Saturday, October 8, 2011

Author Interview Barbara Edwards


Thank you for having me as your guest. I’m Barbara Edwards, a native New Englander with a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Hartford.
I’m a past president of the Central Florida Romance Writers and a member of Romance Writers of America. I founded the Charter Oak Romance Writers in Hartford, CT a Chapter of Romance Writers of America, along with several close friends.
I’m married to a retired Police Sergeant. I love Civil War re-enacting, visiting museums, art galleries and battle sites. I taught Romance Writing at Manchester Community college for three years. I write historical romance, romantic suspense and paranormal romance.
What inspired you to become a writer?
My biggest influence was my father. He read to my sister and I every night. We heard Robinson Crusoe, Tom Sawyer, Tarzan, Huckleberry Finn, Little Women, and many more a chapter at a time. It was magical and I wanted to tell stories of my own.
Who are your favorite romance characters (besides your own?)
I love Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler, and always dreamed of ways to make their story end happily. Roarke and Dallas from JD Robb give me so much pleasure I look forward to every book. I have a hundred others, but don’t want to offend any of my friends by not mentioning their work.
Tell me what inspired this story.
The Finding Rhodes End Series and this story started with a nightmare. I grew up next to an old cemetery in New England and there were nights I couldn’t sleep because I was afraid something creepy would appear. To this day I remember that fear and have new nightmares.
How do you balance your day-to-day commitments with your writing life?
Not easily. My husband and I are civil war re-enactors and participate in a number of events. I love traveling and never turn down the chance to see somewhere new. We’re also restoring a Gothic Victorian house built in 1875 and planting a garden with antique perennials. So where do I fit in my writing? I have an Alpha-smart that goes in the front seat and I write as my husband drives. When we’re home I plan my day so I write early when I’m more focused, but have learned to just do it.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
I hope everyone has an ebook reader and checks out the wonderful authors at my publisher’s website. I’ve found some of the best reading material there.
Ancient Blood by Barbara Edwards
Lily Alban escapes a murderous stalker, but his vicious attack leaves her with the ability to see auras. She finds safety in the tiny hamlet of Rhodes End where a stranger stands out like a red light. Try as she might to deny her growing desire for Cole, she seeks his help but soon discovers the man she loves is not a man at all.
Werewolf Cole Benedict resists his attraction to Lily. A botanist researching the healing herbs to find a cure for Lycanthropy, he’s determined to protect Lily from her stalker as well as himself even in human form, but instinct takes over when he changes to his inner beast.
Together they must use their extraordinary gifts to catch Lily’s stalker before he attacks again, but revealing their secrets to one another could destroy their growing love or save them both.
Excerpt:
“What makes you so important? Or is this another secret?”
Cole’s eyes darkened. “Lily. I’m pushing the line with you. Give me some slack.”
“I want answers, Cole.” She grabbed his arm as he turned and pulled him to a halt.
He gently, carefully drew her fierce grip into his grasp. His golden eyes heated as he lifted her hand to his lips. “I already told you, Lily. You’d have to mate with me to learn all my secrets.”
Urgent need raced from his lips to her center. His scorching gaze melted her from the inside out. All her being longed to step into his arms, to become one in a way she’d never known. She trembled as she recognized the danger.
Thanks for joining us today Barbara! You can find out more about Barbara at the following sites:
Author Website: http://barbaraedwards.net
Ancient Blood http://on.fb.me/naHRY5
Buy link for Ancient Blood: http://tinyurl.com/3f627vh

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Meet the Frankensteins


"When I was 9 I played the demon king in Cinderella and it launched me on a long happy life playing a monster.” Boris Karloff
Like Lon Chaney, Karloff started his film career in the silent film industry. After nearly 20 years and 80 films, Karloff became an overnight sensation at age 44 with his portrayal of Frankenstein’s monster, even though the opening credits simply listed Karloff as “?”. A slim man standing 5’11”, Karloff wore lifts and padding to portray the monster. Karloff also played the monster in the sequels Bride of Frankenstein (1935) and Son of Frankenstein (1939).
A founding member of the Screen Actors Guild, Karloff’s diverse career included stage, films, radio, television and recordings. Much later he would give the Grinch his voice and narrated the tale ultimately winning a spoken word Grammy for the recording.
“There is no such thing as a person that nothing has happened to and each person is as different as his fingertips.” Elsa Lanchester
Though she played a variety of roles throughout her long career including, Peter Pan at London’s Palladium and a match-making witch in “Bell, Book and Candle”, Elsa Lanchester is most recognized as the Bride of Frankenstein. Lanchester played dual roles in the film, author Mary Shelley and the monster’s bride. While she was named in the credits as Mary Shelley, consistent with the previous movie, as the monster’s bride Lanchester was simply listed as “?”. Despite the “anonymous” billing, Lanchester had a successful film career including two Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress.