Thursday, December 1, 2011

Q&A Interview and Giveaway with Theresa Meyers

Hello Book Monsters and Literal Addicts! Book Monster Reviews and LITERAL ADDICTION are very pleased to welcome author Theresa Meyers to our sites today.


Theresa writes some amazing stories in multiple genres of romance.  She's written steampunk romance for Zebra Publishing, paranormal romance/urban fantasy for Entangled Publishing, vampire romance for Harlequin Nocturne and historical romance for Diversion Publishing.


Theresa has a great bio on her website so we borrowed it so you can learn more about her…


To say I lead a double life is putting it mildly. Everything about me could be a contradiction.


City girl and country girl: I was the city girl who grew up in a small town, literally. We moved from San Jose, California, where my biggest kick was shopping with my friends and ice-skating at the indoor rink when I was 13, to a 75-acre sheep ranch on the edge of the small town of Sutherlin, Oregon, which had a smaller population for the entire town than the congregation at my church in the Bay area. My high school graduating class was under 100 people.

The writer who was journalist, publicist and novelist: I never intended to either write books or be in public relations, they both sort of happen as an extension of my love of writing. My experience in the publishing industry is varied. I started out writing on the school newspaper in junior high, more as a dare by my boyfriend when I wanted to prove that anything he could do, I could do just as well. From the moment I saw my first article in print, I was hooked. My first short story, “My Mother Unusual in a Normal Sort of Way” was published by Merlin’s Pen in 1987. I wrote for the paper all through high school and into college. Then I worked at a daily newspaper where I became the “messenger of death” from the day editor to the night editor . . .and I was too afraid that the cliché kill the messenger might turn into a reality, so I quit, got married to my high school sweetheart at 19 and started college, focusing on mass communications

I began dabbling with a story in my head, but even after paying for a Writers Digest Course, didn’t manage to finish it and stuck it away. I started work in public relations for a big corporation and then for the largest agency in Arizona. Meanwhile the writing bug wouldn’t shut up. I joined Romance Writers of America in 1993, took out the story that wouldn’t leave me alone, and decided to finish it. Along the way I quit working at the agency because of my daughter’s birth and started magazine freelancing to help make ends meet. Since then, I’ve kept writing more stories.

The mother who would bear children in Arizona, but didn’t raise them there: When my son was born (both of my kids were born at home with a midwife, but that’s another whole story), we lived in Phoenix, Arizona.  Not too long after they were born we decided to move back to the Pacific Northwest to raise our kids “back home” where they could stuff their faces with wild blackberries from the yard, play mud babies (no explanation needed, just imagine mud and naked children laughing and rolling in it) and enjoy nature at its finest, even if it does happen to be all cottontail rabbits that eat the vegetable garden.

The Italian American: I’m certainly proud to be an American, but I’m also fiercely aware of my Italian heritage. My grandmother, who’s still alive, kicking and raising hell, grew up in Sicily until she was 14. My father’s entire side of the family didn’t even make it to the USA until the 1900s. Me? I’m the only one on that side of the family with blonde hair and blue eyes, but everyone tells me I’m just like my grandmother; even the cousins in Sicily that I went to see in 2004. I’m planning on going back again, soon, but this time I’m learning how to speak Italian first! There’s nothing like Italy.

From writer to publicist and back again: So how exactly did I go from being a writer to a publicist and back again? I was writing on my books and doing pr on the side for restaurants, small businesses, hotels and the like. A dear friend, (Cherry Adair, love her books) asked me to do some publicity work on her upcoming book and I agreed – but told her, I don’t publicize books. From that one incident, a new business was created. It morphed into Blue Moon Communications, a public relations firm focused on promoting fiction authors, which is best know for getting their clients selected as two of the seven picks of the Kelly Ripa Book Club on LIVE! With Regis and Kelly. (You can find me at my day job at www.bluemooncommunications.com.) Now I work two jobs, publicity and writing the books, well, three if you count being a
mom.

