Runaway Girl debuts this month as the first in The Secrets of Avelina Chronicles, a series about the lives of vampires from author Elaine White.
The Teaser for Runaway Girl:
A missing vampire princess. A soul fractured among five young human girls. One loyal vampire with a grudge. Can vampire soldier Damian set aside his personal feelings to follow orders? Can princess Amelia’s soul be reunited in time for the meeting of the three clans? Will her brother, Matthew, fight for the right to rule? Who will prevail? Runaway Girl ~The Secrets of Avelina Chronicles
Q: Why have you chosen to write paranormal romance?
A: I don’t really think, for me, it was a choice. My teenage years were full of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel” on TV and in books. They basically defined my interest in the paranormal. Combine that with a great English teacher who had me engaged in high school with creative writing, it just seemed natural.
Q: How would you describe an Elaine White type of book?
A: I think my books are an extension of my own personality. Some are dramatic, some are darker and some can be brutally honest about things that can be very personal and heartbreaking. When I write a book, it takes on the moods and experiences that I’m coping with at the time.
Q: What makes your stories unique compared to other paranormal romances out there?
A: The Secrets of Avelina Chronicles are different because they delve into the secret lives of vampires; kind of like a fly-on-the-wall of vampire life. Although I love all the vampire TV shows and books out there, I thought that no one had really shown the inside workings of vampires. I wanted to expand on that and explore it a little.
Q: What made you want to become a romance writer?
A: I think every story, no matter how hard a writer tries, always has some element of romance in it. There’s no avoiding it. It’s human nature. So for me, the romance aspect of my stories was a natural element. But, as it turned out, romance is usually always the foundation of my characters … it’s what drives them and keeps them sane. It helps explore the depth of their souls and shows that they’re not unfeeling.
Q: What do you see on the horizon for your writing career? Anything different?
A: I’d love to write something horror-wise or on the dark side. I’ve played around with short stories of that nature, but for some reason the light romance always seeps back in and turns it around. I’d also love to get a good response to a love story I wrote about cancer.
Q: How do you handle the isolation of being a full-time writer?
A: I actually really love spending time on my own. I like the peace and quiet of writing. The click, click, click of the keys. I like seeing my stories come to life and characters tell you when something isn’t right. You can write them and what you want them to do any way you like, as many times as you like, but if they don’t agree, they will tell you. So in a way, I don’t find it isolating at all. It’s a little trip into an alternate universe during the day, and a return to reality at night.
Q: Who is your favorite romance author? Who’s your favorite non-romance author?
A: I’d have to say that I love Christine Feehan and her Carpathian books. For non-romance, I would have to go old school—Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle and Elizabeth Peters. I’m in love with the Amelia Peabody series.
Q: Anything else you’d like to share with readers that I haven’t asked?
A: Just … once you read Runaway Girl, don’t think that’s the end of the story. The six books in The Secrets of Avelina Chronicles will travel through time and countries to explore vampires, yes, but also magic, witches and lycans. They delve into the greater meaning of family: love and the trials of life. It’s not a series about finding love or drinking blood. It’s about finding yourself amongst the chaos of life, having to decide who you are and who you want to be. It’s a series about choices and loyalty, but most of all, it’s the chronicles of heroes; maybe not the heroes of legend, but heroes to the people that love them and are closest to them. It’s the chronicles of a family legacy.
Stephanie Giancola writes romance novels as Stephanie Queen. Visit her website at www.StephanieQueen.com for more information about her books.