Please welcome Brooklyn Ann to the virtual offices today! She’s celebrating the release of Bite Me, Your Grace, and after the interview, you can enter for a chance to win a copy of the book!
[Manga Maniac Café] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Brooklyn Ann] I’m a metal head, a nerd, and an unapologetic bookworm that has a penchant for writing quirky, romantic stories with unconventional heroines.
[Manga Maniac Café] Can you tell us a little about Bite Me, Your Grace?
[Brooklyn Ann] In the midst of England’s vampire craze inspired by the publication of John Polidori’s The Vampyre, a bluestocking debutante bent on ruining her reputation encounters a vampire duke striving to save his. Sparks fly and shenanigans ensue.
[Manga Maniac Café] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Brooklyn Ann] After discovering that the horror genre was born in Regency England, I was inspired to see how it would affect the people of that time, normal and paranormal. I had a daydream about a woman encountering a vampire in a regency ballroom and was off in a flash.
[Manga Maniac Café] What three words best describe Angelica?
[Brooklyn Ann] Rebellious. Impulsive. Naïve.
[Manga Maniac Café] If Ian had a theme song, what would it be?
[Brooklyn Ann] The String Quartet Tribute to “Stairway to Heaven” by VITAMIN STRING. http://youtu.be/78OUWjeYwzY
[Manga Maniac Café] Name one thing Angelica is never without.
[Brooklyn Ann] A pen… or her case, a quill. She aspires to be a gothic authoress.
[Manga Maniac Café] What three things will you never find in Ian’s bedroom?
[Brooklyn Ann] 1: Windows, because the sun would burn him.
2: A mess, because he has servants.
3: Rats or mice, because Angelica’s cat takes care of them.
[Manga Maniac Café] What is Angelica’s greatest regret?
[Brooklyn Ann] To have acted without thinking or communicating with Ian when they had a misunderstanding.
[Manga Maniac Café] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Brooklyn Ann] Music: especially Megadeth, Nine Inch Nails, Dio, and Tori Amos. Books, especially Romance, Horror, and Fantasy. And movies, everything from cheesy B-horror to raunchy comedies to epic dramas.
[Manga Maniac Café] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Brooklyn Ann] Silence, Red Bull or hard cider (depending on the hour), and my imagination.
[Manga Maniac Café] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Brooklyn Ann] It’s a 3-way tie because they were different socks. ?
GARGOYLE by Shelley Martin: a paranormal romance with a strong heroine, a sexy gargoyle, engaging plot, and haunting chemistry.
A STORM OF SWORDS (Game of Thrones #3) by George R.R. Martin: The best in the series so far, IMO. I was shouting, “OMG!” every chapter.
BARELY ALIVE by Bonnie R. Paulson: a YA Zombie romance that is so unique, plausible and suspenseful. I devoured the trilogy and LOVED IT!
[Manga Maniac Café] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Brooklyn Ann] BUNNICULA, by James Howe. I read it when I was 7. The tale of a vampire rabbit in the POV of a dog and a literate cat! The sequels, HOWLIDAY INN, and THE CELERY STALKS AT MIDNIGHT are also awesome!
[Manga Maniac Café] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Brooklyn Ann] I like to watch movies, play darts, fish, paint, cook, and sing karaoke.
[Manga Maniac Café] How can readers connect with you?
[Brooklyn Ann] My blog is http://brooklynann.blogspot.com
I’m also on twitter: https://twitter.com/Brooklyn__Ann
And Facebook: www.facebook.com/brooklyn.ann.7
[Manga Maniac Café] Thank you!
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About the book:
England’s "vampire craze" causes much vexation for the Lord Vampire of London, Ian Ashton. To save his reputation, Ian enlists aspiring authoress Angelica Winthrop without realizing she has hidden plans of her own.
Angelica Winthrop’s life goal is to ruin her reputation, avoid marriage, and become a gothic authoress like her idol, Mary Shelley. To find inspiration for her new story, she breaks into the home of Ian Ashton, Duke of Burnrath, not knowing she will be coming up against the Lord Vampire of London. Romance sparks and reputations are at stake. But who knows the real difference between fact and fiction?