Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Fated for Success

Rebecca Zanetti's debut novel, Fated, is a steamy vampire tale that blends science and the fantastic. It sucked me in immediately (pun intended).

Rebecca has worked as an art curator, Senate aide, lawyer, college professor and a hearing examiner - only to culminate it all in stories about vampires and science. I think her career choices prepared her well!  Rebecca was gracious enough to allow me to interview her for our blog. 

Hi Heather! Thanks for interviewing me!

Fated’s heroine is Cara Paulsen. Who is she, and what troubles plague her in Fated?

Cara is a single-mother and a down-to-earth scientist. So when a 300 year old vampire shows up claiming she’s his mate and that the bad vampires are after her daughter…ah…she doesn’t quite go for it. She’s also an empath, a fact she’s denied to herself since childhood. So she has to deal with protecting her daughter, a dangerous attraction to an over-the-top alpha male, and the reawakening of her unwanted empathic abilities.

Talen, a 300 year old vampire, is your hero. What sets him apart from the vampires we’ve met in other stories?

Well, he is absolutely honor-bound and believes wholeheartedly in fate. And if fate isn’t going his way, he changes fate, so he can still believe. He’s also hot-blooded, can venture into the sun and normally prefers a good Cabernet to someone’s blood.

What was your favorite part about writing Fated?

Honestly, Talen is so alpha-male that when he falls in love and shows his sweet (and slightly clumsy) side, I just melted.

Urban fantasies and paranormal romances pose unique world building concerns. What was your process for creating the world in which Fated is set?

You know, the world just unfolded on its own. After the first draft I had to go back and edit, make sure the world stayed consistent, but I just let it evolve naturally. I’m just finishing up book three (HUNTED) and the world is still evolving as I go.

Fated has some steamy scenes. How did you prepare your friends and family for what they were going to read?

I provided ample warning. So far nobody has listened to me. In fact, during the book launching, I know several of my friends hid behind the potted plant reading page 55. But they seemed to enjoy it. I did a blog entry called “My Dad is Going to Read My Book” awhile back trying to deal with this fact. Also, I’m on the Board of a nonprofit in the area with a couple of Catholic nuns, and they bought the book. I warned them…and they completely ignored me.

What is your writing process? Are you a plotter or a pantser?

I’m a complete panster. If someone needs an outline from me, I have to write the book and then go back and outline.

What is the worst writing advice you received?

Nobody wants vampire stories any more. Don’t write one.

What is the best writing advice you received?

Write what you want to read.

What is your next book, and when can we expect to see it?

CLAIMED is the second book in the series and will be out on October 25th. It features Dage Kayrs, the king of the vamps, and Emma Paulsen, a genius geneticist. The war between the vampire nations heats up and the virus plaguing the good guys increases in power. Emma’s not real big on trust, and Dage isn’t used to anyone standing up to him. They have a bit of a conflict.

Thanks again to Rebecca for visiting our blog for this interview!  You can follow Rebecca on Twitter, Facebook, and/or her website.


Chris Bailey said...

Thanks, Rebecca and Heather. I love hearing how authors make it to publication with characters we can all relate to, even when they're paranormal.

Julia Rachel Barrett said...

Sounds great and congratulations! Your dad is going to read your book, huh? My dad keeps asking and I keep telling him no.
My mom knows better than to ask.

Gwen Hernandez said...

Good interview, Heather and Rebecca.

FATED sounds great. It's always good to be reminded to write what you love.

Good luck with the debut!

Gwen Hernandez said...

Woops, okay, not debut. New release. *blush*

Petrina said...

Great interview, Rebecca and Heather. I finished Fated last week and loved every word. And Rebecca, I thought you told me it wasn't THAT steamy. Ha! My ears are still pink.


Rebecca said...

Hi everyone! Thank you so much for having me here today! I enjoy the comments so much. Everyone have a wonderful rest of the week!

Thanks again to Heather for interviewing me. :)

Rashda said...

Enjoyed the interview, Heather and Rebecca! Good luck with all your releases...I'm off to check out page 55 :P

Louisa Cornell said...

What a great interview, Heather! Thanks to you and to Rebecca! I will definitely be hunting these books down. I LOVE a good Alpha Vampire !!

I had to laugh. My Mom HAS read my first manuscript. I was a little nervous as there are several hot scenes in it. Fortunately all she said was "I don't know why this hasn't sold! I loved it!" She's my Mom, she has to say that. But I am glad she didn't want to discuss the hot scenes!

LOL at the nuns buying it. TOO FUNNY!

Heather said...

Thanks to everyone for great comments! If you haven't read Rebecca's book, grab a copy. You will love it!