Monday, November 30, 2009

Interview with a Drop-Dead Gorgeous Vampire

I haven't written in five days. Seriously. That's messed up, right?

Alright alright, that's a lie. Despite my promise to stay away from the computer over the Thanksgiving holiday, I have cheated by writing a few e-mails and tweeting. And I did spend some time reviewing Aeternus, my finished manuscript, looking for any problems late last night. But that's not writing--that's editing. Well, okay, there was yesterday's emotional blog post, which, I suppose, can be considered writing. But I haven't touched my YA Magical realism WIP (which I really should title...) Only WIPs count as real writing, right? (Insofar as a promise to my family that I would take a break from writing is concerned, the answer is definitively "yes.")

Regardless, my fingers are twitching to write. Dead serious. I need some valium or something. Is it possible to get writing withdrawal? I suppose the only remedy will be to just get on with writing (since I ran out of valium when I sent out my first query letters for Aeternus). To that end, I will finish this blog post and dive into YAMRW (the uncreative working title for my WIP). So, please welcome talented writer Courtney Reese and Caleb, the MC of her paranormal romance series....

Totally Sane Interviews with Vampires, Hobbits, and Talking Toads
An Interview with a Drop-Dead Gorgeous Vampire
by Courtney Reese
I'm quite pleased to present to you Ms. Courtney Reese's character interview, which she kindly gave to me to post ages ago (thank you, Courtney, for your saintly patience!) You should know that this little exchange between Courtney and Caleb is actually the second part of an interview. The first part of the interview was with Kate, Caleb's love interest in the Immortals Series, a paranormal romance series. I should also mention that Kate is a kick-ass vampire that gives Caleb a run for his money, so be sure to check out Kate's Interview here).

A little background on the aspiring author
First of all, I adore Courtney Reese. She's kind and generous, witty and talented. Only twenty-three years old, she's already well on her way to authordom with not just one series, but three! As a writer of Paranormal and Contemporary romance, urban fantasy, and young adult fiction, Ms. Reese's talents are clearly widespread. Currently, Ms. Reese is putting most of her effort in her Paranormal Romance Series "where her characters strive to make a life for themselves in a world where war is as much a part of life as breathing, where fighting for what's right can get you killed, and where love seems all but impossible" (Reese). Be sure to check out Courtney's website and her blog where you can read snippets of her work. You can also find her on Twitter.

Meet Caleb
A knock on the door brought me to my feet as the door opened and Caleb stepped into the small room. He was tall and masculine and everything I knew he would be—still, he took my breath away. I watched, awestruck, as he bowed slightly and stretched out his hand. Automatically I extended my own and he took it, bringing it to his lips for a soft kiss on my knuckles.

I was staring—I knew I was, but I couldn’t seem to stop. He was literally perfect; no wonder Kate had it bad. Did I look okay? Had my makeup smudged? Was I drooling?

Caleb: “Hm, ma’am? Are you alright?”
Me: “Huh? Oh—ah, yes. I—I stood up too fast… I’m…just a bit lightheaded is all.”

I really hoped he hadn’t caught my lie—how embarrassing would that be to be caught ogling?!

Me: “Tell me about yourself Caleb. Who are you and what is your role in the immortal world?”
Caleb: “I am the cousin to the Vampire King as well as his top advisor. A few years ago, I was given the title of Right Hand. It means that I am not only his top advisor, but also the successor to the throne and the second highest authority in the vampire world.”
Me: “That seems like quite an honor.”
Caleb: “Yes, it is. I’ve been Gabriel’s top advisor since he took the throne. He values my opinion.”
Me: “Now, you weren’t promoted to Right Hand until five years ago. That was right after you retired as General to the Slayer Army, wasn’t it?”

Caleb nodded; he knew where I was going with this, but he didn’t so much as shift in his seat.

