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Amanda Ashley talks shape-shifters, romance, and who she's reading today!


A Fire in the Blood
Amanda Ashley

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May 2017
On Sale: April 25, 2017
Featuring: Andrei Dinescu; Tessa Blackburn
400 pages
ISBN: 142014250X
EAN: 9781420142501
Kindle: B01JEJCA96
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Also by Amanda Ashley:
A Fire in the Blood, May 2017
Donovan's Woman, February 2016
Night's Surrender, September 2015
Twilight Dreams, March 2015

Miranda Owen: For readers like me, who are unfamiliar with your books written as Madeline Baker, could you please describe what your historical romances are like?

Amanda Ashley: They all have Indian or half-Indian heroes. A few of them are gunfighters because I love bad boys. Several of the books are time travel romances because they are such fun to write. Of course, they are all set in the Old West - Arizona, Montana, the Dakotas - places like that. I did a lot of research on the Lakota, the Cheyenne, and the Apache, as well as a few other tribes, in an effort to make the books as realistic as possible.

Miranda Owen: Iíve always described most of your vampire romances as being ďcontemporary paranormal GothicĒ. I love Gothic historical romance and I always felt like your writing style was tailor-made for that type of story. Youíve written a few books with many of those same elements that make historical Gothics so delicious. Would you ever consider writing a Gothic historical series?

Amanda Ashley: I actually started one a few years ago, but it never got off the ground. I just couldnít make it work.

Miranda Owen: Although I love vampires, I admit that shape-shifters such as werewolves are my favorites. I very much enjoy your werewolf characters. I was particularly intrigued by the shifters in your latest novel FIRE IN THE BLOOD. Is it possible youíd write a series with werewolves or some other type of shape-shifter as the main characters in the future?

Amanda Ashley: Anything is possible! I wrote a short story titled DONOVANíS WOMAN. The hero is a shape-shifter. Iím not sure what genre it is...sort of a fantasy set on other worlds, I guess. I loved the setting so much, I wrote two additional short stories Ė QUINNíS LADY and QUINNíS REVENGE. These books were great fun as the characters included witches and wizards as well as shape-shifters and vampires. Iíd like to do another book one of these days.

Miranda Owen When you and Christine Feehan first started coming out with vampire romances, I remember being blown away because there wasnít really anything else like that at the time. Nowadays there are a billion different types of paranormal romance Ė including shape-shifters (not just werewolves anymore), witches, fae, wizards, steampunk, and many others. Vampire mythology now covers a wide spectrum as well Ė Knights Templar, aliens, vampires who live on human blood, vampires who live on blood from other vampires, genetic engineering, to name a few. Having written so many vampire romances, what do you love about vampires?

Amanda Ashley: I love that you can use any of the myths that fit your story, or make up your own. Thereís no limit to what you can go. Plus, thereís just something wonderfully scary and romantic about vampires. For me, that fascination started with the movie, Dracula, starring Frank Langella. I thought he was amazingly sexy. I watched it several times while writing one of my books.

Miranda Owen: I really enjoy your Morgan Creek series and am so excited that another book in the series will be coming out in September. The first book in the series Ė AS TWILIGHT FALLS Ė grabbed my interest right away, as I found it to be reminiscent of the same kind of spooky strangeness like early films and TV shows from the 1960s like The Avengers had. What motivated you to write this series? Do you think youíd ever consider writing a series in a similar vein, but without creatures like vampires or werewolves in the mix, but maybe more X-FILES-ish?

Amanda Ashley: Funny you should mention the Morgan Creek series. I think that the favorite vampire Iíve written, besides Gabriel in EMBRACE THE NIGHT, is Rylan Saintcrow from AS TWILIGHT FALLS. Heís the reason I wrote two other books Ė TWILIGHT DREAMS, out now, and TWILIGHT DESIRES, coming next year.

Iíve never thought about doing anything X-FILES-ish, although I loved the TV series. Itís something to think about if I run out of vampire ideas.

Miranda Owen: When you first plot out a story, what sparks your imagination first Ė the story premise, or the characters?

