Welcome Annie! Thank you for letting me, interview you.
Tells us about you.
Thanks for having me here today, Mason.
I am a born and raised French Canadian but have been living in my adopted State of Vermont for the past three years and love it.
Mom, dog chaser, buyer of groceries, fixer of broken things, finder of lost socks are some of my other names.
What was the first story you ever wrote and what was the premise?
I wrote a short sci-fi story about the event horizon of a black hole. Scientists theorize that time slows as you get closer to the centre of a black hole so I sent my character toward one. As time slowed he heard a voice speaking to him and realized it was God. My idea was that God is so infinite that he must exist on a different plain of time. Kind of like starfish, if you watch a sped up movie of them they are really quite active.
This was in my college days when I used to have time to think but I got an A.
Did you always want to write romance?
I think I did but never realized it until a friend mentioned to me that my stories always convey a lot emotion. She suggested to give romance a try.
What is your all time favorite love story and why (Movie or book)?
The Princess Bride. I’ve only seen the movie (many many times) but want to get the book.
True Love is ever lasting.
What influences your work?
I get most of my inspirations when I’m doing monotonous work like driving, gardening, or washing dishes. All three of these activities led to books. Being stuck at airport all day this summer led to my present WIP.
I’d like to do a speed round of one or two word answers. Ready, go!
What is your favorite:
Book? Pride of Chanur by CJ Cherryh
Character? Dunn from A Cuckoo’s Nest
Villain? Jarlaxle a RA Salvatore character
Sweet? All of them.
Thank you that was fun.
If you could meet one of your own characters, which one would you pick and why?
Without hesitation, Tane from BAIT, but I probably wouldn’t survive the experience. Him being a hungry Nosferatu vampire, maybe we could meet after he’s fed. He’s been around for millennia. I think he’d have an interesting story or two to tell. Not to mention all the experience he’s acquired.
Please, tell us about BAIT from Liquid Silver Books?
Sent on a mission to lure Budapest’s vampire Overlord into a trap, Connie Bence is instead caught red-handed by the dark Casanova. Her employer has concrete proof of the dubious leader’s misdeeds but she is surprised when this ruthless killer, Rurik, offers her protection and rescues her from his own kind. It plants seeds of doubt in her mind and she begins to question his guilt. Now she is thrown into his world where blackmail determines her every move and where she must betray those she cares about or let them die. The stakes are high. She either puts her trust in Rurik or leads him to his execution.
Love or life.
Live bait made all the difference, pretty much a no-brainer. If the prey hungered, it was best to use someone like me.
I needed to attract my quarry’s attention so I dressed outside the Budapest nightlife norm. The beautiful, exotic eastern European women filled the place with their form fitting, dark clothes and smoky make-up. This fashion did not complement my five foot, two inch, olive skinned, ‘holy cow she’s got curves’ frame.
Instead, I tousled my shoulder-length, dark-blond curls and applied a little lip gloss. The high-waisted, filmy white dress, which possessed a neckline low enough I had better not sneeze, with the silver stiletto heels, made me a beacon. Time I hooked me a monster and reeled him in.
The popular nightclub jammed, and on any other night I’d be having a great time, but the crush of people made it difficult to spot anyone. Even with heels I’d have trouble seeing Rurik. I twisted and swung my hips to the pounding music as I grooved across the sunken dance floor. Tables stood around the edges so the patrons could watch.
I should have shimmied instead of turned when someone’s elbow made contact with my forehead. Flailing, I tottered on my heels, tripped over someone’s foot, and landed on the empty staircase.
Legs sprawled, white dress twisted too high and pulled too low, I gripped my throbbing head in surprise as the world spun. I was the picture of American class abroad.
A shadow blocked out the colored lights reflecting off the mirrored walls. It distracted me from my revealing predicament. Large, strong hands grasped my shoulders. I gazed up and my heart raced.
Rurik. The target I had hunted for in every ruin-club, open-air party, and disco in Budapest. A delicious, hunky, make-me-swoon vampire.
He lifted me to my stiletto-laden feet.
Most people don’t believe in vampires, thinking them myth or legend. I know otherwise. My job comprised of luring these monsters to their executioner.
I was bait.
Rurik said something in Hungarian.
Tourists had a better grasp on the language than I did. I shook my head. “English?” My heart hammered faster than the music’s beat. I’d searched weeks for him and he found me, I couldn’t have planned a better scenario.
His cold, arctic, eyes bore into mine. Even with me wearing heels he towered over me. I couldn’t help but admire his dark, slicked back hair, exposing fine sculpted cheekbones, a narrow face, and a set of full lush lips–all male and very tasty.
Once assured I could stand on my own, he released me, and brought my hand to his mouth to brush those lush lips against my knuckles. “You’re an unexpected treasure, my angel,” he translated over the loud music.
“Thanks.” I’d lost hope of ‘bumping’ into him and just complied with Colby’s–my employer’s–routine orders. Seduce him into following me to the hotel room close by where they waited.
Vampire or not, he provoked a forbidden lust. I was still a woman, after all.
Rurik belonged on the cover of GQ. His black Italian suit contrasted nicely with his white dress shirt and pale skin, tailored to fit his athletic build. Everything about him was simple and elegant.
Everything except the ring on his left pinky finger. A gold antique, with a rock set in it big enough to choke on. Only the Overlord of a city could wear such a ring. It symbolized his power–like a king’s crown.
His hand trailed up my arm, to touch the thin, white fabric of my dress. He said something but the music drowned him out. I didn’t really need to hear him. The hunger in his eyes told me everything. He liked me.
“Do you still want to dance?” He shouted and gestured to the packed floor.
“No, I think I should quit while I’m ahead.” I pointed to my forehead, where a welt throbbed with my racing heart.
He chuckled. “Then let me buy you a drink. My name is Rurik.” His grasp tightened on my arm as he led me away from the dance floor. The corners of his mouth lifted into a small pleasant smile as he turned from me. It wouldn’t do to flash fang and scare dinner away.
What’s a favorite scene?
The bath house scene is always a favorite. In Budapest, people can go to a bath house and lounge in the hot springs, get a massage, and take a nap. What a great place for vampires to hang out at night when it’s closed to the public.
Connie, the heroine, through miscommunication ends up in the same room as Rurik to take a bath. Steam, hot water, and some alone time leads to an interesting evening.
Some of our readers are aspiring writers do you have words of wisdom would you like to share with them?
Finish the book! You won’t progress until you’ve finished a book and written THE END at the bottom of the page. No matter how bad it is. Starting a manuscript is the easy part, sticking to it is where you learn. Once it’s done then you can fix it. Join a critique group, grow a thick skin, and then send it out.
Where can our readers find out more about you and your work?
Website: www.annienicholas.com (links to my twitter and facebook accounts are here as well)
Tell us about your other book?
The Omegas Book one of The Vanguards from Lyrical Press is available on January 18, 2010.
Only a vampire is man enough to teach werewolves how to fight.
Red Dawn from Eirelander Publishing is available on Feb 5, 2010.
Where Sadie is all about control, Nual is all about making her lose it.
Annie is running a bunch of contest this month to celebrate all these releases.
For details please go to www.annienicholas.blogspot.com/2010/01/my-first-release.html
Thanks so much for stopping by!
I loved being here!
Annie, I’ve had a wonderful time interviewing you. I wish you the best.