Tuesday, 11 June 2013
Author Interview: Darlene Burns
Darlene Burns grew up in Los Angeles, California. She attended L.A.Valley College to study Oceanography but realized her true passion lied in writing.
"I come from a family of talented women. So even though I put off my dreams of writing for my children, I challenged myself to become one of those women that I so admire."
My true passion is reading and researching all elements regarding the supernatural. I fell in love with the old movies featuring Vincent Price and Bela Lugosi. I hope that you enjoy this novel as much as I enjoyed writing it!
Darlene currently lives in Indianapolis, Indiana with her partner.
Do you plan everything or just let the story flow?
First I create an outline. I use it as a guideline to keep me focused on what I want to accomplish from start to finish. As I begin to delve into the story itself, I let my characters take a life of their own. After that I just let the words flow.
Do your characters ever want to take over the story?
Yes they do! Because all my female characters have strong personalities, they essentially become bigger than the subject itself. Which is why I designed the series the way I have. Each main character in the first novel will have their very own story to tell.
What is your favourite food?
FOOD!. I love to eat and try new dishes. I cook a lot at home but, if I had to pinpoint one particular food it would be crab legs!
Are you a morning person or a night owl?
I am a morning person. But if I have a deadline I will stay up late to finish.
Where do you dream of travelling to and why?
I dream if travelling to Paris, London, and Scotland.
Do distant places feature in your books?
Yes I do. The locations are Africa, Egypt, and Scotland.
Do you listen to music while writing?
I listen to certain songs that motivate what I'm currently writing about. Rap or Hip Hop for the more urban portion. R&B for the more romantic killing portions. I even listen to classical music or instrumental. it just depends on my mood.
Could you tell us a bit about your latest release?
My book is about female Vampires. They are lesbians and are of African-American descent. All except for one. She is from Scotland. The main point of my story is that the Vampires are dying because of a mysterious plague. The disease effects humans as well. In turn when the Vampires feed they die as well.
What have you learned about writing and publishing since you first started?
Do your research in finding great representation and start your campaign early to get the word out. Also negotiate your contract. I can't stress that enough. It's still a business at the end of the day.
Is there anything you would do differently?
Yes. I would have had a lawyer look over my affairs. Not after..
Who, or what, if anything has influenced your writing?
My community, my family and a desire to tap into a genre that doesn't ordinarily feature ethnic main characters.
Anything you would say to those just starting out in the craft?
Don't doubt your ability to create a new world. Don't limit yourself. Let your story develop and take a life of it's own. Enjoy your writing. Do it because you love to write and nothing else will ever satisfy you as much. That's what drives me.
What are three words that describe you?
Fun, friendly and genuine
What's your favourite book or who is your favourite writer?
Stephen King. Under the Dome. I am in love with this book.
by Darlene Burns
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Women. Infected blood. Rotting corpses.
Welcome to the world of Katrine Baten aka Midnight.
She is one of oldest existing Vampyirs and only surrounds herself with eye candy.
But something is destroying not only her world but the human world as well.
Together with her lesbian coven by her side, she tries to seek a cure.
And what she discovers may change the course of how she lives as a Vampyir forever!
Find Darlene on Twitter @Dburnsauthor23
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