In celebration of the release of Pretty When She Kills, award winning author Rhiannon Frater is traveling the blogosphere talking about vampires, necromancers and all things horror. I've recently had a chance to read Pretty When She Kills and the first book in the series, Pretty When She Dies, and they're both really good. And it's not just because they're set in Austin either! I'll have reviews of both of those books later on today. You can see the entire list of tour stops on Rhiannon's blog.
As part of the tour, the Bookish Brunette is hosting a giveaway where you can enter to win vampire teeth necklaces, a paperback copy of Pretty When She Kills, and signed bookmarks. Also stick around until the end of this tour post to enter to win an e-copy of both books in the series so far.
Now please welcome fellow Austinite Rhiannon Frater to Working for the Mandroid.
What inspired you to first start writing?
I was born a storyteller. From the moment I could talk, I was trying to tell stories to anyone who would listen. When I learned to read and write, I automatically started writing. I finished my first book, which was a sci-fi fan fiction piece, when I was twelve. My mother was surprised with how good it actually was and encouraged me to continue. I have no idea where the inspiration came from. I think it was just always a part of my makeup.
Plus, my imagination is so vivid I have to do something with the stories that are born in my dreams and nightmares. PRETTY WHEN SHE DIES and PRETTY WHEN SHE KILLS were both born out of very intense nightmares.
Who have been your biggest writing influences? Why?
Bram Stoker, Charlotte Bronte, and Agatha Christie were probably my biggest influence when I was younger. Agatha Christie’s longevity and success as a female writer was very inspirational. Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre completely captivated me and drew me into that world. I wanted to write something that would have that much power over my own readers. Bram Stoker’s Dracula is probably the most beautiful book I’ve ever read. There were descriptions in the book that completely immersed me into the narrative and terrified me. I long and hope to capture a bit of the essence that helped all three of those authors create long-lasting and beloved works.
You've explored vampires in the Pretty When She Dies and Vampire Bride series and zombies in the As the World Dies series. What other supernatural creatures or tropes would you like to explore next?
I have plenty of monster stories banging around in my head. Some are traditional monsters; some are of my own making. I’ve written about vampires, zombies, werewolves, robots, mummies, necromancers, and ghosts in both my short stories and novels, so I’ve had a lot of fun with traditional monsters. It’s the non-traditional that have a hold on me at the moment. In the book I am writing now, Dead Spots, fear is the monster.
What is your ideal writing location and atmosphere? Include choice of snacks if necessary.
It depends on the book. It depends on the time of the year. I usually write at night in my office unless it’s too hot like in the summer. If I’m really struggling, I take my laptop to another room in the house, or head out to a coffee shop. If I’m having a lot of trouble concentrating, I put on music and lose myself in the world of my imagination.
As for snacks, I like diet coke and popcorn.
Do you have a particular routine to get you in the mindset of writing such great horror and urban fantasy stories?
I consider myself to be a horror writer, so I just open up the part of my imagination that scares me most and dive in. I like to push myself and the readers into scary territory. I want readers to be slightly uncomfortable, afraid, and not too sure what is going on. I also gleefully destroy tropes or turn clichés on their head. I think that is why I will never be able to really write a true Urban Fantasy novel or a Paranormal Romance. I want to go to the darker side and see what lurks there.
I think that is what made the PRETTY WHEN SHE DIES trilogy so fun for me. I take tropes from UF and PNR and break them apart in a horror setting. I’ve been really pleased with how much people have embraced the series even though I’ve done my best to write something outside the norm.
Faeries or Ghosts
To write about, I would prefer ghosts. They’re much more disturbing. But to share my house with? Definitely faeries. Unless they pinched my Betsey Johnson jewelry.
Thanks for visiting with us, Rhiannon! We'll have reviews up of Pretty When She Dies and Pretty When She Kills later this evening. In the meantime, enter to win an electronic copy of both Pretty When She Dies and Pretty When She Kills, courtesy of Rhiannon.
Rhiannon Frater is the award-winning author of the AS THE WORLD DIES zombie trilogy and the author of several other horror novels. She was born and raised a Texan and presently lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and furry children (a.k.a pets). She loves scary movies, sci-fi shows, playing video games, cooking, dying her hair weird colors, and shopping for Betsey Johnson purses and shoes.
You can find her online at:
Website: rhiannonfrater.com & astheworlddies.com
Email: rhiannonfrater at gmail.com
Amaliya wakes under the forest floor, disoriented, famished and confused. She digs out of the shallow grave and realizes she is hungry...
... in a new, horrific, unimaginable way...
Sating her great hunger, she discovers that she is now a vampire, the bloodthirsty creature of legend. She has no choice but to flee from her old life and travels across Texas. Her new hunger spurs her to leave a wake of death and blood behind her as she struggles with her new nature.
All the while, her creator is watching. He is ancient, he is powerful, and what's worse is that he's a necromancer. He has the power to force the dead to do his bidding. Amaliya realizes she is but a pawn in a twisted game, and her only hope for survival is to seek out one of her own kind.
But if Amaliya finds another vampire, will it mean her salvation... or her death?
Amaliya Vezorak never believed in happy endings…
When Amaliya harnessed her necromancer powers to defeat her greatest enemy, she believed she had finally found a happy ending with Cian, her lover and the master of Austin. That happiness is short-lived when the vampire ruling over San Antonio attempts a takeover of Austin in order to capture Amaliya and use her power for his own devices.
To make matters worse, Samantha, Cian’s ex-fiancée, is seeing ghosts, the untested vampire hunters of Austin are running scared as a supernatural war looms, a mysterious man is hunting Amaliya with the help of her one time lover, Pete, and Rachoń, the Summoner’s favorite progeny, appears to be out for revenge.
When Amaliya’s grandmother, a powerful medium, experiences terrible visions that reveal there is another necromancer vampire and she is crying out for help, Amaliya realizes happy endings do not come easily…