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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Author Interview: SAVANNAH CHASE



Author Interview by A.J. Llewellyn

1. Savannah, welcome to the Diva’s Den…when I first started communicating with you, you were with DEP and had your first book, “Bid For Love” published. DEP closed its doors and I know you were devastated but you’ve bounced back in a big way. You have three publishers that I know of and all kinds of books happening. Congratulations!! Was it tough getting over the hump?

I want to start off by saying a big thank you for interviewing me. It is an honor. As we speak I’m currently now with four different publishing companies. When my first publisher closed down it was right before a huge event that I was getting ready to attend. I was shocked that it was happening to me.
I had never experienced a publisher closure and it was something that hit me from out of nowhere. It was horrible to have your company close on you after you worked so hard on your books and had just released it. I was nervous because a lot of companies were not too open to take books that have been already released even if it was for a short period of time. With the closure I felt like I had to start all over again.

2. I believe Lyrical Press was started by a former editor of DEP…so was it difficult getting “Bid For Love” reprinted and also, did you have to haggle to keep your original cover?
I submitted "Bid For Love" to Lyrical not too long after my other publisher had closed down and they accepted the book not too long after. I was thrilled that it found a new home and would get a second chance. No there was not trouble keeping the original cover since it was created by the now owner of LPI. If I had to I would have did all I could to keep my amazing cover since it was just so hot and it fit the story so well.

3. I know you live in Canada…whereabouts and can you tell me a little about your life there? Are you a coffee shop gal? Do you have pets? What is it about your town that you love? Do you travel much?

I live in Ontario. I think like anywhere else it’s pretty normal. I use to live in Toronto for many years and then moved away a few years ago. Life was getting too expensive and congested in Toronto. I wanted to live somewhere quieter and not too congested. I love coffee shops but I don’t spend that much time in them. If I do I won’t get any work done.
I have one pet, a dachshund who I love so much. I haven’t really had the chance to explore this town that much since we moved but the one place I do love is the waterfront. There are events that are going on there during the year from concerts to light shows. There are art galleries and museums around the area so there is always something so see as well. I love to travel but have not had the chance to do so. My dream is to take a trip all over Europe and visit Italy, France, Greece and so many other places.

4. I used to date a Canadian guy called Jeff. Do you know him?

Hmm….I don’t think so, but you never know I might have met him…LOL

5. “Pleasure After the Pain” is a very short tale that in essence is about a magical tattoo of a man with a sword…who comes to life and awakens Serena’s sexuality. I have read the book and enjoyed it. What inspired it? Also, did you ever get the tattoo you had in mind?

I love tattoos; it is a fascination of mine. I think it started when I was a little kid and went to a shop to watch my sister get her tattoo done. Yeah it was painful but something about it interested me. I love how each person’s artwork has a meaning to them. No matter what it is. Plus I think someone who can draw such amazing things on skin is an artist with a gift. Unfortunately I still have not gotten the one I wanted. I had to reconsider it since it would take up a lot of my skin and that is something permanent. When I do go I want to start off with something smaller.

6. You show a real flair for paranormal/fantasy in the tale…will we be seeing more stories in this genre from you?

Oh you can bet on it. Paranormal is my favorite topic. My favorite topic would have to be vampires. Something about them just draws me to them and to write about them. I’m currently working on a few novels that I hope to have out sometime this year.

7. I know you are a voracious reader and I’ve read in several interviews that you like to craft. What kind of crafts do you do? You make your own bookmarks, don’t you? What else?

I do love crafts. Something about them relaxes me. I love to work with floss to make bookmarks, rings and other things. I use to even use to use floss to make hair decorations. I also work with lanyard to make key chains and zipper accessories. I’ve recently started to work more with beads to make jewelry as well as bookmarks. You need a lot of patience to work with all these things but I still find it relaxing.

8. Is writing your fulltime job or do you have a day job? Also, please tell me something about your writing routine.

I wish writing was my fulltime job. It is something I do part time since I do have a day job. I write mostly in the evening. I find that it’s when I do my best work. I make a point to try to write at least 1000 words a day. If I can’t write that much or my muse has gone on a vacation I still use the time to make notes for stories or do research for other books I’m working on.

9. You told me once you’re like a walking juke box. Please tell me how come you know so much about music and always manage to win my contests – even when I ask about obscure Hawaiian music! What is your favorite song of all time and what is the one song stuck in your head that you wish you could shake loose?

LOL.Walking juke box, I like that….The reason that I know so much about music is because it is something I’m very passionate about. I got my writing start in the music world. For many years I studied and wrote music. I wanted to go into the music business because it was something that I love and could not live without. I try to keep up with what is new and happening in the business but I’m not as involved as I use to be. I always wanted to write for other artists. It was something I just loved to do since it gave me an outlet of expression.

Oh I have too many songs that I love. I can’t just name one…Some that are on my list are "Insatiable" by Darren Hayes, "After The Rain" by Cinema Bizarre, "I’ll Be" by Edwin McCain. Don’t have a song that’s stuck in my head. I find myself always listening to music during the day and humming one thing or another.

10. You have an interesting quote on one of your blogs: “The greatest revolution of our generation is the discovery that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds can change the outer aspects of their lives. “- William James. What does this quote mean to you as a writer – and as a woman?

As a writer and as a woman it means that if the attitude in my head is negative then it will affect everything around me. When you feel negative you live a negative life. You have to think positive so that you push yourself to have a positive life. When you think positively you will live life a lot better. You will be happy and it will make your life run a lot smoother.

Yeah I understand life is hard and especially now with everything going on in the world but we have to think that things will get better and we need to try to make it better for ourselves.

11. If you could have your pick of any guy and you could bid for him at an auction (and if money were no object and it all went to a good cause, and of course, if life imitated your art)…whose love would you want to buy?

I wish I could answer the question but I can’t. I haven’t found that guy yet that I would bid everything on. When I find him I shall tell you…..
12. What was your favorite toy growing up?
I never had a favorite toy. I loved all the toys I had growing up because they all meant something to me.
On Behalf of Dark Diva Reviews, I’d like to thank the gorgeous and talented Savannah Chase for stopping by today. To learn more about Savannah, please visit her links:
Official Site:
http://www.savannahchase.com/
Official Yahoo Loop:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/savannahchase/
Official MySpace:
http://www.myspace.com/savannah_chase
Official Newsletter:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SavannahChaseNaughtyNews

4 comments:

Jaime Samms said...

Thanks for stopping by our blog, Savannah. It's nice learning more about you, a fellow Canadian (Ontarian, even) and crafter.

Thanks, AJ, for once again giving us an interesting insight into one of our favorite authors.

Jaime

AJ Llewellyn said...

Hi Jaime,
Thanks for stopping too! I adore Savannah...so much that I could not bring myself to ask very naughty questions like I normally do...LOL

Savannah Chase said...

Jaime I never knew you are in Ontario....How cool is that?....Thank you so much for stopping by and checking out my interview...

AJ, you should have asked...My middle name is naughty.....LOL..Thank you for giving me the chance to do this interview..I'm so thrilled to have been a guest....

MarthaE said...

Fun interview! Lots of interesting tidbits about Samantha... and you know, with her middle name "naughty" I bet she could've handled any good question AJ asked!! LOL

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