Monday, November 25, 2013

Meet the #Author - Nina Croft


Please tell us a bit about yourself:

I’m actually English, but I now live on an almond farm in the mountains of southern Spain. I share the farm with my husband and a whole load of animals (four dogs, two cats, a horse, four chickens, two goats, and a three-legged Vietnamese pot-bellied pig called Piggles!) and I spend my time, reading, writing and picking the occasional almond.

I write across a number of genres, science fiction, paranormal, thrillers, contemporary, but usually with a big dose of romance.

Tell us about the Blood Hunter Series:

My Blood Hunter series follows the adventures, romantic and otherwise, of the crew of the space cruiser, El Cazador de la Sangre (or The Blood Hunter). The books are set in the future where man has fled to the stars and there discovered the secret of immortality. In book 1, Break Out, a mysterious woman employs the crew to break her brother out of a maximum-security prison. The results are rather different than anticipated.

The books in the series follow on from each other, but each one is a stand-alone romance.

What inspired you to write this particular story?:

I think it was watching Firefly for about the third time. I had the urge to write a space opera and I wanted pirates and aliens and spaceships. But I also wanted…vampires. And so my hero emerged. Rico, the hero of Break Out, is a fifteen hundred year old vampire who escaped the destruction of Earth and is now owner and pilot of El Cazador.

Please share a favourite snippet from your book:

Skylar stalked over to him. Rico swiveled in his chair and rose to his feet. “Hey, sweetheart—did you miss me?”
At the endearment, her fury rose again. She drew back her fist and punched him in the mouth.
“Ow,” she muttered, shaking her hand.
She glanced into Rico’s face and took a step back. A glint of ruby gleamed from behind his half-closed lashes. A drop of blood beaded on his lower lip. He licked it slowly with his tongue then rose to his feet to tower over her. His lips peeled back in a snarl to reveal razor sharp fangs.
The sight just made her madder. Those damn fangs had gotten her into this mess in the first place, and it was about time he learned to keep them to himself. Skylar’s hand went to the laser pistol at her hip, and his gaze dropped to follow the movement. Taking a deep calming breath, she kicked out with her booted foot. She connected with his thigh and swept his legs from under him so he crashed to the floor. Drawing the laser pistol in one fluid move, she stood over him, the pistol aimed at his heart.
He stared up at her for long moments before the tension oozed from his body. He reached up and stroked his finger over his mouth where her fist had connected.
“Hey, I promised to come back.”
“Did you plan that?” Her eyes narrowed on him, and her finger tightened on the trigger.
“That?”
“To get me intoxicated and…” She became aware of the rest of the crew listening avidly.
He looked at the gun and back at her face. “No, it was a spur of the moment thing, but you were hardly fighting me off. And that gun won’t stop me, but it will hurt, so I suggest you think twice before you piss me off any more than you have already.”


Which comes first for you – a character's looks, personality or name?:

Personality, then looks, then name. I often struggle with names.

Any tips for aspiring authors?:

Write the sort of things you love to read. It will be what keeps you going when things get tough—which they probably will.

Questions for fun:
If you had the power of time travel, is there anything you would go back and change? Why/why not?:

I’d love to time travel but probably not to change things. I think once you got started you might never stop… that sixth lottery number, telling your mother to go for a check-up, not getting out of bed on the morning you… So maybe it’s best not to start.

What super-power would you choose?:

Actually, time travel!

If you could have three wishes, what would they be?:

Health, happiness and world peace!

Coffee, tea or wine?:

Wine…no coffee…no wine…

What is your favourite book? (aside from one of your own!):

The Lord of the Rings or Dune or…

Favourite genre and why?:

Science fiction and fantasy, because absolutely anything can happen

Favourite colour?:

Yellow

Upcoming news and plans for the future?:

Book 3 in the Blood Hunter series, Death Defying, comes out in December this year and book 4, Temporal Shift, in January 2014.

Thank you so much for taking the time to talk to us!



Break Out – Blurb

The year is 3048, Earth is no longer habitable, and man has fled to the stars where they’ve discovered the secret of immortality—Meridian. Unfortunately, the radioactive mineral is exorbitantly expensive and only available to a select few. A new class comprised of the super rich and immortal soon evolves. The Collective, as they’re called, rule the universe.

Two-thousand-year-old Ricardo Sanchez, vampire and rogue pilot of the space cruiser, El Cazador, can’t resist two things: gorgeous women and impossible jobs. When beautiful Skylar Rossaria approaches him to break a prisoner out of the Collective’s maximum security prison on Trakis One, Rico jumps at the chance. Being hunted by the Collective has never been so dangerous–or so fun!

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Bio
Nina Croft grew up in the north of England. After training as an accountant, she spent four years working as a volunteer in Zambia, which left her with a love of the sun and a dislike of 9-5 work. She then spent a number of years mixing travel (whenever possible) with work (whenever necessary) but has now settled down to a life of writing and picking almonds on a remote farm in the mountains of southern Spain.
Nina writes all sorts of romance often mixing in elements of the paranormal and science fiction.

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