Monday, August 8, 2011
Guest Blogger: Denyse Bridger
1. Tell us a little about Shades of Death, what inspired you to write this novel?
SHADES OF DEATH is a different kind of paranormal novel because the focus is not on the romance that is part of the story, but is very much on the mysterious killings that make up the core of the book. I wrote this because when the idea was conceived, two best-selling vampire authors told me I’d hit on a new approach that they hadn’t seen before and they felt it was a book that I really should write. I was pleased with the whole idea, and the novel was born! The society of scientists and specialists that make up the Institute of Paranormal Research, and their sister organization were fun places to build. I’ve been delighted with the praise and reviews the book has received since it was released.
2. Do you have a favorite character you have written?
I have several that I am very fond of, but recently there are three that are special to me. Quinn Lockharte from Hide and Secret, Rienn from ROYAL CONSORT, and Dylan Coulter, a gentleman gunslinger from Winner Take All. Each of these men are strong, passionate, and very smart, as well as undeniably sexy.
3. What are you currently working on?
As always, I’m working a number of projects, but the most exciting two are new novels. One is a fantasy novel, and the other is a new paranormal/vampire tale. I love world building and these two stories have given me the opportunity to really indulge in creating my own vision again. I think they’re both very strong and unique stories, so I can’t wait to really get into both of them!
4. How long have you been writing? What influenced you to start?
I’ve been writing since I was a child, really. Began with school essays, and never really stopped. In 1984, I discovered the amazing world of fan fiction when I wrote a story based on my favorite television show. I even submitted it to the production company, and they liked it. The show was cancelled before I could do more than sign releases for the script. However, I had met a wonderful lady named Barbara Fister-Liltz, an extraordinary artist and gifted writer. She also published fanzines, and she wanted my story. So began a twenty year apprenticeship, and I learned to write in a tough forum, because fans who love their shows are quick to tell you when you screw it up! I won awards instead, and in 2004 I signed my first pro contract. I haven’t looked back since then and currently have dozens of novels, shorts, and novellas on my website catalogue. I love it all!
5. How do your family/friends feel about your writing?
I think they just see it as something I do, and have always done. They support me and are great when I need people to bounce ideas around with, and I’ve been blessed with amazing and very honest friends who critique and proof all my work, they’re fabulous editors!
6. Where do you hope to be in 5 years?
In five years I hope I’ll have a few more novels written and published, and ideally I’ll be enjoying it as much then as I do now. I can’t imagine not doing this job!
7. Do you have any advice for new or aspiring author?
Keep writing. Nothing makes an artist improve more than actually working at their craft. There is no such thing in existence as a perfect book, so aspire to do a great book, but never expect it to be perfect. Also, don’t continually revisit and rewrite, the path of your growth comes from looking at where you’ve been as a writer. If you keep trying to improve your old work, you’ll never create new work, will you?
8. What is your favorite book? (one that you have read) and why?
Gone With The Wind has been my favorite novel since I was 17, that was the first time I read it, and I’ve read it many times since then. I’ve also got a weakness for Sherlock Holmes, so I’ve read Conan Doyle many times, too. I love both these books for their depth and intelligence. GWTW is the epic romantic story of just how far love and determination and passion can take you. Scarlett O’Hara never gives up, and that’s what makes her strong and memorable. Sherlock Holmes is an entire world away on all levels, but those stories are filled with a different kind of passion and determination, this time of logic and intelligence, and justice.
9. On the fun side, what is your favorite television show and why?
At the moment it’s The Closer with Kyra Sedgwick. Again, you have a strong and smart heroine, and a show that doesn’t rely on shocks but tight, well-written stories. I tend to watch British comedies for the wit and charm in them. My all time favorite show is Have Gun, Will Travel. Paladin is the ultimate hero, a gentleman and a killer, but a man with sophistication and intelligence always. His code of honor is unquestionable. He’s the kind of hero we all try to create, in whatever setting we choose.
10. Where can readers find you, Denysé? (Include all links you want, Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
Sensual Treats Magazine: http://www.sensualtreats.webs.com
Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/Romance.and.Fantasy
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B003LUHE96
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