Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Interview with Elisabeth Staab and Giveaway - February 1, 2012

Please welcome Elisabeth Staab to The Qwillery as part of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. King of Darkness (Chronicles of Yavn 1), Elisabeth's debut, will be published on February 7, 2012.

TQ:   What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Elisabeth:  Huh. I guess it depends on what you'd call a quirk, but I think mostly I kind of display socially odd behavior when I write. Usually it doesn't matter because I write early in the morning while the house is quiet, but on the weekends I sometimes write someplace public like Panera or Starbucks and the whole world gets to see it. I listen to music and kind of groove along in my chair while I work, which gets me interesting looks. Even better is when I'm editing, and I stop to stare into space while I think about a scene. Once in awhile I find myself staring AT someone without realizing it! I even once got a jealous "back off" look from a woman who thought I was making eyes at her man!

TQ:   Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?

Elisabeth:  There are SO many good writers out there. Suzanne Brockmann, hands down. J.R. Ward, Gena Showalter, Larissa Ione, Damon Suede, Lara Adrian, Karri Nelson, and also John Grisham (every once in awhile I feel a deep urge to pick up a legal thriller!) are a few of my other favorites. Suz Brockmann is my go-to for technique, plot, POV...when I'm looking for an example of something in romance writing I pick up one of her books. J.R. Ward though is the reason why I started writng and even though I don't read her books much anymore for fear of accidental worldbuilding crossover, it was her series that made me go "Wow, THIS is a romance novel? This is amazing!" I had thought for a long time that I wasn't into romance novels, but I thought all romances were the old school bodice-ripper type books. Nothing wrong with them, but it wasn't my bag. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series opened me up to a whole new genre that I hadn't been aware of, and I fell so in love with it that I started writing.

TQ:   Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Elisabeth:  Truthfully, if it were up to me, I would be a total panster. I used to be superstitious about plotting because the first novel I tried to plot never got finished. I like to sit down and see where the story takes me, organically. BUT...King of Darkness was written without pre-plotting, and I ended up outlining it after the fact, scrapping a ton of it, then rewriting a bunch more. It came out well in the end but it was a lot of unnecessary work. My critique partner finally sat me down and convinced me to get with the program while I was writing Prince of Power, which will be KoD's sequel. I have to say, I think Prince of Power will be an even stronger book as a result. So. I'm slowly creeping over to the plotting camp, you could say.

TQ:   What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Elisabeth:  Writing a paranormal/urban fantasy series is a big challenge in and of itself. Figuring out how to make the world hold together from one book to the next, with multiple story arcs. I didn't know what I was getting into when I decided to do all that! Writing and parenting small children is my other big challenge. I can't send 'em off to school yet, so I get up to write very early. I'm tired a lot, and I drink loooots of coffee.

TQ:   Describe King of Darkness (Chronicles of Yavn 1) in 140 characters or less.

ElisabethKing of Darkness is about the heir to the throne of a contemporary vampire kingdom, his would-be mate and their struggle to survive.

TQ:   What inspired you to write King of Darkness?

Elisabeth:  I fell in love with vampires. The Lost Boys is still one of my favorite movies. After I stumbled onto the Lara Adrian and J.R. Ward, I got to the last book in each series and like most avid readers wondered what series I would move onto reading next. This was right after the birth of my youngest child. I was rocking him to sleep one night and I had one of those fuzzy half-asleep dreams that turned out to be the opening scene for King of Darkness. I decided instead of looking for a new vampire book to read, I'd write one. I thought if I wrote my own story I wouldn't have to wait to find out what happens next. That's not entirely true, as it turns out. The characters don't always tell you right away. There's a character that appears in book 2 of the series who is SO intriguing, and he won't tell me what his story is, exactly.

TQ:   What sort of research did you do for King of Darkness?

Elisabeth:  The opening scene for King of Darkness takes place at a rave so I did a little brushing up on rave culture and electronic music. Also there's a lot in the book about wine, and the unusual effect it has on vampires. I spent a great deal of time working that into the storyline. Lots of small stuff: timeline and phases of the moon (which is key to the vampires' reproductive cycles in this world), car makes and models, Bonobo apes (No, I'm serious!. There's a bit of dialogue about them in Chapter 12.), etc.

TQ:   Who was the easiest character to write and why? Hardest and why?

Elisabeth:  Thad was definitely the easiest. I fell in love with him immediately. He's strong and sexy but he's not your average alpha. He really revs my engine! The hardest was probably Isabel. She and I had a little trouble connecting at first. With help from my editor and my critique partner I actually have come to be really fond of her and people tell me she's a pretty kickass heroine. She has a painful past though, and as crazy as it sounds, sometimes even with fictional characters you can feel protective. I just had trouble pushing her to her full potential in the beginning.