Thersa has two new releases were going to help her promote today.  The first is her steampunk romance series the LEGEND CHRONICLES.  The first book in the series "The Hunter" was released on November 1, 2011.  Let's take a look at the book synopsis.

"The Hunter" - Book One of the LEGEND CHRONICLES
Zebra - Steampunk Romance, November 1, 2011
They're the Chosen—Winchester, Remington and Colt—brothers trained to hunt down supernatural beings using the latest steam-powered gadgetry. It's a hard legacy to shoulder, and it's about to get a lot more dangerous...

A Devil Of A Job

Colt Jackson has gotten his name on many a wanted poster with success in the family business: hunting supernaturals across the frontier. Lately, though, there's a sulfur stink in the wind and the Darkin population is exploding. A rift in the worlds is appearing. To close it, Colt will have to do the unthinkable and work with a demon to pass arcane boundaries no human alone can cross.

Except when he summons his demon, he doesn't get some horned monstrosity: he gets a curvy redheaded succubus named Lilly, who's willing to make a bargain to become human again. He also gets Lilly's secret expertise on the machinations on the dark side of the rift. And her charm and cleverness help to get them out of what his silver-loaded pistol and mechanical horse can't. Of course, when all hell breaks loose, he might have to sacrifice his soul. But what's adventure without a little risk?

Theresa also has an eBook novella out in her paranormal romance/urban fantasy series SHADOW SISTERS.  The first book in the series, "Shadowlander" was also released on November 1, 2011.  Let's take a look and see what this book is all about.

"Shadowlander" - Novella,
Book 1-SHADOW SISTERS series
Entangled Publishing - Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, Dark Fae
November 1, 2011

Four sisters, three rules to live by, one big problem.
O'Connell Family Rule #1: Don't let the Fae know you see them.
O'Connell Family Rule #2: Don't talk to the Fae.
O'Connell Family Rule #3: Never, ever follow them.

Most people only believe what they can see. Gifted with the ability to see the deep, dark fae of Shadowland, Catherine Rowan Mary O'Connell would prefer not to. When the fae abduct her friend Maya, Cate breaks the sacred O'Connell Family Rules and sets a trap for the handsome fae who haunts her every step.

Rook, High Court Advisor to the Shadow King, has been following Cate since she was sixteen. When Cate reveals herself as one of the fabled "Seers", Rook is stunned—she is one of the few that can permanently open the gates between their worlds. If he turns her over to the Shadow King, his court will rule the human realm.

Cate knows she has precious little time to find Maya. By midnight, the glamour of Mid-Summer's Eve will fade, leaving her trapped forever in the Shadowland, but Maya's abductor won't give up the woman he's mesmerized easily.
The midnight hour is almost at hand. Cate must choose: her freedom or her destiny.

Now that we've totally teased you and have you adding these great books to your TBR list, let's get to the interview so we can find out more about the amazing woman behind the books….

Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION:  Hi Theresa!  Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to stop by and talk with us today!   We’re so happy to have you with us!

Theresa: Thanks for the invite! It’s always fun to talk with people who love books as much as I do.

Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION:  We always like to start out by getting to know our guest authors a little bit better.

Q1):   Can you tell us 3 things about yourself that we can't find out on the internet, in your bio, etc?

Theresa: Gosh, I’m not sure. You’ve put a LOT up there already about me. Let me see, three things… 1) I’ve been a certified scuba diver (PADI) since age 19. I got certified so we could dive on our honeymoon. Problem was we were both too young to rent a car, so we had to rent a moped and lob our huge dive bags across it to get to our diving locations off of Grand Cayman. 2) I always have Altoids in my purse, not because I’m worried about my breath, so much as they have real peppermint oil in them which helps if I ever start to get queasy in the car. I wish I could read in the car, but I can’t. 3) I collect teddy bears and teapots.

2)  What are some of your hobbies, or things that you each enjoy when you’re not writing or taking care of other author business?

