11-21-2011: Never to be forgotten! Today is the day that Ian Somerhalder responded to me on facebook! Hey, that may not be a big deal for you, but for me.. HUGE. *swoon*
Conversation copied from FB:
ME: Finally! After an hour of searching facebook, I find the REAL you. Hi Ian!
Ian Somerhalder: Thank you.Nice to meet you
ME: My pleasure! Thank you for taking the time to notice. :)
Ian Somerhalder: you're welcome
Ian Somerhalder: I try not to disappoint my fans!
ME: Well, you're doing a wonderful job. :) It's nice (and a bit scary) to talk to someone like you!
ME: lol... (I'm secretly freaking out cuz I got to talk to Ian! *sigh*)
Ian Somerhalder: Thank you Theresa!
ME: lol... you're welcome! Just do me a favor and don't knock when you invade my dreams tonight. The husband probably wouldn't like that. hehe!
Ian Somerhalder: well I will not:)
ME: Perfect! Thanks. LOL
Interview & Giveaway: Willow Rose, author of Savage
(Daughters of the Jaguar, bk 1)
by Willow Rose
Print Length: 447 pages
The year is 1983. Christian is 22 years old when he leaves his home in Denmark to spend a year in Florida with a very wealthy family and go to med-school. A joyful night out with friends is shattered by an encounter with a savage predator that changes his life forever. Soon he faces challenges he had never expected. A supernatural gift he has no idea how to embrace. A haunting family in the house next door. A spirit-filled girl who seems to carry all the answers. An ancient secret hidden in the swamps of Florida. One life never the same. One love that becomes an obsession. Two destinies that will be forever entangled.
Savage is a paranormal romance with some language, violence, and sexual situations recommended for ages sixteen and up.
1. Where did the idea for your book come from?
I get that question a lot and it is so hard to answer in just a few sentences. Because where do inspiration come from? I for one have no idea. I get it from everything and everyone around me. From people I meet, from articles I read and movies I watch. For me a book starts with the characters. The characters and their story come to me. I like to say that they “pop up” in my head. That is the best way I can describe it. The characters are just there all of a sudden with their backgrounds and problems and then they start to do stuff and talk to other people and soon there is a whole story that I simply have to tell or else I will burst. The main character Christian in Savage is somewhat inspired by my husband. Back in ’83 when he was 19 years old he was sent to Florida by his parents to live with a very wealthy family just like Christian in Savage. My husband’s experiences coming from a small country Denmark to the big USA in the 80′ies are very similar to those of Christian, yet they do not share backgrounds. Christian has lost his mother in a young age and that has had a huge impact on who he is and why he acts the way he does. He matures a lot throughout the book and love changes him from being a selfish self-centered boy into a young man.
2. Are any of the characters inspired by someone in real life?
The female characters that Christian meets in the haunting house next door are my favorites in this book. They are so innocent and childlike yet very wise and magical. I like to say that they are inspired by my daughters and I have also dedicated the book to them. I have two young girls of four and six years and then I have a wonderful step-daughter who is twenty-three. Those three combined makes this world a magical place. As does the female characters in Savage. I simply adore them and I know everybody else will too. They are so lovable. I have a hard time letting go of them and think I will write many books about them. First of all I will write three books about the main character Christian and his great love Aiyana. It is sort of a family-saga really. In the first book he is in his twenties and so is she. In the second book they have kids of their own and are in their thirties with all the problems and seriousness that comes with being that age. In the last book they will have young teenagers and face completely new challenges. I am also planning on doing a book about Aiyana, the magic spirit-filled Native American girl that he falls hopelessly in love with. About her and when she first discovers who and what she really is. I might also do a book about her sister who does telekinesis and their grand-mother who predicts natural disasters. I love those characters so much that they each deserve their own book.
3. Do you follow a writing schedule, or just write whenever you get the chance?
I say goodbye to the kids at eight and then I write until three o’clock when they are out of school. I try to leave the computer alone the rest of the day in order to be there for the kids, but sometimes I just have to sneak back to it and write something that I just remembered. It’s really hard not to write constantly once I have begun a new book.
4. Describe your book in a tweet (140 characters or less).
A beast carrying an ancient secret, a boy, a haunting girl, love, obsession, desire and a heart bound to be broken.
5. How much research went into your book?
I took a research trip to St. Augustine and I have studied a lot about the Native American Indians that lived there, the Timucuan Indians that became extinct after the Europeans arrived. It is very interesting and truly fascinating that a people that they think have inhabited the Florida Peninsula for thousands of years could simply vanish in only a few hundred years. I also read a lot about jaguars of course and how they act and move and fell completely in love with this powerful animal that has the strongest bite among the big cats and who kills with only one fierce bite directly through the scull of its prey. Watching them attack makes my skin shiver.
6. If you could live someone else’s life for two weeks, whose life would you choose?
Whoever shares the bed of Chris Hemsworth. I would love to wake up with him just once! Then I would ask him if he would play my main character Christian in Savage once it became a movie lol.
7. Of all the little things and simple pleasures in life, which one do you enjoy most of all?
Redwine and dark chocolate. And a Coke. I am hopelessly addicted to Coca Cola.
- Coffee or tea?
- Paper book or ebook?
I like both. One is nice to have the other is easy and
- Summer or winter?
Summer summer summer. I live in Florida where every
day is a possible beach day.
- Werewolves or vampires?
Werewolves. I like my men warm and hairy.
- Morning person or night owl?
- Pepsi or Coke?
- Dogs or cats?
Willow Rose is offering up ONE ebook copy (internationally) and ONE signed paperback copy (US only) of SAVAGE! Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. Winners will be chosen on Monday and all prizes will be shipped by the author.