Meet Guest Author: Charissa Dufour

Coverart1Meet Charissa Dufour, author of Sucked In and Torn (releasing in December).

About Sucked In:

Ashley Hawn writes novels where the dark, handsome, brooding anti-hero always gets the attractive mortal girl… that is, until her out-of-her-league boyfriend turns her into a creature of the night. The only problem is, real life vampires are nothing like the creatures of her imagination. Suddenly, she is trapped in in the middle of a supernatural war that challenges everything she thought she understood about the world of fiction, leaving her with the realization that being a vampire actually sucks. Available now on AMAZON

selfCharissa Dufour

My journey to become a writer began in 8th grade, when I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and pulled from school to recover. During this time, I was left alone for hours on end and it was then that I discovered new friends within the pages of books. I also learned the blessing of creating my own friends by writing down the stories that plagued my lonely mind—as demented as that sounds.

Therefore at the ripe age of fourteen, I wrote my first novel. It sucked! But I kept going and now I am finalizing my first indie novel, with sequels to come, and two other series along with a fiction based blog. I never imagined that first horrible novel about a man who crash landed on his long lost home world would turn into a lifelong passion.

I now live in Chicago, IL with my amazing husband and two rambunctious kittens, Groot and Rocket.

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What is your writing routine like?

I, with complete shame-face, admit that my writing routine usually starts with FarmVille. Once all my goats are fed and my crops are sewn, I hunker down and get distracted by Facebook. From there, I move on to checking on my marketing, followed closely by some sort of house cleaning. Shortly after that I yell at my cats for climbing on the curtains and knocking a lamp over. Then, I am very lucky, I open Word document and stare at the blinker cursor.

Really, it is a wonder I get any writing done at all.

In all seriousness, it takes a lot of coffee and a lot of luck for me to get any writing done at all. Once I have settled down for a stint of writing, the words flow and the world is right.

What inspired you to write Sucked In?

My husband and I were sitting on our back porch, making fun of Twilight, and one of us said “what would happen if Stephenie Meyer was suddenly turned into a vampire only to learn that vampires don’t sparkle.” A half hour later we had the bare bones of the plot. Many years later I had a finished book.

What do you hope your readers get out of Sucked In?

It’s quite simple: I hope my readers get a laugh and a little escape from real life. Sucked In is not deep or even very emotional, but it is funny and entertaining. Sometimes we just need to let our hair hang out and enjoy a book without expecting anything more.

torn review draftTell us about your upcoming release.

On December 20th I will be releasing a new book entitled Torn, book one of the Dothan Chronicles. Here is a little glimpse into the pages of Torn:

King Wolfric Eberhand battles the last nation to stand against his thirsty sword and raging armies. With help from the deadly knight, Sir Erin Caldry, he hopes to conquer the land of Dothan once and for all. He has the wealth and manpower to take their rich land, but what he doesn’t realize, is that the youngest Dothan princess is currently a slave within his castle walls.

While out visiting the remote estate of a relative, Princess Bethany Kavadh is kidnapped by slavers.

Bedraggled and weary, she finds herself sold into slavery. To her horror, she soon discovers that her new owner is none other than her family’s worst enemy, King Wolfric. To fight her rising despair and to keep what little sanity she possess, Princess Bethany begins to fight back, sabotaging the efficient running of the House and function of their Armies.

But what happens when they realize her true identity?

Will they ransom her for the wealth of her nation?

Will they keep her as a slave? Or will they inflict an even crueler punishment?

The only things for certain are: The war between two nations will escalate, and one young princess’s life shall forever be TORN.

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