Today I am having another special edition of "Meet the Author". Why? Because the lovely and awesome Miranda Stork is releasing her newest novel, Erin, today! Erin is the sequel to a previous novel titled Conner (but I will let Miranda tell you all about both novels a bit later in the interview). 
If you like fantasy, you will enjoy her books. And now I will leave you with her. I just want to wish her good luck with the release of ERIN, which I am sure will be a success, since lots of people were quite looking forward to reading Conner's sequel.

  1. Describe yourself.
Oh wow, tough first question! Hmm…I guess I would describe myself as a fairly nice person. I’ve got a good sense of humour, and I’m told I’m funny (I hope!), I’m optimistic, and very honest to a fault. I don’t want to say too much in case I come across as big-headed! But I like to think I’m fairly intelligent as well, and hold up my end of a conversation. 

  1. What is your favourite fruit flavour?
It would have to be strawberry, hands down. I won’t hear any more on the subject!

  1. What is your favourite day of the week?
I think I like…Saturday. You always think of so many things you can do on Saturday, and then end up slouching on the sofa instead, and panicking about them on Sunday. But I still love Saturday. 

  1. Which is your favourite time of the day?
Hmm…I guess it would be evening. I always seem to get so much done then, and it’s much calmer and quieter.

  1. Are you a morning person or a night person?
I think I might be repeating the last question a bit, but I am definitely a night owl. I love the peace and calm, and I often get my best ideas for writing once everyone else has gone to bed!

  1. What is your favourite breakfast meal?
Ooh, that’s easy! Eggs Benedict. I tried it for the first time a few years ago, and it’s now my favourite breakfast (if a little on the heavy side!).

  1. What is your favourite colour and why?
Red. I’m not sure completely why, I’m suppose it’s because it’s such a passionate colour. Also, it reminds me of creativity because of that passion.

  1. Which is your most favourite book ever?
Great Expectations. I love Charles Dickens’ characters, and the way he describes the world at that time. It’s so vivid and gritty, and yet he had so much ironic humour injected into it as well.

  1. What kind of music do you like?
I like a varied mixture of music really. I like almost anything as long as it’s actually good music. Although I do mainly listen to Gothic rock and metal; Nightwish and Lacuna Coil are two of my favourites. I also love Classical music, and Dance when I’m out with friends.

  1. Which is your favourite genre of films?
I have two really, I love comedies, and horror films. Proper ones though, I can’t stand horror films that are just a maniac running around killing everyone. I prefer clever, psychological horrors, or ghost stories. I also quite like thrillers.

  1. Which is your most favourite place in this Earth?
I don’t think I really have one. I love the North East of England, but until I’ve visited everywhere, I don’t feel I can answer that properly. Not to mention, I don’t think I could pick just one ;)

  1. Which animal would you want to be and why?
I would probably like to be a cat. Judging from my cat, you get to snooze all day, be as lazy as you like, and scratch the furniture when you’re frustrated. And you still get fed, played with, and lots of strokes and snuggles. It wouldn’t be bad to be a cat for at least one day, I think!

  1. If you could have a luncheon with any 3 people (real or fictitious), who would you choose and why?
The first guest would have to be Charles Dickens. As my favourite author, I would love to pick his brain and glean some writing tips. My second guest would be Elizabeth I. I think that she was an amazing Queen; and a pioneer for women in that she was the first truly successful Queen that people loved. She did a lot of things that men before (and after) her had failed at. I’m sure spending a luncheon with her would be entertaining. And my final guest…would have to be Colin Farrell, so we have something nice to look at. 

  1. If you were granted 3 wishes, what would you ask for?
That no children or animals were ever harmed again, that no-one was ever hungry again but it didn’t lead to overpopulation, and that people cared about others enough to think about their actions first.

  1. If you were stranded on a lonely beach, what are the 5 things that you would want to survive?
Well seeing as there probably wouldn’t be any electricity, I’d need a generator. Then I could take my laptop to write stories on, and my MP3 player, to listen to music. I’d need a ton of books as well. Then I guess some sensible things, like a tent and a lighter. 

  1. If you could be anyone, who would you be?
This is going to sound really big-headed, but me! I like being me, and I wouldn’t want to be anyone else, even for one day.

