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Delaney Rhodes Interviews Paranormal Author: Scott Prussing
1. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I grew up in New Jersey and went to college and grad school in Connecticut. I have degrees in psychology from the University of Connecticut and Yale University. After graduate school, I was smart enough to move to beautiful San Diego, California, where I live just four blocks from the ocean. In addition to writing, I enjoy riding my bike along the coast, going to the movies (not renting), reading books of all types, golf and hiking.
I’m single (but looking!) I recently took early retirement from a career in health education and preventive wellness to concentrate on writing.
I’m the author of the three books in the paranormal romance series Blue Fire Saga (Breathless, Deathless, and Helpless). I’m working on the fourth (Fearless) and hope to release it in June or July. I’ve also written two mystery/suspense novels (Unturned Stones and Tangled Webs), a teen romance Mine: A Love Story, whose plot is based on the hit songs of Taylor Swift, and a fantasy adventure novel called Dreams of the Last Born.
2. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I remember exactly when it started. I was inspired by an article I read in the local newspaper shortly after I graduated college. It was about a fourteen-year-old boy who was writing a Lord of the Rings type novel. LOTR is my all-time favorite book, and I thought “I could do that.” So even though I had avoided all courses that required writing in college, I started writing my own book—in ball point pen on a legal pad. I ended up with an eight hundred page Lord of the Rings rip-off. The writing wasn’t very good, but that’s what got me started. That manuscript no longer exists, thank goodness.
3. Tell us a little bit about your Blue Fire Saga series – without giving too much away, of course!
My Blue Fire Saga is a modern paranormal romance series in the mode of Twilight and Vampire Diaries, but filled with lots of new ideas and creations, such as one-fanged vampires (crippled versions of the real thing) and supernatural vampire hunters called volkaanes. There are currently three books in the series (Breathless, Deathless and Helpless, with Fearless due out in July.) I’m proud to say that most reviewer and readers so far have remarked on the unique aspects of the series, saying things about Breathless like “breathes new life into the vampire genre,” “is a breath of fresh air,” “is a new twist on things that go bump in the night,” and is a book that “breaks out of the predisposed storyline that tends to follow the vampire romance genre.”
The main character is college freshman Leesa Nyland. She has been fascinated by vampires since she was three years old, because that’s when her mom started acting weird, insisting sunlight hurt her skin because she’d been bitten by a one-fanged vampire. But fascinated doesn’t mean Leesa believes. Any more than she believes in blue fire, people who live for centuries, and kisses that can kill. But when her beloved older brother suddenly disappears, she is forced to consider all these and more. She also has to figure out what to do about her mysterious new boyfriend. She knows Rave likes her a lot—so why won’t he kiss her?
I don’t want to reveal too much here, but as the series has evolved, I’ve added plenty of new twists and surprises (zombie pit pulls, anyone?). Leesa has grown enormously as a person as she confronts new obstacles to her happiness and safety, and that of her friends and family.
4. Since your Blue Fire Saga books are built around a college aged female and you are a somewhat older male, was it hard to put yourself into Leesa’s head?
I knew going in that this would be my biggest challenge. I wanted to make sure anything I wrote about clothes, music, dialogue, and thoughts and feelings rang true, so I placed an ad on Craigslist looking for a female college student to be my (unpaid) “guide.” I heard back from several helpful women, but one stood out from the rest. Jessica was a junior at the time and was also interning at a small publishing company. I sent her sections that dealt with fashion, “girl talk,” etc. to make sure everything was realistic. Her insight and suggestions were invaluable. Amazingly, I’ve still never met Jessica in person.
5. If your book was being made into a movie do you already have actors in mind for each role? What bands/singers would you put on the soundtrack?
One of my friends suggested Taylor Swift for the female lead. What a combination that would be—Taylor in movie with vampires. A guaranteed hit, for sure!
I have a number of songs playing in the background in Breathless, so I guess those would fit right into the movie. Avril Lavigne, Pink, Led Zeppelin, Adele (Rolling in the Deep has “breathless” in the lyrics, so it’s a perfect fit!)
6. If you had the chance to co-author a book with anyone who would it be and why?
It’s not possible, of course, but I’d love to co-author a book with Mark Twain. He was a wonderful combination of wit, wisdom and storytelling. I’ve actually been fooling around with a “mash-up” version of Huckleberry Finn with vampires and zombies. It’s fun writing in the voice of Huck Finn.
7. What is the first book that you remember reading?
Well, other than Dr. Seuss, Dick and Jane, and other children’s books, the first real book I remember reading was Tarzan of the Apes. I think I was about seven at the time. I loved it. I read every book Burroughs wrote (Tarzan series, Mars series, Venus series, At the Earth’s Core series… close to 50 books in all). I read most of them more than once. He was a wonderful and imaginative storyteller.
8. Tell us 10 random facts about yourself?
1) I have never had a cell phone.
2) I’ve read Lord of the Rings at least seven or eight times – and have seen the movies a bunch of times, too.
3) I wrote the story and game design for several early computer games back in the early 90’s, including one based on the Batman Returns movie. I have an unopened copy of the game, which is on floppy disk!
4) I have never taken anything to the dry cleaners.
5) I have not worn a tie in more than twenty years.
6) I ride my bike or walk down by the beach virtually every morning.
7) I own only about two dozen CD’s, but they are an eclectic collection ranging from The Zombies, Cream and The Moody Blues to The Grateful Dead and the Eagles to Meat Loaf and Boston to Lorrie Morgan and Sheryl Crow to Barenaked Ladies and Avril Lavigne. Plus Dave Koz and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.
8) I go to lots of movies, usually in the morning, when they are cheaper and never crowded. Twice, I’ve had the whole theater to myself. For comedies, I try to go later when there are more people, because laughter is infectious.
9) The beach, the library, Trader Joe’s, my bank and the post office (not to mention over a dozen bars and restaurants) are all within 4 blocks of my apartment. I love where I live!
10) If I look up from my monitor when I’m writing, I can see palm trees out the window.
To learn all about my books and to order signed print copies visit http://www.scottprussing.com.
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