MFT Interview and Giveaway with Katie MacAlister!

Joining me today is the fabulous Katie MacAlister! Katie is the author of over 40 novels in multiple genres, including paranormal, romance, historical, and much more! Katie was kind enough to answer a few questions for me and is offering 2 copies of In the Company of Vampires to 2 lucky winners (please see giveaway deets at the bottom of the post).

Katie, you’ve written almost 50 novels in the urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and young adult genres, among others! Did you always know you wanted to write?

Absolutely not. When I was young, I wanted to be a scientist, and went to college to become an astrophysicist. This was despite never going to high school (I felt it was a waste of time since the high school program at that time didn’t teach me any real-world skills). So I went to college with no math, no science skills…and spent seven years there starting with basic algebra and pre-college physics, and ending up with hideously complex classes that to this day, boggle my brain.

I did have one particular skill, however—no matter what the subject, I could write for pages without much effort. My electronics labs were noted, I was told by a TA, for their verbosity in detailing what should have happened, but what never did (I wasn’t very good in electronics).

So the writer was there, just waiting for me to work out that pesky degree business before it emerged some years later when I was asked to write non-fiction books about computer software. Those were interesting, but not very fun, and I swore on the day I finished the first one that I was going to write fiction instead, so I could include dialogue, and fun characters, and torment them like crazy.Thus was my fiction career started.

For those unfamiliar with the Dark Ones series, can you tell us a bit about it?

My vampires are a bit different from traditional vamps in that their mythos is tied around the idea of a Beloved, a woman who can redeem the soulless Dark One and not only give him his soul back, but also provide him with an end to his torment. My vamps are always male, and divided into two types: Moravians and Dark Ones (who are actually technically called Moravian Dark Ones, but that’s too much of a mouthful for most people to use any more). Moravians are vamps who have their souls, while the Dark Ones don’t. Both types need blood to survive, and both tend to avoid direct sunlight, although redeemed Dark Ones and Moravians can tolerate short exposures to it.

There are female Moravians, but they have their souls, and can—but don’t need to—drink blood to survive. Why are only the males classified as Dark Ones? It goes back to the idea of sins of the father being visited upon the son, an archaic custom that lets me really torture the poor heroes. And nothing makes me happier than making them miserable before I pair them up with a woman who will bring them to their knees with appreciation.I am mean, yes. We know this. 🙂

Much Ado About Vampires comes out in October. Will there be more in the Dark Ones series?

There will, indeed. Much Ado, which is the story for Alec from Zen and the Art of Vampires, and Crouching Vampire, Hidden Fang, will continue some of the story thread from those two books, as well as include a bit from the previous vamp book, In the Company of Vampires. There is a lot of Pia and Kristoff in this book, so fans of those two will have some questions answered that were left opened.

I really don’t seen an end in sight for the vamp books. Luckily, my muse has lots of story ideas for them, so I just let her tell me which story she wants next, and go from there.

What’s your most unusual writing quirk?

Clutching my head and moaning softly to myself while writing. I really do that, generally when I’m in the middle of a scene and suddenly have to plot something. I hate plotting, and do most of it while staring out of the window with a vacant look on my face (while my lips move silently, or so my husband claims). But when I’m in the middle of writing something and have to plot, it’s sheer agony, and more than once my husband will come into my office to find me hunched over my keyboard, my head in my hands, as I moan with the agony of having to think up what’s needed to happen next in the story.
No one ever said writing was a pretty job. 🙂

I know quite a few authors enjoy listening to music when they write. Do you? If so, can you give us a playlist?

My playlists vary from book to book. Sometimes I listen to a specific channel on Pandora (for the book I’m writing now, I’m listening to a general Celtic channel); other times, I make my own soundtrack. The last one I custom-made was of Gregorian chants, believe it or not. Before that, I had one that consisted of Hayley Westenra songs, and another of Blackmore’s Night.

What’s one of the most daring things you’ve ever done?

I went to England for a year when I was 20, armed with a couple of hundred bucks, a work visa, and nothing else, including NO return ticket. It was a fabulous experience, and one that cemented my anglophile status, but was also very difficult in terms of forcing me to be less of an introvert. I ended up working at Harrods for a year, living in a weird student house, and having an utter blast.

Later on, I used a lot of my experiences there in one of my books, Improper English, which gave me no end of secret pleasure. Didn’t meet a dishy Englishman there, however.

Can you tell us something about yourself that maybe not a lot of people know?

