Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome Sloan Archer to VRB. Sloan is the author of Mercy’s Debt, the first book in the Montgomery’s Vampires series and she has stopped by and answered some questions for us. Thank you Sloan for taking the time to visit with us today.
RELEASE DATE: February 14, 2013
CATEGORY: Paranormal Romance Thriller;
light erotica elements, some explicit language,
SERIES NAME: Montgomery’s Vampires
WORD COUNT: approximately 52,000 words
After graduating from the prestigious Dewhurst University, Mercy Montgomery finds herself in a bit of financial trouble: over $108,000 worth of financial trouble, in fact. She can’t find a job to save her life, and with bill collectors constantly at her heels, she has no idea how she will ever come up with the money needed in order to keep her head above water.
Mercy’s monetary worries seem to be over after a chance meeting with mystifyingly pale Michael Graves, who offers her a high-paying job at his company, Dignitary. But there’s a catch; the seemingly harmless Dignitary is an underground organization that offers human chaperones to wealthy bloodsucking clients.
As if congregating with the undead doesn’t make life complicated enough for Mercy, there’s a savage killer on the loose who appears to have a craving for her blood. Soon Mercy is torn between a dark and dangerous underworld of supernatural desire and a simple life of practicality, and business magnate Robert Bramson is the man she blames for her confusion. If he just wasn’t so damn sexy… And dangerous. As the killer closes in, Mercy realizes that she must make a decision. But will she make her choice too late?
Be sure to check out our review of Mercy’s Debt.
About the Author:
Sloan Archer is a bona fide California native who works full-time as a writer, occasionally in the desert as an archaeologist, and has a ten-year employment history in marketing. She has been penning fiction since childhood; her first stories were spooky mysteries inspired by horror films and the howling coyotes on her family’s farm.
She is a seasoned world traveler whose journeys have taken her from Madagascar to Indonesia, and many countries in-between. In 2007 she founded a jewelry label, VIVI+VIVI, and received international recognition for her creations, her most coveted designs worn by celebrities and carried in trendy boutiques like Fred Segal in Los Angeles. In 2012, she closed her business to focus on her true love, writing.
When Sloan isn’t composing books, she enjoys traveling, running marathons, painting, reading, baking, and spending time at the beach. She is currently working on two novels: Mercy’s Doubt, the second installation of the Montgomery’s Vampires Series, and Lilac Coma.
WHERE TO FIND SLOAN
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Sloan-Archer/e/B009EA75FU/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1360635662&sr=1-2-ent
HI SLOAN! Thank you so much for taking time to visit VRB and answer our questions!
Thanks so much for having me on! I appreciate you taking the time to interview me. Hello everyone!
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I’m a California native, which is where I still live. I worked in marketing for over ten years, and then I ran my own jewelry company for a while, but writing is what I do now and what love best! Mercy’s Debt is my first stab at penning a ‘real’ novel, so the book is extra special to me.
When you find free time, what do you do to relax?
What does “relax” mean? Ha-ha. In the free time that I do have, I like to run marathons, travel, read, paint, bake, and drink wine with friends- the last one especially! As an author, I spend a lot of time alone, so when I start to venture into “crazy cat lady” territory, a nice night out with the girls is just what I need.
When did you first know that you wanted to be a writer?
I think some part of me always knew. I started penning stories from around the age of ten. I grew up on a farm in a teeny, tiny town, so I had a lot of time and space to let my imagination go wild. My best friend Amee and I were big horror movie buffs- strange for two little girls, I know- and we’d have ‘scary story’ writing competitions. I was always the kid in class, too, who’d get exited on “creative writing” days; I’d be the first one to volunteer my journal for the teacher to read out loud. There I was, this sweet little girl in pigtails, writing stories about murder and mayhem. Ha-ha.
If you were stranded on a deserted island what three books would you want to have with you?
Would it be cheating if I used a survival guide as my first choice? That’s a tough one, because there are just so many books I love. Hmm, maybe Watermelon by Marian Keyes because the book makes me laugh out loud, and I’d probably need a bit of cheering up if I were stuck on an island away from all my handbags! The other book I’d choose would have to be something by Irvine Welsh or Stephen King- any of their books would be fine with me!
Can you tell the readers about Mercy’s Debt?
Mercy’s Debt follows Mercy Montgomery, a girl who finds herself deep in debt after graduating college. In order to get herself out of the red, she begins working for vampires in an underground organization. All sorts of drama soon complicates Mercy’s life after she falls for the hot but mysterious Robert Bramson, and discovers that there’s a killer after her. There are three books in the series. Mercy’s Debt is the first.
