Name K.M. McFarland
Well, let’s just say that when my oldest son turned 29, I couldn’t be 29 anymore and leave it at that.
Where are you from
I was born in Nashville, Tennessee and grew up near Panama City, Florida. I’ve been in New Orleans since I was twelve. I’ve fallen in love with New Orleans and call it home.
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
I attended an all girls Catholic high school (oh, what fun!) and the University of New Orleans. I’ve always loved English Literature and all the classics. I’ve worked in Marketing and Sales, but now I have the time to do what I love without being tied to a job. I’m married. I have two grown sons, and my six-year-old grandson keeps me busy.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I’ve recently released Vampyr: The Complete Trilogy. It’s a collection of Song of the Vampire, Under a Bourbon Street Moon, and Masquerade all in one.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve always enjoyed writing whether it was articles, short stories, etc.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Is that what I am? Yeah! Probably when I published my first book.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
My love for New Orleans, vampires and paranormal as well as my profound interest in local culture, Voodoo, and New Orleans history. It all ties into my books.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I’ve never thought about it. I’m still kind of new at it, so maybe, in time, I’ll be able to give you a better answer.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
The title of the series is Vampyr. My protagonist, former rock star vampire, Quinn Forrester owns a bar called Vampyr on Bourbon Street in New Orleans. It’s a vampire bar/music club patronized by vampires and mortals. So the title for the series became Vampyr because it revolves around Quinn’s bar.
Song of the Vampire came to mind because Quinn is a singer and a vampire. Under a Bourbon Street Moon was more about the setting. Masquerade seemed appropriate since none of the characters are what they appear to be to the public, and it’s all something of a masquerade.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Vampires are the misfits or outsiders. They must live in secret, and the mortal world can never know their true nature just like anyone else who has to hide who they really are. Humans tend to fear and condemn what they don’t understand. Vampires do live on blood, preferably human, but modern forensics, security cameras, etc. have presented a challenge to them. In order to survive in this day and age, Vampires have had to evolve from monstrous killers to gentle predators that leave their victims unharmed with no memory of the event. They must live among mortals masked as mortals and play nice with them.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
The series is a fantasy that takes place in a parallel New Orleans where vampires exist. The relationships between the characters, both vampire and mortal, are realistic.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I think, as an author, I draw from from real life experiences, either my own or people I know, but the stories are fictitious.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
The Vampire Lestat. It was one of the first vampire books I had ever read, and I was intrigued by the concept of the modern day vampire. I guess it was something of a mentor since I went on to write about vampires in the modern world.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I just finished The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Oh, yeah. The problem is, I have so little reading time. My TBR is so long, it will take forever to get to everything. I usually make my selections based on my mood at the time.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
I’m working on a new paranormal romance novel and the fourth Vampyr installment; both to be released next year.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
I would have to say my readers. Friends and family are always going to be biased and tell you what they think you want to hear, but the opinions of readers who don’t know you are always genuine. There’s no better feeling than going to a site such as Goodreads, etc. and finding a new five star or four star rating from someone you don’t know who has no reason to give it a high rating other than they liked it.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Absolutely. It’s my third career. I’ve already retired from Marketing and Sales careers, so this is what I do now. I’m thankful to now be in a position where I can do what I have always loved.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
That’s a good question. If I read it 100 times, there will always be something I will find that I want to change or improve. The never ending story and one of the perks of being self-published is that you can.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I was in college and I wrote a paper for my English class. The professor was impressed and stated it was an excellent piece of journalism and I should pursue it. I didn’t listen, and I kind of regret that now. I wrote articles for small papers over the years but not as a career.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Sure. I just published an excerpt from my WIP on my website. It’s an interview with my two major characters. Here’s a link to it: http://www.kmmcfarland.com/the-interview.html
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Writing is the easy part. The most challenging part for me has been promoting my work. It’s extremely time consuming and tedious.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I’m a huge Anne Rice fan and I have most of her books. The Vampire Chronicles are my favorite, but I have enjoyed her other novels as well. One of her earlier novels, Cry to Heaven, is one of my favorite books ever.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
No! Maybe in the future, but not now. I love to travel, but right now, it’s only for vacations.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
My covers were designed by Julie Nicholls. She does amazing work, and she’s fun to work with. I recommend her to anyone looking for beautiful book covers at a great price.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Motivating myself to sit down and do it. Once I get started, and the characters start screaming at me to tell their story, I don’t want to stop.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learned that if you want to do something, just do it. You may be amazed at the outcome.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Well, I see a lot of writers get upset and discouraged over a bad review or a low sales ranking, etc. Unfortunately, that’s going to happen. There will always be those who love your work and those who don’t. You can’t please everyone. I think as a writer, just as in sales, you have to develop a thicker skin. You can’t let the negatives discourage you. There will always be positives and negatives. Take the bad with the good, blow it off, and keep writing.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Yes. Thank you so much for supporting me and buying my books. Thanks for reviews, likes, shares and everything you have done to help promote my books. Thank you!
