To finish the Author Spotlight series on the blog, today I’ve got a fantastic author for you to read about. If you’re looking to feature your own work on the blog, check out the new Character Interview series here.
K. M. McFarland
Tell us a brief summary of your book’s plot.
Song Of The Vampire (The Vampyr Series, Book 1)
In 1989, Quinn Forrester was a rock star living a dream with his wife and their baby daughter until the night he met Giselle, a vampire who would turn his world into a nightmare. Appalled at what he had become and unable to face his wife after being turned to a vampire, he disappeared and isolated himself from the rest of the world. The story begins eighteen years later, the night Quinn is mesmerized by a young female singer appearing at his Bourbon Street nightclub, Vampyr. He soon discovers the voice belongs to a young woman named Nadia, who turns out to be the baby he abandoned the night he was turned. Quinn reveals himself to Nadia and tells her everything. Because vampires are ageless, and he doesn’t appear to be much older than she is, she doesn’t believe him at first, but he soon convinces her that he is her father. Nadia becomes fascinated by Quinn’s world. As the two bond and become closer, Quinn soon discovers that Nadia has her own pain. As they help each other battle their demons, they discover shocking secrets, lies and deceptions about people they thought they could trust, and the truth is finally revealed about the night Quinn was turned.
There are many twists and turns and just when you think you know where the story going, you can expect it to take a turn.
What was the inspiration for this story?
New Orleans and the mystery and magic of the French Quarter and uptown Garden District. I can visualize a Bourbon Street apartment over a bar being occupied by a vampire and the old buildings and homes being haunted. There is an old home that I have been in that inspired Quinn’s Garden District home and the ghosts that inhabit it, but it is located on a different street and is much smaller than Quinn’s home.
Do you have any writing habits you would like to tell us about?
I’m strongly influenced by music, so I try to find something to listen to before I write that gets me into the mood of the subject matter I have planned for that day. I have to connect with my characters and feel what my characters are feeling in order to make them real, and music is the best way for me to do that.
What is the hardest thing to manage when you start writing?
Time. It can be my friend or my enemy. It’s difficult to pry myself away from writing once I get started, and it’s hard to get back into it once I pull myself away.
Name the three books currently topping your To Be Read list?
Taken By The Huntsman by Mistral Dawn
The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden
Demon Within by Julie Nicholls
How important do you think a book’s cover is?
It’s true you can’t judge a book by its cover, but most people do. With millions of books to choose from, a cover that stands out over all the others is essential. You have to grab the reader’s attention and make them want to choose that one over all the others.
If you could collaborate with any author, who would you choose?
I would like to say Ann Rice since she is my favorite author of all time. I’m such a huge fan, I would probably be so intimidated, I wouldn’t be able to think straight, so that probably wouldn’t work very well.