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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Interview and Coupon Giveaway with Evelyn Lafont

*Giveaway is now closed*

So here with me today is the new and talented self-published author, Evelyn Lafont. Lafont was nice and ballsy enough to ask me for an interview LOL! Kidding. She is also giving away a Smashwords coupon code that will allow one lucky winner to get her book for free. I am so honored to have been asked and on her release day no less. So join me and get to know more about the author of The Vampire Relationship Guide, Volume 1: Meeting and Mating


1)     
        Hello hon. Welcome to Offbeat Vagabond. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Hi Diana, thanks for having me! I think I’m your average mix of interesting and non-interesting characteristics. I’m an avid reader, kitty lover, and a pretty independent spirit. I work full time as a freelance writer and have recently entered the realm of fiction writing. I like long walks on the beach…oh, oops, wrong interview sheet. My bad.


1)      Can you tell us what it is like being a freelance writer?

It’s pretty fun. There are definitely challenges that come along with being self-employed, but it offers a great schedule and a lot of freedom to fit in fiction writing. I can take entire weeks off to focus on writing fiction or marketing and still have client work to come back to. It’s hard to complain when you have that kind of flexibility


1)      Did you always want to write? What made you want to start writing books?

My childhood dream was to be an actor. I always had a knack for writing, but to be honest I’m pretty lazy and the thought of writing down all those words that were flying around in my head was daunting. But the ability to write well and easily is kind of like a muscle, and once I started flexing that muscle during special projects at work, I became unstoppable. In 2008 I segued that into a freelance writing career which I opted to take full time in 2009. The addition of fiction still took a little doing, but here I am.



1)      Can you tell us on what it took for you to get this self-published? How was the process like for you?

I enjoy the process of being a self-publisher. It was my first try, so I can’t lie—it was fraught with a little drama and stress, but I think now I really get it and will have it much more streamlined for the second book.
When you self-pub, you need to find a good editor and proofreader, cover artist, layout artists and handle your own book marketing, so it’s a lot to take on but totally worth it to retain complete creative control of your vision. It’s also an investment—not only are you investing your own time (which has a value) into the creation and management of your book, but you must pay other people to get professional quality editing and design work.


1)      Thanks to you, I have had the pleasure of reading The Vampire Relationship Guide, Volume 1: Meeting & Mating. What brought up the idea of this book?

I was thinking about all the practicalities of dating a vampire—you know, if they actually existed—and I had this idea for an article I was going to write for a class I was taking. The article was all about how to break up with your vampire boyfriend and I just thought about how funny it would be to write a book that took a practical view of dating a vampire. 


1)      Can you give us a little insight to your book?  Tell us what we should expect.

The book is a fun exploration of what it would really be like for a human dating a vampire. It’s the story of Josie, who is attracted to vampires but has yet to meet one that she can actually date because they are in a completely different social strata than she is. When she finally does meet one, it doesn’t exactly work out the way she’d hoped.

When readers pick up the book, they should expect a fun chick-lit read with romance and just a touch of angst. Because angst is hot.

1)     I love that your book has this world where vampires and humans live together almost peacefully. Do you think vampires would be accepted in today's society if they weren't really dangerous? Would that leave room got other beings that haven't been glamorized by Hollywood?

I think it depends on what kind of vampires they were—since every author has a little bit of a different interpretation. I think my vampires would be accepted because they are rich, attractive and powerful—and those are things our society embraces almost without question.

As for other beings, I think it would depend. If they have something we can exploit, they would probably be embraced. Unfortunately, I think they would be seen more as resources to use than sentient beings to respect.

1)      Besides vampires, are there any other supernatural beings you enjoy? Any you would like to write about?

I love all the supernatural. I have a book planned about zombies and one about werewolves—but this year my focus is really on getting the next three novellas in the Vampire Relationship Guide series out.

1)      Are you working on anything else outside of your brand new series?

I have some notes and a little writing done on the two novels mentioned above, but I’m so eager to get the rest of Josie’s story out there that my focus is on this series for now.


1)      Who are your inspirations? Any books or any forms of entertainmentthat influenced you to start writing?

I’d have to say that the Charlaine Harris Southern Vampire series really helped push me into this journey. I was so enchanted by the world she created—it was fun, had a very likable heroine, but didn’t shy away from tough topics.


1)      When you are not writing, is there anything you do in your spare time?

I like watching movies and televisions shows. I’m a documentary WHORE because I will watch almost any documentary ever made (except those that will make me cry). I really just like to study people, I guess. I also read, cook, play with my kitties and social network until my fingers fall off.


1)      How do you plan on celebrating the release of your first book?

Like all the big stars do—sex, drugs, alcohol and a trashed hotel room. Oh, wait, that’s the plan for book two. For this book, I’m having an all-day, all-night party on Facebook. I’ll be giving away prizes, hosting discussions about paranormal romance, sex, and whateverthehell, and posting vlogs throughout the day. You can join the party (which starts at 12PM on 3/31) here:


1)      I am a huge tv/movie fan. Do you have any favorite films? TV shows?

I like a lot of British television like Peep Show and Top Gear. I also like shows like The Office and 30 Rock. My love of documentaries also turned into a love of certain reality shows, namely the Real Housewives franchise.
Films…oh that’s so hard. Trainspotting, Waiting for Guffman, and Glengarry Glen Ross are probably my favorites.

1)      Last, but not least, can you tell us what is next for Josie? Do you have any plans or ideas for the next book? Can you give us a bone?

In book two, Josie moves into the next phase of vampire relationships. She’s out of the introductory, Meeting and Mating phase and into monogamy. A monogamous relationship with a vampire is hot, don’t get me wrong…but it also has its problems…

 
Thank you so much for stopping by OBVB.


BIO: Evelyn Lafont is a paranormal romance author and freelance writer. 
Her debut novella, The Vampire Relationship Guide, Volume 1: Meeting and Mating, found at the following links;
Facebook or Goodreads,
are available on at the following links:

Amazon 
Smashwords
Barnes & Noble

on March 31st. You can read the first chapter here:

Check out my review here:

The Vampire Relationship Guide Review




To win the code for the book, all you have to do is leave a comment with your email address, that's it. I will pick a winner tomorrow since Lafont set the coupon good up until April 5th. So get those comments in quick if you want to win. Thank you all and thank Evelyn Lafont for the great interview.

7 comments:

  1. Happy Release Day! Yeay x So... I'm not usually one to jump on new releases by indie authors, I like to feel them out first, wait for the reviews to start coming in, opinions from fellow readers etc.. But this book sounds super fun, and sexy and I'm looking forward to reading it! best wishes for your new book, hope it's extremely successful, and the first of many xx

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  2. Thanks JoAnne :) I hope you enjoy it!

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  3. Congrats Evelyn..I can't wait to read it. See you at the FB party!

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  5. "...the ability to write well and easily is kind of like a muscle..."

    Something all we who write really should remember. :)

    Great interview.

    And my email for the contest: olethea[at]gmail.com

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  6. Thanks Christine!

    And yeah, Katja--I didn't realize it until I started writing more but it just gets easier and easier.

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  7. Thank you all for the comments and I am definitely taking your quote to heart Katja, it is so true. I will announce the coupon winner tomorrow :)

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Due to the daily spam comments I have been getting lately and to avoid the annoying word verification, Anonymous comments are no more. I do not want bargains on bags, watches, jerseys, boots and other crap. Geez, they could at least spam me with book and movie stuff, I would be somewhat interested LOL! Thank you :D