I am pleased to welcome guest author Christa Paige, here to discuss her latest book, Bound By Rebellion.
1. What inspired you to begin writing?
Originally, I spent most of my time as a critique partner for a few authors who were in the publishing process. I loved finding plot holes and word repeats; it felt like I was making a difference. At a point when I'd finished with a specific proof-reading, the author had found an agent. In her enthusiasm, she suggested I try my hand at fiction, as well. The first Blood-Vine novel came about after a lot of nudging and support from my writing community. I'm so glad they prodded me to write my own books.
2. What was the inspiration behind the characters in your most recent release Bound By Rebellion?
In the second book of my paranormal romance series, Bound By Rebellion, Katiya and Lucas were my way of getting around the mating rules I had written in the first book. During the debut novel, it is explained that most females will be innocent on their mating nights. I wanted to write a character who had already been active with her lover. At the closing chapter of Bound By Deception, I realized that a reconciliation plot would be enjoyable to try out. From there, I became Luke's champion, writing the story about how he wins his estranged mate back. As their story unfolded though, I realized that Kat and Luke had much more going on than a simple argument. I wanted Luke to learn what it meant to love his mate unconditionally. In the end, Kat had to learn the same thing about Luke. True love weathers the storms of life and makes it through to the other side.
3. Which character did you have the most fun writing in this story?
There is only a little glimpse of Mikhail in Luke and Katiya's story. But, he is so irreverent and full of charisma that he practically jumps off the page. On top of that, writing Luke was a total blast. He is hot-headed, possessive, and completely unabashed. He will stop at nothing to win his female back into his arms. The lengths he is willing to go through to do that shows, well, that he is just one bold, strong-willed male.
4. What originally drew you to the paranormal/dark fantasy genre?
I have an affinity for bonded mates and stories that have an emphasis on possessive, alpha-male heroes. Nothing strikes me as more primal than a paranormal male who is in pursuit of his female. That trope is something I am drawn to and can't say ‘no’ to whenever a new release or series comes out. I wanted to write my version of the bonding between supernatural people, and adding fangs to them just felt, right.
5. Do you have any favorite paranormal-themed films or TV shows?
I'm a complete J.R.Ward, Black -Dagger-Brotherhood fan, as well as Lara Adrian's Midnight Breeds. I don't watch very much television, but a few of the True Blood episodes that focused on Sookie and Eric were quite fun to watch. I did enjoy Moonlight when it was on CBS, but it is quite ironic that I'm more of Sci-fi television watcher, when I do sit down to catch a series, because I haven’t read that genre at all.
6. What literary projects can we expect from you in the future?
Right now, I am completing the third in the Blood-Vine series. The working title is called Bound By Obsession. For anyone who has already read my first two books, this is Traian's novel. It is also my first full-length paranormal romance. Another one is almost done as well, so I am hoping for two Blood-Vine releases in 2011. I'm also working on a Regency Paranormal based in Greece and featuring the Roman Pantheon. My Kissin' Cops series, which is a contemporary erotic romance based on Los Angeles County detectives, will have another release coming up as well. There are a few side-projects I have been writing that I can't wait to share with everyone. All I can say is, they are quite sensual and naughty.
Thanks for having me on your blog, Danielle.
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