Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Kristie Cook in the Romancing Your Dark Side Author Spotlight

Cate: Please welcome Kristie Cook. Kristie, will you please share a short bio with us?
Kristie Cook is a lifelong writer in various genres, from marketing communications to fantasy fiction. Besides writing, she enjoys reading, cooking, traveling and riding on the back of a motorcycle. She has lived in ten states, but currently calls Southwest Florida home with her husband, three teenage sons, a beagle and a puggle. She can be found at

Cate: Tell us about Purpose and where it's available.
Lost in despair, Alexis teeters on the edge of an abyss, her lifeline of hope fraying into a thin thread. If it snaps, she’ll plunge into complete darkness. With the help of her son and her writing, she’s been able to hold on. Until now. Erratic impulses, disturbing delusions and her own demonic blood threaten her sanity. When she’s forced to choose between hanging onto hope or letting go to serve her Amadis purposes, she faces a decision with inconceivable sacrifices.
Alexis runs to the one place she thinks will provide answers, only to find herself at the center of another battle of good versus evil, not only with the Daemoni, not only within herself…but also against the worst opponent imaginable. But even if she wins, what will she lose?
Purpose is the second book in the Soul Savers Series that picks up 7 years after Promise, the first book, leaves off. Alexis must face personal and real-life demons as she tries to put her life back together, battling herself, the enemy and the worst opponent imaginable. In the process, she also discovers her purpose in life. 
It’s available at:
For Apple products through iTunes

Cate: Please tantalize us with a story blurb or excerpt.
For a short time every night, I allow myself to remember, if only in my subconscious. And then I know again what it feels like to have a whole soul. To feel loved. To be complete. To live in a world of beautiful color and light. To know that he lives. And so does the Real Alexis. Somewhere, we cling to each other, our souls still united. Somewhere, we live together in the light.
But then the sun rises and life goes dark again . . . .

Cate: Intriguing! Can you tell us why we're going to love your hero?
Kristie: Tristan is not your typical alpha male. He’s sure and confident and can handle any situation, but he’s not controlling, demanding or overly cocky (unless Alexis needs him to be, which sometimes she does). Her needs always come before his, although she doesn’t always realize that’s what he’s doing. He has some secrets and soft spots that we discover slowly as the series progresses that just make you want to hold him and tell him everything will be okay. Oh, and he’s gorgeous with a warrior’s hard body.

Cate: Sounds delectable. :) Tease us with one little thing about your fictional world that makes it different from others.
Kristie: The series takes place in our world with a whole faction of…er…people (if that’s what you can call them) that we don’t realize exist in our world. This faction includes vampires, were-creatures and mages, as well as two opposing armies created by the angels and the demons.

Cate: What's next for you?
Kristie: GENESIS: A Soul Savers Novella comes out in October. It’s a prequel to the main series. And DEVOTION, book 3 in the main series, comes out in February.

Cate: What inspired you to draft your first story?
Kristie: The very first story I can remember writing was a school assignment when I was 8 years old. I fell in love with writing then and grew up penning all kinds of stories – or, at least, their beginnings. I rarely finished any. The first one that actually became a real book (had a beginning, middle and end, in other words) was inspired by the desire to write for fun after a long hiatus and all the fantasy I’d been reading and watching on TV and in the movies.

Cate: Do you have a writing routine?
Kristie: I start by reorienting myself to the world by reviewing (and lightly editing) the previous day’s work. That usually gets me rolling, but sometimes I stopped the previous day because I was stuck and still am. When this happens, I turn on music appropriate to the story and play minesweeper. The game is mundane and pointless, but uses the left side of my brain, allowing the right side to work out the next scene. If that doesn’t work, I take a shower or a walk. My muse can also be bribed with chocolate. Once I get started, though, I just write until I no longer can (either because my eyes are closing, the kids are bleeding or I’m required under the threat of death to do something in real life). I don’t usually have a daily word or page quota unless I’m under a tight deadline and have to issue threats to myself.

Cate: Where can readers find you on the web?
Author's Website & Blog:

Cate: Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?
Kristie: I listed what makes me love my hero and why I think you’ll fall in love with him. But what makes you fall in love with a hero?
Cate: Great question! Thanks so much for being my guest, Kristie. Best of luck to you.


Cate Masters said...

Welcome Kristie! Love those beautiful covers. :)

Unknown said...

I love a hero that is really tough and arrogant but melts when he finds the right woman...I love sarcastic humor in my hero too. :) And he has to be sexxxxxxxy! LOL