Title: Dark Diary
Series: Dark Diary (#1)
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Age Category: Adult
Release Date: Sept 26, 2016
Descriptive Blurb: Worlds collide when a young woman with a dark past encounters a young man with an even darker one. More human than vampire, Dark Diary is a quaint, sophisticated romance detailing the accounts of two lovers who have paid the ultimate price… Forbidden romance in the vein of classics like Wuthering Heights, frosted with the seductive allure of the original Dark Shadows, Dark Diary documents a pair torn apart by time. The story is told by a 400-year-old immortal and a 21-year-old modern-day artist.
- I see from your bio that you have a passion for Gothic romance (me too!), I have to ask, who is your favorite Gothic author/writer? And what’s your favorite Gothic novel?
While I don’t have a favorite gothic novel or author in particular, I have always been a big fan of visual art and sculpture. I have several pieces around my home and I’ve always loved black, reds and grey color schemes for decorating. Subtle, but contrasting and vibrant. Edgar Allen Poe is one of my favorite writers from the past, however, and I have a very old second printing of the Raven printed in an anthology collection book produced in 1845 – one year before his death – which is one of the greatest treasures in my library.
- What’s it like doing voice work for radio and TV?
It’s a lot more boring than it sounds, really. I have a studio at home where I record so I rarely interact with anyone outside of receiving scripts and instructions via email. I do record my own audiobooks, however, and those are a lot of fun. They take a TON of energy to record because I don’t narrate; I basically become the character reading their own story. That’s how I try to portray my audiobooks and I feel this gives them much more life than simply cracking open the pages and reading words.
- So, what’s the story behind Dark Diary? How did you get that first burst of inspiration?
Dark Diary goes back at least 17 years of my life. Since I was very little, I’ve been a lover of vampire lore and legend. I was a huge fan of the TV series, Forever Knight, and haven’t stopped loving vampire myths ever since. I never really found a vampire storyline that approached the lore the way I believed it should have, which is what compelled me to tackle the genre myself, and what makes the book stand out from the crowd.
- If you ever got the chance to bring Dark Diary to the big screen, would you write the screen-play yourself? What would be your dream-casting?
I worked briefly in stage production and would be thrilled to work side-by-side with a seasoned screen writer. I’d love to have a say in the final product. If it were made a few years ago, I’d have chosen Emily Browning as Kathera and Ben Barnes as Matthaya. No questions asked. Today, I’d want to cast Logan Lerman as Matthaya and a female with a similar emotional acting repertoire as Browning to play alongside him. The actors need to be able to convey innocence and sadness believably. Not all actors can do this.
- What are you working on next?
I’m working on several novels right now and it’s only a matter of which comes to me the most quickly which will win the battle and be released first. One is a shifter-type romance, another is a mythological fiction, one is an epic fantasy (Percy-Jackson style) for Young Adult audiences, and I’m writing several sequels to Dark Diary, as well as a spin off to my Amazon bestseller, Fluorescence.
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