Name: Karli Rush
Age: I’m the same as Denise Richards, Jerad Leto, Christina Applegate, Justin Theroux and Winona Rider.
Where are you from:
I’m from a quaint little college town, in the heart of Cherokee Nation. I’ve lived here the majority of my life, but I have been lucky enough to enjoy living in beautiful Denver, Colorado, flashy Las Vegas, Nevada and scenic Cheyenne, Wyoming for a short period of time. Oklahoma has always been my home and it never mattered where I was, I always ventured myself back to my hometown.
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc:
I raised by my grandmother, went to Northeastern State University and studied psychology. But I never quite felt that was the career for me. So, I explored paramedic certifications, Hospice training and worked for a local newspaper company. Through it all it gave me the wonderful experience to discover the writer that was hidden inside me. I have three very loving sons, twenty-three, twenty-two and thirteen. Recently, I lost my best friend, my husband. Our youngest son, has Autism, which in turn established my need to become an advocate. We never felt it was a curse, but a gift.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
Well, I am currently writing my second novel in the series No Death for the Wicked, the second book is titled Midnight. The first book in this series is Daylight, you can find this title on Amazon, here’s the link – http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00C00IAVO?keywords=Daylight%20Karli%20rush&qid=1451437420&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1
And here’s the blurb – A Paranormal Vampire Romance novel.
In a small spectrum of the world is a city full of vampires and a very rare serum. This serum allows a vampire to walk in the light of day. The formula has been guarded for thousands of years, and yet a young female vampire from the north claims to have lived on the serum as if it is common place… This can not be… This must be dealt with. Mattie desires two things, getting Daylight back and Him.
This paranormal vampire romance novel is intended for adults due to sexual scenes and adult language. Recommended for 18+
What people are saying about my first Paranormal Vampire Romance:
“It was a fun twist on the death and a vampire… It also takes it to a new vampire romance, but not in the way you would think. I enjoyed reading it.” Tiger Dragon
“No Glittering Vampires Here. If you are looking for a Twilight vampire story then you have come to the wrong place, you will not find a glittering vampire here. Please DON’T take that the wrong way because I absolutely love Twilight. This vampire story is completely different and is not written for a younger audience. This story follows a young female vampire named Mattie. Mattie is on a quest for a serum that allows vampires to walk in daylight. Her journey finds her in a relationship with Death. He goes by the name Graham. I am not even sure how to describe their relationship, other than need. They have this need for each other, this gravity and drawing force for one another. The book takes many twists and turns and leaves you completely hanging with Mattie and Graham having the recipe for Daylight, and a whole lot of other vampires wanting it. I can’t wait to pick up the second book.” mzvosec
“Wicked Amazing New Para Series. This book would be a great gift for any paranormal fans, or for anyone who wants to lose themselves in a wicked love story. I enjoyed Karli’s writing style; her story telling is so well constructed with just enough romance, adventure and mystery to keep the reader attached to the story. The characters were so captivating and interesting that I quickly became invested in the story, feeling like I was right there with them. I really loved reading about this new world Karli created! This was one fun and exciting read with a fresh take in the paranormal world.
The ending will make readers eager to check for the next installment!” Drita
Oh, Edward baby move over, Graham is in town!!!!!,
After I finished Twilight, or should I say after the rebirth of vampire mania, I probably devoured through over a hundred Vampire books and series. Everything from J.R. Ward, to Katie MacAlister, Lynsay Sands and Jeaniene Frost and many many more. After a while my craving for all things with fangs faded. Don’t get me wrong, Oh I still tore through the Paranormal Romance shelf, but the angles on the Vampire stories just kind of started blurring together and for me turned a little blah.
I didn’t read the description of this book before I started it, I just jumped into it. And I freaking loved Mattie from page one of the Prologue, her character jumps off the page with her middle finger in the air, and if you don’t like it, she don’t give a damn. As for Graham, oh hell. (Kimmie: *sigh*, * fans self*). Graham is, I’m sorry I have no other descriptive words at the moment, Graham is F%¡KING HOT! Alpha male all the way, he is mysterious, dominant, he is a damn wet dream is what he is!!! lol!
