Monday, August 31, 2009

Guest - Marcia Colette

Good morning, everyone! Today's guest is Marcia Colette who'll be discussing her paranormal characters. It's a very interesting article. Enjoy! Read all the way to the Lynda Again section to discover how you can win a copy of Marcia's Stripped.

-- Lynda

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Creatures and Ideas

Whenever I look around me, at my house life or those of others, I see ideas. While life might be a tad mundane at times, it’s how you spice it up that makes for good fodder…and good stories.

The only reason why I bring this up is because I don’t write about normal paranormal characters. I’m always looking for ways to change them up. That doesn’t mean I neglect the classic vampire or werewolf. Are you kidding me? I love the classics! If it hadn’t been for them, I wouldn’t have the imagination that I do now. My only thing is they’re not the focus of my stories. They might play secondary character or a bit part, but that’s about it.

In Stripped, my main heroine is a human hybrid or half werewolf and half human. I love love love my werewolves. But…I wanted to make mine different. Having a half-wolf is definitely different. At least, for me it is. My heroine, Alexa Wells, has all of the characteristics of a werewolf, but she doesn’t change and she’s not quite as strong.

In my werewolf world, that’s an extremely rare trait in itself. Most human hybrids are killed off due in part to a full-blood challenging them or they’re mentally unstable because they don’t understand what has happened to them. Nevertheless, I wanted to make this work with my human hybrid and I had found a way to make that happen. Next thing I knew, Alexa Wells was born. If we can have dhampirs (half human/half vampire), then why not the same for werewolves?

There are many stories about shapeshifting cats out there, but I could hardly find any werecheetahs in the mix. I love cheetahs. There’s something majestic about them that catches my eye. They deserve their own story, so that where my werecheetah romances were born. Seduction on the Prowl will be the second story in series and will be released Spring 2010 with Parker Publishing. I love this story because it introduces other creatures that don’t always get enough page/screen time, IMHO. I’m talking root women, mummies, cunning women, and chameleons. I love love love my chameleon heroine. She will definitely get her own story, if I have anything to say about it. ;-)

I won’t divulge any of the other characters I’m working on, but rest assured I will have a character dictionary on my website one of these days. I’ll have to, in order to keep track of my supernatural world. For now, let’s just say I’m thinking well outside the box and probably in another field. No worries though. One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned as a paranormal writer is that anything is possible as long as you make it believable.



Someone wants their perfect weapon back, only she’s not coming quietly.

Alexa Wells wants her life back. She’s just not sure what that life was. The memories inside her head—a stripper’s—aren’t hers, and before she humiliates herself onstage one more time, she sets out to collect the scattered pieces of her mind. The trail leads to Boston, charges of identity theft and murder, and the real bombshell: a forgotten werewolf lover who insists she’s a werewolf hybrid.

Matt York doesn’t care that she looks at him like he’s been smoking crack between court cases. Now that he has her back he’s not about to let her go it alone, even if she can easily kick ass and take names all by herself. Amnesia only scratches the surface of her problems, and like it or not, she’s stuck with him.

She’s also stuck with Robert Gamboldt, a venture capitalist who’s not above murdering his way to the top. He’s not about to lose his prize possession without playing dirty. It’s a simple enough offer. Be his personal assassin, or go to jail.

With options like that, it’s enough to make a hybrid go full-blood.

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Paranormal author Marcia Colette was born and raised in a single-parent household in upstate New York. She graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a bachelors degree in biomedical engineering and a masters degree in information technology from American Intercontinental University. After a couple of moves from north to south to north, she is now living in the south again in the lovely state of North Carolina.

Unlike many authors, Marcia hadn’t discovered her love for reading until her late twenties. As it turned out, her tastes were very selective and different than most of the stuff her English teachers tried to shove down her throat. She has been a lover of the paranormal from her first horror movie and has never looked back.

Marcia is a member of the Horror Writers Association, Paranormal Mystery Writers, and Romance Writers of America.

