Nina Bangs Interview Intro:
Hello everyone! Book Monster Reviews and LITERAL ADDICTION are proud to welcome USA Today Bestselling Author, Nina Bangs to our sites today.
Nina has a great bio on her website that we borrowed and posted below so ya'll can get to know her better:
All About Nina:
My one regret in life? I wish I’d started writing sooner.
Talk about misspent youth. What did I do during those lazy summer days of childhood when I could’ve been honing my writing skills? Nothing. Okay, so I spent a lot of time dreaming I was a cowgirl with a trusty black stallion. Oh, and I read every Walter Farley horse novel. I was an only child so I relied on my imagination to supply the excitement in my life.
By high school, I’d decided to trade in my lariat for a trench coat. I was into dark and dangerous. As an intrepid foreign correspondent, I’d stalk the mean streets of the world. Did I actually write anything? No, but I did read all of Agatha Christie’s mysteries.
I worked at a department store during college. My short stint in the accounting department taught me a lot about math. Three hundred-dollar shortages plus hysterical tears equaled instant move to gift-wrap. A career in math was not in my future. I didn’t care because I’d discovered “real” literature. I plowed through James Joyce’s Ulysses and Tolstoy’s War and Peace. If it didn’t make my eyes cross then it wasn’t worth reading. Yes, I admit it, I was a literary snob.
But there’s just so much “real” literature one person can take. I graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in English Literature and a determination to avoid books that induced eye crossing or had tragic endings. The only things I managed to write during those years were research papers.
I taught second grade for several years then spent two years in Dublin, Ireland. A friend and I supported ourselves by singing folk songs in Irish pubs. We weren’t great, but we were young, enthusiastic, and wore short skirts. It was obviously my destiny to be the next Judy Collins. I spent a lot of time poring through music books.
Returning to New Jersey and reality, I taught elementary school until I grew restless again. My cross-country odyssey included stays in Arizona, California, and Texas. Along the way, I indulged my love of horses. No black stallions, but I did have several beautiful Arabian mares. I read tons of books on breeding and showing.
Somewhere between California and Texas I grew addicted to romance novels and cats. The cat’s independent attitude was exactly the quality I admired in my romance heroes. And once I decided to try writing my own romances, I made sure a cat crept into each story.
Texas is my permanent home. I’ve come full circle. Born in San Antonio, I spent most of my life in New Jersey. Maybe the Texas in my blood accounts for my attachment to strong men, fast horses, and wide-open spaces. My love of cats? Haven’t a clue.
Nina is the creator of the GODS OF THE NIGHT, MACKENZIE VAMPIRES and CASTLE OF DARK DREAMS series, as well as, a numerous amount of standalone novels and anthologies.
In case you are not familiar with Nina's books yet, we've posted the synopses below to some of the books in the 3 series we mentioned above.
GODS OF THE NIGHT Series:
THE ELEVEN—an alliance of ultimate predators. Primal, lethal, irresistible.
THE PROPHECY—an ancient Mayan prediction that the world will end on 12-21-12.
THE PREY—where can you hide from pure evil?
Eleven Gods of the Night…
The only creatures more deadly are the ones they’ve been summoned to destroy.
GODS OF THE NIGHT series, Book 1
Publication Date: July 2008
GODS OF THE NIGHT series, Book 2
Publication Date: April 28, 2009
GODS OF THE NIGHT series, Book 3
Publication Date: December 28, 2010
Utah knows all about vengeance. Vampires killed his brother, and that act demands only one response. He frees his beast and destroys every bloodsucker he finds. But he never expected to meet a leader of his immortal enemies who was so beautiful, bewitching…and mortal.
Lia understands her destiny. She has a duty to stop the rogue vampires who are intent on wiping out the human race along with any nonhumans that get in their way. But she needs help dealing with the shadowy power guiding the escalating slaughter. Utah would be her last choice for a partner. Once a deadly foe, he now becomes her ally and protector. Loving him will be more dangerous than anything she’s ever done. Because when Utah releases his soul, the ultimate predator will once again stalk the earth, and death will walk with him.
MACKENZIE VAMPIRES Series:
"Master of Ecstasy"
MACKENZIE VAMPIRES series, Book 1
Publication Date: February 2004BUY NOW:
MEET THE MASTER OF ECSTASY
HAPPINESS IS HER BUSINESS
In a distant future, she works for Ecstasy Inc. to make people happy using only the most modern techniques and her own power. Sensual solutions to unhappiness are forbidden by company policy. She has traveled back to 1785 Scotland to prove that she can make anyone happy. She hasn't counted on a centuries-old vampire for a client.
