Nov 1, 2013
Hello Moonlight Gleamers!
Today we have an Author Guest Post with Kristen Strassel about her inspiration for her novel, Because The Night!
We also have a Giveaway at the bottom of the page!
Publisher: Foreword Literary
Pub. Date: November 5, 2013
Immortal Dilemma is the hottest band in the Las Vegas vampire rock scene. They draw insatiable fans from around the globe, thanks to a supernatural attraction called Bloodlust. Tristan craved such an opportunity to fill his empty mortal life, and now he has eternity to earn his place along the legends of rock n roll debauchery. Callie always feared that Tristan’s excesses would get him into trouble, but she never thought they’d lead him to immortality. To reconnect with him, she must weave her way through a world not only she had no idea existed, but does not welcome her. Blade turned down a spot in Immortal Dilemma after learning what he must sacrifice for that lifestyle. He finds Callie a refreshing change from the girls in the vampire rock scene. When Callie drags Blade back into the world of Immortal Dilemma, his resistance drives her into the waiting arms of Tristan, who shows her the true meaning of Bloodlust. But the very things that Callie fights so hard to save are the very things that fight to destroy her
Kristen shares a birthday with Steven Tyler and Diana Ross. She spends each day striving to be half as fabulous as they are. She’s worn many hats, none as flattering as her cowboy hat: banker, retail manager, fledgling web designer, world’s worst cocktail waitress, panty slinger, now makeup artist and author. She loves sunshine, live music, the middle of nowhere, and finding new things to put in her house. Because The Night is the first book from The Night Songs Collection.
Kristen is represented by Pam van Hylckama Vlieg of Foreword Literary.
What was your inspiration for becoming a writer?
I was obsessed with reading and learning as soon as I could make out words. When I was in preschool, I used to read all the road signs out loud. Of course, that was only cute to a point. But my curiosity and thirst for adventure stuck with me. As far as the road signs go, my friends refer to me as the human GPS. I can read a map with ease, can tell you how the interstate route number system works (I know, fascinating fodder for first dates, right?) and I can find my way pretty much anywhere, even in a foreign country. Soon, I graduated to more challenging things than highway signs. I devoured the Ramona books, Little House on the Prairie, and am still disappointed that the Judy Blume books weren’t as racy as advertised. Back then, Young Adult books were just what I described. There was nowhere to go in between that and the real deal. By Junior High, I’d graduated to Danielle Steel and Stephen King. My mother, an English teacher, was just glad I was reading. I don’t know what came first—my wild imagination or my love of fictional worlds. My writing partner, Julie Hutchings, grew up across the street from me. To entertain ourselves, we used to pass a notebook back and forth, making up stories about rock stars. As we got older and started living our lives, the notebook went away. I tried to be normal. Okay, I was kind of pushed that way. In High School, I was discouraged from signing up for art classes because it wasn’t a college preparatory path. I had wanted to write for music magazines, so college seemed to be the way to do that. But as I entered college, music magazines as I knew them started to disappear and so did my interest in formal education. It took me a long time to finish college. I had a bunch of jobs that I despised—customer service call center rep, bank teller, retail manager. I always felt like a bull in a china shop. I didn’t fit in those environments. I was bored and unhappy. Several times, I tried to start writing again, but I didn’t take it seriously enough to keep up with it. Finally, I’d had it with my lower middle management life. I quit my job and enrolled in cosmetology school. I had sailed past thirty and I needed to pick something that didn’t take five years to train for. Quickly I realized I felt the same way about working in salon that I did at a store in the mall, but I had found my calling: makeup. I decided to seriously pursue a career as a freelance makeup artist. Working as a freelancer is the hardest yet most rewarding thing I’ve ever done. You are never your own boss less than when you work for yourself. But I loved what I did, and I knew I was lucky to be doing it. I see amazing places that the public doesn’t get to see, except for maybe on TV, and meet interesting people. I’ve worked on movie sets, with celebrities, at the Super Bowl, and election night at a presidential candidate’s headquarters. Being able to be creative at work led me to discover who I really was. Finally, I didn’t have to repress my personality or style because it wasn’t corporately acceptable. It gave me time to discover what I was really interested in. So when Julie mentioned one night that she was working on her first novel (which was Running Home), I very shyly admitted that I’d been trying to write one as well. Together, we made each other create and finish our first novels. We navigated social media, submissions, and now publication together. Would we have been able to accomplish as much on our own? No. The team is always greater than its parts. I went from not being able to finish one novel to not being able to stop the story ideas from coming. I went from thinking that dreams didn’t come true to knowing they do. I don’t know what’s next, but I’m excited to find out.