Friday, 13 April 2018

Interview with R. Murray, author of the Dark Blood Trilogy

When did you become interested in storytelling?

I have been writing stories for as long as I can remember. I have always had a very active imagination, but I never dreamed that one day I would be publishing my mind’s musings.

What was your first book/story published?

Call of the Wolf, the first in the Dark Blood Trilogy, was my first book I published, I have had stories on fanfiction sites, but I don’t really count them as published.

What inspired you to write The Dark Blood Trilogy?

I used to be part of a role play group on twitter that was set in 17th century France. A few of the characters are loosely based on the characters from the group. At first the Dark Blood Trilogy was going to be an historic novel, but I just couldn’t get on with it. Being a big fantasy fan, I decided to write what I enjoy. So I took the characters and put them into the paranormal world that this book is based in.

What character in The Dark Blood Trilogy is the most/least like you, and in what ways?

I think Samantha is very much like me. I loved writing her, she is so strong and independent. She is humble and very loyal to those who deserve it. Her character is very much like me too, hot headed, but can be tamed by the right people. As for the character least like me, I would have to say the vampire lord Thanatos. He is just plain evil, with no compassion. A very cold and selfish character.

What is your favorite part in The Dark Blood Trilogy?

This is a tough question because I truly enjoyed writing the whole series. I think my favorite part in the whole series has to be when Samantha, and her parents Emilie the white witch and Aleron the vampire come together as one to destroy the evil that has taken many of their people. It’s such a special moment for me to have them reunited.

What was the hardest part to write?

The end. It was so hard saying goodbye to these characters, but I am hoping to revisit them again in some novellas of spin offs.

What would your ideal career be, if you couldn't be an author?

I would love to work for a beagle rescue. Those dogs are so special to my heart, they suffer so much in testing labs. I admire the work people do to rescue them and give them the home they deserve, so that’s what I would love to do.

Do you read reviews of your books? If so, do you pay any attention to them, or let them influence your writing?

I do and I don’t read them. It depends on my mood. But I always take on board any constructive criticism, after all it is what makes us better at our craft.

What well-known writers do you admire most?

Love Trudi Canavan and her work, I have read almost all her books and of course J.K Rowling. Harry Potter was a huge part of my childhood, and she is an amazing woman. She proves that you should never give up on your dreams.

Do you have any other books/stories in the works?

I am in the process of writing my first book in my next series which is a 5/6 book epic fantasy. The series is titled the Forgotten race and the first book ‘Embers of Shame’ will be released on the 8th June. I am having so much fun writing it and creating my own world and creatures. Looking forward to getting it out there.

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About the Author

Rebecca is a London born self-confessed book addict now living on the shore of Auckland city.

Having spent most of her childhood and teen years dreaming up fanfictions based on her favourite TV shows, she has now decided to actually write her musings down.

A huge fan of anything fantasy and paranormal her writing style can be found to reflect these made up worlds. The love of creating a reality away from reality is the thrill she finds every time she sits down to pen the latest scene in her books.

When she is not writing you can find her at her day job supervising dogs of all shapes and sizes at a dog day care in Auckland. A few of them actually being the inspiration behind some of the wolves in her paranormal series, due to epic characters.

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