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Monday, October 22, 2012

Interview with Author Tory Michaels and Giveaway

Today I would like to welcome author Tory Michaels to RFTC . Tory has stopped by to answer some questions and to share some info on her Dream Walker War series. So please give Tory a warm welcome.

Originally from the Sacramento Valley, Tory packed up and moved all the way to Southwest Florida in 2004 with her husband (a Florida native) under the premise that ‘hurricanes almost never hit that part of the state.’ That year, 4 blasted the area. 4 more came the following year, and her husband blames her for bringing the hurricanes. She now resides in Jacksonville and is relieved that, thus far, no more hurricanes have followed her around.

She began writing in kindergarten when a turnip wished to be human and, other than a hiatus shortly after getting married, has never stopped. Her love of vampires began somewhere in junior high, and combining the two loves didn’t take long. She loves music, considers herself a ‘book slut’ whose reading habits would break her family financially if given free reign, and is (usually) delighted to be a mommy of twin Shrimpettes and a Shrimp.

Places to find Tory:

First off, can you tell us a bit about you?
I am a mother of three (twin toddler girls and a 6 y/o boy), wife and writer. I’ve enjoyed writing since I was really young (don’t most authors?) and it helped keep me (relatively) sane during the darkest days of my somewhat misspent youth.

I work as a legal assistant/paralegal at a small corporate law firm (and yes, that is as boring as it sounds, buuuut I like my boss, which is a plus and it pays well). We all live in Jacksonville, FL and I have to say, of the places I’ve lived in my life (ranging from central California and Washington to SW Florida), it’s my favorite.

Did you always want to be a writer?
Yes, and no. I remember talking about it in Junior High, and my mother’s ever-patient “but what will you do until you make it?” The implication to my young mind was that she didn’t believe I’d succeed and that I’d better have a back-up plan. Now, as an adult (and sadly Mom passed before I got my first contract), I know she just wanted me to consider the options so I’d honestly be able to have a good living while I developed the craft.

I took a few years off after I got married from my constant writing, but I kept circling back to writing and finally gave up a few years ago and while I’m not necessarily the most prolific writer (I will go months without writing – working to change that), I love to do it and can’t imagine shutting it down again.

What kind of writer are you? Panster or Plotter?
Pantser, though I’m working on at least coming up with a bare-bones outline (aka, I want to know where I’m supposed to end up) before I start writing. I can’t know the exact ending, nor the entire route there, because I write to discover. What’s the point in writing, if I’ve already discovered everything?

Where do your ideas come from?
Most of the plots I have floating about came from characters I used in role-playing games like Vampire: the Masquerade (of the characters in my series to date, Anthony, Dara and Christine were all Ventrue, while Jordan was a Toreador) and Dungeons & Dragons (I’ve got a fantasy world to use if I can ever get the fantasy muse to respond to my call).

A la Twitter style, can you describe your book (or series) in 140 characters or less.
Nope. All right, lemme give it a shot.

The Dream-Walker Ares wants to provoke a species-war, but why? Is it just for fun, or does he have something more sinister in mind?

I think that sums it up.

What are some of your favorite kinds of stories to read?
Strange for a paranormal romance/urban fantasy writer, but I love historicals. Throw in some paranormal aspects (a la Lydia Dare) and I’m in heaven!

Do you have a favorite book and if so what is it?
Oh, wow. Umm, probably Wicked Intentions by Elizabeth Hoyt. I haven’t read it several months now, it’s an incredible historical from the Georgian period in England.

What are the scenes that are the hardest for you to write?
Sex scenes, seriously. I almost pitched an entire book (literally, I had written the entire 100k book and couldn’t get the one last scene which was the peak of the romance between Chris and Jordan, and was ready to just throw out the entire book in disgust). Luckily, I didn’t. I sulked for a week, had some conversations with my beta readers, and managed to cobble something together.

I really need to consider another line of work. Heh. =) I’m a big-time prude in a romance-writer’s body.

