Swift Six Character Interview – Jesslyn

Character Name – Jesslynn Cotterill

Which book/world do you live in? The Amaranthine Universe (You can find me not only in my own short story, but as a side character in Shades of Gray and Brothers of Darkness)

Tell us about yourself: What is there to tell? I’m married to Oren and now that his mother has finally passed away manage our plantation in Virginia. I’m a mother of two children, Alexander and Tristan. My story takes place before the War Between the States in Virginia.

What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?

I may not be beautiful, but I’m clever. I believe that brains will triumph over beauty always.

Name three important people/creatures/institutions in your world (such as lovers, pets, government institutions, leaders, gods etc).

My husband Oren is important, of course. I mentioned my children. Though I have birthed many, only Alexander has grown out of babyhood, and now Tristan, not even a year old, is showing signs of the same malady that took the others. It is because of this that I should mention our neighbour, Jorick. An odd man, he is rarely home, and when he is he never walks in sunlight, only under dark skies. Neither does he seem to age or sicken. It is a secret I desperately need to discover if I want to save my sick child.

What does ‘heroism’ mean to you?

Heroism is the strength to do what must be done for the good of all, even if you, yourself, are afraid of it. Just as I am afraid of what secret Jorick carries, yet I know we need it if Tristan is to survive.

What do you think of your ‘creator’?

I assume you mean my author? I have a rather low opinion of her, I’m afraid, as she’s happily stuck me in a dark world with very little chance for light.

Give us your favourite piece of advice:

Beauty fades, leaving only your wit and resourcefulness. Cultivate those over the appearance of the flesh.


Links to book

Shades of Gray:

Shades of Gray (Amaranthine Book 1) Kindle Amazon.com

Shades of Gray (Amaranthine Book 1) – Kindle UK

Shades of Gray – Nook

Shades of Gray – Kobo




Swift Six Author Interview – Joleene Naylor – Fantasy/Paranormal

Welcome to Joleene Naylor.

What attracts you to the genre in which you write?

Joleene Naylor: I write what most people call urban fantasy (though my vampires are rarely in an urban setting.) Fantasy has always been my favourite, and vampires are so versatile that I can find a story to fit every mood. For instance, my Patrick novel is pretty much straight horror, while the Heart of the Raven arc, in the Amaranthine series, is pure fantasy (with an evil “wizard”, a quest, and a group of adventurers). Meanwhile, my upcoming novel is a contemporary road trip, and the short story I have in Nightly Bites Volume 2 is more paranormal/historical.

What piece of writing advice do you wish you’d known when you started your writing adventures?

Jo: I did a lot of research before I jumped in, so I pretty much knew what I was in for.

If you could have dinner with any famous person or character who would you choose?

Jo: I’d like to have dinner with Edgar Allan Poe to discuss his poem “The Bells”. Every teacher I’ve had claims it is an ode to bells. I say it’s written by someone who’s sick of listening to them. I’m interested to see who’s right.

Who has been the greatest influence on your own work?

Jo: There have been a lot of influences! Recently it was CG Coppola (author of the Arrizel War series). I noticed that it was hard to put her books down, because she ended most chapters (where possible) with something exciting – so that you had to start the next chapter to find out what was going on. Since then, I’ve been trying to implement that in my own books.

Do you think the e-book revolution will do away with print?

Jo: No. At least not for a very long time. I know too many people who don’t like ebooks.

Which 3 books would you take to a desert island and why?

Jo: I’m going to cheat: 1) Lord of the Rings omnibus by JRR Tolkien,  2) Complete works of Poe and 3) The Faun and the Woodcutter’s Daughter by Barbara Leonie Picard. That should give me enough to fit every mood.

Author bio and book synopsis

Please introduce yourself (250 words or so):

My name is Joleene Naylor, and I’m the author of the paranormal Amaranthine Universe. When I’m not writing I watch anime, create book covers for other authors, and work on my renovating my leaning Victorian house in Villisca, Iowa, where I’m surrounded by family, cats, and chaos.

Tell us about your book(s) – title, genre etc (short)

The Amaranthine Universe began when Katelina found her “special friend” dead in his locked apartment. Three months later the mysterious Jorick insists they meet, and reveals that Patrick was murdered by vampires. Nine books later, Katelina and Jorick have faced the Executioners (vampire police), ancient monsters, powerful relics, old conspiracies, and more. Along with the series is the standalone Prequel Brothers of Darkness (Patrick’s Story), as well as short story collections (including Vampire Morsels and Tales of the Executioners). Upcoming novels include a vampire road trip novel (yet to be named), a trilogy that plunges years into the future, and maybe a gothic novella, and/or a standalone Executioner mystery.



