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Monday, April 23, 2012

Shadow Cursed by Naomi Clark, Interview/Giveaway

Released from Ottevar Asylum after eight hard years, Lady Emmeline returns to Nachtholm Manor to reclaim her birthright. But she has a battle on her hands—Rainart Eckhard refuses to give up his position as lord of manor, and whilst his cold attitude enrages Emmeline, his smouldering kisses leave her weak at the knees.

Who is this dangerous, enticing stranger, and what secrets does he hide? Caught in a web of desire, curses, and self-doubt, Emmeline is not only fighting Rainart for Nachtholm Manor, but for her own heart as well.

Today I am super lucky enough to bring to you an interview I did recently with author Naomi Clark!  Naomi normally writes in paranormal, urban fantasy and even a bit of horror, but Shadow Cursed is a new writing venture for her, and I think you are going to love it!  So check out our interview, then enter the giveaway to win a copy of your own!  And then go tell your friends, cause hey, why should you have all the fun?  Thanks!


Hi Naomi!  So nice to talk to you again!  Thanks for coming out for an interview!
Thanks, Liz! Always nice to be on Fictional Candy :)

Ok, so you have a new book out – Shadow Cursed – and its quite different from the books you normally write.  Can you tell us a bit about it?
Shadow Cursed is probably my first serious foray into paranormal romance. Most of my stories have romantic subplots, but this is the first one where the romance has been front and centre. It was born out of my love of paranormal romance and gothic literature - I took the bits of both I liked best and mixed them! So you've got romance and sex, curses and mystery, and creepy old houses!

So is there any particular reason for the genre change?  And how do you like getting into erotic romance?
I'm a big fan of paranormal romance - I love Gena Showalter and Anna Windsor especially, and I'm discovering new authors all the time via ebooks. I wanted to stretch my writing muscles a little, so this seemed the obvious genre to try. I could keep all the things I love about urban fantasy - magic, myth, and the paranormal - but shift the focus to the relationship and sexual aspects, and give myself a mental workout :) I was nervous about submitting erotic romance to publishers, as I was pretty sure I was rubbish at writing sex scenes, but so far the response seems positive!

Let’s jump back to some of your other books.  There’s a lot of paranormal and spooky stuff.  Is that going to stay in your repertoire?
Definitely! I'm a hardcore supernatural fan and there's so much you can explore, I think I could spend the rest of my life writing stories about monsters, magic, and the occult, and never get bored. As I write this, I'm watching a documentary on the sixth sense, which is sparking all kinds of ideas.

Naomi, I’m sure asking to pick a favorite book is probably like trying to pick a favorite child.  But I’m asking anyway!  Do you have a favorite book, and why? 
Oooh...Yeah, that's hard! If pressed, I'd go with my HP Lovecraft omnibus, The Necronomicon. It's a massive doorstop of a book, leatherbound, and one I can read through again and again. It has pride of place in my bathroom (we really don't have enough bookcases in our house).
Let’s get to know you a bit!  What can you tell us about Naomi Clark? 
Well, by day I'm a PA to a professor. By night I write and edit. In between those, I make perfume, keep snakes, and laugh at my cat. I love punk music and eat too much chocolate. I collect tarot cards and books (of course!), and probably spend too much time at my laptop.
I see on your website you are doing some things with homemade perfumes!  That sounds like a lot of fun!  How did you get into that, and do you sell those online anywhere?
Yes, this is a very new hobby! I love perfume - I have a pretty large collection, and I'm fascinated by science behind blending scents. I've wanted to make my own for years, but only recently stumbled across a recipe for solid perfumes that caught my eye. Right now my weekends are split between writing, editing, and mixing essential oils. I'm not planning to sell any right now, although it's a lovely idea for the future!

Social Media… the evil beast that we all love and hate.  Do you have a favorite place to go?
I'm a Twitter addict. I've become one of those people who needs to Tweet everything they do! It's a great way to meet new people and interact. I don't mind Facebook, but I'm not as big a fan. I've recently discovered Pinterest too, and am having lots of fun making inspiration boards for my books.

So whats coming up in the future for you Naomi?  Are there any exciting releases we can look forward to?
Next up is the next gothic/erotic romance - The Wolf Witch. I've just finished the edits for that one, and it's due out in May. Very exciting! I'm also working on a sequel to Demonised, and am hoping to have that ready to submit in the next few weeks. I'm really, really excited about this one - it's a return to Ethan Banning, and a full-length novel this time, rather than a novella, so yay!

