Interview: M.L. Guida

Jen: Today we welcome M.L. Guida to Romancing the Book. M.L., will you share a short bio with us?
M.L.: M.L. Guida loves the paranormal. Even when she was four years old, she would watch the soap opera, Dark Shadows, and fell in love with vampires! Who wouldn’t want a bite on the neck? Currently, she has two series with vampires: the Legends of the Soaring Phoenix and Vampires on Holiday.

Today, she continues to love the preternatural and watches Ghost Adventures, Dead Files and A Haunting. She’s ventured into more supernatural beings, specifically demons, but not just any demons, dragon demons. Her new series, the Underworld, is with Kensington/Lyrical Imprint.
M.L. lives in Colorado near the Rocky Mountains. She loves to take her cocker spaniel, Sadie, for walks on the trails behind her house. When she travels, she tries to go on ghost tours. Her favorite so far was the Jack the Ripper tour in London.

She currently writes for Kensington/Lyrical Imprint, Passion in Print, and self-publishes. She is a member of Colorado Romance Writers and Romance Writers of America.

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Jen: Tell us a little about your newest release.
M.L. Here’s the blurb for A Pirate’s Revenge:

Cursed by a demon, William O’Brien changes into a dragon with mystical powers he can’t control. In dragon form he becomes a ravenous beast with the power to destroy the crew of the Soaring Phoenix. He’s forced to make a decision: leave the ship or face killing the crew. But before he can go, he discovers a new menace hunts him. The God of the Underworld has released a female demon, more deadly and evil than before, with orders to capture William and combine his powers with a male witch in order to destroy the crew of the Soaring Phoenix. Mariah Fey, a talented witch, wants only to save her brother from the bowels of the evil pirate ship, the Fiery Damsel. If William will trust her, she can teach him how to harvest his gifts, control his abilities, and together their true love can defeat their enemies.

Jen: Is there a genre you’d like to write?
M.L.: Is there one you’ll probably stay away from? Why? I like to write a historical and contemporary paranormal book. I also like to write young adult books both paranormal and contemporary. I do stay away from inspirational, because my stories tend to be dark and the romance books do have erotic scenes.

Jen: Who has influenced you as a writer?
M.L.: I have three main people who have influenced me as a writer: J.K. Rowling, Stephen King, and Sherrilyn King. The reason these authors have inspired me is their perseverance stories. All three of them had numerous rejections, but they kept going and never gave up.

Jen: What is your writing routine?
M.L.: I usually write in the mornings before work and in the evenings. Before work, I get up at 5:00 am, take a shower, and then write for an hour. On the weekends, I like to get up early and write. My best time to write is in the mornings.

Jen: If you were able to travel back in time, where would you go, and what three things would you take?
M.L.: I would want to go back to the Caribbean in the 1700’s. I would take my dog, Raven, my camera to take pictures, and a gun to protect myself. Hey, it’s the land of pirates.

Jen: What’s the most interesting comment you’ve received about your books?
M.L.: With the pirate stories, readers have liked the twist on the vampire tale. Instead of being bitten on the neck, my pirates drank from a cursed lake and then every full moon, they turn into vampire. I received this review on A Pirate’s Revenge: “It had everything from demons, slaves, vampires and new one for me dragon!! First time i ever read paranormal that had man turn into dragon holy crap!!!”

Jen: What’s next for you?
M.L.: I will be having a new release in February 2015—A Pirate’s Agony, a new novella. This Amadi’s story.

Amadi’s washed off the Soaring Phoenix and forced to face his worst nightmare—being a slave on the Sorcière de Mer Plantation. His mistress is a sadist, bent on breaking him. His only light is Violet Perdue, an indentured servant, but Violet’s has problems of her own. She cannot tell a lie and this leads to compounded trouble for both of them.

She betrays Amadi and the mistress discovers he’s an escaped slave and a member of the crew who murdered her brother. Violet risks her life and frees him. But if he changes into a vampire, he’ll leave her to an agonizing death. He decides to fight as a man and save the woman he loves.