Site – http://JoleeneNaylor.com

Blog – http://JoleeneNaylor.wordpress.com

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Swift Six Character Interview – Wolfgang – Vampires

Name? Wolfgang Feuerleiben – At least that is the name I am currently using.

Which book/world do you live in? So Many Nights, So Many Sins – part of the Nightly Bites II anthology

Tell us about yourself: I am a vampire, a ‘companion-in-darkness’ as some of my more idiotic acquaintances call us. I am a monster, a killer, a blood-drinker. I have lived for centuries – how many I am not quite sure. After a while the nights all seem much the same, history repeats itself and ennui becomes a constant companion. A human woman told me I am depressed, bored, cynical. All those things are true, but wouldn’t you be after so long?

How do you see your world? My world is long, dark and full of blood and death. Mortals die, often. Vampires die – often at my hand. I am not an avenging angel, far from it but I don’t like loose ends, or inconvenient questions. We call mortals ‘thrill-seekers’ – at least those who aren’t directly dinner. There is a class of mortal who thinks it’s ‘cool’ to hang out with the undesirables, the undead, the damned. They don’t really know what we are, or what it means to be a vampire. I’ve put enough of the poor creatures out of their misery to have lost count. Being a vampire means a constant hunger, a need for blood, and a life at the fringes. A life alone, most of the time. Vampires generally don’t like other vampires – predators tend to be solitary; except our friends the wolves, but they are largely gone. One gets to look on the human world as an outsider – it’s interesting at first, like looking at ants, but it soon becomes tiresome, then ridiculous. There is so much lost potential, and that’s the same with most vampires. Throw off the shackles of mortality and one can achieve anything given enough time. Most vampires try desperately to adhere to their long-gone human morals, rules and ideas. And every single one fails.

What part do you play in this tale? I am the bringer of death, the harbinger of doom, but you might say I get the girl.

Do you consider yourself a good person/creature? You jest? I am not sure I was ever a ‘good’ person, even as a mortal. I may have thought that was the case, long ago but I doubt it now. I have killed hundreds, waded through rivers of blood. I have murdered for food, protection, out of boredom. I have stolen, corrupted, lied, committed adultery, I have lain with man and woman. There are six hundred plus sins in the Bible and I have committed several hundred of them. The rest are either down-right silly or impossible. So formulate the answer am I a good person…

Do you follow any religion? God abandoned me long ago, and I him. I am not saying he doesn’t exist – but if he does he’d not who he says he is.

What is your favourite colour/food/music (pick one)? Well that was a change of direction in the questions. Favourite colour – orange; favourite food – the blood of vampires; favourite music – the sound of fire.


Links to book:

 Universal Link https://books2read.com/b/bQBDB0

Paperback http://amzn.to/2FRNBI1


Five characters interviews from vampires in this book.




Random Friday #NightlyBitesII

Some great interviews with the Vampires from Nightly Bites II

Barbara G.Tarn - writer

To celebrate the release of Nightly Bites Volume 2, I present you 5 characters interviews!

Character Name: I am the Aswang, and nobody ever gave me a proper name. Heck, even the dog has a name! But not me.

Which book/world/story do you live in?
The short story “The Aswang Who Ate Stardust” is about me. Well, kind of. It’s also about the people I’m not allowed to eat anymore.

Tell us about yourself:
I was born long before the white men came to the Philippines, and I used to eat little humans still in their mother’s womb. That’s what all Aswang do – but we are solitary creatures, and we can shift our shape. Which is why nobody ever gave me a proper name, I think. Anyway, I had made a human friend long ago. He was the only one who could see me for who I…

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Nightly Bites II – #Vampires #Anthology

Nightly Bites II

Coming 23rd March 2018 – Now on Preorder

More short stories about vampires mingling in the pages of this anthology. Vampire Apocalypse vs. Last Vampire Survivor. Vampires with hemophobia or Asperger Syndrome. Vampires in the past and in the future, walking through the centuries because they can. Undead but immortal unless you manage to kill them. Merciless killers or merciful death givers – and even a little, shapeshifting vampire who doesn’t feed on blood.


The Blood is on the Wall by Felicia Fredlund

Bloody Aversion by Rebecca M. Senese

Chuck the Cross by Ezekiel James Boston

Jesslyn by Joleene Naylor

In the Shade of the Slowboat Man by Dean Wesley Smith

Legacy of the Hunted by Russ Crossley

The Raven by Barbara G.Tarn

She-devil of the Spanish Main by David Miller

So Many Nights, So Many Sins by A.L. Butcher

The Aswang Who Ate Stardust by Kate Pavellecover.jpg

Ebook Universal Link

Paperback http://amzn.to/2FRNBI1


Check out similar anthologies here: http://www.unicornproductionsbooks.com/curated-anthologies/