Kara’s Blog Hijacked!

Posted May 14, 2011 by Kara in Uncategorized / 1 Comment

I’m Sammie, author of Amaretto Flame! I just locked Kara in the closet, y’all! Now I’m going to take over her blog and talk about ME. I’m going to try to hurry, though, because in order to get her into the closet, I used chloroform and once it wears off, she’s going to be one pee’d off redhead.
A lot of people ask when I discovered that I wanted to be a writer. Well, I didn’t because it was always there. I came from the kind of childhood that produces either writers or Spartan warriors. I walked around for a while carrying a shield and screaming, “THIS IS SPARTA,” but no one really listened. So, there you have it. I started earning real money writing non-fiction (which I still do), and used it to stock my cabinets with lots of coffee and cheese puffs to sustain me while I wrote the fiction.
The non-fiction is pretty cool and interesting. I write for websites, and you KNOW how many websites there are out there, so you can just imagine the sort of topics I write about. Yep – anything and everything. But my heart and soul goes into the fiction I write, which happens well into the night and wee hours of the morning. Sometimes, I need a little assistance and I get this either by listening to some killer music or looking up hot actors for research. Cough *Jensen Ackles* Cough.
All kinds of music can inspire me. I love classic rock and bands like Fleetwood Mac, Bad Company, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Then I can turn around and listen to Lily Allen, Paramore, Hollywood Undead, The Goo Goo Dolls, and Stabbing Westward without blinking an eye. The only genre that really doesn’t lend itself to my work is country, but when I’m writing about a kick-ass heroine, a little Miranda Lambert doesn’t hurt.
Anything can inspire my characters or situations. I once got an idea for a book because of a tiny conversation I had with a boy in my childhood. That particular book happens to be my favorite! Maybe one day you guys will get to read it. *Hears Kara screaming expletives from the closet and starts talking faster.*
I will write until I die, but if I didn’t become a writer, I might have been a rock and roll goddess. Sometimes, when I’m jamming out on Guitar Hero, I think, Yeah. I could do this for real. I mean, if I could sing. And if I could actually play a real guitar. Nah, probably not. If I wasn’t a writer, I think my career would still revolve around books and writing; maybe a teacher or something like that.
Speaking of books, I am a classic connoisseur. I love them all. Jane Eyre was one of the earliest classics I read, and immediately fell in love with it. I can’t count the number of times I’ve read it. Wuthering Heights, Crime and Punishment (Read this at a very young age…for fun. Who does that?), anything Shakespeare, anything Jane Austen, Chaucer, the list goes on and on.
There are a TON of books I think everyone should read before they die, but there are three that are never mentioned. These include My First Two Thousand Years: The Autobiography of the Wandering Jew, Salome: The Wandering Jewess (My First Two Thousand Years of Love), and The Invincible Adam by George Sylvester Veirick and Paul Eldridge. I absolutely loved these books. You know what, I’m going to mention three more: The Empire Trilogy. Mistress of the Empire, Servant of the Empire, and Daughter of the Empire by Raymond Feist and Janny Wurts. So good there isn’t an awesome chart big enough to mention them. Kara is now kicking the door down, so I only have a few more minutes before I have to run, but I’d like to talk a little about my book, Amaretto Flame.
It’s a paranormal romance, and it’s about a group of good witches. More specifically, one of the witches named Olivia. She does something she’s been forbidden to do, and her punishment is to live in a human town for a summer. She meets Jackson Vance, a human, and quickly things start to turn upside down. They get even worse when she realizes the Venator (deadly witch hunters) are after her.
The idea for the book started with my desire to write about a strong, positive witch. I love King Arthur stories, so I was originally thinking something along the lines of Morgan Le Fay. As I sketched out the story and tossed out ideas, it became something different. It turned into a romance between a witch (with mega super powers) and a human, and the worst things that could happen to them. I am immensely proud of it, and it is very close to my heart.
One bit of advice if you decide to buy the book: No matter what you do, no matter when you read it, pay very close attention to what I’m about to tell you.
NEVER…EVER…allow yourself to make the mistake of getting too close to or caring about…
*Closet door comes bursting down, splinters raining over my head.*
Oh no! Gotta go! *Runs for life.*

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