Blood Orchid (Night Flower #2)
by Claire Warner
Publisher: Raven Press
Publication Date: June 3, 2016
Genre: Historical Fiction/Paranormal/Romance
Tied to Justin with bonds stronger than blood, Melissa De Vire heads into her new life with fear and anger. Anger at Emily, at Katherine and most of all, anger at Justin, fuels her resolve to find a cure for the curse. From the English court in 1752 to the fires of the French Revolution, Melissa struggles to survive her new existence and find forgiveness for Justin as clues to a cure begin to surface.
Q&A with the Author
1) Can you tell us a bit about your background?
Rather uneventful actually. I have 3 sisters, 2 older and 1 younger. Both my older sisters were a lot older than me, so I got dragged everywhere with them at a young age. I never really had an idea of what I wanted to do. In my head I thought about writing, but demands to get a ‘real’ job came before such dreams so I worked in offices, a supermarket and am now a civil servant.
2) Where and when did your writing journey begin?
I have always loved writing, I wrote fanfiction and roleplayed on online sites, but the desire to write my own books became too loud to ignore. So in 2007 ish, I started on Black Lotus. It took an age to finish but now I have, I want to keep going.
3) Who are your favorite authors and how have they influenced your writing?
My favourite authors are:
David Eddings, for being my introduction into heroic fantasy fiction. Kelley Armstong for her wonderful female characters. HM Hoover for wonderfully prescient sci-fi. Raymond E Feist for writing characters that made me cry when they died. Ian Mckewan for that delicious slice of darkness and profundity he brings to his work. Georgette Heyer for making me love the Regency period with her romances.
4) What does a typical day in your life look like? And how does your writing routine fit into your day?
I drag myself out of bed and go to work for 9.00. I work till 5.00 and head home. I swim most nights and go to my roleplay club on one night a week. I tend to write during breaks at work as I can’t find the time in the evening.
5) How did you come up with the idea for your novel?
It was the height of Twilight and the bookshops were full of ‘bland high school girl meets (insert supernatural creature here), falls in love and HEA’ I wanted to write a novel where the girl becoming a vampire/werewolf etc. was not wished for or the desired outcome. I thought, what if this meeting happens in the 18th century and they spend the next 300 years trying to find a cure? And from that, Black Lotus was born.
6) What do you think sets your novel apart from others current on the shelves?
Because it’s not ‘bland 21st century schoolgirl meets love of life’ It’s darker than that.
7) Which character in your book is your favorite and how much of yourself is reflected in that character?
That’s a tough one, but I love writing Emily, I love her strength and her waspishness. She’s not a ‘nice’ character but a pragmatic one and that’s why I love her. I don’t know that I see myself in Emily, but I think her lack of sentimentality is more like me.
8) Which scenes in your book did you have the most fun writing?
I loved writing the duel scene and the part where Melissa discovers Justin’s secret. I also loved every bit with Marcus.
9) What do you hope for your readers to take away after reading your book?
That they enjoyed it.
10) What are your hopes for this novel?
I hope it’s a resounding success but I would be happy if I earnt enough so I could write full time.
11) What do you have in store next for your readers?
More betrayal than you can shake a pointy stick at. Introductions to characters only mentioned in the first book. Less of the courtly drama as each of the characters is now stuck in eternity.
About the Author
When I was a child, I made up games and characters when my sister and I played with dolls. As I grew older, I would make up scenarios and scenes, fully intending to write them down but never finding the time. In my late teens, I discovered the world of role playing and settled into an avid ‘geeky’ life of D&D, comics, sci-fi and fantasy fiction. Years passed and I finally gave voice to the stories in my head. I write romance, fantasy, action and adventure. I love tales of steampunk and history, tales of magical powers and dark curses lurking in the shadows. Though The Black Lotus is not my first attempt at a novel, it is the first I have finished.
And some fun facts about me:
My favourite Disney film is Atlantis.
I’ve been a film extra and stood 5 feet away from Sam Rockwell.
Babylon 5 is my fave sci-fi show.
I cried at the end of Toy Story 3.