I am pleased to say that I am lucky enough to have Amanda Ashley as a guest on my site today. Ms. Ashley is the author of many books a few of which are Night’s Master, Night’s Pleasure, Immortal Sins, Everlasting Kiss, and her latest, Everlasting Desire.
To find out more about this fantastic author and her books please visit her at www.madelinebaker.net
Could you please tell us a little about your book?
Everlasting Desire is about Rhys Constain, the master of the West Coast vampires, who is trying to find and destroy a very old, very vicious, vampire who is crossing the country toward L.A., leaving bodies in every city along the way.
Megan DeLacey works in an exclusive men’s shop. By chance, Rhys stops in there one night, and she soon finds herself tangled up in the paranormal community.
The back cover copy says:
The clientele at Shore’s clothing store includes some of L.A.’s sexiest bachelors. But none of them affects Megan DeLacey as deeply as the dark-eyed stranger who strides into her boutique one evening – and keeps returning, night after night. Megan is drawn to Rhys Costain even as she fears him. Because his reason for being there is clear -he wants Megan, with an intensity that’s both tempting and terrifying…
For almost five centuries, Rhys has lived alone, using women as it pleased him and never wanting more. As Master of the West Coast vampires, it’s his duty to eliminate the ancient vampire who’s draining humans on his turf, putting all of their kind at risk. But Megan’s lush beauty and vibrant warmth is blinding him to a danger that will soon engulf them both – and tear him from the only woman who can satisfy his darkest hunger.
Did something specific happen to prompt you to write this book?
Yes. I wrote Everlasting Kiss and fell in love with Rhys, who was supposed to be a secondary character and not very nice. When I finished Everlasting Kiss, I just couldn’t bear to let him go, so he got a book of his own. About Rhys, my editor said “Enigmatic and dangerous, he’s one of the sexiest vampires I’ve read yet.” Which I considered high praise.
Who or what is the inspiration behind this book?
Who is your biggest supporter?
Oh, gosh, I’m not sure I could pick just one. I belong to 2 critique groups. They are all wonderfully supportive, generous with their praise, always there to cheer me up when I’m having a rough time.
Your biggest critic?
I guess I am.
What cause are you most passionate about and why?
I think my biggest concern is the deterioration of morality in our country. You see it in books, on tv, in music, and in movies. IMO, life was better when movies didn’t come with ratings and you didn’t have to worry about what your kids might see or hear on tv, because there was never anything on the tube that wasn’t fit for the whole family.
Movies weren’t laced with profanity or filled with graphic violence and nudity.
Popular songs didn’t have profanity in the lyrics. I don’t know what other parents think, but I don’t consider Madonna or Miley Cyrus to be good role models for young girls.
Sorry, end of rant.
In the last year have you learned or improved on any skills?
I hope so, although I can’t think of anything specific right now.
Do you have any rituals you follow when finishing a piece of work?
No, although I’m usually depressed for a couple of days. After living with the characters in a book for six months or so, it’s like saying goodbye to old friends. In some cases, I just can’t say goodbye, which is why Rhys has his own book, and why I’ve written four Night books (Night’s Kiss, Night’s Touch, Night’s Master, and Night’s Pleasure). I just couldn’t part with the Cordova family.
Who has influenced you throughout your career as a writer?
Anne Rice, Nancy Gideon, Maggie Shayne, Lori Herter.
What is the most important thing in your life right now?
My family. They have always been first and foremost in my life.
What are you currently working on?
I’m working on another vampire book that I really love. My hero belongs to a vampire family who rule a certain part of the country. He has been away from them for centuries due to a conflict with his father. My heroine is running away from an unhappy situation and finds refuge with the hero. When they fall in love, it causes a number of problems. It’s a little different from what I usually write and I’m really enjoying it.
Do you have any advice for writers or readers?
For writers – if you’re unpublished, write what you love to read, and never give up. My first book was rejected 31 times before I found a publisher.
If you’re published, please stop using the F word so much
For readers – I don’t have any advice, just a ton of thanks for your support through the years.
Is there an author that inspired you to write?
Not really. I started writing because I was bored with tv. This was years ago, of course, when my kids were little and my husband worked nights. Writing gave me something to do when my kids were asleep and my husband was working. I’ve been writing ever since.
Thanks again for agreeing to be interviewed Amanda!