Interview with Deborah Bonnar

Hello Everyone!

We are delighted to have author Deborah Bonnar amongst us today at Musikdiv India Online Magazine at our Special ‘Authors Festival’ interview series to tell us about her book Maiden (Sarah’s Story) which is a part of triology series!
Sarah’s Story – Maiden is FREE for download this week till April’14th on Amazon Kindle
Please read on …

If you’re trying to place “Sarah’s Story” into a genre, you’ll experience a challenge. Vampire fiction? There are certainly vampires in these books but they’re unlike any others you’ve come across. And if you don’t like vampire fiction, don’t turn away from this trilogy. Readers’ reviews will testify even those who don’t have been captivated by Silvanus. Fantasy? Yes, the story is fantastic but you’ll find yourself believing that what you’re reading is not only possible but happening before your eyes. Horror? Parts of this tale are horrifying, especially the graphic physical assault on Sarah near the end of “Mother” and Silvanus’ actions can be fairly horrific throughout. New Age/Wicca? Absolutely! Sarah is a gifted psychic and becomes a powerful witch. When you witness her interaction with the pantheon in “Wise Woman” (especially Hecate), you’ll find yourself thinking of the gods and goddesses differently in future. Romance? Definitely! Sarah and Silvanus are unquestionably a couple destined for one another.
“Maiden” introduces Caeso Pinarius Silvanus, a handsome, wealthy, powerful, charming, and completely lethal 2,055 year old vampire not at all apologetic about his nature or appetites. When in Egypt with Caesar’s army, Silvanus accepted the invitation of Sekhmet’s priests to become a vampire and, if he has a single regret all these centuries later, it is only that everything that once so fascinated him is beginning to bore.
13-year-old Sarah, brimming with raw ability but completely ignorant of her capabilities, casts a summoning spell to bring Silvanus to her aid against the supernatural creature living in her home and devouring her essence. The young woman fully expects to die at the hands of the vampire but hopes to convince him to first destroy the creature, thereby saving her family.
When the arrogant Silvanus realizes that he has been “whistled up like a dog” by a mere child, he fully intends to rip out Sarah’s heart for the transgression. Instead, he finds himself captivated by her intelligence, curiosity, courage, and exuberance. Her brilliant aura, keen mind and complete lack of sophistication appeal to him like a breath of fresh air and he decides to help her.
In “Sarah’s Story”, Deborah Hainley Bonnar raises a scientific candle amidst the gothic shadows, illuminating a vampire like no other. Silvanus is as believable a character as Sarah and readers will wonder why no one thought to write him into existence long before now.


So Deborah, we’ll start your Interview with the very first question

1.Please introduce and tell the readers something about yourself.

My name is Deb Bonnar. I’m the mother of three grown sons. I was born and educated in America but spent 26 years in Ireland and England, returning to America about a year and a half ago.

2.What brought you to writing?

I have always loved being told stories and can’t remember a time when I didn’t long to join the “club” of those who tell them well.

3.How long have you been writing?

The earliest piece of writing I can remember voluntarily sharing was a spy story I let my cousin read when I was 9. He drew pictures to go with the plot and we were quite proud of the book we’d made together. When I was 12, I wrote stories about the Dark Shadows television show and shared it at school with other fans. For many years I began stories I never finished. And there was a period when I stayed within the oral tradition and told my stories exclusively to my children. So, although I just published my first book last June, I’ve been writing for a very long time.

4.Which was your first literary project? Tell us something about it.

My first literary project began as yet another story. The more I wrote, the more my characters wanted to do and say. So I kept writing, extremely pleased when I finished a book. But still they wouldn’t release me. By the time they did, I had the first draft of the trilogy, Sarah’s Story.

5.Is this your new/latest project?

No. I’m currently working on another book, very different from Maiden, Mother and Wise Woman (the individual novels that form Sarah’s Story). I think I’m going to call it The Whisper of Shadows but it’s still in its first draft so that may change.

6. Traditional books or e-books? How do you prefer to see your works published? Have you tried ever publishing the traditional way?

