Author interview: Amanda Pillar

Today I have fellow Momentum author, Amanda Pillar, on my blog to talk about her paranormal romantic suspense, Graced.

In Graced, Amanda has created a very different paranormal world viewed through the eyes of four unique characters, one of which is a sociopathic vampire. She’s also added a touch of humour. I’ve got say, I can’t wait to read it.

Here’s what Amanda had to say when I interviewed her:

Graced is a paranormal romantic thriller (all my favourite things!) Can you tell us a little bit more about the setting of your story and what we can expect from the world of Graced?

Yay! I’m glad Graced ticks all the favourite boxes!

Well, Graced follows the journeys of four very different characters whose lives become irrevocably intertwined; a vampire (and sociopath, Dante), a human aristocrat (Anton), a werewolf (and hunk, Clay) and a half-Graced woman (Elle). The story is set in the country of Pinton, a town ruled by a vampire aristocracy, with a seedy and dark underbelly. This story is not an alternate history, but rather a tale set in a world that has seen the highs and lows of technological advancement and is scraping its way back to civilisation. Graced is dark, funny, and hopefully intriguing.

In Graced, there’s werewolves, vampires and humans which, let’s face it, has been done before! But Graced offers readers a new slant on a well-known trope. Can you give us a bit more insight into what makes Graced unique?

Graced isn’t the stock-standard paranormal or urban fantasy story. Sure, it may have some of the tropes, but I like to think it’s a new take. There’s a new world, a new race, and four different characters’ perspectives. (There’s also no love triangle.) The werewolves aren’t the only kind of shape-shifter, and they aren’t all dominated by a pack structure. They live long – and I mean long – lives, as do vampires. But vampires and weres have a scientific origin, as does the fourth race, the Graced. They were the results of genetic manipulation from a time when such things were possible; and the Graced are a secret sub-human race, who were nearly wiped out by humans, vampires and weres in a long ago war. It’s complicated.

What did you find most enjoyable about writing Graced?

I think getting to know the characters. Each one is so different and quite unique: Clay with his charm, Elle with her strength, Anton with his kindness and Dante with his sociopathy; each one had their own story to tell.

What was the biggest challenge for you when writing Graced?

Finding the time. When I was writing Graced, I was editing anthologies, working full time and doing my Masters degree. It was all a bit of a juggling act.

What do you think (or hope) readers will enjoy about Graced?

I hope they will enjoy the quirkiness of the book (it’s dark, but there’s also humour), the characters, and the story. I hope they like all of it!

Now that Graced has been released, what are you working on?

I am currently editing the anthology Bloodlines, which is a urban fantasy horror collection featuring 16 different authors. It’s to be published in 2015 by Ticonderoga Publications.

About Graced

Life, however, doesn’t always go to plan, and when Elle meets Clay, everything she thought about her world is thrown into turmoil. Everything, that is, but protecting Emmie, who is Graced with teal-colored eyes and an unknown power that could change their very existence. But being different is dangerous in their home city of Pinton, and it’s Elle’s very own differences that capture the attention of the Honorable Dante Kipling, a vampire with a bone-deep fascination for a special type of human.

Dante is convinced that humans with eye colors other than brown are unique, but he has no proof. The answers may exist in the enigmatic hazel eyes of Elle Brown, and he’s determined to uncover their secrets no matter the cost…or the lives lost.

About the author

Amanda PillarAmanda Pillar is an award-winning editor and author who lives in Victoria, Australia, with her husband and two cats, Saxon and Lilith.

Amanda has had numerous short stories published and has co-edited the fiction anthologies Voices (2008), Grants Pass (2009), The Phantom Queen Awakes (2010), Scenes from the Second Storey (2010), Ishtar (2011) and Damnation and Dames (2012). Her first solo anthology was published by Ticonderoga Publications, titled Bloodstones (2012). Amanda is currently working on the sequel, Bloodlines, due for publication in 2015.

Amanda’s first novel, Graced, was published by Momentum in 2015.

In her day job, she works as an archaeologist.­_pillar

Links for Graced:

Amazon (Kindle)

Amazon UK (Kindle)

Barnes and Noble (Nook devices)

Google Play (All devices except Kindle)

iBooks Store (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac)

Kobo (All devices except Kindle)

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