The best place to find her is on her blog where she loves connecting with readers and other writers. Conferences/conventions where sci-fi, fantasy, and horror reign supreme are a good bet, too, along with the occasional romance conference.

For more information check out my website at www.marciacolette.com or my blog at http://marciacolette.wordpress.com.
Purchase STRIPPED at http://new.mybookstoreandmore.com/shop/product.da/stripped


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-- Lynda Again.

If you leave a comment on the blog, email Ms Colette at marciacolette@gmail.com and she'll enter your name in a drawing for an e-copy of her book Stripped. Good luck!

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18 comments:

Edie Ramer said...

Marcia, I love characters like a root woman, cunning woman (that can be me! unless she's a villain, of course) and chameleon. A chameleon sounds like it will be an awesome heroine. Just like your heroine in STRIPPED!

Harry Markov: daydream said...

Oh I'd love to see the root woman character, because I have barely seen anything like it done. Now why do I have to wait for so long for the sequel to be out? But I guess I need to read the first.

Beth Caudill said...

Just stopping by to say hi. Hey, I just used a chameleon in a flash fiction piece....made him a bad guy messenger flunky. :)

I'm all for the using less popular types of creatures. I think you can have fun with them. Can't wait for more stories...more cheetahs yeah.

hotcha1 said...

HI MAR, I JUST LOVE PARANORMAL I WISH I READ YOUR BOOKS AND I KNOW THEY ARE HOT! DAMN FOR MY SCROOGE DH! LOL

Mary Marvella said...

Hey, kiddo! I had no idea how talented you were when I met you at DragonCon! You are really moving along! Gotta read this newest book.

ddurance said...

I've loved werewolves for quite some time and after I read the Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris several years, she opened my eyes up to all the other possibilities. I love the idea of were-cheetahs. Quinn, who was one of Sookie's love interests was a were-tiger.

Deidre
deidre_durance at hotmail dot com

Magaly Guerrero said...

Don't be selfish Marcia, divulge!! *grin* I love Alexa, she is one of those unique characters that stay with you long after you finish reading the novel.

Cathy M said...

Hi Marcia, I love shifter stories and really enjoyed the excerpt for Stripped. Peeked at your website and signed up for your newsletter today too.

caity_mack(at)yahoo(dot)com

Judy said...

I really enjoyed the excerpt for your novel Stripped. Sounds like a very good read. I love shifters of any kind.

magnolias_1@msn.com

Kelsey Card said...

Hi Marcia, your characters sound fascinating. The concept of your half-were with the possibility of death or insanity is intriguing. And hey, I agree, if we can have a dhampir, why not a half-were. I love it when writers play with the “classic” character types. I look forward to checking out your books.

Kelsey
Tales of magic, adventure, and romance

Marcia Colette said...

Sorry it took me so long, but thanks for having me as a guest, you lovely ladies of Star-Crossed Romance.

Also, thanks for the wonderful compliments. Let's just say I'm sticking true to the term "creature features" when it comes to my style of paranormal characters. ;-)

Debby said...

What a interesting article. I lvoe reading a book with a clever woman. I enjoy watching how a parnormal world comes out.

Lina Gardiner said...

Marcia, can't wait to read your book. It sounds fascinating. It was great to see you in Washington, hope you had a good conference.
Lina

Pamk said...

sounds like a great read. Very different. And am adding to my tbb list.

Nancy B said...

Hey there, HOT MAMA! This books sounds GREAT! I'll have to find room on my bookshelf soon.

Nancy Badger said...

I suppose if I want to WIN I need to leave my address. Duh! Anyway, I love the idea of a multiracial character. Half-human/half-werewolk sounds a bit problmatic to me. Can't wait to see how you handle this.

annalisa said...

WOW! Your book, STRIPPED, sounds fabulous! Paranormal books are my favorite and I love shifter stories. :)

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Lynda K. Scott said...

Congrats to Judy who won Ms Colette's book, STRIPPED. And thanks to Marcia Colette for being with us this week. It's been a pleasure for us all {g}