Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Writing Paranormal by Anne Marie Andrus, author of Monsters & Angels plus Giveaway

Thank you Blogs and Coffee, for hosting the Monsters & Angels blog tour!

      People often to ask me about my new novel and I love to talk about it. Sometimes (not always), when I give them the Monsters & Angels elevator pitch, I receive eye rolls, frowns and questions in return.
What made you choose to write about the paranormal?
The endless possibilities, of course.
Aren’t there enough romance novels already written?
There are never enough.
Isn’t the “vampire thing” played out? Good writers don’t need vampires.
Sigh, I bite my tongue.
You’re a healthcare professional. You know that human life is all about science, right?
Yes, I’ve spent a career working in hospitals. What I don’t know could fill an ocean, but here are a few things I’ve learned.
First, the vampire genre is so not dead. Yes, pun intended. I actually enjoyed all the Twilight books and movies. Glittery vampires aren’t what I write, but Stephenie Meyer introduced a whole new generation to the twisted sexiness of the undead. Bravo!
I believe spirituality has just as much, if not more, to do with life and death as modern medicine. There’s a touch of supernatural or divine intervention everywhere I look. I welcome it. I embrace it with an open heart.  
An actor I admire recently said, “Behind every great story, is a legendary love story.” For me, romance may be inconvenient and messy, but it’s essential, unavoidable and occasionally glorious.
I wrote Monsters & Angels in the dark winter following Superstorm Sandy. So many of my friends in New Jersey and New York were devastated by the storm and the aftermath. I was desperate for a distraction. I told my husband, “I think I’ll write a story.” So, while he performed therapeutic kitchen renovation, I wrote a 500 page “story”. Don’t worry, it’s been edited and polished.
Monsters was born as a simple, historical romance. The story was acceptable, cute and nice, but it was missing that elusive something. When I followed my heart and let the vampires in, it was as if I waved a magic wand over the manuscript and gave it wings.
I’ve always loved the fantasy and paranormal genre because it offers an escape. I didn’t realize that writing one was an escape on a much grander scale. The only boundaries were the extent of my imagination. On any given night, I could disappear into a world of intoxicating fragrance, waltz in a snow-white ballroom or prowl the narrow alleys of the French Quarter.
The leading lady of Monsters & Angels is twenty-two-year-old nurse, Sorcha Alden. Chasing the dream of honoring her family, she embarks on a journey from New York to New Orleans and into the jungles of Nepal. She stumbles into a brilliant love affair one night and the path of deranged murderer the next. Reborn into a bloodline of ancient vampires, Sorcha returns to 1930’s New Orleans and faces the challenge of rebuilding her life while surviving a cutthroat underworld of vicious rivals and jealous ancestors.
 Monsters & Angels is the story I wanted to read. I hope my readers enjoy the fantasy as much as I enjoyed writing it!

Monsters & Angels
Anne Marie Andrus

Publication date: October 11th 2017
Genres: Historical, New Adult, Paranormal Romance

Fledgling nurse Sorcha Alden knew she had the skills to save lives, but she never dreamed that her own life would be the one in danger.
Driven by tragedy to honor her family name, Sorcha embarks on a journey that takes her from the bleak but familiar streets of New York, through the sultry and seductive city of New Orleans, and into the brutal jungles of Nepal. Forging friendships and carrying on her mother’s mission of healing was her dream. Plunging into a love affair with the mysterious Dr. Ashayle could have been a fairytale.
Being murdered and waking up as a blood-thirsty monster—became her living nightmare.
Torn away form a life that had just begun, Sorcha returns to New Orleans as a newborn vampire, forced to start over in a cutthroat underworld of devilry and decadence. Complicated politics, bitter rivals and jealous ancestors stand between her and the promises she’s still determined to keep.
In a realm where the boundary between good and evil is as murky as the Mississippi River and immortal does not mean invincible, will Sorcha ever risk her shattered heart and love again? Can the magical harmony of the Crescent City give her enough courage to fulfill her eternal destiny?

Author Bio:
Anne Marie has been an equestrienne, chorale singer, candy-striper, EMT, and baseball fan. Roaming the back roads of New Jersey with her family, she found great respect for antiques, historical locations and the stories they hold. Her current list of favorite pastimes include coffee, bourbon, and Les Miserables--which requires more bourbon. She has been known to attend sporting events just for the flyover. The boat she and her husband christened Glory Days, is her escape from the chaos of everyday life.
The inspiration for Anne Marie's debut novel, Monsters & Angels, is her fascination with vampires and her passion for everything New Orleans. When she isn't writing, she can be found working nights with the critical care team in a busy trauma center.