Tuesday, November 18, 2014

SNSB Interviews Author Nina Croft!

Book Title: Temporal Shift
Author: Nina Croft
Release Date: 17 November 2014
Genre: Sci-fi/paranormal romance

After diving into a black hole in search of the source of Meridian, the key to immortality, the crew of the Blood Hunter finds themselves stranded in an alternate universe.
Engineer Devlin Stark doesn’t want immortality. He just wants to live long enough to get his revenge on the man who murdered his brother. Now, he’s trapped in a strange world with a crazy woman who claims he’s fated to be her lover.
Saffira Lourdes has a destiny: to save humanity and lead her exiled people to the Promised Land. Haunted by visions of the past and future, she’s been sustained through the years by a dream lover. Unfortunately, Devlin doesn’t believe in fate. But it’s obvious there’s a connection between them, one that will soon be tested by the limits of time and space. Saffira is about to make the crew of the Blood Hunter an offer they’ll find impossible to refuse.
They’re heading back to Earth, and they’re going back in time…

Tagline: Caught between destiny and desire…

1.     What inspired you to write your first book?

 When I was in my twenties (some time ago now) I spent four years working as a volunteer in Zambia. We were based in a small village on the banks of Lake Kariba, far away from any source of books. I was an avid reader and this was before the time of ebooks, so I ran out at regular intervals. It was painful.

So I decided the only answer was to write my own book. My first attempt was a contemporary romance aimed at Harlequin. I was under the misguided opinion that contemporary romance would be the easiest to write. I don’t think that particular book ever got past chapter three!

2.     What books/authors have influenced your writing? 

Growing up, I had three older sisters who all had different tastes in books, plus a mother who read a lot of romance. So I developed a very eclectic taste in reading. I still read just about any type of fiction, and that’s effected what I write, because although my work always has a strong romantic element, I write in a whole lot of genres: contemporary, sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal… I also love to mix up genres.

But books that stick in my mind are Lord of the Rings, Dune, Stranger in a Strange Land. Books that transport you to different worlds, and I think that’s what I strive for in my own writing.

3.    Your books have a really unique take on the futuristic supernatural.  How did you come up with that kind of world?

My biggest influence was probably the TV series, Firefly. After watching it for the third time, I decided I wanted to write a space opera. I wanted star cruisers and pirates and aliens and…vampires.

The books are set in the future where mankind has fled a dying Earth. While I was plotting Break Out, the first book in the Dark Desires series, it occurred to me that if humanity managed to escape into space, then why shouldn’t other things—like vampires? And so my pilot, Ricardo Sanchez came into being. Once I’d accepted vampires in space as a perfectly plausible situation that opened the way for a whole lot of other things.

The series is where I allow myself to do absolutely anything—if I want dragons, I’ll have dragons.

4.    Since you seem to be a science fiction fan, do you have any favorite sci-fi movies or books?

 Lots and lots. Favorite books: Dune, Stranger in a Strange Land, Childhoods End, Shards of Honor. Movies: Aliens, Terminator, Serenity…

5.     Many of Saints and Sinners Books fans are budding authors themselves; do you have any advice for my author fans?

Write the sort of things you love to read. I think that’s the only thing that can sustain you when the going gets hard—which it will.

6.    Have you ever faced writer’s block while working on one of your books?

I have a mild case of writers block at the moment. I’m trying to finish book six in my Dark Desires series. It’s called Flying Through Fire and it’s Thorne and Candy’s story (we haven’t met Candy yet, she’s Jon and Alex’s daughter) and I’m really struggling with it. I suspect it’s because it’s supposed to be the last book in the series, and I don’t want it to end.

7.   What are your current projects?

Along with Flying through Fire, I’m working on a new contemporary/Sci-fi/romance series called the Tribe. The series follows the adventures, romantic and otherwise, of a rogue covert operations group of telepaths. I’m also plotting out a new series of contemporary romances.
8.   Can you share a little of your current work with us? 

Here’s an excerpt from the first draft of Flying Through Fire:

Chapter One
The tips of Thorne’s wings twitched as he paced the bridge of the Blood Hunter. It was time to go. Hell, it had been time to go for years now.
He had responsibilities.
“Will you either stop that goddamn pacing or get the hell out of here,” Tannis snapped. “You’re giving me a goddamn head ache.”
He ignored her, stretching his wings to ease the tension so Tannis had to take a step back or be knocked off her feet. She swore loudly. “And watch it with the goddamn wings.” She stared at him through narrowed eyes. “I seriously need to shoot someone.”
They were all a little jumpy. Too long doing nothing. They needed a good fight to clear the air. Unfortunately, there was no one left to fight.
They’d been in limbo since Fergal’s attack of the Church on Trakis Four. They could never have envisaged that the whole system would fall apart completely, leaving them with no obvious enemies, but once Hatcher had given up, everyone else had seemed to melt away.
Thorne had waited around until they were sure Fergal wasn’t going to need a full-on rescue mission. Or at least that had been his excuse to hang around for the last six months. But now Fergal was free and on his way to the Blood Hunter. There was nothing to keep Thorne here. Nothing at all.
And he still had those responsibilities.
“Waiting for something?” Rico drawled from where he sat in the pilot’s seat, long booted legs stretched out and resting on the console in front of him. “Or should I say someone.”
“Piss off,” Thorne said. But his eyes strayed to the transporter bubble. She knew he was leaving. The least she could do was say goodbye. But why should she? She considered him a boring old tosser—or that’s the description she’d used last time they had spoken. When he’d tried to explain his reasons for going back. 
He’d even suggested she come for a visit. Her answer had been even more derogatory. Why visit a boring planet light years from anywhere, full of a load of farmers. She had things to do in the real world.
That’s what he was worried about. He was quite aware she hadn’t given up on her plans for revenge. No, she was nothing if not tenacious.
“Why don’t you just tell her how you feel?” Rico suggested and Thorne could hear the thread of amusement in the vampire’s voice. Bastard.
“Tell who?” Tannis asked, curiosity overcoming her boredom. “And how does he feel?”
“Mind your own goddamn business,” Thorne muttered. Of course that was never going to happen.
“Thorne has a hard-on for Candy,” Rico informed her. “And I don’t mean the sweet variety.”
Tannis sat down abruptly, eyes wide as she stared at Thorne. His wings twitched again. “Candy?” she asked. “Jon and Alex’s Candy?”
“Is there another?”
“As in werewolf, mad-as-a-bitch-in-heat, Candy?”
“That’s the one.”
“Well, all I can say is he’s a brave man.”
“No, he’s not. Because he’s not going to do anything about it. In true noble, leader-of-the-fucking-people, Mr. Perfect fashion, he’s going to do absolutely nothing.”
Tannis pursed her lips. “A sensible man then.”
Author Bio:
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 nine-to-five 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 types of romance, often mixed with elements of the paranormal and science fiction.

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Author Twitter: @Nina_Croft

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