Theresa: I like to bake, paint, read, garden, futz around brushing or riding the horse, read out loud to my kids, volunteer at the school, can homemade jams, veggies, soups--that kind of thing. I also love to sew and usually design my own steampunk costumes. And once a week I try to have tea with my non-writing mommy friends. It’s usually only for an hour or two, but it’s something I really look forward to.

3)  Do you have any interesting writing quirks, or things that you must have with you to begin the writing process?

Theresa: OMG, I have to have tea. Hot tea. With milk (or half and half) and stevia or Splenda. (Well, I suppose I do drink sweet tea when it gets hot in the summer.) I like to have a soundtrack for each book and a specific scent of candle. Since writing fiction is such a creative process, involving as many of the senses as possible help get me in the flow faster. Once I pick a scent of candle, I only burn it when working on that story. (Thank goodness Partylite has so many scents!) I always play my soundtrack in order. As soon as I hear that first song, I know what world I’m writing in. I usually have pictures of my character taped alongside my monitor as well as copy of the dictionary handy because I don’t trust spell check. It once left out the l in public relations on the top of a meeting document when I was a baby account executive at a very large PR firm. Not good. Never again. You can imagine, especially since it was a room full of stodgy, over-50 male executives and I and the firm’s owner were the only women in the room!

4)  What is your favorite genre of romance to write in?

Theresa: Probably paranormal romance. There are just so many different things you can do with it and I’ve always kind of had a paranormal bent to me anyway. I blame my mother for that. She was always doing things to foster our sense of the “unseen”. For instance she’d talk to us about fairies and elves and put powder on our window sills and a cookie. In the morning there’d be tiny foot prints in it with just cookie crumbs. Of course I don’t think I ever checked my doll’s feet, and she probably ate the cookie herself. But there you go.

5)  What are some of the books you have in your TBR pile right now?

Theresa: Do you seriously have that much room? LOL. I have Scott Westerfeld’s entire Leviathan series to read, my “treat” for finishing the next book is Yasmine Glaenorn’s latest book, Courting Darkness. I’ve got several research books to mull through, and would like to read about half of the books I got at the Authors After Dark conference that are still piled up here!

          Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION:  Now we'd like to ask you      more about your books and series:


6)  Can you please tell us a little more about the LEGEND CHRONICLES series?  How many books are planned for the series and when are they expected to be released?

Theresa: The LEGEND CHRONICLES have to do with the Book of Legend, a compendium of all Hunter knowledge that was originally broken apart by three brothers in the dark ages and scattered across the globe. My three brothers, in the 1880s west are supposed to bring it back together again, but it requires them working with their enemies, the Darkin, to make it happen. I did something a little different with this series in that the stories are all happening concurrently, so there’s a scene with all three brothers that you’ll see again, but it’ll be from the other brother’s point of view. The hardest part in doing this was making sure I kept all the storylines for all three stories going in my head at the same time so I knew approximately what the other brothers were doing, even though those stories are out yet.

Right now there are three books and a possible novella scheduled (one for each of the brothers and a novella for their inventor friend Marley Turlock). Originally I’d planned to make the series a nine book arc, with each brother getting three books as the story morphs and changes and the stakes become higher, but that may or may not happen depending on the gods of publishing. We might end up exploring more of the Jackson brothers, or Darkin and female hunters (the boys’ cousins) in later stories. It’s kind of up in the air right now. Reader input matters more than you know!

Currently the eldest brother, Winchester, the lawman, will have his story, THE SLAYER, out in April 2012, and middle brother, Remington, the attorney, will get his story, THE CHOSEN, out in early 2013. I’m hoping Marley’s novella lands somewhere in the middle.

7)  How about the SHADOW SISTERS series?  Can you please tell us more about this series?  How many books are planned for this series and when are their expected release dates?

Theresa: The SHADOW SISTERS is about the O’Connell family of four sisters who can see the fae. They also happen to be the link between our world and theirs, with powers that have always made them feel like freaks, but which can make all the difference of whether the dark fae take over our world, or not. The series will have four stories, one for each sister, and while they all are independent stories, they are also connected too. The release dates are switching around a little right now, because of some fantastic new things Entangled has planned, but it looks like for now the next book SHADOW HUNTER will be out in late 2012 or early 2013. The other books in the series are SHADOW SEEKER and SHADOW LOVER.

