TQ: Welcome back to The Qwillery!
ESM: Thank you! So glad to be back.
TQ: Tainted Night, Tainted Blood (Kat Redding 2) was published in July. How has Kat changed from the first novel, To Walk the Night?
ESM: In the first book, she was focused on one thing really. Now, she has more on her plate and she is succumbing more and more to the vampire part of her brain. It's messing with her, causing her to make mistakes and fly into a rage so much easier than before. While she might be growing more accepting of new people, she struggles with it as well. It's not easy having a part of you that wants to kill and eat everyone around you.
TQ: The third novel in the series, Blessed by a Demon's Mark, will be published in late December. Tell us something about the novel that is not in the book description.
ESM: This is the book where I wanted Kat to finally reorient herself. So much has gone so wrong and the vampire part of her has been driving her to the brink, making her do things that aren't smart, that she wouldn't do if she had a clear head. I want her to find a sort of peace with herself and her situation. It won't be complete, of course. Her life is too crazy for everything to fall into place, but as things crumble around her more than ever before, she will finally see what she is doing to those around her...and to herself.
TQ: Now for a difficult request - describe each of the 3 novels in the Kat Redding series in 140 characters or less:
ESM: Yikes! Difficult? More like impossible! But I'll give it a try...
To Walk the Night: A dark world. A tormented heroine. Put them together with a troubling development for action! This is Kat's discovery that there are more people out there than just those that need to die and those that need to be saved.
Tainted Night, Tainted Blood: Kat further falls into the traps of what she is and what she is becoming. She can't escape her past, can't escape who she is now, and struggles to cope with new feelings for those who could be her friends if she would simply let them in.
Blessed by a Demon's Mark: Kat's return to her life. She has to face up to what she's become and who she really does care for. She must make a choice. Could she walk away from it all or will she let those around her finally help her discover who she really is beneath the violent exterior.
TQ: Which character has surprised you the most in the Kat Redding series?
ESM: I think Nathan is the most surprising for me. He was originally a throwaway character who was there in book one to offset Gregory. He's sort of grown into someone far more important and will continue to be important throughout.
TQ: Barring paranormality, which character in the series is most like you?
ESM: Ethan. I don't summon demons or craft weapons or anything, but I do tend to keep to myself and work alone a lot. We both have similar senses of humor, though his doesn't really get to shine through. We both rarely, if ever, curse. I kind of need a grounding character like that, one that is so familiar, he practically writes himself.
TQ: What do you wish you'd known when the 1st book came out that you know now?
ESM: Not to get too bogged down with sales numbers or reviews. It was my first book. I'll get better. I knew to keep writing, to keep focusing ahead, yet it was often hard, especially when someone would come out and tear me into tiny little bits. I knew not to take it too personally, but it isn't always easy. Now, I just let them pass right over me, but I do sometimes read reviews just to see if there is a common thread between them. I figure if everyone hates a certain aspect of the book, then maybe I really do need to improve that part of my writing for the next one.
TQ: Are there any other genres in which you would like to write in addition to urban fantasy?
ESM: Too many! Most of my short stories tend to be sci-fi with quite a few horror and fantasy stories thrown in. I'm am thinking of attempting an epic fantasy here soon if I can wrap my brain around the idea. And at some point in my career, I'd love to write a mystery or two to go along with the other genre stories. So...a little bit of everything, I think!
TQ: What's next?
ESM: Well, I am planning an e-book special called Little David Lost. It is a standalone YA horror that I really wanted to get out there because it is so different than what I've done before. Keep an eye out on my website for a release date!
TQ: Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.
ESM: No problem! I hope you invite me back!
About Kat Redding
Blessed by a Demon's Mark
Kat Redding 3
Kensington, December 31, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages
In a job like this, there’s no retirement plan
Kat Redding’s life is dangerous enough when she’s hunting the rogue vampires who prey on Pureblood humans. But now that Kat is thinking of getting out of the killing business, she’s faced with a slew of new problems. Like the demon Beligral, who offers help at an escalating cost, and the werewolf cult with whom she’s entwined professionally and personally. And then there’s Countess Baset—the terrifying vampire who wants Kat to become her personal assassin.
It’s no wonder that Kat has been seeking refuge in the mysterious town known as Delai, a place where she can shed her Lady Death persona and live a life that’s as close to normal as she’s ever known. But even in this haven, something feels askew. Delai is a little too serene. And the more she discovers, the more Kat realizes that the only choice left to her is not whether to do battle, but which side she’ll risk her life to defend…
Tainted Night, Tainted Blood
Kat Redding 2
Kensington, July 3, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages
In the darkness, it’s easy to lose your way…
Kat Redding is a vampire with a job to do—wiping out the vamps and werewolves who prey on Pureblood humans. Someone has to do it…as long as that someone is her. But suddenly Kat, also known as Lady Death, has competition, and it’s causing problems. Vampire houses and werewolf clans alike are blaming her for a spate of gruesome murders, and Kat needs to figure out who’s really responsible before she becomes the next target…
On the hunt, she forms an uneasy alliance with both the Luna Cult and a powerful rogue werewolf. But the truths Kat’s uncovering—about her enemies and her few remaining confidantes—are far from comforting. And when the chance comes to leave her life of vengeance behind, Kat must decide whether her real motive lies in protecting the innocent, or sating her own fierce hungers…
To Walk the NightKat Redding 1
Kensington, January 3, 2012
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Even a vampire has to face her inner demons…
Kat Redding is the very thing she hunts: a vampire, thirsting for blood, capable of killing any creature unlucky enough to get in her path. The difference is, Kat kills her own kind in order to protect human Purebloods. She’s good at what she does. Good enough to earn the nickname Lady Death—and the enmity of every bloodthirsty being around. But now a vampire Count is intent on merging his House with a werewolf cult to create a force of terrifying power.
Kat can’t allow that to happen. Even if it means taking on a den of weres and a vampire more ruthless than any she’s encountered before. She has the weapons, the skill, and a few allies. But that may not be enough to eliminate the Count before her own dark nature rises to the surface—and costs her whatever is left of her humanity…
About E.S. Moore
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