Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Welcome to Adelheid by Mia Darien
Mia Darien is an indie author of speculative fiction, and a New England Yankee transplanted into Alabama clay. No matter her geography, she continues to stubbornly and rebelliously live the life of her choosing along with her family and pets. She doesn't miss the snow.
Who would ever guess that this otherwise sleepy New England town houses many of the most powerful beings known to exist?
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In "Cameron's Law," meet Sadie Stanton, vampire poster girl for preternatural rights. She's just trying to start a business to help the community, but when vampires and werewolves start attacking each other, she gets thrust in the middle.
In "When Forever Died," Dakota is a rare shifter and hunter who has lived a long, hard life. But the past never sleeps and two simultaneous cases are going to test the personal defenses she's built over the centuries.
In "Voracious," the life D wants isn't what it seems. He certainly never planned on the fangs, but he's going to need a lot more than the pointy teeth to survive the first weeks of his new existence.
Q) What inspired you to write this story?
A) The original ideas for Adelheid came to me a long time ago, so it's hard to remember what exactly inspired me. Really, everything in life inspires me, and you'd be amazed at how many odd little details in life can inspire something in a paranormal story.
I think I always liked the idea of preternatural creatures that are just like everyone else. It amuses me to think of a vampire having to do the laundry, or a werewolf dealing with shedding season. This is the kind of thing that makes me enjoy Adelheid in all the small ways!
Q) How long did it take you to write?
A) That's hard to say, since this book is actually three books bundled together, and thus wasn't written in one straight shot. But it generally takes me a few months, once I start writing the first draft until the finished copy. So ten to twelve months, put together, for the bundle, I think.
Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
A) Stories, stories, stories... I love stories! It makes me so happy to have these weird ideas jump around in my skull that I have the chance to let free and share with people. I love to entertain myself when I write, and I love the idea that my writing may entertain others.
It's said that writers are often loners and that writing is a solitary pursuit, and that's often true, but most of us really don't write alone: we write to entertain or enlighten the people who read our works, so thinking that someone will read and enjoy my works is one of my favorite things, right alongside creating interesting (I think so, at least) characters and bringing them to life.
Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
A) I can't do it fast enough! Honestly, how long it takes to write a story can drive me crazy, but there's only so many hours in the day and so much energy in my brain and hands.
Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
A) If I could BE anyone? Oh my, what an interesting question... I don't honestly know! Can I be a fictional famous person, lol? I'd love to be Richard Castle! I'd take being a crazy, fun, millionaire writer who gets to live his books.
Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
A) Haha, uhm, I'm not sure. I can say that nothing in there is too old, because I have a three year old son who goes hunting in the fridge on his own. Have to be careful of what's in there!
Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
A) A lot more Adelheid! Seriously, I just released book four and I'm finishing the plot outline on book five, so I'll be writing it soon. I have three more "solid" plans for books, with several more floating around.
A fan also gave me the idea to do a southern states version of Adelheid, now that I've relocated from CT to AL, and I'm planning to do it as a spin-off to the series. So, lots more preternatural tales from both sides of the states.
There's also more books in my romance series planned, and an epic fantasy trilogy that is slowly being written.
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