Monday, June 24, 2013

Interview with EC Adams, author of The Vampire Code and INT giveaway!

 I'm so excited to introduce this next novel as well as the amazing author who wrote it! This was definitely one of my favorite indie books this year (although to be honest, I've been getting a really great stash in 2013, best year yet!).

The Vampire CodeGoodreads Book Description: 'The Vampire Code' is an Urban Fantasy Romance Novel about a young lawyer from Manhattan who agrees to defend a vampire wrongly accused of murdering a human.

In so doing she becomes the target of human hate-groups, primary among them the New Ku Klux Klan and the much more dangerous Vampire Resistance - a secret society of vampires who refuse to mainstream and obey the Vampire Code.

In the mayhem that is now Aurora’s life the only constant is Sebastian, the stoic vampire assigned to protect her. Nothing ever seems to affect him. Violence and politics are his life and there's no space for anything else.

Yet when an ancient curse starts killing Aurora slowly he's willing to go to unimaginable lengths to save her. Could Aurora have changed him the way he changed her? And how far are they both willing to go together so they can have the happy ending they both deserve?

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Author Blurb:

A lawyer by profession, E.C. Adams started writing when she decided to take a break from her career and focus more on her expanding family.

Born in Malta, a tiny island bang in the middle of the Mediterranean sea, she now lives there, but over the years, she's lived in Italy (Rome), England (London) and Cyprus (Paphos).

She loves Greek and Italian food, and throwing lavish parties at home, where all guests are expected to bring a +1 or more.

"The Vampire Code" is her debut novel and the first book in a Series by the name “The Fiscard Vampires”. 

Book Two will be published in 2013.

Author Interview
I love hearing stories about how writers got started. Can you grace us with your story? 
I always loved to write, but I never really thought of it as a career. I studied Law, and started working as a trainee in a law firm before I’d even finished my studies. In those days, I practically lived at the office, and writing a book was the last thing on my mind. There was always a subpoena that needed writing first!

Then in 2010, due to a complicated pregnancy, I decided to take a break from work, and was overwhelmed with the amount of free time at my disposal. Once I was done cleaning the house, and after re-organizing my husband’s socks so they all faced the same way, I found myself jotting down notes for what would be my first novel: “The Vampire Code”.

Why vampires? 
I could say a lot of clever, intellectual things, but in truth, I’m a fan of vampire fiction, (and fantasy in general), so it was a natural fit for me. It just made sense.

I love your characters. Did you have a favorite? In particular, which one was the most fun to write? Which one was the most difficult?
The main character and narrator in “The Vampire Code” is Aurora, a 28 year old lawyer. We spent hours together, inside my head, so she was the easiest to write.

I had the most fun writing the vampire Alexander Reubens. I love Alex because he is a whole lot of smoke and mirrors. You never know where you stand with him. You’re told he’s a genius and that he’s dedicated his (long) life to science, but somewhere along the way, he made such a terrible mistake that he was stripped of the Fiscard family name and placed under house arrest indefinitely. I modeled him physically on Ian Somerhalder, so perhaps in part, this also contributed to my pleasure in writing this character. (The flesh is weak and all that….)

The most difficult to write was, without a doubt, Sebastian, Aurora’s love-interest in the book. He is a four hundred year old vampire with a no-nonsense attitude. He’s lived multiple lives, is stoic, reserved, quiet, yet handy with guns and highly combat-trained. He is handsome, in an unassuming manner, but also a little scary. The trick was to allow all these characteristics to seep out of him throughout the story – like crumbs on a path – and make him an attractive love-interest for a spicy twenty-eight year old lawyer.

Which authors have inspired you?
This is a difficult one. As a teenager, I used to read mostly thrillers, because I was always borrowing books from my father’s extensive library. And I genuinely believe, now that “The Vampire Code” is complete, that the books I read in my “formative years”, for want of a better expression, have inspired my writing. I’m talking: Wilbur Smith, John Grisham, James Clavell and Tom Clancy.

Then as I grew up, moved out of my parents’ house and started building my own collection, I started gravitating more towards fantasy and urban fantasy. I have the greatest respect for Kim Harrison, J.R. Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Jeanine Frost and the earlier Charlaine Harris books.

What was your favorite read in the past year and why?
“The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins, because once a year, I buy a book and I stay up all night reading it, even though the alarm is set for 6am. And “The Hunger Games” was that book for me in 2012. It was special. It was perfect. It was the book of 2012.

What do you do when you aren't writing?
I work as a lawyer and I have three small children. Before I started writing, I used to read a lot. I would read every evening after work, and at weekends, so I’d go through one or two books a week.

Now, because I have the children and have added writing into the equation, I don’t have much time for anything else. The children come first, then my legal work, then writing. I don’t have time for much else – at least not for the time being.

What was the most fun and most difficult thing about writing this book? 
The most fun was talking to Aurora inside my head. The most difficult was the publishing process, of which I was mostly ignorant. I honestly thought it would be easier than it actually was.

Can you tell us a little bit about what is in store for Aurora without giving too much away? 
At the end of Book 1, Aurora is seen to have grown into an adult in her own right. In Book 2, her maturity will be put to the test. That is all I can say at this stage – both because I don’t want to reveal too much, and because I’m not 100% sure.

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  1. My favorite vampire book is Twilight

  2. Thank you for such an amazing giveaway! The Vampire Code sounds really fresh and new, and i am very excited about it.
    As to my favorite Vampire book of all-time, there is nothting that can compare to this classic. It is Stephanie Meyer's "Twilight".

  3. My favorite vampire book is probably Vampire Academy for YA and... Chicagoland Vampires for Adult? The Night Huntress series is awesome too...

  4. Vampire Academy for sure, it's what got me started on vampire genres

  5. Vampire Academy is the best vampire series. The vampire code sounds good and can't wait to read it. (:

  6. I've loved all the Vampire Academies and the Twilights too... but my favs have to be the Dark Ones series by Katie MacAlister. They are each great stories and they make me laugh too! Thanks for the contest!

  7. My favorite vampire book will always be Dracula.

  8. Twilight or any of the books written by Anne Rice. :)

  9. The vampire academy books are my favorite.

  10. Twilight or the Vampire Academy books :)

  11. Okay...probably don't have a favourite vampire book...but I love the Blood of Eden series by Julie Kagawa...

  12. Dracula is my all time favorite

  13. I love vampire academy:)

  14. My favourite vampire book without a doubt would have to be the Vampire Academy series <3

  15. The Vampire Academy series. I just love Rose and Dimitri.

  16. Vampire Academy has always been my favorite vampire series

  17. Hmm, favorite vampire book.... I don't think I have one :P but this looks like a really interesting one :)