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I think it may have been Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. One of my favorites too.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Anything funny, anything sad.
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
Lestat de Lioncourt. He’s responsible for my obsession with vampires. I would have said his creator, but I’ve already met her.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
Do I have to have one of those? Yeah, I guess it’s the only certainty in life. I don’t know. A cross might be nice.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
I have a passion for photography and love capturing the unusual on film. I also love music and art.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Right now my favorite TV shows are American Horror Story-Hotel, Orange is the New Black, Game of Thrones, Sleepy Hollow, Hot in Cleveland, and I’m a soap fan. I’ve been a Days of Our Lives fan for the past twenty-five or so years. My favorite films would include The Godfather, Gangs of New York, Pulp Fiction, Angel Heart, and Interview With the Vampire.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
I love Italian and Mexican food the most. My taste in music is eclectic. I love it all: Classic Rock, Metal, R&B, Pop, Country, Opera, Classical, etc. It’s all wonderful and I see beauty in all of it. I tend to wear black a lot with muted colors.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I would love to have been a musician/singer. What stopped me? Talent. The only thing I can do with my singing voice is clear out a room. I’ll just stick to writing.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
Yes. Please visit. It’s www.kmmcfarland.com You can always find me there, and from there you can find me anywhere. Thanks so much for interviewing me.
BOOKS by K. M. MCFARLAND
SONG OF THE VAMPIRE
Vampyr Series: Book 1
In 1989, Quinn Forrester was a successful rock star living a dream with a wife, a baby daughter and a hit record. Little did he know that was all about to end the night he met Giselle, the mysterious vampire who would change his world forever. Eighteen years later, a chance meeting with Nadia, the daughter he abandoned as a baby the night he was turned, shakes his lonely, tormented world. Quinn and Nadia reconnect and bond, but Nadia’s fate is sealed. Saved by Quinn’s blood, they guide each other through the dark world they have become a part of. As they help each other battle their demons, shocking lies, secrets and deceptions are revealed culminating in the discovery of the truth about the night Quinn was turned.
Favorite Review from Goodreads:
I ended up getting this book from a Goodreads giveaway, and loved it!!!! I’ve read so many paranormal novels regarding vampires and was no way disappointed by this book. I love the story especially Quinn reconnecting with his daughter. I don’t like to give too much away about the book you can read the back the book for the description and decide whether you want to read it or not but I definitely suggest reading this book. The author did an amazing job!!
UNDER A BOURBON STREET MOON
Vampyr Series: Book 2
New Orleans – an enchanted city filled with legends and folklore of Voodoo, vampires, and ghosts. Tucked away in the heart of the French Quarter is a secret vampire bar masked as the coolest music club on Bourbon Street owned by the hottest vampire, Quinn Forrester. Welcome to VAMPYR. Quinn and his vampire lover, Giselle, seem to have the perfect romance, but their relationship is put to the test when a beautiful mortal woman from his past and an adorable country singer, who has just arrived from Nashville with her own connection to Quinn, enter his world. While Quinn battles his past that has suddenly come back to haunt him, Giselle must decide if love is enough to save their turbulent relationship.
Favorite Review from Goodreads:
I liked the first book, Song of the Vampire and when I heard there was a sequel, I had to check it out. And I have to admit, I had mixed feelings about it. There were some parts that I enjoyed, while other parts I didn’t like so much.