Amanda Ashley: Since I donít plot my books ahead, itís always the characters that spark my imagination. I love dark, tortured heroes. The hero in the book Iím writing now doesnít sound like a hero in the beginning, when he goes into hospitals preying on those who are near death. In exchange for taking their blood, he gives them the gift of reliving the happiest moment in their lives. Iím really loving this book so far. Readers can get a peek on my web page on the In the Works page.

Miranda Owen: Is there any subject matter that youíd consider off limits, or a romance sub-genre that you would never consider writing?

Amanda Ashley: Lots of them. I donít use much profanity. Never the Lordís name in vain. NEVER the ďFĒ word. My love scenes are mild and deal mostly with emotion and not the mechanics of the act itself. Iím not into anything erotic. I donít have three-someís or anything in that vein. I donít read that kind of thing and I will never write it. I miss the days when there were limits to what could and couldnít be done or said in the pages of a romance novel. I buy very few books these days because there are no restrictions at all.

Miranda Owen: In reader groups on sites like Goodreads, and on Facebook, there is some discussion about what makes a great romance hero. There is sometimes debate about whether a hero is exhibiting alpha-like qualities, or whether heís an alpha-hole (all the qualities of an alpha male but with negative connotations, like making decisions for the heroine ďfor her own goodĒ, being aggressive with the heroine, acting more like a father than a love interest, acting in a boorish or condescending manner, etc.). In your opinion, what makes a good romantic hero? Who are some of your favorites Ė both ones youíve written and ones by other authors? Do you believe itís possible for a hero to be strong without exhibiting alpha-hole behavior?

Amanda Ashley: I donít know about the alpha-hole thing. Iíve never even heard that term before . Iíve gotten a few letters from readers who think some of my heroís are too alpha. Saintcrow might be one of those over-the-top alpha heroes. But I love him. Iíve already mentioned Gabriel and Saintcrow as two of my favorites. I also loved Micah Ravenwood from TWILIGHT DREAMS, and Drake from BOUND BY NIGHT. Heck, I love them all.

As for heroes from other books, I love Adam from Patricia Briggsí Mercy Thompson series, Charles from Patricia Briggsí Alpha and Omega books, and Thierry from Michelle Rowenís Immortality Bites series.

Miranda Owen: Who are some of your influences as a writer? What kinds of books do you enjoy reading? Who are some of your favorite authors?

Amanda Ashley: Iíd have to say that Rosemary Rogers was probably the biggest influence when I first started writing. I think it was Sweet Savage Love that inspired me to write my first historical.

I enjoy romantic suspense and paranormal romances.

My favorite authors are Patricia Briggs, Charlaine Harris, Michelle Rowen, Lee Child, Jim Butcher, Kay Hooper, Rachel Lee, and C.S. Harris.

Miranda Owen: What are you currently working on? What are some of the things that you have planned for future books?

Amanda Ashley: As I mentioned, Iím working on a book about a vampire who preys on those near death. Itís a book I started back in 2007 and put aside because I didnít have a plot. I wrote a few pages on it 2015, and dug it out again last year, when it just took off. I could write beginnings all day. Itís filling up all those pages between the beginning and the end that slow me down, no doubt because I donít plot my books out. But I never have and probably never will.

Unlike a lot of authors, I donít have hundreds of stories waiting to be told. In fact, every time I finish a book, I always wonder if it will be my last. My critique group says I say that at the end of every book, and theyíre probably right. So, I wonít know what my next book will be until I start writing it.

About Amanda Ashley

Amanda Ashley

Amanda Ashley is one of those rare birds--a California native. She's lived in Southern California her whole life and, except for the earthquakes, loves it. She shares a home with her husband, as well as a fluffy Pomeranian named Lady, a wild house sparrow she raised from a baby named Tweety, and a tortoise who remains nameless. Amanda and her alter ego, Madeline Baker, have written over 70 books and short stories. Not bad for someone who started writing just for the fun of it. Her books have made the New York Times Bestseller List, the USA Today Bestseller List, and the Waldenbooks Bestseller and Mass Market lists.

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