BAIT (Order of the Spirit Realm #1)
by K.C Blake
What was your first book published?
My first book was published with Harlequin in 2002. They changed the title to Would-Be Wife. I remember getting the phone call in my office and literally jumping up and down as I called everyone I knew to tell them about it.
Pantser or Plotter? How do you write?
Plotter. Obsessively. I used to keep a binder with an extensive outline (that I stray from constantly), character bios/profiles, setting sheets, etc. Now I use Scrivener and type them all on the virtual index cards. It’s awesome.
What do you find most rewarding about writing?
Holding the finished product in my hands, but the thing I love the most is when readers get so caught up in the characters that they talk about them as if they are real. Love it when they argue with each other over them like “He wouldn’t do that.” “Yes, he would. I know he would.” Love it.
How do you react to a bad review of your book?
When I first started, I would get depressed any time someone said something bad about my books. You have to understand to a writer the characters are like their children. So when you say you didn’t like my characters it’s like telling a woman her baby is ugly. But I am happy to say I have grown and I’ve learned to live with it. A lot of times I laugh when reading them because someone will say they hated something that this other person loved. You just can’t please everyone. One reason I became a writer is to make people laugh and cry and get angry and happy all in one day. :) I want to make others feel the way I feel when I read a great book.
Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book?
You should read Bait for the action, romance, suspense, twists, and humor. Nick and Bay-Lee start out hating each other, but it’s obvious they belong together, and love stories are the best stories.
Entice us, what future projects are you considering?
Right now I am working on Hunter, the second book in the series. I am also outlining Tempting Fate (a Witch-Game book), and then I hope to finish a stand-alone title called Dragon’s Breath.
What are your hero and heroine of the story like?
Bay-Lee has had a hard life, moving constantly, lying to everyone she meets. It’s like she’s in the Witness Protection Program, only she’s being protected from monsters and not the mob. The thing I like most about her is that even when she is afraid, she will do it if it has to be done.
Nick is probably my favorite character of all-time to write for. He’s a rock star slash vampire slayer, an angry boy with a huge chip on his shoulder, but it’s there for good reason. It’s wonderful to watch him fall in love for the first time. I can’t promise a happy ending for them, but I can promise it will be one hell of a ride.
Character Interview with Bay-Lee and Nick, starring characters in Bait
What is the scariest thing that ever happened to you?
Bay-Lee: My mother was torn apart by a werewolf pack and... I can’t talk about this.
Nick: I guess it was when my parents voted to have me killed over something I ‘might’ do someday. Stupid fortune tellers should be outlawed. Enough said.
What do you find attractive in another person?
Bay-Lee: Like I told Keisha, I am not in the market for a boyfriend. Love gets in the way, and I have too many plans. First, I need to become the greatest hunter around, good enough to hunt and kill a pack on my own. Then I am going to buy a boat and sail away. (wistful smile) There are no monsters at sea.
Nick: (grins) I like a pretty face and a hard body. (serious now) But if she’s going to be with me, she needs to be tough. She needs to be strong and hard to kill. Basically I like a girl who can handle her weapons.
Who is your best friend? Why?
Bay-Lee: I wasn’t allowed to have friends until recently. We moved around a lot, and I had to use a different name every time. You can’t have friends when you’re lying to their faces.
Nick: My best bud is Michael Keebler. We grew up together, and he plays lead guitar for our band, Bad-Rock. Heard of us? Of course you have. Everyone knows who we are... they just don’t know what we do in our spare time.
If you had 48 hours to live, what would you do with that time?
Bay-Lee: I would have to go after the werewolf pack that killed my mom, ready or not, and get justice for her. That’s all I’ve ever wanted.
Nick: I would want to do a huge show, televised, and blast the roof off. Then while I was riding that high, I would want to take on as many border monsters as I could find and go down swinging.
What would we find under your bed?
Bay-Lee: (grimace) With my luck, probably a monster.
Nick: A sword, a dagger, a shotgun, probably a ton of ammo. (grin) I like to be prepared for anything.
Is there someone you’d like to apologize to?
Bay-Lee: My mother. Because I think it was my fault she died. I’m not sure why, but I’m going to find out.
Nick: No. Next question
Ok. Last question. What do you do to relax?
Bay-Lee: I picture myself on a boat in the middle of the ocean, warm sun on my face and wind in my air.
Nick: I do some yoga and meditation early in the morning each day. Helps keep me loose.
I was quickly drawn into Bay-Lee’s life and adventures. This action-packed book kept me reading way past my bedtime and had numerous twists and turns that surprised me. Nick is intense, brooding, and mysterious. Bay-Lee is dedicated to her mission and focused on her goals. She has some big shoes to fill, and not everyone wishes her well in her endeavors – attempts to kill her are frequent and often come from unexpected sources.
This was a fun read for me because it took me out of the everyday humdrum and fully engaged my imagination. Ms. Blake has spun a finely woven tale with a unique slant that is a promising start to a planned series. I am looking forward to seeing where she takes us next.
This book was given to me in exchange for my honest review.
Reviewed by Laurie-J