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Maya DeLeina Interview
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December 2nd, 2011
Official Website 
First in the Ambrose Heights Series
 FLESH FANTASY 
Release Date: September 20, 2011
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Welcome Maya! We’re so happy to have you here with us at VampireRomanceBooks
Besides the excitement of Flesh Fantasy’s release and touring the blog world, what else new and exciting is happening with you?
Things have been bubbling with excitement and it has been an enjoyable and wild ride. First, I am preparing for the release of Flesh Fantasy in paperback that will be available on both Amazon and Barnes & Noble just in time for Christmas. Secondly, the next installment of the Ambrose Heights Vampires titled “Veil of Seduction” will be released in e-Book in February 2012 and in paperback in June 2012. Lastly, I completed the first book of my new series, The Vampire Architects, that is tentatively titled “Dark Companion” and I am wrapping up the third installment of the Ambrose Heights Vampires, tentatively titled “Temptation in Gypsy’s Eden”.
For those who haven’t read it yet, can you tell us a little about Flesh Fantasy? Will it be a series and if so, when can we expect the next book?
Flesh Fantasy is the first installment of the Ambrose Heights Vampire series. This Erotic Vampire Romance series follows the Matthew’s Lair as they intermingle with society, develop human-like serums, craft doctrines, connect with other vampire families and paranormal beings and search for their fated mates. They reside in the ultra-exclusive neighborhood of Ambrose Heights. Ambrose Heights sits high up on the mountain, overlooking the town of Manitou Springs, Colorado. And while the town is known for its healing spring waters, fabled underground passages and rumored lore of wizardry and witchcraft, the town’s residents find Ambrose Heights mysterious and inexplicable- they don’t quite know what to make of the gated community that seems to have appeared overnight.
First and foremost, each installment of Ambrose Heights Vampires has a prologue that suspends the reader. The reader must always have the events of the prologue in the back of their mind because it will come back to bite in a big way.
Flesh Fantasy is essentially diary entries from Rain and Rhys. It documents their chance meeting; taking the reader through their excitement in exploring each other, their struggles, heartache, triumphs and their eternal love. The entries are creative as they take on point of views from Rhys and Rain. This allows the reader to see how judgment, opinions and inner struggles influence situations in a different ways. Women between the ages of 30-40 will relate to the heroine, Rain. The story picks up where Rain has gone through a personal transformation, getting over that midlife crisis and really coming to terms with life and understanding and loving who she is.
Flesh Fantasy’s plot revolves unexpected twists and turns of a lover triangle between one human woman and two male vampires. Along the way, the reader is introduced to select members of the Ambrose Heights family.
Flesh Fantasy is book 1 of the Ambrose Heights Vampires series. The series is slated for 7 installments, all of which the characters weave in and out of each book’s tale and can be read in any order. Book 2- Veil of Seduction will be out in February 2012 and is the tale of Steffan Matthews, the sexy leader of Ambrose Heights with the silver eyes of seduction.
The cast of characters in Flesh Fantasy is so fantastic. Do you have a favorite? Who are you most looking forward to writing more about?
As most readers come to expect, vampires are usually characterized with mesmerizing beauty, dashing good-looks with a both a fearsome and tantalizing bite. This is exactly the Vampires that make up the lair of Ambrose Heights. But, I wanted each of the vampires to have a unique depth and flair. Some of the vampires are quick-witted, some are driven by science and research, some are hilarious and make you laugh, some are ancient, some are newborns and some are evil and destructive to their core. I wanted each character to be unique— allow them to be strong lead characters when their adventures are featured in an Ambrose Heights installment. Essentially, they have retained so much of their human traits that readers can make a connection with a favorite character and enjoy their presence in all of the books.
So far, I loved written the character of Rhys Matthews. Rhys really came out of nowhere. His character was loosely molded after several different men I have I have met in my lifetime, but as I wrote, he took on a presence that I had never known and never intended on.
Yes, Rhys is a vampire, but just like humans, not all vampires are alike. Rhys is this larger-than-life, macho man. He has an air of over-confidence that surrounds him. He can make men shake in their boots and women weak in the knees. Rhys is the epitome of a dark romance hero. Yet, under all of this deliciousness is a man that has inner struggles and doubts just like everyone else. And to add just the right amount of spice to this dish, Rhys has an uncanny way of making you laugh with his insistent need to recite movie lines to temper his inner demons. I don’t know what I was drinking the night that all came about. I wonder if readers will identify all of the movie lines he uses throughout Flesh Fantasy and in future installments of the Ambrose Heights Vampire series.
Rain and her friends have a little game they play when they are out together. Where did you come up with that idea?
Ahh…The Junk Trunk. That was one from the depths of my non-stop, imaginative and playful mind. Rain and her friends are strong women with a keen sense of knowing who they are and what they want. They are at a point in life where they are managing the balancing act of being uncompromised in their needs in life, but well aware of their wants in life. I wanted to show the women in a methodical approach to accomplish what some men label as being a pick-up artist. But in all honesty, this game is quite more sophisticated, adventurous and mysterious than a group of men could come up with.
Flesh Fantasy is categorized as an Erotic Vampire Romance. What do you feel the line between erotic and non-erotic is? Is it your decision what category your book is placed or is it up to the publisher?