If you could have dinner with any three authors, who would you choose and why?
Sherrilyn Kenyon, Christina Dodd and Kim Harrison. (I’d have said Lydia Dare, but she’s actually two authors, so that’d bring me to 4). Because they are all freakin’ rock stars in the paranormal romance/urban fantasy world, and I would love to pick their brains.

Last question, are you working on anything right now?
Yeah, this interview! =) Sorry. I couldn’t resist.

Seriously though, I just wrapped up Prophecy of Blood (the third book in the Dream-Walker War) and got it submitted to the publisher yesterday. I’ve poked at a couple of scenes for the fourth book since then (about 2000 words worth), but nothing gelled yet. I’m not surprised. I’ll probably try to take a week or so off, read a LOT, try to get some notes written on the direction I want the story to go in, and get to know my hero better. The heroine, Ronnie, I know somewhat. She’s been in all three books. Kyler, on the other hand, I haven’t had a chance to talk to yet.

Thanks for having me here today! I look forward to hanging out with y’all in comments. =)

In the eighty years since the Great Awakening, humans and non-humans have lived side by side, relatively at peace. In an attack that leaves his wife dead, Jordan MacNaught is caught up in the start of a war meant to turn the other races against the vampires. He knows beyond a doubt the vampires of yesteryear are not involved in the attacks. They're all dead, except for him.

Jordan asks for Chris Javert's help in hunting those who murdered his wife. She's no stranger to hunting vampires. After all, she nearly destroyed Jordan when she ended the reign of his Aristocrats in Europe two hundred years ago.

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Despite the disturbing turn to her daydream, the shower centered her. It certainly ended her bout of the hornies. When she exited the frosted glass enclosure into the steam and gardenia-scented room, Chris could face the world, and Jordan, again. Cool marble tile provided a sharp contrast against the balmy miasma blanketing her. She needed to get dressed and back to work.

“It’s about time you got out,” Jordan said as he materialized, seated on the edge of the counter between the sink bowls. His legs dangled over the edge.

“Son of a—” Chris yelped and leaped for her towel.

He blinked slowly, warning, and she just caught herself before the last word slipped out. The last time she called him a son of a bitch, he buried her alive for disparaging his mother. For some reason, he objected to the pejorative, even though rumor had it he’d killed his mother at some point. She clutched at her towel like a shield.

“What are you doing in here?”

“To quote a certain someone, I should think that it’s fairly obvious. I wanted to talk to you.” He flashed a smile, fangs just barely showing, and leaned his weight back on his palms. “You know, Chrissy, if you’d just given me a bit longer, you wouldn’t have had to resort to alternative methods.”

She might be claustrophobic, but right then she wanted the floor to open up and swallow her whole. Dear God. Her reflection turned a nice, brilliant, beet red, and she looked around for her bathrobe, finally finding it slung over the door that separated the toilet from the main portion of the room. “Mother of Lorminstra, you perverted jackanapes!”
Jordan blinked again, the picture of innocence. “I am the perverted one? Which one of us just masturbated in the shower?”
This absolutely can’t be happening. Please let this be a continuation of the weird-ass dream. Chris snatched her robe down and yanked it on, surreptitiously pinching her side in the process. Pain flared and dissipated. Unfortunately, the bathroom invasion continued unabated.Damn, no dream. She belted the flimsy scrap of silk, not feeling much more secure than with the towel. “You could have waited five minutes.”

“I did. Then, when you still didn’t emerge, I thought I’d wait in here.”

Since the universe didn’t see fit to rescue her by sending a great bolt of lightning or a tsunami to kill her, she needed to brazen the situation out. And had her shower really taken that long? Good lord.

“What was so important you couldn’t wait? And while there’d better not be a next time, next time let me know you’re there. I could have finished...ah, I could have gotten, ah, ….”

There really wasn’t a good way to end that statement, and she floundered. He didn’t seem inclined to rescue her either, judging by his grin. Asshole. The recently departed headache began to squeeze her temples again.

“I wouldn’t have enjoyed it half as much if I had interrupted, unless I joined in.”