I haven’t tried publishing the traditional way and right now I’m not sure that I ever will.
To be honest, it’s difficult to imagine how Kindle Direct Publishing could improve from the author’s viewpoint. Amazon is a global force, highly respected, very supportive of its authors, and I’m proud to have exclusivity with them.
Look at the advantages: No one can order me to rewrite a scene I believe in or tell me to delete a character I think is important. If I choose to celebrate my birthday by offering one of my books for free for the weekend, I may do so. And if I finish writing a book on Friday, I can have it available to the public by Saturday rather than in six or seven months’ time.
And just look at how phenomenal the Kindle is! Not just one book in your hand but a whole library to choose from, and all weighing less than a paperback.

7.Can you give a chapter sample preview of your book here for our readers to know more about it.

I’m so pleased to do so! I’ve provided the beginning of the first book of my trilogy and hope your readers enjoy it.
( Please look at the bottom of the interview for book excerpts )

8.What are your hobbies? Things that you enjoy doing besides books of course.

Besides writing, I love reading. I love listening to music. I love watching movies. I love taking long walks in the woods. And I love being on my computer ~ I created and continue to administer a private writers’ group on Facebook called “Masters & Mistresses of Seduction” and I enjoy playing the Zynga game, Vampire Wars.

9.Who is your favourite author?

I don’t have just one. These are the people from whose pen I will always read every word: Stephen King, Anne Rice, Michael Connolly, Lee Child, Liz Rosenberg, and Akiko Ashley.

10.What is your favourite genre to read and also to write?

As with music and movies, I read and write variety. Sarah’s Story doesn’t easily fit into any one genre. Readers have posted reviews saying, “I don’t normally enjoy {INSERT GENRE} books but I loved this one!” It has been called supernatural, romance, horror, wicca, vampire fiction, paranormal romance, fantasy, and thriller. In truth, it contains elements of all of those. The novel I’m writing at the moment doesn’t feature a single element of the supernatural or spiritual. It’s more an action/thriller although it’s also a romance and one character is most definitely a psychopath.

11.Do you have a role model that you get inspiration from?

I have always loved the very different writing styles of both Stephen King and Jane Austin. Reading Stephen King is like closing your eyes and having a story told to you by a master bard. He writes as I imagine him to speak. Jane Austin, being of a more formal tradition, inspires me in the way she develops her characters. You get no peek into their minds until she decides to reveal what they’ve been hiding. And suddenly it all makes perfect sense.

12.Where do get your ideas from? Do you take your story ideas from real life situations?

I do sometimes take my ideas from real life situations. I drew heavily upon my own childhood when writing Sarah’s. She grew into a very different woman but we were very similar at 13.
Other incidents in the books originated as dreams or nightmares. Still others just seemed to play out before my eyes every time I put Sarah and Silvanus together.

The idea for the book I’m writing now came from a very minor scare I had. When I shared the incident with a friend, he said, “Just imagine how bad that could have turned out!” And so I did.

13. Do you have a pseudonym?

No. I publish under by own name.

14.What’s your experience been like in the publishing industry? Positive or negative? Please share your experience with our readers.

I’ve heard some real horror stories told by other writers but my own experience has thankfully been very positive. Even with reviews, I’ve been blessed.
I was warned they’re crucial to enticing readers to take a chance on a new name and was advised to beg, borrow or steal to get them. I’ve even been approached by other writers who have said, “I’ll review yours if you’ll review mine.” When my first review appeared within a week of publishing, I nearly fell off my chair, I was so pleased! I’ve had a steady stream of them since then, the latest only posted two days ago, and I honestly cherish every single one of them. I get so excited when a new one is posted that I publish them on Facebook and My Space!
So, readers, please, if you like a book you’ve bought from Amazon, review it, telling others what you liked about it and why. You have no idea just how much you’re helping a new writer by doing so.

15. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?

Still writing. Still loving every minute of it.

