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"anita blake vampire hunter" Discussed on Genre Junkies | Book Reviews
"Weirdo bookworm unite we want to share our love of genre fiction with you. Some readers out there may look down on you for your love of horror, sci fi and fantasy, but not us. So stop by as we discuss what we've been reading. I under Junkies Sandra this is Scott stitches over there and we are ready to talk to you tonight about a very exciting author interview we had. We got to talk to Laurel K Hamilton which is pretty big deal. Big Deal it is a big deal. I was excited Sandra was very, very excited and. This was my first time reading one of her novels, and so I'm excited to talk about my experience with that as the first time reader. So we'll talk a little bit and then we've got our interview with Laurel. It is spoiler free, and then we'll come back and do the spoiler section Kinda same as always hope everybody's been doing as well as possible during this absolutely insane time to be a high. Had Our. We had our first Cova. Scare I guess you'd say an air quotes. Yeah. Like a work related possible contamination Sich situtation not not too bad for either of us. But of course, we took our tests passed with flying colors but at least now we've had that experience. Yes you've had that experience. So if you think you have to do it, get it done your honor junkies have they lived to tell the tale don't be scared Jonah Junkie So something else that was like really really exciting three. Sorry. I just want WanNa. Talk a little bit. John Related is we finally fine the Lee was true detective season one? Yeah, we did and. That was a huge deal for me. That was a huge deal so I will say. This the first couple episodes. It took me a while to really get into it and really like like the characters. But after after the whole season was done, I was very happy with it Sandra. I'm completely obsessed with it. I can't wait to watch the other T. seasons. It was one of those things like I described season one is like I feel like somebody made it for me somebody crafted it for me and like molded it and like shaped it and made it all Mason and pretty like clay and they fire baked in the oven and a glazed it and they're. Like here you go here I, made you this made you the season of television just for you and absolutely adored it. Of course, no spoilers for those who haven't seen it. All three seasons are anthology but this one has to do with a lot of stuff that ticks myi boxes of things that I like and it is kind of a procedural though be all tradition untraditional one. Just like the book we reviewed this week. Procedural, however nontraditional. So a little bit of background on our book. This week I think that most readers are going to at least be familiar with Laurel K Hamilton is she's responsible for two series of books the Anita Blake Vampire Hunters series and the Merry Gentry This is obviously in outing in the Anita Blake vampire hunter novel so this newest book is called Sucker Punch. So this was first of all book is frigging gorgeous like if you get a chance to eat some really pretty cover oh my gosh, it's got like you know kind Of like our our leopard on the front and it's lots of blues and blacks in a big gorgeous like aquamarine Gold I. There's like a blood drippy thing and like when you shift the cover to and fro, you get like Shiny Shiny bits I can't I don't know it's gorgeous. Super pleased in its when you open it up to when you open up, it's a beautiful hundred green and black with like blood red on the spine. It's definitely a departure of from the the covers that I am familiar with seeing for the series Oh. Yes. So I I could look up exactly what it was but a number of years ago the book switched covers from kind of like what a lot of us knew to these much more. Beautiful. Dare I say serious covers. I. Don't want to say that in the sound insulting but. We're there more artistic and not just here is a book cover. That kind of vaguely represents the story inside. There's definitely an artistic style when it comes to the covers of books when it comes to you John Re related books particularly fi supernatural were you know where you have like the hero or heroine on the cover and? That kind of art you all know what we're talking about and this new trend towards kind of a more more subtle cover while still being just beautiful. I'm a big Fan of Oh. Yeah. No at least covers have been great for years and years. So this was no exception it's such a treat. So let me tell you a little bit about, Anita Blake, the series, my my history with it, and then we'll talk about the book more specifically. So Anita Blake Vampire Hunter is a series of novels and some short novels also comic books of which I have quite a few of. Those that way. That mislocate Hamilton has been writing since hundred ninety three when guilty pleasures came out. So this is an urban fantasy series in that it is contemporary it is basically our world. Only there are supernatural things. Everybody is aware of them but other than that, there's a lot of things that makes it exactly