Let’s welcome Tina Traverse to Limelight
1. Please tell us the name of your book. Destiny of the Vampire
2. When did you know you wanted to be a writer? When I was eight years old and I wrote my first story, my version of the Good Samaritan bible story.
3. How long have you been writing? I been writing on and off since I was eight years old, 30 years.
4. Are you self-published? Yes, I am self-published.
5. What has been the most difficult part about being a writer? The editing process, especially when one is a indie author and have to rely on outside sources to help you and your budget is tight, plus all the rewrites until is it perfect.
6. Who are the authors who inspire you? The one author that has inspired me is Steven King. Though I enjoy his novels, it is his life story that inspired to me to never give up on my dream, to write simply for the love of it. I also have a local author by the name of Joanne Soper-Cook who mentored me as well inspired me.
7. Do you outline your story before you write, or do you wing it? I outline my stories, but not in the way probably most writers do. Once a story idea comes to me, I will play the plot in my head, envision it like a movie, then write a synopsis before I dive into the story.
8. Do you begin writing your scenes as dialog or plot? I write my scene as a plot, setting the story before starting with the dialog.
9. Tell us more about the universe in which your book is set? My book alternates periodically between my characters present and past. Though this novel involves vampires, the universe that they live in is very real, human. It starts with two of the main characters being washed up on a deserted island of the the late 19th century. The present, in the years after their escape takes places in our present time of the 21st century in New York. Finally with the third main character,her past life takes place in England living her life as the wife of a English Lord.
10. Who are your favorite characters in the book? Why? My favourite characters are the main characters Declan and Sebastian St.Clair and Hope Serenity.
• I love Declan because despite being, on the surface,a narcissistic, bourbon swilling womanizer, he does this because he is desperate to hide a deadly secret and underneath he is a very insecure and lonely.
• Sebastian is the polar opposite of Declan’s surface demeanour. I love him because he is timid, shy, soft spoken and filled with so much love for others that it shines through from his soul. He is selfsacrificing and so consumed with guilt with his shared secret with his brother, Declan, that he turns to drugs to hide the pain. However, though he is a stand up honest good guy but underneath he is is not afraid to fight for what is right and for those he loves.
• Hope Serenity does not hide her true personality she is very open, honest,loving and passionate. She is stubborn to the core when it comes to helping those she loves and will do anything to get them well.I love her for that openness.
11. Describe the book’s theme? The theme of this book can be best described by this quote “A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it.” Jean de La Fontaine In essence the theme of Destiny of the Vampire is that no matter how much you try to hide from the truth, the keep the truth hidden, it will always be revealed.
12. How did you come up with the idea for your book? The idea from my book came from an interview Paul Wesley(Stefan Salvatore of The Vampire Diaries)on a talk show when he said(to paraphrase) that The Vampire Diaries will always be about two vampire brothers and the girl that they are in love with. This got me thinking, what about taking the vampire out of the romantic role that seems to be so popular these days and put them in a world where they deal with real human like issues, heartbreak and tragedy and the destructive ways that some humans use to cope.
13. What is next on your agenda? I am in the process of readying my next book for indie publishing with the same company I used for Destiny of the Vampire, called Forever, Christian a true story about my son’s diagnosis of High Functioning autism. I am also working on several other stories including a sequel to Destiny of the Vampire.
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