by Miranda Jameson
Doctor Bruno Steiner, half-blood vampire spy, has his life mapped out – brilliant career, service to his race and marriage to a pure-blood aristocrat. But when he saves a patient’s life, everything changes.
The slender tornado of a woman always has an opinion and is never slow to air it. She’s intolerable. And challenging.
Fleur Chastain, outcast half-blood, has waged her own war against Paris’s occupying forces. Arrested and tortured, she’s rescued by a man she suspects is a Nazi spy. But when she discovers who Bruno really spies for, she wishes her first guess was true.
The gorgeous doctor is out of her league, and engaged to be married. It’s strictly business. Period.
But sometimes, despite our best plans, fate delivers a message.
Is Paris merely a detour or the prelude to something wonderful?
Interview with author Miranda Jameson
- What inspired you to start writing?
A bet! Bet you can’t write a book. Really? Let’s see now…
I must admit, stories have always been in my head. I just didn’t dare write them.
- Plotter or pantser?
A bit of both – I think I’m a plotser! I tend to follow Dean Wesley Smith’s ‘Write into the Dark’ model.
- What do you like most about writing paranormal?
I can do anything – as long as I can justify it/make it logical and real.
- What advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Write every day – even 200 words/day will add up. Don’t sit waiting for your muse you visit you. It doesn’t work like that. To finish a book, your butt must be in the seat and your fingers must be tapping (or scribing).
- Tell us a little about the characters in your book
My characters are based in the real world and their stories intertwine round real, human history. My books follow a brigade of Vampire warriors and their ancient enemies – the Empath race. Both races spring from a land of fire and ice within the Arctic Circle and speak a language close to Old Norse. My vamps are neither un-dead nor sparkly. They are real flesh and blood and, though they live for centuries, they are mortal – as are the Empaths. They can die – and do. My vamp soldiers are based in the south of France and my Empaths are based in Venice. In my world, the Empaths are the ‘villains’ – or used to be. They are trying to reform.
- Which one of your characters would you like to spend time with?
Lord LaSalle – Supreme Commander of the Warriors’ Council. Strangely, up to now, he’s a side character in my novels. His book will come last and will be set in 1915 – on the Western Front during WW1. LaSalle is the ultimate soldier and leader – think the power of Thor combined with a sharp, political mind! He’s hot!
- Do you have a must-read book you’d like to share with readers?
Mine? If mine – I particularly love my books ‘RAFE’ and ‘ALEXIS’. If someone else’s – Anne Rice – Interview with a Vampire.
- Are you working on anything at the present you would like to tell us about?
I’ve started my 7th book – ZEPHYR. It is the 2nd in my Empaths of Venice trilogy but is linked to all the others. My readers like seeing ‘old friends’. My main character – Zephyr – is an Empath. He is also the head of a mysterious consortium who control world finance. Think Illuminati – but more powerful. As all my books have romance at their core – this is the story of Zephyr’s attempt to re-connect with a woman he gave up two centuries ago…he had good reasons but she never knew. His ex-lover Jocasta is now a powerful woman herself (I write strong, intelligent heroines – no whiny wimps in need of saving in my books!) And, inevitably, there’s a strong suspense story rumbling through everything! I like a fast pace and twists and turns.
- Do you write using your computer or notepad? Both? Something else?
My trusty laptop. And a small notebook in my bag in case I think of something and don’t want to forget (though I have been known to write notes on a restaurant napkin.)
- What’s the weirdest thing you’ve researched for your book?
Much weirdness! But – for my book BERLIN NOCTURNE – which is set in Berlin in 1941, I researched the Nazi Ahnenerbe organization. Fact IS stranger than fiction. They’re in the book. The Nazis were obsessed with the paranormal and the occult. (Remember Indiana Jones? All true.)
- Ebook or print? And why?
Currently Ebook but, with Createspace shutting down, I’ll print via KDP. I’ve had requests for paperbacks.
- What is one thing your readers would be most surprised to learn about you?
I speak a couple of Indian languages.
- If you could have one paranormal ability, what would it be?
Matter transfer – my vamps shift through the dark matter between dimensions to travel the world. One minute you’re in London, the next, you’re in Paris…or anywhere in the world. I’d love that.