like the world we live in there is the character of Anita Blake who starts out the series as basically known as the executioner known as war. She executes Vampires and Super Naturals. She raises the dead as an animator where she raises zombies. And that goes into a whole whole bunch of stuff. She gets into some romantic entanglements with supernatural characters in that grows leaps and bounds throughout the series Her love life is very fascinating and prolific and vary entertaining. And you need a flow chart, these are. In case, you couldn't tell these are one of those books where adults can into adult situation kids how just know that? A lot of the books we read our like that we don't usually give a warning for that, but you know just saying. So my history with the books. History. With the books is I started reading them not in one, thousand, nine, hundred, eighty, three of a little young. But I started reading when I was a teenager let's say about fifteen to be safe and my friends read them and I read them and I really enjoyed them and I continue to read them and continued to stay at least somewhat involved in the series as best as I possibly. Could like I said I love the comic book run when that was coming out and I got some of those, these books were very, very key part of my teen and early adults and into my adult reading it's when you've been reading character Carrick Durr's but especially one character for this lawn you get very, very involved emotionally it just becomes a big part of.
"anita blake vampire hunter" Discussed on The Worldshapers
"That's an interesting background for a science fiction fantasy writer as that fed into into your work. You're going forward and a law degree to at least with a law degree. You certainly use a lot of words being a lawyer. I have my nieces lawyer. So and she started as an English major so has all contributed to writing. Do you think you know as we'll get to travel. Lightning there is a lot actually really Cool stuff in trail of lightning. So that definitely did I talk about checkerboard lands and things like that and that is all real You know I think. The Religious Studies Theology degree. Probably feed into my world building more than I realized and probably Affect what it is that I like to talk about. You know like I like to talk about Sort of the gods in Sort of spiritual or spirituality and things things like that and religion and those are my interests. So I'm sure they feed into my work probably more than I realized. I think someone on twitter twitter wants that was like once she found out I had gotten those degrees she was like. Oh that makes so much more sense. Now what does that mean. She did tell because he's like I don't like to critique people based on who they are with a story to stand on its own but she felt that that gave her some sort of insight so I guess so and then when you residual lawyer for ten years but we're longer there did you start trying to get published in. How did that happen? How did you break in the question so I was A practicing attorney with small child And that was just and I think at the time. Actually I was in private practice. I later started to work for the government and that's a better gig but The Hours were insane. You know I had a small child and so I actually not written for quite a while but just sort of keep myself sane and to give myself something that I just love to do a Saudi Brian again. And then I found out about Nanno. Rhino Saimaa Raimondo story. A lot of ways I joined the local all know why my group here who would meet twice a week and just right you know we would just sit at the coffee shop right and I loved it and it gave me a schedule and it kept me sort of pushing forward And then after Manorama was over there were three or four folks in the group that wanted to keep meeting. Wine was a romance author. She'd been J. like seven books One was more of an academic writer and one was a self published Writer and I was like sure you know. Let me join in your group Even though I had done nothing they let me neither group and they became i. I sort of writing group my first critique group and I wrote the book With a you know long where you know that group and when I was done they were like you know you should try to get this published. I was like really you think I don't know I just wrote this flood. And they're like no no no. It's good you should try to get it published. How Senate at out the slash rush Yeah I know I knew nothing about publishing. I knew I had done some research on agents And I knew which agents you you know I was sort of interested in and I sent it out and it got picked up so there was no sort of magic to. It'd I just did it the old fashioned way so the novel came first before you sold any short fiction. The novel came. I I throw that in two thousand sixteen Like August two thousand sixteen and then In two thousand seventeen Apex magazine put out a call for indigenous fantasists indigenous science fiction fantasy. And I thought oh I should try to get into that. I should write a short piece. Said get it published and maybe that will