Chapter 1 of this story threw me for a loop because I just didn’t see it coming. And the rest of the story? AWESOME! In “Daylight” Karli Rush breathes a breath of fresh air into the Vampire world. Her new spin is PERFECT! I love the characters she created in this story and the world she paints for the reader with her words. I really did not want this story to end! It was a fast read and exciting as hell! Thank you” LipsXoXo “Kimmi”
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
About four years ago I started writing a story, it stemmed from a very vivid dream. I’m sure you’ve heard this from many authors, but it’s true. The characters from Crescent Bound, Marc, Alyssa, Lisa, David and of course, Megan stalked my thoughts during the day and haunted my nights. I just couldn’t shake the voices away, so… Crescent Bound evolved into a five book series. All of which are on Amazon as well, plus, the first book is free! Here’s the link – http://www.amazon.com/Crescent-Bound-Paranormal-Witch-Romance-ebook/dp/B007E5OD2U/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Honestly, I wasn’t too sure in the beginning. I had taken a few English and writing courses in college, and I found it was my absolute favorite courses to take. I always wrote something from my heart because I knew no other way. Eventually, I started receiving emails about when the next installment would come out for the Bound series and I suppose that’s when I started to truly realize this was something I was meant to do. Be a writer.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
The feel of ‘Crescent Bound’ began taking shape when a friend and I visited a haunted hotel, called the Crescent Hotel. It’s located in a very small town called Eureka Springs, Arkansas. While touring this hotel, I actually saw an apparition. It was my first touch with the paranormal first hand. I became interested and more aware of my world around me. The town took a hold of me. Everything in this small, picturesque little town is quite unique and diverse and filled with mysticism. Like the narrow obscure alleyways with only a sign hanging overhead, words scrawled out, Tarot Card Readings inside. Every nook and cranny has something to offer, whether it be handcrafted jewelry, natural crystal shops, or homemade soaps. And just like in ‘Crescent Bound,’ there is an existence of magic there waiting if you’re only willing to see it. I think this is what opened up a whole new perception of how I saw things and this is when the dreams started. These dreams weren’t like my typical dreams. They were more intense in color, not black and white and recurring. Each night I could re-enter a dream from the previous night and pick back up right where I had left off. It was as if Alyssa, Marc, Lisa, and Megan all had a story to tell and they were not going to simply fade away and this is how the birth of ‘Crescent Bound’ came to be.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I do, I generally write first person, present tense.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
For Crescent Bound is signifies the mark and meaning of the characters within the series. You’ll have to read the book to find out more. I don’t want to spoil anything. And for Daylight, it’s the name of the serum my character, Mattie is desperately hunting for. It’s very rare and extremely useful for the vampires in the story.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Most of my novels are romance based, so, basically I’m hoping my readers grasp that love, true love can conquer all.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
I mostly write fantasy, but there are some lifelike traits. The one book I have written, titled, Let Your Heart Drive, which is a contemporary romance – has a lot of truth to it. Not the entirety, but some, like Route 66 as an example or a relationship gone badly or growing up without a mother. That’s why I love writing paranormal so much, everything you can conjure from your own mind can spill onto the pages, freely carving and molding worlds, scenes and places to bizarre, unique characters.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
A little of both I say.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? A mentor?
All of Stephen King’s books, I devoured every book I could that he had written. He taught me the freedom of writing and the beauty of reading.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Well, sadly, I haven’t had the time to truly read a lot. But when I begin again, I have a list I’m going to break through. Lol. I do have a few that I thoroughly enjoyed reading this year, want to know?
A Different Blue by Amy Harmon
The Song of David by Amy Harmon (yes, again, absolutely love her work!)
Attraction by Penny Reid (I am currently collecting all of her books, she’s simply amazing.)
