Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Interview with Author Christine Ashworth + Giveaway

1. Tell us about yourself.

Sarah, thanks so much for having me here at Castles and Guns! I'm a born and bred So Cal girl, married with two grown sons. I blog about wine, gardening and cooking, and I write like a fiend when I get the chance.

2. When/how did you know you wanted to write?

My father is a writer, and so was my brother. My mother told epic stories to me every night before I went to sleep for years. Storytelling is in my blood, lol.

3. How long did it take you to get published?

I started writing with an eye to publication ten years ago. Someone once said it takes at least 10,000 hours of practice at anything to begin to attain mastery; I figure I'm almost at that 10k hour number.

4. How long does it take for you to write a book?

It depends. No, seriously. I've written 85k words in 16 days, and then again it's taken me 8 weeks to write 60k for a first draft. Of course, this is all without deadlines. I love deadlines. But when I give them to myself, my inner diva just laughs at me. DEMON SOUL was written in spurts in 2008; sent on the contest circuit in 2009, and rewritten twice. It sold in October of 2010. I wrote three other books during that time as well, though, so I wasn't strictly focused on DEMON SOUL.

5. Tell us about your new release DEMON SOUL.

DEMON SOUL is the story of Gabriel Caine, one of the Caine brothers, who are tribreds – demon, human and Fae blood runs through their veins and has for dozens of generations. Each Caine has his own way of dealing with their blood and the gifts and traps that come with it. Gabriel has suffered from the demon blood inside him, and when his soul is stolen by a bitch-vamp, he’s got to get it back or he’ll become the demon he fears.

6. What inspired DEMON SOUL?

A couple of things. I wanted to write paranormal, but I didn't want to stick with misunderstood vampires or sexy werewolves. Instead, I decided to mix the bloodlines - demon and Fae along with humans. I figured that would give me a lot to play with, story-wise. I wrote a short story, hoping to sell it to Nocturne Bites, Harlequin's paranormal novella line. They really liked the story but ultimately they passed on it. While they were considering it, I began Gabriel's story, since my hero in the short story was the oldest of three boys. I took the youngest, who'd fled the family home ten years prior to the opening of the book, and went from there.

7. What do you have in the works next?

The second in the series is called DEMON HUNT. The title is from the short story, but I've had to scrap almost the whole thing in order to get enough meat for a 90k novel. It's the story of Gregor Caine, the eldest of the Caine boys. Where Gabriel hates his demon blood but uses it when he has to, Gregor refuses to be anything but totally human. Unfortunately, circumstances arise where he must use both his demon and Fae blood in order to save the woman who has won his guarded heart.

8. What is your advice to aspiring authors?

Read, write, take as many online classes as you can, join Romance Writers of America no matter what genre you write - we are an inclusive group. If you don't want to join RWA, then join Savvy Authors (SavvyAuthors.com). Finish the manuscript. Write another one. Writing isn't easy; it's more difficult than digging ditches. If you think you might want to do something other than write, then maybe you should do that other thing. Writing, like aging, is not for sissies. And if you still want to write after all of that, then welcome to the club!

Stalk me here:
Website/blog: http://christine-ashworth.com/
Twitter: @CCAshworth
email: Christineash@sbcglobal.net

Buy Links:
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Demon-Soul-Christine-Ashworth/dp/0984180591
All Romance eBooks: http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-demonsoul-532766-140.html
Crescent Moon Press: http://www.crescentmoonpress.com/books/DemonSoul.html
Tag line: ...to retrieve his soul, she'll become fire...

Gabriel Caine stands on the edge of the abyss. A vampire has stolen his soul and if he doesn’t get it back soon, his next step will be into Hell.

Rose Walters has been sent back from the dead to complete one task- save Gabriel Caine. She’s drawn to Gabriel on the most basic level, but restoring his soul may cost Rose her life.

Rose has touched the whole of Gabriel, making him yearn for a love he believes he can never have. Her willingness to put her human life on the line for him forces him to bring all three parts of himself – demon, human, and Fae bloodlines, and the strengths of each – into harmony, and into the fight that will decide their fate.

Make sure to comment for the chance to win a copy of DEMON SOUL, your choice of print or ebook. If there are more than 10 commenters, Christine will giveaway a print book AND an ebook!

EDIT: Congrats to the winners! Ilona and Blackroze!


  1. Nice interview, Christine. I enjoyed learning a bit about you. Your Caine brothers sound interesting. :) I'll have to check out your blog since I love wine, gardening and cooking.

    Good luck with your book!

  2. I've read this book and it rocks! Ya'll are missing out if you don't read it!

  3. Welcome to CastlesandGuns, Christine. Good luck with Demon Soul.

  4. Hey Dawn! The blog is undergoing construction but the wine posts should start this Friday.

    Kinley, you're a doll! Thanks!

    Darcy, thanks for the welcome - I'm so happy to be here.

  5. Hi Christine,

    Another Dawn here. Your books sounds great, and I look forward to reading it. Ebook or paper, I read them both.

    Dawn Chartier

  6. Demon Soul sounds really good I hope it does well for you.

    I liked your advice for writers and will be passing it on to my author daughter :D

  7. Hi Christine,
    I'm really looking forward to reading Demon Soul. I love characters that have multiple sides to them.

    Best of luck with the series.
    Melissa Stark

  8. Christine,

    Had to come by and tell you how stoked I am about your release of Demon Soul!!! (Yes, I used to be a Cali gal myself. =D) This is a fantastic book and I can't wait to read Demon Hunt...Okay, I'll let you catch your breath. Just remember, your fans are waiting!

  9. Hi Christine, Great interview. I look forward to reading your book soon. When I saw the quote below in your email letting Savvy Author members know about your interview today, I had to come by and "meet the author" who became my inspiration for the day. It made me laugh and think.

    "To fear is one thing. To let fear grab you by the tail and swing you around is another."

    Live with passion,
    Dr. Charley...

  10. Hey, my Pente sistahs Dawn C. and Melissa dropped by! Thanks, ladies - I'll be hopping on to sprint soon, I promise.

    Ilona, I hope you don't get in trouble with your daughter!

    Renee, you are my light. Thank you so much!!! And hon, I'm writing as fast as I can!

  11. Dr. Charley, that quote - and the story behind it - will be the focus of a blog post, I've just decided! Because there is quite the story behind it. All I can say now is, sometimes just because you can do a job, doesn't mean it's the job you should do!

    Thanks so much for stopping by!

  12. Sounds like a great book! Love the blog, I just followed.


  13. Hey Christine... digging ditches is no where near as exciting as writing!! But, you might get a lot of uhm, potential candidates to write about if your ditch digging crew is sexy ;-)

    Keep writing woman, 10K is just the beginning!


  14. Andrea, thanks so much! I promise good content to come, lol!

    Susan, I hear you - some men digging ditches - ahem - ahh...sorry, was thinking about all those muscles and stuff. But yeah, I hear you! And I'm working on my next 10k hours...lol!

  15. i love the pic cover, it seems so right with th title, i know it suppose to ,mbut there is alot of books that dont