help get my name out because the book it takes a year and a half slur book to come out and you know the trail of lighting wasn't gonNA come out until two thousand eighteen. I should I should try to get short story published And you know I thought thought maybe ten fifteen people would read it. I thought it would just be cool. And that got picked up and that went rather well so yeah actually came after the book. That's a little different for most riders. Experience you have enough ago I start selling fictions wanted to mention it Okay well let's We'll we'll talk about trail of lightning at well. I guess the whole series but that's that that was the first book as I said to you. I somehow managed to schedule a whole bunch of interviews almost on top of each other so I haven't been able to read everybody's books to the end as much as I would like but I I have read a considerable portion of it so I know something about it. But we'll I'll let you Give A synopsis of trail of lightning and the setup for the whole series without spoiling anything for people who haven't finished the book like me Yeah So trail of lightning takes place in sort of a near future. Ah after a climate apocalypse where sort of all the world has sort of gone to hell Except for the South West of of the Americas basically And specifically the book takes place on the Navajo Nation which is now the NATO risen and has become sort of a power player in the region along with some other Places like new Denver and the Mormon Kingdom and we follow A woman almond air who is a monster slayer because with sort of climate apocalypse all the Gods and heroes and monsters traditional Navajo stories have risen up and now walked the land like Coyote and other folks. You might not be familiar with but you will be when she read the book And it is her job to sort of hey survive and be fight the with the help of her sidekick who is a very unconventional medicine man. Okay and it's It is a very interesting wresting setup and an interesting character as well so how did the idea for comer I. That's that's another cliche. Where do you get your ideas? What was the seed for this book as you're working working with his Writing Group and this was what she worked on a Nano Raimondo. Was it or was this. This is what I worked on for. Manorama oh okay. So how did the idea come about. Yeah so I'm a huge urban fantasy fan You know I always say that. I sort of drifted away from fantasy from all that wheel of time and stuff like that for a long time particularly through college Because really speak to me anymore. I didn't feel like I saw myself. Salfan in all those questing farmboys and everything and it just sorta got a little little dull for me So I set aside fantasy for awhile but then the One day I was an airport somewhere are just looking for a random book and I came across Actually a Laurel K Hamilton. And if you don't know her she writes the Anita Blake Vampire hunters city and I picked up the book and this is one earlier book in in a series of the the later books. Get a little not to my taste. But the early books are great. Picked it up Not knowing what it was about or who she was and I read back and it was something like we'll Anita Blake. Choose between her vampire lover or her. We're Wolf Lover and I was like I don't know bovine I'm about to find out I'm amazed eighty. Let you write that and like it was all the shelf right at the at the airport and I could just pick it up So I did. And that's how I sorta discovered urban fantasy and from there I went on to all sorts of other authors like alona Andrews and folks like that and just sort of fell over this genre of these like strong women who are at the center of the story kind of like kick ass and take on the supernatural but at the same time. Have these sort of complicated lives. I thought that was a Lotta Fun and so that was really my inspiration John for trail of lightning. I wanted to write an urban fantasy but I wanted to write it In an indigenous setting with an indigenous Pantheon Pantheon essentially coming from traditional stories or miss And then I wanted All the characters and the places and all of that to be indigenous agenices well. Because what you do you have a lot of urban fantasy or not a lot but there are a few is. You often have a character. That's half native but they don't. They're not particularly native in. You know the way. They their worldview or the way to the story plays out. That's just gonNA flavoring I guess and also The only way that they're Nader's that they're shaped shifter's and I was like well. We're not going to do that. I wanted it to be something that felt real to me as an indigenous woman I wanted it to be the people in the play X.'s. And the things that I knew and that I had experienced But you know fantasy so that the story came from and also coming urban fantasy a lot of that you know it's like if you have that character there in some big city somewhere and that's just just something in their past but this is actually set is not really urban city right. Yeah this is okay. It's fantasy So how did you go about Well