Tainted Q&A

Tainted QA1. What inspired you to write Tainted?

As a teen, I used to have these lucid dreams I couldn’t wake up from. I knew I was dreaming, but my body wouldn’t cooperate and kept me stuck in sleep paralysis (look it up if you’re interested). Every single one of these dreams involved some sort of demonic creature entering my room to scare me.

One specific dream has stayed with me for years. I used to sleep with my door open and the hall light on, and during one of these lucid dreams, I saw a cat’s silhouette in the hallway. We didn’t own any cats, but there it was outside my bedroom door. Except it wasn’t a cat. It kept growing and changing into this terrifying, fanged humanoid creature that was the size of a medium-sized dog. It hopped up on my bed and sat on my chest, sucking my breath away. I felt like I was awake, but my body couldn’t move. I tried screaming and yelling as it sat on me, and in this weird lucid dream, I somehow managed to project my spirit from my body so I could see it on me while I slept. It wasn’t until then that I could say anything. I screamed at the weird cat demon that it couldn’t have my soul, and then it left my room. I woke up disoriented and unable to breathe. It took me a long time to realize that I had been dreaming.

It wasn’t until years later that I discovered sleep paralysis from an article I had stumbled across. So, this particular dream inspired the Tainted series, and I actually base one of the demon attack scenes on the demon cat.

2. What was your favorite scene to write from Tainted?

My favorite scene to write was the scene where Cami and Alana are running from Malicevile (the demon who killed Cami’s parents) to a safe house. It was the very first scene I wrote, and it was one of the more brutal scenes as far as the violence Cami experiences from her demon. It’s also the scene where she meets Evan Whiteshaw, who I love dearly as a character.

3. What was your writing process like with Tainted?

Initially, Tainted started off as a 30k word novella titled The Otherside that I had written back in 2009. It started from the church scene and ended in the final chapter before the epilogue. I had considered starting the book from that point but ended up having these ideas with Cami around these two other characters—Cadence and Dylan—so I wrote a few of those scenes and pieced them all together to make the beginning of the book. After I had gotten from the real starting point with the introduction of Dylan, I then went back and rewrote the end to weave in the story and add additional scenes that kept both Dylan and Cadence around through the end. The final scene I wrote was the epilogue, which has gone unchanged.

4. Who was your favorite character to write?

Besides Cami, my absolute favorite character is Dylan Davidoff.

5. What can expect from the next book in the series?

In the next book, we get more hunters, the Hunter’s Academy, and of course, more Malicevile. Cami does a lot of growing and changing in the second book.


Thanks so much for reading this Q&A! I hope you enjoy Tainted! If you have your own questions, feel free to leave them in the comments!

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Writing Stolen from Me Thoughts and Facts

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With the release of Stolen from Me upon us, I figured I’d share what I loved about the next part of Nate and Mira’s journey as they figure out their place in the creature and Human Preservation Agency world. Good versus evil is a running theme through my novels, and while things have never been clear or black and white, Stolen from Me shines a light on good and evil within a person and how they handle it.

I loved writing Stolen from Me and exploring the darker sides of my characters. With Nate Burnham, the Human Preservation Agency altered him into a killer—or what Dr. Prudence referred to as a “better killer” since he was capable of murder before the HPA brought him in as we saw in the beginning of Altered to Kill with the incubus. Stolen from Me focuses on Nate’s struggle with trying not to kill and learning how to survive in what he thinks is a kill or be killed world.

On the other side of things, Mira Everson has been quite the opposite of Nate. As an enchantress, she’s innately benevolent, and she encourages Nate to be the boy she fell in love with. Unfortunately, she finds herself in a downward spiral as she starts to recognize the real evil in the world. She battles with her humanity and starts to question if it’s worth being good when the bad guys seem to always win. Out of all my characters, Mira has the biggest transformation which you’ll see in the second installment of the Finding Nate series.

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Apart from what I loved exploring with Mira and Nate, I figured I’d share a few more fun facts and tidbits to watch out for while you read.

