Author KC Blake stops by the blog today. She has a new release, Bait (Order of the Spirit Realm). She also agree to answer a few questions so we can get to know her better.
Tell us a little about yourself.
Over the years I have held many jobs, but writing is the one that makes me truly happy. I used to write for Harlequin under Kasi Blake, but it always felt like there was something missing. Then I figured it out. My true love in literature is and has always been YA. So now I write the books that I would have loved to discover when I was a teen, books I still enjoy reading today.
At what point did you decide to become a writer? Was there someone or something that specifically inspired you?
When I was twelve, a teacher assigned The Outsiders to the class, and I fell in love with books. I don't remember how long it was before I decided to write something. It might have been a few days or a few weeks later, but I eventually picked up a pencil and sat down in the living room to rewrite the ending of a movie.
How do you write: outline or seat of your pants, and why?
Have to have an outline. Sometimes I write a few chapters before I create an outline, but I do need one. Why? Because it's like a road map to me. If I don't have one, I get lost.
Do you see writing as a career?
Definitely. It's the only thing I've ever wanted to do.
What are your hobbies outside of writing?
I read, of course, a lot. I also enjoy discovering new recipes, going on shopping sprees, traveling, and I collect Christmas village pieces.
Do you have any advice for others who dream of being an author?
Read a lot. Write a lot. And don't give up.
What are you working on now?
I am currently working on the book that follows Bait. It's called Hunter and will be released (if all goes well) on Halloween this year.
At sixteen, Bay-Lee is not your typical girl. The last thing she wants is to be popular, to be noticed, so she never raises her hand in class. She doesn’t participate in extra-curricular activities and purposely puts the wrong answers on tests in order to keep her solid C point average. Her classmates have no clue who she really is, Van Helsing’s daughter. They don’t know she’s on the run, hiding from monsters that want to kill her before she can turn into a great hunter. They’re afraid of her... and they should be because she plans to be the best hunter the world has ever seen. As soon as she is finished with her training, she’s going to track and kill the werewolf pack responsible for tearing her mother to shreds, and nothing is going to get in her way.
He wants redemption.
At twenty, Nick is a rock star slash vampire hunter, personally trained by Van Helsing. He was unofficially adopted by the man and lives in his castle when not touring with his band, Bad-Rock. Years ago his fate was sealed by a fortune teller. She shouted a prophecy for everyone (including his parents) to hear, a prophecy that has haunted him to this day. Even his closest friends wonder if it could be true. Will he become evil and open the doorway to the Spirit Realm, allowing monsters to kill off the human race?
They both want love...
Bay-Lee thinks the last thing she needs is to fall in love, and Nick doesn’t think he’s capable of loving anyone. When they meet, it is hate at first sight. Nick seems determined to ruin her plan for justice. He volunteers to mentor her. Then he refuses to do the job. Bay-Lee has no idea what Nick’s problem is, but she’s determined to find out because she is certain they have a lot in common. The deep grief and anger in his eyes reflects what is in her heart. She has a feeling they can save each other. The only problem is she can’t have both Nick and her revenge. Which will she choose?
But will they live long enough?
Trouble begins when a reaper uses Bay-Lee’s closet to cross over with a warning. Something is killing hunters on their birthdays. It’s a bad time to attend Van Helsing’s school, but she doesn’t have a choice. Her mother died in front of her eyes. She must have revenge even if it means risking everything including her own life. A student dies. Then another. Nick’s birthday draws closer, and Bay-Lee worries about losing the only boy she’s ever loved. Is she a good enough hunter to stop the monster before it strikes again?
Do you love action? This book has battles using swords, knives, and hand-to-hand. Do you love romance? Nick and Bay-Lee can't keep their hands off each other. Do you love paranormal? There are wraiths, reapers, and border monsters. Do you love your darkness with an edge of humor? This book has some of that too. Do you love YA paranormal fantasy romance? It's all right here.
The second book in the series, Hunter, will be released at the end of October. Blake’s paranormal romance books include Crushed and Vampires Rule. Other categories for this book include teens books, paranormal romance, paranormal fantasy, urban fantasy, YA paranormal, YA paranormal fantasy romance.
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Born and raised in sunny California, K.C. Blake fell in love with books at a young age and decided to pursue writing as a career. Her favorite authors include Stephen King, John Saul, Cassandra Clare, J.K. Rowling, and Carrie Jones. In her spare time she enjoys shopping (and when I say shopping I mean go to the mall early in the day, eat lunch, and then keep going until you don't have any strength left), reading great books, taking care of animals (she lives on a farm), and searching for creative ideas to improve her home. A former writer for Harlequin, she now publishes her books her way and loves every second of it. She is currently living in the Midwest with two cats, a dog, several cows, and five baby ducks.