Veronica Blade is light hearted and passionate about the characters she creates. Her love for Love is what drives her writing. The worlds Veronica creates are full of the paranormal and ignited with passion.
Veronica shares a little secret indulgent of her’s and talks to us about her new favorite characters in the following interview: (Scroll down for giveaway)
It’s no secret I’m a HUGE fan of The Vampire Diaries (the TV show, not the books). But few people know that, except for the last few shows of season 4, I’ve watched every episode at least three times. There it is, the ugly truth about my obsession.
What was the inspiration behind MY WOLF’s BANE?
My sister-in-law was more fixated on Twilight than I am with Damon Salvatore — hard to believe, I know! After she’d read all the Twilight books — twice — she fell into a reading slump. My Wolf’s Bane was an attempt to rescue her from Twilight withdrawals. Side benefit for me: My Wolf’s Bane (the whole series, actually) turned out to be the love of my life.
Which Character was hardest to develop and why?
Out of all my books, Autumn was the toughest character I’ve ever had to write. No matter how I wrote her, she just wasn’t likable. It took me a while, but I finally got it right! And now, she’s definitely in my top three favorite characters.
Tell us more about Zack and how he is the hottest male heroin of 2013.
Zack wants to be a decent person, but he’s not so nice that he takes crap off anyone. He’s the perfect combination of tough, but caring. And though Zack has conflicted feelings for Autumn, he’ll do anything to protect her, even risk his own life. What girl doesn’t want to be loved like that?
What was your favorite/least favorite scene to write in MY WOLF’s BANE?
In every paranormal story I’ve written, I had the most difficult time with the final battle. I’m such a girl when it comes to reading and writing — I really only care about the romance. I know they’re going to get together in the end, but I love the simple predictability and the journey getting there. But I digress… My point is that my favorite scenes to write are the first kiss and the ending. Can’t get enough of that stuff.
What is one important writing advice that you’d give our aspiring authors?
Be brave and let it go. Send it out, but not to editors and agents… not just yet. Give it to beta readers and other writers to help you work out the plot holes. Trust me, they’re there, but you need another set of eyes (or two or three!) to find them. It takes a village to write a book. It really does.
When you’re not writing what books are you reading? What genre do you like to read most?
I read every chance I get, but stick to YA, either paranormal or contemporary. I like the lighter stuff, preferably a little humorous. I need the main focus to be the romance, rather than the world-building, so I can’t read apocalyptic or dystopian. Tried. Can’t do it.
Which books do you think should be on every teen’s reading list and why?
Shaken by Susan Hatler because it’s got everything — romance, suspense, thrills; Shiver by Maggie Shiefvater for its gorgeous prose and sweet romance; Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry, because it’s so damn good; Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout, just for all the fun.
Finally what would you like to say to your readers before diving into MY WOLF’s BANE?
It’s more of a heads up, really. My love of romance is reflected in my novels. If that’s what you enjoy most in any story, then we’ll get along just fine.
Veronica Blade lives in Southern California with her husband and children. By day she runs the family business, but each night she slips away to spin her tales. She writes stories about young adults to relive her own childhood and to live vicariously through her characters. Except her heroes and heroines lead far more interesting lives — and they are always way hotter.