  1. What is the one thing you wish you could change in yourself?
Hmm….I wish I didn’t have a bad memory! I forget important things all the time! Plus I wish maybe my tummy was a little bit smaller.

  1. What is the one thing you wish you could do if given the chance?
I’d love to be able to travel all around the world in one go. It’s my dream to travel everywhere one day, and I’d love the chance to do it.

  1. What would you do if you won the lottery?
I would straight away split it and give half away. And it’s true, I’ve always done that when I’ve been lucky enough to win anything, or have a bigger wage that month. Then the rest of it would go in the bank, I’d live off the interest, and always give half of that away to charity each month. I know it sounds boring, but I’ve learnt in life that the experiences you buy are not the ones you remember. So I’d be happy with a comfortable life. 

  1. If you knew that this was your last day on Earth, how would you spend it?
With my friends and family. Nothing else would matter as long as I had a great day with them.

  1. Were you a naughty kid or a nice kid?
Ooh…is it cheating to say both? I was a nice kid really, but I had my naughty moments, like everyone does.

  1. What was the happiest moment in your life?
I think when I met my partner, Mark. Definitely the happiest so far. Gaining my degree would come a close second. 

  1. Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
I’d like to be a best-selling author! ;) No, seriously, I would like my books to be doing well. And I’d like to be settled with my partner and possibly have a tiny version of me running around. 

  1. What is the weirdest/craziest thing you have ever done?
I do a LOT of crazy things, which one do you want? I guess the craziest thing I’ve ever done was to go on a spontaneous trip with one of my friends when I lived in Scotland. We literally picked somewhere, packed up our stuff and went that day. (All respective pets etc. were looked after by nice people, don’t worry!) It was so freeing to have that kind of feeling, even if just for one day.

  1. What is your definition of an incredible weekend?
One where I get to do a little writing in peace, before going out with my friends and partner somewhere great. And then the next day doing nothing but relaxing without worrying about the next day. 

  1. Which is the best holidays you have ever had?
The best holiday I’ve had so far would be when I went over to Northern Ireland. It was the first time I had been, and as I’m half-Irish, had always wanted to go. I got to visit where my family where from, and it was a very emotional but fantastic trip.

  1. Have you got a phobia you want to share?
I have a slight phobia of flies. I would never kill one (I always try to get them to fly out), but the thought of the germs and things they carry around makes me shudder.

  1. What makes you angry? 
Whenever people hurt animals or children. There is no excuse in the world for hurting either of them, and it makes my blood boil when I see it in any form.

  1. What do you do when you feel sad?
I listen to music! Music always cheers me up when I’m down, and chocolate. Chocolate cures all.

  1. Who or what inspires you?
I think other writers inspire me. In whatever form, books have always inspired me in some way over my life.

  1. Congratulations! Now you can freely rant about your book(s) and/or projects.
Woot! I passed. Do I get a medal? Okay, okay, I’ll get on with the books. First up, is;

 Conner is a paranormal suspense fantasy, a non-gory werewolf story told from the angle of someone who is firmly set in reality, giving the book a different quality from other horror books. I wanted to write Conner as I could read proficiently from the age of three, and I was writing my own short stories from the age of six-so writing is what I knew I wanted to do. Conner is incomparable to any other book in its genre. It is written in an entirely new way, turning the myth of werewolves completely on its head; not borrowing from the tired Hollywood genres, but using more ancient myths as the springboard for its ideas. It has more than one side to it, as it encompasses horror, suspense, romance, thrills, and even dark humour.

Here’s the blurb for you guys to take a look over

Erin is a young psychologist, with no time for anything but her work, and unable to remember anything about her past. She leads an uneventful life, but a lonely one, in which she secretly wishes for a soulmate... 

Conner is an unusual patient who approaches her, thrusting her into a strange world of darkness that runs beneath our own. He believes himself to be a creature of legend-a werewolf. But he also draws Erin with a roguish charm, and an irresistible feeling that seems to bind them together... 

Conner desperately tries to save her from an unknown evil that persues her with a relentless passion that crosses centuries, an evil that once took her very soul away, somewhere in Erin's lost memories. 

As she becomes more entwined in a series of events that will remind her of who she really is, will she make it away from the oncoming darkness unscathed...?

