Today’s interview is with an author who likes to dabble all over when it comes to genre and who’s latest novel devels into a world that (hopefully) never go away, vampires! Welcome, Ashley Goss!
What can you tell us about “Rise of the Blood Lust?”
Rise of the Blood Lust is a trilogy which starts out in 1990. It comes to show how the vampires species were made and how it effected, at first, the state of Kentucky. It shows the evil side of vampirism as well as the good side. Yes, there is a good side.
We’re friends on Facebook, so I had the privilege to kind of get a glimpse of how Rise of the Bloodlust came to be, but what was the FIRST thing that sparked the book into being?
Honestly, it came to me in a dream and I’ve been dreaming every night of more and more things to add to it. Pretty soon, I had a rough draft of a first book that I never would have imagined myself writing in the first place, but that’s why I enjoy writing. I get to use my imagination.
When do you begin writing?
Even as a young child I would conjure up stories with my imagination, sharing them with anyone who was around to listen. I’ve developed my storytelling and writing quite a bit since then, but the essence of creativity and entertainment I began with as a kid has remained a major influence on my work. My blazing passion for writing has consumed me the last couple of years. I’ve been writing professionally since 2015 and have no intention of slowing down anytime soon.
You normally write contemporary-set fiction right? Was it hard to switch genres for you?
Honestly, it was very hard. So many things change once you start writing in the past. You must do research about the time period you are writing so that everything matches. Was it normal to visit a bar back then? Was it normal to have a mom and pop shop on Main Street? It’s the little things that you don’t want to be wrong. If it is then it will throw off the reader.
What as one of the biggest differences you noticed in writing fantasy as opposed to your usual fiction?
You have to create the worlds. You have to help the reader picture the time period in their heads. Things are better explained in written in a fantasy novel. Description is needed.
What’s to come next in the Rise series? What sort of things do readers have to look forward to? Without giving us any spoilers, of course. 😉
Well, with each book we go further into time. The next book will be set in present time. The next book will enhance the romance between two characters as well as tear many apart. However, Book 2: Rise of the Blood Wars is going to be different. All the same characters plus adding a new few ones, it will be “bloody.” 😉
Who is your favorite character in Rise of the Blood Lust and why?
This is easy to answer: Jane. Coming from a bad childhood of an abusive father (not that my father was abusive because he would NEVER lay a hand on me) and wanting to go to college to get away from him only to have them both slaughtered. She so young and has her whole life literally ahead of her. She gets thrown into this life and she uses it to fight for humanity. She doesn’t think twice. She’s such a strong character and hands down my favorite.
After the Rise series, do you think you’ll go back to contemporary fiction or stick with fantasy? Maybe write a little bit of both?
Honestly, I plan to dabble in a lot of different genres. I have a half written mystery novel, crime novel and many others. I write whatever comes to mind and which one i have the most passion for at the time. I can say that i have a series that will be about werewolves and witches. Let’s just say, writing in the fantasy genre has really opened my eyes to so many things that I didn’t even think about writing before.
Are there any other mythical creatures you might want to write about in the future if you keep working with fantasy?
Well, I think I answered that in the previous question but yes. I plan to construct a series on Witches and Werewolves. I also plan on doing some novellas from the characters within the Rise Series.
How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
Honestly, I have about twenty half written manuscripts across many genres. As I feel passion for each project I work on that specific one. It’s better when you are in all the way when writing a book. If you aren’t passionate about the book, how can the readers be?
Out of the four books you have published, which do you value the most?
Bound by the Heart. I wrote this book because I wanted to write something that would empower women. This book does deal with physical and emotional abuse. (TRIGGER WARNING) Abuse in any form is heinous but cases are growing each day as far as Domestic Abuse. I just wanted a book that dealt with that. I knew that I wouldn’t sell many copies of this book because of the content but I wrote it for me.
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
Honestly, when I published my first book, I did. After I published my second book, I learned not to read them. I still want people to leave reviews, of course, this is how other readers determine whether they want to buy the book but I don’t write to make a buttload of money. I write so that I can share my imagination with everyone or anyone who will read my books. Do I think my books are absolutely out of this world? Well the right answer would be yes, but all books aren’t right for every person. What I like to read may not be what you like to read? Therefore, I take reviews with a grain of salt. I do love getting emails from readers or when they sign up for my newsletter to get word on my next release. It inspires me to keep on writing because someone wants to read more.
Curious about Rise of the Blood Lust? Here’s a preview of Chapter 1, read by the author herself!
My website: www.ashleygoss.com