Dear Readers: Author Kerri Nelson Interviews YOU (& Win a Book of Your Choice)

Today, I’d like to welcome author Kerri Nelson, who is one of the busiest writers I know! Kerri is offering a couple of cool prizes: a copy of her paranormal romance Vegan Moon (about vegetarian-turned-werewolf) or another of her titles AND the chance to be mentioned in her next book! In exchange, she wants to ask you a few questions. Just leave your answers in the comments….and I’ll be interested in hearing them too. If you’re a reader, answer as a reader. If you’re a writer, answer as a reader too. Because we’re all readers, right? Giveaway details are at the end. Welcome, Kerri!
Character Casting Call
By Kerri Nelson
Dear Readers,
     I have a problem.  I need help casting my next book.  Can you help me?
     Frankly, I’ve been an author for so long now (about 15 years to be exact) that sometimes it is easy for me to find myself distanced from what the READERS really want.
     So, today…I want to ask you…
     What genre are you craving? Are you really sick of vampires (because that’s what publishers are telling us)? Do you like a little mystery with your romance, or do cowboys still get you all stirred up?
What do you want your hero to do? Do you prefer a man in uniform?  A sexy nerd?  Or a man with mystical powers?
     What about your heroine? Should she be vulnerable? A tough as nails chick? Or out for revenge?
But what about the plot?
     In romance we are told that we must have a “happily ever after” or at least a “happy for now” ending.
What do you really want? Everything tied up in a nice neat package? An epilogue that takes you beyond the end of the story? Or an exciting cliffhanger that will bring you back for more?
     And while we are talking about coming back for more…
     What about series?  Do you love them?  Hate them?  Find yourself addicted to them and must purchase all the books in a series and read them in order (or is that just me)?
     Does the Point of View matter to you? Are you tired of first-person stories? Would you rather read a book in strictly the heroine’s mind (a la Stephanie Plum)? Or do you prefer to hear the thoughts of both the male and female lead and maybe even the villain, too?
     For those of you willing to help me cast my next story, you’ll be eligible for TWO prizes. First up, I’ll give one winner your choice of books from my backlist selected at random from everyone who comments.      
     Second, I’ll choose one idea given to me from your responses to any of the questions above and I’ll put it in my next book (and add you in the acknowledgments)!
     So, now is the time to be heard.  I’m listening.  Tell me what you want and I’ll write it!
Gratefully yours,
Kerri (your personal author)
ABOUT VEGAN MOON: When a vegetarian werewolf falls for a celebrity chef, will his appetite for her cause him to stray from his vegan ways? Santiago Salazar is a reformed werewolf living in sunny Beverly Hills, California. When he catches sight of celebrity chef Gabrielle Connor on television, he’s soon drooling in his tofu burger.After they meet at one of Gabbi’s book signings, Santiago is thrilled to discover that the attraction is mutual. The two hit it off in a major way but when the night takes a dark turn…Gabbi must decide if she can live with the new world that she’s discovered and Santiago must ultimately answer to the werewolf code of conduct. Take one hungry werewolf and mix with one lonely chef, stir in some hot sex and Vegan Moon delivers a tasty treat that will keep you coming back for more. Vegan Moon is available through Eternal Press or Amazon.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Kerri Nelson has always been passionate about reading books but when she wrote her first poem in the second grade, she discovered her love of writing.  After an education and career in the legal field, Kerri began to pen romantic suspense novels with a legal or law enforcement theme. When she’s not reading or writing, you’ll find her baking homemade goodies for her family, feeding her addiction to blogging online or designing custom book trailers.  Kerri is an active member of Romance Writers of America as well as numerous Chapters including Celtic Hearts Romance Writers, Outreach International Romance Writers and Futuristic Fantasy & Paranormal. Kerri is a multi-published author of romance in every genre from romantic suspense and paranormal to young adult and inspirational novels. Read more about Kerri’s books at her website. Want to play, learn and compete with other authors in the biz?  Visit Kerri’s industry blog or for the latest news and updates from Kerri, follow her on Twitter.
Help us out, readers! Answer some or all of the questions, and I’ll pick a winner at random tomorrow (Saturday) for one of Kerri’s ebooks AND a chance to be on the acknowledgment page of her next one–this is open internationally. I’m changing up the drill this time. Since we’re asking lots of questions, I’ll give you +1 entry for comment, +2 if you answer more than one of the questions, +1 for blog follow, +1 for Twitter follow @Suzanne_Johnson, and +1 for Tweet or Retweet. So SIX entries possible today!
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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban and paranormal fantasy and romantic suspense, currently living in Auburn, Alabama. Author of the Sentinels of New Orleans series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, and Belle Chasse (Nov 2016). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the upcoming Wilds of the Bayou series (Book 1, Wild Man's Curse) releases April 2016).

