Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Interview with paranormal romance author Stephanie Burkhart

Today’s special guest is paranormal romance author Stephanie Burkhart. She’s sharing a bit about her newest novel, Sunrise Over Brasov.

During her virtual book tour with Goddess Fish Promotions, Stephanie will be giving away a $25 Amazon gift card to a randomly drawn commenter. To be entered for a chance to win, leave a comment below. To increase your chances of winning, feel free to visit other tour stops and leave comments there, too!

Stephanie Burkhart is a 911 dispatcher for LAPD. She writes romance and children's stories. She's currently published with Desert Breeze, 4RV, and Victory Tales Press. She adores chocolates, loves coffee, and enjoys going for walks. In September 2014, she'll be participating in the 5K Walk to End Alzheimer's in Santa Clarita, CA.

Welcome, Stephanie. Please tell us about your current release.
Sunrise Over Brasov is Book 3 in the Moldavian Moon paranormal series. It's set near Brasov, Romania in the 1880's. Romania has such delicious folklore with the Vlad Tepes/Dracula legend that one just might believe the paranormal is real in Romania.

In the story, Rosa, who is a virgin witch, is kidnapped by Clement, an evil werewolf intent on using the purity of her witchcraft for his own personal gain. Michael, Rosa's beloved, chases after her in the hopes of freeing her from Clement, but will the separation doom their relationship or bring them closer together.

What inspired you to write this book?
Michael's story had to be told. The series is a trilogy and starts with Michael's parents, Mihai and Theresa. While finding love, Mihai and Theresa make a series of choices that doom their family to be haunted by werewolves. Can Michael finally end the curse? Love can led to redemption and forgiveness, but does Michael have the inner strength and courage to travel down that path considering the hurts he's suffered?

He raised his hand and lowered his hood. An inherent strength filled his profile. Confidence. Concern. Relief.

Rosa's breath jammed in her throat. He looked familiar. He smelled familiar.

"Rosa, it's Michael. Let's go."

"I'm not going anywhere with you."

A frown set against his rugged features. "I don't have time to argue -- now put on a warm dress and cloak."

"No." She was not going anywhere with him despite the relief in his voice.

He sighed and shut the door. Moving with fluid grace, he crossed the room, jerked the door to her closet open and threw the items he wanted her to wear on her bed. "Get. Dressed."

"No." She was determined not to budge, despite the danger outside.

"Rosa, we're leaving."

"I'm staying."

"Why would you want to stay? Clement kidnapped you."

Disconcerted, she pointedly glanced away from his hard stare. What did he mean by kidnapped? Clement didn't keep her behind bars and feed her only bread and water. Rosa could even go into Brasov to shop as long as Lucien or one of the bodyguards went with her.

"I'm going to take you back to your mother."

Her head snapped toward his direction. Mother? Of course she had a mother -- a family, even -- only she had no recollection of them. So why did her body fill with warmth at the mention of her mother by a man she hadn't seen before, but was hauntingly familiar? She pursed her lips, torn by conflicting emotions.

"Caroline and Darius can't keep this up. Now get dressed or I'll dress you myself."

"You'll find me an unwilling subject."

He drew in a deep breath and raked a hand through his thick ebony hair. "You are exasperating."

"So I've been told."

What exciting story are you working on next?
I'm between stories right now. I want to work on a paranormal for Halloween and I need to start the prep work for Book 4 in my steampunk series, "The Windsor Diaries." In June, I'll have a short story coming out called "Arrow Through the Heart," in the Victory Tales Press Summer Anthology and Book 3 of The Windsor Diaries is coming out called "A Lady Never Lies."

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I remember there was a show in the 1970's called The Electric Company (Interesting note: Morgan Freeman was a cast member). After watching the show I'd go to the kitchen table with my crayons and pencils and create little Spiderman comics based on the skits from the show. Since then I kept writing, focusing on poems and short stories, but it wasn't until I was a teenager did I realize I was a writer and this was something I was going to do for the rest of my life.

What do you do other than write and how do you find the time to write?
I have a full time job as a 911 operator for the city of LA. Since we don't have access to personal computers, I usually do my writing on my down time with a pen and paper. When I get home, I type up what I've written at work. I'm a fast typer so it comes together quickly.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I used to tell people I wanted to be a bus driver because I wanted a job where I didn't have to go to college. I chuckle because I got a lot of reaction with that so sometimes I would say it just to get a reaction. I eventually went to collage (graduated Magna cum laude from California Baptist University in 1995) and went to work in law enforcement after serving in the US Army from 86-97.


Thanks, Stephanie! Readers, don’t forget to leave a comment if you’d like a chance to win the gift card!


Mary Preston said...

Hi Stephanie, just wondering if you helped to design the cover? It's beautiful.


Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

MomJane said...

Fascinating excerpt.

Stephanie Burkhart said...

Lisa, thank you so much for having me here today. Where in New England did you grow up? Are you still there? I miss the 4 seasons.

Mary, I sent off a Cover Art Imput Sheet asking for a sunrise and a human element. I always ask for a human element with my paranormals because I find the humanity of the story is what makes it appealing. Thanks for asking. Jen Ranieri at Desert Breeze does a wonderful job and has won several Ariana's from EPIC for her work.

Question for readers; The paranormal includes so many other things, it's not just about vampires, werewolves and witches. Time Traveling is also considered paranormal as are superheroes.

So I have to ask: What's your favorite superhero? What was your favorite superhero movie?

Steph Burkhart
Romance Under the Moonlight

Unknown said...

Great interview and excerpt. You book sounds great. Good luck with sales.

Nancy Kay said...

Wonderful interview, Stephanie. I envy your organizational skills in setting up your stories! I'm getting there, but you set a good example.
Nancy Kay

Melissa Keir said...

I love Stephanie's books. Very exciting and have a lot of detail. Superheros are wonderful but I love the Marvel ones more than the DC universe. There's something about the brain of Ironman and the passion of Thor... :)

Rita Wray said...

Thank you for he excerpt, I enjoyed it.


Maggie Toussaint said...

Hey Steph! I love the paranormal elements of your stories. Best of luck with the new ones! Maggie

Linda Andrews said...

Great interview and except (and I'm really looking forward to the Halloween story, will it be part of this series?)

Stephanie Burkhart said...

JoAnne, MomJane, and Rita, thank you for stopping by.

Melissa, I like both those heroes, especially the actors that portray them. hehe. I grew up loving the X-Men and the Teen Titans.

Maggie, thanks for peeking in.

Nancy thanks for stopping by. My organizational skills aren't what they used to be.

No, the Halloween story won't be part of this one. It's a contemporary story set in Salem, MA. Rachel is a young witch who has a lot to learn.


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collenga said...

Great interview! I'll bet you have tons on interesting stories working for 911! Thanks for sharing