This week I’ve got author Selene Charles here to answer a few questions about herself. She’s an urban fantasy and YA author who has published seven books so far. Selene is about to publish her eighth book as the first in a new series that will feature characters from both The Night Series (which she wrote as RS Black) and The Tempted Series (which she wrote as Selene). This new book, Whiskey, Vamps, and Thieves, features a vampire detective, Scarlett Smith, who’s been raised by a pack of shifters. It sounds like it could be a fun read, so be on the lookout for it!
For today, we’ll focus on her Night Collection, which has the first two books bundled together for easy purchase. At the end of this post, you’ll find more details about that and links to where you can pick it up. Now on to the interview!
What is the longest you’ve ever stayed awake? Why?
Longest I ever stayed awake was a month after I first got married. I was just barely 20 years old and decided that it was time to gather my belongings from my mother’s attic to our new apartment. Only problem was we lived 12 hours away from my folks house and my husband and I couldn’t get any time off from work. So we had to rent a U-Haul and make it all happen in one weekend. Being young and dumb, I thought, “No problem, we totally got this.”
We totally didn’t “got” this. I failed to consider just how long a 12-hour drive actually was. By the time we added in all the potty break stops, it took us nearly 14 hours. I also failed to consider that I had about 1500 lbs worth of “crap” at my parents house that we basically had to move ourselves. We piled it all in, breaking stuff by the end we were so over moving stuff, had enough time to sit and eat dinner with my family before we had to turn right back around and make that drive all over again. Still no sleep.
By the time we go to within an hour of our home both my husband and I were hallucinating. Seeing people walking down the freeway, where there was no one…yeah, dumbest thing I ever did. Almost 2 days of no sleep and we had a 10-hour shift at work the next day. We barely managed a few hours sleep before we were up again. Wow, that was stupid. Ah, to be 20 again…
What is your beverage of choice when you first wake up? What happens if you can’t get it?
I’m a tea girl. Chai, Fruity, Black, Green…doesn’t matter. Need my tea. If I don’t get it I go slightly insane.
Do you have pets? If so, what kind and do they help you write your books?
I have a furbaby, Ruby Leilani. She’s a maltese-cocker mix and as cute as a button, she’s my writing partner. She’ll lay on my lap while I write. It’s our thing now, and yes, I think if she wasn’t there to do it any longer I wouldn’t be able to focus and get the job done.
What genres of books do you like to read?
Urban Fantasy that is also very romance driven. Which is probably why my preference runs toward female authors, however, I’m a HUGE fan of Jim Butcher. He’s great.
Name a few of the TV shows you like to watch.
Outlander, Once Upon A Time, Anything procedural, Elementary, Downton Abbey, Velvet, Grand Hotel, I could go on.
What would be your weapon of choice be if society crumbled and it was each man/woman for themself?
I’ve always thought there was something sexy about fan blades. You know, something that appears to be feminine and very delicate and then WHACK, you sever that carotid and smile while you do it. Or maybe that’s just me. 😉
If you could witness any event in history, what would it be?
The birth of creation. To be there and watch it all happen, all your questions would finally be answered, like what actually did come first, the chicken or the egg??? Very thought provoking questions those.
Name a mystical creature you wish you could have as a pet.
A sexy fae to do my bidding. Thinking maybe Laurell K. Hamilton’s Frost or Darkness would do. 😉
What would be your ideal writing retreat?
Anything secluded and in the woods. I’m very much a loner by nature and think best when I’m alone.
What is your favorite outdoor activity?
Hiking. If I could do it all year round, I would.
Thanks for stopping by to visit and answer questions today, Selene. I love your idea for a mystical pet and wish I could have a secluded place in the woods to write as well!
Selene Charles is the pen name of a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author. She is an avid penguin sweater knitter. She believes that unicorns really do exist and that skittles aren’t really candy at all. She enjoys skydiving in the arctic, chatting with her polar bear friends around a warm campfire while sipping on warm cocoa, and she used to work in a traveling carnival which is where she got all these crazy ideas from. Only two of these statements are actually true.
If you’d like to know more about her or her works feel free to write her at [email protected]
You can also visit her on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008517304720
Night Collection (books 1 & 2)
Welcome one and all to Carnival Diabolique- or what I affectionately like to call, the carnival of the damned. My name is Pandora, and though my face might not look familiar to you, you do know me. I’m a Nephilim. What does that mean? I’m half demon, what’s my other name? Lust. I’m the dark craving that drives you mad, makes you want, makes you reckless and stupid. I’m the drug you’ll do anything to get your hands on. But I’m not all bad. I fight for light, for goodness and truth. I love my job, killing vampires and werewolves, zombies, and freaks… it’s what makes me happy. But people are starting to disappear and lately I’ve felt a dark presence lurking around me. I think it might be a death priest and that’s really bad. There isn’t much a demon like me fears, but I fear them. This should have been easy, me killing the fanged freaks, getting rid of my pesky priest problem, but I’m about to be betrayed by the one person I thought I could trust with my life and before the night is through I’ll be covered in crimson…
All Hallows Night:
Secrets and truths, lies and red herrings… which is which? That’s what Pandora’s trying to figure out. Ever since the death of her best, and probably only friend by her own hands, she’s not sure who to trust anymore. The Priest is dead. The Gray Man is… she’s not even sure what. Luc, well, Luc is Luc.
The Order has sent her deep into the heart of Mexico to investigate a potential zombie uprising. She arrives at the start of the Dia de los Muertos festival—a celebration for the dead and immediately things don’t feel right to her. For one, bodies (the living kind) keep disappearing. They’re not being kidnapped, no, if only things were that simple. Literally there one second, gone the next, she’s not sure what to make of it. On top of that mum’s are floating all over the place. Is that merely symbolism associated with the festival, or is it a clue of something far more sinister?
In this explosive sequel to Crimson Night, an old ally returns and a shocking truth is revealed. One that will turn her investigation into The Order’s duplicity on its head and make Pandora question everything she ever thought she knew…