Books And Bites: Congratulations on the publication of your novels! Tell me a little about them – what’s your pitch?
Barbara Boot: I write Dark Fantasy short novels, it follows the live of a Demon who is humanities last best hope to save them from the Vampires, who have taken over most of the world. I guess my pitch would be, I am the first dark fantasy writer to brake the chains and write in present tense.
BAB: No two authors seem to take the same route to publication, but almost every author has an interesting story about their journey. Care to share yours?
Barbara Boot: I have been writing for lets say a long time and I have tried many roots to get published, but with me being a writer who is happy writing in present tense, I decided nine years ago to become self-published, and I have never looked back.
BAB: How did you get the idea for your novel?
Barbara Boot: I guess mine has been influenced by watching for too much Japanese Anime, and I wanted to breath new life into the humble Vampire and Demon, to make them more human.
BAB: Do you have another book in the works?
Barbara Boot: Yes, I am not far from completing part three, with two more in the pipeline but it might not end with the final chapter.
BAB: How did you get the inspiration for characters?
Barbara Boot: A lot of mine are influenced by family and friends who are no longer in this world.
BAB: Who is your favorite character? Why?
Barbara Boot: Ooh I love all of my characters, but if I had to chose, it would be the hardiest one I came up with, his name is Lord Lone Cheng, he is very serious and a man of order and he never likes to hear the word but. Why I pick him is because he is my first Chinese character, l did three years of research into ancient China, we are talking before The Seven Warring States, which started in 481BC and ended in 221BC. And to make him a more round character I even started to learn Mandarin
BAB: When did you know you wanted to become a writer?
Barbara Boot: I chose to become a writer before I left school at the age of fifteen, as I was always good at producing short plays.
BAB: In writing your books, what was your most surprising discovery?
Barbara Boot: My surprising discovery would be, in nine years I have learned so much about Japanese and Chinese culture.
BAB: What’s your writing routine? Do you write in the mornings, nights, daily, or when the mood strikes you?
Barbara Boot: With me it is on a daily routine, I even write into the early hours, I am never far from my keyboard.
BAB: What experience did you have with your publisher? Good? Bad?
Barbara Boot: Bad, mainly because, I am a present tense writer, and I was told it would be better if I didn’t have a smoking character in my novels, they were not too keen on the idea of having a few words of Mandarin and Japanese and they did not like me using italics for when my characters were speaking telepathically and the final one was none of them were too keen on my main characters sexuality with him being bisexual.
BAB: If you had to pick one author as your favorite, who would it be?
Barbara Boot: Terry Pratchett.
BAB: Finally, thank you for taking part in this interview. Before you go, what message would you like to send to your fans?
Barbara Boot: Without your loving support and encouragement, I would never have been able to continue with the rest of the Master Guardian series, thank you, all of you.
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