AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: CINSEARAE S.
Cinsearae what is your most current work out?
I have a book that will be out by June 1st, “Diary of a Vampire Stripper”. I worked on it earlier this year—it came to me pretty fast for some reason, lol.
Tell us a little about Diary of a Vampire Stripper. What inspired you to write it?
Seriously, I woke up to a TON of chattering in my head. It was my MC talking about her experience as a stripper, then being turned into a vampire by an older gentleman who started coming to the club where she worked, and having to deal with the consequences of that. I don’t think there were any current influences in the story, but I was able to add an incident here and there from my life into it *grin*.
When you start writing, do you already have the story plotted out or do you let the characters dictate what will happen?
It’s a little of both, actually, lol. I pretty much have the gist of what’s going on already in my head, but the characters give me all the little juicy details *grin*.
What inspired you to write in your genre? Is this the genre you started writing in or have you morphed to this one?
I’ve been inspired by anything and everything creepy and crawly since I was a kid, lol. I loved Halloween, and usually did not want to be anything ‘pretty’; I preferred being scary, lol! I wasn’t you average gal! I was reading books like Freckle Juice, Bunnicula and How to Eat Fried Worms in elementary school (hey – the interviewer was reading those too, it was weird, uh oh) so you can imagine the looks I got. It only got worse when I migrated to anything by Christopher Pike, or R.L. Stine in junior high, and then I found Stephen King by the time I hit 8th grade! Boy did I get funny looks then, lol. L.J. Smith was another favorite author of mine, too.
Do you have a favorite character you have written?
It’s hard to have a favorite when I love all of them, lol. A writer’s characters are like their children, lol. But Jonathan from my ABRAXAS series always stands out in my mind. He’s the spazzy little brother I wished I had, lol.
Who was the toughest character for you to “get right” that you have written so far?
Hm. Usually, my characters already come to me “as is”, and I don’t have to worry about getting them ‘right’. Mel Brooks says it best: “Every human being has hundreds of separate people living under his skin. The talent of a writer is his ability to give them their separate names, identities, personalities, and have them relate to other characters living with him.”
Do you draw inspiration for your characters from real life? Any fun stories you could share?
For a few of my characters, I’ve drawn pieces of ‘personalities’ from real-life people, but I do love to incorporate real-life situations when I can! The fun part is that the reader would have no clue which situation was real and which one was made up, since sometimes the real-life situations seem too unbelievable. There’s a small incident in ABRAXAS:The Haywire Halloween that actually happened to myself… and involved a cherry tomato.
What do you find the hardest part of writing?
Promotions; that whole ‘tooting your own horn’ thing. I think that’s the bane of many authors.
Name one thing that your readers would be surprised to know about you.
I have a very bad habit of staring at a full moon for long periods of time…..
What do you need before you start writing? Anything that is just a must have or the creative juice don’t flow?
I need SOME peace and quiet. I can graduate to some atmospheric music later on while I’m typing, but I *have* to start out with total silence first.
How old were you when you read your first romance book?
I was reading more of the horror/weirder stuff, sorry! *grin*
What are you currently working on, and what else is in the wings?
Right now I’m working on the second part to “Diary of a Vampire Stripper”, which promises to have some plot twists!
If you could co-write with another author who would it be?
Stephen King—he was definitely my first inspiration when I was growing up.
Do you prefer the love at first sight approach or a steady growth throughout?
It’s a bit of both, more of a “cautionary” love at first sight. *grin*
What is your reaction to people who say one of the following…”Oh you write romance, I thought you were a real writer”, “Romance isn’t a real writing career” or the ever popular “Oh, one of those books”.
People who make statements like that are simply
1.) not writers themselves
2.) are extremely green-eyed at the fact you’re an author and/or are
3.) pretty much ignorant to the VAST field of writing.
And for the silly side – What is your favorite type of chocolate?
I’ll happily grab a Snickers anytime, or those lovely, round, gold wrapped Ferrero Rocher chocolates!