New Release: Bite Marks by C J Galaway
The story I’m about to tell you for the most part is true. I say for the most part because no one’s memory is truly perfect. Plus I’ve taken the liberty of changing a few things here and there to protect the lives of the humans I’ve recently befriended. They have come to mean a great deal to me and I would hate to see anything happen to them. It’s not their fault I have this great urge to tell my life story.
So why tell it, you ask? First of all, it’s not my entire life story. Most of it is boring and dull, like average people’s everywhere. I’ve lived it and wouldn’t want to read it. Second, it’s still going on and would take volumes to record the centuries I have yet ahead of me.
Yes, you read right, I said centuries. My life isn’t average anymore. I am a creature of the night…a vampire. This is the tale of what happened when I decided to beg for a chance at immortality. You know the type of split-second decision that tends to change things forever. This was one of those.
Don’t laugh this off. Humans truly do not know whether my kind exists or not. We like it that way. The Hollywood myths and rumors make our lives much easier to live. Besides, most humans refuse to accept what is right in front of their faces, until it’s too late.
Well, you have a copy of my story in your hands right now and I can tell you’re dying to read it. Be warned it’s a graphic little tale. I have left none of the important details out and have done a few things you might find repulsive. But you’re only human, after all.
Go ahead and read on. You will find it a very educational experience, to say the least. Keep reading; I know you can’t resist.
Our interview with C J Galaway
Firstly, tell us about your book/series.
The title is Bite Marks and it tells the story of Angela Stewart, a woman who is enamored with vampires from films and books. Then when she meets a vampire and asks to become one, she finds out that Hollywood may have gotten a few things wrong.
What would you do if you met a real, live vampire face-to-face? Angela Stewart did one evening and it changed her life forever…
What are you working on at the moment?
I’ve got a first draft started of what’s probably going to be the middle book of a trilogy. All I can say about it now is that it’s about werewolves and that vampires are involved. I’ve got an idea what will happen, but that may or may not change as I shape and edit it and breathe life into it.
What inspired you to become a writer?
Actually I’ve always enjoyed writing, but it wasn’t until I was in college that I was truly inspired to try to get my writing published. Some of my friends convinced, well actually dared, me to let an English professor I hadn’t had for class to read the book I had finished. So, not wanting to back down from a dare, I did. Going back to find out his opinion was one of the hardest things I think I’d ever done at that time. No one was more surprised than me when he asked me what I was doing as an Education major when I could write like that? From then on, I took something I did only for fun a lot more seriously.
How long have you been writing?
I started writing when I was in junior high. My English teacher had given the assignment to write a short story and I liked putting the words on paper. I think she liked it, I really don’t remember, but what I do remember is from that moment on all of my free time was spent either reading or writing. I don’t have a lot of what I’d written during that time and I wish I did.
What is your relationship with your characters? Do you have a favourite? Is there one that you find a bit more difficult?
I tend to see my characters as my children in a way. I will talk to them while I write, argue with them if I’m stuck, and sometimes they argue back. For me they are living, breathing beings while I’m working on the story. I believe they have to be real to me in order for the story to come alive for my readers. As for having a favorite, I’ve always been fond of Angela. She’s the one telling her story in Bite Marks, so she’s the one I feel the closest to. The reader will see everything as it happens through her eyes. Darcy, her best friend, was a bit more difficult simply because things are from Angela’s POV only so keeping her thoughts out of it right away proved to be difficult, but not impossible.
Is there anything that you find challenging about being a writer?
I’d have to say for me it’s creating the characters themselves. I like to know more about each one besides a name and a basic description. Each one is unique with their individual personalities, quirks, things that you love and hate about them. So making each one into a unique, complete character is probably my biggest challenge.
Do you write freehand at all or straight onto your pc?
All concepts, outlines, character bios, and first drafts I do freehand. Not to give my age away, but when I was in school computers weren’t around. So I would sit and watch T.V. while I wrote as a teen, and the habit has stuck. When I do revisions I move to a pc and keep each draft as a file.
Do you have a strict writing routine/word count per day?
