Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Book Tour: Savage by Willow Rose Interview

Savage by Willow Rose
Daughters of the Jaguar #1

Genre: Paranormal Romance

ISBN: 1477662391

Number of pages: 447
Word Count: 87000

Cover Artist: Jan Sigetty Boeje

Book Description: 

The year is 1983. Christian is 22 years old when he leaves his home in Denmark to spend a year in Florida with a very wealthy family and go to med-school. A joyful night out with friends is shattered by an encounter with a savage predator that changes his life forever. Soon he faces challenges he had never expected. A supernatural gift he has no idea how to embrace. A haunting family in the house next door. A spirit-filled girl who seems to carry all the answers. An ancient secret hidden in the swamps of Florida. One life never the same. One love that becomes an obsession. Two destinies that will be forever entangled.
Savage is a paranormal romance with some language, violence, and sexual situations recommended for ages sixteen and up. It is the first in a family saga that covers three decades of the character's lives. The sequel is expected to be published in September 2012.


1. Where did you get the idea for the novel? 

I get that question a lot and it is so hard to answer in just a few sentences. Because where do inspiration come from? I for one have no idea. I get it from everything and everyone around me. From people I meet, from articles I read and movies I watch. For me a book starts with the characters. The characters and their story come to me. I like to say that they "pop up" in my head. That is the best way I can describe it. The characters are just there all of a sudden with their backgrounds and problems and then they start to do stuff and talk to other people and soon there is a whole story that I simply have to tell or else I will burst. The main character Christian in Savage is somewhat inspired by my husband. Back in '83 when he was 19 years old he was sent to Florida by his parents to live with a very wealthy family just like Christian in Savage. My husband's experiences coming from a small country Denmark to the big USA in the 80'ies are very similar to those of Christian, yet they do not share backgrounds. Christian has lost his mother in a young age and that has had a huge impact on who he is and why he acts the way he does. He matures a lot throughout the book and love changes him from being a selfish self-centered boy into a young man.
2. Your title. Who came up with it? Did you ever change your title? 

I had the title to all three books in the series before I started writing. I have changed a title before though. The first book in my Afterlife-series was originally called "The Academy" now it is "Beyond". I changed it because I had found a great title for the sequel "Serenity" and I wanted them to match.

3. Which came first, the title or the novel? 

The characters came first. Then the storyline, then the title, then I wrote the novel. 

4. Since becoming a writer, what’s the most exciting thing to ever happen to you? 

Having children, moving to Florida from Denmark, reaching a bestselling list :-)

5. What book are you currently reading or what was the last book you read?

 I just finished "The Vampire Lestat" by Anne Rice. I love all of her work.

6. What was your first book that you ever wrote (very first one you wrote, not published)? 

The first I wrote was in Danish called "The Czech Connection" it was a thriller based upon some experience I had when I worked as a reporter for a Danish TV-station. I was sent to cover the story of a Danish truck-driver that had been found dead in a bush in Poland behind a brothel. It was the first real book I wrote and the first I had published by a big publishing house in Denmark. Until then I had only written short stories that I have never shown anybody.

7. What is your writing process? 

My daily schedule is not much different than other people's. I say goodbye to the kids at eight and then I write until three o'clock when they are out of school. I try to leave the computer alone the rest of the day in order to be there for the kids, but sometimes I just have to sneak back to it and write something that I just remembered. It's really hard not to write constantly once I have begun a new book. I always get the ideas for a book a long time before I actually write it. I like to let the storyline settle in my mind and once I feel like it has all come together and the story is about to burst out of me I sit down and write. I write from beginning to the end, then I go back and re-write it a couple of times before I send it to my editor.
8. Who are your favorite authors of all time? 

Anne Rice and Isabel Allende.

9. At a book signing, do you just sign your name or do you write a note? How do you come up with stuff to say? 

I am horrible at finding stuff to say to people. I think it is because I am a horrible small-talker as well. I always sign my name and if the person tells me her or his name then I write something.

10. What is something people would be surprised to know about you?

 That I hardly ever wear socks. I hate it because it makes my feet claustrophobic. That's part of the reason I could never move back to Denmark :-)

11. How do you react to a bad review? 

It hurts. Of course it does. But I have gotten used to it over time. Some people just don't like what you write or they're the wrong audience for that type of book. That's just the way it is. Sometimes I read them to see if I can agree on something they say and maybe improve myself but not always.

12. How did you celebrate the sale of your first book? 

My first book was published traditionally so I have no idea when the first sale was made, but we did celebrate that I had my first book published with champagne and strawberries.


          I removed my clothes and followed her into the cold water that sprang from the center of the earth in a spring somewhere further north and therefore had the same temperature all year around.                                            
          “Are there any animals in this water?” I asked as she carefully took me by the hand and led me in.                                                                                     
          “There might be manatees,” she said with a shrug.  

          “What about alligators?" I asked and turned as I thought I heard something move behind me in the water. 
“Someone told me that there are alligators in all waterholes in Florida.” 

          She laughed. “There might be, but we rarely see them. Besides. It just makes it that more exciting, right?” She pulled my hand and drew me close to her. Our bodies felt warm against each other, her skin was soft, and touching it made me forget about animals in the water and the sounds of nature. I even forgot about my concerns as to hurting her and disappointing her parents. All I could think about was her and me, here right now in this water that was caressing our bodies. I kissed her again and held her naked body close to mine while allowing the passion to rise in me. Suddenly she pulled away from me. “Stop,” she whispered urgently. I looked at her and saw that the expression on her face had suddenly changed.                                                              

         “What’s wrong?” I asked sensing that my voice was shaking slightly. If it was out of fear or caused by the arousal I didn’t know.                                         

          “I thought I heard something.”                                                                 

          “Like what?” She shook her head while her expression cleared. She smiled. “It was probably nothing.”

About the Author: 

Willow Rose writes Paranormal Romance, fantasy and mystery. Originally from Denmark she now lives on Florida’s Space Coast with her husband and two daughters. She is a huge fan of Anne Rice and Isabel Allende. When she is not writing or reading she enjoys to watch the dolphins play in the waves of the Atlantic Ocean.

twitter: @madamwillowrose

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