Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Q&A with Evelyn LaFont & Giveaway **CLOSED**

Please welcome author Evelyn LaFont to P.S. I Love Books!

Evelyn is a full time writer living in Florida with her perfect orange kitties and totally alpha hubby. Her debut paranormal romance series, The Vampire Relationship Guide, is a four-novella series that takes a satirical look at what it would be like if a clueless human chick really dated a vampire.

Welcome Evelyn! I appreciate you taking the time out to visit P.S. I Love Books while on your blog tour.

Thanks for having me!

Can you tell us a little bit about your book The Vampire Relationship Guide: Vol 1: Meeting and Mating?

The book takes a practical and satirical look at the paranormal romance genre while still giving good story. It’s about a woman named Josie who’s obsessed with having sex with a vampire. Vampires are “out” in her world, but up to this point, most of Josie’s vampire education has come from popular culture rather than vamps themselves. Unfortunately, this limited understanding works its way into some new relationships she develops and things get a little bit complicated.

What was one of your favorite and least favorite things about writing it?

My favorite thing was getting the story out so the characters could stop having conversations in my head. My least favorite…hmmm…typing. Lotsa typing.

Which of the characters did you enjoy working with the most?

I love Josie. She’s funny but a bit clueless and open (maybe too open), but not abrasive. She’s also willing to admit when she’s made a mistake. I also love writing Walker, he’s such an antagonist.

If you had the chance to do it all over again would you change anything in Volume 1?

I love this book, and I think it fits in perfectly with my plans for the next three in the series. That said, I think there are always things you wonder if you should have done differently.

What do you think of the cover?

I love my cover! The concept art that I submitted to the designer was…wow, it was terrible. It was a stick figure drawing that I had done in MS Paint of a man and a woman at a café table, the woman drinking coffee and the man drinking from a blood bag. It’s a great concept, but my sample was ridiculous. The cover designer (who I happen to be sleeping with, so I think I got special treatment) took the concept and ran with it, then bettered it. He used the Chilton car manuals as a model and created this worn looking cover like a beat up guidebook that some chick has referenced over and over. It’s fantastic.

*Evelyn's cover idea*

When did you first realize that you wanted to write?

I’d been writing corporate stuff for years before I decided to strike out on my own as a freelance writer. That happened after I wrote a few funny essays and realized that I could write for entertainment, not just sales and training stuff.

If The Vampire Relationship Guide was made into a movie who would be your ideal cast for the main characters?

I’m so scared to answer this question because I don’t want to ruin the mental picture readers develop of the characters. I know I’d want Kate Hudson as Josie, I think I see Ashley Judd as Alena…as for Walker and Gregory—I’ll let readers fill in their own blanks there.

If you could write a book about absolutely anything with any other author (dead or alive) what would it be about and who would you choose?

I would choose Marta Acosta because her books crack me up, and you gotta know it would be a vampire romance!

I’m always looking for books to add to my ginormous TBR (to be read) pile. What books are you currently reading or have read recently? Any good recommendations?

I’ll stay on point with the previous question and recommend Acosta’s Casa Dracula series. It’s funny, heartbreakingly romantic, and completely unexpected.

What are some of your favorite things to do when given a break from the writing life and other work-related things?

Would you believe me if I told you I’ve forgotten? I know I like watching movies and documentaries, laying on the beach, drinking…oh, and reading too!

Are you currently working on any projects that we may see from you in the future?

I’m pretty focused on getting the next three VRG novellas done, then I have another PNR series I’ll be starting and possibly some zombie chick lit—say what?

Thank you so much for stopping by Evelyn! Where can readers find out more about you and your work?

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Diana said...

Great interview! I really like Evelyn's cover idea.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Diana ;-)

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