Not really, but I wish I did. I envy those writers that can sit and not only write, but produce for x amount of hours a day, y number of days a week. I do try to write daily for at least two hours. Sometimes it works and sometimes it turns into a marathon session.
What do you think causes people’s enduring fascination with vampires?
I think it’s the promise of not only immortality but the idea of being not only forever young and beautiful but all powerful that draws people in. Modern vampires are seen as the beautiful, powerful people of the world and who doesn’t want to be one of them?
Do you have any plans to write in a different genre in the future?
Definitely! I want to write a story that draws people in and compels them to get lost in the storyline. That has always been my favorite thing, to get lost in a good story. In that light I have several ideas for books that are in completely different genres.
Are you also an avid reader? What are you reading at the moment?
I love to read! I read whenever I can! My spouse surprised me with a Nook Color for Christmas, which I absolutely love. I still love the feel of a hardback book in my hands, especially on a rainy day. Give me a comfy chair by a cozy fire with a nice pot of tea and a good book and I’m set for the day. Right now I’m re-reading The Host by Stephanie Meyer. I picked up the hardback when it first came out, then grabbed it for my Nook when I heard they were making it into a movie.
The vampires are attacking! Grab the first thing you see to your right and hit them with it! What was it? And how do you think you did in the ensuing fight?
The first thing I saw was my in-laws Pomeranian, Bear. He likes to think he’s a vicious beast, but he’s really quite loveable. So if the vampires threw him food, which they probably did, I didn’t fare all that well sadly.
The afore mentioned vampire attack didn’t go so well and you were bitten by the vampire…now what?
That is a very interesting question, but first I think a drink is in order. Can I have a little sip? I promise it won’t hurt too much…
You are planning an awesome dinner party. Which 3 celebrities/fictional characters/historical figures (past or present) would you add to your guest list?
All three are popular female writers today, and their genres are very diverse. I am a huge fan of Tess Gerristen’s medical mysteries, as well as of Nora Roberts’ In Death series. And then there’s the exquisite, twisted imagination of Laurel K. Hamilton. I simply love both her Anita Blake and her Merry Gentry series. To be able to enjoy an excellent meal and conversation with these three women would be amazing. Their writing styles are so diverse yet compelling, with the various approaches to the writing craft…I can’t even begin to describe how amazing it would be.
Can you give us five random facts about yourself?
- I have a Peace, Love, McDonald’s tattoo
- My favorite cartoon character is Stitch from Lilo and Stitch
- My dream is to own a 1968 Chevrolet Corvette
- I love to play RuneScape
- I’ve started a collection of swords from all eras
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
A lot of people have said this, and I’m going to add my voice to the chorus—keep writing! Do not let others convince you to quit. And no matter how many rejection letters you receive, keep submitting. The word no will not kill you, I promise! I know this was the hardest advice I needed to listen to but it is true—keep writing!
About the author
C.J. Galaway was born in a small town in Pennsylvania in the peak of the summer season. It wasn’t until three months later she would meet her family through adoption and become the youngest of three children. Though since her two older siblings are at least twenty years older, it was like being an only child.
C.J. grew up in a world of adults in a neighborhood with no children her age to play with, so her mother instilled in her a love of reading. She couldn’t imagine a time she wasn’t reading. “I grew up without computers, PS3 or XBOX, and cable T.V.,” she laughs. “So my favorite way to pass the time was to lose myself in a good book. I could easily read three to four a week.”
School was never that important to her, some studies came easy but for the most part it was boring for her. She was the quiet kid who sat in the back of your junior/senior high school classes doing anything but what the teacher wanted her to do. Although she would develop a passion for learning and return to college later in life to earn her bachelor’s degree from California University of Pennsylvania.
It was in junior high she started putting pen to paper and writing down what she imagined in her mind. An English teacher encouraged her to keep writing after enjoying a story she had written for extra credit over the holidays. “I had played with imaginary friends as a child and would lay out these elaborate scenarios in my mind for what would happen that day,” C.J. recalls. “It was easy to transfer that planning from my play time onto paper.”
It is from that love or reading and an over active imagination in childhood that the idea for her first novel Bite Marks was born…