July 8th, 2011
DELIGHT IN CRUELTY
Release Date: June 11th, 2011
Publisher: Bardish Arts
Welcome Geatriz and thank you for taking the time to answer a few questions for us here at VampireRomanceBooks.com.
Congratulations on the release of your thrilling vampire novel Delight in Cruelty. Besides that, what new and exciting is happening in your life?
– Nothing too exciting. I have a pretty boring life. Haha. I’ve been working on publicizing my book, working on the second installment of this series and brushing up on old TV series that I never got around to watching. (Like Roswell and Dollhouse.)
As a new author in the genre, can you tell us a little about yourself?
– I’m brutally honest and I love to laugh, the two most basic things about me. I was born in Harlem, New York city. I moved to Miami beach, Florida around seven, and then to Tennessee when I was twelve. Talk about culture shock. I also have a ‘confused’ accent, or so they call it. My mother raised me to be exceptionally respectful. Most people get annoyed with all the ‘Yes, Ma’am, no Sir.’ Oh, and I’m Puerto Rican, and I don’t speak Spanish. (How hilarious?!)
Did you always want to be a writer or did you have something else you wanted to be?
– I’ve wanted to be almost everything in the book, but I always gravitated toward anything creative. I draw, write songs, poems, sing, play piano (beginner status). I really always loved to express myself… sometimes in odd ways.
Is Geatriz a pen name? How exactly do you pronounce it?
– No ma’am. Geatriz is my birth given name. Half George, half Beatriz. Its pronounced (G-UH-triz) The ‘g’ sounds like a ‘j’ like in George.
For those that haven’t read Delight in Cruelty, can you give a description of the book?
– Simply put, it’s a story of a vampire who has found love in hurting those who hurt others and how she became that way. Every hero and villain has a down fall. Yuzuki’s turns out to be that she doesn’t care to bother half decent people. “Carnage you can feel.” – From Mr. Tidwell, one of the first few people to read my book.
What was your inspiration behind Delight in Cruelty?
– Oh, long story… here we go. I wanted to write a short story about a succubus that loved to torture, that took complete delight in the pain of others. A true villain. I noticed soon that I knew nothing about succubae. Haha. I changed her to a vampire and there Yuzuki was born. But what fun would that be? Lets piss her off a bit. A man she couldn’t kill. Sole was born. Miranda was my curve ball. She introduces a bit more of the plot.
Yuzuki is one disturbed vampire, is she or the characters Sole and Miranda based on anyone you know?
– Very disturbed. Definitely not based off anyone, but I did pull parts of my own personality and exaggerated them immensely. I let go of the leash and let the characters guide me.
Where did you come up with your characters names?
– Miranda was an everyday simple name. I wanted a pretty simple girl that had given up on the ‘average’ life. I told a friend about the male lead in my book and he said name him ‘Sole’. So I did for him. Yuzuki was a name that I thought was pretty, looked it up and it meant “Beautiful”. It suited… but how could she be Persian and have a Japanese name? The back story explained that for me. I was happy again.
Delight in Cruelty has a darker side that most “romance” books don’t have. Did you have any worries that there wasn’t enough “romance” to fit in the vampire romance genre?
– Oh no ma‘am. That’s why I loved it so much. Its raw hate and while you read, you see why that hate is there. Yuzuki and Sole have what I like to call an ‘almost- romance’. Sure, he likes her, she likes him… but she wont admit it.
What made you choose to write in the paranormal romance genre?
– Tons more creativity. When I read a book, I don’t want to be in this boring world. I want to travel somewhere else. Its like a vacation for me. I wrote what I always gravitated toward.
Are you planning to continue the storyline from Delight in Cruelty into a series?
– Answered that too early, didn’t I? Yes ma’am. I’m flirting with the name “Breaking Even” for book two. A lot more action, a lot more torture, and a whole lot more romance.
How long did it take you to write Delight in Cruelty? How long to get it published?
– I wrote down my idea for the story in about late 2007 and picked it back up in early 2008. I didn’t finish it until early 2009. I searched for so long until I finally got published this year.
Who is your publisher?
– Sam Bardin of Bardish Arts. Good guy. He picked up my book without even being interested in my genre. That’s why I dedicated my book to him. I wouldn’t have even had a look if he hadn’t published me. (THANK YOU!!!)
I love the mysterious cover of Delight in Cruelty. Did you get to design the cover? Who was your designer?
– My original design was way too much for the small budget we had for the book, so me and Mr. Bardin designed it ourselves. We took so many pictures of smoke and my eyes to get it right. Yes, those are my eyes on the front. People never believe me since I have naturally brown eyes.
As a new author, what has been the toughest hurdle for you in getting your book into the readers’ hands?
– “Geatriz wrote a book?!” is what I get a lot. I kept the entire thing under wraps for so long cause I didn’t want anyone to steal the idea. Honestly, there is still a huge hurdle. I am a new author in a sea of very talented renowned authors. I’m still battling to get more people to read it.
Do you have any suggestions for aspiring writers?
– Life will beat you down. The world is so cruel you would rather crawl into a hole than live in it. Everyone will judge you, be mean, and show their ugly side. …But at the end of the day, all of that judgment and cruelty is coming from someone who most likely couldn’t do it themselves. Someone who is judging you for something they couldn’t do. Keep your chin up and when they kick you down, get right back up. (Totally rooting for the underdog!)
Do you have any absolute Do’s and Don’ts that you’ve learned along your journey from rough draft, to finally published?
– Do go with your gut. Sometimes a character doesn’t use correct language. Ex. “Gonna” Don’t leave in misspelled words. Ex. “Cuz” — ‘Cause’ works just as well. Do truly love your story. Because after editing, you wont want to read it again for a very long time. Don’t ever think an idea is dumb because someone doesn’t understand it. Reword if you need to.
Thanks again for taking the time to visit with us here at VRB. Is there anything you’d like to say to the readers and future fans?
– To the readers- Thank you for picking up a no name author. To future fans- I sincerely apologize for corrupting you. (*giggle moment*)
In all seriousness, I would like to say to everyone who has brought me this far… Thank you for believing in me.
Thank you so much for the opportunity. VRB has been very kind to me.