Today we have Marcia Colette joining us for an interview, and of course later today we will also be reviewing the second book in her Dark Encounters series, Deadlier by the Dozen. I hope you enjoy the interview and stay tuned for the review later on today!
UFR: If you were picking a theme song for this book what would it be and why?
MC: I’d pick Why? by Annie Lennox. Mackenzie spends most of her time trying to figure out why anyone would want to put a curse on her family.
UFR: If Mackenzie were in a book club what book would she be reading and why?
MC: She would be reading Doppelgangster by Laura Resnick. Mackenzie has the doppelganger thing down, but it’s the kick-ass part that she’s missing when it comes to dealing with psychotic her “other selves”.
UFR: Are there any characters in the book (and if so who and how so) that share personality traits with you?
MC: Mackenzie. We both don’t think we’re tough until put in a situation where we have to be. My situations aren’t as life threatening as hers, but they can be precarious.
UFR: What was the hardest scene for you to write and why?
MC: When Mackenzie found out from her brother that her younger sister was shot and how much he hated her for terrorizing his family. I’ve lived through that kind of violence and I don’t wish it on anyone.
UFR: Doppelgängers are an interesting topic in sci-fi and fantasy, and your book has way more than 1, why did you chose to have so many doppelgängers?
MC: One doppelganger wasn’t fun enough. You hear about doppelgangers all of the time, but you never hear about more than one being seen at a time. My brain went on overdrive when it came up with all of the possible–crazy–trouble it could cause. That’s when I knew I was on to something.
UFR: Since your book involved doppelgängers I have to ask, a lot of people believe everyone has one out there someone in the world, do you believe that as well? And if you do, do you believe you have met yours?
MC: I do believe that everyone has a doppelganger out there, but have I ever met mine? No. Although, there have been two instances in my family where they couldn’t sworn they’ve seen mine. 😉
UFR: What are some of your favorite authors to read? Do you stick with the paranormal/urban fantasy genre or do you read a wider mix of books?
MC: Until recently, I was all urban fantasy and nothing more. My favorite authors are Kelley Armstrong and Richelle Mead. But recently, I’ve discovered the wonderful works of Lydia Dare who writes historical paranormals. Before her(them), you wouldn’t catch me touching anything historical. Also, I love horror along the lines of Bentley Little and John Saul.
UFR: Is there any advice that you would give to aspiring writers?
MC: Everyone’s road to publication is different. Learn what you can about the business and the craft, and then walk your own path.
UFR: Do you have any new books in the works? And if so would you like to tell our readers a little bit about it?
MC: I just released Hazardous Environment, which is a paranormal romance in my Werecheetah Shifters series. Here’s a blurb:
Root woman Donna Tucker made a mistake. A person died on her watch, not thanks to tainted roots and herbs that were meant to heal. Now she must trace her steps to where her stash came from and stop a modern-day plague from destroying a small town.
She’s not going alone.
Werecheetah Ronan McCleary would rather see her pay for killing his coalition’s matriarch than to accompany her anywhere. He believes she’s responsible and the only thing this trip is doing is delaying the inevitable. Her death.
But death is hunting them both.
The residents of Seclusion, North Carolina have an unseen force in the midst that has control over the town’s most influential people. There are those who’ll do anything–kill anyone–to keep the secret of the Davenport Foundation. A lowly root woman and her werecheetah companion are no match for them. And they won’t be unless they can put their differences aside and work together to survive the night. Of course, that would mean having to survive each other as their hearts brave a Hazardous Environment.
UFR: Finally, is there anything you want your potential readers to know about you or the book?