Welcome to Desires Unleashed Author D.N. Simmons! Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to answer some questions about your life and book!
D. N. Simmons lives in Chicago IL., with a rambunctious German Shepherd that’s too big for his own good and mischievous kitten that she affectionately calls “Itty-bitty”. Her hobbies include rollerblading, billiards, bowling, reading, watching television and going to the movies. She has been nominated at Love Romances and More, winning honorable mention for best paranormal book of 2006. She has won “Author of the Month” at Warrior of Words. She was voted “New Voice of Today” at Romance Reviews and “Rising Star” at Love Romance and More.
Desires Unleashed Interview with Author D.N. Simmons:
If a movie was made about your book, who do you picture playing the lead roles? Why?
I think a lot of the actors who’d be able to play the roles on my characters have yet to be discovered. Although, Joe Manganiello would make a damn good Warren. Matt Bomer with blond hair would make a nice John. I believe Tyler Hoechlin would make a sexy Darian, See Pic. Tyler Hoechlin
Please tell us in 20 words or less, why we should read your book.
Sexy, powerful, intelligent and witty characters. Action-packed, erotically-charged, suspenseful and original. Great entertainment that’s sure to thrill.
If you could have a first edition signed copy of any novel, what would it be and why?
Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice. It’s a classic.
Do you have plans for a new book? Goals for future projects?
I am currently working on a new book that I think I’m going to develop into a series. It’s going to be full of action and suspense.
How did you come up with the title of the book?
It was easy to title the book once I decided the title of the book will also be the name of Darian’s club where your most carnal desires can be unleashed. That is pretty much what the characters do in the book, unleash their desires and sometimes that’s a good thing but for others, the consequences prove to be deadly.
Have you ever written anything that you thought would be controversial and found it wasn’t?
Actually what I’ve written within the pages of the Knights of the Darkness Chronicles have proven to be controversial and unconventional because of the unique approach I’ve taken to the paranormal/urban-fantasy genre. Not to mention the details of my plots, what motivates my characters and their viewpoints of the world around them.
At what point in your life did you decide you wanted to be a writer?
When I was 11 years old, I’d written a series of short horror stories while in grammar school. I would read them to my classmates and with the positive feedback I received, I knew that I was on the right path to my dream of becoming a writer.
What is your favorite Quote?
“Do onto others as you would have them do onto you.”
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I enjoy going out to the movies/TV, dancing, and cooking. I love going to museums, symphonies and plays.
If you could get front row tickets to watch any performance live, who would you like to go see?
That’s an easy one, Michael Jackson and I’d love to see his “Bad” concert.
What do you do to unwind and relax?
I love to listen to music or watch TV. Of course spending time with friends is always a stress reliever.
What are three words that best describe you?
Quirky, Funny and Intelligent.
What’s your ‘guilty pleasure’ TV show?
Hmmmm, I proudly admit to watching all of my TV shows and I try to encourage others to watch them because they are so darn good. But if I had to pick one that I do get teased about for watching, it would be “Vampire Diaries.” LOL.
What inspired you to write your first book?
I wanted to read a certain kind of urban-fantasy/pnr book that I hadn’t read. So many feature the one lead character or couple and most have the vampire slayer element to them and I just wanted to read something different. I begin to wonder about all of the readers out there who were just like me. They love vampires and shifters but were looking for something different, bold and unpredictable and that’s what motivated me to write the Knights of the Darkness Chronicles.
What is your writing process like? Do you follow a regular routine?
I turn on some music, sometimes I play one song repeatedly. Once I do that, the words just flow. I’ve never experiences “Writer’s Block”, each storyline forms in my mind and my fingers have to keep up.
What book(s) or author(s) have influenced your life and writing?
Anne Rice, Jim Butcher, Stephen King, Lance Horner and Kyle Onstott.
What is your favorite genre to read/write?
Urban Fantasy, Horror, PNR, Erotica, Mystery and some Fantasy.
If you could jump in fairy tale, and live in that world… which would it be?
With the books I’ve written and read, any one world would be exciting and dangerous. LOL. I would love to delve into the world I created or that of True Blood.
Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?
Don’t read your own novels as the author, take ego out of it completely and read your own work as a fan of the genre. That way you will discover the flaws and perfections of your storytelling with an honest viewpoint. Once you’ve done that, you can strengthen your story and give the readers the best you can give them.
What book are you reading now?
I’m currently reading “The Angel(The Original Sinners) by Tiffany Reisz
Do you have any suggestions to add to my reading list?
Knights of the Darkness Chronicles, of course Vampire Chronicles – by Anne Rice Swordspoint – Ellen Kushner Night Hunstress Series – Jeanine Frost Mercy Thompson Series – Patricia Briggs It and Christine – Stephen King
I’m a Classical Pianist and composer.
What were your favorite books as a child?
Anything by Dr. Seuss.
How do you react to a bad review?
I read the review and take from it what I need to make my writing better. You never stop enhancing your skill and never let a bad review make you stop writing if that’s your passion. You also have to take into count that you can’t please everyone. Even something as awesome as “The Walking Dead” has bad reviews. LOL.
What’s your favorite holiday?
Christmas, I love giving people gifts and sharing delicious meals with my friends and family.
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Is there anything else you’d like to share with us?
I’m a fan of my genre and when I created the Knights of the Darkness Chronicles, I wanted to create a series that was original in every way. It’s multicultural with an array of eclectic characters. The mold has been broken, so to speak, and readers will delve into a new style of Urban-Fantasy when they begin the KOTDC with Desires Unleashed. The adventures gets more exciting, dangerous and sexy with each new book, holding your attention and never letting go, not even after the last page is read.
Desires Unleashed is the first novel in the riveting, highly-addictive and sexually-charged Knights of the Darkness Chronicles. Experience the heart-pounding thrill of the chase in this electrifying page-turner as you uncover the mystery behind the series of gruesome killings that have been terrorizing the citizens of Chicago.
When a grisly decapitated corpse pops up on a Chicago Street, drained of blood, the highly-trained, government-funded special police force assigned two of their best detectives to the case. S.U.I.T. Detectives Warren Davis and Matthew Eric delve deep into their investigation to discover just who or what is leaving mutilated bodies in public places. They soon realize that the killer or killers is one step ahead of them and if they are going to stop the menace before another innocent human is viciously attack, they are going to need help.
Natasha Hemingway liked her life just the way it was… normal and supernatural-free. The vampires and shape-shifters were just where shewanted them to be–far away from her. All was going well until an unfortunate accident landed her in the hospital. It was then that she discovered she had an ability that could help her save countless lives. All of a sudden, she finds herself thrust into the dangerous and alluring world of the supernatural and into the arms of two very sexy and deadly vampires.
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