Cinsearae Santiago Interview

What is the first story/ book that you ever wrote?
I was in third grade, lol. The story itself didn’t have to be no more than 4 or 5 sentences using our vocabulary words, but I stretched it out and filled the entire page. That’s what sparked the writer in me, lol.

What do you use for inspiration when you write?
I have lots of images of places, actors and such that I tape around my desk to help give voices to my characters and depth to locales…but as I take walks in cemeteries and parks, it helps quiet my mind so I can focus on the stories I develop.

Where do you get your ideas from?
Kind of hard to say…but being such an avid lover of the paranormal, Halloween, and all things creepy and Gothic, that would be a start!

Has being published changed your life? If so, how?
It’s changed my life in a way that I have connected with many, many wonderful folks and friends who share the same drive, passion, and quirky interests as I have, and share the desire to entertain readers with something they’ll come away with never forgetting.

What is the driving force behind your writing?
The sheer enjoyment of writing…and having readers that like what I do.

I enjoyed reading your books Blood Touch 1 and 2. Do you have any further books in the works?
I’m currently working on the final book to this trilogy, but my latest ‘baby’ has been the “Abraxas” series, (www.bloodtouch.com/abraxas.htm), a paranormal romance that sprung from the desire to submit something completely new to a contest. (I’ve been hooked on my Blood Touch world for so long, I wanted to see if could do something else, lol) Although Abraxas wasn’t chosen, I’ve developed yet another new world, experimenting with new ideas I’d never think of toying with, darker and scarier scenarios, and characters I want readers to feel for, and so far, I’ve been seeing positive reader reviews. I’ve always been a huge fan of the television show, “Dark Shadows”, and I feel like this series could be a new spin on ‘gothic soap operas’ , lol. I’ve created a book trailer for this series, character profiles with pictures, and book excerpts at my website as well. I have high hopes for it.

The Blood Touch series has an interesting combination of mystery and action with paranormal flair that creates a fast paced story and interesting story. Where do you get your inspiration from?
I’m still not quite sure how that storyline actually started, lol. I was in college when I wrote it, and I do know I was daydreaming a bit during class, and started scribbling some ideas down, lol. I often get a few worlds that start forming in my mind, and sometimes people that I know help me develop some of the characters for those worlds. I get a lot of joy out of creating ‘what if’ scenarios and creating events situated around my hometown of Philadelphia. Makes things pretty interesting…

Tell your fans something about you that they would never guess.
I am such a Harry Potter geek…and I’ve got a huge crush Professor Severus Snape, lol.

What kinds of books do you like to read?
Right now I’m getting a kick out of reading Mary Janice Davisdon’s “Undead” series.

Could you tell us the names of some of your favorite authors?
Aside from Davidson and Rowling, I also enjoy King, Koontz, and Laurel K. Hamilton, to name a few.

What type of characters do you enjoy writing the most?
Characters that have a complexity to them, that feel real to the writers. Characters with emotional depth, and characters that readers can sometimes relate to. I’ve been told some of them are too ‘real’ to a point that they freak the reader out, lol. I sometimes like to make a good character go bad, and vice versa, as we as humans are ever-changing ourselves!

How do you choose the names of your characters? Do these names hold any significance for you?
As a character is forming in my mind, they often give me their name. Yeah, I know, don’t ask, lol. I’ll offer a name up front first, but they usually win out!

Of the characters you have created, do you have a particular favorite? If so, why?
Of my Blood Touch series, it would have to be ‘Sallos’, the residential bad boy who used to be (somewhat) of a good guy, but too many events in his human (and vampire) lives turned him into a complete piggish jerk. When I gave him his own book, Caress of a Psychopath as a sort of spinoff (or prequel) to the Blood Touch series, it is this character that either repulses and/or freaks people out, because they can’t believe how insane, thoughtless, cold, (and obscenely promiscuous) he can get. Of my Abraxas series, it’s a tossup between four characters, Kiera, Edward, Ryan and Christine. Each of them holds a special place in my heart for different reasons. Keira, because she’s the absolute best friend, Edward, because he feels like he could be someone’s kid brother, Ryan, because of his perfect gentleman status, and Christine, because she’s emotionally complex and is continuously growing as a character.

Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
Any and all lovers of paranormal romance and horror, budding writers and artists alike, are more than welcome to check out my Gratista Vampire Group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Gratista_Vampires. I am also Editor and Publisher of Dark Gothic Resurrected magazine, and I accept submissions year round. You can check my website, www.BloodTouch.com for magazine guidelines. I’m also the Book Cover Artist for Jaded Silence Press. On a more fun note, My Gratista Vampire Group’s first Erotica anthology, Midnight Bites, is garnering good reviews so far (info on the anthology can also be found at my site), and our second one (horror-themed this time) will be released shortly. Feel free to stop by my site and say hello!

I wish to say thank you to Ms. Santiago for taking the time to answer our questions and to give us some insight into herself and her books.

Interviewed by: Teresa


Teresa