Monday, August 1, 2011

Interview & Giveaway: Devyn Quinn

UFI welcomes Devyn Quinn Author of Darkness Descending. Thanks for Joining us!!

What can you tell my readers about yourself that they might not know from looking on your bio or reading in another interview?

DQ: That I don’t own a television. Really. I haven’t had one in about ten years. Because I have a habit of mindlessly flipping, I found having one a huge time suck. So I got rid of it to focus more on my writing. But that doesn’t mean I go without movies or television shows. I have an iPad and have all the entertainment I need at my fingertips. But it doesn’t come out until later in the evening, when the work day is over.

What do you enjoy doing on your down time?

DQ: I spend a lot of time reading books and magazines, as well as catching up on television shows I like. I’ve just finished the first season of Damages and I am looking forward to the 5th season of Dexter in August.

What is your favorite part of writing?


DQ: I always say I hate two parts of writing a book. Starting one is agony. I simply grit my teeth trying to write chapter 1. Writing the ending is particularly traumatic, too, because I’ve been in the zone and suddenly the book is done. The best part is when you’re in the middle and characters and plotting is coming together so well that it doesn’t even seem like work.

Do you have any certain routines you must follow as you write?

DQ: Yes, I do. I have a set schedule and I do it every day, without fail. I have a certain word count to meet, too. Once that goal is made, I am ready to close the file and go on for time away from the desk.

What are some of your Favorite books or Authors in the Urban Fantasy/ Paranormal Genres?


DQ: Don’t slap me, but I don’t read much fiction at all. I made a conscious decision not to read other books in the same genre simply because I didn’t want to see that another writer was doing what I wanted to do—and probably better than I ever could. Another reason was to keep their ideas from muddying mine. In UF, a lot of the world building around vampires, werewolves, etc… is sometimes bound to overlap in common lore. Keeping my ideas fresh and original is important to me as a writer trying to create yet another twist on the tried and true.

But that’s not to say that I’m not aware of what’s already on the market. Every now and again I will pick up a title that seems a 180 degree turn from what I am doing and take a peek.

How would you pitch Darkness Descending to someone that has not heard of it yet?

DQ: Tagline: “It’s the end of the world…And the vampires are winning…”

Can you tell us a little bit about the world that the Vampire Armageddon series is set in?

DQ: The book is set in New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. During the recovery a strange plague has begun to move among the population. Seemingly attacked by rabid animals, people are dying at an alarming rate. Only a few are aware that the infection is the work of a demonic parasite that inhabits and
resurrects corpses.

Do you have a favorite scene in Darkness Descending?

DQ: Yes, absolutely. In fact there’s so many too choose from. But I’d have to say that the most pivotal moment comes when my hero, Maddox deValois, finally has to admit he’s a bite junkie—someone who actually enjoys being taken by the vamps. He’s got the break the addiction or face execution at the hands of his comrades, who view him as a danger to their mission.

Which character was your favorite to write about? What about the hardest to write about?

DQ: I always love writing the dark and broody hero types. Almost all my books have them in one form or another. Maddox was a definite favorite. The most difficult to write was Reyen Akansea, my Native American slayer. Reyen in not friendly to outsiders and his behavior toward Jesse Burke could be called plain rude. They eventually fall into an uneasy comradeship, but Jesse has to prove that Reyen can trust her.

What other projects can we look forward to reading from you?

DQ: I am presently in the process of writing Darkness Awakening, book 2 in the series. The final book in the Dark Tides trilogy, Siren’s Desire, will also be released in February 2012.

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Author Bio: Devyn Quinn lives in the scenic Southwest, though she has called several other states home. She is a huge fan of dark gothic music & shoot-’em-up action movies. But reading is her first love and Devyn spends too much time with history books, as well as feeding her addiction for celebrity biographies. She especially enjoys reading books on Hollywood before the 1960′s and is crazy about Marilyn Monroe, her legend and her myth.


Devyn lives with her cats, ferrets, and one little single Shih Tzu doggie, Tess.

She is also the owner of several tattoos, including one based on her “Eternity” books:
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Darkness Descending
Vampire Armageddon #1
August 2, 2011



Fallen angels in the form of vampires are infecting humans one by one, creating an army fit for Armageddon. Jesse Burke, driven by vengeance to destroy the vampiric angels, has been protecting New Orleans from the onslaught, unaware that she has a much greater destiny awaiting her in the face of the oncoming apocalypse...

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2 WINNERS-INTERNATIONAL
Winner will receive
- 2 winners will receive one copy each of Darkness Descending 
*If International winner-book will come from Amazon and you will get a signed bookplate from Devyn
*If US winner- Book will be signed and shipped direct from Devyn




 RULES
1)  Leave a comment or question for Devyn =)
2) This giveaway is open to both US and International readers.
3) Must leave an email address so I can contact you.


Giveaway Ends 8/8/2011 at 10pm EST
Winner will have 48 Hours to reply to my email or I will pick another
Winner chosen randomly with the help of random.org

42 comments:

  1. Sounds very intriguing, thanks!

    Vivien
    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

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  2. This book sounds exciting, plus I live how cheeky the heroine looks on the book cover. Thank you for the giveaway!
    impy80(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  3. I found it interesting that Devyn says the starting of a book is hard for her. When I imagine writing, I always think the start would be easy, but that my writing would qyuickly peter out after I got the initial words out. Where do I go from here???

    acm05atjuno.com

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  4. Love Devyn Quinn's work! Such a talented author full of imagination!

    Question: I was wondering if you have ever envisioned yourself to be where you are today as a writer?