Me: “But you didn’t retire on the best of terms. You stepped down because of a dispute between yourself and the daemon race. Can you tell me what happened?”
Of course I knew the answer—I’d done my research—but I didn’t think he’d answer. After a long minute, he spoke.
Caleb: “I insulted them. They felt as if I’d overstepped my boundaries in seeing that justice was served to one of their people. I retired to keep the daemons from going after the vampire race. It worked; they saw me as a ‘lone ranger’ instead of as the leader of an army. Soon after that, they pressed charges. It went all the way up to the gods before I was cleared.”
Me: “What was it that you did, exactly?”
Caleb: “Some say it was murder. Some say it was justice.” His voice was blank of all emotion, as if he’d used that line a hundred times before.
Me: “What do you say?”
Caleb: The corner of his mouth turned up in a smile. My questions weren’t annoying him; he was amused by me. “It depends on the day of the week.”
Me: “As the king’s advisor, do you know the details of the Assassin general’s latest assignment?”
Caleb: “Yes, I know about Kate.” He looked at me suspiciously. “She’s currently working undercover in a Dark Cell.”
Me: “I’ve heard that you and she are somewhat of an item.”
Caleb: “Uh, no. That’s not true. We’re coworkers, in a sense; we’re both advisors.”
Me: “You’re daughter seems to think you like her…”
Caleb: “My—you talked to Hannah?”
I nodded. Now I was getting into tricky territory. If I wasn’t careful, he’d up and walk—just like Kate had.
Caleb: “My daughter’s five. Of course she thinks I like Kate; I do—as a friend.”
Me: “A friend? A moment ago she was just a coworker.”
Caleb: “Semantics. You’re fishing, Ms. Reese.”
Me: “Why would I need to fish? I’ve already spoken with Kate. She’s told me exactly what’s gone on between the two of you.”

He squinted at me, probably trying to get a read on me. Of course I was bluffing but he didn’t know that.

Me: “The way I see it, the two of you have some serious chemistry and—”
Caleb: “You do realize that I can read your mind? It makes bluffing a moot point.”

Son. Of. A—

Caleb: “I should be getting back to work. I’m glad I could help you with your report, Ms. Reese. We should do this again sometime.”

I was still a bit shocked from the whole mindreading thing. How had I missed that? I knew all about vampire abilities and that Caleb was one of the most powerful of them all. Stupid, stupid...

Me: “Uh, huh. Sure.”

As he walked out, I realized—to my utter horror—he had caught me ogling him. Great.

What do you think? Did Caleb get the better of his maker? It seems to me with an MC like Caleb, it's worth it. Courtney, I bow to you, oh goddess of restraint. What a huge, yet delicious undertaking it must be to work with someone so...*sigh* Thank you for letting me post your interview! It's been a pleasure to work with you. I can't wait to see how the series turns out. Best wishes for a successful journey through publication!

If you would like to contribute to my Character Interviews series, find me on Twitter and shoot me a line. Be sure to check out some info on the series.


  1. Thank you so much for letting me guest post Caleb's interview on your blog! Its been so much fun working with you that I'm a little sad its all over -- even though I'm relieved that Caleb isn't distracting me anymore with his hotness ;)
    This is such a great series! I can't wait until the next interview! Thanks again, Carol!

  2. Courtney - I love it!! My two favorite parts were the ogling of your own character and the delayed discovery of Caleb's ability to read minds. I smiled through this interview :-)

    Carol - so... you haven't been writing? Well I've got a solution... You've got an assignment over on MY blog (for the next time you need a break from YAMRW) xoxo

  3. Great teaser interview for your book, Courtney! I can see Caleb in my mind, too, now.

    Mystery Writing is Murder

  4. Courtney, it's been my distinct pleasure! I'm dying to see the cover art for this book! Thank you for joining the series! And a big hat's off to Caleb for tolerating the interview, though he clearly has plenty else to do. I'm glad I'm not the one that interviewed him. How embarrassing to have anyone read THAT in my mind. Great character!

    Sara, hmm, curiosity peaked! I will run over to your blog right now! Thank you for stopping by mine. As always, you are ever encouraging and thoughtful.

    Elizabeth, if you ever get a mind to interview one of your MC's, I'd love to have you as well. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Hahaha omg! That was too funny! I second Sara--I loved the ogling and the too-late realization of his powers. ;) Great job!

    Carol I'm so glad you started this series!

  6. LOL Yeah, the ogling part was one of those things that just falls into place on its own. I got toward the end and Caleb's voice just popped into my head in that "are you kidding me" dry-humor kind of voice. Then I was like---oh crap! LOL he sure showed me!

  7. Ha! Caught bluffing and ogling! Very nicely done, good lady. I quite liked how you turned the interview on its head!

    Here's the question, though: does the vampire heir have flaws? And if so, what are they?

    Then again, I doubt he'd have revealed them no matter how subtly you asked. He seems tough like that.

    Thanks for the entertaining read!

  8. Awesome interview!! That was a lot of fun to read - can't wait for your book :)

  9. Courtney, don't blame you for the ogling. Not one bit.

    Simon, leave it to a man to look for the flaws in a beautiful man. ;)

    Jemi, thanks for stopping by!


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