Thanks for visiting today! I have the absolutely fabulous C.J. Ellisson here and all the great inside information about her newest release, Blood Legacy!
I hope you enjoy the author interview and feel free to leave a comment!!
Despite surviving silver poisoning, Vivian isn’t out of the fire yet. Rolando is still alive, as is his desire to eliminate all manipulator vampires like her. The streets of Buenos Aires prove to be a tricky hunting ground for Vivian and her husband Rafe, especially when a paranormal serial killer starts leaving bodies behind.
Overwhelmed amidst the city’s chaos, they seek help from Jon, Vivian’s werewolf servant and the couple’s right-hand man. As the deaths continue, a local alpha under scrutiny for the crimes threatens to blame Jon and reveal his master’s daytime location—if they don’t find the real culprit.
It’s a race for the trio to stop the killings, uncover the truth, and catch the vampire responsible for Vivian’s torture—before the supernatural locals pick up their proverbial pitchforks and stop them all, for good.
Hello CJ! I am so glad you are here on Booked & Loaded!
Thanks for having me here today, Annie!
Annie: Can you start off by telling us a little about yourself?
CJ: I’m 44, married, have two teenaged kids, and live in northern Virginia. We have three dogs who love to hike and camp with us. I love to read, cook, play games with my kids, and travel. I began writing six years ago and have never looked back.
Annie: Blood Legacy is the fifth book in your V V Inn series. Can you give us what is going to surprise us in this installment?
CJ: Spoilers? Most people hate when you reveal spoilers, me included! I’m one of those people who will shush you if you start talking about a new movie I’m dying to watch.
Hmm… let’s see. How about this – make sure you know what Asa and his brother Eric’s last name is. It will come into play on the last page of Blood Legacy. And if you haven’t recently re-read the older titles, you might miss it.
Annie: How many V V Inn books would you like to write?
CJ: I would like to keep writing this series and characters for many, many years to come. The current problem the trio faces will be resolved soon, and after that I’ve got at least two more additional full-length books I want to write and possibly three more novellas. The best part in writing multiple POVs in the series is I can always focus on one voice for a story in the future. Even though the first book, Vampire Vacation, is told only from Vivian’s point of view, the others are not, so she doesn’t became the main drive behind all the stories.
Annie: What is your favorite and least favorite characteristic in this series so far?
CJ: That’s a tough one. I love many aspects of this series, and have a hard time settling on something I would call my least favorite. I love the first person present tense perspective; it really draws me in as a reader, bringing the story to life. Least favorite would have to be the difficulty in plotting the stories out with multiple POVs. The Hunt and Big Game had six POVs. It was so difficult; I swore I’d never write so many again.
Annie: If you could gain one vampire trait what would you choose?
CJ: To never get sick. I think the all-powerful aspect was what drew me to write about vampires in the first place.
Annie: Conventions! We have run into each other at a few of these and you always seem to be having a good time and enjoy talking to everyone. How does it feel when someone has a “fan girl” moment when they meet you in person?
CJ: It was great seeing you at Fresh Fiction this past year, Annie! I love meeting readers—it’s the whole point in going to conventions. Honestly, I think the reader is more aware of their “fan moment” and how they are perceived than the authors are of their behavior. I don’t think I’ve ever had someone act over-the-top or crazy when they’ve met me. Excited, nervous, tongue-tied, shy, welcoming, boisterous – yes, I’ve seen all of those, and have been grateful for the chance to meet someone who’s enjoyed my work, but so far, nothing anyone has to be embarrassed about. I’m a pretty down to earth person and I hope I make people comfortable enough when they meet me that we can talk, like the real people we are.
Annie: What is your favorite winter activity?
CJ: Reading in my hot tub. It feels like you’re on vacation—decadent, privileged, and relaxing all at once. We’ve had hot tubs for over 13 years now, and I’ve loved every relaxing soak I’ve ever taken.
Annie: If you could compare yourself to any fictional character who would that be?
CJ: Interesting question! And damn, I don’t know how to answer it. I’m a middle-aged housewife who’s been battling severe health issues for the better part of the past seven years. I started writing to escape the reality that awaited me every morning when I woke up to tests, procedures, bi-weekly IVs, a medical port in my chest, forty five pills spaced out at five intervals per day, special diets and dietary restrictions—let’s face it, my life was kind of hellish for a long time. I can’t compare that to any fictional character I’ve ever read because I would never read a book that depressing!
Annie: Do you have a weird or strange talent? (I can pinch and pick up things with my toes!)
CJ: I can do the toe thing, too! Too funny. My nephews were always impressed by my grabby-toes. It manifested when I was pregnant and too big to bend over to get something I dropped.
Let’s see… what else can I do? My daughter and I were watching a vixen’s scream on Youtube yesterday. I scared and impressed my family with my ability to screech just like the fox. The two of us randomly “screamed” all evening to surprise and shock them. It was hysterical—and a little nerve-wracking by the end of the night!
Annie: If you were fighting zombies what would your weapon of choice be?
CJ: Shotgun, baby! Widest reach with one shot, and great stopping power.
About C.J. Ellisson:
C.J. Ellisson is the USA Today Bestselling author of the New York Times Bestselling book, Vanilla on Top, the bestselling V V Inn series, and several erotica shorts. She lives in northern Virginia with her husband, two children, three dogs, and a fluffy black cat who makes her sneeze.
Unlike most full-time authors, she’s also battling severe chronic illness. C.J. works daily to put her Lupus into remission and continues to fight numerous bacterial infections while her immune system slowly attacks her body. She turned to writing when she could no longer work outside the home and claims the escape of penning contemporary fantasy, erotica, and erotic romance has helped save her sanity.
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