He believes that sexual pleasure is the key to happiness. She thinks that Ecstasy Inc. has all the answers. Neither one considers love as part of the mix. They're about to discover how wrong they can be.
"One Bite Stand"
MACKENZIE VAMPIRES series, Book 4
ONE BITE STAND
CASTLE OF DARK DREAMS Series:
CASTLE OF DARK DREAMS series, Book 1
Publication Date: April 2005 BUY NOW:
Talk-show host Donna Nolan is on the trail of the weird and wacky in the Castle of Dark Dreams. But thoughts of a juicy interview to enthrall her listeners disappear when she meets Eric. With the coldest blue eyes and the hottest mouth she’s ever seen, he’s a primitive call to the wild in every woman.
Love between a talk-show host and a vampire shouldn’t be possible, but then, strange things happen in the Castle of Dark Dreams.
CASTLE OF DARK DREAMS series, Book 3
Publication Date: May 2007BUY NOW:
Conall O’Rourke learned the hard way that goddesses kick butt when you tick them off. After killing an Irish deity’s favorite in battle, he’s cursed to protect his enemy’s descendants down to the last arrogant jerk. Now there’s only one left, and Conall can almost taste freedom after endless centuries. But who knew the remaining descendant would be so beautiful, so sexy, and such a . . .
Vampire? Gerry Kavanagh hunts nonhuman entities that break Texas laws. But she finds more than the sneaky shape-shifting snake she’s after at the Castle of Dark Dreams. The most hated member of the O’Rourkes expects to follow her around so he can “protect” her. Protect? She’s a fanged creature of the night, for crying out loud. Nope. Never going to happen. Too bad he’s a major wow on her personal sizzle meter.
CASTLE OF DARK DREAMS series, Book 5
Publication Date: March 2012BUY NOW:
As an angel, Passion prides herself on perfection. But some mischievous part of her always goes against the godly grain. After one too many attempts to enliven the heavenly halls, she’s sent to earth to tame her naughty nature. While human, she has to bring goodness and light to the most sinful of places, the Castle of Dark Dreams. Once there, she finds herself in the role of a virgin used as bait to trap a marauding demon. Passion thinks the game is harmless—until she sees the man playing the demon. His name is Edge, and Passion senses darkness in him beyond any she’s ever dreamed.
Edge may play a demon, but he is something much worse. His past is littered with pain and destruction—and that’s the way he likes it. Now he must prove to himself and others that he is what he’s always been—cold and emotionless. But as danger threatens and his need for Passion heats up, he finds himself balanced on love’s Wicked Edge.
How fantastic do those sound!? We know, you want to go over to Amazon or Barnes & Noble and get them right now, but wait… Let’s find out some more about the incredible author behind these amazing titles first, shall we!?
Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION: Hi Nina! Welcome to Book Monster and LITERAL ADDICTION! We’re very happy to have you here today, and are glad to help you promote “Wicked Edge” as well as your entire Backlist!
Nina: I’m thrilled to be here. Thanks for inviting me.
Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION: We like to start out by finding out a bit more about our guest author, and then we’ll dig into the books…
Q1): Can you please tell us 3 things about yourself that we couldn’t find out on the Internet?
Q2): What are some of your hobbies or things that you enjoy doing when you’re not writing or taking care of other author business?
Nina: I read, read, and sometimes I read. I’m afraid books are my passion. Oh, and I do go out with friends for the usual: meals, shows, and shopping.
Nina: I have no routine, and that’s my biggest problem. I’m a time waster and a procrastinator. The only thing that’s a constant when I write is my need for silence. I’m very distractible, and any kind of noise will destroy my concentration.
Q4): What are 3 things that never fail to make you smile?
Nina: I always get a giggle from cute cat videos, Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series, and funny e-mails friends send. The videos and e-mails, of course, are two reasons I don’t have a routine. Okay, so I have no self-discipline.
Q6): What are some of your favorite TV Shows and movies?
Nina: I watch all of the ghost hunter shows (SYFY and Travel channels). I also enjoy True Blood and Vampire Diaries (Truth? I think Ian Somerhalder is hot). Yes, I’m fixated on the paranormal. I don’t watch a lot of movies, but I particularly enjoyed Avatar. I’ll be going to see Dark Shadows with Johnny Depp next week.
