Today I have the honor of interviewing Alina Popescu author of (soon to be bestseller) of “THE EDGE OF HOPE”.
When tall, dark, and gorgeous shows up on your self-prescribed emotional recovery vacation, some would call it fate smiling down on you. If he also happens to be interested in your work and ready to make all the room you need in his life, it starts to sound too good to be true. Alexa skips the doubts and jumps right in, only to be thrown into the mysterious world of vampires.
The secrets of their origin and their very existence are far more important than her life to some of her new acquaintances. They are ancient, they are powerful, they have unlimited resources, and they are keen on controlling what the world knows of their kind. As Alexa discovers their complicated, blood feud bound world, she tries to better understand herself, heal old wounds and give love chance after chance. Will she survive the journey?
http://alina-popescu.com/badblood/ Out April 3rd 2014
Hello Alina and thank you for stopping by this spacious (virtual) office!
What can you tell us (me) about your early days of writing?
My early days… Well, I started writing when I was really young. The first novel I wrote was when I was 10 and I started working on it with this boy I was totally in love with. Older, cool, beautiful . After that attempt, I continued writing on my own, toying with essays, short stories, and novels.
Who have been your influences?
I think I took bits and pieces from everywhere. Romanian poets and writers, as well as all the bits of universal literature I could get my hands on. I read across genres from the beginning, although as a child I tended to favor Alexander Dumas, Karl May, and anything sci-fi. I tended to read what the boys were reading, and not what the girls were going crazy about.
Coming from Romania, do you think you have a different view of the vampiric legends than the mainstream?
I don’t know if my view is different… Maybe, in the sense that I’ve been referred to, more or less jokingly, as a Romanian vampire girl. I know there is no Dracula at Bran Castle. I know Vlad Tepes, crazy and sadistic as you may consider him, was not really a vampire. I also know vampire myths are not that widespread in Romania. We’re more partial to strigoi (which is zombie). I love vampire stories. Not the horror and gore types, the ones that explore humanity when you are a natural predator for the human species. My unique view might come from the fact that there is no catching on to the fact an MC is a vampire. To the humans that do find out about them, well, it’s a total surprise.
What has surprised you about the world of writing?
The world of writing is the home I’ve been looking for and didn’t know I was. The moment I decided to take myself seriously as a writer, author, however you choose to see it, I discovered new friends that mean the world to me. Writers, characters, readers, they have all embraced me. They’ve helped out, encouraged me, gave me advice… At times I am afraid I will wake up and it would be all gone and a part of my soul would be forever shattered. Being away from this world, ever inspiring and welcoming, would be my very personal version of the Apocalypse. Or hell….
Well, judging from how popular The Edge of Hope is BEFORE it’s even hit the bookstores – I don’t think you will have to worry about ever being away from that world! Looking very forward to reading that and the next in the series. Thank you Alina and best of luck in your future writing everything else!
Mark April 3rd 2014 on your calendars! The Edge of Hope ~ Bad Blood I unleashed!