What inspired you to write it? What gave you the idea?
Well, fate sort of stepped in. One day I was driving and flipping through the radio stations, and the song “Fancy” by Reba McEntire came onto the radio. I always really liked the song, which is essentially about a poor but beautiful girl who is “turned out” to aristocrats by her mother in order to escape poverty.
There’s two lines in the song that really resonated with me: “She handed me a heart-shaped locket that said ‘To thy own self be true’” and “I might have been born just plain white trash, but Fancy was my name.”
I thought, “This would be a great book, but with vampires!” I took the idea behind the song and twisted it around, making Mercy use her brains to get out of poverty instead of her beauty. I also removed the sexual element from her job, making her a “chaperone” instead of an escort. I added the vampires because I thought it would be a cool variation and, well, who doesn’t love vampires?!
I really like Mercy’s character. She doesn’t quit when life gets tough. Who is your favorite character and why?
I probably have to say Liz or Mercy. They’re both feisty and strong-willed, but are still funny and thoughtful. The way the two of them joke is very similar to the banter my own friends and I have. I always try to create smart female characters; some of them may be evil, but they’ll always be clever!
What are your plans for the future regarding Mercy’s character? Will there be a full series, a trilogy, or maybe more novels?
Yes, there’s definitely more to come! I’m actually working on books two and three currently. Book two starts off with a bit of a shocker; I think the readers are going to like it! Readers will also get to know a lot more about the characters in the upcoming books. There are three total.
Can you tell us what you a currently working on?
I’m working on the Montgomery’s Vampires series, and another novel called Lilac Coma. Lilac Coma is very different; it’s quirky chick lit and a lot less dark. It’s about two very opposite strangers, Clare and Lauren, whose lives are thrown through a loop when one of them is inadvertently hospitalized by the other. I’m also penning my first horror book, The Frightened, which is a collection of short stories written under my pen name, V.L. Barz. I like to work on several projects simultaneously because it helps keep my writing fresh by switching back and forth between the genres. It’s a lot to take on, but I’ll just have to sleep when I’m dead!
When you read reviews of your work do you draw advice from them, or let it go and move on?
I definitely read the reviews because, after all, I want to write books the readers will like and read. I love it when people say good things about my writing; it makes me happy to make others happy, if you know what I mean! Also, it’s cool to find out what the readers consider their “favorite parts,” because it varies so much from reader to reader. I don’t mind criticism if it’s healthy, but it truly upsets me when people are just plain nasty. I think some of the more unkind reviewers believe that authors are incapable of feeling hurt because they’re in the public eye- like we’re Oz or something- but nothing could be farther for the truth. I mean, how would that person feel if an author went into their workplace and hung a huge “You suck” banner above their desk for their entire company to see? Embarrassed, right? Ha-ha. However, as an author, you have to let it go and move on, because you won’t last long in the industry if your skin is too thin.
Is writer’s block ever an issue? If so how do you get through that barrier?
My go-to cures for writers block are coffee and running. I try to run at least a few miles a day, which definitely helps to knock the cobwebs out of my brain. I run with a little recorder, because I’ll usually think of a few scene ideas while I’m jogging. The coffee just helps because it gets me wired.
What was the publishing process like for you?
Exhausting! I used to hear other authors say, “Writing the book is the easy part; promoting it is what takes work,” and I’d think, “Oh, they’re so melodramatic!” Now that I’ve done it for myself, I feel totally humbled. The other authors were soooooo right! It’s a lot of fun, but it truly is nonstop work; updating social networking profiles, doing interviews, features, sending emails, the shameless self-promotion… It wouldn’t have it any other way, though! Never a dull moment!
If readers out there want to connect with you, how do they find you? Do you use Twitter, Facebook, and other social media?
Yes. I have Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads accounts, plus a blog. (Listed on promo kit.) I’m a bit of a monkey when it comes to technology, so the blog is coming along slow but steady. All the other accounts are up, though.
Sloan, I want to thank you once more for stopping by VampireRomanceBooks.com. Is there anything you would like to add, or anything you to say to all of your readers?
Just a huge thank you for having me on! I really appreciate all the work book bloggers do in order to help authors spread the words about their books. Also, I’d like to thank the readers for their continued support. Authors would be out of a job if it weren’t for the readers, so a big thanks!