Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The Zen Lounge by A.C. Melody: Interview with Excerpt


Welcome!  Thanks for visiting and allowing me to ask you a few questions.  How do you describe your writing style?

I never considered what my style might be before I was published.  I'm sure there's a list of style types out there somewhere, but I've never researched it.  My stories unfold in my mind as if I'm watching a play or a movie, so that's how I write them.  I include every detail, especially the way characters react to things, their facial expressions, their nuances, how things affect them emotionally.  I don't write screenplays, but I've been told that my books read like movies, so I guess that's the best way to describe my style. 

What is the hardest part of writing your books?

The first thing that comes to mind is the word count limit.  If there were no restraints, every single one of my books would be over 400 pages long.  I have the hardest time keeping them under that 100,000 word cap.  And that ties into the second and most challenging aspect of writing; details.  I have the hardest time describing things in fewer words.  Which, probably means it's my vocabulary that needs more work, but I find keeping details short and sweet extremely difficult.

What was your first sale as an author?

The Zen Lounge was the first manuscript I ever signed a contract for, if that's what you mean.  I thought about starting with magazines, but I'm horrible at writing short stories.  As far as who purchased the first copy of my book, I never thought I'd know the answer to that, but surprisingly I do:

It was scheduled to be released November 1st, so there I was, Halloween night, sitting on my friend's front porch handing out candy and avoiding Stephen King's “It” on the TV (I hate clowns!). I just thought I'd check to see if my book had released before midnight here on the West Coast, since my publisher is on the East Coast and it had!  I was so excited that I started texting everyone I knew and one of my dearest friends bought it right away.  She was like, “Bam, bought it! It's still October 31st and I bought it! I win!”  

Do you have critique partners or beta readers?

Not officially.  I have a very blunt family, though.  They've always been my beta readers, because I can count on them to be straight with me if they don't like things, or feel things should be different.  I've thought about finding outside beta readers, but the idea of trusting my books with strangers is a little frightening.

If you were to write a series of novels, what would it be about?

I actually have three series in the works.  The oldest, I started when I was about 17 years old and is a Sword & Sorcery style fantasy that is constantly evolving.  I'm currently working on the first book of a supernatural erotica series that has Wolves, Succubi, Elementals, Shapeshifters, Gypsies, Gods and other unusual creatures, set in present times and places.  The third series is also a supernatural erotica, but it switches back and forth between real places and another dimension, present-day and historical moments. It's my personal twist on history's legendary figures, our favorite stories, fairytales and some religious elements, like angels and demons.  It will also be a lot darker than my normal works, so I'm not sure how my publisher will feel about it.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Like most kids, I changed my mind a lot.  The most memorable ideas were a fashion designer, a super model and an archaeologist. 

What are your favorite TV shows?

It's funny, because I don't watch TV, yet I have so many shows that I like!  I blame my DVR and Netflix.  I can watch shows whenever I want to, which isn't very often, so some of them have already been canceled.  My favorites are: Dr. Who (I haven't seen any new episodes yet, I want Matt Smith back), The Mentalist, The Originals, Vampire Diaries, Once Upon a Time, Game of Thrones, Spartacus, Banshee, Arrow, Reign, Supernatural, White Collar, Hart of Dixie, Sons of Anarchy, Warehouse 13, Haven, The Finder, and I'll watch any documentary that interests me, usually pertaining to ancient civilizations, cultures, etc.

What songs are most played on your Ipod?

It just depends on what mood I'm in, I have an eclectic library.  My current top 20 list is:

Locked Out of Heaven: Bruno Mars
Cool Kids: Echosmith
Monster: Eminem ft. Rihanna
Animal: Maroon 5
Take You Away: Breaking Benjamin
Mouth: Bush
Major Tom (live): Shiny Toy Guns
Give Me Love: Ed Sheeran
Contagious: Trapt
Fully Alive: Flyleaf
Buried Alive: Avenged Sevenfold
I Thought I could Fly: Jason Walker
Panic Switch: Silversun Pickups
Dark Horse: Katy Perry
Children of The Sun: Tinie Tempah ft. John Martin
Adrenalize: In This Moment
Nothing Left to Say: Imagine Dragons
Duck and Run: 3 Doors Down
This Love (Will Be Your Downfall) (live): Ellie Goulding

Hurricane: Thirty Seconds to Mars

The Zen Lounge
by A.C. Melody


Welcome to the Zen Lounge, twenty-one floors of customizable carnal pleasures to fulfill your wildest fantasies. Even in the year 2192, it shouldn't exist but Voryk Kade simply couldn't ignore the urge to take a closer look. What he finds is a woman bent on ruining everything he'd ever believed to be true. She holds the key to all of Voryk's darkest, neediest desires and despite her silence, provides the proof behind his belief that there is something far seedier going on under the high-end gloss of professional eroticism.

Enlisting the help of his closest friends, Voryk's only goal is to keep Nexlana safe, naked and his. Unfortunately, she was already someone's favorite pet and when Master comes calling, it’s with a vengeance and the intent of never letting her slip away again. Haunted pasts continue to resurface, only Nexlana's might be far deadlier than any of them could have guessed—connections between her, arson, an assassination and a cold case no one ever wanted to delve into again. To stop the worst case scenario from taking place, they must finally figure out just who in the hell the Master really is.  

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Wrapping her arms around his neck, Nex just held onto him for a moment.  When she pulled back, she kissed him softly, if not a little seductively, before smiling and settling back in her seat.
“Yeah,” Voryk exhaled, his blood humming with the passion that never went dormant between them.  “Then there's that.  You couldn't possibly ever make me get tired of that.”
Laughing, Nex just smiled knowingly at him.
“In fact,” he grinned, as he started the car forward again.  “It might help you learn faster if for every question and answer, we celebrate by having sex.”
Nex laughed again.  “You think so?” She asked, giving him another seductive look.
“Mm, you keep doing that, love, we're not going to make it down this road much further,” Voryk swore sincerely.
“What does belle amore mean?” Nex asked, instead.
“Is that a question because you want to have sex, or do you really want to know?” He inquired.
“I really want to know,” she laughed.  “It sounds so pretty.”
“It should,” Voryk smiled over at her.  “It means beautiful love, cara mia.”
“Cara mia?”
“My dear,” Voryk answered with a wolfish grin.  “That's two you owe me now.”

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

A.C. Melody lives in Washington State, is the proud mom of two amazing sons – okay, so they're typical boys and always keep her on her toes!  Stemming from a family of artists and musicians, she thrives in all things creative and would call a day without her MP3 player and coffee a day of reckoning.  When she's not writing, reading, drawing or cheering on the sidelines at football games, A.C. Also enjoys gardening, which has honed her ability to dodge raindrops into an enviable skill.

Twitter: @AuthorACMelody              

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  1. Thank you for having me as your guest today, Laurie!

  2. I have enjoyed learning about the book. Thanks for sharing it.