Today’s guest is the wonderful, Sara Reinke, whose vampire romance, Dark Thirst, I read and loved last year!
Please tell us about your book, Dark Thirst.
In “Dark Thirst,” Brandon Noble is one of the Brethren, an ancient clan of ruthless vampires. Horrified by his birthright, Brandon shuns the ritual of the first kill, earning his family’s lasting wrath. When he finds love with a human woman named Angelina – forbidden among the Brethren — his fate is sealed. Can Brandon protect Angelina from his enemies — and his own dark thirsts?
”Dark Thirst” has been hailed as a “unique twist on the vampire legend” and “a fascinating and unique romance” by Romantic Times Book Reviews magazine and “a vivid debut” and “a masterful read” by reviewers at PNR Reviews.
“Dark Thirst” also recently earned 5 out of 5 Angels and a Recommended Read designation at Fallen Angel Reviews! “Kudos to Sara Reinke for her unique and thoroughly compelling vampire world,” says reviewer Bella. “I read this book in one sitting, unable to tear myself away… ‘Dark Thirst’ has it all: internal and external conflict, heated passion, suspenseful plot and vibrant secondary characters…[a] fabulous page-turner!”
What inspired the story?
The idea for “Dark Thirst” originally came about because when I was growing up in the Bluegrass region of central Kentucky, we would drive past enormous Thoroughbred horse farms to get from our town to the bigger city of Lexington. The farms are signatures of the area – rolling acres of lush green grass framed by white wooden fences. I always wondered about the people who owned those farms, because they’re so huge, it would be more than easy to hide away from the rest of the world at one, to live a completely segregated, isolated life. Over the years, from these innocent mus ings, the world of the Brethren eventually developed.
Who would you cast in a film adaptation of the book?
I think that Orlando Bloom or James McAvoy would be good “faces” to place with the hero, Brandon Noble. Because he’s deaf and mute, a lot of his communication in the book is expressed through his eyes and facial expressions, which makes these two actors excellent fits for the role. For Angelina, I think Gabrielle Union would be perfect – just the right blend of toughness and beauty. I always imagined Rene as Josh Holloway, who plays Sawyer on TV’s “Lost.” For Brandon’s sister, Tessa, I think Kate Beckinsale would be a good fit. All of this is just wishful thinking on my part, of course, LOL.
What is you favorite part of being a writer?
I love to hear from readers who have enjoyed my book. It’s one of the most gratifying experiences, one I’ll never get tired of.
The least favorite?
Getting over my own silly little insecurities and self-doubts and getting to work on a manuscript.
How has your real life influenced your writing?
I think that since I’ve become a parent myself, I’ve developed a greater affinity for characters who also have children. A lot of times, I’ll pick occupations for characters that either I have had or people close to me have had – for example, my mother was a nurse and I went to nursing school myself for a brief time, so I often incorporate characters who are nurses. My father was in law enforcement, so you’ll often find police officers in my stories. That being said, while many of my characters may demonstrate character traits in common with me, I usually don’t pull from my own emotions to create them; I give them their own lives, histories, etc. as a framework and let them develop on their own.
What would you like to tell aspiring writers?
I would encourage them to keep learning, keep improving their craft and to never give up if they’re passionate in their pursuit of publication. Set realistic goals for yourself and work hard to achieve them. Rejection is an unfortunate part of this business, so do your best to surround yourself with positive people – friends, family, fellow writers.
Describe yourself in three words.
Goofy. Caring. Mother-bear.
If you had a time capsule to be opened 50 years in the future, what would you put in it?
Journals. I love to go back and read through my old journals, to see where I was at in my life and reflect (and usually laugh) about how much has changed, and how much I’ve changed along with it. I think I would also include pictures of my children and husband, to remind myself of how happy I am at this point in my life, how much fulfillment and joy my family brings to me each day. And of course, copies of my books, if only to prove to other folks at the nursing home (ha ha ha) that I actually HAD written them!
What’s next for you?
“Dark Hunger,” Book Two in the Brethren Series is coming in September to bookstores from Zebra Books. In this exciting sequel to “Dark Thirst,” Tessa Noble-Davenant is a vampire who will do anything to protect her brother, Brandon — even if that means traveling across the country with Rene Morin. A cynical, brooding, yet startling sexy vampire, Rene seems to take pleasure in finding fault with Tessa’s every move. Despite this, a sensual attraction begins to develop between the two, one to which neither can afford to succumb. Rene and Tessa are being followed — and a single misstep will put them at the mercy of forces more dark and powerful than even they can fight. If they are caught, the ecstasy of their newfound love will be matched only by the agony of its loss…
I just finished revisions on another paranormal romance called “Resurrection” which I’ve sent to my agent for her review. If she likes it, we’ll get started marketing it to publishers. If she wants to see further revisions, I’ll roll up my sleeves and get to work on those.
I’m also getting ready to begin work on the third book in the Brethren Series, so my agent can pitch it to my editor at Kensington.
Thank you so much Sara for that great interview!
Readers, can learn more about Sara and her book by visiting her website at http://www.sarareinke.com/
Everyone, Dark Thirst is a unique story featuring a vampire hero.
Vampires seem to be popular in books, films, and on television (I know I love them), what do you think makes them so irresistible?
Who is your favorite fictional vampire from a book, film, or television show?
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