I’m Rose Wulf and I write paranormal romance. Why? Because I love romance and I also love the excitement of magic and the unknown! I’m here today to tell you about my next book, Black Dawn. It’s the start of a new and thrilling series starring sexy demons and badass angels. You’re going to love it!
Q. Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
A. I think I can manage that! I’ve been writing for my entire life. When I was little I told some close family friends that I was going to grow up to be an author. Well, I did!
I graduated college in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Minor in Creative Writing. You could say I was focused! And two years later I was published!
Outside of writing my life is much less romantic. I currently live with my mom and my German Shepherd Shadow and when I’m not working on creating another masterpiece I’m working on taking care of my health.
Q. What made you write ‘this’ story?
A. Ah, Black Dawn. This story is really exciting to me. About two years ago I stumbled across an open submissions call for a themed anthology looking for short stories. The theme included an option for demons and my imagination ran with it. Unfortunately I was having a hard time writing then and so it took me a while to finish the story. I missed the deadline by a lot. So instead of scrapping it I revised it, lengthened it a bit, and sent it in with fingers crossed. Because I honestly love Darr and Izzy and I just had to get their story told.
Q. Tell us about your cover.
A. My cover is AMAZING! Done by the fabulously talented Jay Aheer at Simply Defined Art. The model on the cover is dark, brooding, and super sexy – just like Darr! The coloring is perfect. Dark, darker, and a splotch of red. I couldn’t have asked for a better cover!
Q. Describe a typical day’s writing for us
A. Honestly, I don’t have much of a ‘typical day’ when it comes to writing. My current circumstance affords me plenty of time to write, but not always the inspiration. On days the writing bug takes hold (what I call the ‘good days’) I will spend hours on end with my laptop open and my feet up. I could sit in my chair and write from lunch until dinner if I didn’t have to walk the dog!
Q. What inspires you?
A. Lots of things! For example, a few months ago I was harmlessly scrolling through Facebook and minding my own business when BOOM! my eyes alighted on a beautiful piece of artwork shared by a friend. I can’t remember the artist’s name, sadly, but the image inspired me to turn Darr and Izzy’s story into the start of a series instead of leaving it a single title. The character in the art transformed into the inspiration for the hero of Dark Light 2, the book that will follow Black Dawn!
Q. If you weren’t a writer what would you be?
A. Not a writer? What’s that?
I’m kidding, I’m kidding. Honestly I have NEVER not intended to write. It’s not like I had another goal before changing my mind in my teens or something. So I’ll go with realistically. Realistically, if I weren’t writing, I’d be looking at spending my life managing apartments. My parents managed apartments when I was little and my mom still manages to this day. In fact, before I moved back home I, too, was working as an apartment manager to pay my bills. So that is probably what I would be doing if I weren’t writing.
Q. Do your characters ever surprise you?
A. Yes. Often. Sometimes not for the better! Heck, sometimes I’ll be writing along and all of a sudden one of them is dead. And I’m just like ‘… wait a second, I wasn’t planning to kill you!’ And other times the surprises are very much different, but I can’t give the example that comes to mind without majorly spoiling something that will come up in my Elemental series! (Yes, I know that’s not the Dark Light series I’m supposed to be talking about, but the subject is more appropriate for it!)
Q. What could not do without when you’re writing?
A. Hmm… you mean besides my laptop, right? Or at least a pencil and paper? I won’t be so difficult as to say ‘inspiration!’, because that’s obvious. I think for me the answer is music. I write much better, much more fluidly, and with much more confidence, when I have my music. No matter if the TV’s on in the background or the room is dead silent otherwise, I need my music. It helps me focus, it helps ground me, or separate me from reality if you will. It’s crucial.
Q. What words of wisdom do you have for the aspiring authors out there?
A. I always fall back on this: write what you want to read. I don’t know who originally said it, but I read it somewhere and it really stuck in me. Yes, it’s nice to get rave reviews and have other people love your work. It’s nice to have it all pretty and polished with a shiny cover. But at heart you need to write for yourself, not anybody else. You need to write what YOU need to release. No one else has the ability to tell that story the way you do. And if your ending is the one you want to see, then you need to make it happen. It’s that simple.
Q. Where do you see yourself in ten years' time?
A. Well, I will be thirty--. Oh, wait, you probably don’t mean literally. Let’s see, in ten years I would really like to be a bestseller – Amazon, New York Times, I’m not picky! I see myself writing, better than I write today. Because that’s what happens when you keep writing. And I’d really like to see myself healthier physically, too.
Q. Do you have a favourite quote?
A. Hehe, whoops, already kind of answered this one! Except “write what you want to read” is probably tied with my other favorite quote. The other is this: “Love is composed of one soul inhabiting two bodies."
Q. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block?
A. Yes, sadly. I suffered from it for a while between early 2014 and late 2015, so if you do the math I’ve only seemed to recently break past it! Writer’s block is a terrible, depressing thing. Writers are meant to be writing, not staring helplessly at blank screens.
