I’ve had some concerns by readers who are primarily print readers that the coverage at Dear Author has been too focused on ebooks. When I asked the readers what they were interested in seeing, they responded that they would like to know more about print debut authors. We developed a little questionnaire and every Wednesday at 10:00 AM CST (as long as we have content) we’ll post the questionnaire answers along with links to the author’s site and a buy link to her book. I hope this helps people discovery new books. Now, on to the answers.
Name of debut release: Wicked as They Come
Release date: 03/27/2012
Publisher: Pocket, S&S
2 sentence summary: When hospice nurse Tish Everett forces open the ruby locket she finds at an estate sale, she has no idea that a deliciously rakish Bludman has cast a spell just for her. She wakes up in a surreal steampunk world, where Criminy Stain, the dashing proprietor of a magical traveling circus, curiously awaits.
Genre: paranormal, steampunk, romance
Characters: Tish Everett is an Atlanta hospice nurse who just wants to get over a relationship gone bad and take care of her dying grandmother.
Criminy Stain is a magical and wicked Bludman, or blood drinker, who runs a traveling circus in a world called Sang. He’s like an extra-naughty Mr. Darcy.
What makes this story different: My world fuses a steampunk Victorian-type world with a new twist on vampires. Half the population are blood drinkers called Bludmen, but instead of being rich and perfect, most of them are oppressed by the humans and forced to live in ghettos in the cities. The animals are blood drinkers, too, and the folk have more to worry about from bludrats and bludbunnies than the Bludmen. Criminy is an unusual, playful twist on the typical alpha male, and the carnival adds a quirky goth flavor to the tale.
Is this a series?: Yes, the Blud series
Why you wrote this book: After watching the entire series of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and getting addicted to the album Like Vines by The Hush Sound, I dreamed that I woke up naked in a very strange world and saw a dude leaning against a tree who looked like a naughty, long-haired Mr. Darcy. That became Criminy Stain, and I had to write the story just so I could spend more time with him.
Why is this your first published book? How many did you write before? This is my third book and my first sale. The first book I wrote was a tragically flawed story about a married woman who accidentally slept with the Greek god Zeus, and the second book was a middle grade adventure about basement goblins and talking attic rats.
What’s your writing process? I get obsessed with a story idea, chew on it for a while, write a loose outline, and dive right in. The first draft usually takes around a month, but the rewrites and edits take forever.
Your next published book. Wicked as She Wants, out spring 2013 with an e-novella out this fall called The Mysterious Madam Morpho.
The last book you read that you loved. Maggie Stiefvater’s The Scorpio Races entirely captured my attention with a new mythology and lyrical prose. And The Fault in Our Stars just destroyed me to bits.
The last book you read for research. Um… Fifty Shades of Grey. *shifty eyes* For research.
The romance book character you most identify with. Elizabeth Bonner from Sara Donati’s Into the Wilderness books. She’s as quietly rebellious as I am.
You can check out more about Delilah S. Dawson and her books at http://www.delilahsdawson.com