Today we have a very special guest, Rebecca Zanetti, stopping by for an interview and a giveaway. I met Rebecca at Nationals in Orlando and I thought she was such a funny, sweet person that I just had to have her on the blog. Her debut novel, Fated, is out next week by Kensington Brava. You simply have to check it out.
Growing up amid the glorious backdrops and winter wonderlands of the Pacific Northwest has given Rebecca fantastic scenery and adventures to weave into her stories. She resides there with her husband, children and extended family who inspire her every day. Rebecca has completed several manuscripts, winning award throughout the writing industry for her work. Recently she finished FATED, the first book of a vampire series, “The Dark Protectors,” which will be available February 22, 2011 from Kensington Publishing.
Fated looks like a very sexy read. What inspired you to write this novel? I’m guessing vampires aren’t roaming around Idaho…unless they really are and you’re just not telling anyone!
If vamps were roaming around here, you’re right, I wouldn’t tell anyone! This book wouldn’t leave me alone. Everyone said not to write about vampires, that they were overdone. So I wrote this one for fun, just for me to read once in awhile. Then it sold.
What’s your writing schedule like? Do you wake up to the dulcet sounds of harps and float to your computer which miraculously turns itself on and opens your novel? Because I wish that’s how it is for me.
HAHAHAHA. On writing days I stumble out of bed, get the kids off to school and start drinking coffee with a chocolate protein shake mixed in. Then I put on music, comfy socks and start writing. Sometimes I forget that I haven’t really gotten dressed and end up opening the door to the UPS guy if he’s delivering stuff. (Hopefully shoes). He’s actually laughed out loud at me before.
What’s the best part of being a writer? Is it the paparazzi? Or the endless parties with A-list actors? If you see Gerard Butler, tell him to call me 😉
The best part is that I can be as odd as I want. You can’t be too ‘out-there’ as a lawyer, but it’s expected in writers. The real ‘me’ gets to show up. And if I see Gerard Butler, he’s busy. I’ll call you later.
How many books do you plan in this series? I hope it’s a lot because I adore book series with lots and lots of books (but you have to write them fast because I’m a fast reader).
I have nine I’d like to write. The heroine in FATED has a little girl named Janie who all the races want because she’s so gifted. The last book is her book, and it all ties together.
I had a chance to meet you at Nationals in Orlando (and y’all, Rebecca is like super sweet!), was that your first Nationals’ conference? What was the best part about it for you?
My first Nationals was in D.C. the year before and I had just started writing. I hadn’t joined any online chapters and didn’t know a soul. So I went to the workshops, met people and spent the evenings watching movies and going through my stuff in my hotel room. This year, I’d sold to Kensington and had joined several online chapters, so my nights were full. It was fantastic to meet my online friends like my critique partner and your pal, Sayde Grace. I also met a lot of new friends like you. J This coming year I’ve applied to teach a workshop or two, so we’ll see what happens.
What do you do when you’re not writing sexy vampires and the women they love?
I’m a lawyer teaching legal classes two days a week right now and I’m happily married with two kids in elementary school. My husband, Tony, is pretty cool…and very supportive of this whole writing gig. He’s outdoorsy so we spend some time snowmobiling in the winter and playing at the lake during the summer. I bring my laptop.
What are your plans for the future? You know, other than having your book made into a movie with Gerard Butler as Talen? (Because I want to be on set…you have to let me be there!)
Okay – truth time. Dage Kayrs, who is the hero in CLAIMED, is all about Gerard Butler. I had Gerard’s picture on my wall as I wrote that book…CLAIMED is Book 2 in the series and will be released in October. Dage is the King of the Realm, the ultimate male…and who else would he be based on than Gerard Butler?
What’s your favorite movie and why?
Life with Father. It’s a goofy, true story set in the late 1800s (and filmed when Elizabeth Taylor was about 16) about a wife wanting her husband to get baptized. Irene Dunne plays the wife. Well, it’s more about their hilarious relationship. But it’s hard to explain unless you see it. If you’re sick, or down, or just need a smile…watch this movie.
And finally, the most important question of all: does Talen wear boxers, briefs, boxer briefs, or does he go commando?
He goes commando…and I think that word is actually used in FATED.
