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My guest today is Annette McCleave

Draw Into Darkness

Serving a five-hundred-year sentence as a Soul Gatherer—one who battles demons for the souls of the dead—Lachlan MacGregor keeps his distance from humans. That is, until the lovely Rachel Lewis knocks on his door, begging for help.

As they struggle to rescue her daughter from the clutches of a powerful demon, Lachlan finds himself increasingly drawn to the artistic single mother. But when Death assigns him an unbearable task, he’s left wondering who will provide more for his soul.

Annette, Thank you so much for agreeing to be a guest on my blog.

Thanks very much for having me and allowing me to share the excitement of my debut release!

Can you tell everyone a little bit about yourself?

Let’s see. I’m a mom and an animal lover—we have both a dog and a cat at home. I love movie theater popcorn, even though I know it’s bad for me. I drink far too much coffee, and I’m known to get so caught up in my writing that I forget appointments. Perhaps a little more exciting, I won the RWA’s prestigious Golden Heart award last year for Best Paranormal Romance—with the manuscript now published as Drawn into Darkness.

How long have you been writing?

All my life. 🙂 When I was younger, I started many a story that never got completed, and even completed a very bad mystery novel. But I only started writing seriously about six years ago.

What is your writing process like?

I’m an early-morning writer. I get up before dawn, make myself a pot of coffee, and start writing. I love those early hours when the house is dark and silent and my imagination can run wild. Depending on where I am with regard to my deadline, I either stop around 2pm, or plow right through until 6pm. I also fit contract writing jobs—not fiction—in between.

Can you tell us about your newest release Drawn Into Darkness?

Drawn into Darkness is my debut novel. It’s the story of a Scottish-born Soul Gatherer who battles demon thieves for the souls of the dead and a single mom desperate to save her teenage daughter from a dark influence. As an immortal, Lachlan MacGregor likes to keep his distance from humans, but when Rachel Lewis, the graphic artist who lives in the apartment below him begs him for help, he can’t help but aid her. But fighting demons isn’t the hardest thing Lachlan has to do. He finds himself in a horrible spot when he’s assigned his next task–to gather her daughter’s soul.

Drawn Into Darkness sounds like the beginning of a series, is it and if so how many books will there be in the series?

It’s definitely a series. There’s at least three books contracted, and there could be more. The second book, Bound by Darkness, will be released in May of 2010. There’s a sneak peak at Bound at the back of Drawn into Darkness. Stay tuned to my website—I’ll be posting more information about Bound as it becomes available.

What are you currently working on?

I’m working on revisions to Bound by Darkness and I’m finishing up a proposal for book 3.

Where do you get your ideas for your books?

I’m not really sure. The characters pop into my head fully formed, begging to have their story told. I then imagine the worst possible things that could happen to them. I put my characters in a dozen difficult situations they must struggle to get out of—basically, I torture them. Then I reward them with love. 🙂

As an author, you must be an avid reader. What genre of books do you enjoy reading? Who are your auto-buy authors?

I’m a huge reader—although I must confess that since becoming a writer, I’ve slowed down a bit. It’s far too easy to fall into the latest book from a favorite author and avoid working on my own manuscripts. 🙂 I read across the romance genres, including historicals, contemporary romances and paranormal/urban fantasy. And I also read thrillers.

What books are on your keeper shelf?

Whoa, that’s a long shelf. A sampling of what you’d find on it? Mr. Perfect by Linda Howard. Breathing Room by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Bitten by Kelley Armstrong. His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik. The Dark Highlander by Karen Marie Moning.  

What was the first romance book you read or the book that has stood the test of time for you?

I read romances from an early age because my mother had a subscription to Harlequin, but the first romance novel to really make an impact on me was Kathleen Woodiwiss’s The Wolf and the Dove. I read my first copy so often it fell apart. I bought another, and it’s still a book I re-read again and again.

If your book was made into a movie which actors would you like to see as the lead characters?

Oooh…that’s a good question. I can easily imagine Clive Owen playing Lachlan. His accent wouldn’t be quite right, but I could forgive that every time I looked at him. 😉 Rachel Weiss would make a great Rachel. Gorgeous, yet approachable and down-to-earth.

If you could switch lives with one of your characters who would if be & why?

Rachel. Heck, she got Lachlan. What more could a girl want? Plus, she’s artistic, and I can’t draw a good stick figure, let alone paint a landscape.

When you are not writing or reading, what do you enjoying doing in your spare time?

I love the movies. And I’m an avid fan of some current television programs, including Dexter and True Blood. My one outdoor activity is walking my dog several times a day, rain or shine. Not only do I get quality time with my pal, Lucky, I get inspired by the constantly-changing moods of Mother Nature.

If you could ask readers any one question, what would it be?

What keeps you hooked to a paranormal romance series—what keeps you reading? Is it the over-arching conflict, the characters, or something else?

Where can readers find you on the internet?

You can find me all over the place on the webs: at my author website (http://www.annettemccleave.com/), at the group blog I share with several other talented NAL authors (http://www.silkandshadows.com/), on Facebook (www.facebook.com/annette.mccleave), or on Twitter (twitter.com/annettemccleave). Please stop by for a visit! I’d love to hear from you.


This is also a stop on my “Cross into Darkness” blog tour, and I invite you to visit my website for a chance to win the tour grand prize. If you’ve been following the tour from the beginning, here’s the clue….

idonotwanttowaitiwantthebooknow clue: The village in the heart of this region is called Fortingall.


****Leave a comment answering Annette’s question about what keeps you hooked and reading a paranormal romance series and one commenter will win a signed copy of Drawn Into Darkness to be announced Friday. Good Luck!!!!