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FAQ Question What is the Jensen Murphy, Ghost for Hire series about?
   
FAQ Answer

The first book, Only the Good Die Young, is about a ghost, Jensen Murphy, who has been caught in a time loop where she’s been experiencing her death over and over again. Unfortunately, since Jensen was murdered, her death was violent, and she’s blocked out the identity of the maniac who ended her life. Enter Amanda Lee Minter, a psychic/medium who pulls her out of this time loop for a good purpose—to help solve a modern killing. In fact, Amanda Lee hopes that Jensen will be able to haunt a confession out of the man who may or may not be guilty, and then they can start solving Jensen’s crime…

The dominos for this series were set in motion at a lunch during the 2011 World Fantasy Con. A private, profound story from Deborah J. Ross was the first domino, and it connected to the next one while Linda Thomas-Sundstrom and I were on our way back to the workshops, exchanging thoughts about what we’d heard from our friend. The next one fell as we moved onto chatting about true crime books, in particular the excellent The Cases That Haunt Us by John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker. I told Linda about the stories in it—profiles of the Jon Benet Ramsey, OJ Simpson, Jack the Ripper cases, among others—and then Linda referred back to the title of the book. “People like [a certain possibly guilty suspect] should be haunted,” she said. Bam! “What if there was a ghost who worked for an agency that tried to scare confessions out of people?” I blurted out. Linda and I laughed, and from that point on, Jensen Murphy started talking to me in her ‘80s, dead-girl, justice-seeking ghost voice.

The second book, Another One Bites the Dust, (November 4, 2014), will continue Jensen’s fledgling career as a ghost detective who only wants to help people, but there’s something that wants to haunt her, too. The third book, Every Breath You Take, comes out April 7, 2015.


FAQ Question What’s the deal with The She Code?
   
FAQ Answer A while ago, I wanted to write a chick lit book. The She Code came close to selling, but it never quite made it, part of the reason was because of the artwork involved with this story about a 22-year-old straight out of college and in pursuit of a career as a comic book penciler.

Fast forward to years later, after the digital revolution came about. Suddenly, self-publishing books that never quite found a home was possible. I polished up The She Code, decided to publish it under my Chris Marie Green name, but decided that the story wouldn’t be the same if I changed the timeframe, from the early 2000s (when the comic book industry was a bit different) to now. I also kept in the artwork since it adds a different layer to the story, and I hired the fabulous Billy Martinez (http://www.nekopresscomics.com/ ) to do the final art.

There are also three shorter works that are loosely connected to The She Code, using the “rules” of girl survival to inspire each novelette or novella. Yes Girl, Roommate from Hell, and Best Friend Ever are also available on Amazon, along with The She Code. The She Code is now available on Audible, too!

As far as the category for this book goes... Well, you could say it’s new adult, since the story deals a lot with the struggle of Mandy Halsey as she tries to find her place in the world. But it’s also got that “lighter side of angst” chick lit feel to it. I’m also calling it something a little different—“geek lit.” After you read it, you’ll understand why...especially if you’re a geek like me.


FAQ Question Why is there a pen name change for the Bloodlands series?
   
FAQ Answer The series will be published in mass market format rather than trade, and the books are going to be labeled under a different sub-genre (post-apocalyptic western fantasy)—hence, the change.  I do understand that there’s a very real possibility of confusion with the introduction of a new name, and I’m sorry for that.  Either way, I hope you all enjoy the series!

FAQ Question What is the Bloodlands series?
   
FAQ Answer You could call it a “paranormal Shane meets Mad Max” for the first book.  The second and third ones open up from the post-apocalyptic west to more of the urbanized areas, and you’ll meet a bunch of new characters (and creatures).  The first book in particular has a mystery in it (think Agatha Christie!), as well as lots of adventure and mayhem.

I got the idea for this postapocalptic supernatural Western while watching a lot of old cowboy movies.  I’d just about internalized the tropes—the gun-slinging drifter who’s looking for redemption and a return to humanity, the feisty yet put-upon settlers, the cruel rancher next door.  Since my mind is more or less always on monsters or creepy creatures of some sort, I started wondering what would’ve happened had Shane been a vampire.

From that point on, I was twisting those old Western tropes into paranormal shapes.  (My main character, Gabriel, doesn’t sling a gun, but he does have fangs, and he is literally lacking humanity because he’s a vampire.  The settlers are survivalists who have fled the urban hubs out of utter terror and preservation.  You get the picture.

This series is limited to Bloodlands, Blood Rules, and In Blood We Trust.


FAQ Question

What's going on with Vampire Babylon and coming releases in the series?  

   
FAQ Answer NIGHT RISING, MIDNIGHT REIGN, BREAK OF DAWN, A DROP OF RED, THE PATH OF RAZORS, and DEEP IN THE WOODS are all available in trade and mass market formats. .  A Vampire Babylon short story entitled “Soul Stains” appeared in the March 2011 occult detectives anthology entitled Those Who Fight Monsters.  It takes place after the events in Deep in the Woods.  (You can look on www.vampirebabylon.com, Twitter and Facebook for any and all updates!)

