Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Interview with Rebecca Zanetti and Giveaway - February 23, 2011

Please welcome Rebecca Zanetti to The Qwillery as part as part of our 2011 Debut Author Challenge interviews.

TQ: What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Rebecca:  Well, okay. It’s odd, but I can’t write without wearing socks. My feet are usually cold. Even in the summer when I’m wearing shorts and a tank. The thing is…I don’t care if they match. So I’ve opened the door to the UPS guy wearing shorts and one fuzzy red sock, and one blue sock with green stripes. He thinks I’m weird.

TQ: Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?

Rebecca:  I like Nora Roberts, Cynthia Eden, Lora Leigh, Sayde Grace, J.R. Ward and of course, J.D. Salinger. The first romance I ever read was one of Nora Robert’s MacGregor books and I was hooked for life.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a panster?

Rebecca:  I’m a panster. In fact, I write my first draft and then go back and really get to know my characters to layer the details throughout the book. I’ve tried to fill out those character worksheets before starting a new book, but by the time I get to the third question, I have a scene in my head I just need to write. Then I never quite make it back to the worksheet. At least, until the first draft is finished.

TQ:  What inspired you to write Fated?

Rebecca:  This story wouldn’t leave me alone. I’d heard on the writing loops that editors were NOT looking for any vampire books. But this one kept bugging me, so I wrote it for myself, just for fun. It sold in five days from my sending out the first query.

TQ: What sort of research did you do for Fated?

Rebecca:  Actually, I wrote the vampire world the way I want the vampire world to be. My vamps are tough and only take blood in extreme situations like battle…or sex. But I did brush up on string theory and quantum physics to explain some of their abilities.

TQ: Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in the book?

Rebecca:  The hero in FATED is a complete alpha male without question. Soldier, vampire and leader. So when he lets his guard down and shows an unexpected sweet side, I think it really works. I love that kind of situation. And then, of course, he goes off to fight the bad guys with no mercy.

TQ: How many books are planned for the Dark Protectors series? Will there be any short stories or novellas set in the Dark Protectors' world?

Rebecca:  Right now I have nine books I’d like to write that would complete the overall story arc. I’m not sure about novellas…that depends on my publisher. I’d love to write one or two with secondary characters.

TQ:  What's next?

Rebecca:  Book two in the Dark Protector series is called CLAIMED and will be released in October. It features the king of the vampire world and a feisty scientist. Book three is HUNTED and I’m finishing it right now—I think the release date is summer of 2012.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Rebecca:  Thanks for having me! These questions were a lot of fun. J

About Rebecca's Books
(Dark Protector 1)
February 22, 2011
Marry Me
Cara Paulsen does not give up easily. A scientist and a single mother, she’s used to fighting for what she wants, keeping a cool head, and doing whatever it takes to protect her daughter Janie. But “whatever it takes” has never before included a shotgun wedding to a dangerous-looking stranger with an attitude problem…
Or Else
Sure, the mysterious Talen says that he’s there to protect Cara and Janie. He also says that he’s a three-hundred-year-old vampire. Of course, the way he touches her, Cara might actually believe he’s had that long to practice…

Claimed (Dark Protector 2) will be published in October 2011. Hunted (Dark Protector 3) will be publishedi n 2010.

About Rebecca

Rebecca Zanetti has worked as an art curator, Senate aide, lawyer, college professor and a hearing examiner - only to culminate it all in stories about vampires and science. She is a member of RWA and several of its chapters and has won awards for her works throughout the industry.  She currently writes the Dark Protector series from Kensington Publishing and is represented by Caitlin Blasdell at Liza Dawson Associates.

Rebecca's links

The Giveaway


What:  One commenter will win a signed copy of Fated directly from Rebecca!

How:  Leave a comment telling The Qwillery the name of your alpha vampire? Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1) Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2) Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3) Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Wednesday, March 2, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*


  1. Rhage! OMG, love the series, love the vamp. His personality is fantastic. I love his attitude. Yep, he's my favorite vamp.

