What’s your name and where do you come from?
My name is Stacy McKitrick. I live in Dayton, Ohio. But if you want to get technical, I actually started out in Southern California (the first 18 years of my life).
Tell us a bit about your latest release.
My Sunny Vampire is my debut novel about a vampire who is accused of illegally turning a woman who resembles his late wife. How can he be accused and not know? Well… he has amnesia and in a way none of my vampires knew could even happen.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
My first inspiration came from Twilight (please don’t hate me!). Never thought about vampires being good and sexy until then. That got my mind going and the urge to write my own book (an adult book) wouldn’t go away. Once I opened that door to writing, I found my passion and became hooked. My characters now inspire me!
How do you go about creating the perfect "Swoon" worthy man?
Are there any “perfect” swoon-worthy men? I think not. But I like a man who is kind and caring. One who looks out for others before he looks out for himself. And the fact he could fill out a T-shirt and jeans and make you drool is only icing on the cake!
If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be?
I’ve been in the Army. I’ve been an administrative assistant and an accountant. I’ve even dabbled in photography (heck, I’ve got a degree in it!). But none of those compare to the joy I feel when I write. That IS my ideal career, and one I plan on working at for the rest of my life. But if I couldn’t be an author (God forbid!), I don’t know. Can you be a professional reader?
What do you do to unwind and relax?
Besides reading, I like watching television. My favorite (current) shows are: The Vampire Diaries, True Blood, Bones, Castle, NCIS, and Hawaii Five-O (mainly because of Alex O’Loughlin, who happens to be the spitting image of my character Jack in My Sunny Vampire). I was sad to see Being Human and Almost Human end this season. I could have watched more of them.
How do you decide how hot or not your book is going to be?
The story pretty much decides it for me. Some stories have more sex scenes than others, because the scene calls for it, not because I want to stick sex in the book. But I do not write SWEET. I like books where the door open, so I leave it open.
What do you do to get in the mood for writing love scenes? Candles, music etc?
There is no getting in the mood (at least for me). Writing love scenes are worse than writing fight scenes, but I have to treat them that way. The only requirement I need is the same I need whenever I write – no distractions. It either has to be quiet (music is okay—when I remember to turn it on—but no TV or conversations) or so loud it’s all white noise. Strange, huh?
What do you do when you’re not writing?
You mean I’m supposed to do something other than write? Well… I read (a lot, around 90 books in a year) and I love watching sports (hockey, baseball, football). My husband and I have season tickets to the Dayton Dragons (they are the single A team of the Cincinnati Reds).
Tell us something that might surprise our readers.
I descend from Susannah Martin, one of the first ladies to be tried for witchcraft during the Salem Witch Trials. Don’t know how surprising that is, but I think it’s pretty cool.
Stacy McKitrick always had stories in her head; she just never knew what to do with them. Then one day she decided to give writing a try and discovered the passion she’d been looking for all her life. Her stories contain paranormal characters, but her practical nature needs to make their existence plausible, as well as give them that happy ending (because it’s all about the love). Living in her own happy ending, she resides in Ohio with her husband, Jim and their two grown children. You can find her at www.stacymckitrick.com.
Jack VanAllen has spent his long life following the rules and, as a member of the Vampire Committee, he also enforces them. So, when he awakens in an alley next to an illegally-turned vampire who resembles his late wife, he must prove his innocence or suffer the punishment: death. The problem? He doesn’t remember a thing.
Sunshine Petersen’s life as a vampire isn’t getting off to a great start. She’s got no control over her powers, can’t find a job, and sexy Jack is being stand-offish. The only thing she’d like more than catching the creep who turned her is getting Jack into the closest bed. But, could Jack be the one who turned her?
When he and Sunny team up to find the culprit, Jack discovers feelings he hasn’t had in years. But once Sunny finds out he’s keeping a major secret, she disappears. Unfortunately, the man who turned her still has plans…
CONTENT WARNING: Some graphic violence, sensual sex scenes, and a vampire who’s finally found his ‘sun.’
A Lyrical Press Paranormal Romance