16. What motivates you to write?

Everything! Seriously. Being encouraged to write a blog was a gift to me. When something causes me to feel happy or sad, angry or shocked, it tends to fester if I don’t write about it. Posting it to a blog allows me to release that particular thought and focus on the book I’m trying to concentrate on.

17. How important is good cover art for your books?

I do care a lot about how my books look. So far, I’ve used photographs for the covers. I took one myself and was gifted with the other two by my mother and my niece. I thought they were perfect representations for the periods of Sarah’s life contained within each book. I hope my readers agree but so far no one has commented upon them.

18. Do you have a price strategy for your books?

I’m a first-time author and would have felt I was inflating my own importance if I’d charged what better-known authors do. At the same time, I believe in the quality of my writing and this is my career. I know there are many authors who price their books at $.99 in order to sell more books. And that was tempting just to get my books out there and read. I avoided the temptation by promising myself that my reviews and word of mouth will achieve the same thing if I’m patient.

19.How does it make you feel when you read a bestselling book that you don’t feel is as good as yours?

I love books. Truly. There are very few that I don’t feel are worthy. If I ever did feel like that, however, I would hope that I would use that emotion as motivation to write an even better one.

19.Why do you think readers should buy your book? What can you offer them through your book?

I think readers should buy my books because they tell a good story. I think they’ll enjoy the story and that they’ll believe in the characters. I would hope that, having read them, they would believe just a little more in the magic of life.

21.Where is your book available? Any Buy Link for our readers?

My books are available exclusively through Amazon.

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22.Do you have a website or a blog that you’d like to share here.

I have an author’s page on Facebook, a My Space account and I write a blog called “Overactive Imagination”. I so enjoy interacting with my readers so appreciate the opportunity of including my links in case anyone would like to join me.

23. What advice would you give to other writers?

To never listen to anyone else’s advice concerning your creativity. The best advice you can possibly receive comes from that place deep inside you.

24.Anything else you’d like to share with our readers

I’d just like to thank you so much for the opportunity of appearing here and your readers for taking the time to meet with me. I hope we’ll all become good friends!

  • Thank you Deborah Bonnar for gracing us with your presence.It was a sheer pleasure.Good luck with your book.We conclude the interview here

