Tuesday, August 27, 2019

#AuthorInterview - "The Shadowheart Curse" by Karilyn Bentley

Thank you so much, Karilyn, for stopping by my blog.
Author Interview

What kind of research did you do for The Shadowheart Curse? Did you travel, use the Internet, speak with experts on a topic, etc?
I was given the pictures of where the movie would be filmed and had to write the scenes according to that. The book takes place at an abandoned Italian mill and while I had pictures of the outside, I did not have any of the inside. So I had to Google abandoned mills (which is totally fascinating, BTW). I've also never been to Italy, so there was a lot of research for me!

What process did you go through when you picked your characters’ names for The Shadowheart Curse?
I looked up popular Italian baby names for the years my characters were born in and picked two that mean the opposite of each other, light and dark. 

Are your characters based on anyone you know?
No, not for this book. I was given descriptions of the characters, even though I got to name them. Only once have I ever based a character off of someone I knew and then it was more of a personality quirk than the actual person!

What do you prefer: ebook or print? Why? 
I actually prefer print but print books take up a lot of room so for the last few years, I mainly read on my Kindle. Ebooks are nice because you can store a lot of them without wasting physical shelf space.

What did you do when you received your first Acceptance Letter? 
It was an email, not a letter, and I had to read it at least three times to make sure it said what I thought it said. Then I jumped around the room shouting. 

What is your favorite book? Favorite author?
I can't pick just one! I love the Song of Ice and Fire series by George RR Martin and of course Harry Potter by JK Rowling. Favorite authors are like favorite books. Too many to count!

Besides writing and reading, what are some of your hobbies?
I used to love to grow a vegetable garden, but since I've moved to the mountains, I can't get anything to grow. My container garden is sad. 


Escaping New York after a client’s untimely death, medium Adrianna Sinclair flees to her family property in Italy. All she wants is to avoid ghosts, but an attractive one tempts her in ways she never knew possible. 
Luca Fausto has been trapped on the Romani property for over a century for a crime he didn’t commit. Adrianna may be the answer to breaking the curse that keeps him bound. 
Standing in their way is a demonic spirit's plan for revenge.  Will they prevail or will Luca be cursed to the shadows forever? 


Lights drew her attention to the opposite wing of the mill, where a man stood staring at her window. At her. Breath caught in her lungs as she froze.
But only for a brief moment until she realized it wasn’t a man, at least not a living one. Her breath escaped on a whoosh of relief. Intuition whispered the man was the spirit who’d watched her last night.
The one from her dream.
Shadows clung to his body, ghostly fingers releasing as he stepped into the dim slash of moonlight. Lights flickered from behind him, like the dying gasps of sputtering candles. Dressed in a white shirt with an old-fashioned high collar, sleeves rolled halfway up his forearms, and dark trousers, he reminded her of a working man in a World War I photograph. As if he had removed his coat and tie and rolled up his sleeves to get to work.
Except the men in those photos didn’t sport the wide-eyed, happy look of this man. Ghost. Whatever. Yeah, he wasn’t the only one surprised. She’d sworn never to see a ghost again, yet there stood a ghost, captured by her gaze. The man was hot, in an old-fashioned way. At least he didn’t sport a handle-bar moustache.
He gestured to her, his hand beckoning in a “come here” motion.
She squeezed the bridge of her nose. Was she actually thinking of heading his way? Judging by the way her feet pointed toward the door, she’d already decided. Dammit. She might not want to see a ghost or speak to a spirit, but past experience told her if she ignored them, they ramped up the annoying factor.
       How bad could it be to talk to an attractive spirit?



Karilyn Bentley's love of reading stories and preference for sitting in front of a computer at home instead of in a cube, drove her to pen her own works, blending fantasy and romance mixed with a touch of funny.
Her paranormal romance novella, Werewolves in London, placed in the Got Wolf contest and started her writing career as an author of sexy heroes and lush fantasy worlds.
Karilyn lives in Colorado with her own hunky hero, two crazy dogs, aka The Kraken and Sir Barks-A-Lot, and a handful of colorful saltwater fish.


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  1. Thank you for letting me blog with you today Amber!!!

  2. CONGRATULATIONS, Karilyn. Best of luck with your book. I've tried container gardening too. Epic fail.

    1. Thank you!! It is super hard up here to grow veggies in a container. :( Thanks for stopping by!!

  3. Congratulations again, Karilyn! And have you tried placing your container garden in a south-facing area? Just an idea. Wishing you continued success!

    1. Thank you Mary!!! It's actually in a north facing area, but in the summer gets 16 hours of light a day. Maybe that's the problem? :)

  4. Interesting interview...always great to learn more about an author. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Glad you enjoyed it CB! Thank you for stopping by!

  5. I've enjoyed so many of your books, Karilyn. I'm glad you have this opportunity. We're all excited to see how it goes. Good luck.

    1. Aw, thank you Sandy! I'm glad you like them!! I love to hear when people enjoy reading my books! Thank you! :)

  6. This is a very nice interview. It's always nice to see how an author approaches writing a book where there are so many unknown and the author needs to make it 'feel' right. I love your work!

    1. Thank you so much Eileen!! I'm glad you liked the interview and especially glad you enjoy my books! That made my day!


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