33 thoughts on “Dear Readers: Author Kerri Nelson Interviews YOU (& Win a Book of Your Choice)

  1. I’m sorry to say, but I am sick of Vamps. I know, stop throwing things at me. 🙂

    I love books that are character-driven in complicated plots, less characters more action. I also love when mythology and history are weaved into fiction. Take basic concepts and bring them to your story. Meaning don’t confuse the reader with a million different creatures, but find a few and make them work.

    I’ve always been amazed by Wall-E. Yes, the children’s movie. Any writer who can make me fall in love with a roach has true talent! LOL

    Hope this helps. 🙂

  2. I don’t mind reading about vampires as long as the author comes up with an interesting story.

    I like the combination of mystery and the supernatural and I’m not a big fan of happily ever endings. I prefer a series where the relationship between the characters has a chance to grow and develope over several books.

    But my main requirement for a book in any genre are characters that I can care about. I find that it’s very hard for me to read a story if I couldn’t care less about what’s happening to the characters.

  3. Love vampires….as long as they kick ass and mean it. No freakin whimps. Love series. Prefer a HEA. Like multiple POV characters if the book is long enough to need it. Don’t like heroines so tough they are ridiculous. Will not buy first person POV books unless they really grab me on page one. Story, character driven, but I still need a good plot or I will get bored no matter how good the characters are. Oh and not so many freakin made up words that I have to make a list to keep them straight.

    See, that’s not so much to ask for in a book. LOL

  4. Remember that cartoon movie, The Last Unicorn? About a unicorn who was turned human to avoid extinction? I’ve been finding that a neat concept lately — unicorns aren’t usually shape-shifters. Just taking a mythological creature and giving it a different twist for a story. Splash with Daryl Hannah was a good story, too. Can you tell I’m stuck in the 80’s?

    Love you Kerri and so inspired by your motivation!!

  5. Wow…you really want our answers? I’m impressed!
    1. I agree with Ciara, I’m sick of vamps unless someone puts an entirely new spin on them.
    2. I’m not fond of first person narrative. I don’t dislike it, but I prefer third person. I do like to experience the story through the minds of multiple characters.
    3. I don’t mind cliffhangers, although I know many readers hate them. I have to say an HEA would be my first choice, but I’ll settle for a happy for now. Occasionally an epilogue is appropriate – depends upon the story.
    4. A series is okay as long as each book can stand alone – too often I lose interest in an extended series. I prefer things in threes!
    Good luck with your next work!

  6. Suz~ Thanks for having me today at your amazing blog.

    I wanted to announce that I’m about to be even busier cause yesterday I signed THREE new contracts! Woot!

    So, I’m ready to start my next new book and I’m itching to please the readers.

    Looking forward to hearing from everyone today.

    xoxo,
    Kerri

  7. Ciara~

    Seriously, I appreciate the honesty. I’m a huge fan of the vampire genre but have never really written one. I’ve done werewolves, shapeshifters and a dragon but no vamps despite my love of them.

    I get what you mean about great writing but a roach love story would be difficult for me. I live in the hot south and crush them on a near daily basis. I scream at them “Die Die Die”! LOL

    Thanks for the comment.

  8. I’m a vamp writer, so I can honestly say that I’m not over vamps, but….I would like to see more unknown legends discovered. I like archeologist type heroes. Studious and dark with bossy heroines. hmmmmm….I’m thinking of my own, may not want to share. lol. Point is, find a legend, bizarre as it may be and find a way to wrap it in the paranormal world. I love those.

  9. Sandy~

    I hear ya. So, it sounds like you really prefer a character driven story versus a plot driven story. I find myself falling in love with characters too.

    If I can’t relate to the character…I just can’t keep on reading.

    Appreciate the input.

  10. Nickie~

    Awesome run down. Sounds like you know exactly what you want/like!

    Interesting on the first person POV. I actually thought about doing this on my next book. Hmmm…

    I love your comment about made up words. LOL

    Thanks much!

  11. Nicole~

    Too funny that you mention unicorns. I actually make reference to them in my recent novella “Holly’s Clause” in the Twas A Dark & Delicious Christmas Anthology.

    I have the demon refer to them as “righteous bastards”. LOL

    Love you too, girlfriend. Thanks for stopping by. xoxo

  12. Julia~

    You bet I want to hear all about it. If we don’t write what the readers want–who will buy it?

    Wow, another non-fan of 1st person. I’m seriously reconsidering my new idea.

    Wonder what a fresh take on vamps would be? I can’t even imagine there being one at this point, ya know?

    Thanks for the well wishes & your comments are most helpful!

