How does Pretty When She Kills differ from Pretty When She Dies?
In the first book Amaliya is the center of the story and it’s primarily about her coming to terms with her new nature and how she deals with the constant threat of her creator, The Summoner. PRETTY WHEN SHE DIES could actually be split into two parts. The first part is all about Amaliya on her own, struggling to survive, while the second part is about what happens when she arrives in Austin, Texas and encounters Cian, another vampire. The primary supporting cast enters the story at the halfway mark.
In the second book, some of the supporting cast takes a much bigger role in the story as it expands outward. The reader gets to see just how Amaliya’s presence in Austin has rippled out to affect the supernatural world. She is a rare creature: a necromancer vampire. Her mere existence has impacted a lot of lives and the very fabric of the supernatural realm.
I really enjoyed bringing new characters into the mix and while moving Samantha into a stronger role in this sequel.
Which of your characters do you have the most in common with?
I really don’t base characters off of me, so they are their own people. I really don’t have anything in common with them personality-wise per se. Jeff and I do share a love of books and Samantha’s Betsey Johnson purse fetish matches my own. Otherwise, nothing much really.
Describe Pretty When She Kills in 7 words.
Amaliya is not the only necromancer vampire.
Did you have to do any research for Pretty When She Kills? If so, on what and how much?
I live in Texas, so research is driving around my own city. I had already established the rules of the world in the first book, so it was fun just moving the characters through it this time around.
If you won the lotto, what is the first thing you would buy?
A Tesla Roadster! That car is a thing of beauty!
What three authors have most influenced your work?
Bram Stoker, Charlotte Bronte and Agatha Christie because they inspired me to find my own writing voice and embrace my imagination.
Finally, do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Read a lot, write a lot. It’s the best advice ever given to me. If a writer tells me they never read, I have no interest in reading their work. Reading the works of other authors is a way to learn the craft and hone your own writing voice. It’s a great way to learn what to do, and what not to do. And, of course, if you want to be a writer, you have to actually WRITE. It’s amazing how many people tell me they want to be a published author, but actually never write.
Thanks so much to Rhiannon for taking the time to answer my questions.
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