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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Author Spotlight and Q&A with B.V Larson

Blood of Gold (Seeker Series)Blood of Silver (Seeker Series)The Vampire's Image

Paromantasy is shining the spotlight on the super talented author B.V. Larson.  I have just read the first two books of B.V's Seeker Series entitled: Blood of Gold and Blood of Silver. These are YA books centered around Hayley, a normal teenager living an ordinary life. That is until Seth walks in and changes her world. Suddenly her ordinary world turns extraordinary and her normal life becomes that of fantasy (the sci-fi kind). I absolutely loved this series. It is so original, fast-paced and shrouded in mystery, suspense, and romance! Come back tomorrow where I will begin my review of all of BV's books, beginning with Blood of Gold. After the Seeker series, I went on to read the short story Vampire Image. Talk about unbelievable. I don't want to give away too much since I am writing a review, but what B.V. was able to do in such a few pages is nothing short of amazing. Again, check back for details.

B.V. Larson was kind enough to drop by Paromantasy to discuss life, books and what it means to be a writer.

Let's give a warm welcome to B.V. Larson!

Tell us about yourself.
I’m a writer loves to write. I wasn’t sure, when I started, that I would really enjoy writing for months and years. It’s one thing to pop out a story once in a while, but quite another to finish one book and plow into another. As it turns out, I’m that kind of writer. I live the western US, always have. I have kids, I’m married... And after work I write every spare minute. Every day.

When did you know that you wanted to be a writer?
I figured out I wanted to become a writer at around age nineteen. It’s taken many years to learn enough to become successful, however. I’d caution young people not think their first story will take the world by storm. It might happen—but probably won’t. Like the first time a kid picks up a violin, our first writing efforts are usually painful to the ear, but with enough work, it can happen.

Where did you get the idea for Blood of Gold from, and how did you come up with the title?
I wanted to write a different type of paranormal romance, a more realistic one. Not all readers like this. I think they’ve become used to certain fanciful notions in the genre. I took it seriously, first of all, with little humor. That cuts out half the genre, at least. Then I made the lead girl a realistic teenager. She had worries, emotional fits, friends with problems, etc. The title has to do with the story, about supernatural people all being related in various ways. The color associated with each title relates to the supernatural character she (Haley) meets in each book.

Are your characters based on people you know?
Some of them are. But usually they are based on people I’ve seen in passing, not real friends. Some of the lines in the first book, in particular, come right from lines spoken in high school. My teen kids and nieces have teen friends. Our house has a pool and is the family “party house”. For example, I led a pack of seven thirteen year olds around the neighborhood on Halloween last week. They give me ideas.

Who are some of your favorite authors and why?
In this genre, I read Meyers (of course), Hamilton and others. I read a lot of Indie books, too.

What books are you reading now?
I just read Grave Witch by Alex Craft.

Was writing and publishing your book exactly how you imagined?
It never is. Especially the publishing part. I had a fairly big agent in NYC about two years ago who marketed “Blood of Gold” but if you recall what happened back then... Half of NYC went into a panic. The market fell apart, no one was interested in a new YA author. I ended up moving on to being an Indie after being disillusioned by traditional publishing. I’ve not regretted the choice.

Are you working on any other projects we should watch out for?
I just released The Vampire’s Image on Amazon and BN. I plan to write a third book in the seeker series, Blood of Flame, soon.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Reading over it five times to find errors. This is a required, but “un-fun” part of the biz, especially as an Indie. I also have two semi-pro people who do a read-through for me on each book.

What do you do when you in your free time?
Write books. Or read books. Or edit books—I use that as punishment to get myself writing and reading again.

Tell the readers what to expect when reading Blood of Gold.
It’s a good book. It might not be exactly like every other paranormal romance. The main character, Haley, is not a dream person. She’s very real, with faults and teen angst, and some people love that, but others want a more “fairytale” lead.

Random Question: If you could be any supernatural being, what would it be?
Oooo, that is a tough one. I would say a werewolf. I’ve got a thing about them. Friends have told me so, so it must be true!

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
When looking at my list of books, don’t assume they are all the same! I might write a sweet romance one book and a gory thriller the next. Read the description. One thing is for sure, you probably won’t be bored with anything of mine.

Last, thanks for all your eyeball-hours reading my books. I appreciate readers. If it wasn’t for you, fiction would not exist.

B.V. Larson is a talented and successful writer that is original, entertaing, and memorable. Each story was filled with mystery, suspense and romance, all the while keeping the story believable and the characters relatable.

Have you read a book by B.V. Larson? Are you running to add this book to your TBR list?
If you have read her book, love the interview or just want to know more, leave a comment! We would love to hear what you think! Be sure to check out my review of Blood of Gold tomorrow.


Tina said...

Wow....can't wait to read it. Love the review. It is great that you dedicated a whole month for such talented indie authors. I have been loving it and I am adding this series to my list.

Paromantasy said...

Thanks Tina :-) You are going to love B.V. Larson's books. Let me know what you think :-)

Jennifer said...

I enjoyed reading this interview as I just finished reading Blood of Silver about 30 mins. ago. I just started reading the series last Saturday, and I can't wait for the third Seeker book to come out. Will definitely check out B.V. Larson's other series. Thanks for sharing the interview!

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