Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Blog Tour: Blood Diamond by @rj_blain #interview

Paranormal Suspense / Urban Fantasy / Supernatural Thriller / Light Paranormal Romance
Date Published: June 25, 2015

The world is full of corpses, and Jackson knows them by name. When a group strives to destroy the Inquisition, his powers may be all standing between the supernaturals and extinction.
However, when he learns the truth behind the deaths of his wife and unborn daughter, Jackson may prove to be the greatest threat of all to the survival of mankind...

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Is There a Message in Your Novel That You Want Readers to Grasp?

 In BLOOD DIAMOND, while there are themes I pursue, I don’t write specifically to pass on a message to my readers. People are so different in their basic values I have a hard time trying to force a message in my books. If a message shows up—and they do—that’s fantastic. But I don’t go out of my way to include them.

In my upcoming novel, BENEATH A BLOOD MOON, there is a message, although it was a bit accidental. It deals with the road to hell and good intentions—and fixing the mess once it’s been made.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Yes. I’m a lover of wit and subtle hints. I will write a book and drop tiny hints all over the place… and forget readers may not be interested in that sort of detail and subtlety. So, I have to go back and make sure the really important bits come out stronger. I often view the plots of my novels as a tapestry, and some threads are there… but not as bright as others. I want to write books readers of all spectrums can enjoy, from those who like looking for subtle hints and those who just want to be taken along for the ride.

It’s a very difficult line to balance. 

How many books have you written and which is your favorite?

Eight. My upcoming release of BENEATH A BLOOD MOON is probably my favorite. It features some of my favorite characters and takes a left turn out of my normal way of writing, which made it so much fun. I actually have more than eight, but I condensed the short story and novella collections into one ‘book.’

I like all of my books, but BENEATH A BLOOD MOON let me explore so many new things, which I really appreciate. It also pursues themes I haven’t allowed myself to touch with my other books. I have n oidea how this will go over with my readers… but I had fun with it! 

If You had the chance to cast your main character from Hollywood today, who would you pick and why?

 Chris Pratt. He’s such a nice guy, he’s good looking, and he has such a good sense of humor. He would do a good job if cast as several of the characters, though he’d need to work on his bad boy side a bit for them.

When did you begin writing?

 Late in high school—I didn’t start pursuing it seriously until I graduated, though. I was more of a reader up until that point.

How long did it take to complete your first book?

 Between the rewrites and editorial process, it took me about two years to complete my first published novel. Thankfully, I’ve streamlined my process quite a bit—and have more time to write now. That really helps.

Did you have an author who inspired you to become a writer?

Madeline L’Engle. Without her books, I never would have started to love reading. My love of reading ultimately led to my love of writing.

What is your favorite part of the writing process?

 I’m fortunate in that I enjoy the entire process, but if I had to pick a favorite bit, it’s the moment I come up with an idea and decide to pursue it. That burst of inspiration and creativity sustains me through the entire writing process.

Describe your latest book in 4 words.

 Stripper becomes a werewolf.

Yep, it’s an interesting book. And the best part? It’s not erotica. All of the sex, as a general rule, happens off screen. There are a few steamy parts, but… off screen.

Can you share a little bit about your current work or what is in the future for your writing?

I plan on finishing my Requiem for the Rift King series and my Witch & Wolf series, as well as release two space operas. That will keep me busy for the next two or so years! Requiem has two books left and Witch & Wolf has one novel left. Apparently, I enjoy writing quartets.

RJ Blain suffers from a Moleskine journal obsession, a pen fixation, and a terrible tendency to pun without warning.
When she isn't playing pretend, she likes to think she's a cartographer and a sumi-e painter. In reality, she herds cats and a husband, and obeys the commands of Tsu Dhi, the great warrior fish.
In her spare time, she daydreams about being a spy. Should that fail, her contingency plan involves tying her best of enemies to spinning wheels and quoting James Bond villains until she is satisfied.

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