Thursday, May 16, 2013

Author Interview - Zoe Forward - Dawn of a Dark Knight and Spotlight

Dawn of a Dark Knight - Zoe Forward .

In the shadows of our world, a secret band of warriors fights to protect us. They are the last line of defense against an evil no human can stop.

An ancient nemesis has resurfaced. Duty demands that Ashor Vlahos, Scimitar Magi commander, recruit a magical healer to fortify the remaining eight magi. The gods' choice is the woman who helped him escape torture a decade ago. Ashor couldn't have imagined a better punishment for his vow-breaker homicidal incidents than for the gods to bind him irrevocably to the only woman in the universe he cannot have. The soul-searing desire she ignites in him is strictly forbidden.

Kira Hardy, M.D. is a brilliant, hardworking internal med resident with big secrets. But when Ashor asks for aid after a brutal daemon attack, she is sucked into his dangerous, secret world. Enslavement to the magi, no matter how hot they are, may be an unattractive life plan, but being targeted for death by their enemies is less tolerable.

She must trust the sexy, tormented Ashor to keep her safe while he must deny his ultimate desire and keep Kira at arm's length lest he bring destruction down on them both. As a centuries-old evil catches up to them, they face a crucial decision--follow the gods' rules or follow their hearts.

Id like to welcome Zoe to Page Flipperz. I have asked her  a few questions .

1.       For anyone who does not know Zoe Forward , would you please tell us something about yourself?

Thank you for inviting me to visit! I’m a veterinarian by day and a writer at night. In the middle I’m a mom.  My special love of archaeology, especially anything Egyptian, shines through in the Scimitar Magi series.  A deep part of me wishes I had pursued a career that would have me at a dig site in a hot, sandy country, but I’m a small animal veterinarian, caring for everything from chinchillas to dogs...and over the years there was even one hermit crab in there. 

2.       Who or what has been the biggest influence in your life and why?

Many people have helped mold me into a writer, but none more so than my mother who always took the time to read everything I’ve ever written and comment. She is, herself, an artist very open to the world around her.  Artists do truly see the world in a different way. As Georgia O’Keeffe says: To create one's own world in any of the arts takes courage.


3.       Is there a question that you would like to be asked in an interview, but nobody has asked? If so, ask away. 


Do you think books need humor or does it detract from the story?

Humor is absolutely necessary to keep me entertained when I read a book and you will always find humor infused throughout my books. My author hero for demonstrating the art of weaving humor into a good story is Rick Gualtieri in Bill the Vampire, who so skillfully creates tear-evoking humor with a fantastic paranormal theme.


4.       How many books have you published ?

Dawn of a Dark Knight  is my first published novel.  Its sequel has been contracted and is in editing.


5.       What is your current wip ?

The sequel to Dawn of a Dark Knight, the second in the Scimitar Magus series, is in-editing with my publisher. In this novel, there is a new magus who just got released from an unjustified stint in purgatory. Long ago, a dark-magik sorcerer cursed him and the woman he loves to murder each other within days of meeting in each new lifetime. Being back means this cycle will start again.  He’s attempted countless curse-reversal rituals over the centuries, and all failed.  Now, he may have discovered a way to break their vicious cycle. But it requires he kill her before she strikes her death blow, something he’s never done in the past.


6.       What gave you the Idea to write Dawn of a dark knight?

I’ve been a paranormal romance and mainstream fiction addict for decades. And I grew up a fan of Indiana Jones and Ann Rice. So, writing paranormals was a no brainer.  For Dawn of a Dark Knight everything came together at the right creative moment — my love of Egyptian mythology, my long-time passion for archaeology, my ideas about a new type of paranormal hero and more. It all just gelled.


7.       Have you written any of your characters in your book to anyone you know ?

I can say with certainty I’ve never based a character on an immediate family member. But I have borrowed traits from acquaintances for some of the characters I’ve developed.  When I’ve done so, it is done with love for these are characters that make me smile.


8.       Why paranormal romance ?

I have dabbled in other genres, but every time the story gets going, it turns paranormal. I love the flexibility this genre allows for bending the world’s rules. For right now, this is where I belong.


9.       Any advice to new writers ?

Read. It’s very important to keep reading. Not just books that are in the genre you like to write, but books that are about the craft of writing. I think it’s one of the parts of being an author that a lot of people overlook.  I have stacks of these books. Some are great, and others not so good, but I’ve learned something from each of them.


10.   Anything you would like to share with the readers about your writing? Aka when do you like best to write and where?

I’m thrilled to steal a few minutes in a busy day to pen some pages. Most plotting and brainstorming happens on my work commute or walking the dog. Most of my writing happens late at night. Bottom line is that I make it happen, but my writing days are anything but typical.

Some blitz questions.

Last Vacation destination:  the beach

Favorite Flower: tulip

Last Movie You Saw: Argo

Last Book You Read: Rick Gualtieri’s The Mourning Woods

Your guilty pleasure: chocolate

Drink of choice: chai

Night or day:  day

Winter or summer: summer

Lace or leather: leather


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