Thursday 16 January 2014

Twenty Questions with... Vincent Morrone

Phew! Birthday mania is finally behind me and I am now sick of the sight of birthday cake but at least I can finally get back to some writing.

In the meantime, I am delighted to welcome Vincent Morrone onto my blog today, author of Vision of Shadows, for a round of Twenty Questions. Make sure you scroll all the way down, too, as there is a rather fabulous giveaway.

ACT ONE – all about you…

Born and raised in Brooklyn NY, Vincent Morrone now resides in Upstate NY with his wife. (Although he can still speak fluent Brooklynese.) His twin daughters remain not only his biggest fans, but usually are the first to read all of his work. Their home is run and operated for the comfort and convenience of their dogs.

Vincent has been writing fiction, poetry and song lyrics for as long as he can remember, most of which involve magical misfits, paranormal prodigies and even on occasion superheroes and their sidekicks.

As they say in Brooklyn: Yo, you got something to say to Vincent? Check out where you can learn about Vincent and leave him a comment.

1) Have you always been a writer or is it something you fell into?

I’ve wanted to be an author all my life, although when I was very young it was going to be comic books and superheroes. Then in High School, it was going to be straight horror. I kind of got side tracked for a while, but I finally got to fulfil my dream.

2) Do you have a particular writing style or ritual?

Style? I usually like a healthy dose of humour in there. Ritual? I just think about what I want to write, plot out the main plot points, refine them and get to it.

3) Is there a book or an author that has influenced you in your writing? Or perhaps one piece of advice that has stuck with you that you’d like to share?

Best advice is not to talk too much about what you’re writing. Authors write because there’s a story in their heads that just needs to be told, so tell it in your writing.

4) Can you tell us three things about yourself that we probably don’t already know?

I’ve been a KISS fan since I was 7 years old.

I’ve got 3 dogs.

I’ve got twin 15 year old daughters!

5) What five luxury items or gadgets would you hate to be without?

My cell phone, my laptop, my TV, my iPod an my refrigerator.

6) With Christmas already behind us, we turn our attention ahead to the year ahead. Did you join in with the madness of choosing New Year’s resolutions for 2014?

Sure, why not. My resolutions are to try and be a better father and husband than I have, because I should always try and be better. Plus I want to finish the Vision Series, (Books 2 & 3 are done, book 4 is underway and book 5 is rattling around in the dark recesses of my mind.) I also have another book that’s about 75% done, sort of a cross between the TV show Supernatural and the 3 Stoogers. I want to finish that.

ACT TWO – all about your new release…

Is Bristol Blackburn about to meet the love of her life...or her killer?
After the death of her parents, Bristol Blackburn’s life is thrown into chaos and she’s forced to move to Spirit, a small town where shadows are stirring. As she learns to navigate her new school and figures out how to keep her psychic abilities secret from her family, Bristol comes face to face with the boy who makes a regular appearance in her dreams: the gorgeous, possibly deadly, Payne McKnight. Soon she’ll find out if Payne will be the love of her life, or the end of it — and she has no idea which possibility scares her more.
And that’s not even the worst of it. Strange shadows are haunting her dreams, and they’re up to something that could put Bristol and the lives of everyone she loves in jeopardy.

7) Congratulations on your recent release of Vision of Shadows; what was your inspiration for writing Bristol’s story?

I wanted to write a story where the female MC was both strong and vulnerable. One that would make a good role model for readers like my daughters.

8) Did the story flow from your finger tips or did some scenes take a bit of cajoling?

Once I had the plot points down, it mostly flowed. So much so that I had to cut out a couple of scenes that really hurt to cut. There were certainly challenges. There’s a scene where Bristol has a long chat with her grandfather. It’s an important scene because it relates a lot of the backstory, but it felt dry. What I did was finish it, let it be dry so I wouldn’t get hung up on that scene, then I went back and fixed it. I added an element that wasn’t there before. Hey, she is a girl that sees ghosts!

9) How long did it take for the initial spark of the story to make it onto the page and then onto the publisher’s desk?

A long time. First I had to write it. Then rewrite and revise it over and over. Then I had to submit it. I was originally picked up by a very small publisher, but that didn’t work out. Then I found Entranced and I was happy as a clam! It’s never a short trip unless you’re an established author.

10) Do you have a favourite paragraph or sentence from your story that you would like to tantalise us with?
So any day now, I’m about to meet the boy of my dreams—literally. Then I get to see if he’s going to be the love of my life or the end of it. Funny thing is, I’m not sure which idea scares the crap out of me more.

11) Over to you; what can you tell us about Vision of Shadows, to make us rush out and buy it?

You will fall in love with Bristol, the strong, plucky, insecure girl who’s more comfortable around ghosts than anyone with a pulse. This isn’t your average ghost story.

12) What can we expect from you next? Is there something you are working on right now?

Vision of Serpents, which is book II is due out in late May. In October, there’s a book outside of the Vision series coming your way. It’s called Just Breathe. It’s a NA novel. Darker and more mature than the Vision series. Plus as I mentioned above, I’ve got that supernatural story I’m working on. I’ve also started a separate story called Perfect.

QUICK FIRE ROUND – it’s pop quiz time…

13) Plotter or pantser?

Plotter. But I almost always were pants.

14) Digital books or print books?

Digital, for the convenience.

15) Tea or coffee?

Coffee. But I do like to say, Tea, Earl Grey, Hot.

16) Extrovert or introvert?

Extrovert. I’m loud, but an awful lot of fun!

17) Facebook or Twitter?

Both as a matter of fact!

18) Christmas or birthday?

Anything where I get presents!!!

19) Morning person or night owl?

Depends on the morning or the night. Probably more of a mid-afternoon kind of guy!

20) Sweet or savoury?

My sauce is both savoury and sweet!

And that’s a wrap!

Thank you so much for taking part, Vincent, I wish you every success with your new release.

To discover even more about Vincent Morrone, and to keep up with his latest projects and shenanigans, you can visit him at:

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Buy it now…

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Series: Vision series
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Romance
Release Date: December 30, 2013

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Vision of Secrets (Vision #0.5)

Vision of Secrets is a free prequel introduces you to Bristol Blackburn before the explosive events in Vision of Shadows and let's you see how a young girl deals with her Visions of Secrets!

You can download Vision of Secrets for free from Smashwords.

Bristol understands secrets. She's got plenty of her own, ranging from the annoying ghost that keeps showing up and attempting to sing Copacabana, (badly) to the visions of a terrifying future that is getting closer each day.
Bristol knows secrets can kill. She's getting flashes of a boy racked with guilt over his secret. And a girl who's prank might lead to someone's death.


There is a tour wide giveaway for the blog tour of Vision of Shadows. 
Here is what you can win: 

- 1 Vision of Shadows Pen
- 1 Vision of Shadows Calendar
- 1 Vision of Shadows Pen & calendar
- 1 Vision of Shadows Pen and calendar in a Vision of Shadows canvas bag
- 1 Vision of Shadows Pen, calendar in Vision of Shadows canvas bag and an e-copy Vision of Shadows

You can view the whole tour schedule on Vincent Morrone his website:

Want to chat with Bristol, the main character of this series?
Well she has her own twitter account: 

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