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Series: Mi Corazón Sangrante, book twoo – should be read in order
Release date: November 5, 2015
Spotlight on…Melissa Graves is in the hot seat!
Was there a basis for you story? A previous experience or something else?
You could say that. I spent my tender, formative, Internet porn-seeking years role-playing fantasy characters on the then super popular Yahoo!chat platform, and once I got past the PG running around forests and doing spells and fighting demons, I settled down with a small, private role-playing group that introduced me to erotic writing, and my then-girlfriend introduced me to the young man who I spent four years co-writing vampire-themed role-play with—and who, in my late twenties, became my husband! The sort of sex and pleasurable, sexual blood drinking we wrote together is the basis for the intimacy in my vampire works.
What skills do you think a writer needs?
Obsession. Fixation. A word-crammed brain. The need to create, whether you write flowery prose or haikus. You have to have something in there that desperately needs to come out, and you have to be willing to become a slave to that process.
Free time and a reliable computer wouldn’t hurt, either!
What for you is the perfect book hero?
Imperfection is key, as is relatability. I want to understand a hero, but I also want to hate certain things about them, too, because I want to root for their process as much as I want to root for their inherent qualities. I want them to make me laugh and cry. I want to remember them, and care about their ending. I want to be turned on by them. A character has to make me feel a lot for me to give them that label. The journey is important—a hero’s choices make or break their story.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
People underestimate sometimes how hard simply writing is. Crafting sentences that make engaging paragraphs that make effective scenes that combine to make good stories. The art of scene by scene and chapter by chapter novel writing is an art unto itself. So just bringing that to the table is a tremendous effort. My particular burden is usually middles—struggling though the meat of a story while trying to tie it to the beginning and the end and keeping the reader engaged is not easy for me.
Tell us about your favorite childhood book.
I read a lot of Judy Blume, as I’m sure most 90’s kids did! But I gravitated toward fantasy (Tolkien) and fairy tales (Grimm’s) as well. I also read a lot of children’s mystery books, and V.C. Andrews and L.J. Smith when I was a little older. The Harry Potter books didn’t come out until I was older, so I’m not of that particular generation in terms of childhood fiction exposure, though I enjoyed those books in high school and into college as much as any kid!
Categories: Erotica, Fiction, Gay Fiction, Paranormal, Romance, Thriller, Urban Fantasy, M/M Romance
Publisher: Interlude Press
Cover Artist: RJ Sheperd, Buckeyegrrl Designs
When it gets dark, he texts Brian that he's going to be out late, and avails himself of not one but three vampire-human nightclubs set along a dense strip of Chicago nightlife. Going alone to places like this always attracts immediate attention, and he isn't surprised when he has to pry both humans and vampires off of himself. But he doesn't mind—the blood from the center is humming in his veins, and that buzz takes on a new dimension every time that he swallows a thimbleful of blood from a donor, which he does at least a dozen times over the course of the evening. When he’s more relaxed, he allows bodies against his own, dancing with strangers until strobe lights become normal and everything outside is too dim and still.
The blood changes the world around him. Every color, every sound and every source of light takes on a life of its own.
He loses track of how many donors he pays. All he knows is he's spent all of the pocket money that Brian gave him for the weekend.
He feels like a bloated tick. He’s been away too long. Brian. He has to get back to Brian.
You can find Tainted Heart here:
Let’s talk about Melissa Graves:
A veteran writer of fan fiction with thousands of followers, Melissa Graves wrote her first story at age thirteen, and by age sixteen had met her future husband in an online vampire fiction chat room. A fan of science fiction and fantasy, she has a degree in anthropology and a passion for good chocolate, amateur erotica and fan worlds that celebrate diversity. She is mother to two cats.
Bleeding Heart, book one of the Mi Corazón Sangrante series, was her debut novel for Interlude Press.
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