, considerate, stubborn, and a fashionata. I think all these quirky aspects of her personality make her somewhat unique.
Q. Can you tell us about the journey that led you to writing?
To be honest, I think I’ve always been a writer. I cannot remember a time when I wasn’t writing. But my life changed dramatically when I lost my job in 2009. To keep from falling into a hopeless depression, I turned back to my first love—writing fiction. Getting my stories published has been a long journey for me. I decided to go the Indie publishing route after several traditional publishers turned my debut YA manuscript down. Editors and agents loved the storyline, but didn't think it fit the needs of the current market.
Discouraged, but convinced that there was a readership for my work, I published my first novel with a small press and began intensely marketing it on the Internet. My novel, BEAUTIFULLY BROKEN was published August 2011 by Disenchanted Publishing and to my delight and surprise, the novel was praised and endorsed by book bloggers and readers everywhere.
Q. What is the hardest part of writing for you?
I think most writers will agree that dialogue is the HARDEST to write. That is why I am so adamant about listening to your work read aloud. It makes a huge difference in natural sounding conversations between characters.
Q. What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
Actually, I like to submerge myself in whatever genre I’m writing. Like a method actor. For instance, when I’m writing about ghosts, I only read that genre and watch movies about vamps.
Q. Do you plan any subsequent books?
The third book in my YA series, DESTINY DISRUPTED will be published later this year, and it continues the story of a group of supernaturally gifted teenage crime fighters.
Q. What are you currently reading?
Just started reading “Onyx” by Jennifer L. Armentrout. Damn, can that woman write great male characters!
Q. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I can only pick one? LOL I actually have several. One of my favorite writers is Jaime McGuire, I can’t put her books down. Another is Kresley Cole—I loved, loved, loved, “Poison Princess”. Their writing seems to hook the reader from page one and doesn’t let them go until the last page.
Q. Please tell us a fun-fact about yourself!
I am a total Twitter junkie. Are there any support groups for this?
Q. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
My newest book, IMMORTAL ECLIPSE has been a very long labor of love for me (almost a decade), and to see it finally published after all these years is an accomplishment that I am immensely proud of. The novel incorporates all the things I personally love: spooky atmosphere, snarky heroine, thrilling suspense, humorous respite, romantic tension, and even a dash of fashion fun!
I hope readers will give my heroine, Skylar a chance and hopefully enjoy reading my new book. It took a long time for IE to be published, but all good things come to those who wait…