Monday, 25 August 2014

Interview with Tima Maria Lacoba author of Bloodpledge #paranormal #romance #Giveaway

After I read and reviewed Bloodgifted  by Ms. Lacoba I couldn’t miss the opportunity to have her on my blog for an interview. She's giving away a Signed Print of Bloodgifted and Silver Heart Pendant so make sure to enter to win.

What made you decide to write paranormal romance?

I've always loved that genre—it's what I read when I came home from work. There's enough reality to identify with the story and characters, and a dash of the unnatural to spike the imagination and set the pulse racing. Perfect.

How do you handle writing and everyday life?

It's a challenge. I try to make my mornings a priority for writing, but, of course there are the occasional interruptions. When that happens, I take whatever opportunity there is in the day to write, even if it means leaving the shopping for tomorrow and letting the dust bunnies settle. I once saw this on a fridge magnet and decided to adopt it - You may look at the dust, but please don't write in it! 

How did you decide on the design for your covers?

I worked with two talented cover designers who knew how to use my chosen images to create the covers I wanted; that represented the major characters and give a hint of the story. I believe they were successful as the feedback I've received has been only positive.

In Bloodgifted, the vampires had lavender eyes. Not that I'm complaining because it's my favourite colour, but why that colour?

Fair enough question. I wanted an unusual colour, but one that wouldn't attract unwanted human attention. Lavender fit the bill, so to speak. 

Since I'm a lover of all things romance, tell us the most romantic thing someone has ever done for you. 

This one really made me think, but here it is—one of my ex-boyfriends once gave me wildflowers for Valentine's Day. He knew I liked them, so he raided his mum's garden, and some of his friends' gardens, to bring me a gorgeous bouquet :-) 
Please give an analogy of what writing is like for you.

It's like living a daydream where what you want to happen, does. 

The Blurb

Bloodpledge continues Alec and Laura’s story from Bloodgifted. Having undergone the Ritual and induction into the vampire community, Laura— the prophesised Child of Light and Darkness and last of the Ingenii—takes her place as Alec’s consort and First Lady of the Brethren. But resentment and anger grow at Alec’s privileged position as daywalker. 

Among a powerful few, alliances are made and conspiracies formed, threatening a war that could destroy them all and endanger every human on Earth—creatures who would do anything to prevent the curse from ending. Now Alec and Laura must invoke the Pledge, an ancient ceremony that enforces Brethren loyalty to the Principate. 

When Laura’s ex-boyfriend, Detective Inspector Matt Sommers, turns up with a threat that could expose Alec, the battle for their world and their lives begins.

Author Bio:

Hi, I’m Tima Maria, and I write vampire books, but not just any vamp books – mine are Roman soldiers cursed by a Pictish witch in the 3rd century.

So, how did I start this series? In a previous life (before I started writing) I was a practicing archaeologist and historian, specializing in Roman Britain. Later, I took up high school teaching, as It gave me the opportunity to take my students on overseas excursions to visit the amazing archaeological sites they’d only seen in books.

Then one day, I surrendered to the itch of writing. After many years reading and correcting my students’ creative writing tasks and essays, I decided it was time to write my own. I couldn’t hold it in any longer.

Bloodgifted is the result.

In 2011, it was shortlisted in the Atlas Award – sponsored by a boutique Brisbane publisher – and eventually came fourth.

In 2012, it was listed among the top ten in the Choclit, Search for an Aussie Star Competition.

In 2013, I was offered a publishing contract, but declined in favour of going indie. I liked the idea of being in charge of my own creation.

Bloodgifted is just the start of a three part series I’ve entitled, The Dantonville Legacy. Later, I intend writing individual books on the other characters in the series, for they all have their own story.

Currently, I live on the Central Coast, an hour’s drive north of Sydney, surrounded by wooded hills, possums and seed-dropping rosellas. Between bouts of writing, I teach English and History, enjoy long walks while dodging the nesting magpies and plot the next series of books I’d like to write.

Connect with Tima!

Twitter - @TimaMariaLacoba

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  1. Great interview! I love the idea of vampires having lavender eyes. Such a fun twist!

    1. It's my favorite color so I was so happy when I read it.

  2. Great Interview Ladies. I read Bloodgifted and reviewed it with Nana, an amazing twist on the blood sucking vamps!

    1. Thanks, Cathy. It was a good read.


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