Title: Blood And Guitars
Book # or Vol # 1
Trey’s band is recording a new album and with Aurora as his muse, Trey is writing songs like never before. After being hired by their record label to paint the cover of the new album, Aurora has a legitimate reason for spending so much time with Trey and his band mates. Aurora can’t deny the unexpected connection she has with Trey, which is fueled by glimpses into his emotions every time they share a kiss. Caught between two worlds, Aurora must attend celebrity award shows and vampire rituals, find time to feed, and protect Trey from the dangers of the night, all while preserving her secrets.
Age: 23, but technically I haven’t aged since I became a vampire at 19.
Nationality: My father was Caucasian and my mother was Egyptian.
City or town of birth: Chicago, Illinois
Currently lives: Clearwater, Florida
Hair color: Black
Hairstyle: I wear it long and straight, or in big waves
Eye color: Green (Trey says they are the color of old-fashioned 7-Up Bottles.)
Personality: I’m a bit of a recluse. It just comes with the vampire territory. Maybe it’s partly because I’m an artist. I’m an observer. I’ve always been more into watching things unfold around me than jumping right into the middle of them. My OCD kicks in when I’m at work, whether it’s organizing my paints, mixing up a fresh batch of varnish, or arranging the way my work is displayed on the walls at my gallery. I don’t have a lot of friends, but being with Trey has taught me to open up a little. I’ve adopted the rest of the guys in the band as brothers They’re sort of stuck with me now whether they want me or not.
Likes: I love rain, which is convenient when you live in Florida. I also love Root beer (there’s just something nostalgic about it.) I love painting, and not just because my livelihood depends on it. Painting is therapeutic. I also apparently have a thing for guys who play guitar.
Fears/phobias: I have a fear of death. I know most people probably do, but I think being immortal was the biggest thing that attracted me to being a vampire. There’s just something about the idea of not existing on this earth anymore that totally freaks me out.
Favorite color: Red.
Hobbies: Painting, hanging out at the local vampire hot spot called Club Sanguin, giving my best friend Mark a hard time, and more recently, sketching Trey while he works in the recording studio and beating all of the guys in the band at Guitar Hero.
Talents/skills: Let’s talk vampire skills, since that’s more interesting. My moon-given talent is to be able to block my thoughts from the prying minds of other vampires. I’m able to ask for other abilities at each new full-moon cycle, but this is the one skill I have with me any time the moon is out. I’m also super fast, strong, and a bit on the sarcastic side.
City or town of birth: I was born in Clearwater Florida, and I still live there today.
Height: 6’ 0”
Figure/build: Slim, Athletic
Hair color: Dark Brown
Eye color: Light Blue
Tattoos: I have a tattoo of the band’s name and logo, Catalyst, on my chest on the right side.
Personality: I’m a hopeless romantic. I don’t fall easily, but when I have someone that I love, I want to spoil them and give them my heart completely. Living like that opens you up to getting hurt, but the rewards are worth the risk. I like to think I’m spontaneous. I’m pretty laid back and easy going, except for when it comes to my music and the band. I feel responsible for every note and every word I write in a song. I’m a bit of a control freak in that sense, so I like to be involved in the details in as much of the creative process as I can, from the moment we start writing new songs for a record, right down to designing the stage we use.
Likes: I like dogs. Cats make me sneeze. (Sorry cat lovers.) I like the ocean. I used to spend a lot of time surfing, but the band takes up most of my spare time these days. I like writing songs and being on stage. There’s just something about being able to tell a story with my guitar and my voice. I’m completely addicted to every aspect of my job. I’m the luckiest guy in the world that way. I love Legos. I’m like a 10-year-old. I even have a working guitar a fan made me out of Legos. It’s the coolest thing ever.
Dislikes: Fake people. Tabloids. Paparazzi that hide in my bushes in my front yard. (You know who you are.)
Fears/phobias: I used to worry that I was never going to find someone who could deal with my crazy life and my career choice. Aurora has changed all that for me…. Oh, Spiders! I don’t do spiders. They are pure evil.
Hobbies: Music, pretending that I know how to paint with Aurora, playing with my miniature pinscher Cowboy, hanging out with my bandmates.
Taste in music: I play rock, so I tend to listen to rock. I’m a big fan of Mayday Parade, Paramore, Jimmy Eat World, The All-American Rejects, and a bunch of other bands like that. I also love some of the classic bands like Kansas, The Eagles, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. My iPod has a weird combination of bands on it.
Disliked food: Sushi. I just don’t get it. I really don’t.
House/home: My house is huge. Too big, really. I went a little overboard when I was house shopping. Aurora calls it the mansion. I wish I could say that is an exaggeration. The pool is the best part, though. I did it all for the pool.
Current job title and description: Leader singer and rhythm guitarist in Catalyst.
Did you always wanted to be a writer?