I have a mad, passionate love for old black and white mystery and suspense movies, including series like Charlie Chan, Bulldog Drummond, Mr. Wong, the Thin Man, and anything with detectives running around solving murders and other mysteries. I have a collection of those old movies on DVD, and regularly re-watch them. My love for Humphrey Bogart in the Maltese Falcon is pretty well documented—I wrote a book in homage to that movie (Even Vampires Get the Blues), after all, and it’s those sorts of movies that make my muse happy, which in turn prompts her to give me stories. So it’s a win-win situation, except for my husband, who is getting tired of me insisting on watching old black and white movies whenever I get the chance…

Is there any news of upcoming events or projects that you’d like to share with us?

I’m in the middle of writing the third light dragons book, so right now I’m immersed in Baltic and everything dragonny. But after that, I may start a brand new series, something new and exciting that has yet to be seen in the paranormal romance world—and no, I can’t tell you about it, other than my publisher is very excited, and I’ve got more than 30 research books to get through before I can tackle this new series.My first contemporary in years and years and years will be out this December—I’m head over heels in love with the hero, who has the unpronounceable name of Iakovos, and can’t wait for readers to fall for him too. He’s dishy beyond belief, and I love him so much, I keep re-reading the manuscript just to enjoy him all over again. Yeah, I’m that easy. 🙂

Thanks so much for joining me on the blog today, Katie!

Thanks for having me! I’m always tickled to talk books with people.

Visit Katie at her website

GIVEAWAY DETAILS
*Giveaway is for 2 copies of In The Company of Vampires (Dark Ones 8) to 2 winners!
*To enter: Leave a comment for Katie with a way to contact you!
*Open INTERNATIONALLY
**GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED**
About the book (from KatieMacAlister.com)

If only a broken heart were all she had to deal with… 


 …but there are Viking ghosts, gods, werebeings, and one sexy as sin vampire on Francesca’s case. And her biggest trouble is Loki, the trickster god. 


 When Fran arrives at Goth-Faire to deal with him, things go from bad to worse, for her immortal ex, Benedikt, is there…with a new girlfriend. 


Shapesifters, Vikings, and a town filled with deranged opera fans…it’s a good thing Fran’s no ordinary mortal…

72 Comments:

  1. Great interview – I love how Katie has her own soundtrack she listens to when she works on different books!

    danaan at gmx dot at

  2. Mickey @ imabookshark

    Fantastic interview, and thanks for the awesome giveaway!!

    imabookshark AT yahoo DOT com

    Mickey @ imabookshark

  3. dorkavecunespork

    Oooh, a new series? I love everything you've written thus far so I'm excited! Perfect reading: a little humor, a little romance, a little intrigue…love 'em all!

    Mippi283 at hotmail dot com

  4. Damla (Sweepstake Lover)

    Thank you very much for the great giveaway!

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  5. Great interview. And can't wait for more info on themes series. Sounds very fascinating! Thanks for the giveaway
    Dpbussie@yahoo.com

  6. Sry. That is info on the New Series. Auto-correct!!??! So aggravating. Lol!

  7. Great interview! I can't wait for more info on the new series. Thanks for the giveaway!

    beckyqward(at)gmail(dot)com

  8. Thanks for the interview, Katie! I found your writing quirk quite funny. 😉 Thanks for the giveaway!

    catarina_romeira at hotmail dot com

  9. I was a fan of Katie's work before reading this interview, and now I've got to track down her Dark Ones series! Off to the library!

    Lady.midnite at gmail.com

  10. I love your Dark Ones series. They are always such great reads. The dialog between the characters is always so snarky and good.

    terilhack at gmail dot com

  11. YzhaBella's BookShelf

    Hi Katie!
    Wow! Your take on the vampire has totally gotten me intrigued! My tbr pile just got a bit higher!

    Thanks for the great stuff in the interview!

    Kate
    mleger 0546 (at) rogers (dot) com

  12. Patricia's Particularity

    This sounds really good!! Thank you so much for this great giveaway!!

