Today I am very pleased to feature an interview with Killion Slade, author of the new novel Exsanguinate. For those of you unfamiliar with Killion Slade, let’s take a few moments to get everyone acquainted!
Killion Slade is a married writing team who met in the virtual realms of Second Life and virtually enjoy everything. Members of the Horror Writers Association and the Paranormal Romance Guild, they storyboard their characters inside Second Life as their avatars reveal their stories. Tucked away in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Northern Montana, they stay busy chasing kids, corralling horses and cats, and enjoying the harvest from their garden. They spend time working on becoming self-sufficient in the shite ever hits the fan. To learn more about Killion Slade, please visit http://www.killionslade.com, Facebook, or on their Amazon Author Page.
Welcome Killion! Tell us about your writing process?
Together we plan out a full outline on the book and then structure the chapters into screenplay scenes. Often times the characters will reveal goodies we had not considered, and they’ll take us down an unexpected tangent. We listen when they talk. When they’re not talking – we ignore them and work with someone else until they are ready to reveal… and that is usually when I’m in the shower or washing dishes! We like to brainstorm together, talk through the impacts, would that character truly [act or say] in a certain instance. We always refer back to the book’s bible to keep characteristics, traits, and dossiers straight.
Is there a genre, other than the one you currently write in, that you wish you could break into?
We would love to attempt a sci-fi or high fantasy book sometime. In our book, Exsanguinate, we get to dabble in many genres. Horror, romance, sci-fi technology, paranormal, and fantasy. It is truly a cross genre type of book.
What are the 5 books that have influenced you the most, and why?
For Mr. Slade, it would be The Wheel of Time series from Robert Jordan and the Myth series from Robert Aspirin. For Mrs. Slade, it would be from the Rachel Morgan series of The Hollows by Kim Harrison, The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley, and the humorist books from Molly Harper. Then of course, we cannot discount the myriad of horror writers from the well-established to the amazingly talented indies. We love them all!
If you could cast one of your works, who would you choose to play your main characters?
This is such a fun question! We actually have a Pinterest board for our characters and enjoy thinking about who could be in our cast. Our heroine would played by Amy Adams or Emma Watson and our hero would be played by David Boreanaz, Joe Manganiello, or Jason Momoa.
Nice choices! What is the first thing you would do if you woke up one morning to find one of your books on the NY Times Bestsellers List?
Take a screen shot and send it to my mom. Pour myself a mimosa and start the outline on the next book!
Do you have any vices that you turn to while you are writing?
I used to turn to whiskey to allow the creep factor to seep into my words and crawl out onto the page, but I soon realized that the more I drank, the more I had to edit. Hence, the reason you were given a bottle of Jack Daniels in your challenge 😉
I wondered where that came from! Though I do believe my character made good use of it J What do you do when you’re not writing?
Preparing for the apocalypse. Raising a daughter to be a lady, and enjoying the second life we have made for ourselves in Montana. This usually includes brainstorming for the next story lulling around in our heads.
Please share with us the first nine lines of your current work-in-progress.
From Exsanguinate – World of Blood Series – Book One
The pain gave clue it might be time to pray for death – that would be easier than remaining alive. My eyelids, heavy as cast-iron skillets, made it difficult to see through the haze. Prying them open revealed intense, bright light bouncing off shiny surfaces, forcing me to close them once again. When I found the courage to peek, the penetrating, painful light made it difficult to focus. My hand ventured out to help me understand my surroundings. I discovered warm skin at my fingertips.
“Cheyenne? I’m here, baby. It’s ok-kay. You’re in the hospital. Everything is g-gonna be just fine.”
I followed the welcome sound of my father’s voice, managing to focus enough to see his swollen, tear-streaked face. His lips trembled as he bent forward and kissed my forehead. His stutter and affection hinted he had terrible news or I was dead. Considering the amount of pain I was in, I would have preferred the latter.
Oh! Sounds fantastic! Thank you Killion (both of you) for taking the time to answer my questions! Now lets’ take a deeper look into Exsanguinate…
A Halloween scream night theme park adventure for software gaming developer Cheyenne O’Cuinn reveals a hidden supernatural reality she never dreamed existed. Recovering from a vicious attack and her sisters’ abductions, Cheyenne must rescue her sisters from vampiric kidnappers before they’re used to breed warmongering dhampirs.
Betrayal lurks in every corner. Cheyenne must evade attackers by unconventional means through her online role-play game. She must navigate through virtual, tortuous clues and mailed body parts, which cross over from her virtuality into reality. Can a team of dragons, vampires, and werewolves come together to help her? Who can she trust? Will the help from her virtual lover become compromised when he learns of her new immortal existence and crush the fragile love they share?
Amidst an impending vampire apocalypse, Cheyenne finds herself both in conflict for survival and for her heart. Will her immortal self derail any hope of solving the multiplying puzzles before time runs out to save her sisters, herself and her humanity?
There’s also a trailer for you to watch!!