Author interview with Simone Beaudelaire
Today I’ve got an interview for you all with Simone Beaudelaire. She writes in several genres including romance and paranormal. Her latest book, The Naphil’s Kiss, just released earlier this year. This one looks good and I’m planning on reading it myself! Check out her interview below, along with the details on her novel.
*Note- my responses to the author’s answers are in italics.
Tell us something dark about yourself.
Vampires are sexy.
Oh, yes. So long as they remember to wipe their mouth after drinking 🙂
You are on a deserted island and can only choose one beverage to have besides water. What would it be?
On a deserted island? That would be hot. How about chilled champagne
Whatever floats your boat!
If you had to choose between a bullwhip, cat o’ nine tails, or a crop, which would you pick?
Um, I’m a wimp. Can I take none? Okay, crop.
Who said it had to be used on you? lol
What mythical creature would you be and why?
If I could choose a mythical creature it would be a siren. I like to sing. I don’t think I’d actually succeed in luring anyone to his doom, but I’d enjoy a captive audience.
I’d love a job luring men to their doom…
What first inspired you to write your book?
This book came about as a conversation with a fellow author. We wrote the first third together, just writing two separate storylines and twining them together. But then he decided to take his in a different direction, so I collected my parts and wrote them into a solo novel.
At least it worked out in the end!
How long did it take to research/write it?
This one took a while because of the back-and-forth part at the beginning, a long period of silence, and then me finishing it. We started tossing around ideas in July and I finished writing around Christmas.
That’s still pretty fast, all things considered.
Give one unique fact about your novel that makes it different from the others in its genre.
The Nephilim are the good guys.
Those poor guys are just so misunderstood.
What other books do you plan to publish in the future?
I have the writing bug. I can’t imagine not writing. I’m currently working on three projects. I’m writing a solo contemporary romantic thriller called Baylee Breaking, an urban fantasy romance with my friend Sandra Martinez, and a really fun top-secret project with the incomparable Edwin Stark. I don’t want to give away too much, but there are Mayans in it.
You are one busy writer!
Thanks to Simone for being here today and for participating in this interview. I really appreciate her stopping by! For everyone else, please check out all the information about her and her book below.
The Nephilim were on the earth in those days- and also afterward- when the sons of God went to the daughters of men and had children by them. They were heroes of old, men of great renown.
Genesis 6: 4
And to this day, they remain: the Nephilim. Half human, half angel. They hide in the light; eternal, chaste, and beautiful. They protect the children of men from the Succubae, daughters of Lilith. Dangerous demonesses who prey on men leaving them worse than dead.
Until the day one Naphil, Lucien, first encountered the succubus Sarahi. That day a creature of darkness, sick of the shadows, dared lift her face towards heaven and discovered something she never dreamed she would find… love.
But their love is overshadowed as the long-foretold war between angels and demons threatens to break over the land. For prophecy states that from the mingling of these races will come a warrior who holds the key to victory… or utter destruction.
Sarahi regarded the Naphil, confused. “You say you are trained to know us. Surely you must know why we do what we do.”
“Yes. To gain power. To threaten Heaven.”
She laughed, and the sound was bitter to her own ears. “No, Sir Naphil, you are misinformed. We seduce men, not to gain control of them, but to feed. The energy produced by the act is our only source of nourishment.”
He looked aghast at the very thought. “You feed on men?”
“It is in my nature to do so, and yet…”
“Yet I would prefer to eat bread and drink wine like everyone else. This is a cursed existence.”
“What if you fed on only one; a husband or lover?”
Sarahi’s breath caught. She could feel her lip trembling. “No man would survive it long. A few months at most. My last…” she trailed off and turned away.
A warm hand closed on her shoulder. Her gown was held shut by a clip, and around it, his fingers touched her bare skin. “I am sorry. I did not realize.”
She turned back to face him, her eyes swimming. “Don’t judge what you don’t understand, Naphil. Your kind doesn’t know everything about mine.”
“Lucien.” No longer aggressive, his tender tone flowed over her like honey, warm and sweet. She was too caught up in his voice to comprehend his meaning.
“My name is Lucien.”
She smiled. “How apt. Well, Lucien, I haven’t fed in ages. If I don’t eat soon, I’m likely to lose control, and then you’ll have to slay me. Do you wish to slay me, light bearer?”
He looked at her in silence for an endless moment, and then said, “No, Succubus. I do not wish to slay you.”
“I am called Sarahi.”
“I will remember. I do apologize for… everything.”
“Accepted. Now please go elsewhere. Save innocent victims. I don’t want to waste my strength trying to do the impossible.”
“Which would be what?”
“Feed on you.”
He scoffed. “You couldn’t.”
“Only if I could seduce you. But if I could…” She twirled a strand of hair around her fingertip.
“Then?” His challenging tone was contradicted by the visible movement of his Adam’s apple. It bobbed in the ebony column of his throat.
“Then I think you’d make the tastiest meal I’ve ever eaten.”
She walked up to him, pressing her body against his, sliding her arms around his neck, pulling his mouth down and kissing him.
Simone Beaudelaire is the pseudonym for a mild-mannered high school French teacher.
Mme Beaudelaire lives with her husband, three children, and one fat tabby cat in Texas.
In her spare time, she reads romances as fast as she can get her hands on them, and when she isn’t reading them, she’s writing them!
Published works: Watching Over the Watcher, Keeping Katerina, High Plains Holiday, When the Music Ends, When the Words are Spoken, Beautiful Rose, Pacific Fire, Tears of Blood, and several others, but more are in the works.
~ by Suzie on March 22, 2014.