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
There’s always new and amazing authors that grasp my attention Just to name a few… Jennifer L Allen, Aly Martinez and Mariana Zapata.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
Current projects, Midnight (second book in the No Death for the Wicked series) should be out within the next month or so. Yay! Then my next tackle will be Citeron (book 2 in the Veil Realms series, Memoirs of a Super Hero, Mary Jane, Chasing the Madness and hopefully we’ll see Nine Lives on Amazon very soon.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Absolutely! It’s the most amazing thing to love what you do and state… I’m an author. And it’s something you can put you whole heart and soul into. Plus, you get to wear pajamas all day and drink coffee. Lol.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No, not really.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I believe it was my late husband, he was the only one in the beginning that cheered me on, stayed up with me through the nights and talked about storylines, plots, character developments and supported me through thick and thin. He inspired me and it was our love that inspired my love stories.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Sure… I would be happy to.
Please note: This is still a current work in progress.
Disclaimer – This book is intended for mature audiences only.
“A stake through the heart…” I flip another page and grumble, “Exposure to the sun.” Another page. “Decapitation.” And another. “Starvation.” I roam my eyes over to Graham, annoyed.
“Where’s the good stuff in this fossilized book?”
He directs a shimmer of a glance my way, but still keeps his blue eyes on the ill-lit road. The city of Solace is a distant memory, but one I will not soon forget. Graham found a set of wheels for us, more like a war machine. A Gothic black 1965 Buick Rivera, to travel the wastelands, the barren lifeless roads. Each mile means I’m that much farther away from the Elites. The elites are hunting us, and every pit stop we make, someone’s watching us. So, whether it’s a cashier at a gas station or a hitchhiker wandering the dusty roads, Graham makes sure they have no breath to reiterate what or who they just saw.
“There’s more in the book, Mattie,” Graham reveals, and magically flicks the pages backward with a simple gesture from his finger. His unworldly succulent eyes study me. “Bleed,” he says in a deep and throaty tone.
The only way I can read the book in my lap, the Voynich’s book, is for a drop of vampire blood to touch the page. I press my nail into my hand and squeeze the ruby red blood from my palm. The crimson fluid turns into ink and the encrypted symbols begin to form into words. Readable, fluent sentences appear, and I start to decipher what I’m seeing.
“Vampires have existed since the dawn of man, and since that time, the two races have been at war. Both fighting for their own instinctual survival. Mankind had daylight on their side, to them vampires were nothing more than a menace.
The vampires ruled the night, but were also reliant on the humans… for their blood. After centuries of bloody war the humans believed they had finally won, and fell into a state of complacency, but the vampires, concealed by shadows of night, discovered another race being hunted and persecuted by the humans… witches.
These two formed an alliance and began slowly developing a strategy to infiltrate and take over humanity, without mankind ever knowing. First, a serum was created, giving them the one thing the humans had advantage of, the sun. Now the nightwalkers walk the day, and soon all aspects of society will be within our grasp. In five hundred years, we shall rule the world.”
As soon as my last word expels from my lips the sentences fade, no words, no ancient scribbly handwriting, not even a hint that my blood had even spilled there.
“So all this time humans think that vampires are mere stories of myth and forgotten legends, but in fact they’re the ruling class of humanity. How ironic— wait a minute… how many cities are there like Solace?”
Graham hits the lights, deadening the path in front of us even more, and steers the car off the road. The town, Shadow Hills, caps the dry scenery in the distance. Graham slips out and scouts the area. He walks, no that’s not accurate, he glides toward the front of the car. His long trench coat whispers along the ground as he waits a breath before he answers me.
“There are more cities like Solace than you would like to know about, Mattie.”
“So, we’re fucked?” I quip getting out, my eyes roam around the dreary landscape. I set my hope for blood on a metaphorical shelf for now and stride toward the back of the car. I slam my fist hard against the dusty metal and watch as vials of daylight shine like the Holy Grail from the trunk. I slide one translucent bottle from its precious cushioned protection and inspect it. The entire trunk is filled with cases of daylight, and if I’m careful, it will last me a couple of years. But, if I am not, I may just end up being a flesh-skinning nightwalker and that’s not a go-to option for me.
