Friday, September 16, 2011
Please Welcome, Zenobia Renquist, as my quest for the next several days. Zenobia, it's great to have you here with us. Vampires are one of my favorite “creatures of the night” to read about. I would love to read how you incorporate these creatures into your own written realm. Thank you for taking the time and sharing some of yourself and your stories with us.

Tell us your latest news. Do you have any current projects you're working on? 
I recently signed a contract with Ellora's Cave for a mainstream sci-fi interracial romance that should be coming out in the next few months. I'm currently working on a dragon, non-shifter romance that is about half way finished.
When and Why did you begin writing?
I started writing in high school because I wanted to see fantasy/paranormal romances with a black heroine. Not only that, I wanted said black heroine to be in an interracial relationship. Since I couldn't find any at the time, I decided to write my own. I started writing to get published in college.

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
My ideas for my books come out of thin air. A sound or the way someone says a word will trigger an idea that evolves into a story. There's no rhyme or reason for it. I simply write it all down as it comes to me.

What do you think makes a good horror story?
I'm all about the psychological. Something has to screw with me mentally to get me scared. Slasher, blood-and-guts horror usually makes me laugh. Because of that, I'm more prone to watching Asian horror than American horror. American horror goes for gross out and jump moments. Asian horror is about mind games. There are no set rules. A person can die from simply looking at the window of a house, and the main character won't always make it to the end.

What is your favorite scary movie or book?
My favorite scary book is Phantoms by Dean Koontz. That had me turning on the light to sleep at night. I plan to read it again just for the thrill of it. The movie adaptation was very underwhelming and not nearly as creepy as the book. My favorite scary movie... I'm not sure. There are several horror movies I like to watch, but not because they scare me. I need the laugh.

Dean Koontz is one of my favorite authors, too. I began reading his books when I was in high school, and actually had a very good collection of almost everyone of his books. What makes you interested in the genre you write?
I love created worlds and civilizations and then tossing my characters (usually the heroine) into that world and making her deal. Fish out of water stories is what I do best. That probably stems from me growing up as a military brat. I moved around a lot, so I know how it feels to be tossed into a new town, a new school, and having to adapt or be left out.

When you were a child, what creature or story scared you the most? And did it propel your creative muse to write about it later?
The creature that scared me the most was a toss up between Freddy Kruger and the red-eyed gnome from Cat's Eye. Nowadays Freddy makes me laugh. But that red eyed gnome still haunts me a little. I plan to dabble in horror romance in the near future. When I do, I hope to capture that childhood terror on the page for my readers to enjoy.

Oh, and when you do, please let me know, I shared that same nightmare of the creepy little gnome sucking the life out of me, when I was a child. Cat's Eye was one of the best short stories of Stephen King, along with The Mist. (IMO) Do you remember ever coming up with anything so wild that you scared yourself, leaving you to wonder where that came  from?
I did not. However, I had a nightmare that scared me silly just a few months ago. When I finally got myself to wake up (just before the monster was about to grab me), I sat in bed breathing hard and tense for a few minutes before I scrambled for my computer so I could write it all down. Wes Craven is on to something when he writes down his nightmares.

Where do you as an author draw the line on gory description and/or erotic content?
I describe enough to get a feel of the situation and the scene. I'm not trying to gross anyone out or give anyone an anatomy lesson.

Could you share some of your blurbs or excerpts with us?

CAVEAT EMPTOR SERIES

-- CE1: Charmed Lover --
Ryver is one of the many humans who owns a vampire. She purchased Theron for home security. When the magic charms keeping the vampires docile and subservient suddenly start failing, Theron goes from protector to threat. A nationwide, mandatory recall of all vampires is in effect. Ryver is ready to comply, but a night of passion spent in Theron's arms changes her mind.

It's only a matter of time before someone figures out Ryver and Theron's secret. With the threat of mages bearing down on them, Ryver has to decide if she's willing to give up her lover -- or her freedom.

Read Chp1 - http://dreneebagbypresentsfirstchapters.blogspot.com/2011/04/charmed-lover-by-zenobia-renquist.html

-- CE2: Trapped Lover --
Ryver knows she can never go home again. That's fine by her, since she's with Theron, the vampire she loves. Now living in vampire territory, she's learning more about Theron, and not all of it is good. The more she sees, the more she's convinced that the man she fell in love with, the man who can make her body sing with a single touch, might not be the man she thought he was.

Read Chp1 - http://dreneebagbypresentsfirstchapters.blogspot.com/2011/06/trapped-lover-by-zenobia-renquist.html




-- CE3: Provoked Lover --
After an attack leaves Theron's allies scattered, Sicily finds herself in the care of Lamon, a vampire who looks like he would rather kill her than protect her.

The unlikely pair must become very close -- sexual energy is necessary to disrupt the spell the mages are using to track Sicily.

Emotions become confused as their bodies entwine. Sicily finds herself falling for a man she can't have... or can she?

Read Chp1 - http://dreneebagbypresentsfirstchapters.blogspot.com/2011/07/provoked-lover-by-zenobia-renquist.html


-- CE4: Anguished Lover --
Sicily has volunteered to put herself on the front lines in the vampires' fight against the mages. Lamon has no choice but to go with her to keep her safe. When the worst happens, Sicily has to find out just what she's willing to sacrifice to save the lives of her lover and her friends.

Read Chp1 - Coming to http://dreneebagbypresentsfirstchapters.blogspot.com/ on 12September 2011

Where can your fans go to find more information about you and your books?

Is there anything else additional you would like to share with your readers?
I'm an avid anime fan and my storytelling style is similar. Even when something seems out of place or inconsequential, pay attention because it might become important later. It's a wild ride. All I ask when reading my books is that you Leave Your Reality Behind.

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