Q7): What books do you have in your TBR pile right now?
Nina: Right now I have Kerrelyn Sparks’s WANTED: UNDEAD OR ALIVE and Amanda Stevens’s THE PROPHET on my TBR pile.
Q9): If you were to write an auto-biography, what would you call it?
Nina: I’d probably title it A SURPRISING JOURNEY because the life I’ve lived is nothing like to one I thought I’d live when I was young.
Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION: O.K, now let’s find out some more about your awesome series…
Q10): What was your inspiration behind the CASTLE OF DARK DREAMS series?
Nina: I wanted a unique setting for the series, and for some reason I thought of Disney World. I realized if I did a theme park setting, it would have to be for adults only. Then I would probably have to narrow it down to one attraction. I wanted a sensual name for the attraction, and so was born the Castle of Dark Dreams. I set it in Galveston, Texas because the climate there would allow it to stay open year round. And since I lived near Galveston, I wouldn’t have to do a lot of research. Yes, I’m lazy.
Q11): Do you have any other books planned for the CASTLE OF DARK DREAMS series?
Nina: I’m planning for three more books in the series. My October book, WICKED WHISPERS, is Murmur’s story. I’m not quite sure what I’ll do with the one after that, but the last book will be Ganymede and Sparkle’s story with the title FOREVER WICKED.
Q12): Do you have any plans to continue the GODS OF THE NIGHT or MACKENZIE VAMPIRES series?
Nina: Unfortunately, I don’t have a contract for any more of the Gods of the Night books. But I want to write at least two more (Rap and Fin’s stories) and self-publish them. And I wouldn’t count the Mackenzie vampires out. You never know when I’ll pop up at the Woo Woo Inn again.
Q13): What was one of the most surprising things you've learned while writing your books?
Nina: I always thought that I was the one in control, but every once in a while a character pops up that I didn’t expect. Sparkle Stardust was one of those characters. I was busy writing about Ganymede, and suddenly she was there creating her own kind of chaos. Murmur was another surprise. I never planned for a demon of music in the series, but one day he sneaked in as a minor character, and before I knew it he was my hero. Go figure. You’ll read about him in WICKED WHISPERS, my October book.
Q14): With Fantasy being such a popular genre these days, what fascinates you most about it?
Nina: I’ve probably read thousands of romances over the years and loved them. But I found myself yearning for something that stretched boundaries and forged new trails while still delivering a happily ever after. Fantasy excites me because it opens up new worlds peopled with nonhuman characters that can make their own rules.
Q15): If you could have any one super power, which would you want and why that power?
Nina: I know that I should name something selfless like the power to save the world. But if I were choosing a power just for me, I’d have to say that I’d love to be able to fly. I live on the third floor of a waterfront condo, and sometimes I just sit watching the seagulls sailing past my window. I’d love to be able to do that.
Q16): What is the first romance book you remember reading?
Nina: I honestly don’t remember the title of the first romance book I ever read. I do know that it was published in the same era as Kathleen Woodiwiss’s THE FLAME AND THE FLOWER. Once I discovered those big historicals, I read all of them that I could find.
Q17): If you could leave readers with one legacy, what would you want it to be?
Nina: I’d like readers to remember my books with a smile, and I’d love knowing that for a short time I took them away from the daily grind.
Q18): What's up next for Nina Bangs? What other projects do you have in the works?
Nina: I’m writing a novella for a Kensington anthology that will hopefully lead to a new series. Yes, there will be vampires. This will be a darker story than my Castle of Dark Dreams books. As of right now, the title of the novella is TIES THAT BIND. I’m also very interested in the wonderful young adult paranormal and dystopian books being published. I’d love to write in that genre. And no, I won’t forget Ganymede, Sparkle, and the Eleven.
Q19): Is there anything specific you would like to say to your readers while we have you here today?
Nina: I want to sincerely thank all the readers who have accompanied me on my wild and wacky ride through the paranormal world. I wouldn’t be here without your support and loyalty.
Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION: Nina, thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to be with us today. We would LOVE to have you back again when you're ready to promote your next release if you're interested!! J
Nina: This has been so much fun, and I’d love to come back.
Nina is graciously giving away a signed set of her Castle of Dark Dreams books (5 books) and a $20 gift card to either Barnes & Noble or Amazon to a winner from Book Monster and another winner over at the LITERAL ADDICTION website.
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