TQ: What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
Kristen: I have to have a title. Books don't feel real to me unless I have one, so even though it might change, there has to be one in place before I can start writing.
TQ: Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Kristen: Both, although I plot as little as possible because my books rarely want to follow the path I've chosen.
TQ: What inspired you to write the House of Comarré series?
Kristen: I had an idea - a mysterious woman in a slinky white dress that dipped low enough to reveal a gold tattoo. My heroine, Chrysabelle, grew out of that idea and everything else followed.
TQ: What sort of research did you do to create the world in the House of Comarré series?
Kristen: I researched a lot of things that got no more than a passing mention, but I felt like I needed to do it for my own sense of backstory. Things like the sounds a panther makes, the history of executioners in France, the treatment of gypsies in Europe, the physiology of blood, snakes. That kind of stuff.
TQ: Describe Blood Rights (House of Comarré 1) in 140 characters or less.
Kristen: Underworld meets Memoirs of a Geisha
TQ: Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in Blood Rights?
Kristen: It's impossible to answer that question without giving spoilers, so I'll just say there are a few at the end of the book.
TQ: In Blood Rights, who was the most difficult character to write and why? The easiest and why?
Kristen: None of them were really difficult. That book pretty much poured out of me.
TQ: Do you and Chrysabelle have anything in common?
Kristen: We're both blonde, but that's about it. Although I do love the idea of a gold tattoo.
TQ: Do you have a favorite character in the House of Comarré series?
Kristen: When I'm writing them, they're my favorite. I can't pick one over another!
TQ: How many books are planned for the House of Comarré series?
Kristen: There will be five. And possibly, if my editor likes it, a spin off series.
TQ: What's next?
Kristen: What's next is book five, Last Blood. But what's physically next is I'm headed to NY Comic Con October 14th - 16th. I'll be on a panel with some amazing authors, so if anyone's going, stop by and say hi!
TQ: Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery
Kristen: Thanks for having me!
About the House of Comarré series
Blood RightsHouse of Comarré 1
(Orbit, September 27, 2011)
Born into a life of secrets and service, Chrysabelle's body bears the telltale marks of a comarré -- a special race of humans bred to feed vampire nobility. When her patron is murdered, she becomes the prime suspect, which sends her running into the mortal world...and into the arms of Malkolm, an outcast vampire cursed to kill every being from whom he drinks.
Now, Chrysabelle and Malkolm must work together to stop a plot to merge the mortal and supernatural worlds. If they fail, a chaos unlike anything anyone has ever seen will threaten to reign.
Read The Qwillery's Review of Blood Rights here.
Flesh and BloodHouse of Comarré 2
(Orbit, October 25, 2011)
With the ring of sorrows still missing, and the covenant between othernaturals and mortals broken, Chrysabelle and Malkolm's problems are just beginning. Chrysabelle still owes Malkolm for his help, but fulfilling that debt means returning to Corvinestri, the hidden vampire city neither of them is welcome in.
The discovery that Chrysabelle has a brother could mean reneging on her promise to Malkolm, something that might make him angry enough to loose the beast living inside him. And fulfilling her vow could prove devastating for Chrysabelle --- especially when you throw in power hungry witches, dead fringe vampires, and the Kubai Mata.
Bad BloodHouse of Comarré 3
(Orbit, November 22, 2011)
Samhain approaches, bringing with it the final melding of the mortal and othernatural worlds. No one knows just how much power the night holds...
Violent murders occur in Paradise City as counterfeit comarré are systematically hunted. The police and the Kubai Mata have more than enough trouble to keep themselves occupied. As war erupts at home, Malkolm and Chrysabelle head to New Orleans to recover the Ring of Sorrows. Chrysabelle is forced to make a life and death decision and will realize that her relationship to Malkolm may have fatal consequences.
The clock is ticking . . .
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