Monday, December 17, 2012

Interview with Alison Beigtol

What inspired you to become an author?

When I was very young, I started reading Victoria Holt and Barbara Cartland (I know) romances from the library. I thought it was so amazing to be able to create worlds like that for other people who would never have a chance to see them.

Do you have a specific writing style?

My style is a pretty laid back style. I’m not an outliner and for the most part I wait and see what comes to me. I mean, I have a pretty loose idea of the plot but I wait for my characters to talk to me, as it were. I’ve tried to write from an outline but it just doesn’t work for me. It makes me think of school.

How did you come up with the title for your latest book?

I didn’t. It had another title and the publisher changed it. But that was fine because I never clicked with the original title.

Do you title the book first or wait until after it’s complete?

I came up with the titles to the first two books after I finished them. I came up with the title for my work in progress before I started. Actually the title gave me my storyline, which was a nice change because titles are murder for me!

 Is the book, characters, or any scenes based on a true life experience, someone you know, or events in your own life?

Oh boy. Yes and no. That isn’t much of an answer I know. The truth is I take traits of real people and put them into characters. I vent some of my issues through my characters. It’s a fun form of therapy.

What book are you reading now?

Right now I’m reading I Kissed a Dog by Carol Van Atta.

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

My work in progress is called (tentatively) Death Hunter and it’s the third in my Primigenio Tales series

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

Sure! This is a scene where Eamon, who is a vampire, reveals to the woman he’s chosen to be his future companion what he really is.

 “You’re earlier than usual tonight,” a voice said from behind her.
The voice sent an icy blast down her spine. She remained motionless. At first, she didn’t turn around because no one was reflected in the mirror. The room was empty.
However, after a few seconds, her awareness of them increased. She could feel them as if they were leaning against her. Her eyes darted around the room’s reflection before she turned.
Eamon was standing an arm’s length from her.
“I’m surprised that you’re home so early.”
She gulped down her scream before she turned back to
the mirror and then back to him. Lauryl touched his arm to confirm that he was not a hallucination. She pinched the sleeve of his suit jacket and rolled the wool fabric between her fingers. Without a doubt, he was standing there. There was no way she could imagine that smug look on his face. How could he not have a reflection? She stepped to the side, hoping she was blocking it.
“I don’t have a reflection, Lauryl. I haven’t had one for quite some time now.”
The overwhelming dryness in her throat kept her silent for a moment. “What are you doing here?” she finally man- aged to say.
“Why don’t you sit down?” he suggested and pointed over to her bed. She remained frozen, though, staring at the mirror. “Forget the mirror.”
“Whhh...what are you?” she stammered.
Eamon put his hands in his pockets and smiled. “I’m a vampire.”
A what? Was that supposed to be some sort of joke? Nervous laughter bubbled out of her. He walked up next to her and placed his hand on the mirror. The only reflection in the mirror was hers.
“O-okay,” she said. “Anytime now I’m either going towake up or whatever and things are going to be normal. I mean...there’s no way this—”
Eamon cut her off by lifting her hand and placing it on his chest. “I’m real, Lauryl. This is real. It’s not a dream or a hallucination.”
Lauryl’s knees buckled under her and Eamon caught her by the arm. “There are not vampires in real life.”
Eamon raised his eyebrows. “Oh? What more can I do to show you?”
The grip on her arm tightened with his impatience. She tried to pry his fingers from her without success. “You’re hurting me,” she snapped.
He unwound his fingers from her arm. “Tell me how I can prove it to you. “
“I don’t know! I’m so scared that I can’t think!” Tears dropped down her cheeks as she rubbed the red finger marks on her arm.
He offered her his handkerchief but she refused it. Instead she wiped her tears with the back of her hand like a child. “Maybe my theatrical entrance was the wrong approach. I haven’t done that in a long time and I had no idea it would frighten you so.” Eamon stepped closer to her and she took a step away. A chuckle came from him. “Lauryl, I’ve wanted you for quite some time now.”
Lauryl’s eyes widened. “For what?”
“For me.” He smiled and the tips of his sharp incisors were revealed.
“Oh my God,” she breathed. Her hands clamped over her neck.
Eamon chuckled at her reaction. “That won’t help. I’ve
taken your blood before. Tonight, I’ll complete the transformation.”
“Are you freaking kidding?”
“Do you want to grow old? You stood in front of this mirror, dreading the possibility of it.” He turned her back toward the mirror. “See how beautiful you are? You’ll stay like this forever.”
Lauryl stared at the mirror. Her face was splotchy from crying and her hair hung down over one of her eyes. Why did he think this was beautiful? Her chest rose and fell like a piston with each shallow breath she took and her heart pounded. When Eamon laced his arms around her waist, her breathing slowed and her heart slowed to a thump of curiosity, instead of fear. Now accustomed to his absent reflection, the sensation of his presence, both physical and emotional, soothed her. She rested her hands on his and leaned into him. As her back melted into his chest, she closed her eyes and concentrated on the queer sense of safe- ty she now enjoyed.
He lowered his mouth to her ear. “Beautiful,” he whispered.
She tilted her head back and his lips brushed against her neck. Her eyes popped open. “No!”
“Why are you fighting me?” His mouth hovered just above her neck. Tiny beads of perspiration appeared on her neck.
“Why do you want me? You hardly even know me.” She pulled away from him.
Eamon stared down at her. His eyes followed the graceful line from the small of her back, to her shoulders and finally to her neck. “Lauryl.” He waited a few seconds before he reached for her again. He placed his hands on her shoulders and with the slightest pressure, they relaxed. “Let me make your life better.”
The warm, almost palpable sound of his voice caused her to crane her neck to him. It erased any fears or doubts or resistance.
“Life doesn’t have to be hard. No more living day-to-day, worrying about who’s going to bring your past up. No more dealing with people you can’t stand for their phoniness or superior attitude. You’ll be above all that.”
She turned around to him. What he said sounded perfect but she knew that it came at a cost. She also knew that she couldn’t say no. She didn’t want to say no. Everything he said was what she wanted and that attraction to him was back. Defeat poured over her as she looked up at him. Her hand balled up into a fist and she gave his chest a feeble smack. That was the only resistance she could show to what he offered. Eamon didn’t move. He just waited.
“I don’t want to say yes but I can’t say no,” she managed to say.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Lately the most challenging thing is getting inspiration. It’s been very frustrating for me. When I wrote the sequel to Blood Betrayal, the words just ran wild. I mean my characters never shut up. I ended up having to cut stuff. This time it’s like digging for treasure. I work really hard but sometimes come up empty.