    Thanks again from Team MusikDIV

    Book Exerpts – Sample Chapter

    Maiden (Sarah’s Story) By Deborah Bonnar

    Sarah looked around the somewhat old and neglected school library she already knew to be deserted. No one else came here during the lunch break. Even the librarian had escaped to a back room to eat. Still, it was important to be certain. The 13-year-old girl hadn’t cried in front of anyone since she was 5 and she wasn’t about to allow the carefully constructed mask of a happy, healthy teenager to slip too far at this late date.
    All clear, she thought to herself with a mental sigh of relief. Her shoulders immediately slumped almost imperceptibly and hot, silent tears sprang from her eyes as if an internal floodgate had been released.
    She didn’t cry often but still resented the need when it presented itself. The oldest of five children to loving parents who had married young, Sarah was mature beyond her years. She prided herself on her intelligence and self-reliance. She enjoyed helping with her younger siblings, enjoyed being praised for her responsible attitude. Everyone considered Sarah an open, honest, kind, and well-adjusted girl but no one actually knew her. Not her loving parents, not her three younger sisters and baby brother, not the latest in her series of best friends, and certainly not her teachers and peers. Sarah made sure of that.
    When 15 minutes had passed, Sarah took three slow, deep, cleansing breaths. As if performing a ritual, she inhaled slowly through her nose and exhaled through her mouth. Then she withdrew a tissue from her pocket, dried her cheeks and eyes, and blew her nose. Walking to the wastebasket to dispose of the used tissue, Sarah took another three slow, deep, cleansing breaths. By the time she resumed her seat and reopened the old and tattered book at which she’d previously been staring, Sarah felt relatively stress-free and the mask was securely back in place.
    Once again she read the Latin words, although by now she could recite them in her sleep. Ridiculous, she told herself. Impossible. Infantile. And yet she knew, even as she thought the words to herself, some day soon she was going to recite them aloud and with as much conviction as she could muster. Nothing else had helped. There was nowhere else to turn. And she wasn’t going to allow that thing to tire of her and begin tormenting one of her sisters. She would save her family, even if it meant sacrificing herself.
    What’s the big deal, anyway? she wondered. I’m a freak. No matter how well crafted the mask, Sarah knew that she had never been and would never be “normal”.
    2,500 miles away, Silvanus’ eyes snapped open. He had awoken from another of those frustrating, inexplicable dreams and he was annoyed about it.
    He rose from the hotel bed and spent a few minutes stretching his long, lean, muscular frame, his mind still on the child his sleeping self had been occasionally peeking at for the past ten to fifteen years. As he shaved, showered, and dressed, he allowed the series of dreams to replay at the back of his mind, once more seeking a clue as to the reason for them.
    There simply was no purpose, he concluded, even more annoyed than he’d been upon waking. He was sure he didn’t know the subject. He’d investigated several branches of his far-flung family since the third of the dreams; she was not a relation. And there was nothing in the dreams to suggest of what interest to him she could possibly be. Brief videos of the life of an unknown female from birth. That’s all they’d ever been. The content had never been unusual, never compelling. And yet he continued to dream of her.
    Enough of this, he told himself. There’s a job to be done.
    Seven hours later, Sarah answered a knock on the front door of her house to find Dan and Tony already seated on her porch and in mid-conversation. Their latest routine was to start the evening with an argument about who was the best in a range of fictional characters. They’d cast Sarah as referee and she found their debates wonderfully funny. She was totally certain that the brains of males were wired completely differently from those of females and Dan and Tony were her primary proof. She loved them like brothers and hoped they’d never have reason to suspect the crucial role they currently played in her battle to remain sane.
    Last night their starting argument had been: Who’s the best, Superman, Batman or Spiderman? Their logic had been bizarre and, even though that first routine had only lasted about 20 minutes in total, Sarah had finally gone back inside at 9.00 with her sides aching from laughing so long and so hard. They’d been in fine form last night. The superhero argument had kicked it off but they’d moved on to sharing portions of the previous evening’s opening monologue from the Johnny Carson Show. In between duelling one-liners they’d talked about school, television shows, new musical albums, and other shared interests but every time there was a lull in the conversation another bit of comedy would kick off.
    As she took a seat and began to listen, it became obvious tonight’s argument was: Who’s the best, Dracula, the Wolf Man, or the Mummy? It wasn’t going long before the boys decided by mutual agreement to switch to vampires, werewolves, or zombies, it being decided that Dracula and the Wolf Man were too restrictive and the Mummy was a non-contender. Zombies were scarier than the Mummy, they agreed, though even zombies dropped out of contention only a few minutes later. Much to their disappointment, even vampires and werewolves didn’t compare long.
    Sarah didn’t get it, “Why not?”
    “Are you kidding? Vampires kick ass!” Dan said, and then reworked his vocabulary at the thought of being overheard by Sarah’s father. “Sorry. Vampires rule!”
    “But werewolves are big and strong and can only be killed by a silver bullet,” Sarah argued.
    Dan and Tony exchanged a silent glance, turned back to her and whispered, in stereo, “Vampires kick ass!”
    Sarah laughed at them.
    “I’m unconvinced. Tell me why.”
    They looked at one another again then turned to her and began taking turns bullet-pointing what they considered obvious.
    “Cooler than James Bond,” said Tony.
    “Sexier than Raquel Welch,” said Dan.
    Tony: “They can read minds.”
    Dan: “They’re super fast.”
    Tony: “They’re super strong.”
    Dan: “They’re immortal.”
    Tony: “They can turn into mist or a bat.”
    Dan: “They can control wolves.”
    Tony: “They get to stay up all night every night.”
    Dan: “They always get the most beautiful women.”
    Tony: “And lots of them!”
    Dan: “Every other supernatural creature is afraid of them.”
    “Wait, wait, wait,” Sarah halted them. She was a lover of horror movies and no stranger to vampires but the last comment of Dan’s was new to her. “Why is every other supernatural creature afraid of them?”
    Again the boys looked at one another, turned to her and whispered, “Vampires kick ass!”
    Sarah laughed and was satisfied.
    They had no idea that they’d given her quite a lot to think about. That night in her room she reread the Latin verse she had copied and kept inside her diary inside her pillowcase. Tomorrow, she decided. Tomorrow she would try it. After all, what did she have to lose?
    Besides, there was something about his name. Just saying it aloud made her feel safer for a reason she couldn’t comprehend.
    Sarah stood beneath the huge maple tree that grew at the back corner of her house, its branches extending all along the back and side, as if offering to embrace the bricks and mortar. While her surface thoughts were an appreciation of the beauty and majesty of the tree, she was arguing with herself just below the surface.
    This is never going to work.
    It has to; nothing else has.
    It makes no sense; it can’t be real.
    Nothing about this situation makes sense; how can any of it be real?
    Maybe none of it is; maybe you’re already insane.
    So where’s the harm? I’m just taking one step closer to the loony bin.
    What’s Mom going to say if she catches you out here at 5:00 in the morning?
    She’s just going to say, “What do you think you’re doing?! Get in the house!”
    Do you actually believe in vampires?!
    Do you believe in whatever that is?! she silently demanded, involuntarily glancing back at her house, while trying not to think too deeply about the scary thing cohabiting with her blissfully ignorant and sleeping family.
    I don’t ask for help; I offer it to others.
    Big, tough, strong Sarah! I didn’t hear you repeating that litany while you were on your knees, praying first to God and then to every saint you’ve ever heard of!
    You’re too intelligent to believe in this fairytale. And it’s a deeply warped, gothic fairytale, to boot! Vampires! Jeez!
    I don’t know what else to do. I don’t know where else to turn. And I think I’m just about out of time.
    Still looking up at the tree, Sarah could feel tears once more pricking at her eyes as the internal argument ground to a halt. It was an insane, stupid fairytale gleaned from a tiny mention in an obscure reference book. It wasn’t going to work; how could it? And yet it was her last chance. If he didn’t exist, if he didn’t come to her aid, her family was doomed.
    So she spoke the Latin words she’d memorized, trying to believe in them, trying to trust in them, wanting so very much to awaken from the nightmare her young life had become.
    And nothing happened. Not a single thing changed. Everything was exactly as it had been two minutes before she’d recited the words. The early morning was just as still and dark. And Sarah was just as alone.

