Interview and giveaway from author Karyn Gerrard
Today we are talking to author Karyn Gerrard about her vampire series, Blackthorne Clan, and her latest release, Black Desire.
Make sure you keep reading after the interview to learn how you can enter to win an e-copy of Black Desire for yourself.
Can you explain what Black Lust is?
My clan of vampires has the last name of ‘Black’ so the titles of the books in this series are a play on the name.
Can you tell us who and what the Blackthorne Clan is?
They are an old clan/family of vampires living in a fictional coastal village in Nova Scotia, Canada. Back in the 1700’s the name of the clan was Blackthorne, but the name became shortened to Black in the ensuing years.
Can you describe what a Thrope is and why they would have conflict with the Blackstone clan?
Don’t you love that every paranormal author has their own twist on the mythology? I broke my wolves into three groups. Thropes, Lycans and Weres. The Thropes are the elite; they can shift into wolves and have other powers. Thropes are very cold and detached, they hide their feelings. They are also very devious. They also take their breeding very seriously, which will tie into the conflict with the Black’s.
What sets your vampires apart from all the others in paranormal romance genre?
My vampires are very emotional. In my paranormal world, the Blackthorne Clan has done the impossible, they have children. So I have Dhampyres (half-vampires) and Quarters (1/4 vampires) in my vampire world.
Can you tell us a little about the two main characters in Black Desire, Tristan Black and Katrina Hammond?
Tristan Black is a Dhampyre (half-vampire) and the son of the leader of the clan, Deegan (a pure-blood vampire). Tristan’s last mate was human and died of old age in 1939. He has closed off his heart all the decades to follow until a chance meeting with a woman in a pub. He feels the Mate Bond.
Katrina Hammond is a historical romance author (I couldn’t resist!) on vacation visiting her cousin in the small village in Nova Scotia. The attraction to Tristan is immediate and potent. Katrina can’t believe what she’s been pulled into. Vampires? Wolf-shifters? Some vacation!
What is the relationship between Lucius Black from Black Lust (the first book in the Blackthorne Clan series) and Tristan Black from Black Desire? What are their positions in the clan?
Lucius Black in the first book is a Quarter, and Tristan’s son and Deegan’s grandson. The book takes place in the U.K. where he has been staying with a cousin who is part of another branch in the Blackthorne Clan tree.
In the second book, the scene shifts to Canada and focuses on Tristan. Lucius will show up again in Book 4. Book 3 is about Deegan, the leader.
How many books do you have planned for this series?
I only planned on three, but Marcus Steele, a Thrope, (who appears in Book 2 and 3) had such an impact on me, I had to do his own story. I hope to submit Book 3 and 4 this fall and fingers crossed they will be accepted.
Did the series come out as originally planned or did it evolve as you went along?
It did come out as planned, the three books all fell into place. But Marcus wouldn’t let me leave it at that. *grins* I’m sure four books is all I will be doing, but I certainly left it open to explore other characters should I wish to at another time.
Is there a routine you use to help inspire you when you write?
I limit my computer and writing time to the weekdays when my teacher hubs is at work. I usually take the weekends off. Usually all it takes is a pot of hot tea, Earl Grey is my tea of choice. I also crank up the music, crack my knuckles and I’m off! So far, writing block hasn’t been an issue, and as long as it stays fun and publishers keep accepting my manuscripts, I will keep going!
More about Black Desire:
Tristan Black of the Blackthorne Clan has known heartache and pain. He is a Dhampyre (half-Vampire) and most would say blessed with extreme longevity. Tristan would say cursed as he observed the long, slow decline and then death of his human wife due to old age while he seemingly aged not a day. Now seventy years later, he meets Katrina Hammond who piques his interest.
Katrina is a romance writer on summer vacation when she meets the mysterious and dangerously sexy Tristan. Katrina now finds herself in the middle of a clash between the Blackthorne Clan and a pack of Thropes (wolf shape-shifters).
Can Tristan protect Katrina, and can he protect his heart?
She awakened feelings in him he thought he would not have again. He considered these passions to be little more than vampiric mythology. She awakened his…black desire.
How you can contact Karyn:
Karyn is giving away a PDF copy of Black Desire. This giveaway is open internationally and will end on May 15th.