Interview with @kristenstrassel and Because the Night

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About the Book

Sex, Blood And Rock n’ Roll

Immortal Dilemma is the hottest band in the Las Vegas vampire rock scene. They draw insatiable fans from around the globe, thanks to a supernatural attraction called Bloodlust. Tristan craved such an opportunity to fill his empty mortal life, and now he has eternity to earn his place along the legends of rock n roll debauchery.

Callie always feared that Tristan’s excesses would get him into trouble, but she never thought they’d lead him to immortality. To reconnect with him, she must weave her way through a world not only she had no idea existed, but does not welcome her.

Blade turned down a spot in Immortal Dilemma after learning what he must sacrifice for that lifestyle. He finds Callie a refreshing change from the girls in the vampire rock scene. When Callie drags Blade back into the world of Immortal Dilemma, his resistance drives her into the waiting arms of Tristan, who shows her the true meaning of Bloodlust.

But the very things that Callie fights so hard to save are the very things that fight to destroy her.

Interview with Kristen Strassel

 Vampires are a big part of the book. How are your vampires different from the status quo?

The vampires in Because the Night don’t need blood, but they like it.  The blood is erotic for them. They feed off of energy, which can be good and bad, depending on the energy.  To offset this, some of them turn to drugs and alcohol, which effects them in a human way.

What was your first inspiration for writing Because the Night?

I had a dream! I dreamed about a girl trying to make her way in Las Vegas. The dream left such an impression on me I moved to Las Vegas to research the book. It didn’t get written right away, but my experiences there helped shape the book. Music has always been a big part of my life, and Las Vegas has a great music scene. The more I thought about vampires and rockstars, I realized they had a lot in common.  Sexy, mysterious creatures that play by their own rules.

If one song out there could define your book, what would it be?

WASP–Wild Child It’s an old song that I always loved, but one day I realized the lyrics were basically the plot of Because the Night. Because the Night is a song, too. All the books in the series share their titles with songs, hence The Night Songs Collection.

If you met your main character at a bar, how would you interact?

Callie isn’t technically old enough to go to a bar, but she does have a fake ID. We’d probably wind up sitting at the bar and talking about musicians until they kicked us out.

If you could live in any literary universe, which would it be?

Stephanie Plum’s world! Just so I could crash funerals with Grandma Mazur.

Are you a plotter or a pantser?

A little bit of both. I make lists of things that need to be addressed, but they are flexible because I let the characters take charge. They surprise me a lot.

How has writing changed your life?

Writing is the hardest job I’ve ever had.  It’s also the most rewarding.  I’ve learned a lot about myself, and learned to take chances that I probably wouldn’t have before.

What advice do you have for aspiring writers?

Write what you love.

 

About the Author

 Kristen shares a birthday with Steven Tyler and Diana Ross.  She spends each day striving to be half as fabulous as they are.  She’s worn many hats, none as flattering as her cowboy hat: banker, retail manager, fledgling web designer, world’s worst cocktail waitress, panty slinger, now makeup artist and aspiring author.  She loves sunshine, live music, the middle of nowhere, and finding new things to put in her house.  Kristen is represented by Pam van Hylckama Vlieg of Foreword Literary.

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Twitter: @kristenstrassel
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Review to Come

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