“Well, why didn’t you?” In her brief glimpse before she bent at the waist and flipped her hair over her head to begin toweling it dry, she got good visual confirmation that he definitely enjoyed the view. Must have been in mist form to see much, given the frosted glass that surrounded the shower.

“And get my clothes wet? Don’t be absurd.”

“A normal person would join me.” She wrung her hair out with more force than strictly necessary. “Now, explain what was so important you felt the need to become a Peeping Jordan, and then get out!”

“I think you need to have another go in the shower, if you’re still this waspish.”

Anthony would thank her if she killed him.

“I’ll make this brief. You’re fond of gambling, aren’t you?”

“What of it?” She continued to rub viciously with the towel, not sure she followed him yet. “I’m fond of lots of things.”

“Earlier, you propositioned me.”

Chris choked. “I did no such thing!”

“Then what would you call it?”

“Losing my mind.”

Jordan chuckled. From her upside down position, she saw his legs stop swinging as he leaned forward. “I propose a bet. Just to make our time a little more interesting, although I doubt it will beat what I just saw.”
She purposely ignored the latter half of his statement. Finished with her scalp she moved on to the longer portion of her hair.

“If you win, I will walk the straight and narrow for, hmmm. Two decades should be impetus enough, even for you. While not admitting to having done anything that might get me in trouble under your country’s Rights and Responsibilities Act, I promise not to indulge in any of my more exotic entertainments for that period. No murder, no torture, nothing of that nature.” Her eyes widened, and she stood, towel held loosely in her right hand. “I thought that might garner your exclusive attention.”

Mouth dry, she swallowed hard. For that offer, he wanted something big in return. “And if I lose?”

“I get your blood. More specifically, we forge a blood-bond.”

No chance in hell.

Though she wanted to say the words, she didn’t. If she rejected him out of hand without a good reason, he might wonder. Vampires commonly shared blood. It wasn’t safe for her to do, since most people would feel obligated to turn her over to the Circle for execution if they figured out what she was.

She couldn’t dismiss the possibility he’d offered the bet to see how desperate she was to avoid sharing blood. In that case, she should say yes and win, no matter the cost.

“Quite the stakes. What’s the bet?”

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  1. Thanks for having me here today. :)

  2. Tory, I love the cover. Do you design your own or at least do you inspire the artist?

    1. I don't do the design. Evernight has a graphic artist that it uses. They did go with my basic descriptions of Anthony and Dara (though Dara should be a good 20-30 pounds heavier). I wanted the second guy on there because, while this isn't a menage, the second guy had a big part in how Anthony & Dara's story played out.

  3. tory...the cover is wonderful! i love it!

    1. Thanks! Yeah, I'm still crazy in love with the cover for Blood Rage. Blood-Mage Rising is nice, but it's Rage that gets me squealy-happy. :)

  4. Tory, With three kids 6 years or younger and a full time job to boot, you must be exhausted. Best of luck with the blog tour!


    1. Thanks, Sandy. Yeah, they certainly keep me hopping. Esp. when they decide Mommy's iPhone should go for a swim. ::grumbles::

  5. Fantastic excerpt .Thank you for sharing with us today.Have a great week.

    1. Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Wanda. :)

  6. Sounds really good!! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  7. "He knows beyond a doubt the vampires of yesteryear are not involved in the attacks. They're all dead, except for him."

    Why is it that we all fall for the last of a species thing?

    The book looks great, I can't wait to read it!

  8. Interesting that the Tory gets inspiration from RPG games. I haven't played in a while.
    Enjoyed the funny excerpt. Laughed out loud when Chris revealed she got buried alive for swearing.

    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

    1. Yeah. She and Jordan have had their issues over the years. Glad you liked it and hope you check out the books!

  9. The covers definitely sold me on these. Thanks for the interview and giveaway. These will be on my TBR list.

    1. Yay! I love my covers. Evernight's graphic design artist is awesome.

  10. thanks for the chance to get to know about your book.and I love your cover

    1. Thank you, Stacey! Glad to meet you too. :)