My Interview with Author Desiree King
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
My name is Desiree King, my books so far are paranormal drama/romance but more is planned outside that even.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
Currently we are talking about the rerelease for my first title Moondance, the story is about a young woman who has gone through hell in her younger years, death of her mother at her own hands, the transformation from a normal girl to a mysterious siren creature, violence and abuse all while just trying to keep it together. Now there are things in her life that seem to make it easier like the fact that her brother is famous for being a former boyband member and she lives with him and enjoys a comfortable home life except for the fact that her ex-boyfriend is inescapable due to him being her brother`s friend. She is ready for a change when the story starts and the universe agrees, she is having strange dreams that leave her yearning for her own adventure which comes in the form of a job. She is offered a job as a dancer and cover model and music video actress for one of the rowdiest rockband there is CASE, the rock star werewolves of Hollywood. She jumps at the opportunity and craziness ensues.
As far as where I came up with the idea it began where all my ideas do in a dream and grew from there. I very much let my characters take me on their adventures and not the other way around I turn on so music and follow merrily along with them.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
Believe it or not I got hooked on the paranormal from a movie, Interview with the Vampire, I was young maybe 10 or 12 when I saw it for the first time and within days I had read all of Anne Rice`s books to that point and was looking for other authors to read the first of which I believe was Laurel K Hamilton and it just grew out of control from there.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
Luckily for me I see to have a type with my male characters lol musicians, so I`m sure it’s not a shock that I married a musician. We`ve not had the fame and fortune part of the rock and roll life but that is easy the hard part is the reality of the band dynamic and that I`ve gotten to witness first hand with my hubby on his musical adventures of the years. So for this book I didn`t really need to do any for other`s I have.
Can you tell me about your Series?
This title will have at least one sequel and perhaps a prequel but that’s as far as I`ve thought about it. I`m currently working on the sequel to Moondance.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
LOL So far it’s the only book finished in the series so sure it’s my favorite.
Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?
What kind of research did you do for this book?
Was it always meant to become a series?
Yeah Moondance was originally to be book 3 but I was swept up by Victor and needed to write his book and get it on the page and sadly I still haven’t gone back to write Jacob`s books yet but the ideas are still brewing maybe someday.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
My life is a bit crazy the last few years, about the time my hubby convinced me to publish my writing (which has been piling up for years at that point) a few years ago and got it released (self-published) it was just the two of us and our fur babies but we decided our family was not complete yet and after many issues and some loss we finally got our son, he is now two years old and a little wild man that keeps us on our toes, I also still have a full time job and a close extended family so between birthday parties , family dinners, work and loving on my baby and hubby I write as much as I can maybe one day I can do just the fun stuff and write and family stuff but alas that day is not today. I don`t have goals I just get what I can on the page as often as I can.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
I have another book that was just released again self-published but soon it will also be rerelease with zombie cupcake press I hope (planning for this summer). It’s called “Our New World”. However I do have a few shorts coming soon as well, I wrote a zombie comedy erotica called “Guess who is for Dinner” and a Paranormal romance retelling/modernization of The phantom of the opera called “Night Music” both of which were written for Anthologies in the works you can go to my page for more info on both coming soon. Then of course the time many people has asked me about is here, I`ve started the sequel to Moondance, however I don`t have a title for it yet.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
I pick names I like but not really I just like my main characters to stand out from the crowd including their names for the most part.
Where do your ideas come from?
Most of my ideas come from dreams but not all just depends on the piece I take inspiration where it comes and don`t question it too much.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
This part, I`m a introvert and find the promotion an anxiety maker but I`m working through it lol.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I`ve never had a book trailer, I`ve been told both that they are invaluable and worthless but I`ve not tried it myself so I don`t have an opinion one way or the other, I`ve seen a few I like but I`ve not really dived that deep into that pool yet.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Having the guts to actually put my books out for other`s to read. I was told at a young age that my work hurt someone close to me (embarrassed her) when she found it, and for a long time after that felt shame and that I should just keep it to myself only now as an adult do I realize how wrong she was to say those words.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
I`m not sure yet I`ve barely scratched the surface of that but so far it’s when a reader tells me how much they enjoyed the book. It’s nice to feel the support of that approval.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I have no idea, I try not to limit myself to what my whims of the moment are.
Have you always liked to write?
For a long as I can remember I`ve written.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Don`t let anyone else`s views or values tell you not to follow your inspiration.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
Own a bookstore or movie store, I would like to talk about my joy of storytelling with others for a living.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
Reviews it part of the deal, I like good ones and have only received a few (like 2 maybe) 4 star reviews that stated issues with editing as the reason which I`ll give them sometimes I am a story teller not an English major lol before now I`ve not gotten the chance to work with a professional editor, My husband edited for me which was better than me doing it lol but the new version of Moondance has been re-edited now that I`m with zombie cupcake and should be much better.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
Again the promotion is hard for me, I also tend to write long hand with ink and paper then type it and the typing can be tedious but I call the hand written pages my first draft and the typed the second draft then my hubby gets it to read through and content edit when he has time then the 3 rd. draft is finished and then it’s either sent to zombie cupcake or self-published or what not.
What are you working on now?
I just today finished the Zombie comedy short “Guess who is for Dinner” for an anthology with Zombie cupcake press so here is hoping it will be chosen, then finishing my other Short “Night music” For another anthology out later this year.
