What is your favourite quality about yourself?
My favourite quality about myself is that I am determined and focused. When I decide on something I will do everything in my power to make it happen. I hate giving up!
What is your least favourite quality about yourself?
Being a pessimist I tend to catastrophize things and see the worst in a situation without really considering the actual reality.
What is your favourite quote, by whom, and why?
Albert Einstein Theory of Insanity – ‘Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.’
I love this quote and live by it. It’s so true. Expecting a different result from repeating the same action or behaviour over and over is absolute insanity!
What’s your favourite place in the entire world?
I would have to say Disneyland. I took a trip there with my husband and son in 2012 and it was amazing. Having grown up watching Disney movies I think I enjoyed it just as much as my son. It’s an absolutely magical place for all ages.
How has your upbringing influenced your writing?
With a history of family depression and with my parents divorcing when I was four, my childhood was not the safe nuclear family type. As a young child I suffered night terrors that continued for years. I also experience anxiety—not that I knew what that was back then—that affected my social development and confidence. While becoming a teenager depression developed, running sideshow to my continued anxiety. The suicide of my stepbrother was huge and world shattering, lending a voice to my first dark poems and short stories. It was a very difficult time, one that was pushed even further to the limits when I was forced to live with an aunt I didn’t know.
All of these experiences and the way I coped with many things when I didn’t have constructive ways of doing so, lend themes to everything I have written and everything I now write. Betrayal, abandonment, distrust, and not belonging come from my past and enrich my stories and my characters. On the flip side, everything I have now learnt brings positive change and growth to these same flawed characters, making them deep and relatable.
Amelia Lamont never asked to unleash her inner vampire
Amelia’s normal teen world is shattered when a terrifying nightmare awakens the monster inside her. A newfound, insatiable thirst for blood that leads her to drain the school quarterback is only the beginning; she’s horrified to discover that her family and best friend Kendrick have been harboring the secret all along. And is the strangely alluring boy who seems hell-bent on curbing her murderous, blood-filled desires a friend, or foe?
To escape detection Amelia and her twin brother Dorian are forced to move to a new town, and the challenge of a new, exclusive high school where nearly every classmate smells like prey. Including the irresistible Ty, who seems hauntingly familiar, yet darkly menacing …
Amelia’s disturbing dreams and entanglement in a web of forbidden romance render her increasingly powerless against the chilling lies and secrets of vampire power struggles. And, as she soon discovers, vampire politics mixed with outlawed love can be a lethal cocktail.
Falling in love may just cost Amelia everything: her friends, her family…even her life
Move over Twilight, True Blood and Underworld! J.L. Myers’ first book in the Blood Bound series will have you swooning for more!
Warning – This book contains some language and sexual situations.
YA/ Vampire/ Paranormal Fiction
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Genre – YA Paranormal Romance
Rating – PG-13+
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