Q. What other books can your readers look forward to?
A. After Black Dawn (Dark Light 1) readers will shortly have the option to discover Wet (Elemental 1) and Hostage Hearts. Both are under contract and pending release in the next month!
Wet (Elemental 1) is a re-release of my prior Elemental series, but heavily revised and re-titled. The entire series will be re-titled and revised before publication, so readers of the original Elemental series would still have new material to discover!
Hostage Hearts is a single title release for Evernight Publishing’s Romance on the Go line. Unlike Wet and Black Dawn it is a contemporary romance lacking any paranormal element.
And here’s some news: by the time you’re reading this I’ll have ANOTHER book under contract with Evernight Publishing! Beauty’s Beast will be a part of their Naughty Fairy Tales line!
Q. And finally can you share the blurb and excerpt with us?
A. Gladly! Here’s the blurb for Black Dawn (Dark Light 1)
Demons are real, and they walk among us.
Isolde Duchane grew up with a demon for a bodyguard. But as she’s matured, so have her preferences. And she’s got a thing for tall, strong, dark, and powerful demonic men. Really just one very specific demonic man. It’s too bad his life is bound to hers, putting her in a terribly awkward spot since what she wants is something more than a bodyguard.
Darr was summoned to protect Izzy when she was young. And he played the part to keep his own personal demons off his back. But things are starting to get out of hand, and not just because of his powerful attraction to the woman she’s become. The demon he’s been hiding from may have found him, and if he has… he may never get to tell Izzy the truth.
“But how do you know he isn’t interested?” Letty pushed.
“Couldn’t your father release him from the bond?” Britt asked.
Izzy smiled a bit and shook her head. “Why would he be? I’m the face of his servitude, essentially. I’m amazed he doesn’t hate me—or he hides it insanely well. And no, a Life Bond is a permanent thing. Breakable only by someone’s death.”
All three jumped at the unfamiliar male voice coming from the back of the cabin. A male figure stepped into the yellow globe light, the sneer on his lips assuring Izzy he wasn’t there to make friends.
“How did you get in here?” Britt demanded, pushing to her feet.
“Britt,” Izzy called as she and Letty stood as well. Clearly Britt wasn’t attuned to identifying demons like Izzy was.
“The usual way,” the demon returned. He switched his sneering gaze to Izzy and added, “I don’t suppose you’re interested in releasing Darr from the ties that bind?”
Izzy swallowed. “If you kill me he’ll die, too.”
“Supposedly.” The demon rushed her without warning, knocking her off her feet and sending her friends diving out of the way.
Izzy crashed over the futon and into a wall, her body aching from the impact. And he’d only hit her with his hand. If he summoned a dark energy wave for her she’d be a goner.
Sometime in the first couple of years, Darr had taught her a short, wordless spell she could use to call for him when he wasn’t already beside her. He said it sent a jolt through him, alerting his senses to her situation and pulling him to her practically without his consent. She hated using it, but she couldn’t let this demon kill her. And he’d surely go for her friends next if he succeeded in killing her. She couldn’t let that happen, either.
“Get up,” the demon commanded. An invisible hand wrapped around her throat and hauled her mercilessly off the floor. She could barely dig her bare toes into the wood floor. The demon smirked and cocked his head. “Little Izzy Duchane,” he taunted, rolling his extended wrist slightly. The force holding her throat rolled to match, straining the side of her neck. “Goodby—”
A strong arm locked around the demon’s own throat and threw him bodily backward. The demon rolled several times before his spine met with a wrought iron bedpost.
Darr stalked up to him, his shoulders visibly tight beneath his shirt, fists clenched at his sides. “You dare,” he growled, his deep voice full of venom and promises of pain.
“W-wait!” the demon begged, pushing to his knees and struggling to stand.
Darr yanked him to his feet and locked a hand around his neck. Izzy couldn’t hear what he said next, but she didn’t need to. A cold chill swept through the room, the overhead lights flickered, and the demon let out a gurgled scream Izzy could barely hear. Darr released the corpse a moment before it was consumed in black hellfire.
The chill faded. The lighting stabilized.
Izzy pushed herself to her knees, realizing her ankle had twisted when her attacker’s concentration had snapped and she’d fallen. But that was the least of her pains. She’d crashed into a metal bar and tumbled into a solid wooden wall, cracking her head and at least one of her shoulders. He made it…
“Izzy,” Darr called gently, dropping to a knee in front of her as his hands landed on her shoulders. His touch was feather light as he discerned her injuries. “I’m sorry.”
The guilt that choked his voice squeezed her heart.
“I’m okay,” she insisted. “Just some new bruises. No bikini for me tomorrow.”
Darr frowned deeply. He clearly wasn’t appreciative of her attempted humor. “I’m going to pick you up,” he warned. A heartbeat after she nodded her understanding, he’d swept her into his arms. The movement sent some new jolts of pain through her, but being settled and cradled against his strong, broad chest countered that pain with encompassing warmth.
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