We have a special guest today on the Midnight Society!
Author Kim Culpepper, who writes horror and urban fantasy stopped by to celebrate her newest release and to talk a little bit more about writing.
The Blood Talisman
by Kim Culpepper
Book Genre: Urban Fantasy
Book release date: 05/21/2014
The Blood Talisman book blurb:
Alex Jacobs gets bitten by a werewolf, and that’s only the beginning of his problems. When his wife is kidnapped and turned into someone he doesn’t recognize anymore, he not only struggles with letting her go but, also with saving her life.
Selene is a powerful witch that not only teaches Alex the ways of the wolf but, also teaches him about restraint and purpose. Her shy innocence quickly attracts him to her and he struggles with being torn between two women. Their feelings for each other are constantly put to the test as a battle for the blood talisman, the key to immortality, is fought for power to some and a way to live forever for others. It is quickly learned that immortality comes at a price to all of humanity.
Author Interview with Kim Culpepper
Hi Kim! Thanks so much for being a guest today. I’m so excited to have you and your novel The Blood Talisman. Let’s get started!
How long have you been writing? Have you always known you wanted to be an author?
I have been writing since the age of 12. I actually always wanted to do something creative. I am also starting out with an acting career and I used to model back when I was in my early twenties. I first knew I wanted to write after reading my first Stephen King novel, Pet Cemetary.
Are you currently working on a new project?
I have several pans in the fire, as always. I am working on a valentine collection with Greame Parker, my editor at Kensington Gore Publishing. We will hopefully have a release date of Valentine’s Day 2015. I am also outlining the second installment to The Blood Talisman series.
What book do you wish you could have written?
What an interesting question! I wish I could have written the Harry Potter series. I love wizards and the supernatural elements that are involved with that world. J.K. Rowling just invented this whole world that includes some of my favorite fantastical creatures.
What writing tips or advice do you have to offer others writers and authors?
I think the best writing advice I’ve received was from Marc Guggenheim. He tweeted me that I should write a lot and read a lot to ever make it into TV writing. I would say that in order to hone your craft, you need to practice to get good at anything including writing so write A LOT!
Do you have any writing habits/practices? Tea and music? Silence?
I have to have an empty room, some kick ass music, and coffee of course!
Who is your favorite book villain?
Jack Torrance. I love Stephen King. He writes characters so well and my favorite villain comes from him in the novel The Shining. Just normal guy gone crazy. I think the most normal people can sometime be the scariest of characters.
Which novel would you love to see made into a movie?
Well mine of course! Beyond that I am really looking forward to the remake of Stephen King’s The Stand. Loved the first one but I always thought it could be better. Loved the story and apocalyptic situations are big right now so I think it will do very well.
If your life had a theme song, what would it be?
It would be my favorite song which is Seether featuring Amy Lee and their song Broken. I’ve had a very rough life. Grew up poor in Mississippi and worked hard to get away from that. I’ve gone through many hardships down that road and my writing is a release for my past horrors.
What is something surprising about you that people don’t know?
I think this is always the hardest question for me because I am such an open book. Most people in my small hometown are surprised that I write horror. People in general I think would be surprised that I write, act, and model and still maintain a full time desk job with 2 kids. I am always busy and I’ve been asked how I do all of that and I always respond with I just don’t sleep.
Your novel has so many elements to it. What do you hope to have people take away from reading your novel?
I hope that people take away that no matter what happens in your life, don’t let it make you a bad person. Bad things can happen to good people and they can still be good people. I hope they take the morals behind the story and realize that life can be crap but it’s what you make of it that matters.
Thank you so much Kim for being here today and letting me interview you! Congratulations on your book release!
About Kim Culpepper
Kim Culpepper is a horror lover! She is the author of The Blood Talisman, several short stories, and also runs Dark Child Create, a company the designs custom book covers. Her work has been published in Sanitarium Magazine, The Opening Line Literary Zine, and more.
Kim is a native of Colombus, Mississippi where she lives with her wonderful husband, two beautiful kids, and two mischievous cats. Most of her writing is based in the south because she enjoys writing characters with accents and the South has plenty of people to inspire that.
Kim on Twitter: https://twitter.com/kculpepper1
Kim’s Blog: http://www.kjculpepper.net/
Kim on Goodreads:http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7957042.Kim_Culpepper
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