Monday, April 01, 2013

Interview with Charity Santiago

1) What inspired you to become an author?

I’ve just always been a writer, and when I found out about Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing program, it seemed like a great opportunity to share my work. 

2) Do you have a specific writing style?

My original writing style was quirkier and more staccato, similar to Terry Pratchett’s. That style didn’t seem very welcome in the YA genre, so I started modeling my writing style more after successful independently-published YA authors, like Amanda Hocking. I’m not bitter about that change because I think authors should always be looking to reach beyond their comfort zone, but I think I’m still looking for that distinctive voice that will mark my writing as mine specifically.

3) Do you write in different genres?

I do. I write YA, fantasy, horror, and romance.

4) If yes which is your favorite genre to write?

My favorite genre will always be YA, and I dearly love writing fantasy, but the majority of my success seems to come from romance novels. Because of the popularity of my Christmas romance, “A Carol for Ben,” I decided to try my hand at paranormal romance. I wrote a book called “Blood Lust,” which will be coming out for Amazon Kindle on April 12, 2013.

5) What book are you reading now?

I’m in-between books right now. I just finished “River’s Recruit” by Charlotte Abel, and fell head-over-heels in love with it. Charlotte is fast becoming one of my favorite authors.

6) What books are in your to read pile?

I just bought “Going Postal” by Terry Pratchett, the only Discworld book I haven’t read yet, so I’m looking forward to diving into that. I’m also planning on working my way through the Riverbend series by Andrea Goodson.

7) What is your current “work in progress” or upcoming projects?

My paranormal romance, “Blood Lust,” is currently going through the last stages of editing. I’m very excited for this book. It’s about a 17-year-old girl named Eve who moves to South Dakota to live with her grandmother, and quickly gets dragged into a battle between the resident werewolf pack and an invading vampire coven. I was hesitant to delve into this particular genre, but when I finally started fleshing out the story, I enjoyed it so much that I decided to take the risk.

8) Can you share a little of your current work with us?

Certainly. Here is an excerpt from the first chapter of “Blood Lust”:

It suddenly lunged at me, without any warning whatsoever.

I had no time to think- I just grabbed the rake in both hands and thrust it out in front of me, the handle colliding with the wolf’s muzzle mid-leap. I fell backwards onto the hood of my car, my cell phone spurting from beneath my fingers as I fought to keep hold of the rake. The wolf was half on top of me, scrabbling at my legs as he snapped his jaws repeatedly. I shoved the rake handle into the wolf’s mouth like a horse’s bit, and pushed as hard as I could. The wolf gagged as its jaws were forced open.

Summoning my strength, I forced the creature off me, sending it sprawling in the grass, and ran for the driver’s side door. I managed to yank it open, but as I was climbing inside, the wolf’s teeth closed on my leg through the denim of my jeans. I screamed and kicked at the animal, but he only gripped me tighter and pulled, dragging me from the car. Still kicking, I grabbed onto the steering wheel and held on for dear life. With one fist I pounded on the steering wheel, sounding the horn in short, sharp bursts, praying that somebody would hear. I could feel the wolf’s fangs sinking deeper into my leg, and I started screaming, still clutching the steering wheel like a lifeline. 

When the wolf finally let go of my leg, my entire lower half hit the ground with a spine-jarring impact. I lost my grip on the steering wheel and fell to the ground beside the car. Far from defeated, I grabbed the rake again and swung it awkwardly, missing the wolf and hitting the car door. 

The wolf leaped at me again, and for the second time, I wedged the rake inside its jaws, narrowly preventing the creature from biting me.

In one abrupt, breathless moment, a black blur slashed across my vision, and suddenly the weight of the wolf was off me and the rake was clattering to the ground by my feet. 

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Lady of Toryn trilogy
Book 1
Charity Santiago

Genre: YA fantasy


Number of pages: 263
Word Count:  74,459

Book Description:

For the last three years, eighteen-year-old Ashlyn Li has been running from her destiny. A free-spirited ninja, Ashlyn would rather loot an abandoned city or challenge a fiend to battle than assume leadership of Toryn, her father's kingdom. However, when a series of attacks reunites Ashlyn with the friends who helped her save the sun three years ago, she discovers that her kingdom is at war and her father has presumed her dead.

Suddenly Ashlyn is faced with not only fulfilling her birthright, but also making sense of her feelings towards two very different men- Drake Lockhart, the enigmatic vampire who captured her heart three years ago, and Vargo, the charismatic assassin who was once Ashlyn's sworn enemy.

Will Ashlyn ascend the pagoda and become Lady of Toryn?

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About the Author:

In February 2011, Charity Santiago's 7-month-old son was admitted to the hospital with severe respiratory issues. While Charity stayed at his bedside, she kept them both entertained by downloading several books on her new Kindle and reading them out loud. It was during this time that Charity learned about Kindle's self-publishing program, and realized that she had an opportunity to share her writings with the world.

Charity is a native of southeastern Arizona, and a writer since childhood. She wrote her first manuscript, Guinea Pig Code, at age nine. When she’s not writing books, Charity spends her time reading on her Kindle, wrangling children, watching Sylvester Stallone movies and pursuing a degree in Education.





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