MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR T.L. CHRISTIANSON!
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
I’m T.L. Christianson and I write Paranormal Romance / or Fantasy/Sci-Fi
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)
Crimson, is about Elizabeth, a vampire, who takes a job teaching the children of a scientist, outside a small mountain town. To be honest, I think most of my stories come from personal experience. I homeschool my kids, and I was bored. So, what would be more interesting than a SAHM teaching some kids? A vampire… okay, I’m also kind of a science nerd, so pulling in a secret lab and crazy experiments were in my wheelhouse.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I‘ve always loved sci-fi and the paranormal. I think why I’m interested in vampires is because I like to explore the “what if” component. What if there really was a scientific explanation? How do monsters go undetected in today’s society? How does that reconcile with the myths? Also, there has to be romance. It’s like salt to food. Why not add a little salt and make it better?
What kind of research did you do for this book?
Yeah, I could go to jail because of my search history on the Moroi Series. Let’s see, I have a go-to blood calculator, what happens physiologically when a person loses blood. How to spot the signs of a meth addict. What kind of doctors’ study diseases. How are drugs and vaccines created, by what kind of scientist? LOL. It’s interesting though, and I enjoy learning new things.
Can you tell me about your Series?
It’s called ‘Moroi Society.’ Moroi are living vampires, they breathe, have a pulse, blush. They do have special abilities, like compulsion, speed, strength, and smell. There are over 200 million Moroi, and dozens, if not hundreds of different clans. In Crimson, there’s a vampire disease that’s killing them off.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
Not yet, I’m currently working on Scarlett, which is number 2. I think each book is my favorite while I’m working on it.
Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?
The second book, Scarlet, came from my recent time spent in Africa. It’s such an amazing continent filled with dramatically different countries. Actually, my travelling inspires a lot of my writing.
Was it always meant to become a series?
No, at first I just wrote Crimson, but then I realized that there was so much more to the Moroi Vampires than only one story.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
Every day is usually busy. I’m a homeschooling mom, and I’ve been a stay at home parent for almost seventeen years. I’m a coffee addict, and weirdly a morning person. I have an office here at my home where I try to work when I have time. LOL. I usually do set a daily writing goal – when I’m writing. However, I’m finding out that writing is the easy part. There’s so much more to being an author than just writing. Right now, I’m super wrapped up in the last round of major edits for Crimson before it goes back to my editor. I’m also trying to do better with my social media skills, LOL. I really suck and got myself banned from Twitter for two weeks… so yeah that happened.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
Yes, Crimson: Secrets and Lies of a Living Vampire will debut on July 3rd, 2018. And it’s sequel, Scarlett is what I’m writing between edits for Crimson. If all goes well, they’ll both be out before Christmas.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
Sometimes it’s tough to come up with a name to fit specific characters, but in my case, their names just flowed onto the page.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
I’d like to do a modern witch series and also a space or colonization series. I love to throw some mystery into both these.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
I’m not sure, I thought the editing was tricky, but I’m getting through it. Maybe the social media aspect.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
Ooohh, I love them, but I’m not sure how to make one yet.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Being able to live in my head and make up stories – because it’s my job…lol
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I’d love to be a known author and have several series under my belt.
Have you always liked to write?
Yes. I was the kid who stayed in during recess to finish writing my story. In third grade, I remember a story I wrote, called “Sara in Space.” LOL, I’m sure it was horrible!
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
There are so many books, authors groups and authors out there willing to help. Join a facebook group and read what they’ve posted, ask questions.
If you didn’t like writing books or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
Science is my other love, I think I’d be a geneticist or go into microbiology. Our breakthroughs with CRISPR and DNA are just mind-blowing, I honestly never thought I’d see these types things being done in my lifetime.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
The marketing. Most people authors indie and those with publishers have to do most if not all of their own marketing. It was really daunting at first, but I’ve found some good people to help me out.
What are you working on now?
I’m in the final edits of Crimson, and I’m writing Scarlet, the next book in the series. My goal is to get both #2 and #3 out by Christmas.
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
Sure, here’s an excerpt!
“Opening his eyes, they shone in the moonlight like twin blue diamonds.
I felt a thrill of excitement and nudged him with my mind.
