1) How long have you been writing?
I probably started when I was thirteen or twelve and wrote heavily at that age. I didn’t do much writing in college and after that. For the past two years, I’ve been rediscovering my love of writing.
2) How many balls do you juggle on a daily basis, and how do you manage to keep them all in the air (usually), (ball = work, writing, family, etc.)
Honestly, not many. I was able to quit my job to write. I know writers who take care of kids, work, go to school, write, and they’re active in writing communities. I don’t know how they do it. I literally got an email from one friend telling me she was going to read my story until her daughter set the kitchen on fire.
3) What can you tell us about your release The Vampire’s Gallery? What I’m looking for is the story about how the story came to be, not just the blurb and what not. J
I love the vampire myth—it’s so malleable. There are dozens of variations now: they’re heartless monsters, they’re “vegetarians”, they can’t stand sunlight and garlic, they’re indifferent to sunlight and garlic. I wanted to jump in with my own interpretation. I also wanted to do a vampire whose heritage went back to the cradle of humanity, Africa. Part of me understands why all the ancient vampires are white (after all, Dracula is still a very influential book), but another part of me thinks it makes no sense. While Jamie has some trappings of an old world European vampire (after all, back in the day Europe was filthy and no one would notice a few more bodies around) he’s really more a chameleon. He’s survived the centuries by being smart and blending in.
4) What is it about the paranormal/erotica genre that you like so much?
Sex, in many ways, makes the world go round. It’s a very primal drive, and it’s always mixed up with politics, something else I find fascinating. Writing about it felt very natural to me. Paranormal stories for me are fun, but I like writing stories set in the real world too.
5) Do you think you’ll move to another genre, and if yes, what to and when?
I actually wrote a fantasy book that needs reworked. I’m having so much fun writing smut though, it might be another year before I get back to it.
6) Sweet or sour?
Both. I love Thai food.
7) Chocolate or vanilla?
Antoinette M— had a grubby childhood in southern New Hampshire. She has always maintained that “cranky” and “Yankee” rhyme for a reason. Today, Antoinette writes smut. She lives in a crooked little house, with an awesome husband, and a very large dog. She enjoys reversing gender roles, playing with old stereotypes, and is currently working on the next installment of her series, The Vampire’s Gallery.
Unlucky. Unloved. And now undead.
Maria hasn’t been touched in years and sustains herself on her friends’ sexual encounters. She’s coerced into trying out internet dating, and she soon attracts the attention of a stud named Jamie. When he invites her out for a beer, she accepts, her mind focused on the one thing she wants—a warm body pressed against hers. Jamie makes her laugh and she invites him in, never guessing that he’s doesn’t want to bed her, but drink her.
The Vampire’s Gallery follows Maria as she leaves one life of dull city apartments for another of sex, sensation, and blood. She rattles the stilted hierarchy of Jamie’s home when she makes the ancient, distant vampire feel again.
But what about the vampires that surround Jamie? Who are her enemies, who are her friends, who’s just pretending?