I’ve been writing stories for as long as I can remember, but I was never told by a career counselor in school that writing for a living was an option. I remember going through the motions and listing normal career choices, but never really being passionate about anything else. It wasn’t until I was in high school and I discovered Amelia Atwater-Rhodes (She was published at 13) that I was inspired to open up about my writing and share my passion with the world.
When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?
Probably when I finished my first novella. I self-published it when I was 20. For the first time I had a paperback book to hold in my hands and something I was proud to let other people read.
Do you do another job except for writing and can you tell us more about it?
I’ve had lots of other jobs. I’ve worked as a relay for the deaf, I worked at a preschool more recently, but my favorite job was at a recording studio after college. You couldn’t get a degree as a music engineer at that time, so I did a program that was basically an internship with textbooks and curriculum and tests to pass to get a certificate. That was one of the best decisions I ever made. I had a blast!
What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say?
Fangs And Fame (Blood And Guitars #3) Trey and Aurora are touring with Catalyst, but they owe a powerful vampire a favor, and he’s come to collect.
Who is your publisher? Or do you self-publish?
I self-publish. I like to have control over every step of the creative process, right down to approving the book cover and writing the blurb on the back of the jacket. Traditional publishing was never for me.
What can we expect from you in the future? ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?
I don’t expect that I’ll ever stray too far from the Paranormal Fantasy genre. It’s my favorite to read. My favorite TV shows are even in this category, i.e. Supernatural, Vampire Diaries, Smallville. I have some ideas floating around for my next work, and you can definitely expect more of the paranormal from me.
What genre would you place your books into?
Paranormal Fantasy, Romance, New Adult
What made you decide to write that genre of book?
I just write what I would like to read. I didn’t have to categorize the books until I published the first one, which led me to those genres. There wasn’t even a New Adult label when Blood And Guitars was first released, but it’s nice to have that genre to throw out there to let people know my characters aren’t teenagers. Fans of YA enjoy my books, but YA just doesn’t describe them very well.
Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? ie You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?
I used to carry around notebooks and write with a pen or pencil. My school notebooks were always full of stories. Now I like to be at my computer and have Spotify up so I can listen to my writing playlists. I have very specific music I listen to in order to set the mood. Each of the three books in the Blood And Guitars series have their own playlists. I love having a Raspberry Dr. Pepper, Blue Coconut Dr. Pepper, or Mango Mountain Dew to sip on while I write, too.
Do you read all the reviews of your book/books?
Yes! I love reading reviews. Authors are sort of removed from readers, but social media and receiving reviews gives you a little insight into what your readers are thinking, and helps you connect with them. I love talking with readers on my facebook page and on Twitter, too.
Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?
Usually I write first and choose the title later, but with Blood And Guitars things were different. I thought of the titles for all three books in the series after I wrote the first book.
How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?
Baby name websites are a great tool for finding names. Some names are just sort of inherent with the character from the moment you develop them in your head, and others you have to search for.
Do you decide on character traits (ie shy, quiet, tomboy girl) before writing the whole book or as you go along?
I like to sketch out a character bio in the beginning phase of writing. That way I can develop the character on paper and really flesh them out. I find that they are more believable as people that way.
Which format of book do you prefer, eBook, hardback, or paperback?
I still love paperback books, but I’ve grown to appreciate my kindle. I’m a bit of a clutz, and I’ve ruined more than one book while reading in the bathtub, and I love that I can stick my kindle in a ziplock baggie and read away without much worry ( a great tip my sister gave me!) I’ll always love the feel and smell of a real book, but eBooks are amazing for different reasons.
What is your favorite book and Why? Have you read it more than once?
My favorite book as a kid was Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher by Bruce Coville. I’ve read it over and over. I still have the original copy I owned as a kid, and you can see that it’s been very loved. I even read it to my son, which was a whole new experience that made the book mean even more to me. Bruce Coville was the first author that introduced me to the idea of normal people in the modern world having fantastical, and often supernatural or paranormal experiences. He’s definitely inspired my writing in that way.
Do you think books transfer to movies well? Which is you favorite/worst book to movie transfer?
Some book to movie adaptations have been done really well. I love the Harry Potter movies, although they can’t compete with the books, they did an amazing job bringing that world to the screen for a whole new group of fans to enjoy. One movie I really wish could be erased completely and redone is Eragon. Chris Paolini created such an amazing world with uniquely rich characters, and the movie just didn’t do that world justice. Someone please, we need a do-over! (Hey, it happened with Spiderman, Superman, and now the Ninja Turtles…. Just sayin’.)
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A few bands that I love right now are Mayday Parade, The Material, and Marianas Trench. If I’m going to be completely honest, though, my favorite group will always be the Backstreet Boys. I’m not even ashamed to admit it. Lol. I see them on tour every other year or so when they come to Vegas. Just got back from a BSB show a few months ago with my best friend!
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