Hey all! Welcome to the first of what I hope are many author interviews!
Today we’re going to speak with Serenity Valle who has written a paranormal mystery book named Acquittal!
I thought it might be amusing to speak a bit about writing and reading and generally how the two sometimes do not match.
Chris and I write historical fantasy for the most part. However, oddly enough… most of the time we don’t gravitate towards reading historical fantasy for fun, which sort of strikes me as odd.
Generally, if I have time to spare, I’ll pick up true crime books. I’m not entirely sure why I enjoy reading them. Maybe it’s the fact that when I was younger, I wanted to be Clarice Starling when I grew up. Granted that dream never got very far. I’m flatfooted, clumsy, and not the best at logic puzzles. I know I’m a better librarian and writer than I would be an FBI agent. However, maybe that’s why many of the female characters we write about are deceptively strong and quick-witted, but also come with flaws. Let’s face it Mael Muire/Maire is pretty flawed and messed up on the inside. Then again, I guess the male characters are just as fractured and messed up in their own ways. Marcus can’t move away from his mistakes in the past sometimes. Mandubratius is pretty much opening a can of worms when it comes to trauma affecting how they treat others.
Then again, I’ve never liked perfect characters. I feel nothing in common with someone who makes everything look easy. I remember this happening a lot in the YA books that were popular when I was a YA librarian, and it annoyed me greatly as teenagers are seldom like this. At least I wasn’t. Like I said, clumsy, shy, and naive about a lot of things.
Chris enjoys reading Star Trek books and pretty much sticks to the Forgotten Realms series, particularly those by R.A. Salvatore. Perhaps that’s why our stories have been called ‘more like adventure books where the characters are blood-drinkers/vampires as opposed to horror stories with vampires’. Which is a good thing as it means that we get a wider and more diverse audience I think. I’ve seen women pick up the series for various reasons and so will the men. Generally, most men aren’t interested in the typical supernatural stories involving sparkling, big chests and happily ever after endings. Usually if a reader wants that I point them to another series we carry or mention… well, books, you know. You can’t please everyone with them.
I have no idea why we write what we write sometimes. Other than it piques my interests about history and how we interact with each other.
I wish I could say more and make it a profound statement, but there are whiny kitties to pet now. 😉
So what do you all read for fun?
Happy hump day all.
Okay that’s not entirely true. I do have a library at home which is what once was a dining room, but seriously who uses a dining room. They are a waste of space that’s used maybe twice a year. Most people turn there’s into something else… like a sewing room with a dining room table or dad’s office where he yells at his computer during the tax season.
So if you didn’t already know, I’m out of a job. I was given my walking papers on thursday and told to use us my holidays and they’d call me with all the paperwork for stuff like unemployment, severance, etc. I went in for half a day on friday and said goodbye to everyone and headed back home after running errands.
Right now there’s a wee Brigid on the back of my chair making cooing noises. Lucius is guarding the room and last I saw Clyde was taking a sun-nap in the bedroom window.
The dishes are drying, the clothes are tumbling in the dryer, I have some music playing on the stereo/tv called the ‘100 names of the mother’ or something like that… primarily buddhist/indian chanting.
I did my usual job-searching this morning and that made me somewhat sad. People seem to believe there’s a bunch of jobs for the taking these days. Unfortunately, there were no new jobs for librarians in Houston. So I looked for proctor jobs because I proctored for an official test for our students. Wow…that was extremely depressing in that I’d make the same money on unemployment.
Well, back to writing. Right now I’m working on book six, Dynasties of Night. Love to you all!
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‘Dear Hiring Manager’… it’s how most of my cover letters start.
I (Heather) did my morning job search again. For those who don’t know, I’m a librarian. It’s what helps me get to the nitty-gritty of history and culture that Chris and I write about. I do love delving into research. It doesn’t always matter what it’s about most of the time. I can say without reserve that I’m a great researcher. I love the challenge of it. I love helping other people with it.
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