AUTHOR: Kelly Whitley
BOOK TITLE: Into the Red
PUBLISHER: Muse It Up Publishing
BUY LINK: Into the Red
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Tell me a little about your book. Into the Red is the story of Evan Nichols, a physician and reluctant vampire. He falls for Tara West, a human. When deranged vampires known as Poisoners attack, Evan must race against time to save her.
What gave you the idea for this particular story? I’m a vampire lover from way back—like the old black and white vampire movies, and Dark Shadows (the soap opera!). Working in the medical field, it seemed that vampirism could be a genetic trait, an evolutionary adaptation that outlived its usefulness but was still around. The idea emerged from that.
Are you a full-time writer or part-time, and how do you organize your writing time? Part-time, wishing to be full-time. I carve writing time out of the rest of my life—while waiting at the doctor’s office, at night after everyone else is asleep, in the early morning. On days off.
When did you first know you wanted to be a writer? I wrote as a kid, then it went by the wayside. I did a lot of technical writing in my job. After being a hardcore suspense/mystery/thriller reader for ages, I started reading romance a few years ago. It wasn’t the “bodice-rippers” of the past, and I decided I wanted to write romance.
What do you hope readers will take from your writing? The thought that maybe the person next to you might be a vampire, or carry the vampire gene.
Which genres do you write, which do you prefer, and why? I love paranormals. I also write contemporary stories and noir flash fiction. Flash lets me breathe, and also reinforces choosing words carefully.
What is the toughest part about being a writer and how do you get past it? Time. I’m a slow writer; 1000 words takes me two to three hours, and I agonize over word choices and sentence structure. Family doesn’t understand the need to write, and I’ve had to adapt my writing schedule so it doesn’t cut into social/family time.
Is there anything in your story based upon a real life event? If so, tell me about it. The main thing is the medical scenarios in the book. They’re all collages made from my experiences in the medical field.
How much is your protagonist like you? How different? Like me, Evan works in the medical field, and he’s a dedicated professional, determined to save people (and vampires). He draws, and he has a sense of humor. On the other hand, he’s a vampire, and much more aggressive than I am.
What kind of research did you do for this type of story? The biggest thing was the computer stuff—otherwise, I tried to stick with “write what you know.”
Do writing violent or highly sexual scenes bother you? Why or why not? For better or worse, I enjoyed writing the fight scenes and the murder scenes. It’s exhilarating to live vicariously. The sex scenes took more work (and workshops) to do well.
What about your book makes it special? The characters. One reader said, “I love Evan.” Another said, “I hope I have the vampire gene.” It’s wonderful when readers get into it like that!
What is your marketing plan? Exposure. The more people I can get to check out the book, the better.
Where can people learn more about you and your work? www.kellywhitley.com
Any tips for new writers hoping to write in the genre of your book? Come up with a unique premise. Make sure you understand your plot and theme. Come up with a logline and tape it above your computer. I ran my ideas by the wonderful Bob Mayer (of Writer Warrior fame and multi-pubbed author) to make sure it was a take on vampires that was fresh, and that I knew the world I’d created well enough to make it plausible.
What’s in the future for you? I have stories in a couple of anthologies out now, and another vampire novel in the works. I also have a contemporary romance in the works, and of course flash fiction.
Human blood is an illicit and highly addictive drug--if you're a vampire. Known as Red, its side effects are insanity, and eventual death. A group of Red-addicted vampires known as Poisoners are killing women as part of an extortion plot involving a lost ancient vampiric tome, and they’re leaving a trail of bodies in their wake. The discovery of each new victim risks exposure of the entire vampire race to humans. Then one victim survives…
Dr. Evan Nichols, oncologist and vampire, lives a monk-like existence, by his own choice, focusing on patient care and research to benefit his vampire brethren. It’s been twenty-five years since his world turned upside down—the night he lost his fiancee and discovered his hidden vampire heritage. Now his government has ordered him to take a mate—or they’ll choose one for him. It’s a horrible prospect, and one that might push him over the edge—until Fate throws him together with a human female.
Wary of relationships, Tara West has poured her energies into work and inventing cutting edge climbing equipment. She doesn’t like the gorgeous Dr. Nichols, yet finds herself unaccountably drawn to him.
When a crazed vampire attacks and poisons Tara, Evan rescues her. With time running out, he has to create an antidote to the poison before he loses his chance at love.
In order to make the vaccine which might cure her, he has to find the bastards who poisoned her and take their venom—before they die of their addiction. If he doesn’t reach them in time, saving her will be impossible.
Thus the journey begins—into the Red!