For this Fiction Feature, we have an interview with Emily Guido, the author of Charmeine.
What was the hardest thing about writing this book?
The hardest thing I had to handle writing this book was the editing! Editing is the bane of my existence! I really hate it but it is necessary. I have to say that being an independent; I didn’t have money to pay for a professional editor and certainly didn’t have money for printing out copies of the book. So the most painful and hardest reality of the book is the fact that I couldn’t afford to launch “Charmeine” the way I wanted! She deserved much better!
Which of your characters can you relate to the most?
I wish I could say whole-heartedly Charmeine! I am sassy like her. I am willing to put everything on the line like her. Furthermore, I am independent and love my family but no one tells me what to do, just like Charmeine. However, I don’t have one tenth of the beauty she has. She is dazzling and could make any man’s heart beat faster! Charmeine’s beauty is eternal and ethereal. Although we both have blonde hair and brown eyes!
Which part of the book was the easiest to write?
First let me say that once I got the idea for Charmeine, I just was on automatic pilot! I was writing and writing so fast that you would think I was a court stenographer. I just had this dream, vision or movie in my head and I had to get it out. I typed 100,000 words in a week, and I stayed up OVER 48 hours writing… just typing on my laptop and nothing else. After editing a couple weeks later, I had over 130,000 words! It was a whirlwind!
Which actors would play the main characters in the movie version of the book?Oooo… hum… I LOVE this question!Tabbruis - definitely David Gandy! When I post on my blog, he is always the Tabbruis of my dreams! Drop Dead Gorgeous and Grecian living statue is my Tabbruis! He makes Charmeine heat up with just a look… heck I would too!
Dmitri – one of my favorite to die for characters is Victor Alfieri! OMG Dmitri is just to die for hotness and his story really picks up in the following novels!
Thomas – would be Jason Lewis! Love Thomas and his innocence.
Neal – is my wonderful HUGE Protector of the “Castle Charmeine” played only by Michael Clarke Duncan!
Shane – would be the Gleeson Domhnall from the Harry Potter movies, yummy!
Sandra – Shane’s fiancé and spunky spitfire... could be no other than Demi Lavato
Last but not Least CHARMEINE! She would have to be played by Taylor Swift!
Which songs would be on the soundtrack of the movie version of the book?
Tabbruis and Charmeine’s song is “She’s Got a Way” by Billy Joel. It was the song that convinced Tabbruis to go to the Billy Joel Concert where he saved Charmeine from the blood-hunter. It was song that was playing over the loud speaker when they first saw each other. It was also the song they danced to on their wedding night.
However, Tabbruis’ songs vary because he has lived so long on the Earth, and “Night of the Hunter” by This is War on 30 Seconds to Mars was his song before he met Charmeine.
When Tabbruis and Charmeine have problems, this song really brings it home about Tabbruis, “She Wouldn’t Be Gone” by Blake Shelton.
Tabbruis also loves Charmeine so much and I have to mention that when he thinks of her, he always thinks of her with this song too, “Breathing” by Jason Derulo. Tabbruis loves her that she is breath, his one and only love.
Any future books in the works?
Oh YES! Definitely! “RANSOM” the Second Novel in “The Light-Bearer Series” is coming out very soon! I’m excited about “Ransom” it is the continuation of Tabbruis and Charmeine’s love affair which is a rollercoaster but is sweet and smexy! I can’t wait until my fans read “Ransom” they will be shocked! The Third Novel in the “The Light-Bearer Series” which is “Conundrum” is coming out sometime in the Fall!
ABOUT EMILY GUIDO:
Emily Guido is a new Paranormal Romance Author. She was inspired to start writing "Charmeine" because one day she got an idea of two characters that needed to have their story told. Not ever dreaming a week later she would have over a 100,000 words written. When Emily writes, it is similar to you or I watching a movie. She pictures the characters in her head going through vivid descriptions of each scene. There are so many nuances going through her mind that she cannot type fast enough.
Emily is currently editing the second novel, in "The Light-Bearer Series," Ransom, soon to be published in May 2012. She is currently working at a College full time, and pursuing her Master of Business Administration.
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ABOUT THE BOOK:
Can romance develop between a heavenly Light-Bearer and a hellish vampire Blood-Hunter?
