Edinburgh is a city that’s slow to change. Which is why in 2061, Professor Lachlan Mackenzie still lives there. He hasn’t changed in the 1000 years since he and his shipmates abandoned ship, forsaken by the Vampyras millions of light years away and left to fend for themselves, feeding off the blood of humans.
Lachlan is drawn to sexy psychologist Kate the moment he steps into her office. He wants to protect her and help her overcome her PTSD. Ignoring the warning signs of his growing attraction he agrees to be her cabin mate on the journey to the new colony on Mars. But when Kate discovers him feeding on bagged blood, all hell breaks loose. Has he been set up by the Vampyr council leader? Will Kate ever forgive his lies? And how does he explain what he is to his long lost daughter who he meets on their journey?
As Kate starts to trust, outside forces threaten to rip them apart. Will Lachlan lose the only woman he’s ever truly bonded with?
I’ve known Em for what seems like forever, she is one of my closest friends, one of my favourite authors, and the person who continually kicks my ass when I’m procrastinating!
I remember Em talking about this amazing idea she had – (let me set the scene for you: Glasgow Fort Starbucks, I’m wearing a huge floppy hat, Em and I are drinking steaming coffee and there’s a folder sitting on the table with a picture of the gorgeous Grigoris Drakakis staring up at me.) – Em was super excited about this new book she was going to write… about vampires. (I think I might have been silently judging her at the time, sorry Em).
But! Em proved me (and my silent judgement) so very wrong. She wrote Discovered, and I was in love (and it wasn’t just beacause Lachlan is *dreamy*).
Discovered is such a fantastic read – it’s funny, it’s touching, it’s exciting, it’s interesting. In fact, it is everything I could possibly want in a book! This is far removed from the usual stuff Em writes, and she’s done an absolutely magnificent job of it.
I’m really looking forward to the next installment in the series!
I give Discovered top marks – and I recommend it to anyone who loves Sci-Fi, Vampyrs and smart writing.
Be warned: it does contain sex, so I’d advise against it if you’re not into that. (I love it).
And now, to the fun part!
What do you do when you are not writing?
Well that depends. I do a lot of social media. I spend a lot of time on Facebook in particular. I crew at film and TV conventions so sometimes I get to meet famous people though quite often it’s more looking after attendees. But that’s always fun too. With Amazon currently trying to reduce and reduce authors royalties I have to work to make ends meet. I knit and I’m about to start my own Etsy store. So I knot partly to make money and partly just because I like it.
Do you work with an outline, or just write?
I’m mostly a pantser but I do have a general idea where I’m going. That said, with Discovered, I did use an outline and I have most of an outline ready for the sequel. Usually it’s not written down though.
How do you market your work? What avenues have you found to work best for your genre?
Ugh, I hate marketing. There is no right way or wrong way to market and if I had the key, I’d be giving £162 million to charity like JK Rowling, rather than sitting wondering if I can afford to go out for coffee. I mainly use Facebook. A photo and a quote and info about the book being on Kindle unlimited and available on Amazon.
I also use Kindle countdown deals and free days but they don’t have the same impact they used to have. The best thing seems to be buying a Bookbub promotion but they’re selective and it’s expensive. I’ve never done it. The next best thing is a Bargain Booksy. Though again your book has to be on promotion. I use Twitter and I’ve tried Tumblr but don’t find that effective. I do find face to face interactions useful. And blog tours like this can be useful. It just depends. Sometimes you’re lucky and your book takes off.
Are there certain characters you would like to go back to, or is there a theme or idea you’d love to work with?
To be honest, I’m loving working with the alien vampyrs at the moment. I think they are my babies. I can’t wait to write the second book. I’d also like to write books set in the second two decades of the twentieth century – Downton Abbey Era, as it were. Having written Regency I’d love to go to another very decadent era. Even though the war was going on and it wasn’t decadent for some, the rich didn’t put up with much hardship, though they lost their sons too, as peers were not exempt from conscription.
What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?
I think all criticism is hard to take. To be honest I think the hardest to take is that which seems unjustified. When you get a one-star review because your book is “filled with disgusting sex that Georgette Heyer would be appalled by,” you’re left wondering why they didn’t buy a Georgette Heyer novel. Or why they didn’t read the disclaimer that said the book had sex in it. Someone saying they knew me on Facebook and they had expected me to be wittier and that I was too reserved & hadn’t really been myself, was probably the worst though. That said, that was criticism I was able to take and learn from so while it hurt, it was worthwhile and I needed to hear it so that reviewer did me a favour.
Two compliments stick out in my mind as my favourites. One was when someone said of An American Cowboy in Scotland that they could tell I had actually been to Scotland. A big compliment indeed for a Scot born and raised in Scotland and who has always lived here. And secondly one of the early reviews of Discovered said that fans of Lynsay Sands’ Argeneau series would like Discovered. I LOVE Lynsay Sands’ Argeneau series.
Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?
Don’t be an aspiring writer. Be a writer. Stop messing around and just do it. Sitting in cafes on your iPad being all tortured and interesting won’t get you a book deal. Put your stuff on WattPad. Better still get it edited and get it on Amazon.
Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?
I promise I will get more books out soon.
In 5 words, please describe your ‘Romance Writing Style’
Umm, what style? Ha ha!
Do you pick up something from your ‘to be read’ stack?
No. I tend to listen to audio books but I’m skint so I may be returning to my bookcase which is filled with books and my kindle with has loads of unread books in it.
When you walk into a book store, where do you head first?
Last time I was in a book store it was to buy Christmas presents. I’m seldom in book stores because there are so few of them. I was actually looking for The List of the Lost by Morrissey – How embarrassing is that? It was for my sister. She’s a big Morrissey fan. It won the Literary Review’s Bad Sex Award. It was described in the Guardian as “unpolished turd of a book, the stale excrement of Morrissey’s imagination.” But my sister likes Morrissey so she got it as part of her present. Anyway, I normally head for the best seller’s bit of the book store which is just wrong. I should go and look for the people who are not selling.