Now, possibly the hardest question of all… If you were a paranormal being, which one would you be?  And why??
Oh, okay, this is easy for me. I'm a werewolf girl all the way. I love wolves and I love shapeshifter folklore. No contest!

Recently I read The Necromancer’s Apprentice, and I fell in love with it.  Do you think there might be a sequel to it in the future?  I could easily see how you could segue it into the erotic romance genre! (I’m totally crossing my fingers for that one!!)
Heh, yes, I've got one more story in mind for Evanthe and Morrow! It's just a matter of finding the time. And totally, they would take their romance to the next level ;)

Ok, I think I’ve pestered you a bit for now.  Just one last question.  What is it about books, writing and reading them, that is so awesome??
Writing them - sharing my ideas, exploring new worlds, and the sheer escapism of it. And actually, that goes for reading them too. I love immersing myself in someone else's imagination. There's nothing else I'd rather do!

Find Naomi Online!

Naomi Clark lives in Cambridge and is a mild-mannered office worker by day, but a slightly crazed writer by night. She has a perfectly healthy obsession with giant sea creatures and a preference for vodka-based cocktails. When she's not writing, Naomi is probably either reading or watching 80s cartoon shows, and sometimes she manages to do all three at once.

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  1. Wow, I don't think I have ever heard of anyone making their own perfumes. That does sound really interesting though, you can make them as blended with whatever scents you want, as strong or a light as you wish. It is definitely an interesting thought, I may have to check into it :)

    1. I think it sounds like a lot of fun, but I definitely don't have the patience for that lol.

  2. Thanks for the lovely interview and giveaway!

  3. I think it's cool that you make your own perfume. I love the cover to Shadow Curse.

  4. I love Gena Showalter too...I even have the LOTU butterfly tattooed on my left foot...for serious! LOL! You are a very busy lady...NOW if you could just bottle some of that excess energy you seem to have along with your could be living on EASY STREET in no time! :) I enjoyed the book blurb...and can't wait to read more...looks like a GREAT story! Thx for the giveaway op!

    barbbattaglia @

    1. That is fantastic! There are a couple different book tattoos I could consider getting :)

      Thanks for stopping by!

  5. The book sounds awesome will be adding to my wish list...I have to agree the cover looks hot...

  6. I like paranormal romance as well because it opens up so many possibilities. I feel the same with UF. I'm glad you're able to explore these aspects but also shift the focus. Mental workouts are good especially if the story is a good one :)

  7. I love fantasy romance & recently got started into PNR, quite a fine line between the 2 sometimes tho I still prefer fantasy. I like the magical aspect in fantasy.

    Perfume. Interesting. I recently discovered an aversion to perfume. no thanks to ppl who douse themselves in it & u can smell (more like choke) the fumes a mile away. I prefer natural smells - no I don't quite mean sweat! - to the cloying stuff ppl here seem to use. Would essential oils be different?

    1. Hi Linda. I don't usually like to comment when I do interviews, as I think the author presence can be off-putting to readers, so I'm here as a perfume-enthusiast instead!

      I think homemade perfumes using essential oils would be ideal - obviously they lack all the chemicals that are so cloying and overpowering. (I get really bad sneezing fits around people who wear strong floral scents!) And of course, since you're in charge of the mixture, you can make sure it's subtle rather than in-your-face. What I especially like about using beeswax and essential oils for perfumes is that the scent fades gradually over the day, so you don't get the fumes! :)

  8. Very fun interview. Homemade perfume sounds like a fun hobby.

  9. Thank you for such an increadible book giveaway that looks utterly facinating and is something that i am adding to my to-read shelf immediately. I would be ever so greatful if you could put my name forwards for this fantastic book giveaway, thank you. Xx

    From: Miss. Lucinda Fountain

    1. Absolutely Lucinda, thank you for coming by!

  10. That was fun interview, i am enjoyed it. I intrique with this book, sounds great and i think for reading this book. Naomi Clark was new author for me, but i love to know about new author.

    1. Hi Filia! I have read several of Naomi's books, and I highly recommend all of them! They are fantastic :)

  11. This book sounds great and your upcoming gothic one is another I'll have to watch for.


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