Welcome Felicity Heaton! Please start off by telling us a little about yourself.
I’m a British paranormal romance writer and I’ve been writing since 2005. I’ve written over forty-five books in my career as a writer, and around forty of those are still available. I love to write passionate paranormal romances, with high-octane action, intense emotion, and heroes who will make your toes curl!
At the moment, I have three series on the go and one I completed last year. The completed series is the Vampire Erotic Theatre series, with the delicious heroes of Vampirerotique, London’s premier naughty theatre for vampires. The ongoing series are the Her Angel series with my take on sexy passionate angels determined to protect their women from a terrible game between Heaven and Hell, and the Vampires Realm series, which is packed with twisting plots, vampires to die for, and is a huge world encompassing ten books at present. And also my new series is Eternal Mates, which is set in the same world as the Vampire Erotic Theatre but it takes a look at the wider world outside the theatre, with all manner of fae and demon species, and plenty of hot-blooded alpha heroes determined to have their mates.
Is Claimed by a Demon King a single title, or part of a series?
Claimed by a Demon King is the second in the Eternal Mates series.
The first book in the series was Kissed by a Dark Prince. Kissed by a Dark Prince is about the dark elf prince, Loren, and his millennia-old feud with an enemy bent on killing him and destroying his kingdom. When Loren is knocked unconscious and dumped on the inspection table of Olivia, a scientist working with the demon-hunting organisation Archangel, she thinks it’s her lucky night and sees her mystery man as a way of redeeming herself with her superiors. Loren comes around and can’t resist tapping her carotid for some life giving fluids to help him heal. That one bite changes their lives forever because she’s his one true mate and not only has he bound her to him, but he’s weakened himself and dragged her into the crossfire between him and his enemy… exactly as his enemy had planned. It’s a race against time for them to find a way to break the bond, but can Loren really sacrifice the one thing he’s been waiting millennia for—his mate?
Readers can learn more about it at: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk/kissed-by-a-dark-prince-paranormal-romance-novel.php
Claimed by a Demon King is the second book in the Eternal Mates romance series, following on from Kissed by a Dark Prince. It takes us down into Hell, to the Third Realm and the demon king Thorne’s war to protect his kingdom from the Fifth Realm. Things are heating up down there, with the Fifth King constantly pushing Thorne’s forces to their limit and weakening his numbers. Of course, things will be heating up for another reason when Prince Loren leads his legion of elves to Thorne’s aid and Sable leads her band of mortal hunters from Archangel with him. Thorne has been dreaming of Sable since first setting eyes on her, and the huntress can’t seem to keep the burly demon king out of her wicked dreams either, but she isn’t about to sit back and let the demon king claim her without a fight.
Readers can learn more about it at: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk/claimed-by-a-demon-king-paranormal-romance-novel.php
What were your inspirations for the story?
I was inspired to write the Eternal Mates because I wanted to explore the world of the Vampire Erotic Theatre more and delve deeper into the lives of the other species I had mentioned and touched on in that series. I also wanted to bring elves into the world of paranormal romance and give a new spin on them, and also on the concept of fated mates. Each species in the series has a different way of knowing their mates and a different set of rules for courting them.
Please share your setting for Claimed by a Demon King. Have you ever lived or visited there? If so, what did you like most?
Well, Claimed by a Demon King is mostly set in Hell, so I can say with good authority that I’ve never been there. I’m wicked, but not to that degree. There are parts of the book set in London too. I used to work there for many years so I know the city well, and I always prefer to write about cities in the United Kingdom, where I’m from, and in Europe. I think they’re fascinating and there’s such a wealth of history in the cities of Europe. They suit vampires and ancient preternatural creatures and immortals in my opinion, far more so than younger cities across the Atlantic. I love being able to bring those cities to life for my readers.
When did the writing bug first bite?
When I was a teen in school, I wrote a little because we had to write the opening chapter of a gothic horror and it really set my mind working. I wrote more for it, had a whole plan for the story, but then schoolwork took over and it fell to the wayside. I didn’t write until 2003 after that. I got really into writing fanfiction and was running my own website for my stories. A friend who was writing the same genre as me convinced me to give writing something original with my own characters a go. I took a little convincing but I took the leap and really loved it.
