Friday, February 8, 2013

Introducing .... Brenda Sparks

I have been very fortunate this week to be given the opportunity to interview Brenda Sparks, Author of A Midsummer Night's Demon!

Where are you from originally?
I was born and raised in Winchester, Virginia. The city is nestled in Shenandoah Valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains. In the fall, beautiful hues of red, orange, and yellows surrounded me and every spring the cherry, apple, and dogwood trees bloomed with shades of pink and white. It was a gorgeous place to grow up.

Tell us your latest news?
I am very happy to announce my debut story, A Midsummer Night’s Demon. It is a novella, so it is a quick read that gives the reader a first look into an upcoming series.

If you could have a dinner party with any authors from any time in history, who would you choose and why?
I would love to sit down with Edgar Allen Poe and have a discussion about where the inspiration for his works came from. I think a peek into his mind would be fascinating.

What are your current projects?
I just finished final edits on my first novel entitled Weaver of Dreams, which will be released later this year. It is about beings from another dimension that visit humans at night to feed from the emotions produced by their dreams.

What books or authors have influenced your writing?
Christine Feehan has been a big influence. I was introduced to adult paranormal romances by Ms. Feehan’s work and it was love at first read. Now I can’t get enough of the genre.
Is there an Author that you would really like to meet?
Wow, this is a tough question. It is hard to pick just one. I’d love to meet Stephan King, J.R. Ward, and Joey W. Hill. An interesting mix, I know, but then so is my collection of books.
What book are you reading now and in what format (ebook/paperback/hardcover)?
I’m currently reading Centaur Legacy by Nancy Straight in ebook format. Talk about a great YA paranormal read. Wow!
Tell us a little about your background. When did you start writing?
Believe it or not, I started writing only four years ago. A scene came to mind as I was driving to work one morning. One scene led to another until within a few months I had an entire book. That story led to a sequel and by the time the third story started to form in my mind, I was beginning to forget the first, so I figured I better write it down before I forgot it. And voila! My series was born.

Where do you get your ideas?
I find inspiration all around, in the pink and purple hues of a sunrise, the silly story told around the lunch table about a bug in a co-worker’s pants. My mind takes the ordinary and twists it into something dark and paranormal. At any given time, I have at least two stories running around my head, which can be chaotic but fun.
What is your writing process?
My creative muse is a morning person, so I wake up early, make some coffee, and write. I don’t have a set amount of time or words per day. Instead I write until a chapter or two are complete. Some days it takes 4 hours, other days it may take 9, but either way I don’t stop until the chapter I’m working on is complete.
Do you write full-time now?
Unfortunately, I have to balance my writing with my professional obligations to my job as a Special Education Specialist.  I could always use more writing time, but I am fortunate in that I have summers and winter vacation off which gives me time to write.
Can you tell us a little bit about A Midsummer Night’s Demon?

I’d love to. :)
Daelyn Torres is determined to break free from her over-protective brother. Born a demon, she knows little of the world outside her home and work. A chance blind date promises adventure and perhaps a walk on the wild side. But her night on the town takes a deadly turn when she is gravely injured and left to die. A handsome, mysterious stranger comes to her rescue and brings with him a passion she has never experienced. Daelyn never believed in things that went bump in the night but is more than willing to be seduced by the sexy vampire who marks both her body and soul.
A dark guardian sent to investigate a series of missing person cases, vampire Ky Robinson is ready for anything, except the insatiable desire that engulfs him when he meets Daelyn. He senses their destiny is intertwined and vows to do everything in his power to keep her safe. The only problem? Demons and vampires go together like fire and ice.
How long did it take you to complete?
Because it is a novella, it didn’t take as long as a full novel. The basic story was completed in 10 days, with an additional week for revisions.

Are any of your characters based on real-life friends or acquaintances?

No. Unfortunately, I don’t personally know any vampires or demons, but I’d love to meet some if you know any.
Do you ever incorporate yourself into your characters?

Not so much me, but there is a little piece of my husband in all my heroes. I can’t help it. Ours is a true love story and the parts of him I adore always end up in my male characters. In A Midsummer Night’s Demon, Ky’s protective nature, the way he treats Daelyn, even the position where he sits in the bar all reflect characteristics of my husband.
Tell us about your cover. Did you design it yourself?
Wild Rose Press has an amazing Art Department. Cover artist Angela Anderson designed the cover. I provided descriptions of the characters and the basic story outline, Angela did the rest.

Does your reading inspire you and your work?
Absolutely. By reading stories by other authors, I learn about the craft, learn what readers want. Reading definitely makes me a better writer. Reading and writing go hand in hand.

Where can we find you online?