Thursday, 21 March 2013
Author Interview & Giveaway: Mimi Sebastian
Noemi Ghirghi writes as Mimi Sebastian and raised herself on books and the strange and unusual with an unhealthy dose of comics and Scooby Doo. Loving angst-filled romance thrown in the mix, she decided to blend all those elements in a steamy mix in her first Urban Fantasy series, the Necromancer Books. The first book, The Necromancer’s Seduction, debuts July 15, 2013, with ImaJinn Books.
Noemi spent two years in the Ivory Coast with the Peace Corps and loves to introduce tid-bits from her experiences in her writing. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America and the Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal chapter of RWA. A transplant from the beaches of Florida, Noemi now wanders the desert in Phoenix, AZ, and attempts to balance writing with a day career, fantastic family, and household diva: her Amazon parrot.
Do you plan everything or just let the story flow?
A little of both. I usually start with a few scenes that come out without me thinking or planning them, then I have to sit and plot and outline a little bit. Especially with a series. It’s important to understand how everything will eventually end to drip little clues in here and there.
Do your characters ever want to take over the story?
All the time. They often let me in on some wonderful plot details as I write, that sometimes take the story in a new direction or provide a fun plot twist.
What is your favourite food?
I love Japanese food, sushi.
Are you a morning person or a night owl?
I used to be a night person, like in college when I’d stay up all night, but now I’m trying to get more sleep, and find when I get up early, I’m pretty productive.
Where do you dream of travelling to and why?
I’d love to travel to Japan. I find the culture very interesting and my next Urban Fantasy project will involve Japanese mythology.
Do distant places feature in your books?
Another realm entirely. The home of the demon race. But the story is set in San Francisco, which is a wonderful city. Additionally, through the characters, I’ve dropped in little slices of African culture that I experienced while I lived in West Africa.
Do you listen to music while writing?
Yes. It connects to a part of my brain that helps me write.
The Necromancer’s Seduction, scheduled for release July 15 in which a necromancer unleashes her power and reignites a legacy that threatens the entire supernatural community as well as her own soul. We have zombies, demon creatures, and sexy demon warriors. It’s very character driven. I enjoy exploring the grey moral areas of my characters. They all have to make horrible choices based on their allegiances to their own supernatural race and past events. And my heroine raises and controls the dead. It’s not glamorous, like casting spells or giving chase in stilettos. It’s rather gruesome, in fact, and I was very into exploring how she dealt with such a power.
What have you learned about writing and publishing since you first started?
Keeping yourself open to all the possibilities. Fortunately, these days writers have many options for publishing. Also, having a couple of books in mind to work on. When I completed the first book of my series and started querying with agents, etc., and not getting offers, I got discouraged, but put it aside and kept writing. I began a new, completely different pirate historical that kept me going until a publisher offered me a contract for the book I put aside. Now I need to do something with the pirate book.
Is there anything you would do differently?
Quit my day job, but that’s not my reality right now.
Who, or what, if anything has influenced your writing?
I’m actually inspired quite a bit by horror authors: Ray Bradbury, H.P. Lovecraft, Poe, Ambrose Bierce, Stephen King, Clive Barker, Dean Koontz. And Bram Stoker. I mean if you read Dracula, some of his writing blows me away. I’m also influenced quite a bit by movies, all genres.
Anything you would say to those just starting out in the craft?
Try to understand and stay true to your voice while at the same time work on polishing your craft via classes or books. Find a group of writers to support you, whether with critiquing or just moral support. I don’t know what I’d do without my writer group.
What are three words that describe you?
Easy- Going, Introspective, Curious
What's your favourite book or who is your favourite writer?
I think my favorite writers (sorry, it’s a tie) are Ray Bradbury, Mark Twain, and Maurice Sendak.
About the Book:
The Necromancer Series, Book One
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: ImaJinn Books
Cover Artist: Patricia Lazarus
Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/sCnfq9Se7bU
She has never feared the walking dead. It’s the power required to reanimate the dead that startles her, seduces her. The power that dwells inside her…and is growing.
For Professor Ruby Montagne, being a necromancer has brought her nothing but heartache, and she walked away from that part of her life long ago. However, her quiet existence in San Francisco is shattered when she stumbles upon the body of a slain witch, and the supernatural community insists she transform him into a revenant to track the killer. But his murder was just the beginning, and Ruby soon realizes that the stakes are higher than anyone can imagine—and that revenants have nasty minds of their own.
Now demonic creatures have escaped into the human world, and zombies once again walk the streets. For humanity’s sake, Ruby forms an unlikely alliance with a witch, a zombie, and Ewan March, a demon warrior who sets her senses on fire.
She’s always distrusted demons and Ewan is no exception, but circumstances push them closer together, and Ruby not only finds it harder to resist him, she isn’t sure she even wants to. But she suspects his job of patrolling the portal separating humans and demons conceals a dark and deadly past that may consume them both.
With events spiraling out of control, Ruby unravels a plot that not only threatens the human and demon realms, but puts Ruby’s very soul in jeopardy. Because when the dead walk, no one is safe. Especially Ruby.
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