Happy Monday, readers! Today’s guest is Kirsten Campbell. We’re chatting about her new urban paranormal fantasy novel, Blood Master – Book 1 of the G.O.D.s series.
Kirsten Campbell is an author of several published Urban Paranormal Fantasy short stories and a published poet. Her work has been published in Bewildering Stories, The Pittsburgh Quarterly Online, Ascent Magazine, The Fairfield Review, Poets-Artists & Madmen, Interracial Voice, The CoffeehousePress Journal, The Write Gallery, Sagazine Online, Beauty Talk, COBRA, and several other magazines. Pudding House Publications published her chapbook, The Abandoning Kind,” in 2009 and Ladybug Press published her chapbook, “Poetry from the Covert Bourgeoisie.” Her Urban Paranormal novel, Blood Master-Book 1 of The G.O.D.s Series is an Amazon Top 100 Best Seller and the second book of the series, Blood Rage, is due out this year! Kirsten also co-authored a non-fiction book, Chocolate & Diamonds for the Woman’s Soul, and it’s due out on September 13, 2015.
Kirsten is an Executive Assistant to the Vice President, General Counsel and the Legal, Compliance & Funds Department of an investment firm in Stamford, CT. She lives in Brewster, NY, with her lovely daughters and three beautiful grandchildren. She loves to watch anime and is an accomplished sculptress and she paints and draws.
Visit Kirsten at www.kcampbell-gods.com or www.kirstencampbellbooks.com or check out her Facebook fan page for Blood Master - Book 1 of the G.O.D.s series.
Welcome, Kirsten. Please tell us about your current release.
2052: Griffin Storm lives in Underground Atlanta & he cares for the abandoned children there. He's kidnapped, brought to the Brotherhood. Many think Griffin is the prophesied one because of his unusual abilities, but Griffin is an escaped experiment. He's destined to transform into a G.O.D., a Genetically-enhanced Omni Dimensional being with the power to call demons from hell and angels from heaven. He will be a Blood Master. Do you believe in G.O.D.s? Read Blood Master. You will believe...
What inspired you to write this book?
I was abandoned as a child and left with very abusive grandmother. I always wished for someone to take me out of that horrible situation. I dreamt of a hero, dreamt of Griffin Storm…
Excerpt from Blood Master:
“The Underground, what’s the Underground? You keep saying that like it’s an actual place.”
“It is an actual place. I live there. I’ve been there a while now. It used to be Underground Atlanta, but since the earthquakes, it’s just called the Underground. It’s a wreck, but people still live there. My friend, Waylene, lives there. She told me that I shouldn’t stop to help anyone or I’d wind up getting hurt.”
“She was right,” Tassta said and chuckled. She left the room for a second. When she returned she handed Griffin a wet washcloth. “Put it on the bump. It’s bleeding again.”
Griffin nodded and laid the washcloth over the bump on his head. He smiled sheepishly then continued. “Waylene’s my best friend’s daughter. His name’s Skylar Jennings. He’s the leader of the underground dwellers, the people that I take care of and go on raids for.”
“Why do you put your life on the line for them?”
Griffin shrugged. “I guess there’s no one else stupid enough to do it.”
“How many people are down there?”
“I don’t know, hundreds?”
“That many? Why don’t they get their own supplies?”
“Because most of them are children, little children,” Griffin said quietly. His lips tightened and his head suddenly felt heavy, so he bent forward while peering up through his feathery, white eyelashes. He knew this little piece of information would hit Tassta hard, but he also felt she had to know the truth. He figured Tassta was sheltered at the Brotherhood and from what he could see; she knew nothing of real life out on the streets or in the Underground since the Great War and the earthquakes. Oh, he knew she had heard rumors and been on a few raids, but he also knew that her brother would never let her go out and investigate the validity of the rumors of those five blocks underground that used to be known as Underground Atlanta. No, sweet little Tassta Vinetti was protected from the harshness of the typical life outside of the Brotherhood.
“There are hundreds of children in the Underground? That can’t be true. That’s impossible…”
What exciting story are you working on next?
Blood Rage – Book 2 of the G.O.D.s Series
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I was published in a magazine in 1996. After that, I sent out poetry and stories every few months and got published a few times a year.
Do you write full-time? If so, what's your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?
I work at an investment firm and I wrote my books on the commute to and from my job. At times, I just write at home.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I need to have my pens, paper, phone, pads of paper and thesaurus right there within my reach or I can’t write.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A fireman and a doctor.
Anything additional you want to share with the readers?
I love children and animals, hate getting flowers because once they’re picked, they die and I love cheddar cheese more than chocolate!
Thank you, Kirsten!