TQ:   Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in King of Darkness?

Elisabeth:  I really love the scene where Thad first finds Isabel, and the scene where they first make love. The first because Thad is so stunned that it renders him speechless, and the latter because it's when they really begin to connect and bond. Even if they don't acknowledge it until much later.

TQ:   What's next?

Elisabeth:  I'm finishing the sequel to King of Darkness right now! Prince of Power will feature Tyra, Thad's unusually powerful half-sister, as the heroine.

TQ:   Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Elisabeth:  Thank you so much for having me as a guest. I'm honored!

Read Elisabeth's Guest Blog - A Vampire in Need of an Identity? - by clicking here.

About King of Darkness

King of Darkness
Chronicles of Yavn 1
Sourcebooks Casablanca, February 7, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages


Scorned by the vampire community for her lack of power, Isabel Anthony lives a carefree existence masquerading as human—although, drifting among the debauched human nightlife, she prefers the patrons’ blood to other indulgences. But when she meets the king of vampires this party girl’s life turns dark and dangerous.


Dead-set on finding the prophesied mate who will unlock his fiery powers, Thad Morgan must find his queen before their race is destroyed. Their enemies are gaining ground, and Thad needs his powers to unite his subjects. But when his search leads him to the defiant Isabel, he wonders if fate has gotten it seriously wrong…

About Elisabeth

Elisabeth Staab lives in Northern Virginia with her hero and soul mate. She has been a telemarketer, a web page editor, a software developer, a reader for the blind, a technical trainer, a coffee shop barista, a tutor, a homemaker, a government project manager, a graphic designer, and a professional ebayer. Finally, she's landed on being a writer - which is what her high school guidance counselor originally suggested anyway.

Elisabeth believes that all kinds of safe, sane, and consensual love should be celebrated--but she loves the fantasy-filled realm of paranormal romance the best.

Find Elisabeth at, on Facebook, or Twitter!

The Giveaway


What:  One commenter will win a copy of King of Darkness (Chronicles of Yavn 1) from Elisabeth!

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

What is/are your favorite vampire movie(s)?

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1)   Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2)   Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3)   Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Wednesday, February 8, 2012. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*


  1. Congratulations on King of Darkness! I am so looking forward to having a chance to read it. :)
    My favorite vampire movies are: John Carpenter's Vampire, Underworld(1 & 2), Dracula, Dracula 2000, The Lost Boys, Fright Night (1 & 2), the Blade movies, The Last Man on Earth, I Am Legend, Once Bitten and Queen of the Damned.
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  2. Congratulations on your book!

    Hmmm, I'm not a big fan of vampire movies, but I do like the first Underworld movie.

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  3. Congratulations on the release of your book, King of Darkness! I cannot wait to read the story - it sounds simply delicious =)

    My favorite vampire movies are:
    Breaking Dawn Part 1

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    Thank you so much for the giveaway chance!

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  4. i love the underworld movies, lost boys.. the blade ones...
    this books looks awesome thanks for the chance to win!!

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  5. Thank so much for stopping by everyone, and Jane, thank you for having me as part of your Debut Author Challenge!

    I think Blade and The Lost Boys are two of my favorite vampire movies as well. :-)

  6. congrats on the King of Darkness release!!! It sounds like a great story!!!
    My favorite vampire movie was the Lost Boys or Queen of the Damned. Also, the Blade movies (1-3) were awesome as well!!!!
    Thanks for the giveaway....
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  7. My favorite vampire movies are The Twilight movies. I loved the tv show was Moonlight with Alex Mc Loughlin. He is so hot!
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  8. My favorite movie would be Dracula. edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom
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  9. Congrats on the new release! This book looks fantastic!

    I love, love, love the underworld movies. Kate Beckinsale totally sells the sexy, high tech vampire.

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  10. The underworld movies are pretty great, but Interview with the vampire is just wonderful!!!

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  11. Omg, this is sooo hard.
    But Ill have to say Interview with a Vampire. Or Queen of the Damned. Hell, I even love Dracula!
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  12. I loved The Lost Boys (they were so cute!) but I also really enjoyed Underworld. Congrats on the new release Elisabeth!

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  13. GREAT interview and giveaway...congrats on the release of King of Darkness! Favorite Vamp movie...I liked Lost Boys and the Blade movies were good too...Snipes was sooo HAWT! And of course, it's not a movie...but, I like the HBO True Blood series too.

