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About the Author:Krystle Jones was born and raised in the small, southern town of Tullahoma, Tennessee. Reading and writing have been lifelong passions of hers. In addition to being a novelist, she is also an award-winning flutist, and moonlights as a voice actress. Her voice can be heard in the popular online game, Alice is Dead 3.
Ebook Copies of The Red Sector Chronicles by Krystle Jones- Books 1, 2, & 3
1. How long have you been writing? Did you always know you wanted to be a writer?
I started writing a few years ago after having a really vivid dream. I had the same dream a few times, so I decided to write it down, and eventually, it expanded into a whole story. That’s when I made the decision to start seriously studying storytelling. That dream went on to become my first novel, an epic fantasy I’ll never end up finishing. *lol* But it got me writing, which I’ve never given up. And no, I didn’t always want to be a writer. I was active in the arts, but I hadn’t considered writing as a career until much later in my life.
2. Why did you decide to write about vampires?
Vampires are one of my favorite paranormal creatures. (And I think a lot of people would agree with me!) They’re alluring, sexy, dark, mysterious. There’s also a certain romanticism that goes along with them, which lends itself well to paranormal romance.
3. Do you have a favorite author?
That’s a hard question to answer! But one of my favorite authors is Richelle Mead. I love her worlds and her characters. I know when I pick up one of her books, I’m going to have fun. Her stories are so easy to sink into.
4.When’s your favorite time of day to write?
Because of my job, I usually end up writing at night. It also helps me to relax and get my mind off the day.
5.Tell us a little about The Red Sector Chronicles.
In a nutshell, it’s the story about a teenage vampire-hunter-turned-vampire and her adventures. =P That’s the super-short version. It’s a young adult trilogy that’s a mash-up of dystopia, paranormal romance, and urban fantasy, some of my favorite genres. There are laughs, gasps, and swooning-over-book-boyfriends to be had. If you’re a fan of Vampire Academy or Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series, you’ll probably like this series.
6.What sort of things do you like to do for fun?
I love to draw, manipulate images in Photoshop, and watch movies. Oh, and read. Of course, reading.
7.Which is your favorite: paper books or ereaders?
I’ll admit I’m something of a pretty-cover collector. I love reading in both formats, but if a cover really draws my attention or if the book captivated me, I’ll want a hard copy to add to my collection. I also love the smell of books, as strange as it sounds. It reminds me of my childhood. I grew up with a lot of books, which I usually read instead of doing my math homework, much to the disgruntlement of my grandmother.
8.Do you have any advice for new writers?
Walking in a Vampire Hunter’s Shoes
I didn’t know my MC, Sloane, was going to be a vampire hunter when I came up with the idea for The Red Sector Chronicles. I just saw a dark-haired girl, standing in a cityscape painted in shades of red. (Random aside: I think red moons look so cool. Naturally, I had to find an excuse to have one in my novel. =)
A lot of my character ideas start like this, as pictures in my head, and then I flesh them out on paper during my brainstorming process. At first, I was just going to have Sloane be a vampire, because I thought, “Writing as a vampire would be fun!” Then I got to playing the “what if…?” game and thought, “What if Sloane was a vampire hunter who became a vampire, and vampires are what she hates more than anything on this earth?”
That made for a much more compelling character and plotline, so I rolled with it.
Thus, Sloane the Vampire Hunter was born.
I wanted her to be tough. I wanted her to be sassy. Most of all, I wanted her to kick a lot of ass. But kicking said ass was a lot harder to write about than I thought it would be!
In my original draft of the first book in my trilogy, The Scarlet Dagger, I knew she would have to “prove herself” to the audience if she was going to be perceived as a femme fatale. So I had her run-up on a vampire straight-away – and she got her butt kicked. My hubby, when
I shoved the manuscript in his face he lovingly
agreed to see my baby book, I said, “So, she’s pretty cool, huh?”
Now, my husband isn’t known for beating around the bush. He just says what he means.
“What?” I asked. “Why not?”
“She gets beat-up right away,” he said, pointing to the manuscript. “She needs to kill this thing. Then I’d be impressed.”
“Oh, and make her more like Blade, ‘cuz that’d be cool.”
(No kidding on that last part.)
I did make her more like Blade, in the sense of her being a lot tougher to tango with. And that was part of the challenge. She couldn’t be so awesomely badass that no one could beat her, because that gets old. Plus, it’s unbelievable. She needed to have some kryptonite. And she gets that, in the form of a hot vampire, some acidic metal called Scarlet Steel, and a whole slew of other problems.
One of my favorite parts of writing from Sloane’s perspective were all the fighting scenes. I didn’t want to drag them out, but I wanted readers to feel like they were there with her, so I put as many details as I could in them instead of saying, “She punched him. He punched her. Sloane goes flying through a cement wall.” I took karate lessons for many years when I was a kid, and it was fun reliving those years through Sloane, because all of a sudden, I had someplace to use my knowledge. (Never had to get in a fight yet, thankfully!)
When she becomes a vampire, I also had to think about how that affected her psychologically, since she despised vampires. I mean, they did ruin the world. Sloane was very complex and fun to write about while she was in the “figuring-things-out” stage of being a vampire. She sort of wants to like vampires, but she knows she’s supposed to hate them – and she really does – so she’s kind of stuck.
I’d like to keep writing about tough chicks. Not that I have anything against softer heroines (the Bella’s of the literary world), but writing about a girl who can protect herself is a lot of fun.