Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Charles O'Keefe - The Newfoundland Vampire - Author Interview & Giveaway

Author Interview

1. How did you come up with the title?
I just wanted to keep it simple. The main character, Joseph, is about 95% me as I was when I was 23. Since I'm imagining myself as a vampire and I live in Newfoundland, then I thought "The Newfoundland Vampire" was a fitting title. Of course there can be more than one Newfoundland vampire, but you'll have to read it to get more details ;)

2. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Yes, I want people to think about the difference between good and evil and how most people are somewhere in between. Ultimately I think my book is about how the choices we make define our lives and ourselves as human beings. My point was that while your nature (or whatever other factor you want to put it) may have an affect, it is still always up to us as sentient beings to make choices and then live with the consequences of those choices.

3. How much of the book is realistic?
Well obviously vampires aren't real, so I guess that takes out 50% or more. Everything else though I tried hard to make it realistic. Joseph's friends are my friends (almost all of them I still see on a regular basis), he has the same hobbies as me, the cats in the book were my cats (both have passed on now), all the settings except one or two are places I've been to and I even tried hard to get physical stats like blood loss and the weight of a moose accurate. Some of the historical aspects have been altered slightly but most of that is accurate as well. I tried hard to show how a regular, geeky person would cope with suddenly becoming a vampire and dealing with everything that entrails.

4. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?
There is one sex scene that I do wish I had toned down or taken out, not because I didn't like it but because I never realized how embarrassing/uncomfortable it would be to have family ask me about it afterwards! Besides that only a few grammatical issues.

5. What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The editing! I enjoy writing but editing is a chore. I did 16 different drafts by the end and though each one was a better version it was very time consuming and took a lot out of me. There was also a scene with many vampires in a room that I had to do several times but I was quite happy with the end result.

6. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learned a lot of things but for now I'll talk about the most important two. Despite what people say books are judged a great deal by their cover. The other lesson would be that no matter how hard you try, you have to get incredibly lucky to make a fortune from your first book and that for most authors real money doesn't come until the 4th or 5th book, once again if you're lucky.

7. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I started doing some lousy poetry and short stories when I was 13. I suppose it came from my love of video games (which isn't what it used to be). At the time I wanted to make my own and had a friend help with the drawings. It grew over time though from reading novels, comic books and later doing a BA in English at University.

8. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I dearly love Ernest Hemingway. While Hemingway's work is depressing (almost without fault) what strikes me is the depth of human emotion he could present through his characters. He really understood the struggles of human nature, I think that's because he went through and saw so much of it himself. Ultimately if you read enough Hemingway you see despite his many flaws he was a brilliant writer who suffered for his art and feel the tragedy that ultimately life became too much for him to bear.

9. Tell us your latest news.
Right now I'm hard at work on a sequel, tentatively called "Killer on the Road". I should have the first rough draft done before Christmas. I also maintain a blog and a website.

10. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I want to thank anyone who reads my book (and hopefully enjoys it). Writing is a funny thing, I spent 2 years getting a book ready (with a lot of help) and a reader can finish it in a day, just something for a reader to keep in mind. I hope that anyone who enjoys it would also please take the time to write an honest review, I really enjoy feedback and it really helps others decide to buy it. 

About the Book

Like every other geek alive, Newfoundland native Joseph O’Reily secretly wants to be a superhero. At thirteen he fantasized about being a vampire, and ten years later he’s still fantasizing – but mostly about a beautiful redheaded woman who has eyes only for him. The one thing different about Joseph’s adult fantasy is that, amazingly, it comes true one night when he goes to a local university pub. Cassandra Snow, literally the woman of his dreams, invites him to her place for an evening of personal pleasure. Of course he’s not going to say no. But when strange things start happening afterward, Joseph quickly learns that not all dreams should come true.

Prices/Formats: $10.99 paperback, $2.99 ebook
Pages: 224
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Penumbra Publishing
Release Date: April 17, 2012
Buy Link: Amazon, Kindle

About the Author

Charles O'Keefe currently lives in the beautiful province of Newfoundland where he work as an Inventory Manager at O’Keefe Agencies. He is happily married and we has two furry children named Jude and Esther. He enjoys many hobbies such as walking, Pilates, writing, reading, movies, gaming, television,acting, poker and of course vampires (not the sparkly kind!). Lately he has been focused on writing and after his first novel, "The Newfoundland Vampire" came out in April of this year was soon hard at work on a sequel. For those interested in his first book please look here. He believes in animal rights and I have been a strict vegetarian for many years. He also believe in helping to save our planet and trying to help people whenever he can. He would also describe myself as Agnostic. He has a BA in English along with Masters in education which provided me with him with a brief teaching career.

Links to connect with Charles:
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  1. Thanks so much for having me and hosting the contest! :) excellent questions which I enjoyed answering. Thanks again! :-)

    1. It's such a treat getting to host you, Charles. It's the least I could do for all of the Twitter support you give to us :)

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