Hello! My name is Joleene Naylor and I write vampires – not the teenage emo kind, but dark bloodthirsty monsters. Sure, sometimes they’re hot, but even the most attractive hero is still a killer.
1) How do you describe your writing style?
My Amaranthine series isn’t for teenagers. My vampires don’t sparkle and they kill humans and vampires alike – even the good guys. A reviewer once commented that they didn’t find my good guy “good enough” and that made me happy. No one is the proverbial white knight good guy, just as no one is ever evil for the sake of being evil.
The best “good guy” has darkness lurking behind his eyes, and the best villain thinks he’s righteous. If you agree, and like a dose of violence and romance with your vampires, then you might like what I have to offer. You can always start with the free stories first.
2) What has been the high point of your writing career?
The high point is always when I see a review, or get a comment on facebook or twitter, from someone I don’t know. There’s this amazing feeling knowing that someone you’ve never met, who potentially lives hundreds of miles away, connected with your story.
3) What one thing to do with writing most makes you want to scream?
Never having enough time to get everything done! I’m famous for just barely meeting my deadlines and doing a LOT of work at the last minute. In fact some of the books I don’t remember what’s in the final version because it is so last minute.
4) Where do you get your inspiration from?
Whoever is sitting in the room. I’m not afraid to pick brains. Though usually they don’t give me any real advice, I just end up talking it out myself. And anime. Anime is always inspiring.
5) What are you working on now?
Katelina and Jorick have been overseas for the last three books, and this one sees them come back to the U.S. – except things aren’t as they left them. Someone they thought was dead has returned, and even though Jorick is excused from his official duties with the vampire “police”, he gets called up for one last mission: to provide security for an exclusive vampire party. Which seems pretty ho hum until dead children start popping up in the area.
6) Of all the characters you’ve created, which is your favourite… and why?
Malick, the ancient and evil vampire who is the villain in most of my series. He’s so complex and entertaining, and very easy to write – I think he’s so overbearing that he writes himself, so I get to kind of take a nap while he’s on screen, so to speak. I hope one day to delve into some of his past because I think it would be fascinating.
7) The Seventh Question… What question do you wish people would ask you, and what is the answer you’d give?
Do you think your vampire novels are ridiculous?
It’s a series about undead people who walk, talk and drink blood. Of course it’s a little ridiculous! By their very nature ALL speculative fiction books are a little out there, this is why you must suspend belief to an extent.
However I have tried to add a splash of reality in the form of consequences. The heroine runs away with the vampire hero into the sunset and… and she loses her job. And her family thinks she was kidnapped. And she’s not paying her rent so she loses her apartment, etc. etc.
Of course there’s reality one ignores. Being nearly killed, for instance, is sure to leave a person traumatized, but how many pages of quivering jelly-like traumatized heroine does a reader want to slog through before they’re bored?
Joleene and Her Books
Joleene Naylor is the author of the glitter-less Amaranthine vampire series, a world where vampires aren’t for children. As a compliment to the novel series, she has also written several short stories, including the Vampire Morsels collection.
In her spare time, Joleene is a freelance book cover designer and for-fun photographer. She maintains several blogs full of odd ramblings, and occasionally updates her website at JoleeneNaylor.com. In what little time is left she watches anime and pins recipes and DIY, all from a crooked Victorian house in Villisca, Iowa. Between her husband and her pets, she is never lonely, and should she ever disappear one might look for her on a beach in Tahiti, sipping a tropical drink and wearing a disguise.
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