Please join me in welcoming author Ash Krafton to Preternatura today. Ash is stopping by as part of her virtual book tour celebrating the release of her latest book, Wolf’s Bane. Wolf’s Bane was published on June 15 by Pink Narcissus Press and is the third book in Ash’s Demimonde series.
Ash Krafton writes from the heart…of the Pennsylvania coal region, that is. She is the author of the Books of the Demimonde (Pink Narcissus Press). BLEEDING HEARTS (Demimonde #1) is a six-time RWA finalist and was voted “Reviewer Top Pick” by Gravetells.com. Ash continues the story of Sophie and her Demivampires in her latest release BLOOD RUSH (Demimonde #2). She’s hard at work (when she isn’t watching Doctor Who) writing the third book, WOLF’S BANE. Ash Krafton’s poetry and short fiction has appeared in several journals, including Niteblade, Bete Noire, Abandoned Towers, and Silver Blade. She’s a member of Pennwriters, RWA, and Maryland Writers Association. She lurks near her blog and contributes to the QueryTracker blog. Ash lives with her family and their German Shepherd dog deep in the Pennsylvania wilds, awaiting the day the TARDIS appears in the driveway (the dog most likely keeps the Doctor away. What a beast. Until then, she writes. You can learn more about Ash by visiting her website, her blog, on Facebook and by following her on Twitter.
ABOUT WOLF’S BANE: Since becoming oracle to the demivampire two years ago, advice columnist Sophie has battled werewolves and survived a vampire attack (or two). However, not only was she powerless to save her lover Marek when he slipped to the brink of evolution, she also witnessed his transformation into a falcon, the symbol of Horus United. Sophie’s quest to save Marek is further complicated when rock star Dierk Adeluf – who also happens to be the king of the Werekind – invites her backstage after a concert. Just when it seems she will find respite from heartache, Sophie is bitten by a werewolf and Dierk decides she is destined to be his queen. Sophie is caught between the demivamps she loves and the Were who commands her to love him. Throw in his jealous wanna-be girlfriend and an ambush by witches, and there you have the big mess that Sophie calls her life. And, hello? Her soul mate is still a bird. She’s supposed to be the girl with all the answers, but Sophie needs more than a little advice–she needs divine intervention.
And now, let’s hear from Ash…
Cheating on my Book Boyfriend
By Ash Krafton
When I first started writing BLEEDING HEARTS (Demimonde #1), I wrote in secret. Early in the morning, late at night, and every stolen moment in between—if I had time to type of my daydreams, that’s exactly what I did. No one but me knew about a tall, dark, and brooding Demivampire and the woman who was determined to be his sunshine.
Then, one day, my husband came across my (not hidden well enough) Word document. He cleared his throat and asked me, “So, ah, wanna tell me who Marek is?”
My face caught fire and I tried to shrink into my shoulders when I heard his tone. I felt like I got caught cheating. I hurried to explain it was a story, plain and simple. Marek was just a product of my imagination.
And to my eternal surprise, my husband actually let me keep my book boyfriend.
Maybe it was because he came to identify with the character. Marek did have a tendency to sound like my husband at times, after all. Instead of telling me I needed to leave my daydreams behind, he supported me. He read my pages, became my first-pass editor, and turned out to be a champion word cutter when it came time to get my synopsis to fit on one page. My husband became my critique partner, my beta reader, my very first fan.
That’s real love.
He encouraged me to pursue the second book, BLOOD RUSH, perhaps because he did identify with Marek so much. Although he’s too much the jealous kind to ever be Team Rode (I heard his condescending snort in my head as I wrote that), it’s safe to say he was just as invested in the Books of the Demimonde as I was.
When it came time to show him the first draft of WOLF’S BANE, I hesitated. I hadn’t talked much about the story, other than it was Were-centric. Just as I had way back in the beginning, I’d written this one more or less in secret.
Not because I didn’t want him to know I was writing—that cat was so far out of the bag, the cat had already forgotten its grudge. Instead, it was the story itself. I felt…guilty. Like I was cheating.
Not on my husband—but, rather, I felt like I’d cheated on my book boyfriend. And that really sat in my stomach like a greasy boulder.
See, in WOLF’S BANE, Marek is kinda really out of Sophie’s picture. When the book opens, Sophie is struggling with two terrible options. Marek is so damaged that she either has to do the impossible and figure out a way to save him…or do the impossible and move on.
That’s when Dierk comes into her life and grabs hold of her destiny. You’d think that circumstances going out of her control would actually make it easy for her, let her off the hook, allow her to just roll with things.
But, no. Of course not. Mule-stubborn Sophie, that’s her.
While Sophie fought against Dierk and his destiny, however, I grew sweet on him. I found myself thinking about him as I drove to work. I imagined the sound of his voice, gravelly-soft with that lovely German accent and the way his lashes looked when he was sleeping.
I swear, I didn’t mean to. After all, I’m Sophie’s biggest cheerleader. Whatever she wants, I want, too. She loves Marek. I want her to love Marek. See? We’re like sisters from another mister.
God, I could just hang my head, I feel so guilty thinking these thoughts about Dierk (although it has yet to stop me from crushing on him.) But he’s just so…sigh.
I’m shameless. Snap out of it, Ash. *smack*
Maybe I should talk to a priest or go to couples therapy or something. Like Sophie, I will never give up on Marek. I have hope. I have to, for my heart’s sake.
Just do me a favor. Don’t tell Marek. My husband may have begrudgingly accepted Dierk’s place in my life books, but please, please PLEASE don’t tell my book boyfriend. I can’t imagine what he’d do if he ever caught me cheating.
That’s a page I never want to write.
Thanks, Ash. It is amusing how we often immerse ourselves with the characters in the books we write. I know I do!
In association with Ash’s virtual book tour, she is offering an awesome tour giveaway consisting of 1 Demimonde gift pack which contains a print book, tote bag, note pad, pens, swag, and a gift card. Winner can choose between any one of the three print books in the series. Open to International Shipping. In order to be entered to win, you must leave a comment and then enter using the link below.
To comment….who’s your current book boyfriend (or girlfriend)? Since I’m working on Pirate’s Alley revisions, Jean Lafitte is mine mine mine!