Interview (& Giveaway): Amanda Carlson, author of Full Blooded

The lovely Amanda Carlson is joining us today as part of her blog tour for Full Blooded (read my review), and I couldn’t be more excited! Please welcome her to the blog! Also, there’s a giveaway for a copy of Full Blooded at the bottom of the post (and it’s international), so check out the deets, and good luck!

Amanda, welcome back to the blog! What have you been up to since the last time we talked? I assume you’ve been busy promoting Full Blooded, yes?
Thanks for having me back. It’s great to be here! I’ve been very busy networking, getting my name and book information out. As a new author, it’s crucial. It’s been a lot of work, but I’m enjoying it. I love chatting, if you haven’t noticed.

What would be your elevator pitch for Full Blooded?
“You have to read this book. It’s full of everything you’d want in an urban fantasy series: action, adventure, sex and great mythological mayhem.” Then I’d vomit from the stress of pitching in the elevator.

If Full Blooded was adapted for the big screen, who would you cast as Jessica (and Ty, and James…)?
I’ve only been asked this one other time, but my answer is still the same: I have no idea. When I write my characters they are such an amalgamation in my mind, it would be so hard to pick the *right* person to encompass all their attributes. I don’t ever picture one clear face in my mind when I write. It’s more like a fun dream state where my characters encompass personality, voice, snark and action all at one time. But I DO have a wicked crush on Tom Hardy.

If we beefed him up, dyed his hair blonde and made him look more like Thor, we *may* have a Rourke. Possibly.

Most folks assume that the main character is the most fun to write for an author. Is that true for you, or do you have a different fave?
Jessica is so much fun to write, it’s true, but I actually enjoy writing everyone. I love changing it up and getting the fun banter going. Danny is really fun to write. I love his accent. And I love Marcy’s zestiness. It’s all awesome, and definitely never boring.

What’s one of your favorite werewolf books or films?
I loved Van Helsing when it came out. I have no idea if it’s held up over time. It’s not a full werewolf movie. I remember seeing American Werewolf in London and being totally freaked out at the time. It might be time to re-rent. I loved the first Underworld movie, Kate Beckinsale is awesome. I was really excited a few years ago for The Wolfman with Benicio Del Toro, but it was a bit of a letdown. I guess the answer is: there are no great “urban fantasy” werewolf movies out there. I think it’s time they make one, don’t you?

What’s next for you?
HOT BLOODED releases in April 2013 and I’m finishing up COLD BLOODED right now. It’s due to hit shelves fall of 2013. I’m having such a blast writing this series. I hope I get to do it for a long time.

Thanks for hosting me, Kristin!! I had fun as usual. For anyone reading, I hope you enjoy the series.
Keep up with Amanda: Website | Twitter

1. You MUST fill out the form below (lots of chances for extra entries)
2. Giveaway is for 1 copy of Full Blooded by Amanda Carlson to 1 winner.
3. Giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY (or wherever The Book Depository ships)
4. Must include a valid email address with your entry (no need to leave it in the comments, just include it when you fill out the Rafflecopter form)
5. You must enter on or before 9/26/12
6. Giveaway book courtesy of the author.
7. Please see my Giveaway Policy.

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  1. I’m bummed to hear that the Benicio Del Toro werewolf movie wasn’t good. I agree that there aren’t any good ones out! I loved Van Helsing as well, even though as a romance fan I was a bit sad at the ending. Still, Hugh Jackman! Woot!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    • I was totally bummed the movie sucked!! I REALLY wanted a good wolf movie. I’m crossing my fingers they do one soon. The genre needs some good representation.

      Thanks for posting!

  2. i would love if they made the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs in a film ^^ because yesi don’t think about any good film with werewolvessad but true

    thank you a lot for opening your giveaway to international!
    i hope you will have a lot of success with this series

  3. Congrats on the release of your debut Amanda!

    MBW – I forgot to leave a valid email address in the form, oops!

    tasnim-sheikh AT hotmail DOT com

  4. Really want to get this and read it! I’ve downloaded the prequel novella and have it lined up to read on my e-book tbr pile!

