Preston Ciora has ruled over the Western Vampyre clans for centuries, though not by his choice. He works the streets as a homicide detective by day. At night he dishes out justice within the vampyre community.
Nine hundred years since his sire and life-mate died, Preston remains emotionally scarred and alone.
A series of grisly murders rattles those under his protection and threatens to expose his ilk to the mortal world. All evidence points to a delusional vampyre who is in league with an ancient shape-shifter—who has an agenda of his own.
To make matters worse, a strange woman tells Preston he will find love in the arms of a fire-breathing hellion named Lindsey. Despite his efforts to defy the foretelling, Preston finds himself embroiled in a tense war to win her heart—a battle he is intent on losing.
Tell me about yourself. What’s a day in your life like?
My day usually starts at 4 or 5 in the morning. That’s the time I search the internet and try to do some marketing of my book, about an hour or two searching hunting down leads. Last month, I started doing interviews of other writers so after I’m done surfing the net, I check who’s next on my list and, if I have everything I need, start for formulating questions – I really should standardize them instead of starting from scratch, lol. After that, it’s either writing or me getting away from computer because the butt is telling me I’ve been on it too long.
When you were a child, what was your dream occupation?
A fighter pilot – I wanted to join the service and fly jets in combat. But I’m a menace behind the wheel of a car so can you imagine what would happened had I been accepted and was up there doing Mach 1 around commercial planes? I’m sure they would have grounded me after my first flight.
Describe an incident in your life that’s molded you into the person you are today.
Being transplanted from the east coast to the west coast – talk about traumatic. I never fit in well in California, didn’t make friends until jr. high school. To this day, I still don’t think I fit in with Californian lifestyles although I call myself a California girl. It is also the reason my characters are antagonistic. Within the pages of a book, there is no real fear of rejection … because I control what happens to the characters.
What are you passionate about?
People treating other people fairly, doing what you promise to do and doing it right. Nothing irks me more than when someone promises to do something and then either don’t or give excuses for not doing it.
What would I find in your couch cushions?
Lots of loose change – I bet if I actually dug around the couch and love seat, I would find enough money to put a down payment on a car (kidding but not by much, lol).
What sets you apart from other writers?
Outside of the fact I’m two shades closer to being put in a padded room, not much. My stories are stranger than normal, I am the first to admit that and I have a deep affection for the realm of vampires. If there is a scrap of information about them out that, more than likely I’ve seen or read it. All my stories have an element of vampires in them with the exception of my newest interest, erotica. Who knows, maybe venturing into a vampire erotica might be next for me.
How do you deal with rejection?
When I got my first rejection letter, I took it as a personal attack against me and the world came undone. The second one I got was taken better but it still felt bad. Then I began to understand that the people I sent my story to weren’t reading the accompanying chapters but the query letter and/or synopsis. And there was the fact I had submitted to agents who weren’t interested in the genre of my books which, to be honest, I didn’t have a clue where they should be put either. If I get a rejection letter now and if it’s the standard letter without a personal note as to what the problem was, I toss it aside and keep going. I understand agents and publishers are busy but they should have a little more compassion for those who submit to them. Sometimes those little “boilerplate” rejection letters stop creative writers in their tracks, people with talent but have fragile personalities that crash when faced with not having their hard work accepted.
Where did the idea for your novel come from?
It came from the song by the Fifth Dimension: If I could reach you. It’s about a woman seeing a man, it’s almost morning and he’s about to leave her. This woman loves him but he doesn’t love her. I added the fact that this man was a vampire, had a very nasty attitude and a painful experience in his past that made him want to stay away from women. As for the female, I made her the same way only her pain came from being the most beautiful, most sought after female in high school, have her world crash and she is lowered to self-loathing of herself. I played that song a lot when writing the book.
Do you have advice for aspiring writers?
Follow your dream, don’t let anyone sidetrack you. The biggest regret I have is not sticking to my dreams of becoming a writer. I have a family that doesn’t see what I’ve accomplished as relevant and that is what held me back for a very long time. If it wasn’t for two awesome people – M.L. John and Eileen Sharp – I would have quit writing completely. They wouldn’t let me quit and I am eternally grateful they were there to keep poking me when I started getting negative.
What is the toughest criticism you’ve received as an author?
I am my harshest critic and the things I say to myself are not repeatable in any language…
If you had to choose one…which song would sum up your personality?
Unwell by Matchbox Twenty – I’m listening to it now. My favorite line is “I’m not crazy, I’m just a little unwell, I know, right now, you can’t tell but stay a while and you maybe then you’ll see a different side of me …”
Where link-wise can your readers / fans stalk you?
Yes, thank you for doing this interview. I totally appreciate it.
Thanks for allowing me to host you on my website today, L.M. David! I wish you much success with your series and I hope to host you again! xoxo