  2. Hi Jeep Diva! I love your profile picture! Thanks for dropping by today. :)

  3. My choice for alpha male vampire would be Jennifer Rardin's Vayl.

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  4. Hi Ruth A! Awesome choice! Have a great rest of the week. :)

  5. Hi Rebecca. Thanks for the great interview. I look forward to reading about your vampires in Fated and discovering what your vampire world is about. Characters names are important to me and I just love the name Talen and can't wait to meet him Currently, I would have to say my favorite Alpha Vampire is Mikhail from Christine Feehans's Dark series.

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  6. Wonderful interview, Qwill! Thanks for introducing us to another debut author. Fated is definitely on my TBR List now! (Even if meeting yet more authors with intriguing-sounding stories is making my wallet cry... LOL!)

    When I think Alpha vamp, my first thought is LKH's Jean-Claude, (though to be honest, I liked him better in the first half-dozen books), I'm also rather partial to Lestat... :)

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  7. Fated sounds amazing!!! My favorite Alpha Vampire is Eric from True blood.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
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  8. My favorite alpha vampire would be Spike from Buffy/Angel. Lestat from the Vampire Chronicles would be my second choice. I like when the alpha has a sense of humor too. Congratulations on your new release! So glad the second book comes out so soon.

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  9. My favorite alpha vampire is Zsadist from the Black Dagger Brotherhood by JR Ward. I actually like all of her warriors but he is my absolute favorite.
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  10. My alpha vampire? Uhm... I would go with Tegan of Midnight Breed by Lara Adrian :)
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    Thanks for the giveaway! :D

  11. Hi Chris S! I love the dark series, too! Good choice!

    Hi Rissatoo! I'm a Lestat fan, I have to say!

    Hi Diana! I've been rooting for Erik since day one...even when I wasn't supposed to. :)

  12. Hi StacieDM: I watched a whole season of Buffy when I was sick in December...Spike is actually very funny, I think. And seriously dark. Loved him!

    Hi Danielle! I liked Z as well...especially that scene in the future when he holds his sweet.

    Hi Petit! I haven't read about Tegan...but I will now. Thanks for dropping by! :)

  13. My favorite Alpha Male Vampire and I know I am probably driving people nuts with this answer but Acheron(well he is half vamp half demi god) from the Dark Hunter series

    HI Rebecca I do have a question, if you could write out of your genre what would it be?



  14. My favorite Alpha vampire would be Jeaniene Frost's Bones.
    I love learning about new authors, and I'm definitely going to check out Fated.

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  15. Hi BHLmistress! Well, I have one romantic suspense novel that needs an my agent can shop it around. But I also have a chick-lit series mulling in my head...

    Hi Barbara E! I hope you like FATED. Thanks for commenting today! :)

  16. Thanks for the interview! It was lovely :)

    I think I'll choose lestat...he's on top of my list!

    I follow (GFC) and comment!

  17. Y favorite alpha male is the one and only BONES from Jeaniene Frost's night huntress series! He is perfection! Sexy, alpha, protective, possessive, amazing lover, great sense of humor and a sexy British accent! YUMMY!

    I am a GFC follower and I tweeted it from my twitter account:!/DarkBloodyVamp/status/40813781751832576

    Total 3 entries.

    Thanks for this giveaway! The books sounds very interesting!


  18. I LOVE Rhage from the BDB...I Love that he can eat what bugs him }:)


  19. Fated sounds right up my alley. My favorite alpha vampire would have to be Eric from the Sookie Stackhouse books.

  20. I'd say Eric Northman. Love that series!

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  21. I would have to say my alpha vamp would have to be Ash from Danann Frost Falls From Grace by Joanne Valiukas, totally fell in love with him when I read the book!

    Thanks for the giveaway

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  22. Thanks for the giveaway!
    My favoutite alpha male vampire would be definitely Eric from True Blood(it's my favourite series)
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  23. 100% Jean Claude, there's just something about him :)

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  24. ***Slowly looks around corner**** Since I've just started reading, again, I can only think of a few...Carlisle from Twilight or maybe Lucien from Meg Cabot's Insatiable.

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  25. Hey all! I wanted to thank everyone for dropping by and leaving comments! Good luck in the drawing. :)

  26. Would love to win this! My fav alpha vampire is Zsadist from Black Dagger Brotherhood series

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