Please welcome my guest today, Cinsearae, is the creator of the dark paranormal/horror series, ABRAXAS. Be sure to leave a comment. One lucky person will win e-copy of BOLEYN-Tudor Vampire and some other goodies--pins, stickers, a signed bookmark and mini posters as well.
Please, tell us what drew you to the subject of Boleyn-Tudor Vampire?
Like a lot of my stories, my muse started to bug me about this one, lol. I’m a big fan of Showtime’s The Tudors, and after watching the first three seasons a few times, my muse started talking about writing a very dark ‘revenge’ story for Anne Boleyn, having her come back as a vampire. I actually had an argument with my muse about this, knowing Anne was beheaded, therefore, there’d be no way of her ‘coming back’ for said revenge. But again, my muse said, ‘It’s only fantasy…’ , lol. So I altered her death sentence in order for her to return, and after that the rest is history.
Don’t you just love how your muse pushes you around? Mine really gets on my nerves at time. The Boleyn-Tudor Vampire sounds very interesting. Can you tell us a little about your book?
The story is told from Anne’s POV, from the time of her execution and afterward. When her sentence is changed from beheading to hanging (an even bigger insult to her since usually commoners are hung) she curses God and denounces her faith right before she dies. Then days later, she rises from her grave, bewildered and confused as to why this has happened, but, since it has, she intends on taking full advantage. She also resurrects her brother George--who unfortunately is a zombie--and tries to resurrect Mark, who refuses to walk the earth that way, and instead returns as a ghost. Her former lover, Thomas Wyatt has his moment of disbelief, but eventually comes around and tries to help her in her plans for revenge as well. Things escalate as she starts executing her plans on those who wronged her, from her own father, to Charles Brandon, Henry’s best friend, and Henry himself. There are also situations between her revenge that cause problems too. As Anne is a vampire and needs to feed, she feeds from one of Henry’s guards as well as Thomas. They eventually become vampires as well, and then their victims start showing odd behaviors….
What a great twist on history. What’s your favorite thing about your book?
I never ever thought I’d write a period story, and Boleyn-Tudor Vampire is my very first one, I’m happy to say!
What do you consider your strengths in terms of your writing?
Character development and dialogue, only because I know I’m a good observer and listener, lol.
And on the flipside, what do you consider your weaknesses?
I absolutely HATE promoting. To me that’s like my kryptonite. The thought of doing it makes me want to hurl sometimes.
What authors do you admire?
Stephen King was the first author I admired. I started reading his stuff in junior high, and was fascinated with the stories he created. When it comes to the classics, I cite Edgar Allan Poe. His work will always be timeless.
I have to admit, Stephen King scares the beejeebies out of me. I have trouble reading him, but I love The Stand. What’s your favorite quote?
I have three favorites, actually!
“Great spirits have always encountered opposition from mediocre minds. The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his opinions courageously and honestly.” --Albert Einstein
“Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.” --Isaac Asimov
“Sanity calms, but madness is more interesting.” --John Russell
Love those quote. Tell us, is there a time period besides your own would you like to experience?
Probably the early 20th century. Horse-and-buggies were still around, and the first cars were being introduced. I also liked the style of clothing, and things were not as nearly polluted and overcrowded as it is now.
What do you do when you are not writing?
I’m either working on my magazine, Dark Gothic Resurrected, reading submissions and finding cool people of the paranormal/horror/gothic genres to interview, or doing jewelry crafting for my Etsy store. I also love taking my camera with me wherever I go, taking shots of anything that catches my eye, especially cemeteries.
What would you like to learn to do that you haven’t?
I’ve always wanted to play the violin for some odd reason, lol. I’d also LOVE to do monster movie makeup. With the advancement of CGI, I feel like it’s becoming a lost art. Call me old fashioned, but I prefer getting down and dirty, lol.
Thank you for having me here too, Anna, this was a lot of fun.
Thanks for stopping by!
Tudor England. It is during the reign of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. As her time in power nears an end, Anne is greatly disheartened by the false accusations of adultery, high treason and incest she is arrested for, and the cold heartedness of her father for his lack of defense in her honor. Upon her death, she vows revenge on those who have wronged her, and the simple change of her death sentence from beheading to hanging grants her the opportunity to execute her wish on those who betrayed her.
Unknown forces of inconceivable dark magic abounds. Anne discovers she has risen from her grave because of her denouncement of God just moments before her hanging, and resurrects two others from their untimely, wrongful deaths--her brother, George, and her favorite court musician and dear friend, Mark Smeaton. This unlikely trio will drive Whitehall Palace to madness, bringing those closest to Anne to their knees, begging for mercy and forgiveness.
Once Anne executes her justice among those who failed her, the last and final question will be whether Anne will finally have peace, or find comfort in haunting England forever.
Cinsearae is the creator of the dark paranormal/horror series, ABRAXAS. A digital artist, jewelry designer, and still-photographer, she is also Editor/Publisher of Dark Gothic Resurrected Magazine -- a top ten finalist in the Preditors & Editors Readers Poll for 2008 and 2009 and winner for “Best Magazine Art.” She also received the Author's Site of Excellence Award in December 2007 from P & E, and is a Cover Artist for Damnation Books. An avid fan of 'old school' horror movies (Freddy, Jason, Michael, Pinhead…) Halloween is her favorite time of the year. She has always been drawn to the flipside of life -- the supernatural, odd, bizarre, Gothic and 'darkly beautiful' always being an inspiration to her.
She can be reached at GratistaVampires@yahoo.com, or http://bloodtouch.webs.com/