You can find CONNER on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

The sequel to CONNER comes out on September 3rd, ERIN. That's today, so hurry up and get your copy!

I wrote Erin because I wanted to write a sequel for Conner. I wanted Erin to be a little edgier and rawer, making the storyline a little darker as the reader is drawn in from the prequel. I wanted to write a book that would offer something different for people hungry for something new. Its unique advantage is that it is only comparable to its prequel, ‘Conner’, setting an entirely new edge to the werewolf story.

The blurb again!

Erin is the werewolf Queen of Athol Castle. She has no memories of the events of a few months ago, where she believed herself to be a psychologist, and met the enigmatic and charming Conner... 

Filtiarn has taken over Conner’s body once more, and is relishing being in control. Cruel and sensual, he decides to work on a take over humanity. He begins a war...of werewolves against humans. But unknown to him, Conner is fighting against him within his own body, to set things right, and to bring Erin back from her own darkness. He tries to undo a great mistake from long ago, using Erin’s famed sword, Sioctine, as remnants of his own memory come back to him, opening up the present he now lives in. 

At the same time, another enemy is using the situation to their advantage, following the werewolves at every turn, threatening to undo everything that Conner is struggling to obtain... 

But will he be able to bring Erin back from Filtiarn’s grasp, or is it too late? And will he be able to stop the war against the humans progressing? 

And who is threatening to take over not only the humans, but the werewolves as well?

You will be able to grab a copy from today on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.  Also, I’m having a huge release day party for Erin over at Facebook, so come and join us!

I also have a new series of books, and the first three are already out! THE BASSINVILLE WITCHES is a series about witches, vampires, magick, and danger! This is a series of paranormal fantasy books, with a good helping of erotica thrown in. *giggle* It centres around Catherine, a young witch whose father was murdered years ago by a group of bad magick-wielders, and her search with her friends for twelve rare crystals. But they meet with obstacles at every turn, so will they find all of them in time? 

I’ve also set myself the enormous task of writing one every month, and the first three are out now! They come out on the 20th of every month, and I’m  planning to have a full set of twelve once I’ve finished. So I’ll just place the blurb for each one here for you guys to take a look at! You can also only get these on Amazon Kindle at the moment.

Catherine has enough problems in her life without adding more. She lives in a town full of Wiccan witches, where she holds absolutely no powers. Her best friends seem to take all the best men, and her work colleague has a major crush on her. Other than that, life is pretty sweet.

Until a dagger appears in her bedroom, bringing back frightening memories of a past both her mother and herself left behind long ago. The ghosts of the past refuse to stay buried however, and they threaten to swallow both of them whole, closing in on them...

And then the charming, roguish Mr Rouquette appears. He is gorgeous, kind, and why does it feel as though there is something not quite right about him? And can Catherine trust him at all when her world begins to crumble around her feet, and he seems to be at the centre of it all?...

Catherine has found herself even more deeply embroiled in a centuries old struggle for the stones, but she now has the enigmatic Caden by her side, although she still doesn't know if she can trust him yet...
Meanwhile, another person has an interest in the stones, a fury who has been locked away for an eternity, and isn't too welcoming towards people. Then one night she sees Catherine and her friends peering in on her through scrying...

Remember, you will always get burnt if you play with fire....

 After the meeting with Varden, Sebastian was left clinging to unlife. The group must try to see if they can return him to life with them, even if it means staying longer in the centre of the Ravensworth's empire-New Orleans...

At the same time, Jackson is confronted with something-or someone-who wants to disrupt the party. Something that has the power to crumble not only the small group itself, but one of the relationships of those within...

Will they manage to find the next stone? Or will something stop them this time, in the form of deadly spirits, or female vampires?...



Miranda Stork
09/03/2012 4:21am

Thank you for having me hun! It was so cool answering all of the questions, and you have so many awesome ones! :) *hugs*

09/03/2012 5:06am

Glad you enjoyed answering my questions :D It was a pleasure having you here, in my cosy corner :D

09/03/2012 9:11am

Wonderful interview, Miranda, and I love your cover!

09/03/2012 1:56pm

Nice answers, Miranda :) Wishing you the best with Erin!

09/05/2012 12:43am

Another great interview!


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