Sarah and Judith, thank you so much for featuring my debut novel. It’s been a very exciting time for me!
Prior to 2008, I was a horror reader. Oh sure, I read the occasional romance, but they were mostly historical and started to all sound the same to me. Then in 2008 my daughter introduced me to Twilight. Good vampires? With romance? Really? This was my introduction to paranormal romance and I was hooked.
So hooked that in 2009 I decided to write my own. The surprising part of that decision is that I’d never written a book before. I just loved to read them. So what made me think I could actually WRITE one?
Well… I didn’t, but the urge just wouldn’t go away. So I bought books on the craft and read numerous blogs by writers on writing. I knew my first draft would suck (and boy, did it!) and I knew when I handed that first book to my daughter to read that it still needed work. What I didn’t know was whether or not I should bother working on it anymore. Did I show any promise?
Luckily for me, she thought I did. That’s all I needed to hear. I promptly joined Romance Writers of America® and set out to become a better writer.
My Sunny Vampire came about from the Aspiring Authors Workshop I attended at the Romantic Times Booklovers Convention in 2010 (Columbus). For the plotting portion of the course, students were asked to volunteer the names of their hero and heroine and the initial problem. I had those, so I volunteered. I learned from that class to always volunteer your stuff in class. You’ll get feedback! I also learned that I am NOT a plotter, but the story took hold in my head. Five months after that class I started writing the book and six months after that I had my first draft. Strangely enough, my daughter told me that that would be the book that got me published. Did she call it or what?
I had a lot of fun writing about Jack and Sunny. And I picked one of my favorite cities to feature them in--Pittsburgh. Here’s the blurb for My Sunny Vampire (available soon from Lyrical Press, an imprint of Kensington Publishing):
After centuries alone in darkness, how far will a vampire go for Sunshine?
Jack VanAllen has spent his long life following the rules and, as a member of the Vampire Committee, he also enforces them. So, when he awakens in an alley next to an illegally-turned vampire who resembles his late wife, he must prove his innocence or suffer the punishment: death. The problem? He doesn’t remember a thing.
Sunshine Petersen’s life as a vampire isn’t getting off to a great start. She’s got no control over her powers, can’t find a job, and sexy Jack is being stand-offish. The only thing she’d like more than catching the creep who turned her is getting Jack into the closest bed. But, could Jack be the one who turned her?
When he and Sunny team up to find the culprit, Jack discovers feelings he hasn’t had in years. But once Sunny finds out he’s keeping a major secret, she disappears. Unfortunately, the man who turned her still has plans…
CONTENT WARNING: Some graphic violence, sensual sex scenes, and a vampire who’s finally found his ‘sun.’
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Oh, and in case you’re wondering…that first book I wrote will eventually be published, too. It just has to wait its turn.
Thanks for reading all the way to the end! To generate comments on my blog, I usually end with a question so here’s one for you. What is your favorite type of romance?