Paranormal romance fans, I’d like to introduce you to debut author, Sandra Bischoff 🙂
Sandra, tell us about your debut novel, BEYOND THE SUN, in 120 characters or less.
BEYOND THE SUN is a Paranormal Romance loosely based on Camelot full of murder, mayhem and of course romance.
I understand BTS evolved from a short story you posted on a social networking site. How did you make the leap from there to published novelist?
It did not happen overnight. This book took me over a year to write the first time. I think I revised it over a dozen times until it was finally picked up by Bayou Brew Publishing. The whole process lasted about seven years.
Kudos to you on sticking with it Sandra 🙂
Did you struggle to write a particular scene? Why?
I can’t remember any one scene being a struggle. Scenes that involved fighting or hand to hand combat usually take me longer to write only because I have to actually go through the motions to see or feel how it would play out.
Here’s an example:
The creak of leather allowed him to pinpoint the location of his intruder. Jared slowly wrapped his fingers around the wooden staff resting on the floor before him and waited.
Come to Papa, asshole.
The air in the room stirred. Jared smirked as a leather duster slid into view on the floor in front of him. His attacker was trying to throw him off. Did they honestly think he would fall for such a lame trick…again? He took nothing for what it seemed when dealing with vampires. No, Jared relied on his honed senses to keep his head on his shoulders when faced with a fight.
A breeze brushed over his arms. He brought his weapon up on his left side, blocking his attacker’s strike. The wooden staffs cracked together. Jared swung around, keeping their weapons locked together until he fell into a ready stance.
The vampire backed up a step and twirled the staff at his side. He circled around slowly, just out of striking distance. Jared kept a wary eye trained on the male; the pointed end of his staff aimed at his assailant’s chest.
Before he could blink, the vamp advanced and drove him back. Jared met each advancing blow with a block. He sensed the wall at his back and launched to the side, rolling away before he was cornered. He made a full sweep of the floor with his staff, catching his opponent’s foot and knocking him onto the ground. Taking advantage of the momentary lapse, Jared grabbed the other man’s weapon, breaking his hold and pinning him to the floor.
“Yield.” Jared towered over the vampire and leaned into the staff on his attacker’s neck.
His assailant let out a raspy laugh. He grabbed Jared’s leg and pulled it out from under him. He landed on his ass. The staff clattered to the ground. The vamp spun away from him, but not before giving Jared a knock on the back of the head with his staff. Snarling, Jared retrieved his weapon and prepared for the next attack.
If you were offered a TV or movie deal, which would you choose? Who would play your characters?
I would definitely go with a movie deal. Since I’ve only done one book so far, I don’t see a TV series coming from this particular book on its own.
Casting for me is a piece of cake, Mike Vogel is my Jared, always has been, Alexandra would be Jaime Murray, Zephyr is Oliver Martinez, Abs definitely is Agnes Brukner, Semiramis is Juliana Margulies, and last but not least, Lance Du Lace would be cast as Jensen Ackles.
I’m liking those choices 🙂
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Pantser or plotter?
Chocolate or fruits?
If you could meet anyone from history, living or dead, who would it be and why?
Author John Jakes. I have so many questions that revolve around his North and South book series. I’d love to know the reasoning behind why he ended it the way he did. It’s my favorite historical series ever.
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Synopsis: Fifteen years ago Jared Bonatelli had it all. The youngest son of one of the founding families in the Conservatorship of The Dark Order he lived a life you only thought existed in novels and nightmares. He had just graduated from Oxford University and became engaged to his childhood sweetheart when he lost it all in one violent act.
The very next day he found himself shipped off to New Orleans with only the money in his pocket and whatever he could fit in one suitcase. Since that night he has suffered reliving his fiancé’s murder repeatedly in his dreams. It isn’t until he finds himself summoned back to New York for an emergency meeting of the Conservatorship that the comfortable world he lives in begins to crumble around him.
Alexandra Toscano has been searching for the one assignment that could catapult her journalistic career. When her editor Gene O’Hanlon drops a manila folder in her lap, Alex is immediately skeptical. At first glance the information he hands her seems like a publicity piece that is till she comes across an article he wrote some fifteen years ago about Vampires murdering a young woman in Central Park.
She is ready to laugh it off as a work of fiction until he points out he was an eye witness to the whole thing. But that wasn’t all. The girl’s boyfriend was a member of a prominent Italian family who vanished the very next day.
Now as Alex begins to dig deeper into Jared’s life she begins to question her own past. Could the answer she seeks be found in the glowing eyes of the one person she is sworn to expose? Or will they both find themselves torn apart by a world Beyond the Sun?
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