Interview with Rebecca Zanetti Back to Blog
Update: The winner of FATED is…Angie D! Congrats, Angie!
Today, I’ve got new Kensington Brava author Rebecca Zanetti in the interview hot seat! Rebecca has a fabulous new vampire series that will be launching with Kensington very soon–soon as in February 22! Welcome, Rebecca! And congrats on your new release!
Now, let’s jump into the interview!
1. You’ve got an exciting new series set to launch with Kensington Brava–will you tell readers what they can expect from the Dark Protectors?
The series features sexy vampires, dangerous shifters and deadly witches. Throw in alpha males, some steamy romance and a deadly virus out to destroy them all, and I think you have a fast-paced, exciting read.
2. What inspired your upcoming release, FATED?
I had this scene in my head about a single mom being squired away for safety by an overbearing soldier—kind of a surreal, this is so not happening scene. So I wrote it. Turns out the soldier was a vampire and possibly the destined mate to the single mother. Though of course, that was a decision they had to make themselves. Maybe fate played a part. Maybe not.
3. You write about some pretty intense situations…do you have a dark side of your own?
I’m pretty sure I do. The whole big theme of good versus evil intrigues the heck out of me. And the evil has to be really bad for us to be impressed when good wins. To make it more interesting, good and bad are never absolutes. I mean, my good guy can be pretty bad. So the bad guy had better be freakin beyond evil.
4. How do you research your books?
Well, I Google a lot. I also ask people who know more than I do. For example, in FATED there’s a virus that attacks the chromosomes of vampire mates, so I talked to a couple of scientists to make sure I had the genetics right. I did get to play around a bit because hey, there aren’t really vampire mates with extra chromosomes (I’m pretty sure), but I wanted the basic science to be accurate.
5. Why did you decide to make vampires the “good” guys in your books?
I’m not sure I really sat down and decided that. I wrote the scene that had been spinning around in my head, Talen the hero turned out to be a vampire, and well, he was so sexy he had to be the good guy.
6. What advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Write that story in your head that you want to read. Don’t watch the market; don’t think about how your great-grandmother is going to react to your sex scenes, just write the book. Pretend it’s only for you. Other people want to read that, too.
7. Why do you like writing paranormal tales with a dark edge?
I think it’s a way to explore a bit. I’ve always followed the rules…and in dark paranormals you can let your wild side out—even ignore the rules or change them completely.
8. What can readers expect next from you?
Definitely more dark paranormals…I love exploring different worlds. I’d also like to try my hand at a romantic suspense series. More good vs. evil probably.
So, I’d love to give away a signed copy of FATED to one commenter. Here’s a question: Should a vampire be a good guy? Feel free to answer or just comment on whatever’s on your mind. We’ll draw a name in a few days.