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We are here today to talk about your Instincts series. What can you tell us about it?
Thank you so much for having me here! It’s an honor and a pleasure. The Instincts series was my first venture into writing something with a paranormal twist to it. I’ve always loved vampire stories and movies, so when I decided to write my own vamps, I wanted to write the kind of vampires that I personally would like to read about. Not horror movie type monsters, but more along the lines of having a genetic mutation that requires them to take blood, but also stops them from aging, gives them greater strength and speed than humans, and the ability to not only could turn humans into vampires, but to make animals “servants” and form a close bond with those animals. I wanted it to seem plausible that vampires could exist naturally in the real world. Writing the series has really given me a love for writing stories with a paranormal-ish twist.
Tell us more about the Main characters in each installment?
The first book in the series, Natural Instincts, features Andreas Nikandros and Titus Antonius Calidus in the lead roles. These two are still one of my favorite couples that I’ve worked with and they make appearances in the other Instincts books as well, along with leading again in the third book, Loving Instincts. Titus is an Ancient vampire, one of the few who have lived for over 1,000 years. Andreas is a zoologist who specializes in big cats and he starts off wanting to become a vampire, so he can kill a vampire he believes murdered his sister. Both Andreas and Titus are strong men, and Titus in particular is on the dominant side, but the tenderness and love that grows between them was awesome to write.
The second book, Enduring Instincts, puts two vampires, Daniel Valente and Ryunosuke Kimura, in the lead. These two are very close to Titus and they also make appearances in other stories. Daniel has a complicated past and in this story, he’s struggling with several personal issues. Ryu was a samurai in his early life and still views himself as one in the modern age. These two are also favorites of mine. Daniel has no shortage of attitude and Ryunosuke is a true warrior, making them both so much fun to work with.
Adapting Instincts, the fourth installment, follows Carl Anderson, a primatologist and Andreas’s best friend, and Egill Dalgaard, a vampire who was a Viking back in the day. Refined Instincts puts Renart Bellerose, a former French nobleman, and Troy Raines, a very young vampire as the leads in the story. It’s a little tricky to go into details about either of these books and characters, because it could lead to spoilers for the earlier books, so I’ll just say that writing each of them was a wonderful experience and that they each added their own special “something” to the series.
What about Instincts makes you the most proud?
I’m really proud of the world I built. The vampires, their abilities, the animal companions, the diversity of the vampires all the way down to exploring the history of each of them, I’m very happy with how all of the books have turned out.
If you could change one thing in each title of the Instincts series what would it be and why?
I think at times I can be a little heavy on descriptive details. Some people really like that, some don’t. If I were to go through an edit on the books now, I’d probably look to see where I could streamline some of the more descriptive heavy parts. Of course, I say that, and I’ll probably write the exact same way in my next book.
Can you talk a little about the inspiration for Instincts as well as its main characters?
The series was inspired by my long time love of vampires and wanting to put my own twist on them. I also love history, and I wanted that to play a big part of the series in the time periods and cultures that the vampires come from, such as Titus having been a Roman Centurion and Ryunosuke a samurai.
When it came to how the vampires are able to bind an animal to them so that the animal’s life will last as long as the vampires, I’ve personally had special fur-babies in my life who I’ve had to say that final good-bye to. I know that pain and so I wanted to make it so the vampires would never have to say that good-bye to an animal they love. And I think the animals have added unique quality to the stories and are important characters themselves.
Along those lines, my love for animals and nature also played a big role in the stories being created with Andreas being a zoologist and the vampires being “natural” beings.
Will we be hearing more from these boys in the future?
You sure will! I just finished the next book in the Instincts series. I’m going to start revisions on it soon, then submit it to my editor at MLR Press, where the other books are published. If all’s looking good with it, hopefully that book will release later this year. The tentative title is Protective Instincts and it brings back Daniel Valente and Ryunosuke Kimura in the lead roles.
If you could give one piece of advice to new writers, what would it be?
Just write. When you sit down to do a first draft, don’t worry about everything being perfect. No story, published or not, is perfect. In that first draft, focus on getting the words down and getting to The End. Once you have the foundation laid, you can build, polish, and embellish from there. Getting from the first word to the last in a story is no easy task. Simply finishing a draft is a huge victory. So don’t be hard on yourself, don’t doubt yourself. Just write.
Tell us about some of your other titles.
I recently had a new release, Acting on Love, which is the 8th book in my Conquest series. That series features my rock stars and follows the band Conquest, along with those who are close with them. The first book in the series, Conquest, was my debut novel, and that book and the two men who lead in the story, Jesse Alexander and Evan Arden, are very dear to me. I was really happy to add another book to the series, especially since Brandon Alexander and Shunichi Miyamoto, who are the leads in it, have needed a story focused on their relationship. It was fantastic to finally give them that.
I also have another vampire story, Vampire Prince, that’s totally unrelated to the Instincts series. For that one, I had the vampires be a little closer to traditional, and also brought in more paranormal aspects with a smart-mouthed demon.
The other series I’m working on is my Terra series. I have the third one started and hopefully will get it wrapped up this year too. With it being fantasy and m/m romance, it’s been a really fun series for me to work on. I’ve loved fantasy forever, so with Terra, I’m bringing together that love with my love for writing gay romance.