“Sleep,” I whispered to him. He obeyed readily in his altered state.
My mouth watered, I licked my lips and felt my fangs run out. As I bit into the one clean spot on his neck, a sense of relief mixed with euphoria took hold of me. Feeling that hot tangy, yet chemical laden magic run down my throat was nirvana. I moaned in pleasure and drank in deep gulps.”
“Owen’s mouth turned up at the corners. “I just… I feel like we understand each other…” he sighed as he shook his head, “do you…are you…”
Cupping my cheek, and his thumb skimmed the corner of my mouth.
“I’m attracted to you,” his voice came out husky as he leaned closer.
“I know you are,” I whispered back before sliding my hands along the sides of his face, feeling the stubble beneath my fingers.
Time seemed to stop as we breathed in each other’s breath. His blood sang to me, and I resisted it’s draw, looking between his eyes and his lips. When he kissed me, he tasted like mint, and his spicy cologne filled my senses, making me want to wrap myself around him.”
“I was unceremoniously dumped onto the couch, my hands still cuffed.
Dimitri leaned down toward me and untied my gag.
“Bastard!” I spat. My bravado was only for show, I was terrified.
I knew in my gut that whoever lived here was a vampire. A very, very powerful vampire.
All these people were vampires.
That tingle? It had now become a live wire.
Iona spoke to Aiden, “we need more information. It’s either her or us.” Then she looked at me and asked, “don’t you care that Chronos is killing off rival clans? We just want to be left alone, but we need an antidote.”
Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?
I’ve been told to stay in my (genre) lane by other well-meaning writers, but I have to write what I love. If I’m into space, I’ll write about it. Into a vampire disease, I’ll write about it. I hate stories that are predictable.
Where did your love of books come from?
When I was young, I found a paperback copy of “The Rowan” by Anne McCaffrey, I was hooked and couldn’t stop reading.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
I love Jane Austin. Pride and Prejudice will probably always be my comfort book. However, Anne McCaffrey is perhaps my all-time favorite. I read so many books in so many genres that it’s hard to pick a few. Ann Rice, Katie McCallister, Kathy Reicks, Richelle Mead. Also, who doesn’t love J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books?
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
I love my main character in Crimson is vampire Emilie/Elizabeth. She’s tough but vulnerable and to me very real. Even though she’s powerful, she’s still susceptible to doubts like most women occasionally have.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Both, it depends on what I’m writing.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
My kids. I love them, but they can quickly ruin a nicely planned workday.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I write things that I would love to read, but can’t find a book out there to scratch the itch. I hope that what I write will interest my readers too. I just can’t write things that I don’t have a passion for.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
My best writer friend is Annabelle Anders, she lives in my same town and writes Regency Romance… LOL. She’s walked me through my first published book. We talk a lot and meet up in a local coffee shop or the Library. I’ll send her my blurbs to look at or cover mock-ups. She’s always giving me tips or advice. She’s a great writer, and I love reading her books.
Where can your fans find you and follow??
Facebook Series Site – https://www.facebook.com/Moroi-Society-Series-By-TL-Christianson-206397446641104/
Twitter if I’m not still banned…lol – @christianson_tl
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️
MY VERY OWN REVIEW OF CRIMSON:
This is the first book by Author T.L. Christianson and I am so glad that I read this new take on Vampires.
There are some teasers so please stop reading if you’d like to be surprised.
T.L. Christianson takes you to the beautiful and peaceful mountains of Durango, Colorado. Right away you read about this “young” woman “Elizabeth” going to Duango from New York. She is there to start a new teaching job in and at the home of a widowed Doctor and his two small children.
Soon as she is driving to their estate Elizabeth begins to think about what has brought her to her new job. Elizabeth is really Emilie. A Vampire/Moroi. She is no ordinary Vampire she is sincere, sensitive, and has a conscience bigger than a natural human. She has never met another vampire or was made didn’t know what had happened to her. She is unique in more ways than one.
She still must drink blood to survive but with her love for life and others she would never harm anyone.
I love the way that this author took her spin on Vampires and took it to a new and unique place. I have read many books about Vampires so it was so refreshing to read something new and interesting.
I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read the next book in the Moroi Series.
Thank you very much for such a wonderful read♥️