  13. Wow..lots of questions =) I will say this about “am I tired of vampires?” NO! I change up my books so I’ll never get tired of them. I’ll read maybe 2 vampire stories in a row and then I’ll change it to Fay or something. I do stick to paranormal mostly. I do tend to tire on first person but I still will read the book =) When a story has a lot of good characters, I like the view to switch back and forth and get in each of the characters. I’m definitely an Alpha girl…not so much into the weaklings and I love series. I will find out if the book is even part of a series before I dive into it so I’m sure I’m starting with the first book. I usually read some stand alone books in between a series but I like to read a series all together without breaking it up. Except for Christine Feehan’s Carpathian series. Good lord, so many. That I think is just too long. I also like my men and women with some sort of gift or power because hey you just don’t get that in real life…that’s why I read 😉 Vegan Moon sounds great…what a different twist…I’ll have to add that to my TBR list. Thanks.
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  14. Rachel~

    My friend! Thanks for stopping by and giving your valuable input. You’re a doll.

    AND…I’m so glad you mentioned Legends. What a delightful chance for me to enter some more shameless begging for votes in the current Savvy Authors (www.savvyauthors.com) Legends contest that is running this week and next week.

    I’m launching a FREE gift card of your choice contest on Monday for anyone who votes for me! My Legend’s name is “Legend of the Devil’s Porridge”.

    Drop me a note and tell me you voted to be entered.

    Tell me you read about the contest here and get 2 entries! Woot!

  15. Tanya~

    I’m totally with you on the obsessive compulsive ‘reading series in order’ thing. If I start reading something accidentally and then find out it is in a series–I freak out if it wasn’t the first book. I must read in order or not at all!

    Thanks for the lovely shout out about Vegan Moon. Hope you get a chance to check it out. I’m proud to tell you that it is the first of a 3 book series! LOL

    Many thanks for the answers!

  16. Am I sick of vampires, no. But I will say this, I’d love to see them move out of the fantasy genre and back onto the HORROR shelves where they belong. Yes, I said it. Deal with it. I love Anne Rice’s take on it, and it never gets old. The lover vampire, not so much. What would I like to see? World building. Put me in a world that is not New York City, please. Or some other big city. Hell, why set it in a city at all? Why not…herm, a completely different out of this universe, totally built planet, or a space station? Basically, do something different, surprise me with your characters, and your world, and don’t just regurigate everything else that’s out there right now, and I will love you forever. That’s what’s so cool about writing fantasy, you can, you know, come up with a fantasy world. Oh, and HEA? not important, to me, in the least. do something different, profound, tragic, that’s the dare I’d like to see taken. Make me lament that such a beautiful character might never have existed. >;) Aspire me to be more than just a lover, a mother. *shudder* Inspire me to be hero! That’s where I’d like to see lit go. But I’m dreaming, hoping that shift will happen big scale, I know.

  17. Kerri,
    I’m not over vamps, but I agree, has to have something different about them, and I notice some of the RS authors have the character a vamp, but it is secondary to his other “job” (other than being a hunk).

    I am not a fan of lst person POV either. It just pulls me out of the story, but I do like hearing what’s going on in everyone’s head – the internal dialogue, especially in a flawed hero, I can’t seem to get enough of that!

    I love the worldbuilding with paranormal, but again, unless it’s different, I’m not a fan.

    And for contemporary, well, I absolutely crave a good book with lots of sexual tension, draaaaawn out, and then exploding with a lot of good sex. I’ll read that kind of book in almost any genre.

    Have to agree with you about the roach, too. Too funny, or a succubus octopus (hope no one here did that one). In a word, ew.

  18. Julianne~

    Nice suggestions. Very nice. You know, horror is one of about three genres that I haven’t actually written yet. Perhaps, I need to visit the dark side?

    I’ll be sure to let you know if I do!

    I really appreciate your comments. 🙂

  19. Sharon~

    Too true! The flawed, damaged, wounded hero…sigh.

    A special place in my heart exists for those souls for sure.

    As always, I appreciate you stopping by and for your insight.

    Hugs,
    K.

  20. Kerri,
    I love a good HEA vamp romance. Although, I’ve been suckered into series that continue on…and I’m still reading hoping one day… 🙂

    One thing that I love in a book are multiple characters I can enjoy. The hero/heroine are great, but I also love it when a book has a good supporting cast.

    I like my heroines strong, but wanting a man who is all Alpha.

    The POV really doesn’t matter, it’s the story that matters to me. I do enjoy though the multiple POVs better because I like to feel what the characters feel and I can see both sides.

    Good luck with the future stories!
    ~Melissa Stark

  21. I don’t think I’ll ever stop reading vampire stories but I would love to see some more books with more unusual paranormal creatures.

    I love a little mystery with my romances. I love sexy nerds but wouldn’t say no to a man with mystical powers!

    I can’t stand heroines that are damsels in distress. I like my heroines to be equal parts strong and needy. And she can’t be a whiner – hate that!

    If the book is part of a series than an exciting cliffhanger is fine – so long as the story still has an ending. I hate stories that end so abruptly it’s not even a complete story.

