Gothic Bite Magazine always welcomes amazing authors on their website! This week, we have the pleasure to interview, Daisy St. James!
Who is Daisy St. James?
Hi, my name is Daisy St. James and I write steamy Paranormal Romance!
When I was young, I always dreamed of becoming a writer. From the moment I picked up my very first romance novel at the tender age of twelve, I was hooked.
As I got older and more ambitious, I wrote my first YA novel, which promptly got devoured by my temperamental Hewlett-Packard. Since then, I’ve learned a lot about crafting an engaging story to captivate readers—and how to back up her work to avoid devastation at the hands of technology.
I live mostly in my head but call beautiful Montreal, Quebec in Canada my home. I am a voiceover artist/stay-at-home-mom/writer. Nothing pleases my little black heart more than writing some hot and steamy PNR with sexy, badass heroines and even sexier leading men, and trust me, they are
ALEXA WAYNE (A.W.): When did you find out you would want to write novels?
DAISY ST. JAMES: Wow, really young. I remember being in elementary school and writing very detailed compositions that my teachers always found vastly entertaining. The love of books was instilled me in from a very young age by my mother, and I always loved weaving tales. I knew from the moment I began reading actual novels that I wanted to write them too.
A.W.: You mentioned me your work, all set in paranormal or Gothic settings, would you let our readers know why you are more attracted to that genre?
DAISY ST. JAMES: I have a bit of a dark heart. The love for things that go bump in the night has always been there. I’ve always been drawn to vampire tales, stories by Poe and dark art. My nickname growing up was The Little Black Bird of Doom.
It was just always a thing with me. My musical tastes fell on the heavier side, horror movies were my favorite, I loved reading King, but I also enjoyed romance novels.
So, when I discovered Paranormal Romance in the form of television shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and books like The Hollows Series by Kim Harrison and Interview With a Vampire by Anne Rice, well—I was hooked.
A.W.: When writing about paranormal, do you do research and if so, how far do you go with your research?
DAISY ST. JAMES: I am continually researching! The one thing I’ve learned is that one should never assume their readers to be idiots. I fully intend to be called out by my readers should I fail to recall something inaccurately. If I need to know something about Demon’s, I’m hot on the web. Vampires?
I’m buying every non-fiction book I can find on them. Once I’ve learned enough of what I need to know; however, then I make the mythology mine or try to at least. I like putting a bit of a spin on things old and making them just a little shinier than they were before.
A.W.: What is most important to you when writing your novels?
DAISY ST. JAMES: That the story makes sense. Just because it’s fiction and just because it’s mythology or folklore doesn’t mean I can take greater liberties with the stories that came from the past.
I want to make sure that when people read my books, they come away with a sense that they’ve read something fresh and new, something they would want to read again and again. The plot is significant to me, and I sometimes have several going at the same time.
A.W.: Which authors influenced your writing?
A.W.: Which of your novels is your favorite and why is it your favorite?
DAISY ST. JAMES: I haven’t written it yet! Hahaha! Seriously. I’m in the middle of a five book series, The Phoenyx Series, and am currently working on a Novella set in the same universe that is set up to introduce two new characters to the series: a “hero” and a villain.
Book three is what comes next and book three will be my favorite one. I haven’t written it yet, but I have my outline, and it is going to be spectacularly romantic, suspenseful and intense. I really can’t wait to get it out there!
A.W.: Do you believe in the paranormal, by that I mean in hauntings, that there are creatures out in the wild we still don’t know the existence of?
DAISY ST. JAMES: Absolutely. I’ve always been a little sensitive to the paranormal, seen things, felt things that were out of the ordinary. I was told once that I was a beacon to paranormal entities, and they seem to flock to me for one reason or another.
There have been, shall we say, unexplained occurrences in my life. So, yes, I am a firm believer in the supernatural, paranormal realms that permeate our reality.
A.W.: What made you decide to be self-published?
DAISY ST. JAMES: I am self-published for the sole reason that The Phoenyx Series is very special to me and I wanted to ensure it made it to the masses. I didn’t want an editor to butcher it or talk me out of my creative liberties.
The series had to be written and published on my terms and mine alone. It’s not to say I wouldn’t attempt Tradition Publishing someday, but for the moment, I’m holding the reigns on my career as an author.
A.W.: What sets you apart from other paranormal and Gothic authors?
DAISY ST. JAMES: I think perhaps my writing style and “take” on the paranormal genre. I think it’s different. For a while, I worried that it might be too different, but I’ve been getting excellent responses from readers who are enjoying the series.
A.W.: What can readers look forward to from Daisy St. James in 2019?
DAISY ST. JAMES: As I said before, I am currently working on a novella entitled From Within which will hopefully be followed by the book three in The Phoenyx Series entitled Phoenyx in Ashes—I cannot stress how excited I am for this one.
If PiA doesn’t get finished in 2019, I will be looking at an early 2020 release date. It’s been generally a year between books. I try very hard not to rush my process because I don’t want to skimp of the quality I produce. Taking my time and crafting an engaging story is very important to me.