Thursday, June 23, 2011

Author Interview: Katie Salidas

Bookingly Yours would like to welcome Katie Salidas, author of the Immortalis Series - Carpe Noctem and Hunters and Prey (read my reviews here). 

Hello Katie, can you please tell us something about yourself, your background, (where you were born, live? Your work prior to becoming a writer)

Hmm, let’s see, background on me. I was never very good at just talking about myself. I’m a complete introvert, which I guess helps with writing. I’m much more comfortable with my notebook and pen, writing down stories than I am in public speaking about things. So, really, my life is not hugely exciting. I grew up in a small town in Texas and at the age of 14 moved to Sin City, Las Vegas, Nevada.  Being an introvert, I spent a lot of time people watching , which I think also helps when it comes to creating characters. You learn a lot by observation.

When did you know that you wanted to be a writer?

I spent a lot of my teenage years reading books and writing down my own silly stories. I never expected them to become a career. It was always just a fun hobby. As I got older, I really wanted to share them with others. That’s when I started seriously considering publishing.

I love your Immortalis series!! Is this your first book series? If not, what were your previous writings?

The first thing I ever wrote, was a YA vampire romance tailored after the Vampire Diaries. However, during my move from Texas to Nevada, I lost the manuscript and it never got the chance to see the light of day. I was so upset over losing it, I refused to rewrite it. The Immortalis series is a much more grown up version of that type of story. It’s not the same, but it has some of those elements of love and growing up that I felt were important to show. The main character, Alyssa, starts off very naive in many respects and as the series progresses, you see her strength and character form.

How did you come up with the idea for the book?

I’ve always been a fan of vampires and have read as many books about them as I could. When it came time for me to write my own, I wanted to try and take a slightly different approach. Most books gloss over the actual transition from human to vampire, but I wanted to really focus on that change. I wanted to try and depict the actual hardship involved in the transition.

How could a regular person, who for all intents and purposes is “good, be able to kill another human being for sustenance? Would hunger alone do it? Many might just starve themselves at the idea. From there I had to ask what might motivate a person to finally make that kill? What would the bloodlust be like and how would that kill ultimately affect my main character?

For every question that came up, I found an answer and the scenes began to play out. Over time, Immortalis took shape and with it, the reader gets to experience Alyssa’s journey through the transition to this frightening new world, first hand.

If you’ve read the books, then you know how she ultimately deals with it, but here’s the question: Could you? If you were in the MC shoes in this world, would you be able to deal with the need to drink blood? Would you be able to kill to survive? 

Yay, no! Ewww. How about the characters? Are they based on people you know?

There are a few characters in the Immortalis series that are based off of people I know, and those people know who they are. =)  Nicholas, Rozaline, Alyssa, Crystal, & Drew. Though they are based on real people, their mannerisms are embellished a bit.

Who are your favorite authors and why?

I’m a paranormal addict. I love reading anything with a vampire or a werewolf, and even a witch too! It would be unfair of me to pick one over the other because each story, each series becomes my favorite for the time that I am reading it. I just finished the Charlaine Harris series and loved those, but when I was reading Patricia Briggs, I couldn’t get enough. I love them all and even more, I love discovering new and indie authors too!

What are you reading right now?

I’m actually in-between books right now. Have any good suggestions?

Oh yes! Vampire Academy and Succubus series by Richelle Mead, loved those series! For the last question, what do you do when you are not writing and reading?

That’s an easy question. Family . I do so much work on my books that when I am not nose-deep in my laptop or Kindle, it’s all about my family. We’re actually planning for a fun summer this year! I can’t wait to get started.

Thank you so much Katie for joining us here today! Can't wait to read Pandora's Box!  

About the author KATIE SALIDAS

Katie Salidas is a Super Woman! Endowed with special powers and abilities, beyond those of mortal women, She can get the munchkin off to gymnastics, cheerleading, Girl Scouts, and swim lessons.  She can put hot food on the table for dinner while assisting with homework, baths, and bedtime… And, She still finds the time to keep the hubby happy (nudge nudge wink wink). She can do all of this and still have time to write.

And if you can believe all of those lies, there is some beautiful swamp land in Florida for sale…

Katie Salidas resides in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mother, wife, and author, she does try to do it all, often causing sleep deprivation and many nights passed out at the computer. Writing books is her passion, and she hopes that her passion will bring you hours of entertainment.





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