We want to welcome Ashlyn Chase to our blog today. Thanks for being here Ashlyn. Before we get started can you tell us a little about your latest book The Werewolf Upstairs?
AC: The Werewolf Upstairs is book 2 in the Strange Neighbors series, which revolves around an apartment building in Boston that attracts paranormal misfits. Book one, Strange Neighbors, was about the shapeshifter landlord who happens to be a major league pitcher, and Merry—an unsuspecting nurse who moves in. In The Werewolf Upstairs we follow the exploits of our werewolf resident Konrad and Merry’s best friend Roz, both of whom we met in the previous book. Roz moves into Merry’s old apartment and finds herself attracted to her handsome upstairs neighbor, who seems to be harboring a sercret…
TBRG: Who has been the biggest influence on your writing?
AC: Wow, tough question. A lot of people. Every person who has ever critiqued my work. The authors of every book I’ve read. Readers who encourage me, offer suggestions or ask for a sequel. Oh, and my husband who reads what I write and offers the same comment each time…more sex!
TBRG: What is the one thing your readers would be the most surprised to know about you?
AC: That I’m “normal.”
TBRG: Where is the one place you have always wanted to go, a place on your bucket list?
AC: The South Pacific…Bali, Tahiti, Fiji etc.
TBRG: Who are some of your go to authors, and what are you reading right now?
AC: Mary Janice Davidson is my number 1 “go-to” author. I had the opportunity to meet her last year. She cracks me up in person as well as on the written page.
What am I reading now? I usually have at least 2 or 3 books going at once. On my iPod I’m reading Leslie Kelly’s Slow Hands. In paperback, Home to Harmony by Dawn Atkins—a Harlequin large print (I’m farsighted and can’t adjust print size in paperbacks.)
TBRG: If you weren’t writing and keeping us in books (thanks for that by the way), what would you be doing?
AC: LOL. As I’ve said elsewhere, my greatest fear is having to get a “real job.” I have no idea what I’d do. Chances are, I’d either be bad at it, or hate it, or both.
TBRG: Who is on your playlist when you are writing?
AC: No one. I don’t write to music. I need the white noise of my computer so I can hear the voices in my head (laughs manically).
TBRG: Where do your ideas/characters come from?
AC: I blame everything on Thalia—the muse of comedy.
TBRG: Are you a planner or a fly by the seat author?
AC: Both. I usually write for about 3 chapters before I get a sense of who my characters are and where they need to go. Then I draw a map (also called an outline) to be sure we get there.
TBRG: The Werewolf Upstairs is book 2 in your series about an apartment building with some rather strange tenants. How did you come up with this story, and all these quirky tenants? Will we be seeing more of these characters?
AC: The story stemmed from a tid-bit of information. I learned that Tom Brady, quarterback for the New England Patriots, owned and lived in a building in my old Boston neighborhood. His building was converted to condos. I wanted the possibility of eviction hanging over my characters, so made my place an apartment building. Every story needs “stakes.” Book 3 in this series, The Vampire Next Door, will be in stores in August!
TBRG: What are you working on now?
AC: I don’t like to write two books at once, but that’s what I’m doing now. One is a long-awaited sequel to Vampire Vintage for Ellora’s Cave. The other is a book I brainstormed with my agent. Both are light paranormal romances.
Petty Crime Never Looked So Good…
Alpha werewolf Konrad Wolfensen sees it as his duty to protect the citizens of Boston, even if it means breaking into their businesses just to prove their security systems don’t’ work. But when his unsolicited services land him in trouble with the lay, he’ll have to turn to his sexy new neighbor for help.
She Should Know Better…
Attorney Roz Wells is bored. She used to have such a knack for attracting the weird and unexpected,. But ever since she took a job as a public defender, the quirky quotient is her life has taken a serious hit. Until her sexy werewolf neighbor starting coming around…
A multi-published author with Ellora’s Cave/Cerridwen Press, Ashlyn Chase specializes in characters who reinvent themselves, having reinvented herself numerous times. She has worked as a psychiatric nurse, and for the Red Cross, and has a degree in behavioral sciences. She lives with her true-life hero husband in beautiful New Hampshire. The third book in her Strange Neighbors series, The Vampire Next Door, is set to release in August 2011. For more information, please visit http://ashlynchase.com/.
**2 Lucky commenter’s will receive a copy of Ashlyn’s new book The Werewolf Upstairs, contest ends on Saturday March 5th**