Hello everyone and welcome to The Dark Circle! Today I have with me, Denise Tompkins, author of Nitecliff Evolutions: Legacy, a fast paced, heart stopping thrill ride. Denise thanks for being here with me today!
1. If you have to describe yourself wih one word, what would it be?
2. What did you do before you became a writer?
I spent ten years in Human Resources, holding positions beginning as a paralegal in an employment law practice up to being the Director of Human Resources. I loved so many aspects of that career that I was sorry to see it dissolve due to health issues, but the timing was perfect because it opened the door to writing. I'd dreamed of being an author since I was in first grade.
3. How long did it take you to write The Nitecliff Evolutions: Legacy?
It took me about six weeks to write Legacy. I was a writer on a mission at the time. I wanted to know if I could write a full-length novel, and I wanted to know if I could make the story work. I had no idea it would end up as not only my first novel but also my first novel to sell!
4. What is the main source of inspiration for your writing?
If I have to narrow it down, I really must be honest and say it's my own curiosity that inspires my writing. I think every story I've ever written, very idea that comes to fruition, has begun by me asking myself a series of questions starting with "What if?" For example, "What if a woman were to find out she's not who she thought she was?" "What if a sidekick was more than a sidekick?" "What if you could carve an epic love story out of a multi-layered mystery?"
5. Is there a place you go for inspiration to write?"
I do listen to music, but otherwise I do my best work when I can sit somewhere quiet and stay focused. Usually, this is at home in a spare bedroom. I tend to shift to such an internal state that I have been startled by my husband when he's come in, or when one of the dogs walks in and sticks her nose on me.
6. Are you reading anything right now?
I am! I've just started reading Archangel's Consort by Nalini Singh. She's such an amazingly talented author. I would give an awful lot to be able to meet her and just talk to her about writing. I love her emotional connection to her characters, and I'd like to be able to replicate that in my own storytelling.
7. Who are some of your favorite authors?
I have four: Diana Gabaldon, Larissa Ione, Laurel K. Hamilton and Nalini Singh. Others that I thouroughly enjoy are Molly Harper, Susan Donovan, JR Ward, Jennifer Cruise, and Suzanne Enoch.
8.What is one food item that you can't live without?
Diet Dr. Pepper. I am a complete and total addict.
9. What do you like to do when you're not writing (hobbies, ect.)?
I love gardening, photography, travel, reading and cooking. Photography and gardening are extensions of my creative side.
10. After I read your book, would you be interested in doing a character interview for my blog? At a later date?
11. What advice would you give to those aspiring writers out there?
Don't be afraid to put your best work out there and stand behind it. Everyone has a first novel. Everyone has fears and doubts. Everyone has fears. But if you let the fear inhibit you, you'll be stuck on your computer forever, waiting until you're "good enough" and that's not fair to you or your developing talent. Take a few risks and see where it gets you. I ended up with an agent, a publishing contract and a lot of forward momentum!
12. Is there anything else about yourself that you would like your readers to know?
I love to get reader emails. Don't be afraid to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and chat with me!
13. What is next for you in 2012?
My newest project is making the rounds in New York while I work on Wrath and Vengance, books two and three of the Nitecliff Evolutions. Wrath will be released digitally on April 3, 2012, the print version of Legacy releases in Summer 2012, and Vengance will be released October 2012 (tentative). It's going to be a very busy year for Maddy Nitecliff!
Denise thank you so much for being here and I would like my readers to stay turned to my blog for a review of Nitecliff Evolutions: Legacy which I'll get on here later today! There will also be a book giveawy!