The Vampire Babylon series uses trilogy arcs to tell one basic story, much like the way JK Rowling used seven books that didn’t solve every plot thread book-by-book to tell Harry Potter’s story.  While each individual novel focuses on a central mystery that’s solved by the end, the three books together build character and mythology arcs/mysteries until everything culminates in the third books of the trilogies. 

The first trilogy is known as the “Hollywood trilogy.”  It contains these books:

NIGHT RISING
MIDNIGHT REIGN
BREAK OF DAWN

(A novella, “Double the Bite,” in an anthology titled First Blood is available, and it’s best read here, after Break of Dawn.)

The second trilogy continues the adventures of Dawn Madison and the vampire hunting team, and this three-book arc is known as the “London trilogy.”  It consists of:

A DROP OF RED
THE PATH OF RAZORS
DEEP IN THE WOODS

(“Soul Stains” in the Those Who Fight Monsters anthology is best read here, after Deep in the Woods.)

The series does continue after “Soul Stains.” At this point, I’ve written two Vampire Babylon novellas that are available on Amazon e-book and in print. ("Raising the Darkness" and "In Bad Spirits"). I’ve compiled “Soul Stains,” “Raising the Darkness,” and “In Bad Spirits” into a collection called Monster Hunters.

Another spin-off novella is in the Kicking It anthology, but since the story, “The Girl with No Name” is about someone who is finding her identity, I can’t tell you whom it’s about, but regular VB readers will recognize the character. I’ve written a novel about her, too! Shadows Till Sunrise is currently available in a few forms: ebooks, print, and in a paranormal romance box set named Seductive Supernaturals!

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FAQ Question How did the series come about?
   
FAQ Answer I wanted to write a longer vampire book (My first was The Huntress, January, 2005, Bombshell), and I had an idea about a stuntwoman on the career skids who finds out that her estranged father has gone missing in L.A. During her search for him, she comes across a strange paranormal investigative agency and this eventually leads to an erotically charged vamp underground. My Berkley editor is calling it “noir fantasy-mystery,” and that gets my motor revved, LOL. I love the “noir” part, especially.

FAQ Question Why was the series name changed from Vampire Underground (the work in progress title) to Vampire Babylon?
   
FAQ Answer It was a publishing house marketing decision. They wanted to play off of the “Hollywood Babylon” mystique.

FAQ Question Are you still writing as Crystal Green?
   
FAQ Answer

Yes! I just had a new hot romance series, Rough and Tumble, released from Berkley InterMix Digital First. If digital sales are good, there’s a chance it could go to actual print. Fingers crossed!


FAQ Question Will you read my manuscript if I send it to you?
   
FAQ Answer As much as I’d like to, I can’t. It’s not wise for a published author to take the chance on being sued by someone who can say that the author read their work and stole an idea. By the same token, as an unpublished author, you probably don’t want to take the risk of having someone use your premises, either, especially with everything that’s happening with plagiarism at the moment. I’d suggest using a trusted group of critique partners instead—it’s worked incredibly well for me.

FAQ Question How did you get into writing professionally?  
   
FAQ Answer I've been writing since I could hold a crayon. In my early days, I loved being read to, loved hearing the flow of words. My favorite first book was Little Mommy. I memorized that sucker from opening to closing. I guess I enjoyed the sound of the rhyming narrative. Much, much later, when I decided I could get serious about publishing, I attended the San Diego State University Conference. That, in turn, led to my meeting Judy Duarte, then Sheri WhiteFeather, then joining Romance Writers of America. The organization taught me the business of writing; I don't think I'd be a romance author without their support.

FAQ Question I want to write a book. How should I go about it?
   
FAQ Answer Just do it. Make writing a priority and don't make excuses for your lack of time. If you feel your pages are terrible (and you probably will), rework them. Nothing is written in stone. Then send out your material; if no one reads it, you won't get it published. Also, attend conferences and writers' meetings in order to network.

FAQ Question Do you recommend any books about writing?  
   
FAQ Answer Debra Dixon's Goal, Motivation, and Conflict contains excellent advice about setting up a character's core situation. The exercises will strengthen your plot as well as your characters. Also, Christopher Vogler's The Writer's Journey (based on Joseph Campbell's The Hero's Journey) is great. After getting down the idea, you'll be able to write a synopsis easily.      

FAQ Question Who do you read for inspiration?  
   
FAQ Answer I follow authors like Stephen King because he really stretches the limits of language and descriptions. Larry McMurty writes quirky characters whose inner and spoken dialogues reveal a lot about them. And I like Donna Tartt's themes and how they tie into plot and characterization. Lately, I’ve been reading some of Poppy Z. Brite’s older work, and it’s awesome—graphic but poetic.

FAQ Question Are there any workshops that you give for conferences or local chapters?
   
FAQ Answer I have a few (“From a Small Texas Town to a Colony on Mars: World Building,” “The Lengths We Go To: Writing Short and Long,” and “Who’s Your Baddy?” about villains), but my favorite one is called "Pied-Piping the Muse." It's based on the Mozart Effect and on a method of story building that I used during creative writing time in the classroom. Basically, I utilize musical selections to lead the attendees through exercises that get them into a deep brainstorming zone. The feedback has been great so far, and I always love to see what the writers come up with. It's amazing.

 

 

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A noir-mystery-fantasy series by Chris Marie Green