Here is one of the interviews from my “Creatures of Fire” blog tour. Since I couldn’t find it on the “Laurie’s Paranormal Thoughts and Reviews” blog where it was originally posted, I uploaded it here:
First, tell me a little about your book
“Creatures of Fire” is a story about demons and half demons, and people who are willing to do everything in order to gain power.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated or did you always just know?
When I was a kid I couldn’t wait to learn how to read. My mother and my sister they both used to read a lot while I grew up and I wanted to be able to do that too. Once I started reading I read almost everything I could get from the local library. I loved and still love to get lost in another world and to identify with other characters, overcome their obstacles, experience their loves and sorrows. It didn’t take long for the wish to form to write stories that lets readers forget about their own life and about their own world.
It took me a while however, to really start writing. I finished my first novel at the age of 27. It is still unpublished which is a good thing :). Since then I have written four other novels, all in german and have only recently translated my fantasy novel into english.
What inspired you to write your first book and what was it?
“Yuza” a story about an indian woman, was the first book I wrote. The story actually was inpired by my tarot deck. There is an indian woman called “Buffalo Woman” in the deck and somehow she told me a story.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Sometimes, very rarely, one of my own experiences enter a story. But I always have to be careful when including them. Somehow, I tend to become more detail obsessed to the point where it gets boring, so usually I try to use my imagination that works better :).
How do you chose when/which characters die in your books?
So far only one character has died in my books and this person was dead from the very beginning, so that was not very hard because no one –myself included- could build a relationship to that character. I don’t really like to let characters die, most of the time I like them myself, even the evil ones.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
I am not sure if she is “new”, but only recently I read Karen Moning’s Fever series and loved it!
Who do you look up to as a writer?
Karen Moning, J.K. Rowling, Agatha Christie and many, many more.
Not because they sold so many books but because I admire certain apects of their writing.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?
I have changed so much in my book before I published it, that I can say “no” to this question :).
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
The fact that I never know how the story will continue.
What book are you reading now? Or what genre?
Currently I am myself very much into Fantasy of all kinds. I just finished the Evermore series from J.K. Archer, which I enjoyed very much.
Who designed the cover? And do you help with them?
I designed it myself with the help from my author group.
Did you learn anything from writing your books and what was it?
Be persistant. Always aim to write the best you are capable of writing. Be open to criticism.
If you could be one of your characters, who would you chose?
That’s a hard question to answer. I would like to be Sariel, the protagonist in Creatures of Fire, but I wouldn’t want to have her past.
Are there any books you think some of us should read, just because?
Just because these are great books: the Fever series, Evermore series and the Charley Davidson series and hell, of course, Creatures of Fire :).
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I hope you enjoy my book and I sincerely hope that it transports you into another world and lets you forget your own reality for a while.