TODAY’S WINNER: BN100!
Four days until release day! And today I have fellow Plotting Princess and paranormal romance author Karilyn Bentley. She’s here to talk about her new anthology AFTER THE MOON RISES and giveaway an eBook copy to one lucky commenter. So be sure to comment to enter to WIN. Plus you’ll be entered into the grade prize drawing for the Nook Simple Touch Reader! Grand Prize open to US residents only.
Have you ever wondered how an author comes up with ideas for her stories? You have? Great! Because that’s what I’m talking about today. Michelle is not the only one with a new release, my anthology, After the Moon Rises came out recently and features two werewolf novellas. Werewolves of London tells the story of Tom and Vonda while Wolf Mates features Margie and Zane.
So let’s get to it. How did I come up with the ideas? Years ago The Wild Rose Press had a contest for a werewolf story to be featured in an anthology and one of my critique partners suggested I enter. Keep in mind I’d never written a short story or a story featuring werewolves, but I thought, hey, maybe this will be my big publishing break. A girl can dream, right? Over dinner at a pizza joint, The Hubster and I discussed a plot. More like I discussed and he nodded, but hey, I’ll give the poor guy credit for letting me bounce story ideas off him. The next day I started writing. I’m a slow writer and almost missed the deadline, but I squeaked by and then played the waiting game. On Halloween I got the good news, I placed in the contest which meant my story was part of the Got Wolf anthology. And my writing career started, a dream come true.
Back to the stories. Two things happened next. One of the secondary characters from Werewolves stuck around in my head, begging for her story to be told. Around this time I met my editor for coffee and she mentioned that a vegetarian werewolf would make a great character. That, my friends, is what we call an ah-ha moment. The heroine of Wolf Mates was born. Wolf Mates was published the next year, but before it came out, the Got Wolf anthology ran its course and Werewolves was then published as a stand alone novella.
This year my publisher asked if I’d like to put the two novellas into one anthology. Of course, I said yes, it was like they read my mind. After shutting down the email (b/c who gets calls nowadays?), I ran to my fellow Plotting Princesses and begged for a title for the anthology. And this great group of ladies came up with the title, After the Moon Rises. I love it! So did the publisher. And that is how After the Moon Rises came to be.
In honor of unusual characters–really, who’s heard of a vegetarian werewolf?—I’m giving away a pdf copy of After the Moon Rises to one lucky commenter. Let me know who is your favorite unusual character and you’ll be entered in the drawing.