I have the privilege of doing a cover reveal and interview for Hargrove Perth (a.k.a. Candace L. Bowser) of her book Dark Days Remy Broulette released June 26, 2014.
Remy will have a promotion for the release on June 26th through Hargrove Perth’s publisher Ink Smith Publishing. Anyone who purchases the ebook and posts a review will be supplied the link to Rafflecopter where one lucky winner will get an autographed copy of the book, an original piece of signed art from her design company Dark Water Arts, and several other great prizes yet to be announced!
And, here it is:
Deception Murder Immortality It’s just another night in New Orleans….
Here is how our interview went with Hargrove Perth
Me: What was the driving force behind your current novel?
Hargrove Perth: Dark Days Remy Broulette is centered around the Creole Voudoun Queens of early New Orleans at the time of the city’s founding. I have a fascination with the traditional style Creole/Haitian zombies who are born of magic and are not the flesh eating kind. New Orleans, at Remy’s hay day, was the perfect backdrop with the famous Madame Marie Laveau being one of the featured characters. She is the prime example of what a flamboyant, eccentric Voudoun Queen should be! All of my novels which feature immortals are unique in their creation. I wanted to create a new brand of immortal, one not seen in print prior to now, and thought that immortals created by Voudoun who existed on souls to survive would be a fantastic novel, and that is how it all began. Dark Days Remy Broulette will be taking the literary world by storm on June 26th 2014, through my new publisher Ink Smith Publishing!
Me: What personality traits do you most admire in other authors?
Hargrove Perth: Perseverance and having a thick skin are two traits I admire greatly. There can be so many nay-sayers out there – people who just have nothing good to say or take some type of perverse enjoyment out of taking someone’s dream and attempting to crush it. I call them trolls, personally, because they have nothing better to do than ‘troll’ the book world and find authors they can target. A lot of times I have seen it happen, and it has crushed the writer beyond belief – so having a thick skin and wanting to get on with writing despite being targeted is something to be admired.
Me: If you could offer a word of advice to an aspiring author who wants to venture down the road of self-publishing what would you tell them?
Hargrove Perth: Words of advice…well, don’t take criticism to heart, remember it is only an opinion, and every one has one. Don’t think you are going to become this over-night sensation because that just does not happen. You will work your tail off to be a success, and don’t expect success to come if you are not willing to put your blood, sweat, and tears into every book you write. How much you put into the publishing and promotion of a book is exactly what you will get out of it. Unless you can afford to pay some company to represent you, no one is going to do the promotion part for you. There are a lot of avenues out there you can utilize which are free – like Twitter and Facebook but remember to have a human side to it too! Don’t just post about books and what you are writing. Readers want to learn about you and who you are – that is just as important!
Me: Do you find inspiration in the works of other authors? If so, who and why…
Hargrove Perth: I do find inspiration in others, not only the classical writers of yesteryear but also in the modern self-published authors who have found their voice and are not afraid to use it.
Me: How would you describe the method behind your writing?
Honestly, my writing style is so chaotic it is difficult to describe. I have been known to write the end of a book before the middle is even touched. Sometimes I know the premise but don’t know where I want to take it and when that happens, I let the characters write the story. It usually works out the best that way.
Me: Are you an aficionado of any of the great classic authors? Which one do you feel has left their mark in the world of writing and changed the world the most?
Bram Stoker, Mary Shelley, Oscar Wilde – they were huge visionaries for their time. Writing in the era in which their books were composed was a time, when even the slightest innuendo was considered scandalous would have been amazing. So when Bram and Wilde wrote Dracula and The Picture of Dorian Gray, they were quite scandalous with their sexual undertones in the world of horror. They really set the road on fire, so to speak, and look at what we have now…
Me: Is there any special preparations you take when you are about to sit down and write?
Hargrove Perth: I drink a lot of coffee…and tend to have a soundtrack to every book I write that sets the tone. I listened to a good deal of Mozart and Bach when writing Remy. It just seemed to fit him.
Me: Which book you have written is your favorite and why? Is there a single character that stands out from the others?
Hargrove Perth: It is so hard to pick just one that is your favorite when you have as many books in print as I do (both under Hargrove Perth and Candace L. Bowser), but if I had to chose, right now it would be Remy. He is the vision of perfection and is half Choctaw and half French, that sleek black hair with green eyes..(swoon), but he is complicated and willful, torn and distraught, vengeful and forgiving. He is my favorite of all the immortals I have put to pen thus far.
Me: Is there anything else you would like to share with your readers?
Hargrove Perth: Being a writer is amazing, not only because you get to pursue your dream but also because you meet the most amazing readers and authors who become your fans, and without them writing is just writing! So if anyone wants to reach me, stop by my website and shoot me an email because I love interacting with my fans, answering questions, and doing impromptu give-aways!
Hargrove Perth writes dark romance, horror, and young adult horror. Her inspiration comes from the classic authors of the Victorian era who pushed the borders of writing through their semi-erotic dark novels. With a penchant for writing all things dark, her novels are an unusual blend of historical and fictional characters set in the past where her creations come to life in ways un-imaginable. A resident of the Mid-West, she refers to herself as a bit of a gypsy, never residing in one place too long to get bored. She currently has two books published with four more due to be released in 2014 and is an Amazon Top 100 Seller as well as an Award Winning Author.
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