    PelicanJL{at]hotmail[dot]com

  13. Wow, Celtic music and Gregorian chants is a very wide variety of music to listen to. I love Katie's novel, my favorites being the dragons, and would love to read and review this novel too! Thank you so much for the chance! edysicecreamlover18ATgmailDOTcom

  14. GFC Krystal Larson

  15. Loved the interview. Fabulous giveaway thank you.

    marypres@gmail.com

  16. Katie,

    The covers of your books are gorgeous. I personally don't watch many b & w movies, but can see how they would be inspirational.
    Thanks!
    andreat78@yahoo.com

  17. Offbeat Vagabond

    Great interview guys. I have not been able to read the Dark Ones series yet, but it sounds fun and unique. And don't get me started on the covers. Your trip to England sounded fun and kind of scary considering you had no intention of staying there, but had to. Lucky you found a job. You have written a book for nearly every genre, it is insane especially considering you didn't want to be a writer in the first place. Just amazing. Great interview and giveaway, thank you 🙂

    drharleyquinn87 (at) gmail (dot) com

  18. Thank you for interview and giveaway!

    ladypentesylea@yahoo.com

  19. How awesome are you to share this giveaway opportunity with us. I have not read this series and would love to – thank you.

    dz59001[at]gmail[dot]com

  20. I enjoyed the interview.
    Katie must really have had a hard time at college with no high school. Just shows her persistence to stick to it for so long and no doubt that has applied to her writing as well.

    Thanks for the giveaway and for opening it to worldwide entries.

    Much appreciated.

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

  21. in the Company of Vampires sounds like such a fun book to read can't wait to read it!
    Love your book & love the Cover of your Books there Hot!
    sasluvbooks(at)yahoo.com

  22. What amazing covers on Katie's books. Thanks for the giveaway.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

  23. Stacy (Urban Fantasy Investigations)

    I have not read these yet. Thank you for the giveaway

    Chllybrd(at)gmail.com

  24. Love the series-can't wait for the new one!

    Corrie.Martian@gmail.com

  25. omg i have been a katie macalister fanatic since i found A Girl's Guide to Vampires in the public library when I was in high school. thank you so much for the interview!!!!

    creativitylost(at)me(dot)com

  26. I never read Katie MacAllister's book before, but plan to read Dark Ones series. Love the cover of this series. Thanks for the interview!

    sawamura_foxman AT yahoo DOT com

  27. I love the humor in Katie's books. The Vikings keep me giggling. Have the audio version of Company of Vampires and have listened to it twice — so far.

    redfordphyl(at)gmail(dot)com

  28. Katie, I read your FB/Twitter comments to my coworker on a daily basis. He is convinced we are sisters separated at birth. Would love to win your new book. kimberleykfischer at gmail which is a dot com.

  29. I'm so glad you became a writer, but I'm sure you would have made an awesome scientist as well! Thanks for a great giveaway:)
    jwitt33 at live dot com

  30. I have sent copies of The Corset Diaries to several of my friends – including some who don't normally read romance – and the reaction has been universal delight. I figure I'll reel them in slowly before dropping paranormal on them. 😉 I, on the other hand, will read anything you write.

    rebeccarkovar at gmail dot com

  31. This interview was great! Thank you Katie for all of your books. The sense of humor in your books completely matches mine. I enjoy them greatly. Thank you for the giveaway and all of your hard work writing awesome books!!

    Andrea
    proudmomma0119 @ gmail.com

  32. Thanks for doing a great interview, it s always nice to get insight into one of my favorite authors. I own almost everyone of Katie's books and love them all.

    Thank you for doing another giveaway, maybe this time I'll get lucky…here's to keeping my fingers crossed!

    christinemgold(at)yahoo(dot)com

  33. I have read almost all of Katies books. I love them all.

    arhatfield@gmail.com

  34. Sofija Kapranova

    I wich I could win this! Thanks for giveaway!

    kapranova.sofija@gmail.com

  35. Can't wait to read your upcoming books! AND a new series, that just made my day! Thanks for the giveaway!

    shelle18@sccoast.net

  36. So Love Katie! My husband often thinks I need commited as I laugh like a loon while reading her books! So sad that there will be no more Ash books but love that I get her and Jim in all the dragon books. Looking forward to the new releases this year! And a new series..Score! Much love,
    Jen
    jjsines @ sbcglobal.net

  37. Can hardly wait to read Alec's story – the teaser sounds like it's going to be great! Jan

  38. I can't wait to finally read more Alec-y goodness. I adore Katie and all of her books.

  39. 1266b882-9791-11e0-97ef-000f20980440

    Really enjoyed the interview – great insight for sure. I'd LOVE to see the next Steampunk book – and wonder whatever happened to Kate Marsh? I enjoyed that little excursion, too, Katie.

