Sunday, February 7, 2010
Sapphire Phelan, author of erotic and sweet paranormal, fantasy, and science fiction romance, dropped by the Press Box. One of her books, Being Familiar With a Witch. just made EPIC Awards 2010 finalist. She also writes as Pamela K. Kinney.
K.T. -Thanks for dropping by; please tell us about your latest book.
S.P.-- That would be two. Being Familiar With a Witch, which is an erotic urban fantasy published by Phaze Books that is a finalist for the erotic paranormal romance category for EPIC Awards 2010 (winners will be announced at the EPIC Conference in March) and Unwitting Sacrifice, an erotic Lovecraftian horror novella, published by Under the Moon.
K.T. -What can we expect from you in the future?
S.P.-- I will have an erotic paranormal romance short, Ain’t Nothin’ Like Succubus Lovin’ coming out this Spring from Phaze Books.
K.T. -How do we find out about you and your books?
S.P.-- Right now my website I use as Sapphire Phelan and my other writing name, Pamela K. Kinney at http://FantasticDreams.50megs.com I am thinking getting a website just for me as sapphire Phelan, but I will post on the Fantastic Dreams one the link if and when that happens.
K.T. -How would you describe the genre in which you do most of your writing?
S.P. --Paranormal, fantasy, urban fantasy, and science fiction romance, plus erotic horror (besides Unwitting Sacrifice, I had a horror erotica short story, “Jack” published in a horror magazine about three years ago).
K.T. -- What motivated you to start writing?
S.P. -- I read books since I was really young and at age 8, I wanted to be a writer. I got published in 1972 at age 17 with poetry, in a poetry magazine.
K.T. -What kind of research do you do? Depending if I need to understand lions for S.P.-- Beast Magic, or learn demon names for Being Familiar With a Witch, I look up things. Same for myths and legends that I can use for a story.
K.T. -Do you have a set schedule for writing or do you just go with the flow?
S.P.--Generally I like to write during the week, during the daytime the best, but I have done writing on weekends and at nights, if need be.
K.T. -Where do your ideas come from?
S.P.-- From my own imagination. I just think of what hadn’t been done before for a storyline or what if? then the story forms there.
K.T. -Who, if anyone, has influenced your writing?
S.P.-- Ray Bradbury, Shirley Jackson, Barbara Cartland, Victoria Holt, Madeleine L’Engle, Anne McCaffrey, Edgar Allan Poe, H. P. Lovecraft, plus many more.
K.T. -What is the most rewarding thing about being a writer?
S.P.-Hearing from readers that have to tell you they enjoyed your books. After all, in the long run, it is they that you write for, besides yourself.
K.T. -Please tell us about yourself (family, hobbies, education, etc.)
S.P.-- I like to make and wear costumes (historical, TV/movie related and original) to conventions, crafts, read, write, act (done film and stage as Pamela K. Kinney), bake, Mexican and Oriental--esp. Sushi, watch movies or DVDs with my husband, horseback ride (though hadn’t done in quite a while), go to scifi conventions, b een to college twice in my life and my two cats, Bast and Ripley.
K.T. -Are there any words of encouragement for unpublished writers?
S.P.-- Just keep writing and submitting. Join a writer’s group or find a great critique partner, and learn all about the craft of writing, plus the business side too.
K.T. -- Where else may readers find you? Other sites, since you gave out your website earlier?
K.T. -- Now for something fun:
Chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate!
Erotic or inspirational? I like both. I just like to read.
Favorite color? Purple.
Favorite paranormal being? Werewolf, plus all shapeshifters.
Favorite mythological being? Dragons.
Do you like science fiction, fantasy or horror? Enjoy all three genres.
All time favorite book? The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson and Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury.
Favorite TV show? Supernatural.
Favorite Movie? Avatar, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, The Haunting (1963), and LOTR: Return of the King.
What makes you laugh out loud? A good comedy.
If you could go anywhere in the universe where would that be? Another planet. I think that would so cool.
A secret fetish? If I told you, it wouldn’t be a secret then, would it?