Who are you favorite authors, book/series?
I absolutely love Lara Adrian. I would love to meet her. She writes the most amazing books and I always have to get the signed copies when a new one comes out. I also love to read series by Sherrilyn Kenyon and Larissa Ione, and sometimes Christine Feehan and Lynsay Sands, and also Gena Showalter. I’m not enjoying Gena’s latest books very much though. My TBR pile is crazy, but I always have room for new books from these authors.
If you could have an author roundtable discussion with any authors, who would you invite?
I would probably invite a whole bunch of authors I already know and who I know are great people. I would definitely invite Caris Roane, Erin Kellison, Bonnie Vanak, Jennifer Ashley, Lori Devoti, Laurie London, and also authors like Lara Adrian, Christine Feehan, J R Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon and Larissa Ione.
Do you have any hobbies or special things you like to do in your spare time?
I’m really into drawing but I rarely have the time now. I love to read manga, as reading that doesn’t interfere with my writing. I also love playing PlayStation, especially RPGs like Final Fantasy and Uncharted, and Assassin’s Creed games. I’m also an archer. There’s nothing more relaxing than shooting a target with a whole lot of arrows, unless I’m having an off day and it’s all going horribly wrong.
What’s the strangest thing you’ve heard or seen?
I can’t honestly think of anything. The strangest things I’ve seen are probably some of my dreams. They can get seriously wacky and weird. You really don’t want to know about them.
Top ten things you don’t know about me:
1. Cotton or Silk?
Cotton. I’m not big on the feel of silk.
It depends on my mood. I would probably go with beer though, or a nice cocktail!
I’m a plotter without fail. I can’t write a book without having plotted it out first in a huge outline stuffed with all my scenes notes.
4. Describe your workspace
It’s a curved wooden desk in one corner of my office, with my 23 inch monitor on a stack of old printed pages from previous book edits, a daylight lamp off to my right, and the computer tower to my left. That has a lamp, a portable hard drive, and a USB fan on top of it. It’s all quite neat and orderly. I can’t work when surrounded by mess.
Three walls of my office are a cream colour and the one to my left is dark purple. Mounted on that wall is my original The Lost Boys film poster. I’ve had it for over twenty years.
5. Sports fan or just tolerate it?
I’m a sports fan, but only really for football (that’s soccer to Americans) and some motorsport.
6. Who is your biggest influence on writing?
Myself. I don’t really have any outside influences when it comes to writing. I just write the books I want to read.
7. Favorite food –
Something Italian or Japanese curry.
8. When did you start writing?
I started writing in 2003, and was first published in 2005. I went indie in 2006.
9. If money were no object, where would you like to live?
I would love to live in Barcelona, Spain.
10. What’s next for you?
I’m editing Hunger, the next novel in my Vampires Realm series. Once I’ve tackled that, I’ll be planning the next Her Angel novel and then editing the first Guardians of Hades book.
About Felicity Heaton:
Felicity Heaton is a USA Today and international best-selling author writing passionate paranormal romance books. In her books she creates detailed worlds, twisting plots, mind-blowing action, intense emotion and heart-stopping romances with leading men that vary from dark deadly vampires to sexy shape-shifters and wicked werewolves, to sinful angels and hot demons!
If you’re a fan of paranormal romance authors Lara Adrian, J R Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Gena Showalter and Christine Feehan then you will enjoy her books too.
If you love your angels a little dark and wicked, the best-selling Her Angel series is for you. If you like strong, powerful, and dark vampires then try the Vampires Realm series or any of her stand-alone vampire romance books. If you’re looking for vampire romances that are sinful, passionate and erotic then try the best-selling Vampire Erotic Theatre series. Or if you prefer huge detailed worlds filled with hot-blooded alpha males in every species, from elves to demons to dragons to shifters and angels, then take a look at the new Eternal Mates series.
If you want to know more about Felicity, or want to get in touch, you can find her at the following places:
Mailing List: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk/newsletter.php