MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR D.L. BLADE
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
My author name is D.L. Blade and I have published YA paranormal romance/suspense, but I am also working on a historical pirate romance, murder mystery and paranormal thriller (Adult)
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
My book is about an ancient coven of witches from Salem, who were created out of the universal elements to come to earth and rid the world of the vampire race. You have mostly suspense, with a side romance, along with werewolves, shifters, abduction and a twist to the vampire folklore that hasn’t been done before, at least, I haven’t seen it done before. It started off with part of the story being in a dream, and I decided I had to finish it into a book.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
The subject of the story definitely fit into YA paranormal, but since then I have seen that my writing is becoming a bit darker, so I will be writing adult novels in the future. Even the sequel to The Dark Awakening is pretty dark.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
The book takes place in East Greenwich, RI and Salem, MA. I traveled to these places 3 different times before publishing and did all the research I could for the locations, and made sure I was historically accurate with the Salem Witch trials.
Can you tell me about your Series?
You have a young girl who just graduated high school. On the night of her high school graduation, her mom drives a knife through her chest. Her mom is admitted to a mental hospital and now Mercy has to figure things out and try to move forward with her life. But someone is following her. Upon a car accident, a man rescues her but takes off before she could get a look at his face. Through a series of pretty intense events, this mysterious man tracks her down again and shares with her that they are part of an original coven from Salem, who were brought to the earth for the very purpose of fighting vampires. You have love, loss, kidnapping, villains, and a unique story line that will keep you flipping pages until you’re finished.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
The first book that is currently published and the sequel that comes out May 18th, have their one uniqueness and differences that will pull the reader in. I can’t say that I love one more than the other. They will both keep you engaged throughout the entire story.
Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?
A dream and my own imagination of what I wanted to happen with witches and vampires. I’ve seen the same thing done so many times that I felt like I needed to write something different for readers who love paranormal.
Was it always meant to become a series?
No, but toward the end of book 1, I created a scene that I felt could continue on to another book.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I write whenever my children let me. lol. There is a fantastic wine bar and a cute little coffee shop I go back and forth between when my husband can watch the kiddos after work.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
The sequel which is called, The Dark Underworld, and a murder mystery.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
Some character names are made up and some are named after people I know.
Where do your ideas come from?
Just ideas that come in my head as I’m writing.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
I have two young children and it’s tough to focus when the noise level cranks up a notch.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Creating stories to share with others. I’ve had ideas in my head for years and now I get to write them down for those who love getting lost in an imaginary world.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Still an author, and having published several more books. I hope I could be successful enough to travel to different author events and get my books on the shelves of many bookstores.
Have you always liked to write?
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Don’t give up. Take constructive criticism and apply it to improve your writing.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
Real Estate. It’s what I did before I focused on finishing my book.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I do read them and I do respond sometimes. I am okay if they write something negative. Books are selective and as long as they are not purposely trying to be cruel, then I enjoy reading how others see my writing.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
Writing the blurb
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
It’s the sequel to the first and since many of those reading this interview may not have read The Dark Awakening, I don’t want to spoil anything.
Where did your love of books come from?
I just have always read. I love getting lost in fiction story.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
I love The Vampire Diaries series
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
Maurice. He’s my villain and he is one to love to hate.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
I have several and we help each other when we have questions about something and support each other on social media with takeover events, giveaways etc
Where can your fans find you and follow??
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/dlblade
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️