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  14. My favorite vampire movies are The Lost Boys, Blade, and the Underworld movies. Book sounds like a great read. Thanks for the chance.

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  15. Wow, you guys are making me want to hunker down for a Netflix marathon. thanks for stopping by and entering everyone!

  16. Blade Movies, Interview with a Vampire, Queen of Damned, Lost Boys, Dracula the original and 2000 version, Underworld, Once Bitten, Fright Night orginal, John Carpenter's Vampire, there is one series I would love to see put in movies and that is the Necroscope series.

  17. I'm looking forward to reading King of Darkness, it sounds like a great story.
    I've enjoyed quite a few vampire movies over the years, but I'd say my favorite is a tie between Underworld and Lost Boys.

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  18. Queen of the Damned is my favorite!

  19. I am a big fan of the twilight movies and the lost boys. I simply cannot wait to read this book I just downloaded it on my kindle l. Contests to Elisabeth's debut!

  20. Congrats on your book. I like Dracula.
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  21. Congratulations on your book. I would love to read it. My favorite vampire movies are Twilight, Interview with the Vampire, Fright Night and Dracula. Please enter me in contest.

  22. I loved the Underworld movies, can't wait for more! And I'm a fan of the Twilight movies, they're a fun way to while away a few hours!
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  23. I really like Queen of the Damned. Underworld is another really good one.

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  24. This book sounds very good.

    I like the Underworld movies.

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  25. Congratulations on your new book I can't wait to read it.

    I will have t go with I Am Legend and Underworld.

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  26. Congratulations on your book!
    My favorite vampire movies are Breaking Dawn and Blade.

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    Thank you so much for the giveaway.

  27. Thank you again to everyone who stopped by and checked out King of Darkness! I am most grateful and I LOVE all the great vampire movie responses!

  28. I love Fright Night, the 1985 version and Dracula, the 1979 version with Frank Langella.

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  29. [+1] I do not have a favourite vampire movie. It used to be Twilight but after the last installment, I am soooo not Twilight fan anymore. Though, I am embarassed to admit this, with Sookie being too stupid to live and all, but my favourite vampire show is still True Blood... Charlaine Harris' world building is just very fantastic :)

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  30. My favorite vampire movie is The Underworld. :) So many hotties (and werewolves).

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  31. Hi Elisabeth! The book sounds fantastic and I would love to read it! I loved the original Fright Night movie and also love the Underworld movies. Although, I'm sure that I am showing my age, but I love the old Dark Shadows movies, and of course the show. I caught House of Dark Shadows on TV the other night. I imagine that more Dark Shadows movies etc. will be showing up, because of the new Johnny Depp movie. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway! +1 Comment, +1 Follower

  32. I thought THE LOST BOYS was very good. I am looking forward to Tim Burton's movie coming up.

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  33. I have to say my favorite vamp movies are the Underworld movies-total guilty pleasures.

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  34. Hi!
    I love the classic: Dracula : the one with Anthony Hopkins and Keanu Reeves! I really like the Underworld movies and the Queen of the Damn too but my fav interview with a vampire: the ultimate vampire movie!

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  35. Fright Night, the original with William Ragsdale, Roddy McDowell and Chris Sarandon. I like both the scary and the humorous aspects. The Colin Ferrel remake wasn't bad either.

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  36. Congrats on the book and wow, what a cover! I'd read the book for that alone, even if the story didn't sound half as it good as it does!
    I think the Underworld movies are my favs. the first 2 are on TV sometimes late night on HBO or some channel and I will always watch it again. I go into my TV trance and sit down to watch even if I'm in the middle of doing something else!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  37. This book sounds awesome!!!

    My favorite Vampire movie has to be Interview with a Vampire. I just love that movie.

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  38. Surprisingly as many vampire books I have read, I have not seen many movies. I really enjoy Underworld and it is the only one that comes to my mind. King of Darkness looks great and my fingers are itching to read it. Thank you so much for taking the time to share with us today and for this awesome giveaway opportunity.
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  39. Vampire Academy is my favorite book of all I've read! I totally swoon over Dmitri and Adrian.
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  40. Well I've always LOVED The Lost Boys. I've watched it thousands of times! And Buffy the Vampire Slayer is my all time favorite show. I have soo many vampire books that I love. I love JR Ward. The Vamp Acadamy, The Morganville Vamps. There are a ton of really good books and authors of the genre out there. :)
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  41. Sounds great! I like Underworld, Lost Boys, Dracula for a few.

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  42. Mine is Blade tho I tend to avoid watching scary movies. I can read vampire books (ok so i like them!) but I get hopelessly squeamish watching anything gory

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