    All the best for keeping the muse happy, your hard drive stable, and your editor tickled pink!
    Stephanie

  40. You've been blessed by the cover gods, seriously!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    andra(dot)always(at)gmail(dot)com

  41. Great interview! I can't wait to read Much Ado About Vampires.

    marieimy (at) gmail (dot) com

  42. wow..I didn't realize you were the same author of Steamed. So many different types of stories…that's great. I've had my eye on a lot of your books. I have Love in The Time of Dragons already on my TBR list. I'd love a chance to try your vampire story..please count me in. Thanks!
    Tanyaw1224(at)yahoo(dot)com

  43. Great interview! Nice to know that music is part of your creative process!
    Kindly
    Anna

    AnnaFreudOfficial@gmail.com

  44. Great cover art! The books sound very interesting as well =)

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  45. I follow on GFC.

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  46. hedgerhousehold

    Great interview. Looking forward to reading.
    thanks for the giveaway
    jenhedger at hotmail dot com

  47. I have not read these yet, but they sound AWESOME!! Thanks for the chance to win!

    mallary.mott@eagles.usm.edu

  48. Great interview! Sounds like Katie had quite an adventure in England. thanks for the giveaway
    marlenebreakfield(at)yahoo(dot)com

  49. Linda: By the Book

    I love this interview! Thank god! Finally, something original on vamps. I love the concept and I always love an author who makes a guy miserable before they meet the girl. I'd love to just go to England as she had done, but I'm sure I'd be too chicken to do it.

    Lindadao2060 at yahoo dot com

  50. melissasmeanderings

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    GFC=mk261274
    mk261274 at gmail dot com

  51. I love that I'm not the only one that holds my head an moans when concentrating! I haven't read these books but they are now on my list. That is an interesting take on vampires!

  52. I've had the pleasure to read a few of your books and enjoyed them. Your just a fabulous author. I would love to read this newest book of yours. Congrats on it's release!!

    LadyVampire2u AT gmail DOT com

  53. BURIED IN BOOKS

    Wow, guess there are a lot of Katie MacAlister fans! Me, too. I've read a couple of the Light Dragon books. Talk about Alpha males! Man o Man.
    Anyway, the cover on this one's not too shabby!! And I love the story line. Who knew you could redeem a vampire? Great interview. She seems like somebody that would be fun to hang around with!

    Heather

  54. BURIED IN BOOKS

    Uh, that would be hrose2931(at)gmail(dot)com

    Sorry!

  55. Melissa (Books and Things)

    Oh wonderful! I've been wanting to read this one!

    books (dot) things (at) yahoo (dot) com

  56. I have been meaning to get around to this one!
    hense1kk AT cmich DOT edu

  57. Sounds interesting
    jennlovesed14 at gmail

  58. Thanks for sharing the great post. Wow was really interesting about how you became a writer and your college experience. Have loved the books I've read so far by Katie and can't wait for the upcoming releases.

    pams00 @ aol.com

  59. Great interview! Thank you for the chance to win!
    Rathouska.jana@gmail.com

  60. OMG! I always wanted to read your Light Dragon series! – Mostly because of the covers…cofcof- Everyone loves to torture the hero before he finds his mate, because it's fun! hahahaha

    sweet(dot)sayumi(at)yahoo(dot)com(dot)br

  61. Great interview and I love the explanation of the mythos of the vampires in these books. It sounds fascinating.

    tommygirl828 (at) gmail (dot) com

  62. Your books sound awesome, thanks for the giveaway.

    jessicamariesutton(at)msn(dot)com

  63. I love how in books you can make the man experience all the pain whereas in real life its generally the woman.

    Gabbie-ethela AT hotmail DOT com

  64. Need to go pick up the latest Dragon Series book now!

    dream2day98@yahoo.com

  65. Thank you for a great giveaway!

    tatiana_lwg(at) yahoo dot com

  66. I adore paranormal romance. I love vampire stories. I also like stories with a generous dose of humor. Thanks for the great giveaway!

    user1123 AT comcast DOT net

  67. 50 novels is quite an accomplishment! I'd have to say that I'm way behind on your list though!

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

  68. I wish i could just go to England like you did… well maybe not England but somewhere else… that the language is different and culture is completely different

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    katie_tp(at)yahoo(dot)com

  69. These books sound awesome! Would love to read them. 🙂

    Thank you for the giveaway!

    GFC-Christine Davis

    ceeenndee at gmail dot com

  70. This sounds brilliant

    Leannz0r@gmail.com

  71. Great interview. I love her dragon books.

    spav05(at)gmail(dot)com

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