Please welcome Rebekah R. Ganiere to Parajunkee’s View.
Book Name: Dead Awakenings
Release Date: 01/03/2014
Genre: Urban Fantasy Paranormal Romance, Adult
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
My love for stories began as a child with Shel Silverstein poetry and Stephen King horror. I began writing my own poetry and short stories in junior high and high school and then went on to study theater in college. Ultimately I went back to writing so I could stay at home with my kids. I’m a member of Romance Writers of America. The VP of Communications for the Fantasy, Futuristic, & Paranormal Chapter, and a member of my local Los Angeles, Orange County, and Young Adult chapters. When I’m not spending time telling the stories of the characters constantly chattering inside my head, you can find me hanging out with my husband, four children and menagerie of pets.
In your own words, tell us a little bit about your book?
My book Dead Awakenings is an NA Urban Fantasy about Evaine Michaels who just wants to pay some bills and enters a drug trial to make some money, but ends up a Deader instead. A reanimated undead. The book is about Evaine and her struggle to become who she was meant to be while figuring out who she is meant to be with.
Can you tell us about the characters in your book? Who is your favorite?
Evaine Michaels is a talented theater student who has struggled to overcome her crappy past to become some one she can be proud of. Unfortunately, that is interrupted by the fact that she becomes a Deader. Now she has to deal with hungers, rages and passions she can’t control all the while having to live with a group of people she’s never met before.
Luca is a man with a past. Fueled by rage over becoming a Deader he dedicated his new existence to finding those who are experimenting on humans and killing them all. But when he finds Evaine, the connection they share is not only annoying, but also is waking up the emotions he’d left behind when becoming a Deader.
Tristan is distraught that his high school sweetheart and Fiance Evaine has gone missing. Using all of his resources he’ll do anything to get her back. But when he finally finds her, she’s not the sweet, shy girl she used to be. And her heart no longer beats just for him.
My favorite is Luca. I am a sucker for a tortured hero, which Luca is. Luca hates being a Deader, and hates those that are still hurting others. But most of all, he wants to find love. And he does. It smacks him right in the face!
What makes your book different from other books out there in the same genre?
Deaders are a new form of undead. They aren’t vampires they are zombies. But they aren’t the mindless zombies that everyone thinks of. They actually are smarter, faster, and some even have extra mental abilities.
What led to you going “indie”?
I don’t know. I’m a debut author and I liked the idea of starting small. I was wrong of course. Dead Awakenings hit Amazon’s Top 100 List in it’s genre the very first day, which shocked me. But I like being able to keep more of a low profile, since I am a stay at home mom who homeschools her kids. I am published with a small indie press. My next series will all be published under my own imprint though.
Is Writing your full time profession?
Yes and no. I’m a mom first and foremost. After that, yes, it is.
Do you have any quirks or processes that you go through when you write?
When I write I get a small idea. Then a character runs in screaming, “ME! That’s my story!” And so I try to find a second character for my story and once I have a good paring, I let them tell me what to do. I write 20 bullet points for the story and that’s all. And those are mostly just a guideline. I let the characters decide where to go and what to do.
Who are some of your favorite authors?
Stephen King, Dean Koontz, John Saul are all great. For romance I love Lara Adrian, J.R. Ward, Jennifer Ashley. I am also very partial to Tolkein, Lewis, Shakespeare, Jules Verne, Lewis Carrol, Frank Baum and so many more. Rick Riordan, J.K. Rowlings, and most of all Stan Lee.
What are you reading now?
I’m about to start the Divergent series.
What advice can you give to struggling writers?
Keep going. If this is your passion and you can’t see not doing it, then you’re in the right place. If you’re in it to make a million dollars, you’re on a hard road. Writing is one of the most fun and creative things you can do. It is also one of the most rewarding. If that is you and you can’t live without it. Write. Write from the heart. Write for the fun. Write for yourself.
About the book:
Evaine, a struggling New York theater student, enters an unsanctioned drug trial in an effort to pay bills. She awakens in a derelict hospital, chained to a bed with no memory of who she is, or how she got there. A band of pale skinned men, led by the gorgeous Luca, burst in, whisking her away to safety.
Once at Haven House, Evaine is introduced to The Family. Like them, she has become A Deader, a reanimated Undead.
Luca is hell-bent on stopping the experimentations, and killing those responsible. He has no time for a Newborn who is struggling to control her rages, hunger, and powers. Nor does he have the desire to deal with the feelings she’s awakening within him.
Despite their best efforts, Evaine and Luca find their connection intensifying when suddenly, she remembers not only who she is, but also her fiancé, Tristan; who is still looking for her.
Torn between her first love and her new heart’s desire, Evaine runs back to Tristan putting everyone in danger. When a rogue faction of Deaders, called Feeders, attempts to kidnap her, Luca suspects Evaine is the key to the experiments.
Can everyone band together to keep Evaine off the cutting table of those she escaped from? Or will second death tear her away from everyone, for good?Find out more about Rebekah R. Ganiere and Dead Awakenings here:
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Rebekah’s love for stories began as a child with Shel Silverstein poetry and Stephen King horror. She began writing her own poetry and short stories in junior high and high school and then went on to study theater in college. Ultimately went back to writing so she could stay at home with her kids. Rebekah is a member of Romance Writers of America. The VP of Communications for the Fantasy, Futuristic, & Paranormal Chapter, and a member of her local Los Angeles, Orange County, and Young Adult chapters. When she isn’t spending time telling the stories of the characters constantly chattering inside her head, or sipping Teavana, you can find her hanging out with her husband, four children and menagerie of pets. A dog, a rabbit, 2 bearded dragons, 1 Russian Tortoise and 2 Leopard Tortoises. The escaped snake has yet to be located.
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