Monday, February 21, 2011
Guest Author Interview: Valentina Heart
Please welcome today's guest author Valentina Heart! Valentina is the author of Memories, Eyes of an Innocent, Resisting Temptation, Looking for Adventure, and Sebastian's Wolves.
EJ: When did you begin writing?
Valentina: I have always been writing something. As a child it was my version of movie plots and imagined worlds with all the great characters I’d seen on screen. I think even then it had a bit of kink in it, but there is no way I’m revisiting those stories and checking. The first time it got somewhat serious was in high school when I had a blog, pretty large fan base and a wicked number of short stories posted for my readers. Back then I couldn’t move past the tragic, killing both characters or just making it all as gruesome as I could.
Still, the real thing didn’t start but a few years later when reading became almost as important as breathing and I decided I could easily write the stuff I was already reading. It was a good way to polish my English and five months after I started my first book I got the contract for the second one (the first still isn’t ready for publication). A lot changed since those first few written words; I’ve finally found my kink in two men making it extra hot, the books can’t seem to end once I start writing, and a HEA is a must.
EJ: What brought you to the paranormal genre?
Valentina: Vampires. Watching Interview with the Vampire had me all kinds of flustered and as soon as I was old enough I’d searched the library shelves for anything about them. Only years later did I actually start buying books in English when I couldn’t find any translations and a few years more after that this whole new world of shifters, fae and demons opened up and I was permanently hooked.
EJ: If you could be any paranormal or have any one supernatural talent, what would it be? Why?
Valentina: I guess I’ve gotten over the vampires because shifting sounds way more cool. So shifting in one of those big felines plus the ability to teleport at will, would be just perfect. I like the whole shifter bonding thing and the pack/pride mentality as opposed to vampires who always stay somewhere on the side all aloof and alone. But since every cat needs some time away and space to wander, I need teleportation. There is no way I’m staying in one place or even on the same continent my whole life. I’m curious and I need to explore.
EJ: Tell us why readers will enjoy your new release.
Valentina: My new release. Well, if you are anything like me, you will be first drawn to it because of the cover and the title. Just seeing ‘wolves’ in there is enough to get my attention. Then I will tell you how the sex is pretty hot and rough, had me squirming as I wrote it, and the angsty part is emotional enough to get you hooked. But even if none of that strikes you as interesting, maybe the funny aspects of the book and the side characters will hit their mark.
I really had fun writing this book, imagining a little world of their own, and noting makes me happier than satisfying a reader. If your expression changes from happy to sad and you don’t roll your eyes through it, I will be satisfied, and just maybe the ending pulls that full-out grin from you.
EJ: If your book(s) were being made into a movie, who would you cast for the leading roles? Why?
Valentina: My upcoming release is called Sebastian’s wolves and honestly, this book never would have happened if not for the 30 seconds to Mars video – Closer to the Edge. Jared’s energy and that pink Mohawk were the trigger that made me place him in my book as Eshan.
The main character, Sebastian, was created at the image of Josh Hartnett. Take any of those pictures of him with the piercing look and that messy hair and I swear he screams wolf at you.
His first mate Tim is Jonathan Rhys Meyers, again – wolf. When he’s serious he looks like he could kill you just by standing there.
And the side character who seems unimportant from your point of view but who you will probably love by the end of the book is Konner. Clive Owen is the perfect actor for my Alpha.
Sebastian's Wolves by Valentina Heart.
Sebastian Vory was quite happy with his decision to leave his shifter pack to build a life with his mate Tim. But when an accident takes Tim from Sebastian, the lone wolf is thrown into aimless wandering that leads him to a new pack—and another shifter, Eshan Low. But Eshan has a troubled past, and despite his hopes and wishes, that past has a steel grip. Embroiled in a fight for justice, Sebastian is willing to do anything not to lose another mate, and just this once, luck might smile his way.
Thank you Valentina for joining us here today at From the Shadows!
To learn more about Valentina Heart and her books, please visit her website.