Interview & Giveaway: Blood Rush by Ash Krafton

Blood Rush

Blood Rush
by Ash Krafton
Series: Demimonde #2
Publication date: May 14th 2013
Genre: Urban Fantasy

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Sophie doesn’t believe in happily ever after. These days, she’d settle for alive after sunrise.

Advice columnist and newly-appointed oracle to the demivampire, Sophie Galen has more issues than a Cosmo collection: a new mentor with a mean streak, a werewolf stalker she can’t shake, and a relationship with her ex’s family that redefines the term complicated. And then there’s her ex himself, who is more interested in playing leader of the vampire pack than in his own salvation.

Becoming a better oracle is tough enough, but when Sophie encounters a deadly enemy – one she never dreamed of facing – it will take everything she’s ever learned in order to survive.

~Interview with Ash Krafton~

Thank you so much, Ash, for taking the time to chat with me. I know you are busy, and we all appreciate you sharing this information with your readers!

Q: What was the first thing you wrote – a short story, note on a bar napkin, whatever the case may be, that made you realize you were a writer?

A poem about trees when I was twelve J My mom sent that and others I’d written into the newspaper and she loves reminding me about my “first clips”.

Q: If you were unable to write for any reason, what would you choose to do instead?

I’d go to school to learn foreign languages–as many as I could hold in my head. I want to travel one day and I’d love to be able to melt into the country through the use of language instead of looking like an awkward Western tourist.

Q: Do you have any type of rituals when you write? Perhaps a specific beverage you require, a bag of popcorn must be popped, or you can’t live without a box of dark chocolates on your desk/table before you begin? It doesn’t have to be food-related, apparently I am hungry at the moment. Ha!

Actually, I have a huge ritual of procrastination that involves starting laundry, watching Doctor Who, and fooling around on-line. Once I get my rear in gear, I just start typing.

Q: If you were asked to co-write a book with another author, and you could choose that person, who would it be? Why?

I’d choose one of my Indie author friends because, as little fish in a big lake, we know we have to work hard and write harder in order to get a book perfected. I admire the strength, the courage, and the passion each of them incorporate into their writing and think that I’d be blessed to collaborate with any of them. Shout outs to Red Tash (spec fic), Tricia Schneider (paranormal romance), and Lyle Blake Smythers (glorious crazed fantasy).

Q: What is your writing style – are you a planner or a pantser?

Depends on the story–my first novel was pantsed (ha ha, sounds like a middle school prank) but my para rom WIP is extensively story boarded. Romance has rules and I’m terrified of breaking them. The romance fan base would come after me in a mob.

Q: How do you come up with character names when you are writing?

You know, I’m not sure where they come from–but they are there the moment I pen the first words of a character’s description. I’ve changed only one first and one last name since I started writing, both times at the suggestion of an editor.

Q: What is the most difficult part of writing a book for you? What is the easiest part?

The easy part is the writing…the difficulty lies in the editing–particularly content editing. Realistically, not every word is allowed to make it into the final draft. The hardest part comes in saying goodbye to phrases, to scenes, to entire chapters. That’s why I believe it’s important to use an independent editor for that part. Some decisions are too difficult for an author to make on her own.

Q: Who is your favorite character, one that you’ve written/developed? What makes him/her your favorite?

My favorite character is from my para rom work-inprogress, Words That Bind. He’s a hot-headed djinn who really makes my blood boil. I like the conflict he makes me feel–so hopefully, my heroine will feel the same way.

Q: If you could share a meal with any person, alive or dead, fictional or real, whom would you choose, and what type of food would you want to eat?

EASY! Sushi with George Washington at a picnic at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. (Tom would be busy inside setting up for our weekly poker night with Ben Franklin. Ben’s not afraid to cheat–he calls it “creatively altering the guidelines”–and he steals Cheetos off my plate when he thinks I’m not looking.)

Q: Is there anything you’ve written that will never see the light of day?

LOADS. Lots of poetry, a few stories, and perhaps a novel WIP or two if I don’t live long enough to finish them. I don’t regret the things that don’t get published because they went a long way into making me a better writer.

Q: Is there anything you’d like to share with your readers that we might not already know about you?

Hmm…I can’t type (I’m a two finger typist, which is why it takes so long to finish a book) and my handwriting can be pretty awful sometimes, making it hard to talk my husband into typing my notebooks for me. But…I bake him cookies so he does it anyway.

Q: What can your readers expect from you in the future?

WOLF’S BANE (Demimonde #3) will be released in 2014. The story picks up shortly after BLOOD RUSH and expands the role of the Were. Lots of shapeshifters, a love triangle (or two), and a bit of royal-watching! I’m currently writing it and it’s hard to stay away from the story for too long.

Thank you SO MUCH for having me, Toni!

About the Author

Ash Krafton

Ash Krafton writes from the heart…of the Pennsylvania coal region, that is. She is the author of the Books of the Demimonde (Pink Narcissus Press). BLEEDING HEARTS (Demimonde #1) is a six-time RWA finalist and was voted “Reviewer Top Pick” by Gravetells.com. Ash continues the story of Sophie and her Demivampires in her latest release BLOOD RUSH (Demimonde #2). She’s hard at work (when she isn’t watching Doctor Who) writing the third book, WOLF’S BANE. Ash Krafton’s poetry and short fiction has appeared in several journals, including Niteblade, Bete Noire, Abandoned Towers, and Silver Blade. She’s a member of Pennwriters, RWA, and Maryland Writers Association. She lurks near her blog and contributes to the QueryTracker blog. Ash lives with her family and their German Shepherd dog deep in the Pennsylvania wilds, awaiting the day the TARDIS appears in the driveway (the dog most likely keeps the Doctor away. What a beast.)

Until then, she writes.

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Follower of Jesus, loving wife, homeschooling mom, blogger, author, gamer, and a lover of the culinary arts. Toni lives in Michigan with her husband and four children. If she's not writing or curled up with a book, you'll most likely find her playing with her kids, baking cupcakes, or killing zombies.