I am so excited to be participating in the blog tour for Adrienne Monson’s debut novel Dissension from Jolly Fish Press. I hope you enjoy getting to know more about her. I think we are going to be hearing a lot about her trilogy as it unfolds. Sit back and enjoy the interview.
Toothpaste or gel? Toothpaste! One can have a bad hair day, but hygiene? No one wants to be around bad smelling people.
Do you have a favorite genre you like to read? Paranormal Romance is one of my favorite genres (go figure), but I pretty much like anything with strong characters and a good plot.
What is one book that has changed your life and why? It’s a series: The Sword of the Truth series by Terry Goodkind. The reason it made such an impact on me is because I had refused to read fantasy for years. I had a cliche in my head that made me feel adverse to the genre. My friend convinced me to pick up Wizard’s First Rule (book one), and I couldn’t stop until I finished the whole series. From there, I’ve branched out to fantasy full throttle and enjoyed most of the books.
Who is your favorite author? If you could meet them, what would be the one question you’d ask? I can only pick one? *Sigh* Well, I guess I’d choose Kim Harrison. My question: Do you know how you’re going to end your series, or did you make it up after your books became a success? (I know, I should be asking some writer advice here, but I’m as much a reader as a writer. So yeah, I’d be asking about her books.)
If you could be any character in fiction, whom would you be? Selene from Underworld. Love the story, love her character. (Wouldn’t mind looking like her, either. ;))
Please give us a peek into your writing life. How much time each week do you spend writing? Is your desk messy or clean? Do you have a schedule or are you sporadic? What helps you stay motivated? I spend about eighteen hours a week writing. I look forward to the day when both my kids are in school so I can do more! I am clean and organized (I know, one of those people.) I work around my kids’ schedule. So while my son is at Kindergarten and my younger naps, I get a bit of work in. Then, they go to bed at eight o’clock, so I get a couple more hours while they sleep. Sometimes, I have a hard time staying motivated. On those days, I pick up a book and read. After thirty minutes of escape, I can usually bring myself to start writing again.
Give us five words that summarize Dissension. Action-packed. Self-loathing vampire. Dutiful immortal.
Where did the idea for Dissension come from? Just my brain wandering. It was at my high school graduation and I was spacing out during the long speeches. I pictured a vampire drinking blood and looking up to see someone she loved watching. When he witnessed it, it forced her to face what she really was and it made one bloody tear trace down her cheek. Once I developed more of the story, that scene changed, but the idea was born from there.
Did you do a lot of research into the origins of vampires? I looked up African history to see how I could place the vampires there, but I’ve taken liberties with their mythology and Voodoo.
Tell us a little about Leisha. What motivates her? Why does she fight so hard against who she is? Leisha is loyal and loves wholeheartedly. She’s constantly battling between pride for the great warrior she is, and disgust for having to do terrible things in order to survive. She’s never stopped loving Tafari, and that influences her greatly when it comes to rejecting her vampire self.
If you could create a soundtrack for your novel what songs would be on the list? Scream, by Avenged Sevenfold. The Dolphin’s Cry, by Live. Alive, by Godsmack. Try, by Pink. Thrift Shop, by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. I could go on, but I think you get the idea.
What is your favorite punctuation mark? M dash – I like using them. 🙂
Do you currently have a WIP and if so, what is it? I’m just finishing book 2 (Defiance) and will be moving on to write the third and final of the vampire trilogy next month. After that, I already have plans for my next WIP. It will be a demon novel.
What has surprised you about the whole “publishing” experience? Good or bad? I didn’t realize how much time and effort I would need to put into online social networking. Of course, it makes sense to keep up a blog and interact with people on Twitter and Facebook, but I just didn’t fully comprehend how much of my time would go towards that.
Can you give us a sneak peek into Book Two of your trilogy? What can we expect? I don’t want to give away too much, but let’s just say that romance for both Leisha and Samantha blossoms in Defiance. As for the real plot, you’ll just have to read it to find out. 😉
Watch the book trailer for Dissension.
Now for my review……..
I’ve been in love with vampire novels since I first read Dracula by Bram Stoker in Jr. High. I’ve read just about every vampire novel out there so I was excited when the call for reviews came out for Dissension by Adrienne Monson. I jumped at the chance to review this novel and I am so happy I did. I promise not to share any spoilers in my review because I want you to discover those moments for yourself. I want to thank Adrienne Monson and Kirk Cunningham from Jolly Fish Press, LLC for the opportunity to read and review this book.
Description: Fists are pumping, bodies gyrating, sweat dripping—booming music drowns out all other noise in the dark club. Leisha, dressed in skimpy, revealing clothes, eyes her victim. As soon as he sets eyes on her, she knows he’s hers. He becomes excited as despicable thoughts of murder run through his mind, all readable by Leisha’s abnormal senses. After a bit of small talk, they are soon both out the door, Leisha pushed against the wall. The man pulls out a knife, ready to cut up this beautiful woman. Leisha smiles as she deflects the knife and bites into his neck, sucking every ounce of life from this abominable man.
It wasn’t always this way.
Leisha was once a loving mother with an ideal family. Though this was over two thousand years ago, Leisha still holds that time dear to her heart. But for now, she must focus on trying to escape the eternal and bloody war between her kind—the Vampires—and the Immortals, an undying race sworn to destroy her people. Soon, Leisha finds herself captured by the government only to be saved by a young and mysterious human girl. What entails is the beginning of a long and torturous journey as Leisha and her newfound friend run for their lives while searching for the one thing that can end it all—the prophecy child.
My Review: Leisha is one of the oldest vampires and all she wants to be is left alone. She is feared by other vampires and hated at the same time. The Master Vampire does not like her sense of independence and needs her for the fight against the Immortals. But who are these Immortals? Samantha is a young girl with a very special gift. Her father works for a government agency who is experimenting on vampires. When Leisha and Samantha meet in an unexpected way, they will need each other to survive what is about to come. They will need to trust each other.
From the very first pages of this novel I was drawn into the world Adrienne Monson created. I wanted to keep reading until the end. What kind of vampires would they be and other “immortals” who didn’t drink blood intrigued me. In fact, I read this novel over the course of 5 hours. My husband was kind enough to watch the kids while I read.
It was refreshing to read an explanation of the origins of vampires that I’d not heard before. You’ll enjoy this part of the novel. It was very clever. And I liked that it was not riddled with sex. Anne Rice was amazing with her vampire series but it was filled with so much sex it turned some people off from the great storyline. Thank you Adrienne for sticking to a wonderful story. I believe all of the relationships that you have created. I found myself getting sad several times wondering what would happen to certain characters. I am invested in their futures.
The ending was a perfect place to stop and keep us wanting more. I for one cannot wait until the second book comes out. I will need to make sure I sign up for that review too! I am going to tell everyone I know who loves the paranormal and vampires that this book is a must for their shelves in 2013. [ 5 Stars ]
DISSENSION Book One Of The Blood Inheritance Trilogy will be available where books and ebooks are sold February 23, 2013.