Hi Everyone! I’m delighted to welcome author Rebekah Ganiere to the blog, today…
Hi, Rebekah! Thank you for chatting with us today on Paranormal Unbound! Tell our readers a bit about yourself. Something scandalous and not in your bio, perhaps? 😉
Well let’s see. Scandalous? Uhm…Nope! I’m pretty boring! LOL! I’m a SAHM who homeschools her four kids. My kids are also in the entertainment industry so I’m pretty busy.
You write about vampires, werewolves, and zombies. What do you love most about writing this type of fiction?
You can do what you want. You can make your own mythos. Your characters aren’t bound by civilized laws many times. You can take the world’s view of a monster and make people look past the exterior to realize that you can’t judge people by how they look. Besides, I love fantasy and everything that goes along with it ☺
Does your former profession as an actress influence your fiction writing?
Oh my gosh, how did you find that out???? ::snickers:: I have my ways, Rebekah… 🙂 (as in: Google) Uhm…Yes. It influences me a lot. I’ve heard many times that my books read like a movie in the head. I love that. I also try hard to make my characters lifelike and someone that an actor would want to play.
How did you come up with the idea for Dead Awakenings?
That’s kind of an interesting one. I had a writer friend who said, “There are no good zombie romances.” And all I could think was, “Of course not! That’s gross!” But the idea wouldn’t leave my head. So I took everything I thought was gross about zombies and then tried to figure out a way to make it not so gross. That’s when the idea for a short story popped into my head and that evolved into Dead Awakenings.
At the time I felt like there were so many vampire books and I just thought zombies would be fun.
Do you have a sequel planned for Dead Awakenings?
Uhm…yes… But unfortunately/fortunately, I am under contract for a different series and I have a second series I am working on right now as well, so it might be a while.
What are you working on now?
Well, I have my fairytale retelling series, Fairelle. They’re fantasy romances that are all set in the same world. The first book Red The Were Hunter released in May. The second book Snow The Vampire Slayer is being released in September. Also, the first book in my paranormal romance series, The Society, is being released near the end of the year by Kensington’s Lyrical Press. They are dystopian paranormal romances where the vampires rule the world. But the books are told from the Vampires’ POV not the humans, so they’re a bit different ☺
What are your favorite hero and heroine types to write? Alpha, beta, gamma, snarky, badass, tortured, flawed, stubborn, patient, intelligent…
Yes! I like to use all kinds of different personalities. The easiest for me to write are Alpha Males and tough Kick Ass females. But I like my other characters as well. Some of my favorites are the secondary characters. The hardest one I’ve written was a timid female. Man, that one was a challenge because I’m NOT a timid female. LOL
What urban fantasy and paranormal romance authors do you like (aka, what makes your “I’ve read it” or “To be read” lists)?
I love Lara Adrian and JR Ward. They are great. I also love some of my critique partners, but they aren’t published yet.
When you’re not writing “Books with a Bite” (love your tagline!), what do you do for fun?
I hang out with my kids and my new English Bulldog puppy, Diesel. I am currently sewing Steampunk Alice and Wonderland costumes for my kids fro Comic Con. I love video games too.
Thanks for visiting today, Rebekah! Before you go, just for more fun 😉 …
Favorite urban fantasy/paranormal book series: Black Dagger Brotherhood
Favorite paranormal TV series: Oh man! Favorite? I have a few. Dracula is pretty good. I am a huge Dr. Who fan. And I do like Teen Wolf…shhhhhh…don’t tell!
Favorite video game? Oh man that’s even harder! I love World of Warcraft.
Favorite graphic novel series: I am a HUGE comic book fan, which isn’t really graphic novels, but I love Marvel Comics!
Vampire Diaries or True Blood? ? Oh man! I am so disappointed with both shows at the moment. But if I had to choose I would choose Vamprie Diaries, True Blood has just gotten lame.
Walking Dead or Shaun of the Dead? How can you compare them? Shaun of the Dead was Hilarious! But I don’t know that I could watch it over and over and over. So I guess Walking Dead.
Coffee or tea? Tea. Teavana herbal teas! What? You’ve never heard of it. Look it up!!!!
Sweet or salty? Both. I know, it’s a cheat, but together is my favorite!
Beach or mountains? Mountains. Sand bugs me! And I’m not much of a sun buff.
Evaine, a struggling New York theater student, enters an unsanctioned drug trial in an effort to pay bills. She awakens in a derelict hospital, chained to a bed with no memory of who she is, or how she got there. A band of pale skinned men, led by the gorgeous Luca, burst in, whisking her away to safety.
Once at Haven House, Evaine is introduced to The Family. Like them, she has become A Deader, a reanimated Undead.
Luca is hell-bent on stopping the experimentations, and killing those responsible. He has no time for a Newborn who is struggling to control her rages, hunger, and powers. Nor does he have the desire to deal with the feelings she’s awakening within him.
Despite their best efforts, Evaine and Luca find their connection intensifying when suddenly, she remembers not only who she is, but also her fiancé, Tristan; who is still looking for her.
Torn between her first love and her new heart’s desire, Evaine runs back to Tristan putting everyone in danger. When a rogue faction of Deaders, called Feeders, attempts to kidnap her, Luca suspects Evaine is the key to the experiments.
Can everyone band together to keep Evaine off the cutting table of those she escaped from? Or will second death tear her away from everyone, for good?
About Rebekah Ganiere
Rebekah grew up on both the east and west coasts and currently lives in the Los Angeles area. From the Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein to The Stand by Stephen King, Rebekah immersed herself in other people’s made up worlds. She began writing in junior high and then found she liked pretending to be other people’s characters in high school. Lettering in drama she went on to study theater in college as well. After college she continued acting till becoming a mom. Ultimately, she ended up going back to writing her characters down instead of acting them out, so she could stay at home with her kids.
Rebekah is a member of Romance Writers of America and is a board member of both the Fantasy, Futuristic, & Paranormal and her local Los Angeles chapters. When she isn’t spending time telling the lives of the characters constantly chattering inside her head, you can find her with her husband and four children; reading comic books, gaming, at the movies or taking care of the menagerie of pets. A dog, a rabbit, two bearded dragons, and three tortoises. Wonder woman, the escaped snake, has yet to be located.