Hi Andrea, tell us about your book, The Garnet Dagger.
The Garnet Dagger is a paranormal romance. Brock, an Elvin, is bitten by a vampire. Since he is not human, this dark gift manifests itself in a different way than blood sucking. He is forced to live on the life-essence of others. Prophecy tells him that me must find a witch, pierce her heart and draw her blood for his cure. When he falls in love with her instead, will he sacrifice his cure and his people for her? Will he fight a Warloc who craves her powers and wants her dead?
Galen: What was the inspiration for your paranormal romance, The Garnet Dagger?
Andrea: In 2003 I watched the movie Underworld. Seeing how they combined the species of vampire and werewolf, it got me thinking. Everyone knows what happens when a vampire bites a human – or in the case of the movie – a werewolf, but what if the victim is Elvin?
In answer, I wrote The Garnet Dagger. Then wrote the second and third books of this trilogy.
Galen: What’s your favorite line from one of your books?
Andrea: Fragments of leaves clung to finger tips, marking sepulchers of the dying trees.
Taken from The Garnet Dagger.
Galen: What started you on the road to writing romance?
Andrea: I started writing historical fiction with a romance. Then shifted to what I thought was fantasy with a romantic theme. When I pursued a publisher I realized I wrote a paranormal romance. It was like the light was cleaned in the lighthouse and I knew where I was finally.
Galen: Do you remember the first romance book you read? If so, who was the author? What made it stick with you?
Andrea: The first romance book I read was when I was in middle school. I don’t remember the name or the author as it was my mother’s Harlequin book that she had hidden and I found one lazy summer day. The romance I do remember reading, also in middle school, that was scandalous for me at the time was Forever by Judy Blume.
Galen: Are you a pantzer or plotter?
Andrea: A little of both. I start out with a general theme then I let the characters lose and see where they take me. However, if they get lost, I have a general outline as a backup.
Galen: What are the three books you’d have if you were stranded on a deserted isle?
Andrea: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, The Black Jewels Trilogy by Anne Bishop, Wizard’s First Rule by Terry Goodkind
Galen: Name two blogs you read everyday.
Galen: Describe your workspace.
Andrea: On a laptop at the kitchen table surrounded by my children and their toys.
Galen: Where would you like to travel to if you had to research an area?
Andrea: Scotland. My ancestry on my grandmother’s side is McLaughlin and I’d love to see both of their castles. One is in ruins, but I would still love to touch the ancient stone. This would also fit along with the Viking love story that I am editing. Some historians believe Laughlin may refer to Vikings. In Gaelic, Lochlainn translates 'of the lakes' and refers to the Scandinavians or Vikings from the West of Norway.
Galen: If you could have any other job, (not your current writing or day job) what would it be?
Andrea: A perfect job? It would be a teacher. And since its perfect, all the kids would listen and love learning…lol
Galen: What do you do when you are not writing?
Andrea: I chase my three year old, cuddle with my five month old, and snuggle with my husband. If time allows, I read.
Galen: Best and worst part of being a writer.
Andea: The best part is writing a story and having the characters take on a life of their own. The worst part is never feeling like the book is never perfect enough. In other words endless editing.
Galen: What was the best piece of advice given to you?
Andrea: Read everything – even my own story (especially out loud).
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