My full tour schedule and links can be found at Dark Minds Book Tours (<–highly recommended).
The following interview was part of my bumper post for Day 3 of 7 on the BLOOD LIFE blog tour courtesy of Shah Wharton on her personal blog. I am extracting the interview portion only here in case you missed it, but for the full experience and to read her impressions of my book, or to enter a giveaway, visit Words in Sync.
Otherwise, here’s the get-to-know-me-a-little-better part of it. Enjoy!
The Personal Questions
- What’s your idea of total happiness?
Riding a horse bareback through the woods on a clear spring day.
- Which trait do you most deplore about yourself?
Sometimes I can be very indecisive, and I don’t like it at all!
- What do you consider to be the most overrated virtue?
- What’s your worse vice?
- What do you most value in your friends?
- Do you have a mantra or motto?
Don’t ever be afraid to make sure you’re happy, too, regardless of what that may mean.
- Which living, and which dead person, do you most admire and why?
Living: my mom. She is the strongest person I know and I love her and look up to her with all my heart.
Dead: Marilyn Monroe. She was beautiful and tragic. Intelligent and talented. Never afraid to speak her mind, and despite her addiction and her past, she tried her hardest and gave everything her all.
- What is your greatest regret?
I guess I’m supposed to say I don’t have any, but that would be a lie. I have a few regrets in my life. But I’d say the greatest one so far was giving an ex a second chance that didn’t deserve it. It ruined a great flow I had built in my life, and it was a mistake. I lost things because of it. One of those things being my horse.
- When are you most likely to lie?
When I might get in trouble if I don’t.
- What is your favourite (song) and why?
I have so many favorite songs!! This is a very hard question for me to answer because I really love music. At the moment, it is Conjure One – “Extraordinary Ways.”
- What is your favourite cuisine?
- Have your personal experiences (or situations) influenced you, creatively? Give us an example.
Oh yes. In all of my writing, there are personal experiences past and present scattered through the text. For instance, Devendra, my witch/vampire heroine, is loosely based on me. Her looks, her actions, her strengths/weaknesses, her favorite things. She’s my inner witch.
- How much of your creative ability do you think is innate and how much is learned?
Most, if not all, of my creative abilities are innate. =) Though, I always pay attention and learn things from others.
14. How often do you read? What are you reading now?
I read as much as I can. Sometimes, I’ve just got too much work and life things that get in the way. But I love to read. Right now I’m reading: Possessing the Secret of Joy: A Novel
15. What other interests do you have?
Health and fitness, eating and cooking healthy vegetarian/vegan cuisine, horror films, animal advocacy, yoga.
16. What was the last movie you went to see?
Cabin in the Woods.
17. Do you have a favourite genre?
The Writer Specific Questions.
- What got you into writing?
My lifelong love of words, the paranormal, and storytelling.
- Are you an indie or traditional author?
- Did you publish the first book you wrote?
Yes, I did, under my own imprint: Bright Eyes Press.
- What is your biggest problem with the writing process? How do you tackle it?
Finding the time. I do my best to put aside at least a couple of hours a day for writing, whether it is in a story I’m working on or blogging. Also, stress slows me down creatively, so making sure I’m taking care of my whole self is important.
- Do you feel writing is something you need to do or want to do?
Writing is hands-down something I need to do. It nurtures my soul like nothing else can.
- Whose writing inspires you most and why?
Edgar Allen Poe. He was my first ever inspiration and will always hold that spot in my heart.
- If I gave you a license to brag, what would brag about? Give us the links.
Well, myself, of course! I am a writer (obviously), so my first book should definitely be looked at, as well as my website: http://www.giannaperada.com – and I am also a proofer, light copy-editor, and book interior layout designer for small publishers and indie authors. I’ve been doing that for several years: http://www.brighteyes.org
- How does your creative process benefit you?
It allows me to write my stories with my own unique voice. I sit down at the computer and channel the muse. My fingers move to their own rhythm. I’m just along for the ride. 😉
- Do you believe that creativity and genius go hand in hand?
I think it depends on the person, but mostly, yes. =) You are your own creative genius. Each and every one of you. Whether you use it/see it or not.