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Friday, June 14, 2013

#IndieSpotlight of Aimee Duffy @AimeeDuffyx Author of Reunited With Red


Aimee Duffy 

The Title of Your Work or Group: 
My story is a very adult take on Little Red Riding Hood entitled, Reunited With Red. It’s book two in the Once Upon a Twist Anthology.

Where are you from? Does not have to be the name of the place exactly. You can say Hick-ville Florida, for example if you are more comfortable with that. 
Scotland, and my co-author, Michelle Smart whose book in our anthology is called Glass Slippers and Combat Boots, is from England.

In what genre do you write?
We both write steamy contemporary romance, though my books sway more toward erotic romance.

In your own words, what is your book about? If you were not the author and trying to explain this awesome book you just read to a friend, what would you say about it? 
Both books are rewrites of classic fairy tales. Michelle’s is a retake of Cinderella and mine of Little Red Riding Hood. Hers is set in the past, mine the current day, but there is a dark twist in these fairy tales (I don’t want to spoil it for you). Both of us felt fairy tales were a little sexist, where the heroines swooned and the heroes saved the day. In Once Upon a Twist the heroines kick some serious ass and have to fight alongside their men for their lives and their happy ever afters.

What is your writing style? Do you follow all guides and rules? Synopsis, outline etc. or do you just sit down at the computer and type to see what happens. 
I have a good idea of who my characters are before I start the story, but I get straight down and write without a plot in mind. I prefer to let the characters take me where they need to go.

Have you ever written anything and thought; " The world has got to see this!" ? 
*Shameless plug* Yes, Once Upon a Twist. It was such a joy to write for both of us.

Do you have an editor and Cover Designer or do you do this yourself? 
We had our book professionally edited and hired a cover artist. We both wanted the book to be the best it can be.

Who is your favorite author. Not just someone that you read allot. I wanna know whose book you read that made you suddenly know that if you didn't do this for the rest of your life then you would never be happy. 
It’s a toss-up between Marian Keys’ ‘Other Side of the Story’ and Stephen King’s ‘On Writing’.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
If I have a stubborn protagonist or two, it’s hard to push them in the direction I want them to go. I have yet to win that battle.

Do you write your characters or do they write themselves through you?
See 10. I try to write them into the scenes I envision, then they go and switch things up.

Do you ever write yourself into the characters?
I like to think a little of me is in every character, but that’s probably wishful thinking.

Is writing your full time job or are you "Keeping your day job"? So to speak.
I’m a paralegal by day, and I love my job. Unless I got to EL James status, I don’t see me giving it up. Though I don’t write for the money, I write because I can’t not.

If you could go back in time and meet one famous person or legend in history, who would it be? 
Leonardo Da Vinci. I love art, and I am fascinated by his work.

There are millions of new books released every year. What in your mind makes yours stand out from all those millions in your genre? 
There are fairy tale retakes out there, sweet and dark, but Michelle and I have a twist in our stories that we have not yet encountered. We mix humor, dark, sensual, and suspense. Mine even sways toward horror, so says our latest review. We wanted to be original, and keep our own unique voices. I think most will enjoy at least one of the books, because though they are a miss-match of genres, there is something for everyone in Once Upon a Twist.

In the world of Indie, marketing is very difficult, especially if you don't have the funds to pay for it. Have you found a great free way to market your work that you think other Indies will benefit from? 
I think KDP Select opens a lot of opportunities. On free days there are hundreds of sites who will promote your book (given enough time to slot you in). Most of it doesn’t cost a penny. We have not done this yet, but may in the future.

Enjoy the blurbs and excerpts below:
When the sun goes down, guess what’s coming out to play…?

Glass Slippers and Combat Boots

Once upon a time in a land far, far away, the creatures are coming...

In a land run by misogynists, where fair maidens are deemed liable to fall in a dead faint at the sight of blood, Prince Charming is worried – the creatures that have destroyed their neighboring kingdoms are coming for them. He judges it imperative to get all the females to safety, but first he needs to break the enchantment enslaving his One True Love to her hateful home. Oh, and there’s the small matter of the Ball to get through too.

But when the creatures reach them ahead of their expected time, all plans are foregone. Can Ella break her wicked stepmother’s enchantment? Can she save her handsome Prince and the kingdom before midnight strikes? And can she show his soldiers what it really means to kick a monster’s butt? The clock is ticking…

Reunited With Red
Many, many years later…

When Ruby visits her grandmother in the deep, dark forest, she stumbles into a nightmare. Her grandma’s been attacked by a wolf-like creature, and an ancient disease that turned people into monsters is back… and so is the cold-hearted ex she walked out on a year ago. 

Now she has to either accept Jeremy’s help or face becoming a monster herself. Fighting alongside the man she once loved isn’t easy, especially when she discovers there’s more to Jeremy than the cheating bastard she took him for. 

As they fight to survive the disease and save those they love, can they keep from falling for each other all over again?

Glass Slippers and Combat Boots excerpt
“She murdered my father – I can’t prove it but I know it was Christell who put the poisonous spider in his bed. If she could, she would kill me too but my fairy godmother put her own enchantment on me that stops Christell or my stepsisters from killing me. It doesn’t stop them beating me when the mood takes them, but it is impossible for them to decapitate me or remove a limb or stop my heart from beating.”

“Why doesn’t your fairy godmother break the enchantment?”

“Ha!” Ella rolled her eyes and heaved herself up. “I haven’t seen her since my father’s funeral. She’s elderly and very scatty.”

James’s easy-going smile had vanished. His brow had furrowed and he stared at her for long moments before speaking. “Christell’s taking an awful risk letting you into the forest every day.”

“Like most of the humans in this land, she avoids the forest.” She dragged a finger along his stubbly cheek, tracing the long scar that ran along it, a permanent reminder of the war he had been fighting in for King and Country. “But you are braver than most humans.”

Darkness clouded his eyes. “I wish you had told me before… Ella, we need to find a way to break the enchantment.”

“Until my fairy godmother shows up, there is no way. Christell’s magic is too powerful and personal for an unconnected sorcerer to break it.”

“It’s not safe for you here,” he bit out. “I wanted to marry you and take you as far away as I could. It’s not safe here for anyone.”

Reunited With Red excerpt

“Where are you going?” she asked.
“To get the gun. Stay there,” he added when he heard the water splashing around her.

The splashing stopped, and she didn’t speak. He pulled a small torch from his pocket, clicked the button. Nothing happened. Shaking his head, he considered waiting for the clouds to pass the moon so he could see properly. That could take minutes they didn’t have.

Dropping to his knees, he felt blindly around the ground, but it was like looking for a natural blonde at Hugh Hefner’s. Then again, he’d be able to find Red there—or anywhere—even without the gift of sight. She may still be in the water, but he could remember her lavender scent, remember her silky smooth skin. Remember how his body fired up like it had been injected with a semi-lethal dose of hormones when she was in a ten foot radius.

“How…d-do you kn-know it will f-f-follow us.” Her teeth rattled together as she spoke.

Without the heat of his body, she must be freezing. He increased the speed of his search, thought about leaving the damn thing. After all he had plenty more at home, what was one shotgun when he had one in every closet? But keeping her alive for the journey back was more important than keeping her warm.

He considered how much to tell her, after all, he’d signed away the right to be honest with anyone, even the rest of the world when the half-dead creatures started attacking in the night. When he realized what had started it all, he had sworn he would put an end to what he helped create, even though opening his mouth meant he risked jail. Or worse, the other person’s death.

He’d been responsible for enough deaths already.

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