Monday, September 13, 2010

Guest Author Interview: Jeannie Holmes

Please welcome today's guest author Jeannie Holmes.  Jeannie is the author of Blood Law.

EJ:  When did you begin writing?

I began creating stories when I was very young, probably four or five years old, and dabbled with writing them down throughout my teens. It wasn't until 2003 that I began to view writing as a serious endeavor.

EJ:  What brought you to the paranormal genre?

  I've always had a fascination with the paranormal and the occult, which has gotten me into a lot of
trouble over the years. However, I've always liked the fantasy and science fiction genres so it seemed a natural progression for me to jump into urban fantasy.

EJ:  If you could be any paranormal or have any one supernatural talent, what would it be? Why?

  If I could be any paranormal creature, I'd have to stick with my fave: a vampire. As for a supernatural talent, I like the idea of pyrokinesis, the ability to manipulate and create fire. Then I could keep my coffee warm without having to leave my desk.

EJ:  Tell us why readers will enjoy your new release.

Honestly, I can't say why readers will enjoy BLOOD LAW because each reader is unique and likes or dislikes books for individual reasons. I know I enjoyed writing it because of the characters I was able to create as well as the complicated world in which they live, plus the new spin I gave to the vampire mythos. I hope readers will like it, but I can't predict the reasons why.

EJ:  If your book(s) were being made into a movie, who would you cast for the leading roles? Why?

  Hands down, I would cast Ben Barnes (Prince Caspian in The Chronicles of Narnia) as Varik Baudelaire. I had no idea who Ben Barnes was at the time I began writing BLOOD LAW, but when I saw his picture on a poster for The Chronicles of Narnia, I grabbed my husband and pointed, saying rather loudly, "That's Varik!" (We were in a crowded theater at the time, and I think my fellow movie-goers thought I was nuts.) As for who would play Alex, I don't have a clue. Many women have been suggested from Jessica Biel to Rose McGowan to Jessica Alba, but none of them seem right to me. If BLOOD LAW were ever made into a movie, I'd have to leave casting the role of Alex up to the professionals.

Blood Law (Alexandra Sabian, book 1) by Jeannie Holmes.

To stop a vampire killer, she’ll have to slay her own demons first.

A provocative and savvy vampire, Alexandra Sabian moves to the sleepy hamlet of Jefferson, Mississippi—population 6,000, half vampires—to escape the demons lurking in her past. As an enforcer for the Federal Bureau of Preternatural Investigations (FBPI), Alex must maintain the uneasy peace between her kind and humans, including Jefferson’s bigoted sheriff, who’d be happy to see all vampires banished from town. Then really dead vamps start turning up—beheaded, crucified, and defanged, the same gruesome manner in which Alex’s father was murdered decades ago. For Alex, the professional has become way too personal.

Things get even more complicated when the FBPI sends in some unnervingly sexy backup: Alex’s onetime mentor, lover, and fiancĂ©, Varik Baudelaire. Still stinging from the betrayal that ended their short-lived engagement, Alex is determined not to give in to the temptation that soon threatens to short-circuit her investigation. But as the vamp body count grows and the public panic level rises, Varik may be Alex’s only hope to stop a relentless killer who’s got his own score to settle and his own bloody past to put right.

Thank you Jeannie for joining us here today at From the Shadows!

To learn more about Jeannie Holmes and her books please visit her website.


  1. I have heard nothing but good things about this book! I have it on my TBR list and sitting on my shelf. Great interview!

  2. Great interview- the book looks like fun, too! :-)

  3. Wonderful post! Thanks for stopping by my blog E.J. I love your blog. :)

  4. Great interview sounds like a very interesting read! :)

  5. The book IS wonderful! And appeals to many different kinds of readers, IMO. It leans more toward dark urban fantasy or even police procedural than paranormal romance, but there's definitely some steam between the main characters!
    Thanks for the great interview, although I think the real reason Jeannie wants pyrokinesis is to light a fire under her minions. ;D

  6. This is a great book. I had the good luck to make Jeannie's acquaintance at another author's website last year, then met her in person at both BoucherCon and RT. There were quite a few people waiting for this book to come out. When I got it, I put aside a Kim Harrison to read BLOOD LAW and was not sorry I did it. It kept me wanting to read more...and I was sad when I turned the last page since I knew I'd have to wait a whole year for the next book.

  7. A great interview. I have seen this book around and it sounds like a great read. I do have to agree each reader is different with their likes and dislikes. But it sounds like one for me. :) Thanks! And best of luck to you with the books.