I'd like to give a warm welcome to a fellow Paranormal Romance Guild member:
Today is a GREAT day, because it's release day for Andrew's book
I thought I'd ask Andrew a few questions about his new novel ~
Hi Andrew! Come in and sit down. Okay, so...what's it about?
Andrew: Here’s a short synopsis of Bitter Consequence :
Immortal love. Immortal evil. A woman must save her husband from an evil blood-goddess to prevent a supernatural war on the streets of modern New York in this groundbreaking tale of erotic horror.
Oh...my...gosh! So your book's genre is horror! Yikes! Why did you choose Erotic Horror?
It’s autobiographical. Most of my erotic experiences have been horrible.
I’m kidding about that, but there are elements of autobiography in Bitter Consequence. For example, a few hundred years ago in my family’s part of Italy, Abruzzo, an ancestor of mine owned a villa. His daughter was a willful newlywed with a child. She strolled into the hills and stayed out late. Her husband and father were worried for her—there had been supposed wolf attacks on the land—and my ancestor took his men and her husband into the woods to look for her. They found her in a clearing in the woods—and on the way back, came across a coven of witches. They had been sacrificing animals in their rites—not the wolves.
My ancestor threatened them with jail or death. Pleading with him, they offered him a deal with him no doubt influenced by the pregnant woman in their midst: let the witches go and they will “bless” his family and his descendents for generations to come. He took the deal and let them go, warning them never to return to his land. His name? Valentino.
Over the years, that became Valentine. I actually adapted that story and included it in Bitter Consequence—with a vampire twist.
But the main reason I chose to write in erotic horror is because there are a few similarities between the two—both sex scenes and horror scenes ought to move the story forward and should focus on the main characters only—and to be successful you’re bound to their limitations.
And, of course, there’s a bit of bondage in the book—so it all fit!
What's it like for you as a writer?
Writing fiction is a drug addiction. It tears you away from your family; it makes you live in imaginary places; it can make you go broke. If you want to “make it big” in fiction, there’s a good chance you’re deluding yourself. For every for every EL James that makes it there are 100,000 wannabes who never will. You MUST manage your expectations. If you do, you can be happy as a fiction writer.
On the upside, the public seems to have an insatiable hunger for good stories, well told—and there are more openings to show off your writing chops than ever before: blogs, print-on-demand and e-books all allow writers access to readers that have been unavailable ever in the history of the written word. Small presses are sprouting up across the publishing landscape like mushrooms and self-publishing no longer has the stigma it once had.
And we’re a great bunch. Most of the writers I’ve met and/or communicated with are helpful, encouraging and enthusiastic.
Even when we’re jealous of our friends’ successes, each one of them provides a message of inspiration: you can do it, too!
Andrew Marino’s Bio and links:
Andrew Valentine is an award winning novelist (National Writers Assn.) screenwriter and freelance journalist who lives and writes in New York. He is a founding member of the Paranormal Romance Guild and is member of several professional organizations. Andrew holds a masters degree in psychology from the New School for Social Research and is a marketing director at a direct marketing firm where his writing is more effective in generating revenue than pulse-pounding thrills.
Visit him online at any of these sites:
· This is the link to my first novel, Bitter Things: www.bitterthingsthebook.com
· This is the link to the second, Bitter Consequence: www.BitterConsequence.com
· You can find a trailer for Bitter Things on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLrvRDeZs5E&feature=g-upl
· You can find Andrew here, at the Paranormal Romance Guild: www.paranormalromanceguild.com/
· You can also find Andrew on Facebook, here: https://www.facebook.com/AndrewValentinesBitterThings
You can pick up your copy of Bitter Things here (unfortunately, at the moment it’s only available on Kindle [he sold out of hard copies, which is a good problem to have, I suppose!]):
You can order your copy of Bitter Consequence here: