Tuesday, 9 February 2016
Author Interview: Thirst by RP Channing
R P Channing started writing three years ago, but never published anything even after churning out over a million words of fiction. Thirst: Blood of my Blood is the first book he dared to publish. When asked why, he said, “Because it’s the first thing I wrote that my wife actually enjoyed reading.” When not hammering away (most literally) at his keyboard, he can be found buried in a book, reading anything from romance to horror to young adult to non-fiction to comedy.
Do you plan everything or just let the story flow?
I do a bit of both, although I tend to let the story flow more often than not. I've tried outlining, plotting beforehand. It always fails.
Do your characters ever want to take over the story?
All the time! I start writing and then they develop minds of their own. There's no controlling them.
Are you a morning person or a night owl?
Night owl by far. Sometimes I'll fall into an "early-to-bed" rhythm, but it never lasts.
Do you listen to music while writing?
No. I did once but I found it distracts from the mood of the story. An author is trying to create a mood, and if you're feeling something from the music then that mood is not coming from your book.
Could you tell us a bit about your latest release?
Thirst is a YA novel about ghosts, demons, vampires and witches. It's a paranormal romance with a touch of scary in it. At its core, it's a romance, and the depth of the love between the two main characters took a lot of work to put together.
Who, or what, if anything has influenced your writing?
I take something out of every book I read. And I always try and look for what's good in a book rather than poke at what's bad. That's the only way to truly learn something. There are a million ways to do something wrong, and only one way to do it right. So you need to focus on what's right when reading books from other authors so you can do it yourself in your own stories.
What are three words that describe you?
Obstinate. Bullheaded. Tenacious. (Oh, wait, those are synonyms. Oh well...)
Any websites/places readers can find you on the web.
Thirst: Blood of my Blood
by RP Channing
WITH BEAUTIFUL PHOTOGRAPHS
YA Paranormal Romance/Dark Fantasy/Demons/Witches/Vampires
~ Kira Sutherland ~
After a near fatal accident (and getting cheated on by her 'boyfriend'), and beating up the lead cheerleader (with whom the boyfriend cheated...), and being labeled as having 'issues' in her school because she, uhm, sees ghosts, Kira is left with two choices:
1. Continue her 'therapy' (where she's told the ghost is a hallucination and also gets her legs ogled too often...)
2. Go to Starkfield Academy, a boarding school for "Crazies and Convicts" (as the social media sites call them.)
She chooses the latter...
~ Cory Rand ~
Cory Rand has not had an easy life. His mother died in a car accident when he was twelve, and so did his mother's best friend...sort of. You see, Janice made a promise to take care of Cory just before she died, and so she lingers. Undead. A ghost that watches out for him.
Brought up in an abusive home, Cory quickly falls into a life of disreputable behavior. After his third offense (which was prompted by a girl, as usual - he has a weakness) he's left with two choices:
1. Be tried as an adult and share a cell with a guy named Bubba (he thinks...)
2. Go to Starkfield Academy, which Cory is pretty sure is run by vampires. But, hey, at least he'll get an education.
He chooses the latter...
It's at Starkfield that Kira meets Cory Rand, a boy with an insatiable Rage who sees ghosts, too. As well as other things, other things from his past, things that confuse him, things like fire and witches and demons.
Things he's always ignored.
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