Read my review of DRAWN INTO DARKNESS ~here~
Welcome to my realm and thank you for coming up here and talk a bit about your new novel; DRAWN INTO DARKNESS. I’d say, get comfy, grab a drink and talk the talk!
Drawn Into Darkness, the novel:
- Leontine: Do you still remember the day when you came up with the concept of Drawn Into Darkness? If so, tell us about it.
Annette: I didn’t so much as come up with the idea of the book, but find Lachlan. I saw him standing there in my mind, big and handsome, swinging a sword, and telling me he was dead. The rest came slowly. That he gathered souls, that he was serving a penance with Death. That he was in love with Rachel and how unlikely it was that he could ever be with her. I had to tell his story.
- Leontine: What do you like most about writing a paranormal romance story?
Annette: The world building. I spend a crazy amount of time immersing myself in the world of my characters, trying to see life (or in this case, death J) from their point of view. This is really the fun part.
- Leontine: And what challenges you in writing a paranormal romance story?
Annette: The biggest challenge is not writing myself into a corner, such as giving someone a power that will prove difficult to manage from a storyline perspective. I keep notes on my characters for just that reason.
- Leontine: Can you tell us a bit about your creative process in writing?
Annette: I work from an outline. It’s a very sketchy outline, but it has the basic progression of the story identified. I used to write blind, just putting down whatever I saw onto the page—but I found I was re-writing a LOT of pages at the end, pages that could have been avoided if I’d just have a guidepost to follow. So, now I outline.
I also write very early in the morning. My favorite hours are the pre-dawn ones when the house is dark and quiet and the new day is only a promise.
- Leontine: What do you absolutely need to start the day?
Annette: That’s easy. Coffee. I put on a big pot the moment I roll out of bed in the morning. The smell alone is enough to get the mental engines revving.
- Leontine: What do you do when the going gets rough?
Annette: Keep going. What’s that saying? When you’re going through hell, just keep going? That’s my philosophy.
- Leontine: What is the first and last sentence of your book?
Annette: The first sentence is: “Even in death, she was beautiful.” The last sentence is: “Go ahead, love. Drive me wild.”
- Leontine: Can you introduce us to a few main characters and tell a bit about them?
Annette: Well, there’s Lachlan MacGregor, a Soul Gatherer who was born in Scotland in the late 16th century. Now immortal and serving a term in purgatory, he masquerades amongst the living as a priest. It’s a disguise that proves very useful until he meets Rachel. Rachel Lewis is the artist single mom who lives in his apartment building and struggles to raise her teenage daughter under very trying circumstances—which, unfortunately for her, includes a very powerful demon from Lachlan’s past.
- Leontine: Do you have a favorite scene in Drawn Into Darkness?
Annette: I’d have to say that the first sex scene between Rachel and Lachlan is my favorite. It’s the moment when huge barriers suddenly drop away between the two and they truly get a glimpse at each other’s heart. Plus, it’s hot. J (edit Leontine: I so concur on that one *grin*)
- Leontine: Which book is on your nightstand at the moment?
Annette: Kris Kennedy’s The Conqueror. It’s a medieval romance and so far, it’s awesome.
- Leontine: What’s next for you?
Annette: I’m wrapping up revisions on book 2 in the Soul Gatherer series, Bound by Darkness, and developing a proposal for book 3.
Annette McCleave 101:
1. What was the highlight of your week?
Listening to my daughter play her flute. She didn’t play all summer and now she’s back at it. I love it.
2. Last movie you watched?
District 9. A very powerful movie that said a lot more about the human race than it did about aliens.
3. Your dream date would be…?
Daniel Craig as James Bond. Yum.
4. Current favorite food?
Popcorn. With lots of butter and salt. None of that healthy stuff.
5. Your favorite vacation spot?
My favorite trip was to Australia. Loved it and would go again in a heartbeat.
6. Boxers or briefs with your hottie next door?
7. If you could have one thing right now what would it be?
A maid. Keeping the house clean is not my thing at all. Oh, wait, let me amend that. A maid who can cook. I’m not much good with the stove either.
8. What's your favorite band?
I don’t really have a favorite band. This week I’ve listened to the Fray, the Eagles, Evanescence, and Terri Clark. J
9. Current favorite TV series?
10. Brawn or brains, what do you notice first?
Notice? Brawn, absolutely. The lasting impression is always made by the eyes, though. J
It was a terrific interview, Leontine--I really enjoyed the questions. Thanks for inviting me to stop by and allowing me to share the excitement of my debut release with your guests.
And this wasn't all: Annette has up for grabs a copy of DRAWN TINO DARKNESS
Annette: Prize time! I’m giving away a copy of Drawn into Darkness to one lucky commenter this week. Just tell me: if you had to give up all your ‘keeper’ books except one, which one would you hold on to and why?