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An Interview with A.R. Vagnetti

Forgotten Storm, a steamy, paranormal romance novel by A.R. Vagnetti is out today! You can purchase it directly from us, as well as on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Target, IndieBound, and from your local independent bookstore and library by requesting a copy!

Want to learn more about this amazing book and its author? Check out an interview between A.R. and Kyanite Publishing co-founder Sam Hendricks that took place on Twitter this past week (below)!

Sam: Where did you get the inspiration for Forgotten Storm?

A.R.: I’ve always been an avid reader of anything romance, but paranormal romance was my passion. Vampires in particular. Over the years, I felt the vampire mythology shifted. Vampires could walk in the sun, eat food, they couldn’t teleport or use persuasion. They stopped feeding on humans and some even sparkled. I itched to write stories depicting the vampires I fell in love with; strong Alpha males with all the weaknesses and strengths inherent to a vampire.

Did you outline Forgotten Storm before writing it, or did you “fly by the seat of your pants” and come up with the plot as you went?

I’m a huge proponent of outlining. Now, that’s not to say I stick to it once I start writing, but I need that framework or starting point. Once creativity starts flowing, and the characters become living breathing beings to me, they control the direction they wish to go. That certainly happened with Forgotten Storm. Nicole and Logan shaped every element of the story.

Early readers are saying this is super steamy, but it also has an action-packed, fully developed dark fantasy plot that appeals to non-romance readers, too. How did you balance the two?

I wanted Forgotten Storm to be about more than just sex. I wanted suspense, intrigue, surprises, appealing side characters. &, of course, sex. What would a PNR be without hot steamy sex, but I didn’t want it to drive the story. I wanted Nicole’s world to be substantial, her conflict real. I hope I achieved that.

The romance in Forgotten Storm is laced with themes of power, control, and submission. Tell us a little more about that, and how it defines the relationship between the main characters.

Wow. That’s a tough question. For Nicole, she used physical pain to control her emotional pain. It helped her deal with the chaos in her mind, the trauma of her past. She is a fierce, courageous, strong willed woman. A fighter. In her day to day life, she demands complete control. Except for this one area. But Logan teaches her there’s a beautiful balance between pain and pleasure when it’s with someone you love and trust. I strived to show this power play as strong, NOT weak. Because Nicole is anything but weak or submissive. I needed those elements to be depicted in an environment of love, passion, and strength.

Forgotten Storm is the first in a series. Without giving much away, can you tell us what to expect from the next book? Is it already written? What about the rest of the series?

Book 2 is already written, just going through its final polishing stages, but the main focus shifts to another couple present in Forgotten Storm. In fact, many characters continue on through the series. But… some don’t. Book 3 I’m currently writing, and book 4 plays through my mind constantly, demanding to be written. Without revealing too much, I think of all the books in this series, book 4 will be my most challenging to write.


Read the full interview with audience questions here on Twitter!

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Q&A with Anthony D. Redden, Author of “Dead Boat” on Friday 10/26 at 12PM ET!

Hello readers!

As you might’ve noticed, “Dead Boat” by Anthony D. Redden comes out on Friday! We’ll be posting about it all day Friday, giving away free copies and merchandise, and holding a question and answer session with the author on Twitter.

 

Q&A

At 12:00 PM ET, we’ll begin asking Anthony a few questions on Twitter. You can follow along, ask your own questions, and otherwise engage with us about horror stories, fark fantasy, and all things Dead Boat! We’ll recap the Q&A on Facebook as well.

Speaking of interviews with Anthony, have you seen the one he did for us when he first signed his book deal? Check it out below!

 

An Interview with Anthony D. Redden

1) What are your favorite kinds of stories to read?

I like to read stories that engage and tantalize my senses. Especially dark science-fiction and horror that explore believable yet unpleasant truths. I love to be shocked by what lies behind the dirty cracks of futuristic utopias.  

2) Who are your favorite authors?  

I grew up on a diet of Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett and James Herbert. I devoured their every word and continue to be inspired by the worlds they created.  

3) Other than what you are already publishing, what else do you enjoy writing about?  

I write short stories. Horror, science-fiction, fantasy, even the odd bit of poetry and children’s stories. I also write movie reviews for an online entertainment magazine which is a great way to unwind. I’m currently working on a number of YA novellas and co-author of a hopefully soon to be released extreme horror novel.  

4) What books and/or authors would you count among your primary influences?  

Pretty much anything written by the late and great Douglas Adams or James Herbert. They had such unique voices and styles that I can’t help but be enamored by their talent. Mix them up with a bit of Terry Jones, Terry Pratchett, Clive Barker and Roald Dahl, and you have a cocktail of my literary influences.  

5) Do you have an overall message you wish to convey with your work?  

Even in the darkest depths of despair and oppression, a tiny spark of light can exist, and that possibility excites me. I thrive upon the what-ifs and maybes. If I can evoke an emotional response, get a reader to question their own understanding of things, create a lingering thought or uneasy feeling, or simply entertain, then my job has been done.  

6) What is it about speculative fiction that draws your interest?  

I love the endless possibility of speculative fiction. The freedom to explore and create unique and amazing worlds and characters. The blank canvas that begins with every new adventure, and the mystery for me as a writer, as to where I am going to end up.   

7) Do you have any interesting hobbies or pursue any other artistic endeavors?  

I work a full-time job, am currently studying toward an MA in creative writing, write movie reviews for a magazine, have a wife and three children, not forgetting two cats, and all of my other writing projects, I barely have time to sleep at night let alone pursue other hobbies or artistic endeavors. Would be nice, but no.    

8) Outside of books, what is your favorite format of storytelling?  

Writing is my medium of storytelling; however, I absolutely love movies. Whenever I write, I imagine the scenes playing out in my head as if I am watching a private movie. I also like to listen to music which I find can help to stir the create juices, however, it’s really got to be movies, everyone likes a good movie.