13 Questions with Denise Verrico

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Let’s have a devilish round of applause for our newest featured author, Denise Verrico. For episode 92 Denise has decided to share with us a sneak peek into her newest novel, Servant of the Goddess.

You may recognize Verrico’s name from her popular series Immortyl Revolution, and the Servant of the Goddess just so happens to be the fourth installment of the series. Since our preview is a part of the series, I wanted to find out all I could about the Immortyl Revolution and Denise was excited to share.

“The idea for the series evolved over a period of time. I kicked the first novel, Cara Mia, around for a long time before I sat down to finish it. Back when I was reading a lot of Anne Rice, I had a dream about a female vampire. I’d never read a book about one at the time. My husband and I brainstormed a little. He suggested exploring the fact that my protagonist was a woman and the implications of being both female and a vampire. Vampire sexual politics–who knew?

I based a lot of the Immortyl culture on ancient ones. I created a multi-layered society that enslaved three fourths of their population. Then I got interested in biotechnology and came up with the idea of a race to harness immortality. The revolution was Kurt’s idea entirely. The little bugger decided to take the series this way. It’s funny how a character can hijack a series. Cedric MacKinnon, the hero of the third book, started out as a love interest for a character in the planned later novels. He soon became one of my favorites. His story begged to be told. An entire religious cult and art form were born from his creation. This is why I love speculative fiction so much. You can do things like this. I really get into building the world and the characters.

I like to tell a story about people and their foibles, even if those people happen to be vampires. All good stories are ultimately about a human inner conflict.”

Denise was also kind enough to attach the official Press Release for all of you to check out: ***Childhood fascination with Vampires serves as Author’s inspiration for book series

Vampires have been capturing Urban Fantasy Author Denise Verrico’s imagination since childhood and now she shares that vivid imagination with countless readers throughout the world. Servant of the Goddess, Book Four of the Immortyl Revolution now available.

Columbus, OH – Vampires have been capturing Urban Fantasy Author Denise Verrico’s imagination since her days growing up in Western Pennsylvania and now she shares that vivid imagination with countless readers throughout the world. “My favorite television show as a child was the soap opera Dark Shadows, and my favorite author in the vampire genre is Anne Rice. I like the Gothic and historical aspects of her books. I must give her credit for influencing me,” says Verrico. Readers of the Immortyl Revolution series are taken with the one-of-a-kind twist on vampires that Denise brings forth and in the unique locales in which her writing takes them. Ms. Verrico says, “Inspiration comes a lot from my non-fiction reading. I’ll read about a place or historical period, and I’ll want to create a character to reflect it.”

Servant of the Goddess is the fourth novel of the urban fantasy vampire series written by Denise Verrico. This installment follows up her debut novel, Cara Mia, which introduces the characters and world of Immortyl Revolution and its sequel, Twilight of the Gods and My Fearful Symmetry.  Set in 2001, Verrico’s My Fearful Symmetry introduced a new vampire hero, Cedric MacKinnon, a temple dancer in service to the Goddess Kali, who learns his beauty and speed render him a lethal weapon. “My vampire society originates in India. In my third novel, My Fearful Symmetry, I delve deeper into the origins,” says Verrico.   “In the fourth book, I unite heroine Mia Disantini and Cedric in a way that raises some sparks.  It takes place in NYC in 2001, so there will be momentous events my characters must deal with.”  As in all her novels, Servant of the Goddess maintains a science fiction twist on the genre, action-packed thrills and a touch of romance.***

Currently there are currently four novels and a collection of three shorts.  I’m concentrating on some other projects at present, but there will be probably two or three more Immortyl Revolution books. For those of you wanting to learn more about the series, be sure to check out Denise’s website: immortylrevolution.blogspot.com

Now, Denise may be a preschool teacher and a small press author; but she hopes to one day make the big move and open her own press. “I’m dog tired at the end of a day, so I need to drink a lot of coffee when I get home to write.  I learn a lot working with kids.  It’s cool to see them interacting, their conflicts and cooperation.  I do have children as characters in my books, but they aren’t in any way based on kids I know.  I write about cast-offs and street kids. I would like to write a kids’ book someday, if I can come up with a good idea. I want to keep writing and having books published.  I’ve been a small press author, but I hope to see the urban fantasy novel I just finished published by a New York press.  My husband and I may start a small press someday.”

As many of you readers know, I’m always curious to learn what lured our authors to the darker side of things and it’s no different with Denise. She was nice enough to answer all my random questions and let us in to how she became infected with the horror bug.

“I like a good scare and loads of suspense.  As a writer, the dark side of humanity is fascinating.  I like to explore what makes a person become a monster.  When I was a kid, horror and sci fi movies were my favorites.  I saw Night of the Living Dead when I was eight and watched Dark Shadows on TV when I was six.  Dark Shadows started my love affair with vampires.  My vampire novels are much darker than a lot of Urban Fantasy.  There are relationships explored, but I’d hardly call them “romance”. I’m also biased toward vampires.  They are the monsters most like us.  I also love serial killer books like Silence of the Lambs and Darkly Dreaming Dexter.  I eat up true crime stories.  My husband is seriously concerned when he sees me watching all those murderer bios on TV.  However, I do like my zombies, if the gore is done in interesting ways and there’s a good story.

Despite the fact that I love horror, I used to be really squeamish about blood.  I almost passed out watching the George Romero film Martin.  However, I had to do a blood draw every day when I was pregnant with my son because I had gestational diabetes.  I got over it somewhat, but I still have to look away when I have blood taken.  I can watch surgery shows and horror films without a problem now.”

Denise has been busy as of late as well, “I recently finished an Urban Fantasy novel, and I’m working on a fantasy novel set in an 18th century culture. I have a steampunk horror story I’m playing with.  In addition to new editions of the Immortyl Revolution novels, there will be a short coming out featuring one of my vampire characters.  I hope before the end of the year.”

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