It is really up to my publisher– but I intentionally wrote the book to be categorized in Erotic Vampire Romance since this is exactly what I love reading. Romance novels take readers through the explorations of mental and physical emotions in an intimate encounter. But where non-erotic literature leaves a reader to imagine, Erotica picks up and describes everything and anything in vivid and descriptive detail.
If you had to do it all over again, is there anything you would change about Flesh Fantasy?
One more round of edits. I read through the manuscript, had friends read through and had two editors on the book project with the publishing company and I still found tiny errors. But, I have read national-best seller books with small errors here and there, so I don’t feel bad. Recently, I read a book on effective editing that was missing an entire sentence or two since the paragraph didn’t make sense and decided then and there to stop beating myself up about it. If the small errors do not detract from the story, that is a testament to the strength of my story.
Do you have a favorite scene or quote from Flesh Fantasy?
Yes! When Rhys and Rain are discussing her measurements in order to get a dress made for her to attend the Vampire Masquerade ball, I love the conversation that takes place between them:
“Hmmm…. And whatever shall I wear to a vampire club?”
“Your attire for the evening, you’ll have to pick it up at a consignment store. Well, we both have to pick it up there. We have to be in matching colors. My assigned colors are burgundy and black.”
“Why don’t I just drape your bedding here over me like a toga and call it done?” I said as I playful wrapped my chest in his sheet.
“I think you would feel grossly underdressed. The masquerade—it’s all very lavish. Your dress will be like something out of the Victorian era. Your mask will be embellished with feathers, lace, and beads. I wear a mask, too, but mine is a very plain. All the male members wear the same black mask, but the females’ and male masks are shaped a little differently.”
“Do I get fitted for this dress or something? Or, since it is your color, do you just pick women the same size to seduce and invite to the club?”
Rhys smiled and shook his head, “I have to get simple measurements from you to pass on to the Madame—breast, waist and hips. Sorry. And…you are the first one I have seduced that I will be taking to the ball, Cinderella.”
“Yes. Measurements. And they are?”
“Thirty-eight-twenty-six-thirty-six. My hourglass is kinda top-heavy, if you haven’t noticed.”
“You have boobs? I never noticed.”
“Rain, of course your hourglass measurements are top-heavy. A blind man could see your boobs.”
What has been the toughest part of releasing your new book? The best part?
The toughest part was waiting for the release. I know that I am a bit of a control freak, so being unable to control things like a release date was a little bit unnerving. The best part? Wow, there are many. I love reading reviews- it’s a piece of personal satisfaction for a writer. Getting a great review from a vampire-based review site is even a more validating!
Do you have plans to write anything out of the paranormal genre?
Not at the moment. Paranormal is just a great interest of mine. Right now I am into Vampires, but I do have plans on expanding to witches and demonic entities. Also, I have two great friends that have real-life paranormal experiences. We started talking about collaborating for either a non-fiction account of their experiences or fiction story loosely based on their experience.
When you aren’t busy writing, what things do you like to do for fun or to relax?
I love traveling, hiking, playing with my dogs, listening to music, shopping and experiencing great food, wine and beer! Colorado is basically the Napa Valley of beer, so I get to try a lot of unique crafts right in my hometown. When I talk about shopping, I love finding unique boutiques and Tibetan stores to browse. Handmade arts and ethnic pieces decorate my home and pair nicely with my Zen satellite station that I typically have pumping through the house.
Who are some of your favorite authors to read?
Anya Bast, Samantha Sommersby, Sally Painter, Cynthia Eden, Bianca D’Arc and Jade Cooper.
Are there any authors that have influenced or inspired you in your writing?
Samantha Somersby’s Forbidden series was an absorbing read that really pulled off the first-person voice with amazing depth. This is what influenced me to write my take in the first person for Flesh Fantasy. Jade Cooper books are downright naughty and decadent- there is no doubt that her books are what really triggered me to whip up some wicked tales in my mind and inspired me to get them down on paper.
Do you have any advice to aspiring writers?
Write what you love to read. If you try to categorize yourself in a genre in which you don’t have an absolute passion for, it will show in the quality of your writing. I find the immortality theme very absorbing and vampire sexual encounters appealing, dynamic and mysterious. This has allowed me to be creative in my own vampire adventures and take chances in creating new twist in vampire lore.
Have you learned any “must do’s” or “never do’s” that you can share when it comes to writing?
A lot of my “must do’s” and “never do’s” are really from an erotic genre writing standpoint. A “must do” is always write your encounters with a spark that goes much deeper than the surface so the reader can feel, taste, touch everything the character is experiencing. A “never do” is to mix up sexual orientated writing. I write Male-Female based romance. Some of the books will entwine Male-Female-Male scenes or multiple partner scenes, but it is always Male Female based. I think readers come to identify this and if you start mixing up sexual orientations of MF to MM or FF based books, you can confuse a reader or even disappoint a reader since they come to a certain expectation with an Author’s writing,
The cover for Flesh Fantasy is wonderful. Who designed it?
The lovely and talented Jinger Heaston is the artist of Flesh Fantasy. As the author, I was able to complete a cover questionnaire to give my views on how I pictured the cover. Jinger took this information and produced a very delicious and divine cover. The cover has been well received by readers and even won the October 2011 Book Cover Award at Alternative-Read.com. Flesh Fantasy is going to be up for 2011 Book Cover of the year.
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