  1. Stolen from Me was the book that sparked the idea for the Destined for Dreams series. It was written before all three books and stories, and I went back and rewrote Stolen from Me after the fact to tie things into the Destined for Dreams series.
  2. You get to meet one of my favorite characters in Stolen from Me. His name starts with a T, and I’ve considered giving him his own series.
  3. I introduce a creature I’ve never written about before.
  4. Dreams are pretty prominent in all of my books, whether or not there’s a nightmare inflictor involved.
  5. I love the unexpected side effects caused by Nate giving Mira a fresh start in Altered to Kill. The scenes capturing his reactions were interesting to write.
  6. If you’ve read Destined for Dreams, you know the connection Nate shares with the Creature Council. Nate is the last one to know.
  7. Creatures on the west coast tend to be more aggressive because they haven’t had any sort of Creature Council protection until recently.
  8. I’m not able to share my favorite quotes because they contain spoilers.
  9. Some of Evie’s old friends make an appearance.

I hope you look forward to reading Stolen from Me! You can pre-order today or purchase your copy on April 12th!

Links: 

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Stolen-Me-Finding-Nate-Book-ebook/dp/B01CRI5QVK/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/stolen-from-me-finding-nate/id1097632650?mt=11

Barnes&Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/stolen-from-me-ginna-moran/1123600170?ean=2940152945249

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/stolen-from-me-finding-nate-book-2

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/625947

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Destined for Love Q&A and Other Stuff

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A few people have asked me questions about Destined for Love and a few other novels, and I figured I’d compile them into a blog post for easy finding. If you have any burning questions, feel free to leave a comment, send me a message through my contact page, or reach out to me through one of my social media pages—just don’t call me. I hate talking on the phone. 🙂


1. Why not use Valentine’s Day in Destined for Love?

I had originally considered using Valentine’s Day, but as it turns out, Nadia spent Valentine’s Day with the HPA. I don’t write about holidays in many of my books and never set an actual date for anything to keep the story evergreen and as readable as possible so it never feels outdated. It’s a fantasy world, so I used that to my advantage to create a creature world holiday. To vaguely answer as to when Lovers’ Day is, it would take place sometime between March and April, before the start of Altered to Kill.

2. Will there be more stories from Hunter and Nadia after this?

As far as I know, no. This is the last story that takes place for Nadia and Hunter. Of course, I know never to say never, but at this time, I don’t have anything planned. The rest of my writing year will focus on the Finding Nate series, a few standalone books, a new series, and editing the final spinoff companion series that features Mason Sullivan, Hunter’s brother. I might schedule some time to write a Mira and Nate short story or novella, but nothing is planned at this time.

3. Will Nadia and Hunter meet Mira and Nate?

Without spoiling too much, the simple answer is yes. Their stories take place in the same world within months of each other, so you can expect a run-in or two.

4. What’s with the new enemies in the creature world? Wasn’t the Human Preservation Agency awful enough?

I love blurring and blending the idea of good versus evil in a lot of my novels. In the Destined for Dreams series, you see mostly the good among the creature world, but that’s because the evil that is the HPA outshines all the other stuff. In the Finding Nate series, the darker side of the creature world comes lurking out of the shadows. It all depends on what character you ask and what you define as good and evil. New enemies keep things interesting for me and hopefully you, too.

5. Why aren’t there any vampires or werewolves in your series? They’re the most common creatures in paranormal books.

I thought long and hard about introducing both of those creatures, but ultimately kept them out of the Destined for Dreams and Finding Nate world. It doesn’t mean there aren’t creatures with the specific qualities to be considered a vampire or werewolf, but the creatures would fall under another name.

6. Some of your covers look different. Why did you change them?

You caught me! The covers for Hunter’s Curse, Escaping Fate, and Destined Together have all been changed slightly. I had the model portraying Jacqueline’s hair darkened to better match the Destined for Dreams cover. For Escaping Fate, I had the background fine-tuned to match my vision of what Alyssa Callaghan’s visions look like and opted for an image title to match the other books in the series. Lastly, two of the models on the Destined Together cover have been replaced with different poses of the same model, and Jacqueline’s eyes have been lightened to reflect a color more true to her character. I hope you like them!


That’s all the questions and answers I have for you at this time. I hope you enjoyed reading them, and again, if you have any questions of your own, reach out to me! I love to chat.

XOXO,

Ginna

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