I am so excited to introduce everyone to an AWESOME debut author, Rebecca Zanetti!! Does everyone remember my gushing episode when I talked about the ARC I read, Fated? No? Well here is my REVIEW of Fated. I LOVED IT SO MUCH! I thought about it for several days after reading it. I gushed and gushed to anyone that would listen how much I am in love with the male lead, Talon. When Rebecca offered to do an interview for me here on the blog, I almost fainted. This woman is gonna be a huge success…I can feel it!
HI Rebecca!! Thanks for being here today! Let’s talk Fated shall we? It’s hitting the shelves at the end of February. How long did it take you to write it?
Hi Nikki! Thanks for having me here today. Well, I wrote FATED in March/April of 2009. Part of the time we were on spring break in Cancun, so I wrote at the pool for a while.
*See me turning green with envy* Cancun? Pool? Spring Break? *Le Sigh* That sounds so relaxing! I bet there were pool boys too huh? Just the kind of environment to write a steamy paranormal romance.
What’s been your experience to becoming a published author? Was it a long road?
I live in the Pacific Northwest, and we were snowed in December 2008, so that’s when I wrote my first book, a young adult book I called DEMI. I sold FATED to Kensington the following December, so it took about a year from typing my first sentence.
Wow, that’s fast! But then again, when you produce a story as good as Fated, I’m not surprised! Have I said how much I loved the book? Ok….done gushing…for now. So, if you could give any piece of advice to unpublished authors out there…what would it be?
Write the book you want to read. I kept hearing that vampires were dead (haha) and publishers were looking for other paranormal creatures. But this story wouldn’t leave me alone, so I figured I’d write it just for myself. Then I put it away. Finally in December of that year, I figured I should send a couple of queries out, and it sold in five days.
Five days?! That’s great! Fated is going to be part of a series of books, how many do you foresee in the series? PLEASE tell me at least each brother is getting a book lol.
Each brother is getting his own book. (YAY, I’m jumping up and down right now!) I’m going to write nine books for this series – hopefully somebody will buy them all.
Uh, yeah….I WILL BUY THEM ALL! Oh, were you talking about a publisher? Well if they don’t can you just print them out for me??
Let’s talk about the man-candy…What/who was your inspiration for Talen…because wow, he knocked my socks off.
Well…okay. Talen is loosely based on my husband, Tony. I mean, he’s not a vampire or anything…but they have some of the same qualities. They’re both six and a half feet tall with dark hair—very sexy. Tony is a bit more reasonable than Talen, but they both think the world should work they way they want it to.
Ok, so this means I have the hots for your hubby. Hmmmmm ok, well keep him locked up away from me lol. Men, they all think the world should work the way they want it to. Alright, let’s move on before I start asking for pictures of your hubby….
The characters of Jordan and Katie in Fated touched me…I wanted more of their story. Will they get their own book or do you plan to interweave their story into other books?
Thanks! They were fun to write about. My plan right now is to make their story book four in the series, so we’ll see what my editor thinks about that. They make appearances in books two and three, so…
I can’t wait to read more of them. Katie is so headstrong…and she needs someone watching out for her when she gets into trouble!
Fated focused mostly on vampires and cougar shifters. Oh, and a werewolf. Though there was mention of Conn’s mate being a witch. Are you planning on venturing out further into the paranormal realm?
Yep. HUNTED is book three and features Conn (the soldier brother) and an Irish witch who uses string theory and quantum physics to make magic work. HUNTED is due March 1st at Kensington—I don’t have a release date yet. It’ll probably be July of 2012, if I had to guess.
So it sounds like I am going to get a book a year….of thereabouts. I will be marking my calendar! What’s on your plate right now? Are you working on something different?
I sent CLAIMED (book two) to my editor in September. Then I revised DEMI into an adult romance and my agent has it right now. It’s the first book in a trilogy about demigods, so I’m hoping to sell soon. I just finished a romantic suspense book called FORGOTTEN SIN, and after another revision, I’ll send that off to my agent as well. Then I need to get going on HUNTED.
I am so glad to hear that even though I have to wait a year for the vampire series, I will be able to get my Rebecca fix with other books! I was starting to worry there. I didn’t want to alarm you so I may have appeared calm…I assure you, I was not.
Who do YOU read? Do you even have time to read?
You know, I read a lot. I love to read. Usually in between writing my books, I’ll read several. I like Cynthia Eden, Nora Roberts, J.R. Ward, Janet Evonovich, Sayde Grace, Lora Leigh, and I could keep going…
You have just mentioned most of my favorite authors! You must be either reading or writing all the time!
Do you work a 9 to 5 job? Or has writing become 1st priority now?
I’m a lawyer, but I stopped trial work when our kids were born. (They’re both in elementary school now). Then our local community college asked me to teach legal classes two days a week, so I still do that. Otherwise I’d spend way too much time in my jammies writing.
There is nothing wrong with staying in jammies all day…shoot I see people at Walmart in jammies all the time *snicker*
What’s a typical day in the life of Rebecca Zanetti?
Um, I’m not sure I have a typical day. Some days I teach, I volunteer at the elementary school, am on the board of a couple of nonprofits, have two kids, a husband, two dogs…my parents live a mile away, my two sisters and their families live less than a mile away…and there’s always something going on. The kids play sports, we snowmobile, water ski, golf…I don’t think I have a typical day. Though I do try to write every day at some point. We’re getting dumped on by snow right now, so I’ve had a few days where the kids are at school, Tony is at work, and I sit by the fire and type away. I LOVE days like that.
WOW, you’re a busy lady! I guess I should let you get back to your life then huh? Ok, fine, I guess I have to…..but before you go, answer my last question?
KNOCK KNOCK…Hollywood is banging down your door. They are turning Fated into a movie..TODAY. Who is playing the main characters?
Oh man, I don’t know. I have never thought about this. Well, I see Gerard Butler as the oldest brother, Dage. Talen – no clue. You get to choose, since I kind of see my husband as Talen. Kane…it would have to be someone who really looked smart and sexy with a cold temper—maybe Chris Pine. I see maybe Paul Telfer playing Conn and Justin Bruening playing Jase. Grown up Zane could be played by Steven Strait.
Oh wait…did you mean the heroines? Haha. Well…
GIVEAWAY!!! Tell them Rebecca!!
So…how about a giveaway? Please leave a comment about what actor/model/man would play the best alpha male vampire in a movie. (Yes, I expect Alex O’Loughlin to be in there somewhere! Love that guy). We’ll draw a name and send an ARC of FATED to the winner.
Bio: Rebecca Zanetti has worked as an art curator, Senate aide, lawyer, college professor and hearing examiner – only to culminate it all in stories about vampires and science. Her debut book FATED, will be released on February 22, 2011 by Kensington Brava. Please visit her at: http://rebeccazanetti.com/
I will leave the contest open until Christmas Eve at 11:59pm. This contest is open to US residents only.