Joining Curiosity Quills for another edition of our Author Spotlight: Question & Answer Coloumn, is Laura Diamond, author of recently released science-fiction, paranormal horror BLOOD RUSH, which hit Amazon on May 9, 2017!
In the comments, please join us in asking Laura Diamond anything you’d like to know about writing, her new book, and life in upstate New York. Or you know, just throw something completely random at her to keep her on her toes!
Who are you and where do you call home right now?
I’m a psychiatrist who works in a psychiatric emergency room, an avid reader of all things scifi, a star gazer, servant to four fluffy feline fur babies, and an author of young adult fiction. I live in upstate New York in a house that was built in 1783 and apparently was the home of a bell maker.
Tell us about your latest book: your inspiration for it, how you got through your most difficult challenge in writing it, and what you love about it?
My latest book, IMMORTAL ALIENS BOOK TWO: BLOOD RUSH is the second (and final) book in a scifi/horror duology about what happens to humans when vampire aliens take over the planet. The main character, Justin, and the antagonist, Alex, have been the most challenging characters to write because while they both have redeeming qualities, they are, in some ways, also hard-headed and make some awful choices for themselves and for others, despite what seem to be good intentions. The challenging part was that both characters, for as much as they hate one another, also care about each other, to the point of loving one another. How does one then write a protag and an antag fighting when they like each other? On the flip side, that is also what I love about the book, because they skate the edge all the time between wanting to kill each other and wanting to help and rescue one another.
What are a few of your hobbies?
Mainly reading and drinking coffee, for realz. I also enjoy going to the movie theater. For the past year, I’ve been learning a lot about fitness, so I’m including exercise as a hobby because I spend a fair amount of time doing it and a fair amount of time learning about it.
If you had your own food truck, what would it serve?
COFFEE!!!!!!!!! Or cupcakes…
What do you want to get better at doing, writing-wise?
Can I say everything? Sometimes writing is a global thing. Setting the right tone or capturing the perfect essence requires skills in all things like setting, pacing, dialogue, description, characterization, etc.
What TV series are you into right now and why?
Samurai Jack. I didn’t watch the original episodes, but I caught the new series on Cartoon Network and immediately fell in love with the storyboarding, the colors, the art, and the action. Lots of fun, for sure!
What movie do you quote the most?
Prolly Star Trek, or Star Wars, but LOtR and Harry Potter figure in significantly.
What do you collect, even a little bit? Tell us about your favorite one.
BOOKS. Haha! I have been “collecting” Funko pops. I put “collect” in quotes because I’m not out there looking for them, but I have quite a few now of my favorite characters like Harry Potter, Luke Skywalker, BB8, Batman, etc.
What’s your preferred genre of book when you just want to escape?
SCI FI all the way.
What do you like to do on vacation?
I used to travel the globe and someday maybe I’ll do that again. Currently, I like to do day trips. Most recently I drove down to Rhinebeck to an Indie bookstore and attended an author panel and got some books signed. I also had a lovely dinner at a local restaurant (pizza with fig jam, pear, and goat cheese and French fries with sage and rosemary and parmesan cheese—soooo yummy!). Talk about a great day, AND I get to sleep in my own bed!
Is there another genre you’ve been itching to write in?
Maybe adult scifi; I’d have to do a lot of research to get the math right.
What unusual object do you like to bring with you if you leave the house?
Mittens. I’m cold all the time, even in summer. Air conditioning everywhere!!! It’s painful.
If you had a champion racing pigeon, what would you name it and what would its tagline be?
WICK—Burning It On Both Ends
Finally, give us one recommendation for something - movie, TV, game, food - that you enjoyed recently.
Just finished reading The Vorrh and The Ernestine by B. Catling. Excellent fantasy about if the Garden of Eden was actually on Earth and allowed to exert its own power on humans and wildlife; incredibly unique.
I visited Beardslee Castle in Little Falls, NY and enjoyed their Brussels sprouts in pancetta and the faro risotto with morels, cremini, shiitake, and Portobello mushrooms with fiddleheads. So. DELICIOUS.
About Blood Rush
After escaping the long reach of the immortal Vie, seventeen-year-old Justin and human ex-slave Cara must face new challenges in the wilds outside the city wall. Dotted with pockets of hostile Anemie communities, the wilds are just as dangerous as the city. So when Cara is injured, Justin must seek help from the very group he wants to avoid.
On top of that, Alex—who promised to let Justin back in the city when the time was right to rescue his sister, Sammie—gets killed in the final Anemie raid, all televised and hosted by TV personality Vincent Marks. Footage from the explosion plays in Justin’s mind while he tries to balance keeping Cara safe, befriending sharpshooter Sparrow, and winning over the witch healer, Nauro, all while trying to figure out the Anemie leader, Lawton’s, secrets.
Turns out, there’s much more to the Anemies than Justin ever knew. They’ve found a way to trade their drug-like blood to addicted Vie in return for supplies. But the tenuous relationship shatters when Justin’s secret gets out—his blood can age the immortal Vie. It’s the weapon the Anemies’ leader, Lawton, has been waiting for, and he intends to use every last drop.
Lawton forces Justin to join him—or Cara will pay the price. Justin accepts Lawton’s terms, but the move brings Anemies and Vie closer to war.
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