Thursday, November 18, 2010
Guest Author Interview: Raven Corinn Carluck
Please welcome today's guest author Raven Corinn Carluk! Raven is the author of All Hallows Blood and Stories with Bite o,.,o.
EJ: When did you begin writing?
Raven: I technically started writing when I five. I wrote a little story about finding dinosaur bones in my backyard. It was horrible, and was exactly like you'd expect from a kid. I've been writing off and on ever since, but really started taking it seriously about three years ago. Not long after that, I started All Hallows Blood.
EJ: What brought you to the paranormal genre?
Raven: My love of the paranormal and bizarre and spooky is what brought me to the genre. I've always been aware of ghosts, and have brushed up against psychic vampires, so it wasn't a stretch for me to start weaving tales about it. I've always loved vampires, and really feel for them when I read Interview with the Vampire. I'd say the darkness, and the predation, and all the broad shadowed horizons are my reasons for being here.
EJ: If you could be any paranormal or have any one supernatural talent, what would it be? Why?
Raven: Ooooh, good question. Because picking just one thing is very hard. I mean, vampires are good, necromancers are good, psychics are good. So many wonderful creatures to pick from.
I think I'd be a dragon. One of the sentient, shape-changing kind. Flying, breathing fire, eating raw meat...those all sound great to me. Then I could also let out my aggressions, and people wouldn't be surprised. And I could fly. Flying is a long held dream of mine.
EJ: Tell us why readers will enjoy your new release.
Raven: Readers will enjoy stories with bite o,.,o or All Hallows Blood because I'm a damn good storyteller. *grins and laughs*
stories with bite o,.,o is my latest release. It's a collection of short stories, mostly vampires and dark fantasy. It's little snippets of my visions, just enough to get a taste, then move on to the next scene. Perfect for when you don't have time to sit down and read all the way to the end.
All Hallows Blood is fast paced, with a good adventure, steamy sex, and a vampire that stays with you. Varick doesn't sparkle, and he still hunts, and he's the kind of vampire I want in my life. Keila grows, and shows the strength we all have inside. There's fighting, and love, and ghosts, and chapters that just won't let you go.
EJ: If your book(s) were being made into a movie, who would you cast for the leading roles? Why?
Raven: Well, Varick from All Hallows Blood (there's also a short story with him and Keila in stories with bite o,.,o) has to be Heiko Wittek. It wasn't planned when I was writing the book, but he looks pretty much dead on for my vampire. A little tall, eyes not dark enough, but good enough. Especially when the model is in one of his intense moments.
Keila is hard to cast. I haven't seen any woman that really looks like her. Michelle Forbes, if young, would be pretty close. Just not enough tough tomboys with great Irish features out in the world.
The only other person that I've got a really good image in my head is Alexander in the short story Necro. He was completely based on Alexander Skarsgard after an episode of True Blood. I really started crushing on the way he growls, and had to have him in a story.
All Hallows Blood by Raven Corinn Carluk.
Mourning her mother on Halloween,Keila O'Broin,m psychic warrior and last of her line,isn't prepared for dead teenagers to ask her to avenge them.Compelled by her family creed,Keila combats the vampiric serial killer, despite her atrophied powers. But defeating one killer is only the start of her adventure. Into her life walks Varick Eitenhauer, centuries old undead master of Portland.The vampire tells her she will now help him defeat his rivals in a battle to control the city, and he will accept no refusals. Surrounded by her desire and danger, the only way to succeed is to rise from her past like a phoenix from its ashes.
Thank you Raven for joining us here today at From the Shadows!
To learn more about Raven Corinn Carluk and her books, please visit her website.