Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Interview with ML Guida

I would like to thank Roxanne for allowing me to big here.  I would love to hear back from any of you and would be willing to answer any other questions you have! 

What books/authors have influenced your life?

There are three authors who have influenced my life.  Stephen King, Sherrilyn Kenyon and J.K. Rowling have influenced my life.  Each of them experienced both successes and rejections, but what they all had in common is tenacity.  I don’t know why but each of these authors received 30 rejections letters before they won their big contract.  When I receive a rejection letter, I think of them and reach deep inside and strive to improve my craft and take the next risk. 

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

I would have to pick some of the authors who belong to the Colorado Romance Writers.  Once again, there are three:  Lizzie T. Leaf, Melissa Mayhue and Elaine Levine.  They have given me advice, helped me with my craft and become someone I try to inspire.

Another writer who does belong to CRW but has left her mark on me is Lori Wilde.  Lori Wilde is a contemporary writer and an amazing teacher.  I have taken several classes with her through Savvy Authors and she is my guru. 

What book are you reading now?

If you can believe it – Fifty Shades of Gray.  I never wanted to read it, but my book club picked it and its better than I thought.  The heroine intrigues me and I have to keep reading me.  Also, there is some vulnerability in the hero and I have to know how he became this way. 

What books are in your to read pile?

I have several books in my reading pile:  Little Red Riding Wolf by Jessica Aspen and The Rogue Pirate’s Bride by Shana Galen.  They are both good, but I got sucked into Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James.  I probably won’t read the other two, but I will finish the first one.

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

I am currently writing a historical paranormal book called A Pirate’s Curse.  I’m taking a Lori Wilde’s editing class and working on this project.  I hope to be pitching this book in the next several months. 

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

A Pirate’s Curse takes place in the Caribbean during the year 1671.  A British Captain leaves three men infected with small pox on an uncharted island and wipes out the majority of the Natives, including a shaman’s daughter.  The Shaman prays to his Underworld God and asks for revenge.  A demon arrives and cast a spell on the lake.  Any who drink from it, change into a vampire during the full moon.  Kane O’Brien drinks from the lake and he vows to break the curse, but in order to do so, he must hand over the British Captain’s daughter, knowing she’ll die.  Will he do it? 

On the pirate book, I had to do research on pirates, the ships and the language.  Writing a historical is never ending and writers have to get their facts straight.  I want my book to sound authentic. 

Who designed the cover of your latest book?

Lex Valentine designed my book cover as well as my book trailer.  She is fabulous and I plan on using her in the future.  

Angels of Death Series Book One
By M.L. Guida

Genre:  Contemporary Paranormal Romance

Publisher:  Passion in Print
Date of Publication:   August 18, 2012

Print:  978-60820-693-3
E-book:  978-1-60820-694-0

Number of pages:  279
Word Count:   79745

Blurb/Book Description: 

Scythe tracks his demon brother to Serenity House, a drug and alcohol treatment center.  His brother wants to destroy the director, Heather Bowen, but Scythe is shocked to discover she is his angel-mate and now, he must not only save his brother’s soul, but stop him from killing the woman he loves.

 Author Bio:
M.L. Guida, currently, writes contemporary paranormal romance and will be having a short story, Sinful Delight, releasing in October which continues the Angels of Death series.  She is pursuing her Master of Art in Creative Writing through Regis University.  Her favorite past times are taking her cocker spaniel, Sadie, for long walks, going skiing and scuba diving.