Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Author Interview: Krystal Shannan - My Viking Vampire Release Tour

We would like to welcome author Krystal Shannan to the blog today as she celebrates the new release of her book, My Viking Vampire. We had a chance to ask Krystal a few questions about herself and her new book. We hope you enjoy!

When writing supernatural characters how do you decide what traditional lore to incorporate into your story and how much do you make up as you go?

Krystal: "I usually start with some type of researched historical lore and then decide what I can do to put a personal twist on it. I tend to make up or change where they originated, how they feed, mate, how long they live, strengths, weaknesses. There has to be enough that readers know what they are easily, but enough interesting details that make them stand out from other authors' creations."

Your new novel, My Viking Vampire, has a character named Erick Thorson. Is he a real raiding and pillaging type viking or did you give him more of a modern twist? 

Krystal: "Erick was a raiding pillaging Viking from the first century AD, but since the book is set in 2096, he is not a barbarian in that sense at all anymore. But he still retains that sexy warrior mentality, with the added suaveness a thousand years might give someone."

Many romance novels use the theme of soul mates. Do you believe in real life soul mates or are they something made up by the romance genre?  

Krystal: "I'm one of the authors that adores the soul mate theme and uses it. I think that soul mates are made when two people reach out to each other and communicate and grow together as a couple. In the real world, we have to work hard to achieve such a deep connection and trust. Do I think that two people can have instant chemistry with each other, ABSOLUTELY. Do I think they are soul mates right then and there. No. But, I do think the romance genre has latched onto the idea that chemistry can jumpstart that bond, and as authors we capitalize on the emotions needed to form such a secure and loving bond and move the timeline along much faster than it would likely happen in the real world. It's nice to escape into a fantasy. That's what make the romance genre so enticing to me."

Quickfire Questions:
Favorite ice cream? Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Cats or dogs? Dogs
PC or Mac? MAC
Favorite childhood TV show? Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Bailey Ross’ world is crumbling around her. Her abusive ex, a human, is closing in on her again, and to make matters worse, a new enemy, a djinn, is stalking her. This supernatural being takes great pleasure in human pain, something Bailey has in excess thanks to her ex. If she’s caught by either, she’s as good as dead.

Backed into a corner and desperate to escape, she does something she swore wouldn’t ever be possible again –trusting a man. And he’s a vampire.

Protection via the sexy vampire Erick Thorson may prove to be a little more than she bargained for. Sparks fly between them and she finds herself agreeing to more than just protection. Though he has promised not to let anyone harm her, the small west Texas town is more than it seems and he may not be able to make good on his vow no matter how hard he tries.

Will Sanctuary be the home Bailey longs for or will she have to die to find out?

Out Now!

Coming to Barnes and Noble August 25th!

Meet the Author:
 Krystal Shannan goes to sleep every night dreaming of mythical realms with werewolves, vampires, fae, and dragons. Occasional a fabulous, completely human story slips into the mix, but powers and abilities usually crop up without fail, twisting reality into whatever her mind can conceive.

As a child, her parents encouraged her interests in Ancient Greek and Roman mythology and all things historical and magickal. As an adult the interests only grew. She is a child of Neverland and refuses to ever stop believing in fairies.

She is guilty of indulging and being a Buffy the Vampire Slayer groupie as well as an Angel fan. For those of you unfamiliar with the world of Joss Whedon, you are missing out! She also makes sure to watch as many action and adventure movies as possible. The more exciting the better. Yippee-Ki-Yay..... If you don't know the end of that phrase, then you probably don't like the same movies.

She writes stories full of action, snark, magick, and heart-felt emotion. If you are looking for leisurely paced sweet romance, her books are probably not for you. But, for those looking for a magical ride, filled with adventure, passion, and just a hint of humor. Welcome home.

Krystal Shannan
Putting Magick in Romance one Soul Mate at a Time.
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