My Interview Questions for Claudette:
1. What inspired you to write this book?
Dreams! I dreamed about Maura for years!
She appeared in dreams over and over revealing a bit of her story
little by little. She kept showing up until there was no way I couldn't
write her. As I started writing her story more and more of it kept coming
together in my mind. She's just a part of my life that lives inside me now.
2. Curious, where did the choice in names of your characters come from?
I actually wanted a name that meant "Bitter." So when I Googled that, Maura
came up as "Sea of Bitterness." It was perfect. Caelyn's came from
Googling Italian names for girls. It was so uncommon, I just fell in love
with it. Ron was my college love and my husband's name. I had to use that
name for the love interest, as it has a thousand wonderful memories attached
to it. Shane is my brother's name, Merina is really his wife's name and
Susie is my sister in real life and actual best friend!
3. Are any of the characters based as you?
Maura has a little of me in her, maybe when I was younger, but she is far more different.
The Ron is based on kind of a combination of my college love and current husband,
both named Ron. They have very similar personalities. My siblings do show up. Shane
is my real, nineteen-years-younger brother and Susie is based on my real
sister. She is in reality my actual best friend
4. How long have you been writing?
Since I could pick up a pen. Before that I was narrating scenery around me in my head,
and all the things people would do, too. I wrote stories for all kinds of contests
as a child and for my favorite people, like my dance teacher. I continued to write lots of
novel starts and shorter stories in college, but never seemed to be able to
finish a novel. I always had too many new ideas popping into my head. When
I got close to forty I said to myself it was time to buckle down and finish.
Maura had been with me so long, I had more than enough fodder to finally
complete a novel, though her story isn't done yet!
5. How many books have you written, or plan to?
As many as I can. I haveabout twenty starts and even more ideas.
Unfortunately, I am not a full-time writer at the moment and that severely
hampers my writing. I have to do all my own marketing too, so it doesn't
leave lots of writing time. I will work as hard as I can, because the more books
I get out there, the more likely I am to earn enough of a living to do so as my main job.
I want that more than anything!
6. What all education have you had?
I originally wanted to be a high-school
English teacher, but loving literature and teaching it to teenagers are two
very different things. I just wasn't cut out for it. So I stayed on at
college to complete twelve more English credits so I could graduate with a
double major: BA in English and BS in English Education. I needed to
figure out what to do with myself, so I went back and got my Master of Arts
in Literature. I thought I might get my PhD and be a college professor, but
I was just too burnt out on school. For practical reasons I did earn my
certificate in Dental Assisting in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia.
Because of my Rheumatoid Arthritis, I'm not really able to do that anymore,
7. What writers inspire you? I LOVE Stephenie Meyer. I know Twilight has
its haters, but they are my most favorite books. I think her writing is
brilliant and she does such an excellent way of revealing what's in her
character's head. She's great with dialogue, too. Before I read those,
Anne Rice was a huge influence for me. I have read nearly every book she's
written and love her style and characterization. Stephen King, Charlaine
Harris and Melissa Marr. Lili Abernathy is one of my favorite Indie
8. Do you yourself "like" Vampire movies, books and stories, etc? I have
been a vampire fanatic, since I was a teeny-tiny girl. I read every vampire
book I can get my hands on and watch every movie--not all of them so great,
lol. I like the True Blood kind of vampires. Vampires with fangs, but also
heart. It's always bothered me that in most vampire movies the vampires end
up dead. I can remember scaring my mother because I was always talking
about wanting to turn into a vampire myself!
9. What is the spookiest/scariest Movie you have ever seen? I think I'd
have to say, Sinister. Not to give the ending away, but the thought of who
the killers actually turn out to be is super scary. They aren't supposed to
be murderers. It's bizarre to think it possible. Think about The
Shining...it was a spooky part of that movie too. All the monster boxes in
Cabin in the Woods was pretty darn creepy, as well!
10. What is the scariest book you have ever read? It's been a long time
since I read it, but I can remember that Stephen King's The Dark Half scared
me half to death. I was pretty young then, though. If I read it again now,
I might be a little more seasoned.
11. Do you believe in Vampires? Ok, I can't say for certain they do not
exist. I found this one quote that was so strong, and I spent all night
looking for it again, but this person says there has been so much history
and testimony of them that it's almost impossible for them to not be real.
They could have been humans that were a mutation and because they were
different they were killed off. Or some could have survived and feared the
discrimination, so live in hiding. I've lived in a house with a poltergeist
and know people who see spirits. I don't discount anything, because I don't
believe we know all of what's in this world. If you think about it,
paranormal beings would be very good at hiding themselves from mere mortals.
12. Have you or do you hope to or plan to do a book tour? I am finishing up
a tour with Orangeberry right now. I'm a little nervous because they
promise 20-25 reviews with the tour and not one has been posted yet *bites
nails.* I would like to do another tour that is geared toward more YA or
paranormal sites, as well.
13. Who does the character Maura remind you of, if anyone in particular?
She really doesn't. She reminds me of me with the video gaming and love of
anime, but she's always been her own person in my head. She started as a
dream and her story grew and grew, and she's really her own person,
14. Please provide all links to you, and your work:
16. Any addition info you'd like to provide for your fans: Thank you,
thank you!! I appreciate every single book sale, every review, every kind
word. My book would be nothing without you. I realize this and do a
giveaway on my author site every month. This month you can enter to win a
$100 Amazon card here:
http://claudettemelanson.wix.com/author#!giveaways---places-to-win-a-print-copy/ckb0 In a couple of months, book two of the Maura DeLuca trilogy and
sequel to Rising Tide will be released. It will be titled Undertow:
Death's Twilight. It should be available for preorder this coming weekend,
September 6th. One more thing, adopt a houserabbit today! We have four
little bundles of love.
Rising Tide: Dark Innocence by Claudette Melanson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This vampire book, was a completely different read, and I must admit, it made it worth reading, as well as intriguing.
The young girl, Maura is living at home with her Mother, always wondering about her Father, and going through changes with her body. Not just the typical teen changes either.
Now as a Mother myself, I was at first wondering why her Mother hadn't just up and explained it to her, rather then keep it hidden from her, but once you get to the end of the book, it all comes full circle and you're like: "Ooooh." But as I read it, I'm like getting irritated with the Mother and wanting to slap her for not telling Maura, who is thinking something is wrong with her, and possibly even creating an ulcer for herself with worry. On the same token, I was wondering, after watching so many Vampire Movies, why Maura hadn't herself put two and two together, "Hmmm.... I wonder..." but then again...maybe Vampires aren't real....OR are they?
I enjoyed the romance, the life events, the ups and downs, the involvements, and being a part of everything. I felt like I was right there. Like I was watching first hand.
This book is truly enjoyable, worth reading over and over again, until I was at the end, I screamed, "Wait a minute, I wanna know if she tells Ron...I wanna know how she took the news, you just can't leave me hangin' like this......please! I want more!" and then I read "About the Author" and then I clicked my Kindle again and guess what? It says submit that you read this, and I did, and it said it was a trilogy and I screamed really loud "YES!"
I have found a new Author and books that I truly want to read and keep reading, and I feel that anyone who reads them, will feel the same way. This book pulls you in, and is very inspiring, and uplifting. It makes your imagination work, and you'll see and feel like you're right there!
I give this book five stars out of five, because it is worth it. Read it, you'll agree and see. Claudette knows what she's doing!
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