Before she tells us all about her book, let’s find out something about her. Mandi, you’re up!
I’ll start off by telling you all a little bit about myself. I write paranormal romance/urban fantasy. My best friend gave me a vampire romance for my 10th birthday, and that’s when I became a fanatic about vampires, romance, and all things that go bump in the night. I have three crazy dogs that make me smile, even when they sneak into my bathroom, chew the soap bars from the tub, or press the button on the fridge to dispense themselves as many ice-cubes as they want. I play a LOT of disc golf when it’s warm, not so much when it’s cold.
Callie: Hmm. Disc golf? Not sure what that is. However, what would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
Mandi: I love crafting stories where the leading lady has to fight practically impossible odds to survive and find that once-in-a-lifetime love that everyone longs for, but they don’t always find it. I swirl in life’s usual complications along with paranormal politics and inhumanly sexy characters, I also love to invoke emotions so strong that I make readers laugh out loud or have tears descending their cheeks, holding back sobs from experiencing what the characters are going through right along with them.
Callie: Wow, Mandi, powerful stuff. What does your family think of your writing?
Mandi: Most of my family is really supportive and they’re just as excited as I am when I get to share a new book cover, we all get together and discuss the artwork and temperament. They are really awesome. A few family members think my titles are not up to current standards, but I love my titles and they always give the reader a hint at what the novel is about.
Callie: I have to disagree with the dissenting family members. I think Bizarre Life of Sydney Sedrick is definitely intriguing. What are you working on now?
Mandi: Right now I’m working on Betrayal Bites, the second novel to Bizarre Life of Sydney Sedrick. They are both full-length paranormal romance/urban fantasies.
Callie: Another great title. Now, the ultimate question. Do you love or hate writing sex scenes?
Mandi: I actually just wrote my first ‘penetration’ scene a few months ago and I couldn’t stop blushing! I know how silly that is, but it was a lot of fun and I of course plan to write more 😉
Callie: Ah, the old ‘penetration’ scene. That always brings blushes, but it’s so much fun! Where do you see yourself in five years, career wise?
Mandi: Have you ever seen As Good As it Gets with Diane Keaton? In five years I’d absolutely love to have a house on the beach with giant windows, long and white gauzy curtains billowing in the breeze as I write, overlooking the spectacular view. This vision doesn’t include my daughter’s boyfriend who’s way too old for her having to stay at my beach house because he just had a heart attack! Realistically? I think most writers have to put in years of work before they can quit their day jobs, if ever, so in five years I’ll hopefully have six or seven more full-length romance published but still be working my ‘9 to 5’ day job in the process.
Callie: Think big, Mandi. You WILL have that beach house in five years. I’ll pass comment on the dd’s bf.
Mandi: Thanks so much Callie for have me as your guest today. Here’s to happy writing!
Callie: And thank you for taking the time to share a little bit of yourself with us.
Mandi’s blog: www.whoareyoucallingavampire.blogspot.com