I‘m honored to interview M.V. Freeman, author of INCANDESCENT. Today is your release day, how exciting! Thank you for taking the time to talk about your book, I know your schedule must be hectic. So let’s jump right in with the questions. For those that don’t know you, tell us about yourself.
I’m an art school drop-out turned nurse with a love of riveting stories filled with adventure, anti-heroes and heroines, who adores coffee, kettle-bells, and cooking.
I had the privilege of reading an ARC of INCANDESCENT and LOVED it. Would you mind giving the readers a quick blurb?
Laurie Hudson’s strange affinity for fire forced her to give up on normal years ago. Distanced from her family and with few friends, she’s managed to carve out a small but lonely niche for herself as a bartender at an upscale restaurant. The unexpected arrival of the new owner, Mikhail Petrov, a brutal but charming man, up-ends her life, exposing her to a hidden world where she is the prize everyone desires.
A formidable Tri-elemental, Mikhail Petrov commands earth, air, and water. He doesn’t give a damn what the untrained Fire Elemental Laurie wants. Her rare power is the key to his freedom, and he doesn’t hesitate to seize her for his use—an act that propels him into a war he isn’t ready to fight. The cost could mean his life and the destruction of his people.
“I’m not the good guy, Laurie. But I’m also not the bad guy. I’m simply your better choice,” Mikhail tells the reluctant Fire Elemental as he begins to train her. As their enemies close in, Laurie’s feelings toward the frustrating Tri-elemental change before she realizes—a little too late that Mikhail may not have been her best choice, after all.
I write Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance. I think my current stories are an Urban Fantasy/Romance mix. I never do things the easy way. They come from all over; a movie, a news article, the people I see and meet. This is my first book in the Hidden Races Series, INCANDESCENT. I was inspired to write it by the movie Eastern Promises –I loved the Russian Hero in that movie.
*sigh* Mikhail Petrov. That accent, those eyes… Oops I digress, please continue, so this is a series?
Yes! The Hidden Races Series. Which surprised me, because when I first wrote this book I wanted it to be one book, but I wasn’t even half way through when I realized I had to have a series because I like intricate plots too much. This first book is also a re-release; and even though that was a great experience, I wanted the series in one place. This book has undergone extensive re-editing; which has allowed me to add more to certain scenes which, in my opinion, deepens the story.
What can we expect in the future with this series?
There will be mayhem, and romance. Each book will feature a different hero/heroine, but all of the characters will be in each book because of the over-arching plot line. I love Fantasy, Urban Fantasy—and it comes out in my story telling. In this series; I have a Humans, and the hidden races are Darks, Mages, and Elementals. Book two (will be out in 2015)—and this will be feature a Mage who is trying to regain his status and a Dark who knows no boundaries. Book three (I’m writing now)—This will have an uptight nurse, who is also a human witch, and a Dark Art thief who wants to collect her. Book four (I’m plotting)— will have two people (A Dark and a Mage) whose lives are in pieces, and they put each other back together again.
Very exciting! I definitely want more of Mikhail Petrov. He absolutely gave me the shivers yet intrigued me. Is he based on anyone you actually know?
No. If there was someone even remotely like this in my life, well then, I’m hanging with some scary people if you ask me! I created this character by observing and talking to people—I love Russian culture; and with the help of those who actually have interacted and lived in a Slavic country I was able to create a fictional character who I thought was very cool. (and I’m so glad you loved him!)
I have to confess I secretly call him Misha, do you?
I would not call Mikhail –Misha if you are not family, or a close personal friend…. or you have something you can hold over him. It’s not healthy…
*Gulps and looks over shoulder, nervously.* So if you had a dream cast for the movie, who would play Mikhail and Laurie?
Viggo Mortenson if he’s still young enough, if not, Michael Fassbender and for Laurie, Rachelle Lefevre.
Exactly who I pictured! Okay let’s have some fun, quick fire questions:
Black/Red/Blue. I love these colors equally. I don’t know why—but I do.
Favorite genre of music?
All genre’s. I listen to anything from Baroque, to Metal, and Indie
Do you have a playlists for your stories?
Oh yes I do—I even choose a theme song for each book. (I put them on Spotify) INCANDESCENT has two, The New Divide by Linkin Park, and My Songs Know What you did in the Dark- Light ‘em up, by Fall Out Boy.
Coffee or tea?
Both. I love Coffee (French Roast); especially in the morning and tea (Rose tea, Lord Bergamont) in the afternoon. These are my weaknesses.
This was so much fun. Thank you for joining me today! I look forward to reading all of The Hidden Races Series.
Thanks for having me Nancee, this was fun!
Links to find M.V. Freeman and her book, INCANDESCENT:
Simon & Schuster; http://bit.ly/1vxEoHj
Author FB page: http://on.fb.me/1yx6PXO
Web site: www.mvfreeman.com
Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.to/1yJ4Fbt