Hello everyone! Time for me to introduce to you an amazing woman…oh yea and she writes steamy mc steamy-ness too! Her debut book, Ruby: Uncut And Unloose just came out and today we are talking about it and giving away some goodies! Say hello to Danica everyone! *WAVING* HEY!!! Welcome! Settle in…would you like a drink? Can we start with the past?
What made you start writing?
You know that kid in high school who tucked novels into their textbooks during class because they couldn’t stop reading? Yeah, that was me. I was/am a voracious reader. I adore romances and can’t get enough of them. I started dreaming of becoming a writer when I was in high school. If I remember right, my first story was about a girl with horses. Yeah, that didn’t work out because the closest I’ve ever been to a horse was at a Mardi Gras parade.
Anyway, I think it was the sudden surge in paranormal romances that made it click for me. When I was in college I played a text-based Multi-User Dungeon (like Dungeons and Dragons, except online) and was fascinated by the idea of supernatural beings living in their own world with its own rules. When I started reading paranormal romances, I realized it was the right fit for me. I translated my gaming to romance and here I am!
I’m a huge paranormal romance junkie. Seriously, LOVE THEM ALL. I have a huge weakness for angels and demons. And bad boys…those bad bad boys…..
Has the road to publication (e-publishing and print) been easy or difficult for you? Everyone has a story of how they got here 🙂
I wish I could say it was all naked men and bon-bons, but it hasn’t been. There’s a lot more work involved in writing than you believe when you start out. Granted, things haven’t been as bad for me as for some writers, but I had an agent disappointment and several rejections from agents and editors before I found a home for the Veil at Siren.
That seemed to have been a pivotal moment for me. I got the contract for the 2nd book in my Veil series, then a contract for the 1st, then the 3rd. Two weeks later, I got The Call from the lovely Nalini Akolekar with Spencerhill Associates, Ltd. who is now representing me.
The work is just starting, but I’ve never been happier!
Knowing a bunch of aspiring authors I understand the frustrations with trying to become published. I applaud you for sticking to it so that everyone can experience The Veil..it sounds AMAZING!
What genres are you currently writing in? Will you branch out further in the coming years?
Right now I’m strictly writing paranormal, but what I really want to do is direct. 😉 Sorry, just had to say that.
The paranormal romance genre is limitless as far as I’m concerned and I want to be there every step of the way. Eventually, maybe several years from now, I might want to write contemporaries or even a futuristic. My brain only thinks in terms of supernatural monsters or superhumans right now. Which is probably why I keep expecting my co-workers to shift into werewolves or start salivating for blood when they get worked up. 😉
Paranormal is hot right now so I doubt you have anything to worry about for a few years at least. And I’ve always been known to say “screw the system” so I’m betting I’m still buying para stuff years from now.
Let’s talk about Ruby:Uncut And On the Loose and the series The Veil that it’s part of. It came out February 2, 2011. What’s it about?
*click on pic to read excerpt and buying information*
Well, the Veil is a paranormal community that lives parallel to the human world. It’s called the Veil because those in it want to live in secret from the humans and they’ve managed to do that for centuries. Take a little J. R. Tolkein, throw in some Kresley Cole, and add a dash of Laurell K. Hamilton, and you’ve got the Veil gumbo! Veilerians are a mix of every myth and mythological creature I could think of.
The hierarchy in the book is very complex…how did you come up with it?
This brings me back to my MUD gaming. I played that game for 10 years and learned how complex the world building was. I wanted the same thing for my world, but I had to make it modern as well. The Veil is run by a Council, but they’re policed by the VPA (Veilerian Protection Agency). Think of the VPA as a blend of government service divisions. They provide protection for Veilerians, keep track of births and deaths, etc. After the Council and VPA, the world is then split into various racial groups ruled by their own leaders, then each family ruled by the head of the family.
I love good world building and this sounds like something I would enjoy immensely. Complex is good!
What else will you have coming out in the near future?
I have book two of the Veil series, Succubus-in-Waiting scheduled to be released a month after Ruby: Uncut and on the Loose. Succubus-in-Waiting is about a virgin succubus-weretiger halfling who’s thrown to the wolves, literally, when she has to work with an Alpha werewolf who hates succubae. The two halves of her psyche are drawn to him and he’s just as reluctantly drawn to her.
Book three of the Veil series, Lifestyles of the Fey and Dangerous, will be released a month after Succubus-in-Waiting and that book is about a shadow fairy assassin working for the Veil’s most hated enemy, the Eturi. She’s given an assignment to kill a demon-vampire halfling who plans to give Eturian secrets to the Veilerians in a plea bargain deal. Naturally, he’s a hot, sexy type and she doesn’t stand a chance of being able to kill him 😉
You’re going to have a busy couple of months then it sounds like. I love how you have woven in multiple para aspects instead of sticking with just one branch.
