Theresa Meyers is the author of numerous romances, including Half-Breed Vampire, a recent release from Harlequin Nocturne. Theresa dropped by the virtual offices to introduce herself and her books. After the interview, you can enter for a chance to win some goodies!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Theresa Meyers] Former pr guru turned multi-pubbed author. Mom, avid reader, Creative Badass, writing paranormal and historical romance, steampunk &YA.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Half-Breed Vampire?
[Theresa Meyers] It’s the story of a vampire who thinks he knows precisely who he is until a mortal law enforcement officer asks for his help and during the course of their investigation they end up uncovering his past, which rips apart everything they both thought they knew about their worlds. Oh, and I got to mix my vampires and werewolves for the first time in the same character!
Here’s the bit from the back cover:
Ignorant of his true heritage, half-breed Slade Donovan is fated to feel like an outsider among his clan. Until a mysterious woman arrives with the ability to unlock his secrets—and make him crave a future he never believed he could have….
As a game warden, Raina Ravenwing has only one mission in the Cascade Mountains: to hunt down a pack of rare wolves that is terrorizing her tribe. Her instant attraction to Slade is a distraction the beautiful wolf whisperer can’t afford, unless she agrees to let him help her. Yet working so closely together only intensifies their passion…even as the unfolding truth of Slade’s identity threatens everything Raina holds sacred.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Theresa Meyers] Believe it or not the concept from the story came from the title. Some other Nocturne authors and I were chatting on a loop talking about titles we were likely never to see, but that would include the things you often see in Harlequin titles. So we started making up titles like the Cowboy Billionaire Vampire’s Virgin Mistress. One of the ones was I suggested was The Half-Breed Vampire. It stuck. I started thinking about what would constitute a half-breed vampire and how did he get that way? Did he even know he was one? From there I picked one of the secondary characters I’d had in the Sons of Midnight mini-series who was on the security team and started thinking, what was the thing that would make it most difficult for him to be accepted by his vampire society? The answer was half werewolf. The story started to take off from there, including the heroine who I needed to be the absolutely worst person for him to get mixed up with while trying to figure out who he was and the past he can’t remember.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was the most challenging aspect of writing the story?
[Theresa Meyers] The hardest part was incorporating the research on Native American tribal lore and mythology from the tribes in that part of Washington, without being heavy-handed about it or being disrespectful, and yet still keeping in mind my characters and their goals, fears and needs. There’s a lot more that goes on behind the scenes in writing a book than readers are aware. If it seems smooth and effortless, it’s because we work our tails off to make it seem that way.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Raina?
[Theresa Meyers] Smart, strong and determined.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are three things Slade would never have in his pocket?
[Theresa Meyers] Huh. I have to think on that. I know what three things he would have, but not three he wouldn’t. Humm. Car keys (because he drives a motorcycle), a stake (because he’s a vampire and someone might be stupid enough to try using it), and Eris’ phone number (because really, who wants to talk to the goddess of chaos?)
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Theresa Meyers] You know that’s a really good question. I don’t know that I can point to just one or two things. Everything is an influence. A snippet of conversation, a song. As far as shaping me as a creative person, the greatest influence would have been my mother. She was an incredibly multi-talented woman who always gave us the space and encouragement to be creative. In fact, the very first published national piece of writing I had was about her in high school, a short article in Merlyn’s Pen magazine titled My Mother, Unusual in a Normal Sort of Way. It detailed the ins and outs of things that happened around our house that were totally normal for my mom, but perhaps unusual to others. The editors for the magazine put a little line in the discussion guide that said “How did the author use exaggeration and hyperbole to improve characterization?” My best friend read that, then turned to me and said. “But you didn’t exaggerate. Your mom really is like that.” I smiled and told her, “You know that. I know that, but apparently the editors at the magazine don’t know that.”
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Theresa Meyers] Hot tea with Splenda and milk, my soundtrack for that book and a keyboard because I hate to write long-hand because it makes it impossible to keep up with the thoughts in my head.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Theresa Meyers] Probably Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Theresa Meyers] I like to do all sorts of things! I bake, can vegetables, fruits and jams, sew on steampunk costumes, watch movies, have tea with my non-writing friends and futz about in the garden, planting and growing things.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Theresa Meyers] They can reach me via the contact page on my website, www.theresameyers.com , follow me on Twitter @Theresa_Meyers , or send me a note on FaceBook at TheresaMeyersAuthor, or if they prefer pen and paper, I can be reached at P.O. Box 25, Port Orchard, WA 98366.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thanks!!
[Theresa Meyers] Thank you! It was a lot of fun and some great questions!
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