actually before I get to that question. Is that sort of where all of your story ideas have come from or you've written short stories. Now you're writing star wars too so you know in Edward General Sense. How do story ideas come to you? Gosh you know I think for a writer. Part of our job is to just be observant and So it can come story. Ideas can come from anywhere they can come from the news. They can come from overheard conversation They can come from a bookie read. That's bad you WanNa do it better I actually I asked. The influence question wants to like John. Scott I was on a panel moderating trading Mike. Tom's Kalsi and a bunch of other folks And I asked what are your ideas. Come from me all grown do you know about it. Did they got talkie They realized that everyone of them had written at least one book because they had read another book that they got it wrong. So I'm right my book as a correction and I was like so Yeah I think they can come from anything. Often songs songs are very influential will often find a song that really captures a mood or spirit that I want to convey. I'll try to turn that into two words well on the reacting to other works. It's often said that science fiction fantasy are John veteran conversation with themselves. Because we're all reacting acting to what we've read in the past and what we're reading now what other people are doing things we like and things we don't like so I don. I can't think of one that I've written specifically the right. I was trying to do. Somebody's ladies you know to my version. Something I didn't like but I'm sure I'm sure that figures into it somewhere. Yeah even if it's subconscious. I think we're always SORTA Boorda reacting like you said like. Oh you know I see it done this way. Let me do it this way you know. So what does your planning process. Look like Your Synopsis Sizing Outlining however it works for you to do a detailed outline do you Kind of just wing it and upset look for you. We'll tell it really depends on the book. I I think the first book Because I was just writing for myself and I didn't really know what I was doing. Quite frankly There was no outline that was much more pants or kind of book and I think you can.
"anita blake vampire hunter" Discussed on KMOX News Radio 1120
"It's. Not just looking forward, to it It's. Almost air now that is past midnight you. Know what today, is it is Friday, it is Friday. Welcome, back overnight America our heels good now. This interview, is a little bit different I'll admit. We welcomed in a Saint Louis native someone, that lives here is a accomplished author and I wanted. To get to know more about her I recorded a little bit earlier today in the. Studio for the next couple of segments we're gonna have some fun learning about a author that is, on the New York Times bestseller. List which is really cool in studio we had, a, chance to, sit down with author laurel, k Hamilton you, may recognize your name maybe you. Don't but she is an accomplished, author she writes in the, science, fiction genre in the wildly popular Anita Blake vampire, hunter. Series has reached book number twenty. Six she lives here in Saint. Louis she's on the New York Times. Bestseller lists multiple times through a series I thought it'd be. Fun to welcome her onto overnight America and, when we sat down in, the studio I just started hitting the Record, button to talk to her, and we were, talking about how after publicists called. Her deliver know that she's again, on the New York Times, bestseller, lists they sent her and edible arrangement what was, your. Favorite fruit out of that edible. Book I made the mistake of. Putting angel food cake next to the. Edible bouquet she went straight for the cake my cats no. Full she she says skip the healthy stuff, we're going straight for cake And, so I'm trying to. Film this and laughing my Going. No I can't I can't curse now. You cannot, okay you don't wanna get anyone in. Trouble you know I will not get anyone in trouble But but yes I, was? Laughing uproariously because she was eating the cake and I had to go save. The cake laurel k Hamilton you're well rated? On good reads? Here, right close. To that five star, out of five star people really like your work do you do pay attention. To those websites the. Review sites well. Thank you everyone on good reads who voted me up and who give me yo almost a five. Star rating I really appreciate that I actually don't I know other writers that haunt the sites and they'll they'll go and check it every little bit but I find. It distracts me from being able to write. If, if I live and die by my star rating or my reviews that messes with my creative process so I have to be careful. About it yeah my wife when. She looks for a new book or she's part of a book club and. They always recommend books to each other first thing she does good rates, she goes to the website click and. See, if there's. Good ratings on it. Reads the. Summary. Of it in if it sounds like. Something she'd, like that's how she makes her decision It's becoming more and more. Important the online stuff I mean once upon a time