Cara Paulsen does not give up easily. A scientist and a single mother, she’s used to doing whatever it takes to protect her daughter. But “Whatever it takes” has never before included a shotgun wedding to a dangerous stranger with an attitude problem…
Sure, the mysterious Talen says that he’s there to protect Cara and her daughter. He also says that he’s a three-hundred-year-old vampire. Of course, the way he touches her, Cara might actually believe he’s had that long to practice…
I’d like to thank Rebecca for stopping by today. Her book will be out February 22, but you have a chance to win an ARC here today! To win, leave a comment pertaining to this burning question: Who is your favorite vampire of all time? (movies, or books)
P.S. I’m having a giveaway as well over at Jillian Chantal’s blog. Be sure to stop by for a chat!
60 responses to “Interview & Giveaway with Rebecca Zanetti”
Hi, gals, my fave vamp of all times, is Bones! Love him! That English charm and less than chivalric attitude is a big turn on. LOL. Good luck with the release, it looks like a fab read! I can’t wait!!!
I have to agree with you, Rachel! I just finished re-reading the Night Huntress series again and fell in love with him all over again, LOL
Bones! Oh yeah. Couldn’t agree more. 🙂
Great interview, Danica. I’ve been excited about FATED ever since Lynn Rush did a review on her blog. Good luck with the release, Rebecca!
I’m excited, too. It’s so on my pre-order list!
Thanks so much, Ciara! Lynn was so nice to do that review after winning an ARC. Have a great one!
Can’t wait to read this one, Becca!! Sounds great- AND 9 of them sounds even grander!!
My favorite vampire has to be Lestat- from the early books of Anne Rice. He was a rock star!!
I’m with you, Jillian. A series? Point me in the right direction! LOl
Hi Jillian! Let’s hope K buys nine. 🙂 And Lestat…awesome darkness there!
HOLY MOLY. Nine? Really? Ohhh. I can’t WAIT!!! I love Janie. She’s freaking awesome.
FAVE Vampire? Hmm……Eric North. 🙂 No…wait, yes. Eric. Technically I’m team Edward, but I’m starting to get sick of sparkly vamps…so I have to go with a more brutal one, ERIC. Although TALEN is pretty freaking awesome, too.
I’m so jealous you read this already, but I’ll survive since Fated will be in my hands next week! Bwahaha!
Hi Lynn! I’m with the dark, brutal vamp vs. the sparkly one too. What’s wrong with us? 🙂 Have a great week!
Well, I’ve been on Rebecca’s blog before and I’m ‘soitenly’ acquainted with my old ‘neighbor’ and new Fox friend Danica — so I feel right at home here today.
This is among the most enjoyable blog interviews I’ve read because of the fast-paced wit.
You two didn’t miss a beat [ba-da-boom].
Thanks for brightening my morning.
LOL, thanks Jeff! Glad you could stop by, neighbor! 🙂
Hey Jeff! Thanks for popping by! This interview was a lot of fun–Danica sure knows how to pepper the questions! 🙂
Very entertaining interview. I’ll have to check out Fated, too.
As for my favorite vampire, I’d have to say it’s the one I’m currently writing. Shouldn’t be anyone else, should it?
LOL, good point, Stacy! You have to love your own heroes 😉
Hi Stacy! Awesome point there! I’m working on book three (HUNTED) and that vampire is on my mind constantly. Thanks for commenting today. 🙂
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Hands down Jean Claude from the Anita Blake books by Laurell K Hamilton. He just makes my toes curl!
Ah Jean Claude…he makes me wish I spoke better French! Although from that series…I really dug Asher and Damien *drool*
Totally agree here! Anyone who can make French sexy AND dangerous is devastating!
I can’t wait to buy FATED – I’ve been in love with the hero for weeks.
I loved Kirsten Dunst’s, Claudia in Interview with a Vampire. Just to be different. I like d the mix of innocence and evil.
Ooh, Brownwen, great pick! She was a fantastic character…I know I wouldn’t want her coming after me!
Good choice, Bronwen! And the mix of innocence and evil…very cool.
Favorite vampire of all time? Hmmm. Angel? Spike? Angelus? Eric Northman? Pam? Wow it is so hard to choose. Except for Angel they each have a great sense of humor. Angelus was always telling snarky jokes while he was murdering you. I guess I will have to go with Blondie Bear himself – Spike from Buffy/Angel. Can’t beat that accent and those cheekbones!
It is a tough choice with all of the fabu vampires out, I agree!
