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Blood Lust by Charity Santiago‏

I first discovered the world of self-publishing in February 2011, when my 7-month-old son was admitted to the hospital with severe respiratory issues. During his stay in the hospital, I tried to keep us both entertained by downloading several books on my Kindle and reading them out loud.

I read a number of self-published books and realized that I had an opportunity to share my writings with the world. I soon decided to quit my full-time job in the insurance and financial services industry, stay home with my son and write. It was the best decision I've ever made. My son's health has improved drastically, and I've never been happier.
I prefer to read and write YA fantasy, romance, and paranormal romance. The next book in my Rapid City Wolves series, “Blood Oath,” will be released for Amazon Kindle on June 1, 2013.


Eve came to Rapid City to escape her parents' messy divorce, but what she finds in South Dakota exceeds her wildest dreams- and nightmares. After Eve is attacked by a wolf outside her grandmother's house, she stumbles into a new and frightening existence as an alpha werewolf. Fated to lead the pack and obligated to choose a beta to lead beside her, Eve still cannot bring herself to forget Jericho, the mysterious vampire who saved her life. Will the wolves force Eve to choose between her destiny and her soulmate?

Q) What inspired you to write this story?
A: It took me a long time- two years- to come around to the idea of writing a book that featured vampires and werewolves in a prominent role. I had to reconcile my ideas of already-popular books and movies, like Twilight and Underworld, with my vision for my own books. It was really the market that made me decide what direction to take with this story. I know readers out there- myself included- are dying for more vampire and werewolf fiction, and I decided to write my own series.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
A: Blood Lust actually only took six days to write. That was with a solid six to eight hours a day of writing, and of course the fact that I’d outlined and storyboarded all the scenes beforehand helped immensely. With outlining, storyboarding and editing included, the time spent on Blood Lust was about three weeks total.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
A: I’ve learned to truly enjoy the writing process, but I get such a sense of accomplishment every time I finish writing a book. I’m a bit of a procrastinator in my life outside writing, and I often start projects that I never finish, but books are where I can focus my time and talent and know that the end result will turn out exactly the way I want it to.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
A: This changes on a daily basis! Right now, my least favorite thing about writing is trying to accept bad reviews and keep a positive attitude. Bad reviews are inevitable- there will always be someone who didn’t like your book. I had a real tough time dealing with bad reviews until a fellow author told me to go take a look at some of the reviews that bestselling authors receive for their books. I checked out a couple of Dan Brown’s books on Amazon, and realized that he gets eviscerated on a daily basis by reviewers! Although you should always listen to constructive criticism and try your best to perfect your writing, it’s important to keep perspective regarding bad reviews: some people will just never be happy, and some people will read your book even though it’s clearly not in their preferred genre. Although I’ve learned to deal with the negativity, the fact that I have to deal with it at all is definitely my least favorite thing about writing.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
A: I recently read an interview with Robert Downey Jr, and was struck by his confidence. I should probably call it arrogance, actually, because his attitude careened right past confident into egotistical. All the same, I think it’d be nice to be him for a day, and experience just a sample that confidence/arrogance/egotism. I get awfully tired of second-guessing myself!

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
A: I answered this question once before, and the answer is still the same! I’m not sure why I keep the tubes of icing from Christmas cookies year-round, but at this point it’s almost like a family tradition. I’d hate to put an end to it on account of a minor issue like hygiene. Haha!

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
A: Right now I’m working on Blood Oath, the sequel to Blood Lust. After Blood Oath is released on June 1st, I plan to start writing a young adult urban fantasy series that I’m very excited about. But I’ll also definitely be putting out the third book in the Rapid City Wolves series later this year.

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