Monday, June 18, 2012

|Blog Tour| Darkness Comes This Way by Pixie Lynn Whitfield

The Darkness Comes This Way by Pixie Lynn Whitfield blog tour is stopping at The Book Barbies today and I have an interview with the amaaaazing Pixie today! Who's more than an author, but a book blogger and all around fantastic person :D
1. Vampires are my favorite paranormal creatures and I don't think they're overused at all. Are they your favorite paranormal creatures too? Is that why you choose to write about vampires?

Yes, they’re my favorite. They’ve been my favorite since childhood. I had an odd fascination with wanting to always learn about the legends and different mythos, along with histories behind urban legends like Countess Bathory and Vlad Dracul. They have such a wide, diverse theme to their back story, dating as far back as ancient times from good to evil, that I just naturally became in love with them. So, yeah, I guess that’s why I chose to write with vampires. Can’t get enough. ;)

2. Speaking of Vampires, what are you're favorite vampire related anything? Books, movies, TV shows?

You’re asking for a long list. Haha! I’ll try to keep it short though. Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead (this includes Bloodlines too), True Blood--the show and the books, Underworld movies, The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova, Wuthering Bites by Sarah Gray, Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward. I used to really love the show Moonlight but it got cancelled. Argh. I like the new Dark Shadows movie (Johnny Depp? Yes please.) Interview With A Vampire (movie and book). Okay…I’ll cut myself off. :P

3. Can you share with us your favorite scene to write in Darkness Comes This Way, or quotes?
One of my favorite scenes to write was when Zarah shot her brother in the foot.
Another of my favorite scenes (with quotes): 
"You’re fearless.”
Draven laughed loudly and shook his head. Zarah frowned and crossed her arms over her chest.
“No, I’m not. Trust me. I’m scared all the time. You scare the living hell out of me.”
Her jaw dropped.
“I scare you?”
“Anyone who isn’t scared of you is insane."
4. Twitter style, can you tell us anything about book 2 in The Guardians of the Night series?
Romance plays a larger role. War is coming. Twists and turns abound. It’s chaotic really.

5. Your Guardians of the Night series is paranormal, do you ever see your self writing a different genre? (I ask this because I'm the contemporary whore :p)
Actually…yes. I’m writing a Contemporary YA Romance at this very moment to be honest. It’s a bit unusual writing outside my normal genre, but a nice change at the same time.

6. Since you’re also a blogger and you review books, has the blogsphere influenced your book, writing, characters or anything in anyway?
Blogging helps me develop as a writer, I believe. I feel like with reviewing I can craft articles and such a bit better, and it makes me feel good on that part. But honestly, blogging didn’t influence the book or characters at all. The book was almost wrapped up about the time I started blogging. My characters create themselves. Sound crazy, right? But it’s true. They form in my head, and from there they talk to me. Blogging DOES influence in the way of making some really great connections, and I have had some helpful tips along the way that I’m greatly appreciative of.

7. If you're not reading, writing or blogging, what are you doing? Is there any hidden talent (or horrifying secret) you can share with us?
When not writing or blogging, I’m usually reading or out and about. Sometimes just watching television and being bored. I actually get bored. It’s shocking. I do draw sometimes. I make some crafts (woodworking, bookmarks, journals--that’s about it), and get bullied by my cat. Hidden talent? Can’t think of any. Horrifying secret: When I was twelve, I “ran away” from home and was brought back by the police. Not really a horrifying secret, but an embarrassing moment. LOL.

8. 2012 is halfway over, what are some of your favorite reads of this year? Also, what are some of your all time favorite novels?
For 2012: Chosen Ones by Tiffany Truitt, Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen, Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, Wither by Lauren DeStefano, and Delirium by Lauren Oliver (note: I know the last three mentioned weren’t published in 2012 but I’ve only just recently read them, and LOVED them).

Some of my all-time favorites: The Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead, The Wicked Lovely series by Melissa Marr, Romeo & Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, Hamlet, Twelfth Night (Shakespeare geek),Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, Fahrenheit 451, The Shining by Stephen King, Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Graham-Smith, The Hunger Games, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, The Hobbit, Harry Potter, and more.

9. Since it's summer, do you have any summer rituals? or ideal summer plans your fantasizing about?
Not really. I’m pretty lazy during summer. And the sun hates me so I stay inside often. I would like to see the ocean one day--wearing a lot of sunblock of course. Sometimes the fam and I take vacations, or hit up baseball games when we can.

10. This is the last and most important question of all, do gingers have souls.....?
Why, yes we have souls. We run around stealing them while you sleep. It’s how we survive, by feeding on all you “normal” people with your “normal” hair colors. Oh…wait…that’s not what you meant? My bad. Forget I said that. Sleep well!
Thanks so much for the wonderful interview and for having me on your blog! :)
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Published May 15th 2012
Goodreads Summary:
Zarah Duncan is a Guardian. It’s an elite job that protects humans and the untainted vampires from the real monsters: those lost to the bloodlust. Rogues infest the city. Missing humans, unsolved cases…Zarah knows what the real cause is and she’s been trained since childhood to destroy them.

But she has a haunting past that catches up one day. Zarah was Rogue once, and until her, no one else has ever cured from the poisoned state of mind before. She’s been labeled a miracle, and the mystery only builds. She gets the awful feeling there’s more to it than just a lucky magical come-back. There are deep, dark secrets being kept. Maybe her boss Nathanial knows something? When she gets paired with a partner, Draven Kinsley, it only adds more difficulty. He hates her and swears that with a single look, she’ll poison him. To make matters worse, her Rogue brother has to show up, and he brings with him a shocking announcement. What Zarah learns from him rocks her entire world upside down. She not only begins to question who and what she is anymore, but it can possibly change the Vampire race forever.

The scary part: someone else knows too…and they’ll do anything to get her special blood, spelling disaster for the humans that Guardians have secretly been protecting for decades.

Vampires, fallen angels, war, betrayal, and romance fill this Paranormal/Urban Fantasy debut, the first book to a high-action trilogy.
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