This week, we’re talking with Alena Des about her new romance novel Kings Series Book 3: Heartless.
Tell us something unexpected about yourself!
I am originally from Turkey, but I’ve been living in the US for a long time.
How did you get into writing?
I started writing to escape the stresses of my daily life. And, what a great joy that was. Soon I was creating portals with the witches, fighting the demons in the Underworld, flying with the Drakons to alternative universes, creating hypnotic spells with the vampires. I enjoyed every minute of it. It turned out to be the perfect cure for my stress.
What are you currently working on?
I’m currently working on my fourth book in the Kings series.
Where did you get the inspiration for Calliope Jones series?
Samuel was a side character that I had created long before and now, he simply demanded to be on the front line. So, in a way, I had already met him. I just needed to discover what he was up to.
Tell us more about the main characters in your new novel.
Samuel, the Vampire King is arrogant. He is ignorant. He is in denial. In the past, he has lost the one woman he thought was meant for him. Worse, he has lost her to another. He doesn’t trust anyone. And, he’s pretty sure he doesn’t need her replacement.
But, for whatever reason, he needs Diana, her human blood, to keep his sanity. He can easily slip into his old ways of being a blood-sucking, vicious vampire. It will take a lot of challenges for this couple to find a way to accept one another and fight the darkness that is looming on the horizon.
Who is your favorite writer and why?
In the paranormal literature, I would say J.R. Ward. I just love the worlds she creates, with so much complexity and detail that I can simply visualize each scene.
What are your top 3 books of all time?
Such a hard question. It is almost impossible to name just three. Probably my top books would be those in the following series: Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Tairen Soul, and Black Dagger Brotherhood.
Have you got any writing rituals?
I try to update three times a week. But, apart from that, I have none. I don’t need silence, isolation etc. I can pretty much write everywhere and anytime.
How important is marketing and social media for you?
I am really terrible with utilizing social media and, unfortunately, I don’t have a magic wand to reach readers in some other way. I am aware social media is crucial. But, am I make the most of it? Definitely, no.
Do you read your book reviews?
What advice would you have for other writers?
Just write but be willing to take criticism and learn. It gets better with practice. It gets better if you learn to listen. This is an advise I keep telling myself.
What are you reading now?
I’m reading Suzy Wright’s Fire Chronicle series.
What’s your next step?
My next step is to work on my Drakon series. This is an alternative universe book and so far, it includes three alternative universes merged into one huge book. I want to turn that into three books, one for each universe.
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