Hey everyone! Today we have an interview with C.A. Deyton, author of The Devil's Keep. And not only that, there's also a contest! So be sure to stick around to the end of the post to find out how you can enter. Check out the blurb for the book:
Sara had no idea her life was anything more than mundane. Following the tragic death of her mother, she found herself just going through the motions, pretending life was worth living. That was until she met Michael Bartlett. Once she discovers her distant past is colliding with her present, life takes a jolting turn. Suddenly, Sara discovers she is part of a destiny she never knew. One which puts her in the center of a century old conflict between a clan of vampires and a cruel, unrelenting demon. Now she must decide if she will risk it all to save those she holds dear.
Find out how to purchase the book at the end of the interview.
Welcome! To start with, tell us a bit about the inspiration for The Devil's Keep.
I have always been enamored with vampires. But what was a bonfire as a young adult had turned to a slow simmer over the years. That is until the hype from Twilight, Vampire Diaries, True Blood, etc. etc. All of that media attention really sparked my interest and got me to thinking about the mythology again. One of those aspects that has always appealed to me was the tortured vampire soul. Here they are longing for things they feel unworthy of having like love and a “normal” life. Humans are good and vampires are monsters-- a relationship bound to fail. But, what about something even more pure and forbidden? Say a vampire feel in love with an Angel…And it just feel into place from there.
Was there a specific moment that made you want to be a writer or did it just happen over time?
More like I don’t remember a time when I did not want to write. Earlier in life, I tried embracing it and found myself not ready. I simply had not had enough life experience. I went through a spell of trying to deny that part of myself, too. Either from being too scared or too lazy to go for it. I started writing The Devil’s Keep partly as a personal challenge and partly as a quiet therapy, of sorts. Once I started believing in myself as a writer, my determination grew. The desire to write has always been there, but the drive was often not.
What are your writing patterns like? Do you set aside a large chunk of the day for writing or is it more spaced out?
It is definitely spaced out and as I have time. I have two young children to attend to, a “day” job to pay the bills, and a household to run. Like many moms out there, I put my needs last. But I would love to have an open schedule where I could just sit down and spend hours typing away.
Would you be friends/associate with the characters in The Devil's Keep? Why or why not?
Most definitely. Most of them, anyway. The bad guys, not so much. They scare me! But the majority of the characters I like. They are designed to be amiable and relatable. If I don’t like them, it is hard for me to get to know them. And thus, I cannot properly write their story.
E-book or paperback?
Why? Both. But I really do LOVE my Kindle.
Do you read the same kinds of books you write? If there are any differences between the two, what are they?
I love anything paranormal. So, yes, I read them.
What do you think is alluring about your book? Why should someone pick it up?
I wish I could say, “Buy it because you’ll wish you knew me when…” But I can’t. If you love paranormal romances, then The Devil’s Keep is for you. If the idea of lovers being kept apart by relentless demons appeals to you, then go to Amazon right now! If you can’t get enough of vampires and witches and angst filled characters, bring it. But if not, you probably wouldn’t enjoy it very much…
Do you find music inspirational when writing? If so, what kind of music inspired The Devil's Keep?
I wrote a piece on my website about this. I almost always have music on when writing. Something about the background noise actually helps me focus. But I find myself stuck on particular songs when writing that become the soundtrack for the characters. Sara, for instance, loves alternative music like The Shins and The Temper Trap. Her theme song is “Show Me What I’m Looking For,” by Carolina Liar. And my vampire, Michael, has lived through decades of music, so his tastes vary. As for current music, he likes angst filled rock ballads from bands like Muse and Kings of Leon. His theme song is “Infra-Red” by Placebo.
What is your greatest marketing tip for any struggling authors out there?
Don’t give up. Give it time and be patient. Visit online forums and gain some “street cred” by getting to know other indie authors. Go on blog tours. Volunteer to write articles for online magazines, blogs, etc. Get your name out there and build your brand.
If you can tell us, what is it you're working on now?
The sequel to The Devil’s Keep entitled An Angel’s Revenge.
And finally, everyone is so gaga over the idea of vampires vs werewolves. What two supernatural beings do you want to see do battle?
A giant lizard that walks on two feet and shoots fire from his eyes and mouth vs. a huge moth that can hypnotize things and make hurricane like winds with his wings. Wait a minute, that sounds familiar…
Good answer. Well, thank you for stopping by! I wish you all the best! And if you, dear reader, are looking to buy The Devil's Keep, here is where you can:
And now, a contest!
From C. A. Deyton:
To giveaway: a hand beaded bracelet from The Sugar Plum Boutique and a free digital download (any format) of The Devil’s Keep.
Here's the plan: Enter the contest simply by leaving a comment with your email address. You can earn an extra entry by watching the trailer for The Devil's Keep via You Tube. Be sure to comment on the original thread to confirm that you did watch the trailer. I (C.A. Deyton) will announce the winner on my website Monday, August 22nd.
My website: http://www.cadeyton.com/
You Tube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlHHID49ICU&feature=player_embedded