Do you have to travel much to do research for your books?

Hmm, I travelled over the summer to the Czech Republic for reasons connected to my books. The second and third of my books feature a fictionalized real life very evil person and I went to Prague to kind of make peace with the guilt I felt over writing this person. I felt a lot better after that trip.

Who designed the cover of your latest book?

Laurie Mc Adams designed my book cover. She was amazing!

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Blood Betrayal
Book 1 in The Primigenio Tales
Alison Beightol

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Dark fantasy

Publisher: Charles River Press/ Cambridge Press US

EBook ISBN 13: 978-1-936185-83-2
Paperback ISBN 13: 978-1-936185-82-5

Number of pages: 384
Word Count: 98,000

Cover Artist: Laurie Mc Adams

Book Description:

Being the world’s oldest vampire, Eamon Rutherford has enjoyed women throughout the ages as beautiful meals and one night stands. That is until Eamon decides to find a mate and settle down. His less-than-perfect choice is temperamental ballerina Lauryl Mellis. When Lauryl escapes from him in London, Eamon discovers that true commitment requires him to love another more than himself. As he struggles with his inner awakening and Lauryl’s rejection, Lauryl is busy planning her own special event, which might include the death of Eamon Rutherford.

About the Author: 
Alison Beightol works as a registered nurse but also studied history and theatre at the University of Florida. For as long as she can remember, she has had an affinity for vampire stories, romance, and gothic tales that keep her up at night.  Blood Betrayal: Book One of the Primigenio Tales is her first novel. Alison lives in a haunted house in rural north Florida where she is putting the final touches on book two of the Primigenio Tales: Blood of New Beginnings.

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Scott M. Baker said...

Blood Betrayal is an excellent book. And having beta read the next book in the series, I can honestly say Alison's Primigenio Tales is going to entice her readers.

Unknown said...

Oh I just love the excerpt. I wanna be a vampire! LOL I am so glad to have found this series and author!

Thanks so much for the giveaway!

Happy Holidays to you and your family,

Alison said...

Thanks for the interview Roxanne! and to Scott and Marlena for commenting. Don't forget to follow the tour. The Big Bag o'Swag is AWESOME!

Michelles Paranormal Vault Of Books said...

Great giveaway

Unknown said...

Sounds like a great book... Love vampires.

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