Vanessa: Would you please start by telling us a little bit about yourself?
Kristin: First and foremost, I’m a mother of two kids who shift into raging beasts at night and I’m married to the alpha of my local pack. Seriously though, I’m a stay at home mom to my two young children who are absolute angels. (I write fiction, remember? The truth is somewhere in-between.) I’ve been married to my leading man for 10 years this June!
I also write paranormal romance with fantasy elements for Harlequin Cravings and darker, hotter paranormal romances for Avon Impulse.
Vanessa: Where did the idea for the Isle of Feralon come from?
Kristin: I’d like to say the idea for the Isle of Feralon was entirely mine, but it wasn’t. I live in Northern California and the Farallon Islands lay right off the coast of San Francisco. I took “Farallon”, made it “feral” and added an “o-n” to the end. I tossed in all sorts of magical creatures and voila! I have an enchanted island that looks uninhabited to non-shifters, yet it’s a home to dragons, werewolves and merfolk. I’ve always been able to take things that are overlooked as being plain and find something special in them. Guess it came in handy this time.
Vanessa: Will the werewolves and merfolk have larger roles in later books in the Isle of Feralon series?
Kristin: While the hero in Claimed by Desire is a dragon and the heroine is a non-shifting empath, the heroine in Forbidden by Fate (Isle of Feralon #2—releasing July 1), is heiress to the Were throne. She’s werewolf to the bone, but her heart belongs to Damon, a dragon. I’m tossing around ideas involving the merfolk for Isle of Feralon #3.
Vanessa: Some of your characters include vampires, shifters, and even humans. Do you prefer to write one type more than another?
Kristin: Oh, that’s a tough one to answer. I love vampires. The sexuality of their bite. The contrast between the heat in their eyes and the coolness of their touch. But I’ve wanted to write dragons since I first started my writing journey. They are powerful and raw in their strength, but they’re also smart and cunning, making them the ultimate predator. I find their power exhilarating in the sexiest way.
Vanessa: Can you tell us about your current work in progress, perhaps you could share a favorite fact or piece of fascinating information it?
Kristin: I’m currently working on edits for Last Vamp Standing, Book #3 in the Vampires of Crimson Bay series. Where the Isle of Feralon is an enchanted world where anything can and will happen, the world I’ve created in the Vampires of Crimson Bay series is San Francisco with an otherworldly twist. Think Underworld meets the Matrix. The rules of the world are basically the same, but vampires and shifters run the streets.
As for a piece of fascinating information about the book…I chose the name of my heroine, Ariana, because it means “holy one”. Dante, the hero, is about as dark and tainted as tortured heroes come, feeding on the adrenaline and sexual energy of others. I chose the name Ariana so that her innocence would balance his darkness.
Vanessa: The genres that you write include paranormal romance, historical romance, and romantic suspense. Do you favor one genre over the others?
Kristin: Let me preface this by saying I only wrote historical romance because the novella, One Night to Remember, took place on the Titanic, and I’d been dying to write a book set on board the Titanic since I first started researching the tragedy in 1992. Historical romance is most definitely not my cup of tea. Hats off to you historical romance writers!
While my first novel, Dark Tide Rising, is romantic suspense, it’s about a girl who has a vision of her death before it happens. There’s definitely something otherworldly at work behind the scenes. Even when I tried to write something “normal”, the “abnormal” kept popping into my mind like a bad weed.
I’ll stay in the paranormal romance genre for as long as paranormal readers will have me.
Vanessa: What was your favorite scene or chapter to write, which book and why?
Kristin: My favorite? Of all the books? Wow. You’re killing me here. I’d have to say my favorite scene is the first flying scene in Claimed by Desire (Isle of Feralon #1)—the one where Misty rides Rafe (in all his emerald-scaled, muscle-rippling glory) and they take off into Timeless Gorge. Like I mentioned earlier, I wanted to write dragons for years, so when I finally had the opportunity to do it, I took flight with them. And I loved every minute.
Vanessa: If you could trade places for a day with one of your characters, who would it be and why?
Kristin: These questions are getting harder and harder! I love so many of them. I’d love to be Sasha, the heroine in Forbidden by Fate (Isle of Feralon #2), because she’s tough as nails, fighting to be respected among a pack of arrogant males. I’d love to be Ariana, the heroine in Last Vamp Standing, because she’s gentle and can soothe with a single touch, yet she’s strong enough to lead her haven in battle against Crimson Bay’s greatest threat. Not to mention, those two ladies get to cuddle up next to two of my favorite heroes!
Vanessa: What was your most challenging book to bring to life?
Kristin: Surprisingly, the Isle of Feralon was easy to bring to life. It may sound corny, but the isle revealed itself to me. I didn’t have to dig for details. They were already cemented in my brain the moment my fingers hit the keyboard. The most challenging book to write was Dark Tide Rising because I had to keep checking facts to make sure they were right. Does that street really exist? Is there a house on that cliff or a restaurant on that corner? Would a police station with two officers call someone in to investigate murders (like a Sheriff, for example) or would they handle it on their own? I let myself be bogged down by the mundane details that the actual writing moved much more slowly than the others. However, I do feel like the book was more precise because of all the research.
Vanessa: I’m a bit of an author stalker and I love going to signings and conventions. Do you have any upcoming appearances?
Kristin: Yes! I’ll be signing InterVamption and Vamped Up at the “Readers for Life” Literacy Autographing in Los Angeles Wednesday, July 25th. For more information on the event visit www.rwa.org.
If I add any signing dates, you’ll be able to find them on my website: www.kristinmiller.net
I’d love to meet some fans!
Kristin in all of her awesomeness is offering an awesome winners choice giveaway! An eCopy for Kindle or Nook of Claimed by Desire or Forbidden by Fate (winners choice). Comment below with email address and tell us what your favorite paranormal being is. I will announce the winner on Sunday July 1st.