Okay, I’m contemplating the kidnapping part, but you have to read how amazing this woman is. Today, our guest of honor is Theresa Meyers. It’s so nice to have you here, and I’m sure you’re ready for a good time! Let the party begin!
Wine or beer? (If you want a club soda, I’ll have to send you to the corner.)
Wine, please. Favorite it is Hogue’s Late Harvest Riesling or Covey Run’s Late Harvest Riesling because they are sweet. Never really have enjoyed the taste or smell of beer or coffee for some reason.
*gasp* You don’t like coffee? How about cake or chips? Are you a sugar or salt person?
Yeah, based on the above, I’d confirm that would be CAKE, with a sprinkle of sugar, please.
Love me some cake. Are you old enough to drink? LOL.
You know I should be thanking you, just like I thanked the kid at the grocery store who wanted to card me. That’s just so sweet of you!
LOL. Well, we’ll see how you sweet you still think after we’re done roasting you here…So, what did you bring us today?
FROM SWORN ENEMIES…
Dr. Rebecca Chamberlin hated nothing more than the vampires who had turned her loved ones into creatures of the night…until she became one herself. Now her experimental vaccine has become more urgent than ever, and has made her the target of vampire security chief Achilles Stefanos.
TO FORBIDDEN LOVERS.
Built like a god with golden hair and an irresistible allure, Achilles made her feel passion the way no mortal man had before. Beck could no more deny her craving for him than she could the hated bloodlust in her veins. But when her vaccine fell into the wrong hands, Beck has a difficult choice to make—one that challenged everything she’d always believed…..
Dark and dangerous, the Sons of Midnight are a temptation that few can resist!
Ohhhhhh! Intriguing! All right, I guess you can come in.
Why did you want to become an author?
I don’t know that I wanted to become an author so much as I was just born that way. I always told stories. I’m dyslexic and so when I was younger I couldn’t read, but I adored being read to. My mom gave me a tape recorder and let me ramble on for hours telling the stories in my head.
I got into journalism in school and found I really enjoyed writing and started writing my first novel at age 17. At one point (after writing for 20 years and NOT being published in fiction yet) I was in the American Title II contest (the American Idol of books) as one of 11 finalists in the nation up for a publishing contract. When I got kicked off in about round three or four I decided I was going to give it up. After all, I had a thriving PR agency, what did I need to beat my head against my keyboard for?
Yeah. That lasted about half an hour.
I realized no matter what, I was still going to have these ideas and characters mulling around in my head and have to find a constructive way to deal with that constant barrage of stuff. I figured I could A) tell it to my friends, and potentially lose them all after hogging all the conversations over the years; B) take a second job so I could afford to tell a therapist all my stories and get them out of my head or C) keep writing. I like my friends. I don’t need another job. Writing seemed the best option to staying semi normal and if I was going to keep writing, why not keep sending it out?
Wow, very inspiring. Where do you dream of traveling to and why?
I love to travel. I’ve been several places, but there are so many more I’d love to see. I’d like to go back to Italy again to see my extended family and see more of it. The most I really got to see of Rome before heading south to Sicily was the train station! I’d love to go to Australia and New Zealand, because they have an allure all their own. I’ve been to London before, but with my fascination with steampunk, I’d love to go back again. I’d also love to see the rest of Europe because I have all my family roots there. History absolutely fascinates me as does amazing natural settings. And there’s also much of the United States I’d still like to see because it’s so vast and different from state to state. I’ve done a lot on both coasts, but kind of missed out on most of the middle!
Then you definitely need to travel more! It could be research for your books! What is one thing about you that most people don’t know?
I like to sew and design clothes. No. Seriously. I’ve been designing things since I was about nine. Mostly Victorian-style gowns. My mother taught me how to sew first by hand, then on the machine when I was very young. I sewed my first dress from a pattern, for her, when I was eight. All through high school if I wanted a formal gown for a dance, my mother would buy me all the supplies, but I had to sew it myself. I even sewed my own gown for the Junior Miss pagent when I was 16. Today I end up repairing items for the kids, sewing my own costumes for steampunk conventions or Halloween, and occasionally do something like sew curtains or a tea-cozy for the house. I think in our current society, it’s kind of a disappearing art.
That’s awesome! You are seriously one talented woman! Writing, traveling, sewing, and designing? Busy, busy. Tell us about one of your favorite character from your books.
I adore Achilles, the hero of The Vampire Who Loved Me. He was actually a secondary character in The Truth About Vampires who demanded his own story from the moment he stepped on to the page. I had to promise him his own book to shut him up long enough to finish writing The Truth About Vampires.
He’s a Spartan warrior who became a vampire through the original ancient cult in the ancient world. The problem is while he’s a warrior and a vampire, he’s also a Halfling. He bonded with his mentor, which in my vampire world means more than an emotional attachment. A bonded pair share not only each other’s powers, but each other’s pain and a love that lasts past death and can be reborn again. But his mentor, Ione, was killed during the Inquisition, which left him tortured and unable to truly feel emotions. Without the clan, he’d go insane. He tries so hard to joke around and tease feelings out of other people because he can’t experience those emotions himself.
