Hi Devyn, Welcome Anna's Book Blog! Glad to have you here. To start off can you tell the readers a little about yourself?
DQ: Not much to tell, LOL. I live in a small farming community on the Texas/New Mexico border, which is a whole lot of nothing going nowhere. Since there's not anything to do except go to Wal-Mart, I try to entertain myself by writing books.
Possession is your newest release, Can you tell us a little about it?
DQ: Possession is the story of Kendra Carter, a woman who is trying to put her life back together after the terrible accident that claimed her father's life and left her physically and emotionally scarred. But things are not as they seem around her, especially when her brother purchases a rare book on demons. Much to her dismay, one seems to latch onto Kendra, dragging her in and out of reality. It's hard to tell. Is the demon real..or is Kendra losing her mind?
When did you start writing? How did you decide what to write?
DQ: I've been writing off and on for 20 years. I always knew I wanted to write the old fashioned Gothic, which today are called paranormal romances.
When your not writing what kind of books do you like to read? Do you have any favorite authors, that are must reads?
DQ: I read History and Biographies. Since I write fiction, I prefer to stay away from other author's work, especially those in the same genre. A few of my favorite authors are the late Frank McCourt. I loved Angela's Ashes and read it several times. Usually the author doesn't matter. I mostly go by subject. I read everything from American History to bios of Hollywood actors, directors, etc... If a person has led an interesting life, I'll read the book.
How much research do you put into each book you write? Do you have a process you stick with?
DQ: I research the basics of a subject enough so that it sounds logical on the page to the reader. I'm not going to pretend to be an expert in any field, because the persons who are will usually catch on that you don't know what you're talking about. I spent a lot of time building the book in my mind. I may go several months without writing a word, but I'm constantly thinking, noting and getting to know the characters who will populate my fictional world.
How did you come up with the idea for Possession? Did any real life people inspire any of the characters?
DQ: I admit right off that I stole the idea from the Johnny Depp movie, The 9th Gate. The idea of the book Depp searched for in the movie really caught my interest. Though I changed to details to creator my book, Servants of the Realm of Shadows, none of it would have happened if I hadn't saw that movie and got to thinking "what if..."
What are 3 things that are "must haves" for you when you sit down to write a new book?
DQ: A lot of Red Bull, sharp pencils and paper for making notes.
I'm a big vampire fan and loved your books Sins of the Flesh & Sins of the Night. Do you have a favorite vampire(s)?
DQ: The first author who seriously inspired me to write vampire fiction was Stephen King. His Salem's Lot was awesome, my bible of the perfect vampire novel. As for movie vamps, well I was a huge fan of Barnabas Collins when I was a kid and still own all the original Dark Shadows paperbacks. I am also gaga for Frank Langella's 1980 Dracula. Gary Oldman runs a close second. :)
What is up next? If you can tell us a little about your next project.
DQ: I am currently contracted to write a three book paranormal romance series for NAL's Signet Eclipse imprint. Siren's Call is scheduled for an Aug 2010 release, the first book in my "Dark Tides" mermaid series.
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Giveaway: Devyn has offered to give away two copies of Possession. To enter just leave a comment along with an email address. Open to All. I'll announce the winners on August 30th.-------->