Author Interview: Rosemary Johns

Firstly – thanks for having me on today Jen!

 

How old were you when you knew you wanted to be a writer?

 

When I was eight years old I wrote my first novel. My first short story was published when I was fourteen. I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t compelled to write. I then wrote plays and owned a theatre company. I only thought of it in terms of ‘being a writer’, when I turned to novels as an adult: my Rebel Vampires series.

 

What are your greatest sources of inspiration?

 

My family and the world around me: I’m a subversive artist, which means I challenge what’s happening in society.

 

The idea for Blood Dragons was sparked by my autistic son, who has a photographic memory. I wondered what it would be like to live through the centuries witnessing glorious wonders and devastating horrors. And remembering everything with the clarity of a photograph.

 

In a divided paranormal London, one rebel vampire’s dangerous hidden love could bring about the end of the world – unless he can play the role of hero and save both species – and maybe even himself.

Blood Shackles is the second book in the Rebel Vampires series. This time the idea was sparked by freedom. Or the loss of it. My husband is a police officer and it was a shock to hear about modern day slavery in England. But what would happen if it was the Blood Lifers who could be trafficked? Like Taken with vampires.

 

What genre(s) do you write?

I’m a fantasy author – I write paranormal fiction for rebels. My books and short stories are dark, intelligent and subversive. Urban fantasy for adults.

 

Do you have any current or future projects?

 

Rebel Vampires is my current series. Blood Dragons explores a hidden paranormal world in London, where vampires are both predator and prey. It’s a story of redemption and love in a divided world beneath our own. Blood Lifers are a camouflaged species, who use venom to paralyse and mimic heart attacks in First Lifers (humans). Yet they fear the First Lifers they prey on. Until one Blood Lifer rebels – against his family, species and century old love – to save both their species.

 

I loved the idea of a novel, which was written from the vampire’s perspective with a British vampire front and centre. The ultimate anti-hero. A vampire book truly for adults.

 

‘Ruby and I swaggered through the shadowed streets, towards the promenade and Palace Pier – her in crimson silk, me in military Great Coat – two creatures from another world and time, unnoticed by these petty First Lifers because we weren’t painted in the colours of their tribe. We twirled each other round, dancing in the carnage and the flames.’

(Blood Dragons: Rebel Vampires Volume 1)

http://viewbook.at/BloodDragons

 

In Blood Shackles, the second book in the series, Light has been hunted and enslaved by the human Blood Club.

 

Would you sacrifice your freedom for your family? When vampires are the slaves and humans are the monsters, it’s a dangerous game to love your Mistress.

 

‘Look, it’s all about the pain, right? Pretty playthings. Forever young. And no guilt.

The Lost reduced to nothing but a possession. Property. Slaves to you sodding humans.

See at the heart is the Blood Club: the new, most exclusive club for Russian oligarchs, sons of Arab princes and the brats of Silicon Valley.

Here we are – two species in this world of ours – and I should have my nut examined for reckoning it was big enough to share.

Ruby, my Author, once showed me a macabre museum: La Specola. She warned that you First Lifers would stuff and mount us Blood Lifers (like all the other animals you’ve screwed over), if you ever discovered we existed.

Ruby swore we had no place but the shadows.

I, however, didn’t listen.

It doesn’t look so bloody clever now, does it?’

(Blood Shackles: Rebel Vampires Volume 2)

http://viewbook.at/BloodShackles

 

If you could feature just one title, what would it be? 

 

My latest release – Blood Renegades. The third book in the Rebel Vampires series, released in paperback and e-book this June.

Light lives for his vampire family. Now he may die for it.

ESCAPE INTO AWARD-WINNING FANTASY… Light – rebel, lover, anti-hero – will be burnt at the stake in fourteen days as a terrorist Renegade. In a hidden, paranormal London, Liberty has been trained to hate Renegades. Yet when her life converges with Light’s, she’s enticed by the dark and glory of his world. He must make the ultimate choice: to hide in the shadows. Or walk into the light…

Betrayal. Death. Hope. Isn’t that how all truly great stories start?

 

‘They twirled each other round, as they danced out into the courtyard garden, like I’d once danced with Ruby in the carnage and the flames – a kid let loose in the world. No conscience or battle for redemption. Nothing forcing me to grow up and face an adult world beyond my own will, wants and delights.

Together? A fanatical Magnificoe and his wicked witch?

The First Lifers didn’t stand a chance.’

(Blood Renegades: Rebel Vampires Volume 3)

http://viewbook.at/BloodRenegades

 

Where can people find your work?  (to purchase or just to read)

 

Escape into Blood Life here:

~Blood Dragons

~ Blood Shackles

~Blood Renegades

 

Watch the new Official Rebel Vampires Trailer:

Rebel Vampires Trailer

Do you have an author website?

This is my fantasy website, which also has my blog to follow:

Rosemary A. Johns

 

To sign up to my VIP Email Newsletter with news of hot releases, promotions and the free short story “All the Tin Soldiers”, click here:  Author Rosemary A. Johns’ Newsletter

 

Tell us something interesting about yourself.

