Interview with Rebecca Trogner...
I would like to thank Rebecca for stopping by to share The Last Keeper's Daughter with us today. I looks like the kind of novel that you sit down to read and find that you just can't put it down. Let's see what Rebecca has to say about Last Keeper's process and her writing process.
Cloey: When did you become interested in writing?
Rebecca: I started writing in my teens, just small stuff, nothing that I showed anyone, little snippets and scenes. It wasn’t until around five years ago that I really thought about writing a book. It seemed a daunting task at first. How was I ever going to write hundreds of pages? But once I got started it wasn’t as difficult as I thought, and I found that I loved to sit down and lose myself in the story.
Cloey: What inspired you to write The Last Keeper's Daughter?
Rebecca: I’ve always loved reading about vampires and I wanted to write a character, Krieger, who is ancient and unapologetic about being a vampire. So many of the books I read in this genre portray the vampire as being a tortured soul and I didn’t want that. I wanted Krieger to be at peace with himself and his place in the world. I wanted to explore the interaction between an ancient vampire and a young woman. I wanted to write a book that meshed all the genres I found interesting together. The Last Keeper’s Daughter has the paranormal, romance, mystery, and a tiny bit of horror.
Cloey: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Rebecca: I’d rather let the readers decide what the message is for them.
Cloey: Who was your favorite character and who was your least favorite character to develop and why?
Rebecca: My favorite character to write was Detective Dale Hunter, mainly because of his sense of humor. He’s a human who gets tossed into this unbelievable world and helps to solve the murders. It surprised me that I loved to write him as much as I did.
My least favorite character is Walter Ayres, the father of Lily. In the beginning of my story he gives his daughter to Krieger Barnes, a vampire king. While it turns out for the best, I still can’t imagine doing that, and the other things that are revealed in the story.
Cloey: What did you enjoy most about writing The Last Keeper's Daughter?
Rebecca: I enjoyed everything about writing this book, because it’s my first, because I can see everything so clearly in my mind, because it’s set in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and in an area of Virginia that is dear to me. I wanted it to be modern and gothic at the same time, and I think I achieved that.
Cloey: What were the challenges (research, literary, psychological, and logistical) in bringing the story to life?
Rebecca: Honestly, the main challenge was to push forward and not let myself become overwhelmed about writing a book. I researched about psychological trauma, Roman and Greek Gods, England, and some ancient languages, but I enjoy that so I didn’t see it as a challenge.
Cloey: What are you working on now?
Rebecca: I just finished the sequel to The Last Keeper’s Daughter. I wrote a romance/erotic novel (non-paranormal) that I’m shopping around right now. I have a free paranormal romance on my blog called Chains of Cronus that I add a chapter to each week.
Cloey: What do you like to read in your free time?
Rebecca: Everything! I just finished Gabriel’s Inferno and Gabriel’s Rapture by Sylvain Reynard, In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson, and The Passage by Justin Cronin. I love to read about history. Put a David McCullough novel in front of me and I’m happy.
Cloey: Share with us something about yourself that we wouldn't see in your bio or on any other blogs (this can be anything from the type of music you like, your favorite color, or even your favorite meal - share whatever you want your fans to know about you)
Rebecca: I love art and my favorite artist is Sir Frederic Leighton. Two paintings in particular, Flaming June and Cymon and Ipihigenia, were very helpful in getting me into the right frame of mind to write scenes with Krieger and Lily.
Cloey: Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing with us today, The Last keeper's Daughter looks like a very good read and I can't wait to read it.
Book 1 in The Last Keeper’s Daughter Series
Genre: Paranormal Romance Mystery
Publisher: Crescent Moon Press
Word Count: 86,360
Born into old money, Lily Ayres lives at Waverly, her family’s estate situated at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Paris, Virginia. She is a strange, small, almost mute, young woman who has no idea that her father has given her to the Vampire King Krieger. Walter Ayres is the King’s Keeper and part of a secret society of historians who unearth, preserve, and attempt to understand relics of long forgotten civilizations.
Lily has never felt comfortable in the human world, but after she suspiciously falls down a flight of stone steps, and is healed and claimed by Krieger, she realizes there is another world. In this Other Realm she feels a sense of belonging, and begins to untwine the mysterious event which left her mentally and psychologically damaged. When Walter disappears in England, Lily works with human and supernatural beings to uncover his whereabouts. With each new discovery, she is pulled deeper into the vortex of magic, intrigue, and dark desires that permeates the supernatural world. The revelations revealed unfold a story of deception and betrayal that threaten to tear the thin veil between the supernatural and human world asunder.
About the Author:
Rebecca Trogner lives in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, and frequently crosses the Blue Ridge Mountains that were the inspiration for Krieger’s home. She always dreamed of being a writer, but got sidetracked by the day-to-day adventures of life. With the encouragement of her family, she has finished her first novel and is currently writing the next book in The Last Keeper’s Daughter series. Rebecca lives with her husband and son, and a rescue dog named Giblet. To find out more about the author visit www.rebeccatrogner.com.
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