I liked Blondie Bear…his deadpan humor rocked. But Angeles was my fav…even more so than Angel. Not sure what that says about me. 🙂
My favorite vampire is Jean Claude from the Anita Blake series. He is just gorgeous, yummy, sex on a stick! One that exudes “come hither” pheromones through his pores…
Having said that, I’m all for reading about a new vampire that could give Jean Claude a run for my favorite vampire title. Rebecca, think your guy might be up for the challenge? 😉
Once again Jean Claude and his ma petite‘s make the list! LOL
Hi Renee! You let me know after you read FATED. Talen’s an interesting mix of darkness and honor…and spice. 🙂
My favorite vamire is George Hamilton’s Count Dracula in the movie Love at First Bite:) Congrats
That was the one when he knew the heroine’s ankles were ticklish, right? He was so suave, LOL 😉 Thanks for commenting, Kim!
Thanks Kim! I haven’t seen Love at First Bite for ages! I’ll have to drop over to netflix next. Thanks for dropping by today!
What a fantastic interview. Loved reading about how the whole story came to life.
Rebecca was a fantastic guest, so I give her all of the credit 🙂 Thanks for commenting, Savannah!
Hi Savannah! Danica gets the credit – her questions were fun and intriguing! Thanks for dropping by today!
Lots of sexy vampires to choose from lately, and I love vampires as the heroes. Jean Claude was the first for me, so I have a soft spot for him. But I also love Bones, as well as Joey W Hill’s vampires, especially Daegan.
You’re right, Cathy, there are so many sexy vampires to choose from. If someone asked me this question, it would depend on which series I’d just finished re-reading 😉 Kresley Cole’s IAD with Sebastian and Conrad? J. R. Ward’s BDB with Zsadist and Vishous? Jeanienne Frost’s Night Huntress series with Bones and Spade? *swoons* Too many to choose from!
Lots of good vamps there! I’m partial to Vishous, I have to admit. He had an edge that kept me turning the page! 🙂
Favorite vampire? Hmmm…no clue, though Dr. Cullen from Twilight is darn cute! It’s always nice to see a local girl do well and I’m looking forward to reading the book. I’ve got first dibs on a copy from the library but a copy of my own would be even better!
LOL, skipping over all the young bloods for the doc! I love it! He was the best looking in the bunch. Thanks for commenting, AC!
Hi AC! Dr. Cullen is a true hottie! Nice choice. 🙂
My favorite vampire of all time is Zsadist from JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood. To be honest I love them all, but Zsadist’s story holds a piece of my heart. So tortured and such a great Alpha!
I’m right there with you, Danielle! Zsadist was my one of my favorites as well. For me, it was a toss-up between him, Vishous, and Revhenge. *shivers* Thanks for commenting!
Hi Danielle! I have to say, V was my favorite. So dark and deadly. Thanks for dropping by today! 🙂
My favorite vampire is Anne Rice’s Armand. Even as a vampire, one can feel the impact his human life had on him before he was changed.
Good one, Lara! Something about those melancholy men…I mean vampires 😉 Thanks for commenting!
Hi Lara! That is a good choice…he was melancholy and dark all at once. Very nice! 🙂
Great interview, Rebecca!
Coffee with a protein shake mixed in? Why didn’t I think of that? 🙂
Good luck with the release!
Thanks for stopping by, Jae! I’m thinking I need to have that kind of drink myself!
Hey Jae Lynn! Yeah, it’s a yummy way to get some protein and skip Starbucks. Though after the third one, I’m wired! 🙂 Thanks for dropping by today.
I’d have to say my all time fave vampire would be Barnabus Collins in the Dark Shadows revial (I even mentioned him in my Scottish Paranormal, completed ms, sorta a joke w/heroine having a bite-mark birthmark on her neck and he gave it to her, lol). 😉
Also, love Colin Egglesfield’s portrayal of Connor in Vampires: The Turning (he’s my all time fave actor and the inspiration behind my Scottish vampire-hero, from same ms mentioned above), who I featured in my blog yesterday if you want to check it out. 🙂
Great discussion. Thanks and take care.
Ahhh, Barnabus! All dark and mysterious. Good pick, Melissa!
I have to say Frank Langella as Dracula. So dark, so sauve, so sexy.
Another Dracula fan, although a different version. Excellent choice, Sheila! Thanks for stopping by 🙂
Hi Mari! I agree with Danica – great pic! 🙂
I’m a Spike fan although I do love Eric Northman 🙂
Loved the interview, but I’ve never even thought about a favorite vampire. I’ve never even met a vampire in my reading, but have a feeling I’m about to become very involved with Rebecca’s vampires. Can hardly wait to read Fated. Congrats on your book launch, Rebecca, and what a great interview this was.
Thanks for stopping by, Bee!