May 6, 2011

M. Leighton Author of Blood Like Poison: For the Love of a Vampire Interview and Giveaway!

 
                                   M. Leighton
 
Thank you so much for joining us today We are pleased to hav M. Leighton stop by our blog today.
1. How did you come up with the concept for this book?
I wanted to write a book about a vampire, but one who had weaknesses. Most vampires are virtually invincible, but I wanted mine to be flawed and nearly human in some respects. And then along came Bo. He totally came to life for me. So much, in fact, that I think I've got a bit of a crush on him. Whew, is it hot in here?? :D

2. How did you come up with the names for the characters?
Character names are something that come up as I write. Unless they have some particular significance, I just go with what comes up. In this case, they pretty much named themselves as I wrote the story.


3. This is a YA book but You also write adult books which do you like better and why?
I suppose I would have to say YA. I like the innocence that the characters are still allowed--and expected--to have at that age. I like the problems that teens encounter, as well as the very adult courage and maturity that many of them can display in times of crisis. I like to write about the inner hero and heroine that we all like to think lies just beneath the surface in us. I love the voice of youth, too. It's so honest and unpretentious.

4. Do you read a lot and if so what are you reading now?
I take reading in spells. If I get really caught up in a series, I'll read for days on end until I've completed the entire thing. Seriously, I'll be up at 3 am finishing a book, but it has to have a really good hook. I can't read just anything, though sometimes I wish I could. I am currently reading Morgan Rice's Turned.

5. Do you write for a living or do you have a daytime job?
I am a full-time writer, though it still isn't paying the bills. Luckily, I have an amazing husband that is incredibly supportive, so he's holding down the financial fort until my books take off. I left the field of nursing to concentrate on writing and I've never been happier.

6. Can you tell us about your other books that are available?
-Caterpillar is an adult paranormal romance. The only subject matter that I think might not be YA friendly would be the descriptive murder scenes. I like blood and guts and gore, and that becomes fairly obvious in this book. I think Caterpillar has a split personality: 1/2 paranormal romance, 1/2 horror. It's the story of a woman who has a destiny far beyond anything she could ever have imagined and it involves a man that she's incredibly attracted to, but one with a very, very dark secret that spans hundreds of years.
-Wiccan probably has a split personality as well. It is a paranormal romance / murder mystery. The paranormal element (witchcraft) doesn't come into play very heavily until the middle of the book. Its sequel will be more focused on the supernatural theme. Wiccan is the story of a girl who can see murders, has been for most of her life, but they've always been old murders. Until now. She doesn't realize that her time has come and that there are things she never knew and never suspected about her family, things that will turn her life upside down.
-Blood Like Poison is my strictly-vampire romance. More than anything else, it's a love story. It's about a girl who falls in love with a vampire, but Bo (the vampire) is so focused on revenge that he's putting his life in danger. I've got book 2 plotted out and almost 25% written. It is taking turns that should be very interesting and very "paranormal."

7. What is your next project?
I have dedicated the summer and a bit of the fall to churning out sequels. I'm currently writing the book to follow Blood Like Poison. After that, I'll be beginning the sequel to The Reaping in The Fahllen series.

8. One question we ask all our authors. Do you collect anything?
Not on purpose:) We have over a thousand movies. Does that count? Also, I love perfume. A lot! And shoes. And bracelets. But no, I don't technically collect anything but dust bunnies under my refrigerator:)
Thank you so much for having me. Let me just remind all your readers to dream. Dream big, wonderful dreams and then chase them...ALWAYS! Chase 'em until you catch 'em and then hold on tight and don't let go. Don't ever give up on them or let the haters and the nay-sayers tell you that they can't come true or that you're not good enough, smart enough, tall enough, pretty enough. The world is full of people who have defied the odds, who have set records and broken limits. Be one of those people. Be an achiever, a trendsetter, a champion, not a quitter. You're not a failure until you quit trying.


Now for the giveaway. The Author is giveing away an EBOOK copy of Blood like Poison.
You must be a follower to win and there are extra entrys available. This giveaway ends 5/31 at 11:59 pm. So enter now for your copy Here!
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4 comments:

  1. Super very awesome interview!! I came away feeling like I knew about the author's books (both YA and adult) and the author herself. Great job!

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  2. Thank you for the interview and sharing about the giveaway!

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  3. Nice interview!
    I SO want to read her work now. A vampire love story... yum.

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