    I love series. As for POV, I don’t care. I’ll read 1st, 3rd, multiple 3rd, just no head hopping. (Although I’ll admit that head hopping didn’t bother me until I became a serious writer.)

    Hope that helps!

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  22. Hmmmm, so weighing in on the question. First of all, kudos to you my dear for actually asking what a reader thinks. That is amazing! I know I am alienate some people with my answers, but here they go.

    I love vampires…as long as they are fresh. Give me a new spin on a legend older than time and I am all over it. Manufacture the same old story and I lose interest by page two. The shape-shifter concept intrigues me, but again, it has to be done right. Give me a new spin.

    Heroes? Yeah, I tend to be a little one sided as far as they go. If they are smart-mouths, broody and dangerous, I salivate like Pavlov’s dog! Whiny and angst-ridden? Pft, take your panties elsewhere! I feel the same way about my heroines. I like them to have a little back bone and to be not so perfect.

    First person narratives are in the eye of the beholder. If I can read it and put myself into it, then I enjoy it. If I read it and I feel like I am having coffee with an acquaintance who is telling me about the menage sex they had last night, I can’t dig it.

    So my cast for your next book? A tattoo artist who falls in love with a former grunge band guitarist who is secretly shape-shifting dragon that eats pedophiles, and tax evaders.

    They really should give me my medication before they let me out to play, lol! <3

    Seriously, your stories are always amazing. I know whatever you do will be perfect for any reader.

  23. Melissa~

    I was actually just thinking about supporting characters. I have a supporting wolf in Vegan Moon who will star in the next book of my sequel. I really enjoyed making him the star.

    I hear ya on the Alphas. Howling at the moon with you on that one.

    Thanks for your feedback. Most appreciated.

  24. Nicole Z.~

    I know what you mean about the whiners. Makes me think of that SNL skit from the 80’s Wendy Whiner. LOL

    I totally feel your pain on the head hopping. Never even thought of it until I learned what it was and now when I see it in a manuscript that I’m judging–it takes me right out of the action.

    You definitely know you’re a writer when you see these things.

    Thanks for the comments.

  25. A.D.~

    You flatter me, my sweet! Thank you for the amazing feedback–you really got me thinking.

    I do have a “tattoo” related story idea but it simply cannot compare to your amazing plot. Damn those tax evaders! ROFL

    Great stuff!

    Thanks & luv for coming by. xo

  26. I personally love a series. Not necessarily one protagonist, but related heroes and heroines. I’m not necessarily sick of vampires and werewolves. I like paranormal romances, but sometimes the whole world building thing can be exhausting, so familiar mythology is good.
    I like deep POV from both the hero and heroine’s perspectives, first person sometimes seems so…self absorbed.
    As for what kind of heroes work for me…a cowboy vampire sleuth?

  27. I love paranormal romance.
    Not sick of vampires, but shifters are my favorite. I may have to check out Vegan Moon!
    Heroine, don’t like whiny heroines she can be tough and vulnerable but not whiny.

    I partial to all points of view, if it is not too confusing. I’ve read a book that had multiple points of view that switched so quickly that it was confusing at first.

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  28. Teri~

    I’m really surprised to hear from so many folks today how they don’t care for the 1st person POV. I always tend to associate first person with mystery and women’s fiction, etc… rather than romance. Perhaps that’s the difference. But I hear ya…thinking about NOT going with first person in my next book now.

    I really appreciate the ideas and the thoughts from you. Glad you stopped by!

  29. JoAnna~

    Geez. I just typed a response to you and then my computer froze up and lost it. I hate it when that happens. Grumble.

    I can’t remember exactly what I said but I’m sure it was brilliant and unforgettable. LOL

    If you do get a chance to check out Vegan Moon, hope you’ll let me know. I’ve been known to give prizes for reader reviews. 🙂

    Thanks for stopping by & commenting! Hope to chat again soon.

  30. Last but definitely NOT least…to Suz~

    Thanks again for hosting me my sweet southern friend. Glad we share a blog family and a whole state together!

    Love the Suz!

    xoxo,
    K.

  31. I agree with Tanya1224. I love vamps – always have and always will! But I would love to see less futuristic/fantasy and more traditional and/or horror with or without romance (though I always prefer romance). I also prefer character driven third person. In fact, my vampire manuscript is exactly what I as a reader wanted to read.

    We keep hearing that paranormal is downtrending but…numbers don’t always tell the complete story. If less paranormal books were purchased…did publishers print less of them or perhaps the wrong blend? I would like to see the numbers without Twilight saga sales. Commercially this is a market with loyal fans! Some of those loyal fans are widespread readers and others will not cross the genre.

    On another note – though my book is about a female vamp, when I introduced a werewolf…he almost stole every scene he was in – ahh the beauty and possibility of characters.