Graham motions over at the horizon just as the sun breaks through the early morning light. I quickly slip the vial back in its snug, tight concealment and make sure the cases are securely closed before I slam the trunk shut. I might be able to go a few days without needing another dose, but a thousand or so vials of daylight won’t last me forever. In the book it mentions witches, an alliance between us and them. And how they conjured the serum, now, all I need is a witch.
“Your friend… she’s there,” Graham announces and shifts his provocative eyes toward me.
“How do you know? You have a thing for witches too?” I sass meeting his pace, his body meets mine. We’re close to touching but not. I swallow hard watching as he licks his full sinful lips. He’s been careful not to touch me since we hightailed it out of Solace, all of his energy and concentration has solely been on keeping us safe. But now, I can see his sexual frustration building, he wants to touch me, he needs to touch me.
Finally, his right hand ensnares around my waist, pressing our hips closer. His blue eyes scour over my face as if he’s deciding on how he wants to take me. “Witches? No… They couldn’t survive my ways, they’re not nearly wicked enough.”
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
No, not really. Once I get a scene or a voice in my head and a little music, I’m in. And the words start to flow.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I love Stephen King, but I do have others… like Alessandra Torre, Eva LeNoir, CD Reiss, Melanie Harlow, Tarryn Fisher, and Colleen Hoover. They all have a way of writing that brings their stories to life. Meaning after I read one of their amazing books I’m having major book hangovers, their characters linger with you for days on end and I love that!
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
No, I like to try and create things from my own imagination.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I do, it’s one of my favorite things to do.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I’ve learned quite a bit, one most important thing I have learned is your imagination has no limits. And letting a story sit for a month or two can be very eye-opening, because you can always go back to it and see a section or a line you want to rewrite or even remove entirely. The goal for me is being truly happy with what I wrote and making it the best story possible.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
I do. Don’t be in a big rush, take your time. Writing is something like a marathon race. Pace yourself. And don’t get discouraged, we’ve all been through bouts with self-doubt, but never, ever let that or anyone else take what you believe in away. Write your story, your way, and know that if you’re doing something that you truly love, then you’re doing something right for you.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you, I honestly don’t know where I would be without such phenomenal readers! I truly appreciate each of you for taking the time to pick up one of my books and reading it. And just as a side note: Midnight is coming very soon, along with Citeron (book 2 in the Veil Realms series) my intent is sometime this year, I’ll post release dates as soon as I can.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Oh, that one is hard to say… I would have to say Stephen King, Pet Cemetery. I think.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Hearing my youngest son laugh, it’s kind of contagious.
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
Keanu Reeves, let’s just say I have a tiny little crush on him.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why?
Oh, another tough one. “The boundaries which divide Life and Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where one ends, and where the other begins?” –Edgar Allen Poe.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?
Hiking, biking and cooking.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
American Horror Show, Game of Thrones and Lost Girl.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music.
I love Chinese, cheese cake and homemade, loaded potato soup. Colors, now that depends. Purple, but if you were to look into my closest you would see my attire is mostly black. Music, I feel I have a very wide taste in music, I love anything like Evanescence, Meg Myers to Florence + the Machine. I also love discovering new (new to me anyway) bands such as The Hyve, Thousand Foot Krutch, ZZ Ward and Coasts.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Become a chef, I really love cooking and trying to make new recipes.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website?
If so what is it? Yes, here’s my website: http://crescentbound.wix.com/karli-rush
My blog, and sometimes I’ll have free short stories posted, so keep a look out! http://rushboundblog.wordpress.com/
My Pinterest where I’ll add inspiration for my characters and whatnot: http://www.pinterest.com/rushbound/
My Author Amazon page: http://www.amazon.com/Karli-Rush/e/B007DJNOMW
I’ll list a few other social media sites as well for you here.
Facebook pages: https://www.facebook.com/karli.rush1