  5. I got the prequel Blooded and loved it, so can’t wait to read Full Blooded! Question for Amanda: what are some of your favourite books and/or authors to read? Thanks for the giveaway!

    • Right now I’m reading Amanda Bonilla & her Shaede Assassin books! Some of my super UF faves have to be Faith Hunter’s Jane Yellowrock series. I love Faith’s voice as a writer. For PNR it’s Kresley Cole. She can bring the steam!!

      Thanks for stopping by & good luck!!

  6. Great interview and elevator pitch for Full Blooded! I love Underworld! As a kid, American Werewolf in London freaked me out too. I’m going to borrow Warrior just for Tom Hardy, since I’ve noticed a lot of photos floating around him.

    I’m definitely going to read Full Blooded 🙂

  7. This is definitely everything I’d want in an urban fantasy series: action, adventure, sex and great mythological mayhem – Full Blooded sounds great!

  8. I love the idea of Jessica being the only female werewolf. I did download this book to my Kindle because it sounded so awesome. Thanks

  9. An awesome interview for both of you. 🙂 And great to see you around Amanda! Hope all is going beautifully for you.

  10. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me. I would love to read this book.

  11. I was wondering how much input Amanda has into the covers of her books?

    • Hi Bethany,

      I’m popping in late, but the answer is not much. I get to yay or nay a very few things. The Creative Director at Orbit did an excellent job. I’m so pleased! I feel very lucky.


  12. Congrats on the release! Sounds great.

  13. Congratulations on the release of your latest book Amanda. I bet that’s one experience that just doesn’t get old no matter how many times you’ve been there. Looks great, looking forward to reading it.

  14. Congrats on your book release!!

  15. Like someone else said, I am intrigued by the idea of Jessica being the only female in the pack.

  16. FULL BLOODED looks amazing.

    Best you don’t make a pitch in an elevator I think. I had to laugh.

  17. This book, FULL BLOODED looks amazing. And the cover book aazing to. I love werewolf story and can’t wait to read this book 🙂

  18. Congrats! I think this book sounds amazing!! I love the cover!! I am adding this to my list!! Thanks for the chance.

  19. Full, Hot, and Cold. Nice title choices. I am guessing they play into the story lines a bit too?

  20. Congrats for the release date of Full Blooded, Amanda 🙂
    Are you also decide how the cover done? Or let your publisher do the rest?
    Thanks 🙂

  21. Congrats on the book! Nice cover.

  22. So far, most werewolf series I have read have disappointed me more or less… But Full Blooded seems perfect! Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

  23. Hi
    I read the prequel, Blooded, and really liked it. I just want to know what’s in store for Jess in the next books.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  24. I’m always looking for a great new werewolf series and have had a hard time finding one of late, so I am excited to here about this series

  25. The book sounds awesome! Thanks for the post and the awesome giveaway!
    ehaney578 at AOL dot com

  26. I already wanted to read Full Blooded so much, and now after reading the interview, I want to read it even more 🙂 ’cause if you’re having a blast writing the series, we’ll have even more blast reading it 😀

    And yeah, there really isn’t a good werewolf movie out there…

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  27. What a great cover! Ewa da Cruz with a pistol, standing in front of the full moon is just awesome!

  28. Would love to win a copy of this! Thanks for giving one away!

  29. I loved Van Helsing too!
    The book sounds great and congrats on your book release!
    Thanks for the giveaway,looking forward to read it!

  30. This is definitely something that I am going to read! Sounds fantastic!

  31. You had me at the pitching elevator…..

    I think that An American Werewolf in London was more makeup/special effects than storyline, but the dead friend popping up like Banquo’s ghost all the time was funny. A Thor-like Tom Hardy sounds promising….

    Thanks for the great interview!

    emmasmom AT wi DOT rr DOT com

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