Friday, June 3, 2011

Welcome Katie Salidas author of Karma and Melodies!!! PLUS a GIVEAWAY!!

1)    Katie, thanks for being here today. I loved Karma and Melodies, especially the music and songwriting references. Is that your background?

I wish. I find music fascinating but I’m not talented in that respect. I do have a few friends who are rock star bound. They were my research partners. I spent a few weeks interviewing, and asking every question I could (no matter how dumb.) What I found really interesting was the band dynamics and how the personalities all worked together to make a cohesive unit. I really wanted to convey that to the readers too. Each of the band members brings something new to the table and adds flavor to the story.

2)    Your characters are very reader friendly. Did you model them after real people?

The characters in this story are not based on real people, however, through my research into band dynamics, I did see a pattern to the types of musicians and wanted to try and mimic that in my own characters.

3)    What about vampires draws you to them?

I’ve loved vampires since I was little. I will always love vampires. It’s because of that love that I write about them. Whenever I think of a story to write, somehow a vampire always becomes the MC. I love to explore different genres with them. I love to flip perspectives on their end and make the vampire the most human of all the characters in a story. They are just so versatile and fun.

4)    Will you write more vampire fiction?

Absolutely! I’m working on the 4th book in my Immortalis series at the moment. That is a first person perspective series which follows a fledgling vampire as she stumbles through immortality.

5)    What do you plan on writing next?

Beyond my Immortalis series, I have been toying around with a sequel to my very first foray into erotica, House of Immortal Pleasures. A vampire brothel is just too much fun of a concept not to write about. =)

6)    Describe your writing routine. Do you have a special room or chair? Do you listen to certain music?

A bit of all or nothing. The only constant is my trusty laptop. I do all of my writing on the computer. The nice thing about having a laptop is I can go anywhere. If I want to work at my desk, no problem. If I want to go to the park, that’s easy too. If I want to lounge on the couch, I can do it! 

As for routine, I’m a pantser. I free write. If I run into writer’s block on one story, I close it and open another. I don’t set word goals for myself, I just write the scene that is in my head. If it’s 500 words or 5,000 words, I generally don’t stop until it’s done.

Music helps. I like to listen to music to set the mood of the scene while I’m writing it too. 

7)    What advice can you give to writers trying to get published?

Never give up. Whether you go the traditional route or go it alone, never give up your dream. Keep on writing and work toward that goal. Eventually, it will happen. 

Thanks for the terrific interview! Good luck!
Here's the synopsis of this awesome book!!

karma & melodies
Kendra used to spend her days organizing events for Café Enigma while daydreaming about Marcus, the sexy lead singer of Normal Paradox. But all those dreams of becoming Mrs. Rock Star died, along with her mortality, the moment Hector entered her life and turned her into a vampire.

Ten torturous years later, Kendra finally escapes Hector and runs straight into Marcus. (Well, actually, he hit her with his car, but that's beside the point.) The accident leaves Marcus concussed and a few pints too low, forcing Kendra to share her blood to save him.

Sharing her blood doesn’t just heal Marcus’s wounds; it bonds him to Kendra in a magical “can’t live without you” sort of way. Now he’s professing his undying love to her, and Kendra’s not sure if he’s for real or just experiencing the side effects of their new blood bond. Either way, the two of them can’t be separated without suffering suicidal levels of depression, and the band needs to hit the road for the rest of their cross-country tour.

Kendra’s content to travel with the band and explore her new-found relationship, until whispered threats from her master, Hector, start invading her dreams. He’s tracking her down, and she can feel it. She knows the horrors he’s capable of, and if he finds out about Marcus, Hector will do everything in his power to destroy him.

If she stays, Marcus is doomed to Hector’s wrath. If she goes, the repercussions of their bond might kill Marcus. Both options will break Kendra’s heart. If they’re truly meant for each other, they’ll have to find another way....


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About the AWESOMETASTIC AUTHOR!!

KATIE SALIDAS


Katie Salidas is a Super Woman! Endowed with special powers and abilities, beyond those of mortal women, She can get the munchkin off to gymnastics, cheerleading, Girl Scouts, and swim lessons.  She can put hot food on the table for dinner while assisting with homework, baths, and bedtime… And, She still finds the time to keep the hubby happy (nudge nudge wink wink). She can do all of this and still have time to write.
 And if you can believe all of those lies, there is some beautiful swamp land in Florida for sale…
Katie Salidas resides in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mother, wife, and author, she does try to do it all, often causing sleep deprivation and many nights passed out at the computer. Writing books is her passion, and she hopes that her passion will bring you hours of entertainment.

The lovely and talented Katie has agreed to give away a copy of Karma and Melodies(I LOVE the title) from Smashwords!!! WOO HOO! Everyone who comments will be entered. I will draw the winner on June 10th.
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