    Silvanus carefully left the soundproofed room, closing the door quietly behind him, then walked quickly out of the house and off the property.
    Why was he continuing to play this game? Initially it had been a pleasant diversion, pitting himself against such ruthless, egocentric men, but he’d realized at least two years ago that they weren’t nearly as ruthless and egocentric as he was. It was all too easy and was beginning to bore him.
    He had to face the truth: everything was beginning to bore him. Two thousand and fifty-five years was a very long time and he’d always known that ennui was the biggest threat to his kind. He’d believed himself immune but perhaps he’d only been better at delaying the inevitable than the others had been.
    Silvanus turned the key in the ignition of his vehicle, and then froze. He looked into the darkness all around the Jeep. He couldn’t possibly have heard what he thought he just had. He turned the engine off and wound down the window. Silence. Complete silence.
    For three full minutes he sat motionless, listening intently. He could have sworn he’d heard someone say his name. It had been pronounced incorrectly. It had been very faint. But it had been his name, hadn’t it?
    Ridiculous. No one knew any of his true names here.
    He again turned the key in the ignition and headed back into Bogotá, trying to ignore his growing unease while he put mileage between himself and the corpses he’d left behind.

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    One Response to “Interview with Deborah Bonnar”
    1. This was a terrific interview with an author that is going to go onto have a whole new career as a truly creative author. I enjoyed reading this interview and finding more out about Deborah Hainley Bonnar’s creative process. I hope she continues to write for a very long time.

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