Welcome to 10 – 4 Tuesday! This is a forum where I’ll feature an author who will answer 10 questions about their book and a few personal things and then 4 questions for fun 🙂 So let’s get started.
Today I’d like to introduce you to author Nerine Dorman! She’ll be sharing her 10, followed by her 4 and then an excerpt of her book Camdeboo Nights 🙂
And take a peek at her amazing cover…I’m sending my cover love her way…GORGEOUS!
Hi Nerine, thanks for joining me for 10 – 4 Tuesday…I hope you’re ready for some fun 🙂
First the 10:
To start out, tell us a bit about yourself.
Firstly, I’m a really grumpy newspaper sub-editor by day, who morphs into a slightly less grumpy fiction editor by night. Somewhere, between all the madness, I find time to write, play guitar and assist my husband’s film production company. Oh, and I am a South African currently based in Cape Town, right at the bottom of Africa.
You’re life sounds very interesting! What’s genre (s) do you write?
It totally depends. I loosely term myself as a SFF/H author who occasionally dabbles in romance. Or there will sometimes be strong romantic elements in my other novels… With lots of grit.
Helen Ashfield’s world is about to be turned upside down. Is she ready?
Helen Ashfield’s life is complicated. Not only must she adjust to her parents’ divorce, but she has to come to grips with her new school in the small South African Karoo town of Graaff-Reinet. She’s sorely mistaken if she thinks she’s going to slot seamlessly into her new life. Her growing magical powers have attracted the unwanted attention of Trystan, a vampire, who may not have her best interests at heart.
Outcast from his kind for drinking another vampire’s blood, Trystan has been on the run for almost a hundred years from Mantis–the closest thing their kind has to an enforcer. All Trystan wants is an existence of quiet anonymity, but Helen turns his world upside down. Helen’s powers also mark her as one of Mantis’s targets. If Mantis gets control of Helen, she’ll change the course of history…for the worse.
What 5 words best describe your book?
Mystery, mayhem, monsters, madness, magic.
Way to use those “M” words. lol Do you have a “must have” item when you write? For example, a certain drink that must be within reach, a candle burning, music in the background, or complete silence…or something else.
The severed heads of my mortal enemies? LOL! Just kidding. So long as I have my trusty computer and an internet connection, and a nice, cosy place to sit, I’m happy. Music is always a plus, but it’s not essential. Coffee or hot chocolate helps.
LOL…you had me running scared for a second! Where were you when you first came up with the idea for this book?
I have a nagging suspicion I was going for a walk with a close friend of mine and I was talking off the top of my head again. Like I normally do. And get ideas.
What makes Camdeboo Nights different than other books in the same genre?
Firstly, the setting – contemporary South Africa. I usually tell my overseas readers that if they’re looking for cheap thrills and a DIY roadtrip, then read my books. I write travel stories as part of what I do for my day job, and I’m pretty darn good at making people feel like they can *be* there in my stories.
Love that. Tell us the best advice you’ve been given in regards to your writing career.
Don’t be precious about your words. Don’t be afraid to cut them and add new ones. Oh, and to read outside of my genre.
Have you ever thought about venturing into another genre, and, if so, which one?
Probably straight-up historical fiction without the supernatural elements. However I always have this desire to add supernatural elements of some sort. I’m never satisfied with reality as it is.
What’s your current WIP?
Something involving faeries and strong LGBT themes. But I’ve also got a middle grade fantasy novel I need to finish editing, as well as a straight-up secondary world fantasy novel featuring a talking griffin… I simply don’t have much time for my own stuff.
Now the 4:
How do you make a tuna fish sandwich?
I don’t. The cats usually blackmail me for half then I eat the rest out of the tin ’cos I don’t really eat bread.
Aliens land in your backyard and they are on vacation. What 3 places would you tell them to visit?
The Cederberg, the Camdeboo and the Skeleton Coast.
All the television stations pooled together and chose one person to pick a show to run 24/7 for 365 days…and you won. What television show would you pick to run over and over again?
Urgh… This is difficult. I don’t really like TV. I think I’d make it so people can phone in and request *their* favourite episodes and find new and unusual ways to motivate me to pander to their whims and I’d send teams to film the results.
Unique answer…I like it 🙂
The world’s axis is off kilter and everyone has been thrown off as well. There are four changes that have affected the people of earth and the lucky thing is that they can choose their oddity. Either they have to walk and drive in reverse, sing instead of speak, sleep standing on their head, or never taste anything they eat. Which oddity would you pick?
I’ll go for singing instead of speaking. I do that already when I’m under stress.
Thanks for being sharing your 10 and your 4. Please share an excerpt of your book 🙂
The girl recovered her composure first and approached him. She smelled of honey and he fought the need to close the distance between them. She stopped a meter before him, that gaze flicking from his face down to his too-long nails. The thrum of her pulse was the sound of the ocean breaking on rocks, which made him think of the taste of salt on his lips.
The hunger stirred in his belly, hot and fierce–this girl was one of those rare individuals found once every hundred years. She burned on an aetheric level.
The perfect victim. He could drink her down to the last drop of her Essence tonight and not need to hunt for weeks, perhaps months if he were clever about it.
Or, she could take the blood and it would catch, something malicious in him suggested.
“No,” Trystan said in a low voice. “I won’t.”
“Excuse me? What did you say?” Her eyes were so large, gray streaked with green accents. He could stare into them for eternity.
About Nerine Dorman
🙂 So excited you joined me for 10 – Tuesday! Before we wave good-bye, let us know if there are any other links you’d like to share so that we can find you and your book(s) online 🙂
Camdeboo Nights by Nerine Dorman
Genre: Paranormal Romance
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- Publication Date: February 4, 2013