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
I`ll give you the 1st section of “Night Music”
I sit perched on a black velvet couch in the shadows of the balcony in the club ‘Maison des Mort Vivant’ all alone watching the stunning angel on the stage below. The theater turned gothic night club in the oldest part of the city was both my sanctuary and my prison. The black leather mask hiding my identity is tight across my face perhaps it is time for a new design.
I had been stunned when I saw the band below perform the first time, haunting melodies with the clear beautiful soprano of the songstress with the adorable lavender chin length curls. I had informed my brother Fitzwilliam, or Fitzi as he preferred, that they would be given a house band gig as long and as often as they wanted and that they would be paid handsomely in return. I settle myself here on the balcony every time they play and allow her voice to fill my head and chase my fears away. She sways with the music and closes her heavily lined eyes and seems to sing from her soul. As her glossy ruby colored lips, pouted and full, open as she breathes deep and joins the screaming violin through the speakers and my blood begins to race in my veins.
“You know lurking up here every time The Broken Dolls play is bordering on creepy.” Fitzi said as he stepped up beside my seat with a short glass of whiskey in hand, which he set at my right-hand table.
“She is stunning, the best I`ve ever heard.” I smiled never looking away from her sweet porcelain face under the stage lights.
“Whatever you say, just remember don`t be seen or you`ll be sorry. I have to get back. Behave!” Fitzi demanded and slipped back down the stairs to the bar he manned below me on the ground floor.
Much to my disappointment within another twenty minutes she was speaking thanking the crowd and announcing that starting at midnight, The Phantom, takes over for the night. ‘That is my que’ I thought getting to my feet and heading down carefully using the shadows and low lighting to my advantage I need to make it to the stage after it goes black. “Fitzi! Give me a green appletini!” I hear Sara Kane the drummer for the dolls shout over the bar top.
“Sure thing, animal,” Fitzi called back starting the drink as Sara and Emily, the angel voiced vocalist took seats at the bar and I settled back into the shadows to listen.
“Hey Fitzi! Didn`t this place used to belong to The Greyson Sharp before he died?” Sara asked, what are the odds?
“Yes ladies, this club was bought, and designed by the late great Greyson Sharp, My big brother.” He passed the neon green martini to the girl.
“I`m so sorry,” Emily reacted honestly,
“It’s painful every day without him, it breaks my heart. But I go on for him.” Fitzi was laying it on thick and I could not help the snicker that escaped me and I took the opportunity to pass them slipping in close behind her, my angel and get a brush of her presence as I passed by. Her scent was sweet and warm and made me want to linger but all it would take is one person to notice the shadow of a man in their midst and the last eight years would be for nothing. So, I continued on my way headed for the basement to prepare for The Phantom to take the stage once again.
The Phantom performs in total darkness on the stage. He wears a mask while he sings in his base voice and running the backing music al on his own. He performs every night at midnight no matter the crowd of curious goths. His drive was the music not the idolization and praise but for just a moment as he looked up into her emerald colored eyes across the sea of bodies on the dance floor he wished he could step into that spotlight and be his old self the version of himself that she could accept. However, like every time before that he had this thought the scar running from his cheekbone over his jaw across his throat ending at his opposite collarbone burned at just the thought. So tonight, like every night before for the last eight years I slipped onto the stage in the inky blackness of the darkened stage and turned on the processor readying to begin the night music.
Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?
I just love the paranormal creatures it takes a darkness and whimsy to write them and that is me lol.
Where did your love of books come from?
Honestly I don`t really know my mom reads but not like me lol.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
WAY TOO MANY! Lol but I`ll list a few, Anne Rice, Stephen King , laurel K Hamilton, Jeanene frost, Kelley Armstrong, J R ward, Jane Austen, Kipling, the mars books, George RR martin, anything in wonderland, it goes on and on.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
My favorite is actually yet to be published his name is Donovan and he will join my published as soon as I can but that book was written with a friend who is not a writer and she is not interested in finishing it so I will have to recreate him into another story perhaps one day it will happen lol. Of my published characters it would be a tie between Victor (Moondance) and Darien (our new world) Victor is a cool, hot, smart man who just wants to be happy its simple but its genuine and that’s what I love about him. Darien is fun because he is a little self-centered as a vampire prince would be and smart enough to manipulate the world around him to get his way even if he tends to have a short fuse and tear a head off here and there .
Where can readers go to discover more about you and your books?
I have a Facebook, twitter and website links here , twitter : @deskinglit Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/360220750835665
And website is http://deskinglit.com
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Depends on the book and what stage it’s in, the ending of our new world went to such a dark place that I had trouble rebounding from it to move on to the next project.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Sometimes I have to plan out seeing a movie or reading a book because I know it will ruin my current inspiration with something new and I need to finish what I was working on I currently have two shows and 3 books on my tbr pile that is awaiting the right time lol.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I write what I feel like and if anyone likes it then great but I write to get the story out of my head otherwise they tend to take over my thoughts lol.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
Sadly I`m not sure I would go so far as to say friends because life if crazy and I`m a shy person but I`ve met many wonderful people that I would be joyous to call friends.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
Awkward and crazy
What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
I`ve never thought about that perhaps next time I`ll have an answer that this one lol.
Life can be hell for the supernatural,
and no one knows that better than Alex.
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