back in the, day you'd go into a bookstore There was no other way you had to actually go to a. Library or bookstore now I know? More, people like I. Would say eighty to ninety percent? Of. People. They choose for their online? Reviews you live here in. Saint Louis yes I do grant, you didn't grow. Up here, though no no so what brought you here, my my ex husband's job Uh-huh We We had college sweethearts, married moved to, California both knew we were mid western kids and didn't want to stay out there CalPERS last place to, visit but I just couldn't imagine living. There, yeah and so his job with a computer science and it was much more marketable than the fact that I had a undergrad degree in English lit and in English and in, biology the biology people when I went out for job, interviews they all wanted to know when I was going to get my masters and I met people with masters degrees getting five dollars an hour feeding seals at sea. SeaWorld so and and interestingly, enough I ended up working in corporate America and as an art, editor I can't. Draw when did you write your first? Book was it during that time or was? That, actually I had been writing since I was about. Twelve, yeah I finished by straight fourteen. Cool And I started trying to send stores out for, publication at seventeen. Yeah so I mean I took it? Very very seriously and started collecting my rejection? Slips, and thanks to an article that Ray Bradbury wrote. In, either the writer are the writer The writer magazine He said pick a small room in your house and wallpaper with. Your rejection slips and when, it's completely wallpaper you'll have written the crap out and you will have. The good stuff you'll do down to the. Gold of yourself. As a writer my grandmother would not let me, pay the bathroom but that made me look at rejection letters and stuff is just part of the process, and that you're you're. Earning your chops so it really helped me not take. Take that personally then college kind. Of derail me nothing like trying to get a degree in writing to dig really writing were with, Saint, Louis author, laurel k Hamilton congrats to her making it up to number three on the New York Times bestseller list number four on the USA today chart in a new book out, serpentine number twenty six. In the Anita Blake. Vampire hunter series everyone has that, like those movies they all have that montage scene where they're training and get it like rocky punch that big piece of meat before he can get in the. Ring with, someone you know you gotta Train yourself to get the point for the big fight and that's. What you're, doing well The head of the writing. Program at my small Christian. College It was the one closest to my home so I could take care of? My, grandmother. Still go to college is at the Indiana Wesleyan yes yes I did enter the. Writing program, with a vampire story. And a Kasulu esque story so I I was very honest, but what I wanted to right and two years in she the head of the program kicked. Me out for being a corrupting influence on the other riders And what. It, was, she, decided she could cure me of wanting to write genre and she could cure. Everybody else and I refused to bend and half the class was writing John rea- wow different, kinds it. Sounds like we have a real dirty dancing situation but with writing instead of music yeah it was very much that and she she did very good job, of, discouraging me and took two years for me to write again oh but oh she. Sliced me dice means certain. Male toast so that didn't really, motivate you sometimes people get that sort of like the rejection letters that didn't motivate you as in understood push harder. She spent two hours telling me that I was a, terrible writer and two hours telling me I just trying to destroy. Means a writer and people? Say, well. Did you send her your books and everything that you've accomplished said you don't understand. She knew, I could write she. Was afraid I would right exactly what the kind of thing, I'm writing and she didn't want me to because that wasn't that wasn't good enough that was John was garbage she said, yeah yeah so two years after that before I would ride again and but thanks to her I got it biology. Degree too It. Was my, second, love. And when I when I kind of got got became persona, non grata at writing. Side of things I put my My eggs in that, basket but I had to write writing do and, so I wrote my first the beginning of my first novel while. I was in corporate America I'd get up at like dawn or before dawn I'd write for. Two hours two pages. Or two hours every day then I would, get dressed, and, go, to work. Because I was too tired of the day, that's how I wrote most of the first, half, of my, novel Saint Louis author laurel. K Hamilton she's been. A New York Times bestselling author multiple times through a series of the popular Anita Blake. Character a vampire hunter or. Latest one out is serpentine we're going to continue our conversation with her an overnight America coming up, next on kmox Kayla wax congratulates Joey vitality the newest member of a loose broadcast Joey congratulations.