Please help me welcome Traci Douglass, author of Seal of Destiny, to the blog today!
Tell me about yourself, and your writing.
Thanks so much for having me on your blog today!
I’m the author of paranormal/urban fantasy and contemporary romances featuring a sly edge. My stories feature sizzling alpha-male heroes full of dark humor, quick wits and major attitudes; smart, independent heroines who always give as good as they get; and scrumptiously evil villains who are—more often than not—bent on world destruction. I enjoy weaving ancient curses and mythology, modern science and old religion, and great dialogue together to build red-hot, sizzling chemistry between my main characters.
How long have you been writing? How many published books do you have, and what genres?
As an only child, I’ve made up stories to entertain myself. I didn’t start putting them down on paper until November of 2011. Seal Of Destiny is my debut novel. Currently, I write paranormal romance/urban fantasy and contemporary romance.
Do you write in multiple genres or just one? If just one, do you ever consider straying outside your genre?
Multiple genres. I’m actually developing a new series that’s a bit out of my current comfort zone for my MFA thesis project. It will be a futuristic paranormal romantic suspense detective series. Think Joss Whedon meets Castle, without the vampires.
Are you a plotter or do you write from the seat of your pants?
For first drafts, I’m a pantser. My characters always lead me to new places I never could have planned on my own. During edits, I apply the structure and make sure it all works.
What is a typical writing day like for you?
I get my daily word count kicked out first. I shoot for 2000 words a day, when I ‘m writing. Then I do edits, critiquing, marketing, etc.
Who do you love to read? Favorite authors, favorite books?
My favorite current authors include: Gena Showalter, Kresley Cole, and Jennifer Ashley. I’m loving Ashley’s Pirates Next Door series and her awesome MacKenzies.
What is something you'd like to accomplish in your writing career next year?
Finish the Seven Seals series and continue building my readership.
If you could have one paranormal ability, what would it be?
Invisibility. Imagine the things you could see and hear if you were invisible!
If you could keep a mythical/ paranormal creature as a pet, what would you have?
Oh, I’d LOVE to have a dragon! How cool would THAT be?
Tell us a little about your latest release.
Seal Of Destiny involves two people who learn to work together and love each other despite their differences and horrific pasts. Yes, the story has all the layers of paranormal, angels, demons, etc. But in the end, its about the characters and how they make their crazy lives work.
What is something that you absolutely can't live without? (Other than family members)
Could you ever co author a book with someone? If so, who would you choose, and what would you write?
Not sure. I’ve never tried. Co-authoring, maybe not. But an anthology would be fun!
If you could spend a day with anyone from history, dead or alive, who would it be, and what would you do? What would you ask them?
Wow. I think I’d like to meet Mark Twain. So funny and wise. I’d like to get his take on the world today.
What are some of your other hobbies outside of writing?
Reading, listening to music, eating chocolate, playing with my dogs. I’m hopelessly boring…
If you were on the staff to have a book adapted to movie, what would you pick?
Besides, Seal Of Destiny? LOL. I’d probably pick Lothaire by Kresley Cole. That’s one sexy vamp.
What is a talent you wish you had, but don't?
Blue. Any shade.
Weather: Hot or cold? Cold. There’s only so much you can take off when it’s hot.
Favorite place to read?
Homemade baked mac and cheese.
Favorite non-alcoholic drink.
If you could travel anywhere and do anything, no limits or money holding you back, where would you go?
I’d do a European Tour. I’ve never been abroad and would love to see all those different cultures and ancient ruins.
Seal Of Destiny
Seven Seals Series Book One
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Number of pages: 263
Word Count: 70,000
Love conquers all… but can it stop the Apocalypse?
Mira Herald is having the worst life ever. Not only is she plagued by horrific nightmares starring the Devil himself, she’s now the target of a power-hungry, rogue minion, freshly sprung from Hell and bent on her destruction. To complicate matters further, she’s acquired a stalker. One who insists he’s a divine warrior sent for her protection because she houses an ancient relic with the power to unleash Armageddon. Last time Mira checked, she wasn’t insane. Still, all this celestial mayhem is enough to drive a girl crazy.
Kagan is a member of the Scion, an elite team of immortal warriors selected by Divinity to aid mankind and save the world. After a century alone, Kagan is summoned for a new mission. He’s eager to begin. Eager until he’s informed his mission consists of protecting a woman with no clue to the power she wields. Plus, his briefing fails to prepare him for his new target’s cosmic-sized attitude problem. As Divinity’s sworn servant, he’s required to fulfill his duty. His oath, however, does not require him to be enthusiastic about his new assignment or warm-and-fuzzy toward his new compatriot. He plans a wham-bam rescue and a quick return to solitude.
The rogue minion attacks—with the backing of a mysterious organization—and all Hades erupts, putting a fast end to any whirlwind escapes. Accustomed to staunch independence, Mira’s survival now requires full cooperation and an unwavering belief in Kagan. The battle-hardened warrior is also forced to chose: between duty and desire. Amidst the turmoil, Kagan and Mira’s undeniable passion draws them closer to each other and down a path neither expected but both yearn for, more than they ever knew.
Will love save the day? The world’s fate depends on the answer.
About the Author:
Traci is the author of paranormal/urban fantasy and contemporary romances featuring a sly, urban edge, including her current Seven Seals series. Her stories feature sizzling alpha-male heroes full of dark humor, quick wits and major attitudes; smart, independent heroines who always give as good as they get; and scrumptiously evil villains who are—more often than not—bent on world destruction. She enjoys weaving ancient curses and mythology, modern science and old religion, and great dialogue together to build red-hot, sizzling chemistry between her main characters.
A storyteller since childhood, she began putting her tales down on paper in November 2011 after the idea for the Seven Seals Series occurred to her in a dream. She finished the first draft of what was to become Seal of Destiny in one month and decided to pursue a full-time writing career in January of 2012. Life has now been a rollercoaster, crash course in pursuing your dreams.
Traci is an active member of Romance Writers of America (RWA), Indiana Romance Writers of America (IRWA) and Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal Writers (FF&P) and is pursing a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Writing Popular Fiction through Seton Hill University. Her stories have made the final rounds in several RWA chapter contests, including the 2012 Duel on the Delta, the 2012 Molly Awards, and the 2012 Catherine Awards. An earlier draft of Seal of Destiny won the paranormal category of the 2012 Marlene Awards sponsored by the Washington Romance Writers.
Other current projects include upcoming books in the Seven Seals series and a new futuristic detective series with hints of the paranormal and plenty of romance.
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