Writer Wednesday

My name is Brenda de Zorig and I’m a journalist for the Konigtown Gazette. I’ve been on the road for years as an actress in an itinerant company, but eventually decided to go back to my hometown to start living of the thing I like the most – writing. So while I write my Masterpiece, I took this job at the Gazette and they send me on various assignments… I thought I might as well starting interviewing random people. Since I intend to write fiction, but truth is always stranger than fiction, I’m eager to hear about people out there – on my world or beyond.

So, here we are again with women in breeches! Hello there. Tell me a little about yourself.

1-katelinaMy name is Katelina Mauldin and I’m almost twenty-six. I guess the most interesting thing about me isn’t really me, but the company I keep. I’m dating a vampire. There. I said it. Jorick is a vampire, but he’s not a run of the mill, sparkles in the sunlight, only eats animals and cries to himself kind of vampire. I’m pretty sure he feeds on people when I’m not looking, and he’d much rather crush an enemy’s skull than cry about anything.

Interesting. I don’t think we have such creaturs on my world. Describe your appearance in ten words or less.

I think I’m pretty plain. Jorick disagrees.

Men! *snorts* Do you have an enemy or nemesis? If so, who are they and how did they become an enemy?

I’ve had a lot. Right now it’s Malick, a really old vampire who’s bored with the world and decided to shake things up by killing everyone. He’s the vampire who turned Jorick, so I think Jorick feels responsible, almost like it’s his father running amuck. That’s why we’re trying to stop him instead of letting the vampire governments do it.

Oh, wow. That’s a challenge! Would you kill for those you love? And would you die for them?

I actually have killed vampires before, and there have been a couple of times I thought I might die, so yes, I would. And Jorick would do the same for me.

You found one of those? *chukles* Lucky woman! Where do you live?

I lived my whole life in a small town in Ohio until I met Jorick. I was living with him in Maine until we had to go to the vampire Guild…Right now we’re in Europe, chasing after Malick and his henchmen, but hopefully we’re going to go home soon!

Are you involved in a relationship? If so, with who and what is it about them that you find appealing?

That would be Jorick. What do I like about him? You mean besides the fact that he’s gorgeous and immortal? Seriously though, he seems kind of grumpy sometimes, but really he’s sweet, sensitive, and caring. He always makes sure I have food, or heat, or all the things that I need that he hasn’t had to think about for over five hundred years. Remembering that stuff can’t be easy, but he tries. Men who put that kind of effort out are hard to find.

Indeed. I already said you’re a lucky woman – I wish I could find one of those! What is the biggest challenge you face in the story?

Dealing with all the horrible stuff my author throws at us. Blood thirsty vampires, allies who betray us, the whole overbearing vampire government and their elite police… it’s crazy!

Ah, a familiar term: “police”! We also have that! My friend Thea works for the town police! Do you have a family? Tell me about them.

My father died when I was little, so it’s just been me and my mother. Lately though, I think she’s taken up with Brad, who is half her age. He used to date one of my friends. The whole thing is crazy, and I’ve tried to tell her, but she isn’t listening. I know it’s going to be a disaster in the end.

Please give me an interesting and unusual fact about yourself.

I used to own over forty colors of nail polish. Then crazy vampires trashed my apartment, and now I have about twenty-five left. Oddly enough they’re in Maine at Jorick’s house, so I still can’t use them.

What 2 or 3 questions do you wish I’d asked and what are your answers to them?

If your boyfriend is a vampire, are you planning to be turned?

Yes. Eventually. When the time is right, and things are prepared and all that…okay, I’m kind of hesitant about it. Not because I don’t want to be with Jorick just… well, it’s a huge commitment, you know? Once you’re immortal, you’re immortal. No Takies Backsies, as they say.

Before you met Jorick, did you believe in vampires?

Ha! No! Who would believe in vampires? They seem like silly Hollywood stuff that Halloween movies are made of. And then – boom – I discovered the truth and my belief that the world was a safe, sensible place was destroyed.

Do you ever regret having that perception destroyed?

Sometimes. But having it intact would mean that I had never met Jorick, and I’d rather face the nightmares then be without him.

