Today, I’m excited to welcome Mandi Casey to the blog. She’s the author of The Bizarre Life of Sydney Sedrick, a paranormal romance (and we all know how much I love vampires, werewolves and all things forbidden and dark… even if I did write a historical!).
Without further ado, here’s our interview. But first, let’s take a peek at her cover, because it’s fabulous!
Me: Can you tell us a little about yourself?
MC: I’m a huge fan of paranormal romance, vampires, werewolves, demons, you name it, they’re all hot and intriguing to me! I have 3 naughty dogs that act like little circus clowns when I come home from work, and I love them like crazy.
Me: Do you have a day job?
MC: I do, my dream is to retire early from that and become a full-time writer, doing what I love best, but I don’t see that happening in the very near future.
Me: How do you balance writing with all of your other obligations? (I ask, because I have yet to find it!)
MC: Yeah, I still don’t have a clue. I sneak off when my family goes on errands, when they are working on projects etc… and I delve right in. Notebooks come in handy so I can keep tabs on the ideas swirling in my head because if I don’t write them down, they float away and unfortunately don’t come back lol.
Me: What’s your favorite book of all time, and why? (Because I’m a lit geek, I’ll let you get away with listing more than one)
MC: The Fae Fever series is one of my ultimate favorites, my sister and I are considering going to check out the Temple Bar District over in Ireland. It was that good. Another series, totally out of my normal genre but I love her writing none-the-less, is the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich.
Me: Oh, the Fae Fever series. Holy smokes, I love that series, so if you go to the Temple Bar district, I’m going to stow away in your luggage. If Barrons’ face isn’t in the dictionary next to the term alpha male, then there’s something not right with the world. He’s awesome.
**Pauses while staring into space**
Me (shaking away the fantasy): Okay, okay, I’ll move along. Who is your favorite movie/TV character and why?
MC: David in Lost Boys, he was the ultimate mysterious bad boy vampire that drew me into the dark and romantic vampire world.
Me: You’re going to give me the shivers. David was my first vampire, too! So, what are your interests outside of writing?
MC: I Frisbee golf, a lot.
Me: Interesting. Getting into some questions about your writing, are you a pantser or a plotter and why?
MC: I’m a plotter, I like to start writing with the big picture in mind for each chapter including the little details that needed to be added, not that things don’t change as the story unfolds, actually, it always does.
Me: Is there a particular author who may have influenced you?
MC: I really like so many I can’t really pick one.
Me: I feel you there, sister. Why don’t you tell us a little bit about what inspired this book.
MC: My goal is to write the ultimate paranormal romance, I love including elements of the forbidden, royalty, betrayal, and the ultimate love.
Me: What is your favorite sentence or quote in your new release?
MC: This is probably my fav:
Who knew what was lurking out there in the dark?
And now it knew me.
Me: Oh, that’s fantastic. I think I just got the shivers! Who do you envision as your lead characters?
MC: For Blake I envision the actor who plays Alcide on True Blood, and for Sydney I envision someone similar to Emma Stone with black hair.
Me: I do so love Joe Manganiello. That’s some pretty serious hotness there. *Sigh* Do you have any advice for an aspiring writer?
MC: The best advice I can give is to know your basics in grammar and punctuation, a well punctuated query can get you in the door, it doesn’t matter how fantastic your story is, if the query has mistakes, it will probably end up in slush piles everywhere.
Me: So, before I let you go, where can your readers stalk you?
MC: Lol, great question, I’d love to be stalked by readers! My blog site is www.whoareyoucallingavampire.blogspot.com, or I can be found on Facebook.
Tell us about your new release: Here is the blurb from Bizarre Life of Sydney Sedrick, I don’t want to give too much away!
After a rogue werewolf attack triggers her latent powers as the Selected, Sydney Sedrick is reluctantly dragged into a war of vampires and werewolves, both battling for total species domination. Each try to use her as their pawn and are willing to use any force necessary to gain control of her special gifts. For her protection, Sydney is armed with only her grandmother’s journal and Blake, the sexy werewolf who insists they are meant to be together.
In order to succeed, Sydney must embrace her destiny and join the battle to protect both sides from genocide. Caught between two very different worlds, belonging to neither, Sydney is forced to risk it all, or lose everything and everyone she holds dear.
Me: That sounds fantastic!
MC: Thanks so much for having me on your blog, happy reading and writing to everyone!
Me: Thanks for being here! I’ve enjoyed our chat!