Tabbruis is a Blood-Hunter, he drinks blood to survive. Over millennia Tabbruis has wondered the Earth alone aimlessly living through many historical events.
Charmeine just came to the Earth in 1997. Little did she know her destiny was to be Queen of all the Light-Bearers?
When Tabbruis meets Charmeine the attraction is immediate and passionate. They are polar opposites and clash together in a strongly romantic and dramatic way. When she meets Tabbruis, Charmeine’s powers as a Light-Bearer, one who throws lightning, is triggered and grows exponentially.
Charmeine and Tabbruis soon find out they were made by God for each other; however, on the day God cast Lucifer out of Heaven, they were split up by some mistake. Charmeine sacrificed herself to save her Tabbruis but they were sent to Earth as total opposites and in different times. Tabbruis never remembered Heaven, Charmeine or their child. Until he met Charmeine, he did not know he was the King of Darkness and destined to be her Husband on Earth as he was in Heaven.
Once Tabbruis and Charmeine proclaim their love for one another, they have to battle their way to freedom from the evil forces on Earth.
Charmeine said, “No way will you die on me Tabbruis!” she ran across to the desk and got the letter opener and came to the bed cutting open a hole in the blood pack and held it up to his lips, he didn’t respond.Angrily, she threw the blood pack in the bathroom sink. The tears were pouring out of her eyes clouding her vision. Then she came over to the bed and Tabbruis’ pallor was almost white.Helplessness enveloped her. Charmeine yelled, “DAMN IT TO HELL!”In desperation, she cut her finger with the letter opener. She pushed her bleeding finger through Tabbruis’ lips and rested it on his tongue and he rolled his eyes.Urgently Charmeine said, “Taste my blood, you need to drink now Tabbruis!”There was no response from him. Charmeine was not going to give up! Still with her bathing top on, she unzipped her hoodie and took it off.While dripping her blood on her neck, Charmeine pulled Tabbruis up into a sitting position and leaned his mouth against her neck rubbing her bloody finger against her jugular vein and his lips.Tears were rolling down her face and she said in his ear. “Hold on to me Tabbruis; don’t leave me now. I’ve been searching for you my whole life. Semper…tua…ero…Tabbruis.”Finally, Charmeine felt a puncture in her neck.Charmeine gasped at the pain but was relieved he was going to have the blood he needed to survive.When Tabbruis began to pull on her blood, a rush of warmth ran through her body. When he pulled again, a shock of pleasure ran up and down her body. Charmeine lay back on the bed too weak to hold up his weight up anymore. Going on his basic instincts, Tabbruis rested across the top of her with his mouth buried in her neck.Tabbruis pulled on her blood again and an electric, sexual heat filled all her senses. Charmeine did not know what was going on. She had never felt like this before.Charmeine pulled him closer pressing him against her and said, “Hold me Tabbruis, hold me closer.” With a low growl, he began to wrap his arms around her tightly and she moaned with pleasure.Suddenly, Tabbruis’ senses came back to him. He turned his head from her neck ashamed of what he had done. Tabbruis’ desire was too great to be this close to her and he did not want to harm her.Charmeine took his chin in her hands and he slowly turned his head. His eyes were green in middle but the iris was circled with black desire. Looking into his eyes she brought his head to her neck and said, “Believe.”Tabbruis backed away and said very weakly, “I cannot; I may hurt you.”Softly, Charmeine said looking into his eyes, “You won’t. I know you won’t.”Charmeine kissed Tabbruis’ mouth. His fangs were exposed and she felt the fangs. Tabbruis was trying to control his needs but he could not help growling as she did this. She lowered herself on the bed and guided his mouth to her neck.Charmeine whispered in his ear breathlessly, “Believe.” Tabbruis could not hold back any longer, he bent down and began to pull blood from her neck again. He held her even closer now and she pulsated with white light. The warmth and tingle of her white light made him run his hands through her hair and up and down her arms.Charmeine held him close burning with passion saying, “Always Tabbruis… Always.”With one last pull of her blood which made her shiver, he licked her neck healing it instantly saying breathlessly, “Always.” Tabbruis lay back next to her.