We are joined today by author Veronica Blade. Thanks so much for stopping by:)
1. I love the idea for your book, how did you come up with it?
I’ve had a long-time love of all things Cinderella and an obsession with werewolves and vampires. It was only natural that the two should meet.
2. Tell us something most people don’t know about you?
I’m pretty much a let-it-all-hang-out kinda girl, so not a lot of secrets there. But very few people know about a dating show I was on years and years ago. Three guys interviewed three girls on behalf of their friend
who sat behind a wall (only the audience could see the guy). I think I won his friends
over when I started talking about my motorcycle (which I’ve since sold).
3. Do you believe that love conquers all?
That concept definitely makes for better fiction! I do believe it happens for some people though. For others, no. Humans are weird. We have baggage and we don’t always behave rationally. We’re too good at screwing everything up or sometimes we’re too foolish to know a good thing when we see it (like
me in my youth!). Thankfully, we have romance novels and fairy tales to fill the void.
4. What can you absolutely not live without?
My laptop. Seriously, I would go bonkers if I couldn’t do something on my writing every single day. Yes, even Christmas.
5. How did you start your career as an author?
I’d always wanted to write a real novel, but it just never happened. I think when I began writing and illustrating children’s phonics books about five years ago, my creative juices went wild. Now I can’t stop.
6. Any advice for aspiring author’s?
1. Writing isn’t as easy as it looks. If you read a book where the story line makes sense and the sentences are smooth, I guarantee that the author put a ton of effort into it. 2. You need to know the essential elements to story-telling and the writing rules, so you know when to break them. 3. I think every newbie
author fantasizes that someone will fall madly in love with their masterpiece and the
author will be instantly rich. Sure, it happens to some people, but it’s very very rare. Be
prepared for the long haul. If you truly love story telling, it will be the ride of your life.
7. What’s next for you?
On St. Patrick’s day, another novella was released called FromFame to Shame. Here is the blurb:
When good-girl Maddie switches places with her famous bad-girl twin Jackie,
she has some pretty high stilettos to fill.
Despite the danger of tabloid drama if their identity swap is discovered,
Maddie has to save her sister's butt. When Jackie’s ex-boyfriend shows up
with a rekindled spark for “Jackie,” his deep gray eyes and sweet kisses
make Maddie's heart thumpety thump. But dating the guy who dumped
her sister is a no-no. Too bad Dallas isn’t used to girls saying no. What will
happen when he discovers Maddie’s deception?
Thanks so much for having me, Jessica!
You are so very welcome Veronica, this was such a fun interview. Below is the blurb and an excerpt from Veronica's book A Bite's Tale.
A Bite’s Tale: A Furry Fable
By Veronica Blade
A sweet romantic tale with a Cinderella spin featuring vampires, witches and werewolves
A Cinderella who spends her nights as a wolf. A prince with a taste for blood.
Seventeen year old Cydney struggles against her werewolf nature, trying to keep everyone around her safe. No way will she risk exposing the beast at the prince’s ball, no matter how her two cousins try to persuade her. Even as she attempts to get on with her life, Cydney can’t forget the boy she loved three summers ago — or what she did to him after losing control.
Turned into a vampire to save his life, the prince refuses to live up to his royal duties. He just wants to find the girl he loved and lost...the werewolf girl who bit him. But his father, the king, commands him to attend a ball where he must choose a wife. Can he find his Cinderella before he's forced to marry another? He doesn’t even have her real name, much less a glass slipper.
If I’d known it could be like this and that she’d wanted it too, I would’ve kissed her ages ago. I
mentally kicked myself for wasting all those weeks when we could’ve been doing this the entire
Her hand crept up under my shirt and her fingers trailed along my back. Goosebumps danced on
my skin. She pressed closer against me and I took the kiss deeper, letting loose my weeks of pent
up craving for her.
I didn’t think life could get any more perfect than being with Cindy. And I no longer yearned for
a normal life. I wanted things to stay exactly as they were at that moment. With my Cinderella.
A soft moan erupted from my throat when she angled her face to take the kiss still deeper. I slid
my arms around her waist and the tips of my fingers inched up underneath her tank top.
But it wasn’t a usual shiver. Her whole body began to tremble and I nearly lost my hold on her. I
pulled back. Cindy’s eyes grew huge and her pupils dilated.
She threw her head back, her limbs vibrating as she growled. No, not a growl. It was more like a
dull roar, full of pain and anguish. Was she… was my Cindy about to turn into a werewolf? Or
was it something else? Maybe if I held her again, whatever was happening to her might stop. I
lunged for her.
“Get away from me!” Sobbing, she shoved me back, but in the process, one of her claws raked
across my chest.
I flinched, as blood beaded on my skin. A little scratch wasn’t going to stop me though. Not
when Cindy needed my help. I stepped forward again.
Her lips curled up, exposing long, growing teeth and she shrieked. Yeah, she’d hit werewolf
maturity all right. But she hadn’t completely morphed. Just her teeth and nails. Maybe if I
calmed her, she could prevent it from progressing. I wrapped my arms around her waist, as I’d
done just moments ago, and pulled her close.
She shrieked again, then searing pain shot through my arm.
Werewolf bite. Oh, crap. My dad was going to kill me… unless the werewolf virus beat him to it.
The forest spun around me and I couldn’t keep my eyelids up. My muscles went lax and when
the ground rose to slam against me, I didn’t feel a thing.
About the author:
Veronica Blade lives in Southern California with her husband and whichever of their kids — or someone else’s kid — decides to drop in. By day she runs the family business, but each night she slips away to spin her tales. She writes stories about young adults to relive her own childhood and to live vicariously through her characters. Except her heroes and heroines lead far more interesting lives — and they are always way hotter.
You can visit Veronica Blade on FaceBook, check out her website
at www.VeronicaBlade.com or follow her on Twitter @VeronicaBlade. She loves hearing from readers!