Thank you, Katelina! Oh, we seem to have an old wizard on this side… Hello. Tell me a little about yourself.

19 - malickYou can call me Malick. As to my age… Let’s say I walked the earth before the so-called Christ was born.

Don’t know who that is, but you look like an old wizard to me… Describe your appearance in ten words or less.

I would hope to say fatherly, but perhaps it’s sinister.

What is your role in the story?

Ah! What is anyone’s role in the story of life? Can an existence be summed up with a single label? Some might call me a villain, others a monster, and still others a god. I will take whatever title they wish to lay at my feet and do my best not to disappoint their expectations.

What is your relationship with the protagonist(s)?

Katelina? She was an insignificant mortal, no different from any of the countless millions that swarm this planet, until my son Jorick chose her as a mate. Her presence at his side is what led to her meeting Samael in the cave and… well… we don’t want to give too much away, do we? Let’s suffice to say that I find her a useful tool when necessary.

Where do you live(world/town/whatever)?

You may call it my oasis, where my faithful gather in the desert.

Are you involved in a relationship? If so, with who and what is it about them that you find appealing?

Are not all interactions with other sentient being relationships? If so I am in many, I even have a relationship with you, my interviewer, no matter how brief and distant. But then, does that not sum up all relationships? No matter how important one thinks they are, in the end they truly only brief, distant things, where the other participant is only allowed as close as we wish them to be. Unless, of course, one of the participants is like me. I can open your mind like an egg and read everything that you want to keep hidden, if I choose to.

What is the biggest challenge you face in the story?

That would be my son, Jorick. He has become misguided, and I have faith that I may yet lure him back to my side. There are those who believe I should let him go, but I admit I find that difficult. He has always been my favorite.

Do you have a moral code?

What are morals but convictions of convenience? Do not morals change as the centuries pass and societies evolve? Should not our own morals change as we, too, evolve?

Please give me an interesting and unusual fact about yourself.

The master who turned me long ago resembled a child, and at one time we passed ourselves off as father and son, an amusing twist of the truth. However, I do not know what ever became of him.

What 2 or 3 questions do you wish I’d asked and what are your answers to them?

Are you really trying to kill everyone?

Ah! Yes, the human child told you that, didn’t she? From her feeble point of view I suppose it would seem that way to her. What she fails to realize is that in order to wish everyone’s destruction I would have to care about everyone, and I simply do not. Whether they live or die means nothing to me.

Then what is your ultimate goal?

Ha ha! Do I have one? Or do I have many little goals that will all coalesce into something interesting?

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Book(s) in which the character appears and links

The Amaranthine series including Shades of Gray, Legacy of Ghosts, Ties of Blood, Ashes of Deceit, Heart of the Raven, Children of Shadows

(these links are to the website pages since it has all the buy links on them)

Sog – http://www.joleenenaylor.com/books/sog.php

Log – http://www.joleenenaylor.com/books/log.php

Tob – http://www.joleenenaylor.com/books/tob.php

Aod – http://www.joleenenaylor.com/books/aod.php

Hor – http://www.joleenenaylor.com/books/hor.php

Cos – http://www.joleenenaylor.com/books/cos.php

joleene naylor 2Author bio & social media/website, etc.

Joleene Naylor is the author of the glitter-less Amaranthine series, a world where vampires aren’t for children. As a compliment to the novel series, she has also written several short stories, including the Vampire Morsels collection, and has plans for an Amaranthine Encyclopedia.

In her spare time, Joleene is a freelance book cover designer and for-fun photographer. She maintains several blogs full of odd ramblings, and occasionally updates her website at JoleeneNaylor.com. She and her husband live in Villisca, Iowa near the famous – and reportedly haunted – “axe murder” house. Though she enjoys the paranormal, she refuses to invite the ghosts for a visit. Between the cats, dogs, and turtles, her house is full enough.

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  1. I commented but it looks like WP ate it – thanks for putting up with the two of them 😉


  2. Great interview.


  3. Reblogged this on Three hoodies save the world and commented:
    Great interview and great books.


  4. I love Jo’s vampire series.


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