 

I studied history BA and Mst at Oxford University. I love researching my novels; I’m always trying to work out ways to fit in a time period or exciting event.

Rebel Vampires is perfect because Light is elected into Blood Life as a Victorian – so I have 150 years to enjoy.

The Blood Lifers, however, were also all elected in different eras. Ruby, for example, is an Elizabethan. I specialized in that time period, so I love writing her. She’s also fun because her love for Light (and Light’s love for Ruby) is so intense. Powerful and destructive. A truly adult, complicated love.

‘It made me feel like loving Ruby would be the death of me, even as I lived for being close to her. We relished breathing the same air. Draining the same First Lifers. Shagging and hurting, until we knew each other’s bodies the same as our own. All was nothing outside our love. It smashed on us. Broke on us. We savaged it. Together we screamed at the world and when we had the world by the throat, the world screamed back.’

(Blood Dragons: Rebel Vampires Volume 1)

 

Is there anything else you would like to share?

 

WINNER OF SILVER AWARD in the National Wishing Shelf Book Awards.

 

When I’m not falling in love with the rebels fighting their way onto the page, I head the Oxford writing group Dreaming Spires. In my novels, I create spellbinding worlds, thrilling action, gripping suspense and passionate romances all uniquely told, and each with a rebel anti-hero at their heart.

Discover in Rebel Vampires a divided paranormal London where vampires are both predator and prey. Light is the rebel of the vampire world – hunted by both humans and vampire alike – but he’ll battle to save both species…and the women he loves.

Fans of books by Jeaniene Frost, J. R. Ward, Kresley Cole, Laurell K. Hamilton, Karen Marie Moning, Christine Feehan, Patricia Briggs and Anne Rice will love my series too.

 

I’m a Goodreads author.

 

My Book Group: Rebel Vampires

 

Discover and follow me online here:

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BookBub

 

Blood Renegades

Rebel Vampires

Volume 3

Rosemary A Johns

 

Standalone

 

Genre: Fantasy

 

Publisher: Fantasy Rebel Limited

 

Date of Publication: 13th June 2017

 

ASIN: B06XZXJNWT

 

BUY LINK: http://viewbook.at/BloodRenegades

VIDEO BOOK TRAILER: https://youtu.be/jPIlcoeTGT4

ISBN-13: 978-0995557932

ISBN-10: 0995557934

 

Number of pages: 344

Word Count: 80,000

 

Cover Artist: JD Smith

 

Book Description:

 

Light lives for his vampire family. Now he may die for it.

 

ESCAPE INTO AWARD-WINNING URBAN FANTASY… Light – rebel, lover, anti-hero – will be burnt at the stake in fourteen days. In a hidden, paranormal London, he’s been branded a traitor and terrorist Renegade – a Blood Lifer hunter of human slavers.

 

Liberty is a relentless interrogator. She’s been trained to hate Renegades. Yet when her life converges with Light’s, she’s enticed by the dark and glory of his world.

 

Light is catapulted into a nightmare of secret research, deadly enemies and perilous intrigue. Soon he’s in a race against time to transform into the true leader vital to save his family, home and love. But will he be able to judge predator from prey?

 

Light must make the ultimate choice: to hide in the shadows. Or walk into the light…

 

Betrayal. Death. Hope. Isn’t that how all truly great stories start?

 

“Thrilling fantasy… A compelling novel – gripping and entertaining” – Readers’ Favorite 5*

 

“Rosemary A Johns is one of fantasy’s greats. She’ll put you in mind of Anne Rice and leave you wanting more”- Gothic Mom’s Reviews

“Take what you know about vampire romance and throw it away. Rosemary A Johns is not only a refreshing new voice in this genre, she excels it. Her vampires are edgy, titillating and enticing” – Rockchick Addiction Reviews

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

 

WINNER OF SILVER AWARD in the National Wishing Shelf Book Awards.

ROSEMARY A JOHNS is the author of the bestselling Blood Dragons and Blood Shackles – the compelling Rebel Vampires series. Blood Renegades is the thrilling third installment.

 

ROSEMARY A JOHNS is a music fanatic and a paranormal anti-hero addict who creates spellbinding worlds, thrilling action, gripping suspense and passionate romances, all uniquely told. She wrote her first fantasy novel at the age of ten, when she discovered the weird worlds inside her head were more exciting than double swimming. Since then she’s studied history at Oxford University, run a theatre company (her critically acclaimed plays have been described as “uncomfortable, unsettling and uneasily true to life”), and worked with disability charities.

 

When Rosemary’s not falling in love with the rebels fighting their way onto the page, she heads the Oxford writing group Dreaming Spires.

 

Rosemary is a Goodreads Author: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15571684.Rosemary_A_Johns

 

To sign up to Rosemary A Johns’ VIP Email Newsletter with news of hot releases, promotions and the free short story “All the Tin Soldiers”, click here: http://eepurl.com/bQ0kMX

 

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