It is my very great pleasure today to introduce and welcome author extraordinaire Nina Croft. As I’ve done like 3 reviews for her stuff in the past month, I think it’s clear I’m quickly becoming a huge fan of hers. I wanna grow up and have sales like hers some day!
1) How long have you been writing?
I actually first started writing when I was in my twenties and working as a volunteer in Africa. We were living in a remote village, with no electricity, no TV and very few books (this was way before ebooks) so I started writing as a way to entertain myself. When we left Africa I stopped for a while as life took over but started again after we moved to Spain and I found myself living on a remote mountain (again with no electricity). I got seriously hooked on writing six or seven years and had my first novella published in 2010 –that was a Harlequin Nocturne Bite, called The Prophecy.
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.)
Not many balls. I live on an almond farm in southern Spain with my husband and a whole load of animals. So the only balls I have to juggle are making sure poor hubby doesn’t get ignored totally in favor of the imaginary people (and other things) in my head and making sure the animals are all fed, walked, ridden and—in the case of Piggles my three-legged Vietnamese potbellied pig—getting regular tummy tickles.
3) What can you tell us about your upcoming release Death Defying?
Death Defying is book 3 in my Blood Hunter series. I write across a number of romance genres, but I also love mixing them up and my Blood Hunter series is a combination of sci-fi and paranormal (sort of vampires in space with a few other things thrown in). I started writing the series after watching one of my favorite TV shows for the third time—Firefly—and I was overcome with the need to write a space opera. But I also love vampires, so when the pilot turned out to be a 1500 year old vampire I didn’t fight it too hard. That was Ricardo Sanchez, the hero of book 1, Break Out.
The series follows the adventures, romantic and otherwise, of the crew of the space ship, The Blood Hunter (Or El Cazador de la Sangre – Rico is Spanish). And book 3, Death Defying, is the captain’s story. Tannis is part human, part snake and some would say all bitch and it takes a powerful man to tempt her—maybe the most powerful in the universe.
4) You write contemporary romance, sci-fi, thrillers and paranormal romance (whew, I’m tired just listing them). What is it about these genres that you like so much?
I love the fact that absolutely anything can happen. When you’re writing speculative fiction then the only limit is your imagination, you can go anywhere, any time and populate your stories with anything. So long as you make it believable.
5) Do you have a favorite? Do you think you’ll end up focusing on one over the other?
It’s something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. Up to now, I’ve tended to be a little self-indulgent and just written what I’ve felt like at the time.
Probably my favorite books to write have been the Blood Hunter series, just because they were so much fun. I have six books contracted for the series and one more to write. After that, I plan to take a step back, do a little long-term career planning, and maybe try and concentrate on one genre for a while.
On the other hand, I have a hankering to try historical…
6) How many publishers do you have? I’ve primarily read your Entangled books, but are there others? Did any of them give you “the call” (as opposed to an acceptance email, which has been my experience)? What was that call like, if you did?
I have two paranormal novellas published with Harlequin—they were my first accepted stories, two with The Wild Rose Press (now out of contract), a fantasy series with Breathless Press, and I have a series of paranormal novellas I have self-published.
And, very exciting, next year, my Blood Hunter series is being brought out in mass market paperback as a joint venture between Entangled and St Martin’s Press.
But sadly, I’ve never received the call – it’s all been done by email.
7) What books do you have planned? What’s in your future?
After book 3 of my Blood Hunter series in December, I have book 4, Temporal Shift, releasing in January 2014, then a paranormal romance, Bittersweet Darkness (book 3 in the Order series) in February and a contemporary romance, Out of Control (book 2 in my Babysitting a Billionaire series) in March. And a few more things planned for later in the year.
8) Got any advice for those still struggling through the trenches?
Write what you love. It’s the only thing that will sustain you when the going gets tough—will it will.
9) Sweet or sour?
10) Chocolate or vanilla?
Nina Croft grew up in the north of England. After training as an accountant, she spent four years working as a volunteer in Zambia, which left her with a love of the sun and a dislike of 9-5 work. She then spent a number of years mixing travel (whenever possible) with work (whenever necessary) but has now settled down to a life of writing and picking almonds on a remote farm in the mountains of southern Spain.
Nina writes all sorts of romance often mixing in elements of the paranormal and science fiction.
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Death Defying – Blurb
Part snake, part human, and—some would say all bitch—Captain Tannis of the star ship El Cazador has one goal in life—to earn enough credits to pay for the Meridian treatment to achieve the immortality she craves. And one last job will get her there. The assignment: protecting the most powerful man in the Universe.
Being leader of the known universe isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. In fact, it sucks big time. And after five hundred years, Callum Meridian, founding member of the Collective, is bored out of his mind. But as things are changing, he’s changing—into what, though, he isn’t sure. Callum is determined to discover the truth, and he’s employed the crew of El Cazador to help him do it.
Not everyone agrees with his plan, though. His own people will stop at nothing to prevent the truth coming out, the Church is taking advantage of the confusion and attempting a coup, and even the crew of El Cazador seem close to tossing him out the airlock without a space suit. But defying death has never been more dangerous, sexier, or more fun.