In the first book, I didn’t care for Giselle too much, but by the end I began to warm towards her. However, in the sequel my original feeling for her returned. At times, Giselle comes across as annoying with her insecurities, especially when she fusses about Quinn’s past relationships and complains about how he’s nothing like her husband, Myles.
One major source of contention for the couple is the return of Quinn’s ex, Pam. I loved Pam from the beginning and I loved reading about her past with Quinn, although Quinn wasn’t the best boyfriend to her, I liked how they made amends and I was rooting for them to get back together. The one thing that bothered me about Pam is how she was written out; I would’ve loved to have seen her stick around.
Aside from Pam, the couple also has to deal with Amber, Quinn’s long lost daughter that he never knew. Amber is another character that I fell in love with because she has a sweet and bubbly personality. I loved reading about her backstory and how Quinn and the others were quick to welcome her into the family. However, I would’ve liked to have seen a little tension between her and Nadia.
As for Nadia and Tristan, they weren’t featured as much as I would’ve liked, but they do have their own story. The couple reveals secrets about their past that will surprise you and you’ll see new characters pop up, who are connected to the couple.
(You’re probably wondering why I chose a critical review as a favorite. The reason I chose it is because it tells me something. It tells me exactly what the reader liked and didn’t like about the story, the characters and the path of their relationships. That can be helpful to an author when writing a series.)
Vampyr Series: Book 3
Randi Brooks is back in town, and she only has eyes for one hot ageless vampire, Quinn Forrester. Quinn has his hands full as the owner of all three vampire bars in New Orleans and hires the attractive young mortal as his personal assistant. As Quinn and Randi grow closer, the successful entrepreneur also must deal with his unique blended household: a vampire daughter, a mortal daughter who sees dead people, a spiritually connected vampire ex-girlfriend who is her mentor, and a deceased ex-wife that just won’t stay dead. Is his mansion big enough?
Favorite Review from Amazon:
Awesome book. If you love vamps then read this. Amazing plot choices and reads well as a standalone, but treat yourself and read all three.
VAMPYR: THE COMPLETE TRILOGY
Contains Song of the Vampire, Under a Bourbon Street Moon, and Masquerade in one bundle. All three books were previously published individually in the United States.
Vampires are alive and well in the Big Easy. In the modern world of forensics, technology, and security cameras everywhere, vampires are now forced to live in secret. In this new age where vampires have evolved into gentle predators mainly depending on alternative methods for acquiring blood, vampire bars have risen in popularity. Owned by a former rock star turned vampire, Quinn Forrester, Vampyr is New Orleans’ most popular venue. Aside from being the French Quarter’s coolest music club, it is also a secret vampire bar serving the finest quality human blood to its vampire clientele. The cryptic alley next to it seduces the most delectable humans just itching to quench a vampire’s thirst. Welcome to Vampyr!
SONG OF THE VAMPIRE: Successful rock star, Quinn Forrester, isolates himself after being turned to a vampire. Eighteen years later, a chance meeting with the daughter he abandoned as a baby the night he was turned shakes his lonely, tormented world.
UNDER A BOURBON STREET MOON: Quinn and his vampire lover seem to have the perfect romance, but their relationship is put to the test when a beautiful mortal woman from his past and an adorable country singer, who has just arrived from Nashville with her own connection to Quinn, enter his world.
MASQUERADE: Quinn has his hands full as the owner of all three vampire bars in New Orleans. As he gets closer to his new attractive young personal assistant, the successful entrepreneur also must deal with his unique blended family: a vampire daughter, a mortal daughter who sees dead people, a spiritually connected vampire ex-girlfriend who is her mentor and a deceased ex-wife that just won’t stay dead. Is his mansion big enough?
- M. McFarland made her way into this world in Nashville, Tennessee and spent most of her childhood on the Florida beaches before making her way to the Big Easy. Immediately falling in love with the city’s unique cultural flavors, she calls it home. Voodoo, vampires, ghosts, and haunted houses are all a part of its ambiance and have been her inspiration as well as her fascination with New Orleans’ colorful history. She has a passion for photography and loves capturing the unusual. Aside from roaming the French Quarter researching her next book, she enjoys reading, music, art and spending time with family and friends. As long as there’s a cup of coffee and a glass of dry red wine in her day, life is good. Her secret ambition: to play the wicked witch of the west in “The Wizard of Oz” someday.
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