given the opportunity to interview a wonderful and very talented
author recently. She very kindly took time out of her busy
schedule to answer a few questions for us. So, letís get right
to the interview with
Mandy M. Roth.
you always been writing and telling stories?
I started just about three years ago now. Growing up I was
fascinated by another out of the norm. I think I creeped my parents
out but they learned to deal with meóencouraging my creativity. For
the majority of my life, it manifested itself in the form of art. It
wasnít until later that it took on the form of writing.
it easier to write books that stand alone or are part of a series?
Thatís a tricky question for me because it depends on the book or
series. If itís a serial, following the same heroine throughout each
book, I find those to be harder to write than others. It becomes an
epic. You have so many things to remember while still staying true
to the character while letting her grow and learn from her mistakes
along the way. Itís a hard balance to strike. Books where they
either stand alone or are a new heroine/hero in each book in the
series, I find move much faster for me. I view them as fresh starts
within the same world.
How and where do you usually do your writing?
write from home, though Iíve been known to hide away in a dark
corner of my local library, pecking away at my laptop. For the most
part, I write in a set area of my home, with my reference book
within reach. They act like a security blanket for me. If Iím not
near them, I suddenly canít think straight. Funny thing is I
generally do the research prior to writing so itís just a Ďmindí
thing for me.
noticed that several of your books connected. Do you enjoy writing
storylines that continue through several books? Why?
I love to nestle bits into different series and see how many people
email to tell me they found a link. For instance,
THE RAVEN NIGHTCLUB began in Daughter of Darkness by has been mentioned in
several of my series. So has Necro Magik World and Supernatural
Theme Park from DOD. I am also in love with the struggle between
good and evil, be it outright or internal. I enjoy the fated, meant
to be moments. So much of life is chance, taking a break and losing
myself in something that is destined but hella hard to obtain is
similar to waking and finding a Ben & Jerryís truck parked out front
with a ďthis pintís for you, MandyĒ sign above it.
all your family know that you write incredibly hot and sexy books
and how do they feel about it?
theyíre all aware of what I do and how hot I write. To be honest,
the sex doesnít raise the eyebrows with them. Itís the paranormalóI
think I creep them out. LOL. All and all they are incredibly
supportive. In fact, my mom is my biggest fan.
you have a favorite character? And if so, why is he or she your
have more than one and for different reasons. Gwen from DOD sticks
out because she was the first character I ever wrote so her
personality is somewhat based off mine. Wilson from Immortal Ops
series is another fav because I get to let my rather odd sense of
humor come out through him. Karri-Lynn from Wicked Lucidity was
another that I absolutely loved losing myself in while writing. I
loved how beautifully twisted yet incredibly normal, considering the
circumstances, she was. Iíll confess to dressing up and dancing in
my front yard with my girlfriends at random points in my life. I
think weíve all had moments like that.
does the writing process work for you? Do your stories come to you
all at once or slowly page by page?
generally get a fairly good idea of what type of book I want to
write and then map out character sketches. Once Iíve figured out who
and what the characters are, I let the story unfold on its own.
Whenever I try to force an ending or a certain thing I want to
happen, I generally write myself into a corner so Iíve learned to
avoid that at all costs.
are some of your favorite authors? What are you reading right now?
Rice is my absolute favorite. Stephen King, Clive Barker, Mario Puzo
and Jacqueline Carey are a few others My list is long so Iíll spare
you all of it. Iím currently reading Surviving Demon Island by Jaci
Burton. I lucked out and received an ARC from her and Iím loving it!
you were able to travel to any time period, where would it be and
why would you go there?
Italy, late 1700ís and early 1800ís and Scotland early 1700ís. Well,
those or the Roman Empire. Okay, clearly I canít make up my mind so
itís best I go to all three. LOL.
you tell us a little about what you have coming up? Hopefully, a
follow up to your amazing story Wicked Lucidity?
you. WL2 is moving along, slow but steady. The WL series is so
incredibly dark that itís hard to stay in that mindset for extended
periods of time. I work on it and then set it aside to do other
projects, coming back to it as I can. I have to admit, its one of my
favorite series. Next out from me will be a short story in an NCP
anniversary anthology, Phoenix Rising II (Mating Behavior is my
story in it). Also, Demonic Desires from Elloraís Cave. That will be
a full length.
us a little about what makes Mandy tick? Favorite movies, music,
love The Wizard of Oz, Better off Dead and Dracula. My taste in
music is eclectic to say the least. I enjoy listening to Black Lab,
AFI, Live, Nek, AC/DC, Madonna, The Beatles and The Go-Goís. I
really do hop all over the place. I have a major weakness for
brownies. Oh and coffee. Should you ever see me on the street, wave
a cup of coffee in my face and Iíll agree to just about anything for
do you celebrate after finishing a book?
read a book Iíve been dying to read or watch a DVD or some TV. I
know that sounds lame but with as much as I write, I fall way behind
on whatís going on in the world of books/movies/TV and like to play
write in several different genres, do you have a favorite?
Paranormal. The others I dip into to clear my head so I can return
with a fresh mindset to my paranormals.
advice for aspiring writers?
what you love and never let anyone tell you that you canít do it.
Above that, I tend to shy away from offering anything profound.
Mostly because I havenít a clue what Iím doing. LMAO.
there anything else you would like to tell us?
thanks for having me!
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