MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR LOUISE BLAKE
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
My name is Louise Blake, I wrote paranormal romance.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
My book The Vampire King is told in the protagonist point of view of a seventeen year old young woman by the name of Isis French. She is a very powerful witch in love with a Vampire by the name of Cain Gillespie. I don’t want to give too much away because it is important to me that fans read my story. I mean how, would you like it if someone spoiled a story for you, I know I wouldn’t.
I came up with the angle of the story from a long time ago. I used to role play on this role play site to help my writing it was called The Twilight Saga. I decided to write a story, so I guess you can say my story is like an adult version of twilight but my own version.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I have read a lot of paranormal romance stories from other authors like J.R Ward, PC Cast and Kristen Cast, Charlotte Blackwell. I wanted to write in this area for quit sometime because I know it’s popular and I’m totally obsessed with Vampires and Witches in a fictional aspect.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
A little over the years, I know a lot about vampires and witches in a fictional aspect so I just created my spin.
Can you tell me about your Series?
My series takes place in the fictional world of Hyperon Grove, and Isle Shade. There the journey of Isis French now Isis Gillespie she learns a lot of about who here family, and friends are. I usually plan as I write so there isn’t a lot to tell right now as I am already on book three.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
I would have to say The Vampire Queen because that’s when Isis gets married to Cain.
Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?
I usually get my inspiration from what I think my idea of love should be. I learned that I have very high standards.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
I just did some research on some period clothing.
Was it always meant to become a series?
Nope. I’m a self-publishing author for now. But in two years I plan to look for an literary agent again.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
A typical working day for me is pretty much normal. I usual check my author’s profile on Facebook to see if anything is going on. Promote my book for about an hour. Then I write for about four hours until I’m hungry then I go eat something.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
I am working right now on my upcoming book called A Stroke of Blood.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
They are very important to me because it’s how the story comes out. You can’t have a story without characters. Not really I just make them up I don’t even use a name book because I want my characters to have different names that haven’t been used before.
Where do your ideas come from?
Sometimes my ideas usually come from dreams.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
Not really I prefer adult paranormal romance.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Coming up with the plot.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I like book trailers but I can’t afford them right now.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
My best accomplishment is becoming an author because I’ve wanted this since I was sixteen years old.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Well the best part for me is the accomplishment of having my work out in the world.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I see myself in ten years becoming a famous author with nice modest house with two cars, a rescue horse, and having a decent computer.
Have you always liked to write?
Yes, I have always loved writing.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Make sure to write a lot, everyone has their own writing style so don’t compare yourself to other authors. Never give up on your dream because you will accomplish it. Always read.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
I don’t like to think about that. If it ever came down to it and I could afford it I would take writing classes.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I don’t have any reviews yet. It’s like some people buy my book they just don’t post reviews.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
The waiting process for the publishing. Writing the ending because I know the project is over and I got to start on a new one.
What are you working on now?
I am working on my third book called A Stroke of Blood.
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
Well on A Stroke of Blood I am on chapter 6. I won’t give any spoilers because it isn’t ready yet.
Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?
I chose paranormal romance as I said before as far as fiction goes I am obsessed with Vampires and Witches. I keep notes of each book so I can keep going with the series.
Where did your love of books come from?
My Mommow (southern word for Grandma) taught me how to read ever since then I have loved reading.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
I used to love PC Cast & Kristen Cast’s House of Night series but the four books she is working has become a little dry for my taste. So, I love my friend Charlotte Blackwell’s Immortal Embrace series a lot.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
I have two favorite characters of my series Isis Belle French-Gillespie and Cain Vlad Gillespie. I love these characters because I created them. And I believe this is how love should be.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
I get energized until I have a burnout factor and I need either caffeine or food.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
My writing Kryptonite would have to be the next project I will be working on but I will be trying hard to make it through it’s a Writing Memoir.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I try to be different, not original, and I don’t give what my readers want because you can’t please everyone.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
Charlotte Blackwell. Charlotte sends me YouTube channels on writing that helps a lot. She is my friend and sort of mentor.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
The title would be “Out of the Darkness”
Where can your fans find you and follow?
My Fans can find my on Facebook under Louise Blake and follow me on my like page Louise Blake Fans.