Explain your writing process…plotter? Research?
Um, plot? What is this strange word? *looks confused*
I’ve tried plotting. I really, really have…but it doesn’t work for me. In order for me to write, I have a vague idea of where the story will end up, a solid idea of my characters, and I let them go. Kind of like feeding a two-year-old a bag of red Twizzlers and setting them loose in a toy store. It works for me. Plotting makes me feel confined, like wearing a straitjacket (and I’m not denying I actually need a straitjacket, but I can’t write with one on! Hello! I need my hands to write!).
As for research, I research as I go. It’s nothing for me to get to a point in the story where I think, I have absolutely NO idea how to make this work. And that’s when I hit the interwebz, or if I really need quick information, I e-mail or call one of the know-it-alls, I mean one of my knowledgeable family members 😉
Do you plan on continuing to work at a 9 to 5 job?
Well, someone has to keep the babies in Kibbles n’ Bits, so I don’t really have a choice. LOL I’ve resigned myself to working full-time for the long-term. At least until Gerard Butler realizes I’m the woman of his dreams and crashes through my office door with an engagement ring and the deed to a mansion in Beverly Hills. The minute that happens, I’m so gone.
Really? Well if that happens can you see if he knows David Boreanaz to come sweep me off MY feet? Yeah, I’m married but hubby would probably love to get rid of me. I hear I nag.
What books would I find on your nightstand right now?
Literally, right next to my bed I have the Complete Works of Shakespeare, Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and The Red Badge of Courage. But that’s because I’m a really bad housekeeper. I’m actually re-reading all of my paperbacks. In the last two months, I’ve read Mary Balogh’s Slightly series (Regency romance), Kresley Cole’s IAD series, Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling series, Jo Beverley’s Regency and Georgian romances, Shelly Laurenston’s Pride and Magnus Pack series, and now I’m working my way through everything else on my shelves until all the delicious 2011 books come out. Oh wait, was that too much? I did say I read more than any sane person would want to.
We’ve got the same tastes. And yeah, I own several complete series that I haven’t read yet. *blushes*. I have read all of Shelly Laurenston’s series and they are awesome..make time of those ones! 🙂
How do you spend the little free time you have?
Um…I read. A lot. When I’m not doing that though, I let my older sister drag my butt out shopping (she’s a bad influence on my checkbook), I go fishing with my brother-in-law (because I’m determined to win the fish race and embarrass myself in the boat), listen to music (at all times), and spend the rest of my time with my insane family.
Tell us one thing that we don’t know about Danica Avet….
That’s such a tough question! I tend to be an open, sometimes too open, book on my blog so I’m not sure I’ve missed out on telling people about myself. There is one thing though!
I once worked as a cocktail waitress on a riverboat cruise. For two weeks. It was the longest, most painful two weeks of my life. I fell out of the top bunk on the first week and had to go to the hospital in Paducah, KY, then had boiling hot water splashed up both arms in the second week. The only thing left was to fall in the Mississippi River (and I can’t swim very well), so I quit.
There are so very many things I could say…but I won’t. I will laugh with you. Wait..you are laughing right? No? Hmmmmm LOL
Thank you so much for stopping by to chat today! Ruby looks amazing and I can’t wait to read it!
Danica Avet was born and raised in the wilds of South Louisiana (that would be somewhere around Houma) where mosquitoes are big enough to carry off small children and there are only two seasons: hot and hotter. With a BA in History, she figured there were enough fry cooks in the world and decided to try her hand at writing. For eight years she played at writing, but in 2008, she decided to get serious and began down the rocky road to publication.
Unmarried with no children, Danica is the lucky pet of a compulsively needy dog and two cats. The pitter-patter of little feet has been known to make her break out into a cold sweat.
Writing is how she gives the voices in her head a way out. They speak to her constantly wanting their stories told and she does her best to accommodate them. She writes paranormal romance and may eventually branch out to contemporaries. When she isn’t writing, working, or contemplating the complexities of the universe, she spends time gathering inspiration from her insane family, reads far more than any sane person would want to, and watches hot burly men chase an oblong ball all over a field.
Danica is gracious enough to provide an e copy of Ruby: Uncut And On The Loose to one winner AND a SECOND and THIRD winner will get this:
*The one you receive may or may not look like the one in the picture…a bunch were made that were different. *
The winner of the ebook is open internationally the winner of the mask is US only. Please state in your comment if you’re US or international
Contest open until Feb 11,2011 at 11:59pm EST