1. From the book which is your favourite character? and why?
I always struggle when someone asks me to pick a favourite character – it always feels a bit like being asked which of my children are my favourite. Serenity and Sebastian (the vampire) are loved equally, but for different reasons. I love Serenity for finding her strength within herself and not relying on other people, and I love Sebastian because of how much he loves Serenity and because he’s just that little bit dangerous.
2. Is there a favorite genre of books that you love to read and write?
Anything paranormal gets my vote! I like to be left with a chill down my spine, so if it’s got a bit of an edge to it as well, even better.
I’d tell myself to stop submitting manuscripts and concentrate on learning the actual craft of writing. I was always great at producing stories but it’s only been in the last couple of years that I’ve actually given thought to what makes good writing.
4. What is your inspiration/muse while you are writing?
I love to listen to bands such as 30 Seconds to Mars, Live, and Kings of Leon.
Their music takes me to that dark, grungy place a lot of my work seems to thrive in.
5. What are your habits when you sit down to create? Do you have a certain room or place where you go?
I have a little office area set up in my living room. I don’t have the luxury of my own actual office but I don’t think it would get used anyway! I have young children so I tend to be wherever they are so I can keep an eye on them while I’m working.
6. Have you made any mistakes along the way?
Plenty. I can’t go into too much detail, but they would definitely be based around giving my work away too easily. I also wasted a lot of time and money sending out manuscripts before they were ready. Of course, I didn’t realize they weren’t ready at the time, but looking back I can see why I was never offered a contract in the early days.
7. What do you like to do in your down time?
I spend time with my family, read, cook, and watch movies. I love horror films and all those paranormal television shows like ‘The Vampire Diaries’, ‘True Blood’ and ‘The Magic Circle’. I might be in my thirties but I’m still a teen at heart!
8. Do you have a work in progress you would like to share with us?
Sure! This is from the start of my young adult novel, Enchanted, which will be a spin-off of the ‘Serenity’ series:
“Wake up, dreamer!”
A shoulder barged into mine as I stood, staring at the huge arrangement of red brick buildings that were about to become my home for the next three years.
“Hey, watch it,” I exclaimed as my forehead creased in a frown, my body jerking away from the impact.
The person who had nudged me—a tall guy with broad shoulders and a buzzed-short blond head—threw me a grin over his shoulder as he walked away.
The guy was wrong, I hadn’t been dreaming. Instead I’d been frozen into inertia, terrified of this new life I was about to plunge myself into. For a few moments, I’d forgotten what I was doing here; overwhelmed by the sheer number of people bustling around me.
I scowled at his retreating back, trying not to appreciate the muscles flexing beneath his form-fitting, gray t-shirt. My first introduction to my new college and I’d already been called out on one of my flaws. Self-conscious, I tugged at the sleeves of my long-sleeve tee, worn despite the warm fall day. I only hoped my other quirks weren’t quite so obvious.
Most kids blamed their parents for who they are. In that way, I’m no different. However, what I am is unlike any other girl starting college.
I am a Dhampyre; born of a human mother to a vampire father. My parents did their best to raise me as any normal child, but hey, when your dad survives by drinking the blood of other people, something like that is always going to play on a girl’s mind.
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Marissa Farrar is a multi-published horror and fantasy author. She was born in Devon, England, loves to travel and has lived in both Australia and Spain. She now resides in the countryside with her husband, two children, a crazy Spanish dog, two rescue cats and six hens. She has a degree in Zoology, but her true love has always been writing.
Marissa is the author of four novels, including the dark vampire ‘Serenity’ series. Her fifth novel, Underlife, a dark fantasy set beneath the streets of London, will be published August 2012.
Her short stories have been accepted for a number of anthologies including, Their Dark Masters, Red Skies Press, Masters of Horror: Damned If You Don’t, Triskaideka Books; and 2013: The Aftermath, Pill Hill Press.
If you want to know more about Marissa, then please visit her website at www.marissa-farrar.blogspot.com. You can also find her at her facebook page, www.facebook.com/marissa.farrar.author or follow her on twitter @marissafarrar.
She loves to hear from readers and can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org.