Rapid Fire Time
- Neville or Ron? Neville. I think he’s an unsung hero in the Harry Potter series.
- Tea, hot or iced? Hot. Green tea with honey, please.
- Coffee or tea? Coffee. But don’t come at me with decaf.
- Whips or Chains? Chains.
- Sausage or Hamburger? Sausage.
- Spades or Euchre? Mario Kart!
- Red Heads or Blondes? No preference. Both are beautiful.
- Shifters or Vampires? Vampires! No surprise on that one, huh?
- Porsche or Prius? Porsche.
- Cut or uncut? Same answer as for red heads or blonds 😉
What are you working on? What is next?
I’m currently working on getting the next Instincts book ready to submit to my editor. I’m really excited about it and it’ll most likely be my next release. It’s always awesome to work with familiar characters, and hopefully everyone will be glad to see them come back again.
Title: Instincts Series
Author: SJ Frost
Cover Artist: unknown
Genre/Sub-Genre: M/M Romance, Paranormal
Andreas Nikandros has one focus, to kill the vampire he believes murdered his sister, and he knows with their greater strength, the surest way to kill a vampire is to become one. As a zoologist, he’s used to looking at the world from a natural standpoint, but when he sets out on a quest to find a vampire to Turn him, what he finds in Titus Antonius Calidus is the last thing he expected.
Titus has lived for over a thousand years, and in that time has only ever given his heart to one man. As they follow their natural instincts, they discover something truly worth living forever for, each other.
Vampire Daniel Valente struggles to live on his own, now that his master, Titus Antonius Calidus, has found eternal love with another. Carrying mental and emotional scars, he lives in loneliness and feels as though he’s lost who he once was. Ryunosuke Kimura has known Daniel for hundreds of years, and loved him for many of them. Even though he believes Titus is the only one Daniel wants to give his heart to, when he hears Daniel needs his support, he rushes to be with him.
With Ryu at his side, Daniel’s confidence returns, and with it, he sees the enduring love Ryu has always had for him. As they grow closer, new threats from old enemies arise, and if Daniel and Ryunosuke are to spend eternity together, they must first defeat the past.
Andreas Nikandros is ready to make the ultimate commitment to his vampire lover, Titus Antonius Calidus, but in doing so, Titus’s enemies become his own and his hope of living forever may be vanquished as he becomes the hunted.
From the moment Andreas Nikandros looked into the silver eyes of Titus Antonius Calidus, his life was destined to change. They’ve faced challenges and danger together, but all those did was make his love for Titus grow and strengthen his resolve to spend eternity at the side of his vampire lover. Titus has seen centuries come and go, losing more hope with each one of ever finding love again, until Andreas entered his life. He’s found his eternal partner in Andreas, and is ready to make him so in every sense.
As they follow their loving instincts, Andreas knows he’s going to have to make sacrifices, but he also knows what he’ll gain will be so much greater; Titus – forever. What he doesn’t foresee is Titus’s enemies becoming his own and how difficult simply surviving is when he becomes the hunted.
When Carl Anderson’s actions endanger the life of his vampire lover, Egill Dalgaard, he must decide whether to to walk deeper into vampire society, or turn his back on the only man who’s ever made him feel secure.
A single soft kiss, just a gentle brush of lips…but was it meant as a beginning, or a good-bye? Every day, Carl Anderson wondered if the man…the vampire…who gave him that kiss would appear in his life again. In that time, he’s worked to come to terms with the existence of vampires, and the dangers they and their enemies pose. Always looking over his shoulder for a vampire or hunter stalking behind him, Carl wishes he could feel safe again, like he did when Egill was at his side. As a Viking warrior and member of vampire society’s ruling body, the Tribunal, Egill Dalgaard is used to being in control of all things. But months ago, he did something that started to unravel his orderly life. He gave a kiss to a man who he was drawn to, who he hasn’t been able to stop thinking about. He has his reasons for keeping his distance, but when he sees Carl again, all logical thoughts begin to fade. When Carl’s actions inadvertently put Egill’s immortal life in danger, Carl must decide which path to take; whether to walk deeper into vampire society, or turn his back on the only man who’s ever made him feel secure.
In the arms of the vampire who Turned him, Troy Raines finds the desire to seek redemption, but as danger closes in, it might be too late for him to set right the wrongs of the past.
Troy Raines wants it all to end. His pain, his heartache, his regrets. Having been in hiding to avoid capture from the Tribunal, he returns to Chicago believing since that’s where everything began for him, it should end there, as well. Renart Bellerose has known many regrets in his long life as a vampire, but few are stronger than what he has regarding Troy Raines. As the one to make Troy a vampire, he gave him power, money, anything he thought Troy wanted, but he restrained on giving him what they both needed. When Renart and Troy face each other again, anger and passion explodes between them. Renart wants to help Troy find redemption, but as danger closes in, it might be too late to set right the wrongs of the past.
About the Author:
S.J. Frost is an author of sweet and sexy gay erotic romance stories. Some of her work includes the bestselling rock star novels in the Conquest series and vampire novels in the Instincts series. She resides in Ohio with her family and pets. To learn more about her writing, please feel welcomed to visit www.sjfrost.com and http://sj-frost.blogspot.com/.
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