8)  Do you have any other projects in the works that you can share with us?

Theresa: Right now I’m writing on a new novel for the Sons of Midnight mini-series for Harlequin Nocturne. The next book out will be THE HALF-BREED VAMPIRE, which introduces the Werewolf aspect of my world. The project I’m working on now is titled HER BIG, BAD WOLF. I’m also toying with the idea of releasing some of my contemporary romances or historicals that I wrote years ago, but that’s still in development at the moment.
         

9)  What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview, but have never been asked?  How would you answer?

Theresa: I guess, What’s your personal philosophy of life? I’d have to answer with this quote that I have taped to my wall “Remember: The people who make a difference in life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money or the most awards. They are the ones that care.” Passion about what you do, who you are, why you’re here, makes all the difference. I watched two parents (mom and step-father) pass away far too young. It made a very deep impression. Life is short. If you want to do something, don’t make excuses about needing more time, or wanting something different. Find a way. Make it happen. Think about how what you do can impact and make a difference for others. Because there are truly only two things that no one can take away from you – your education and your memories. Make the memories while you can, for you and those around you.

10)  Is there anything specific you would like to say to your readers while we have you here today?

Theresa: THANK YOU! I’m profoundly blessed to be able to write the stories in my head and share them with people who actually enjoy them. I hope that my writing gives you a moment of entertainment, a space to let your imagination run free and that you find joy in that. As far as I’m concerned, romance is the most amazing, profoundly useful genre on the planet because we exist to bring moments of happiness and joy into the world!

Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION:  Thank you again Theresa for taking time out of your busy schedule to chat with us.  We would love to have you back again in the future to help you promote your new releases.
Theresa: Fantastic! I would be happy to come back again. Thank you, so much, for sharing some time with me.

If you would like to find out more about Theresa and her books, you can visit her at her Website, or her Facebook, Twitter or Goodreads pages.   

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CONTEST:  Theresa has  graciously offered to give away an eBook of "Shadowlander" to a winner from Book Monster and a winner from LITERAL ADDICTION (over on their site)

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Good Luck!!

11 comments:

kathy miller said...

I'm new to Theresa"s writting, I just bought The Hunter, and hope to read it this weekend. Steam punk is a fascinating new genre for me, and one that I hope keeps growing. kmiller@eotnet.net

Shonna said...

Great interview, I enjoyed getting to know you and learn about your work. Paranormal romance is my favorite to read, so glad to know about another author that enjoys writing it. I also thought your writing quirks were fun to hear about. A gal with a purpose that knows what she needs,... love it. If you are ever looking for a new candle, try a Yankee, sage and cinnamon scent. I know this combo sounds yucky, but it is really very warm and spicy.
Shonna
fshasm@cableone.net

rpratt said...

Thank you for the interview.
I'd love to own this book!

ronandstacee at yahoo.com

Audra said...

I have not read your books yet--I would love a chance to read them
audie(at)wickerness(dot)com

ilona said...

I've read a few of your books but not yet managed to read The Hunter - I look forward to doing so :D

I so liked your life philosophy and totally agree with it - the world needs more people who really care.

Rayka Mennen said...

Hi Theresa, Great to get to know more about you. What an awesome cover for Shadowland book.

Misa said...

You have quite a collection of books, Theresa! Love them!

Michelle said...

I count being a Mum as the most rewarding job there is!

I haven't read any of your books yet but I want to. Thanks for sharing a little of yourself with us!

Trish said...

Thanks!

trishlynn321(at)yahoo(dot)com

*yadkny* said...

All of Theresa's books sound like fun to read!

*member of the Book Monster Blog
yadkny@hotmail.com

SdyLion said...

Thank you for the interview and the books look like they would be just perfect for my TBR list. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com