Hello Georgia and welcome! I’ve been looking forward to hearing all about your new Vampire Agape series. Congratulations on the first book, Blood of Anteros.
Before we get started with our interview, here’s a little about Georgia:
In addition to being an author Georgia is a wife, mother of two daughters and a labor and delivery nurse.
She recently added Paranormal Romance Writer to her list of things that keep her busy, but she is ecstatic to release my debut novel, Blood of Anteros, the first book in The Vampire Agápe Series.
Like others that enjoy a great story of paranormal romance, she is easily bored by the tale of an obtainable, ordinary romance and was inspired to create The Vampire Agápe Series. When not tied up with family or delivering babies, she is working feverishly on the second book in The Vampire Agápe Series.
Looking forward to that second book, Georgia *smile* Okay, let’s get started with Blood of Anteros…
KDR ~ Blood of Anteros, first book in the Vampire Agape Series sounds like my favorite kind of paranormal romance. Tell us how the idea for this book, this series came to you.
Blood of Anteros is MY ideal book. This is the book that would make my heart skip a beat. It’s the one I couldn’t walk out of the store without purchasing. I thought of the ideal elements I love to read about and I combined them to create Blood of Anteros.
My requirements were:
Adults behaving like responsible adults.
No teens with girly drama pretending to be grown-up. When I’m in the mood for that, I’ll buy someone else’s book.
Paranormal Element. Vampires were a must, but I wanted to incorporate my own imagination. The Agápe is clearly my own creation.
Romance. I want a sexy story, but I need sensuality first. My brain is all female.
Humor. Nobody wants to be serious all of the time. Laughter is when the heart smiles.
Action. How can you have conflict without action? I need the thrill of a fight.
Surprise. I don’t want to guess the plot and be right. It’s the one time I want to be completely wrong.
KDR ~ Great list…for the perfect story.
Give us some insight on Curry Brennan ~ what happened…his cruel circumstance on how he ended up as he did…can you share?
Curry is a vampire turned against his will and refuses to accept the monster he sees in himself. He spends his entire existence mourning the life he thinks he should have had as a human. His maker, Marsala, is obsessed with him and his refusal to love her. She has the power to release him, yet she holds him captive for 139 years in an unsuccessful attempt to force him into loving her.
KDR ~ Who is Chansey Leclaire to Curry? How do they meet?
Curry returns to the home where Marsala ended his human life in search of some type of closure for his inability to accept what he is. He arrives to face the demons of his past and stumbles upon Chansey Leclaire at the house he once called home. She is a mystery he can’t solve and from the moment he meets her, he realizes she is different from other humans. His curiosity and attraction to her quickly places him in a dangerous position, threatening to reveal his identity.
KDR ~ Sounds like a whole lot of excellent tension between Chansey and Curry.
Are there any secondary characters that came boldly to the forefront of this story in support of one of the main characters? Who is he/she and what’s his/her relationship with the MC?
Curry’s best friend and mentor, Solomon Alexander, wins the award for best supporting character. He is lovable, witty and mischievous. He is an outlet for comical relief, but supportive when deemed necessary. We will definitely be seeing more of him in the continuation of The Vampire Agápe Series.
KDR ~ Did you do any research for this series ~ if so please explain what you needed to find and where you found it?
I did some intense research on my setting. Because it takes place in coastal Mississippi, I made a special visit and did a little touring. I sat on the beach at different times of the day and evening and made generally notes about how things looked and smelled. I took notice of the people around me and how the location made me feel. I imagined walking down the beach with a new love interest and visited the park where a couple of chapters take place. I brushed up on some of my facts about The Singing River through an aunt that lives in Pascagoula and took lots of photos.
Much of my research was done online. I wore out Wikipedia while I was researching legends and myths.
KDR ~ Pictures are a great way to bring scenery/location into the senses of a reader, and I get wearing out Wikipedia on legends and myths…there’s really a whole lot of fun info on that site.
Tell us a little about the second book in the series ~ do you have a title yet?
Book 2 will probably be titled Blood Jewel and I can’t reveal the reason behind the title, but it is a continuation of Curry and Chansey’s evolving relationship. New characters will be introduced. Some will be lovable while others will be despicable. Impossible choices will be made, resulting in terrible regret.
KDR ~ Book 2 sounds as intriguing as Book 1…looking forward to it.
Do you have anything you’d like to share about your writing process for Blood of Anteros? OR writing the series in general?
Music is my muse and when you read a “scene” with a highly charged emotion, there was a song that went along with it. Music molds my thoughts and emotions when I’m writing. I have a playlist that will illicit very specific feelings and emotions for me as I write and brainstorm. I will probably post a list of songs at some point, but there are so many at this time, it would be difficult to choose.
KDR ~ What has been the happiest moment in your writing career?
I read a review today from a reader that brought tears to my eyes. I thought, “She GETS it. She really gets it.” She was so complimentary about the way the book made her feel the story instead of being told the story. It was my hope and expectation that my readers experience the story and be part of it, not just an outsider looking in.
KDR ~ Do you have anything else in the works (writing projects)? If so, give us a little bit about it.
Working on Book 2 of The Vampire Agápe Series leaves little time for other projects, but I have considered writing a short Prequel to Blood of Anteros because readers seem to be curious about Curry’s existence before he meets Chansey. Presently, I intend on this series being 3 books total and I already have Book 3 written in mind, but we’ll see where it goes.
KDR ~ Places we can find you ~ links to website, blog, book buy pages, FB, Twitter, etc.
Links to Purchase Blood of Anteros:
Getting to know … Georgia Cates
2 Things you do to relax:
Favorite sport to watch:
Underwater Basket Weaving
Cat or Dog:
Cat, 2 as a matter of fact
Favorite places to write:
On the couch, late at night when everyone in my household sleeps
Place you’ve always wanted to go, but haven’t:
Hawaii and I will one day.
Chocolate Raspberry Coffee
Favorite season ~ why:
Spring. It’s like a more comfortable summer.
What are your hobbies /past times (besides writing):
I love photomanipulation. I toy with book covers a lot.
YES. Georgia is offering a giveaway. Winner will be given a coupon code from Smashwords so they may choose which format they want. All you need to do is leave Georgia a comment along with your email address (so winner can be contacted). Drawing will be on Saturday, 12-31-12 (in the afternoon EST). Good Luck!
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Blood of Anteros
By Georgia Cates
Cruel circumstances turned Curry Brennan into the wretched monster he hates and refuses to accept, but when an expected turn of events releases him from the bond of his obsessive maker, he returns to the home he knew 161 years earlier and finds the return of happiness and joy in something he didn’t know existed.
Puzzled by his growing attraction to Chansey Leclaire, a human, he is unable to resist the captivating relationship that threatens to reveal his existence as a vampire. He eventually discovers the reason he was destined to find what he didn’t know he searched for and is faced with the cruel realization that the living and the immortal undead will always be separated by one thing. Eternity.
I was tantalized by mystery of her. The leech inside me came out to find prey, but found none in this enigmatic girl. The close proximity of her essence didn’t entice the monster within, so what did that make her? I had more questions than answers, but one thing was unmistakable; although she released me from her embrace, her hold on me remained.
Georgia, thank you for stopping by on your Bewitching Books Tour ~ I enjoyed our interview. Congratulations on your Vampire Agape series and I wish you many more successes.
Thank you everyone for stopping in to visit with Georgia ~ don’t forget to leave her a comment to be entered into the drawing for an e-copy of Blood of Anteros.
Happy new year everyone!!!
See you Again in 2012,