Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Interview with author D.N. Simmons

Welcome to my stop on the Desires Unleashed Book Tour hosted by Innovative Online Tours.  Please enjoy a brief synopsis of the book, followed by an interview with the author, D.N. Simmons.

Cover.jpg Desires Unleashed by D.N. Simmons
From Goodreads:Desires Unleashed is the first novel in the riveting, highly-addictive and sexually-charged Knights of the Darkness Chronicles. Experience the heart-pounding thrill of the chase in this electrifying page-turner as you uncover the mystery behind the series of gruesome killings that have been terrorizing the citizens of Chicago.


1)  Tell us about The Knights of the Darkness Chronicles. 
The Knight of the Darkness Chronicles is a multicultural urban fantasy series in which vampires and shape-shifters live openly with humans. To say the two species share a lack of trust between them would be a huge understatement. Their very fragile peace is threatened by factions from both sides and the humans and supernaturals soon realize that if they are going to survive in this new era, they’re going to have to trust each other.  The main story focuses on a set of characters whose lives intertwine with each book as they face one threat after another that jeopardizes their territory, friends and lovers.

2)  Each author seems to have a different “version” of vampire; can you tell us what some main qualities of your characters are? 
This is a fun question; I can’t say that I’ve ever been asked this before. I’m a huge vampire fan, and I’d like to think I created some pretty cool vamps. :D  In my series, the vampires are extremely powerful. They have super strength, speed, telepathic abilities, hypnosis, and a preternatural aura that adds an ethereal glow to their physical appearance. Those are some of the aspects that make the vampire so interesting and cool. I wanted to keep those traits.  The older a vampire is, of course, the stronger he/she becomes. For example, they become more resilient to the harmful rays of the sun. Each vampire belongs to a particular line that leads to what I called the “Fount”. The first vampire of that line and they have their own special abilities.

3)  What inspired you to start writing? 
Reading a good book. There’s nothing more fun than getting lost in a great tale. To be swept up and away on an adventure set in a world that lets your imagination run wild. I love that, and I wanted to create my own world in which another person can delve into and just fantasize and explore.

4)  Do you have any other stories bouncing around in your head? 
Oh I do! I’m currently working on the final installment of the Knights of the Darkness Chronicles, “Unholy Alliance”. But I’m also working on a new book that may very well turn into a trilogy. *wink*.

5)  What’s your writing style? (Pen/paper, computer, complete quiet or background noise, etc.)
For me, I see the story in my mind, playing out like a movie, if you will. So, I start the writing process from the first chapter and work the story until the end. I connect significant scenarios almost like links in a chain until the tale is complete. Oh, and I simply must have music. Often times, I’ll play one song repeatedly, because the melody keeps me in the mental zone for the type of book that I’m writing.  

6)  Do you have any tips for us aspiring authors? 
Be as original as you can be. You have to remember that there’s been a book written in just about every genre you can think of. So when you decide to make a name for yourself, you have to bring something unique into the genre.  Something readers haven’t read before, something that is unpredictable, exciting and ultimately entertaining.

7)  Please let us know where to find you. 
I have my own little corner of the cyberspace world at www.dnsimmons.com. I can also be found on Facebook, Goodreads and Twitter.  

D.N. Simmons

Please check out these other great stops on this tour!

June 4th      Live To Read ~Krystal
June 4th      Wickedly Bookish
June 5th      My Secret Romance
June 5th      Words I Write Crazy
June 6th      Red Headed Bookworm
June 7th      ¡Miraculous!
June 7th      My Secret Romance
June 8th      Ramblings From This Chick
June 8th      The Readers Roundtable Infinity & Beyond
June 8th      Ramblings of an Amateur Writer

1 comment:

  1. Hi, from another IO Book Tours host! I should have signed up for this particular tour, since I love vamps!! Oh, well... I really enjoyed the interview, and will be checking this book out on Goodreads! Thank you for such a great post!!

    Maria @ http://anightsdreamofbooks.blogspot.com/