Today’s post is an interview with urban fantasy/paranormal romance author Celia Breslin. She talks about her vampire series, writing habits, favorite books and authors, and she shares her favorite caramel recipe — perfect for eating while reading! :-)
CELIA’S TRANQUILLI BLOODLINE SERIES
Give us a 20-word summary for your latest release.
How about three words? Vampires, love, mayhem.
Okay, just kidding. Here are 20 words for DESTINY, book 2 in the Tranquilli Bloodline Series: Carina must open her new club, repair her relationship, and save her friends from death by vampire. Sometimes destiny sucks.
Do you have a favorite character from your books? And why is he/she your favorite?
All my Tranquilli Bloodline characters hold a piece of my heart. But I hope Carina and crew will forgive me if I confess her mentor Jonas is my favorite. An ancient vampire originally from England, Jonas embodies extreme violence in a pretty package. He’s a man of few words, dark and moody, fiercely loyal and violently protective of those few people he loves (such as Carina). I adore him so much that I gave him his own short story, VAMPIRE CODE.
How long have you been writing and who or what inspired you?
My Irish grandmother started it with her stories of the Fae, including one tale of her encounter with a Banshee in her root cellar. Imagination fueled, I wrote a lot of fairy tales as a kid.
Do you choose a title first or write the book then choose the title?
Title first, though the title is derived from the subject matter of the book, so that’s a little bit like asking, ‘What comes first, chicken or egg?’
Do you decide on character traits before writing the whole book or as you go along?
As my work is character driven, I develop character profiles prior to writing the whole story. I have detailed questionnaires on all major characters. Of course, they still manage to surprise me while I’m writing their stories.
Do you have another job in addition to writing?
Mom, cat wrangler, line and content editor, slush pile reader, Joss Whedon fan. Oh wait, that last one isn’t actually a job, ha.
FAVORITE BOOKS AND AUTHORS
What is your favorite book and why?
I have so many favorites in varying genres. In urban fantasy/paranormal romance, I adore these series: J. R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood; Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark; Amber Belldene’s Blood Vine; and Larissa Ione’s Demonica and Lords of Deliverance.
So many great authors in the world! In urban fantasy/paranormal romance: J.R. Ward, Kresley Cole, Amber Belldene, Tricia Skinner, Laura Kaye, Larissa Ione, and more!
Favorite format: e-book, hardback, or paperback?
All of the above. I read a lot of eBooks, but there’s something quite satisfying about holding your own print book, or a print book by another author you love.
Black and red. (I’m not a vampire. Really, I’m not, LOL.)
Depends on my mood. When I’m writing vampires, I often gravitate toward industrial and techno/electro, so NIN, The Prodigy, Bass Kittens, Meat Beat Manifesto, etc.
Thai, Vietnamese, Burmese, Japanese, Chinese…ok, now I’m hungry! :-)
Favorite holiday treat?
Without question, my grandmother’s caramels. The recipe is below so you can make them too! Warning: they’re sooooo good that you’ll want to make them year round.
What’s in your writing future? More books in this genre or…?
Yes, more books in the urban fantasy and paranormal romance genres. For urban fantasy, Carina’s adventures continue in ORIGINS, Book 3 in the Tranquilli Bloodline Series. For paranormal romance, my wolf shifters in DIAMOND MOON will release in summer 2015 from Decadent Publishing. A second wolf shifter story is in progress.
The Best Ever Holiday Caramel Candy, aka Grandma Eddie’s Caramels
- 1 can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk
- 2 cups white sugar
- 2 cups white Karo Syrup
- 1 stick of butter (1/4 lb.)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Mix together the first three ingredients (milk, sugar, syrup) in a large bowl. Melt the butter in a large heavy kettle, pour in the mixture and bring to a boil. Stir continuously while mixture boils until it reaches the temperature of 245 degrees Fahrenheit on a candy thermometer (can take up to 25 minutes). Note: If mixture overcooks, candy gets too hard. Once the 245 degree temperature is reached, remove kettle from stove. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract, then pour mixture onto a large buttered cookie sheet or flat pan.
For more holiday treats, visit my blog today! (E-books and e-gift card up for grabs! Giveaway ends 12/23/14).
More About Destiny
In HAVEN, San Francisco nightclub owner Carina Tranquilli survives a vicious attack by her vampire family’s longtime archenemies. Several weeks later, as she struggles with PTSD and survivor’s guilt, supervillain Dixon resurfaces and kidnaps two of her best friends. To save them, Carina must comply with the evil bastard’s unusual demands. The kicker? She must tell no one what she is up to.
Meanwhile, she has a new dance club to open for the preternatural community, a fated soul mate acting secretive and distant, and a sexy, new, undead friend who’d love to take Alexander’s place in her heart and bed.
Blackmailed, betrayed, tempted…sometimes destiny has a wicked sense of humor.
Where to find it:
More About Celia
Celia lives in California with her husband, daughter, and two feisty cats. She writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance, and has a particular fondness for vampires, werewolves, and the Fae. When not writing, you’ll find her exercising, reading a good book or indulging her addiction to Joss Whedon’s TV shows and movies.
Thank you, Celia, for the interview and the caramel recipe!
… how’s everyone doing? How’s your December going? Mine has been busy, which is why I’ve been quiet lately. December is just one of those months when everything sneaks up on you, you know? :-D
I have one more guest blogger in my “Writers Who Create Other Things” series and then I’ll likely take time off from blogging until after the New Year. But I have some fun stuff planned for 2015 so stay tuned!