He’s the ultimate tortured hero, who sees his past repeating itself as is terrified of it. I found the song “Wake Me Up Inside” from Evanescence perfectly described him and I ended up playing it over and over again as I wrote scenes in Achilles’ point of view.
I love Evanescence. I can almost take your hero home right now, but tell me what makes your character and story so special?
LOL. Well, I’ve already waxed rhapsodic over Achilles, but more than that really intrigued me about The Vampire Who Loved Me as a story because it really explores our own cultural biased towards those who have a disease we don’t know how to control. There’s an innate fear and kind of mob mentality there that makes for great fiction. Because my vampires are created by a virus, there are people willing to do anything, including creating a vampire pesticide, to protect themselves. But at what point do we stop seeing people as “them” and realize we’re all “us”?
There’s also the healing of two very broken souls in this story. They’re broken for different reasons, but truly each of them has been living dead emotionally for way too long. I also adore the heroine in this book. She was also a walk on secondary character with a smart mouth and a ginormous brain. Rebecca (who goes by Beck, if that gives you any clue to her attitude) is just one of those fun brainy heroines who thinks she knows everything but is really utterly clueless when it comes to navigating a relationship. She and Achilles together were just very fun to write. And that part about sharing everything once you’re bonded, yeah…boy, does that make for some interesting scenes!
Very interesting. Do you like more Alpha or Beta heroes?
Actually I think I write Gamma heroes. They’re a blend of the two and I think they make the best romance heroes. Alphas are too into themselves and their own ideas of the world to really care about the heroine until it’s almost too late. Betas wait for her to make the first move, even though they might be passionate about her. Gammas have enough self-confidence to be bold, but have that emotional core that allows them to love her, say so, and want an answer back. Now. For example, Tom Hanks and Hugh Grant often play Beta heroes, Bruce Willis and Steven Segal play Alphas, and Adrian Paul, Tom Selleck, Taylor Lautner, Harrison Ford and Mel Gibson often play Gamma roles. (Han Solo is the perfect example of a Gamma hero.)
I love that! Gamma heroes. I have to say you’re the first to give me such answer. How much do you write in a day? Day or Night? Everyday?
That depends. My usual, sane pace is between five and ten pages a day, and while I’m on deadline that’s every day. If I’m getting close to the end of my deadline and I’m still not making it I’ll bump that up and write my 9 am to 3pm (while the kids are at school) and then start writing again at 9 pm (after people go to bed) until the work for the day is done. In between deadlines I’ll often take a week or two off and either have vacation with the family or start noodling and plotting out the next story. Sometimes in the summer I’ll take off a month to spend with the kids. It all depends on what’s happening, but there’s always a story (or two, or three) in my head at any given time. Yes, I’m out of my mind, but that’s because it’s dark and scary in there.
That sounds very smart to take breaks during the summer. Are you a pantser or plotter?
Actually I’m what I call a planter. I like to plot things out using a plotting board, character sheets, spiderweb subplotting, etc., so I have a good solid story and know the motivations of my characters, but when it comes down to actually writing my characters often take a detour here and there in a pantser-style that always make the stories better. I plant the idea with a good steady trellis and feed it. I let it take root and then I leave it free to grow however it wants to. The plot is the trellis that supports the creative free-flow.
You kill me! Love that! I might steal that word: Planter. What else are you working on right now?
Remember, you asked…Right now I’m currently in edits for book three for the Sons of Midnight series for Harlequin, The Half-Breed Vampire, that’ll be out in spring 2012. It’ll be a slight expansion of the current world because we get to see how the Cascade vampire clan clashes with the Wenatchee Were pack when a vampire isn’t everything he seems.
I’m also writing my second steampunk paranormal romance, The Slayer, for my Book of Legend Chronicles series with Kensington that’ll be out in 2012 (the first, The Hunter, is out this Nov.) It’s a switch from the straight vampire world because I get to go back to my historical romance roots and write in the Wild West, only it’s the Wild Weird West. The series features three brothers, named after their father’s favorite guns, Winchester, Remington and Colt, who fight supernaturals, kind of like if you plunked down the Winchester brothers from the television show Supernatural in the West and gave them some really cool steampunk inventions for fighting. It’s part Indiana Jones, part Wild Wild West, and part Supernatural.
In addition, I’m also working on a new urban fantasy romance world featuring dark fae that takes four sisters who can see the fae and get draw into their world to save each other and mankind. The first is a novella called Shadowlander, that will be out in Oct. from Entangled Publishing.
You are one busy woman! I’m so glad I got to hunt you down here (Okay, I’m glad I let you in the room…) Where can our partygoers find you and your work?
The best place to find what I’m working on now is my website, www.theresameyers.com, or keep up with me on Twitter @Theresa_Meyers but the books are out just about everywhere Harlequin books are sold and available (with a discount!) at www.eharlequin.com
Thank you so much for coming!
Thanks so much for inviting me, it was a lot a fun!
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