Please welcome today's paranormal guest author Lynda Hilburn. Lynda is the author of The Vampire Shrink.
EJ: When did you begin writing?
Lynda: I started writing nonfiction as a teenager: journals, high school and college newspapers, then later academic articles and papers. I wrote a newspaper column in my local paper for 5 years called The Psychic Counselor. I didn't start writing fiction until 2004, when I decided to try my hand at writing a vampire book, since I was such a rabid fan. Since then, I've written and published 3 novels, 1 novella and 6 short stories.
EJ: What brought you to the paranormal genre?
Lynda: In addition to being a fan of the supernatural and paranormal (vampires especially), I also explored the metaphysical and occult. Talking to dead relatives was a normal occurrence in my family, so my invisible friends were my companions throughout childhood. Later I studied the tarot and utilized my intuitive/psychic abilities, all of which caused me to be slightly odd, according to the "normal" world. Combining all my interests as a writer has been a no-brainer.
EJ: If you could be any paranormal or have any one supernatural talent, what would it be? Why?
Lynda: Like my vampires, I would be able to travel via thought. They can move through time and space by intending to do so. That would be incredibly awesome. There would be no end to the places I could visit, the people I could meet and the experiences I could have.
EJ: Tell us why readers will enjoy your new release.
Lynda: I hope readers will enjoy sharing Dr. Kismet Knight's transformation from skeptical psychologist to believer in the paranormal. Finding herself enmeshed in the vampire underworld causes her to question everything she thought she knew. Her relationships with master vampire Devereux and FBI profiler Alan Stevens create problems in her personal and professional life and my readers have divided into the Devereux camp and the Alan camp. Readers also tell me they like sharing Kismet's thoughts about her psychotherapy clients -- human and vampire.
The Vampire Shrink (Kismet Knight, Ph.D., Vampire Psychologist #1) by Lynda Hilburn
A sizzlingly sexy urban fantasy sure to feed the hunger of ravenous, vampire-loving fans. Kismet Knight, a brainy Denver-based psychologist with a stalled career and a nonexistent love life, is about to have her world rocked. Not only does her newest patient, Midnight, long to become a vampire, but the teenager insists that a coven of the undead hangs out at a local goth club. The always-rational Kismet dismisses Midnight's claims as the delusions of an attention-starved girl--until bodies start turning up drained of blood and the hottest self-proclaimed vampire ever to walk the face of the earth enters her office. What's real? What's not? As inexplicable events and romantic opportunities pile up, along with the corpses, Kismet finds herself in a whirlwind of passion, mystery, and danger. But this tough and funny heroine--who doesn't do damsel in distress--is about to turn the vampire-meets-girl convention on its head.
Thank you Lynda for joining us here today at From the Shadows!
To learn more about Lynda Hilburn and her books, please visit her website.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Q+A with Lynda Hilburn (The Vampire Shrink)
Labels: author interview, kismet knight, lynda hilburn, Paranormal authors, Paranormal Romance, the vampire shrink, urban fantasy, vampire psychologist, vampires
E.J. Stevens is the author of the Spirit Guide young adult paranormal romance series, the Hunters' Guild urban fantasy series, and the award-winning Ivy Granger urban fantasy series. She is known for filling pages with quirky characters, bloodsucking vampires, psychotic faeries, and snarky, kick-butt heroines.