    Thank you so much for this amazing opportunity!

    moonlightgleam(at)gmail(dot)com

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  5. I havent got the chanc eto read any of your books,But im looking forward to going and picking one up:)
    Thank you for the giveaway:)
    elliott2668(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  6. Wow. I REALLY want to try this book...you have definitely caught my attention!

    hense1kk@cmich. edu

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  7. Vampire angels amassing for Armageddon is a very different take on vampires. Did the ideas just come to you or did you craft it?

    a dot charol at yahoo dot ca

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  8. Hi Devyn,

    the book sounds like another keeper. Looking forward to read it.

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  9. ACM05, I usually know how I want to end a book. It's the beginning that hangs me up.

    Moonlight, I always thought I'd be a lot further up the ladder than I am now. I am nowhere near where I thought I'd be at my age, LOL. I'm still at the nobody cares who you are stage!

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  10. thanks for the giveaway and the interview ! This book seems really great i'm very curious to read it !

    ellana_[at]hotmail[dot]fr

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  11. Can´t wait to read this book!!! A new series, how exciting! Tomorrow will be a good day with Devyn and Sherrilyn Kenyon´s new releases.. Thanks for the interview and the giveaway :-)

    sonkad(at)gmail(dot)com

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  12. This is great...sounds like a good read...

    gfc follower

    vidishamun at gmail dot com

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  13. Why did you decide to write a trilogy instead of a stand alone? Do you think authors are pressured to release series as opposed to stand alones? Best wishes with your new release.
    sdcooper54ATyahooDOTcom

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  14. I've been wanting to read this book ever since I first heard of it, really excited that it will be out tomorrow. Love the cover btw :)

    Littopandaxpress(at)yahoo(dot)Com

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  15. I always enjoy stories set in New Orleans, it's a great place for paranormal creatures to roam. I'm looking forward to reading Darkness Descending, it sounds like a fantastic book.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

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  16. Scooper, a trilogy is what the editor wanted to purchase.

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  17. I have a question for Devyn Quinn...

    If you could vote one character off from your books (like Survivor) who would you choose??

    xander_316(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  18. i love your work Devyn and this book is def on my lost of wants to read. i have for a while since hearing bout it then reading what its bout. i admire you for setting goals for yourself and reaching them. that is always awesome.

    babydoll82959307(at)aol(dot)com

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  19. It's probably a good idea to not read a lot of books in your genre so you don't accidentally use something from the back of your brain that over time turned into an 'original' idea. But it must be hard. I think it's logical to assume an author would choose to write in a specific genre because they enjoy it.

    b(dot)cardone(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  20. "I don’t read much fiction at all." Defintely not going to slap you. Hahah.

    thebookish96(at)gmail.com

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  21. Looking forward to reading this book.....

    Babysaffron@gmail.com

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  22. Love the cover! And the story sounds ineresting. Thanks for great contest!

    kapranova.sofija@gmail.com

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  23. Hi Devyn
    Interesting concept not having a TV. What's your favorite TV show?
    Thanks for the giveaway, book sounds interesting.

    Daniela.
    dany7578 at hotmail dot com

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  24. Daniela, I love Dexter and am looking forward to season 5 on iTunes.

    Xander, I'd keep everyone, LOL

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  25. thanks for the giveaway and for making it international!!:)
    i am looking forward to reading darkness descending.i love books about angels and vampires so gotta read it!;)

    GFC-Janhvi Jagtap

    justjanhvi at gmail dot com

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  26. I like this fresh take on the paranormal as I've never met a vampiric angels. Sounds very intriguing.

    Cambonified(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  27. I enjoyed the interview.I am really looking forward to reading Darkness Descending.
    Thanks for the chance to win a copy.
    elaing8(at)netscape(dot)net

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  28. Hi Devyn!
    thanks for a great interview - I saw your book a few weeks ago and was really curious about it. How many books will there be in the series? Is it another trilogy?
    wish you all the best and congrats on the release :)
    greetings, Melanie

    booksforalleternity at gmail dot com

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  29. Thanks for the awesome interview and giveaway! I heard about your book several months ago on another blog and I put it on my wishlist!

    efender1@gmail.com
    gfc ~ erin

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  30. Can't wait to read Darkness Descending! I find the idea of a vampire armaggedon very interesting and unique! Do you ever miss having a TV?

    whitewolfreads AT gmail DOT com

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  31. Haven't read a book by Devin yet, but would love to. The synopsis sounds really interesting! Thanks so much for the giveaway :-)
    Greetings from Germany.
    sk_86(at)gmx(dot)de

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  32. I'm always looking for new series to read, sounds good! tWarner419@aol.com

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  33. I don't have a TV either because I refuse to pay the TV license. :)

    Cherry Mischievous
    cherrymischif-darkward [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  34. I hopped over from Paranormal Haven today and what to I find but a wonderful interview with Devon. I have been hearing good things about this trilogy and would love to read it. Thank you for sharing today - it the interview had not clinched it the cover certainly would have :) I have signed up to follow this awesome blog and look forward to reading more of what you have to say.

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  35. I love the idea of fallen angels, vampires and armageddon! I am definitely going to have to read this book - thanks for the chance to win a copy:)
    jwitt33 at live dot com

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  36. First off, the cover is amazing! This is such an interesting take on the angels and vampires trend in romance! Would love to win!!!

    Annie
    alltherhage AT gmail DOT com

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  37. Great interview. I'm loving the idea of no television. We barely use ours too. Books are better!! We know who you are & spread the word accordingly.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  38. Thanks for the awesome giveaway. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read the book. It sounds very good. Tore923@aol.com

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  39. The Vampire Apocalypse world sounds very scary and fascinating. I would love to read this!

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  40. I think it's really nice that Devyn has a tattoo based on her books. Thanks for the giveaway and fr making it international--you guys are a peach!

    rachybee101@live.com.au

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