Like most of the authors I feature on this site, I met Katie Salidas on Facebook (you’d be amazed at who you can get to know there!). And I’m definitely glad I did. As I’ve learned more about her as an author, I am thoroughly convinced she is someone you will be hearing a great deal more about in the future. Her debut novel, Immortalis Carpe Noctem, is a venture into the world of vampires like no other…and it is this author and her book that I want to share with you tonight.
The youngest of four children, Katie has always had a desire to entertain. Since, early childhood, she’s dreamed up fantastical characters and scribbled them into pages of various journals and notebooks. Taking an interest in vampires at an early age, she devoured every book, featuring those blood sucking creatures, in any genre she could find. She claims that, of all the monsters out there, vampires had always been the most interesting.
It was only natural that a love of reading about vampires, and a love of writing, turned into a desire to write her own stories.
A Las Vegas native, having grown up in the famed City of Sin, Katie loves to feature it as a recurring setting for many of her stories.
And so, with this love of vampire lore in her heart, she set out to make her own mark on the annuls of the undead with Immortalis Carpe Noctem. Here is a synopsis of what the book’s about:
Bleeding to death after brutal mugging on the campus of UNLV, Twenty-five year old Alyssa, is rescued by the cold and aloof, vampire, Lysander. Taking pity on her, he shares the gift-and curse-of immortality. She awakens as a vampire and is soon devastated by harsh realities of her new way of life: the loss of her friends, her independence, and her humanity.
As if having her humanity stripped away was not enough to make life interesting, Alyssa finds out her “turning”, did not go unnoticed by the rest of undead society. Old enemies; an ancient sect of vampire hunters, known as the Acta Sanctorum, as well as a powerful Vampire mistress, each set plans in motion to destroy both Alyssa and Lysander.
Only by accepting her newfound immortality, seizing the night, will Alyssa hope to survive. She and Lysander must fight together against two sets of enemies bent on destroying them both.
And the reviews have been amazing! Here are just a handful of what people are saying about Katie’s book!
Fantastic book from an upcoming Independent author. The vampire based plot of the story has flow, is easy to understand, and the characters are grounded, in reality, with paradoxical emotions and inner conflicts. The backdrop of this story is Las Vegas and that makes this novel more appealing to the reader. The author has used her writing skills delightfully to narrate the dramatic scenes and for that reason will keep the reader extremely interested. Overall a pleasurable reading for the weekend, and I am looking forward to the next book in this series.– Bibliothec Peter D from Amazon.com.
Gripping and fast-paced, Immortalis Carpe Noctem is a riveting read. In it, author Katie Salidas presents an action-packed tale of a mythical dark underworld that stands out from the garden variety vampire lore currently dominating the rank and file of pop culture. Through the tortuous exploits of her protagonist, Salidas takes the reader on a vicarious journey deep into the heart of a hidden society rife with intriguing characters and intricate plotlines, all of which merge into a seamless mix of mystery, drama, and suspense. Furthermore, with a genuine nod to the supernatural, Immortalis maintains an edge of authenticity that tends to escape other vampire tales crafted solely for superficial shock value.– Apex Reviews.
I’m telling you…if you love a good vampire tale, or, like me, are just a fan of Urban Fantasy…then, Katie’s book is a must read! You owe it to yourself to see for yourself. At the end of this post, I’ll list a few sites where you can pick up a copy of her book, as well as learn more about her. But first, recently, I had a chance to ask Katie some questions about her writing, as well as her passions and dreams for the future. Here’s what she had to say:
CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOUR BOOK IN YOUR OWN WORDS, FOR THOSE WHO MAY NOT HAVE EVER HEARD OF IT.?
Immortalis Carpe Noctem follows the transformation of Alyssa from human to vampire. I wanted to explore what that would be like. How hard would it be to have your humanity stripped away in one night? The change is not easy for Alyssa. Lysander, her ‘maker,’ mentor and eventual love interest tries to teach her and protect her. Without giving too much away I will say this; Alyssa is too stubborn for her own good. Her head-strong nature gets in the way causing her to find herself in a lot of trouble. The key to her survival lies in her ability to accept what has been done to her and learn to listen to others and let them help.
HOW DID YOU GET THE IDEA FOR YOUR NOVEL?
Is it too cliché to say I got the idea from a dream? I know many authors say this but it is true. The original concept for the idea came from a dream. I was, essentially, Alyssa, having my life turned upside down after a terrible accident. The idea of really focusing on the transformation was one I couldn’t give up. Questions kept popping into my head. How would you deal with being turned into a vampire? How would you deal with drinking blood? How would you deal with never seeing your friends or family again? The answers came as the story progressed.
WHILE GROWING UP, DID YOU EVER SEE YOURSELF WRITING ABOUT VAMPIRES AND THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT?
I’ve always loved vampires, they were the only creature that “went bump in the night” and didn’t scare me. Even as a little girl I was facinated by the vampire mystique. Unlike werewolves who hunted in the full moon, ripping their victims to shreds, or Zombies (shudder. I hate zombies) who stalked you for your brains and ate the flesh away from your bones, vampires seemed more elegant and enchanting. They lulled you into a stupor, mesmerizing you with their gorgeous eyes. They were classy and spoke with old-world accents. And the best part, they didn’t always kill; sometimes they made you like them.
What can I say? I was hooked from the start.
It seemed only natural, having a love of vampires and a love of writing, that I would combine the two someday. I believe I was about 14 when I wrote my first vampire story. I proudly typed it out on an old Apple IIc computer. (Nice, Katie! I remember that computer!)
DO YOU WRITE FULL-TIME? IF SO, WHAT’S YOUR WORK DAY LIKE? IF NOT, WHAT DO YOU DO OTHER THAN WRITE AND HOW DO YOU FIND TIME TO WRITE?
I do treat writing like a full time job. A night job if you will. I’m a nocturnal creature by nature, like my vampires. I tend to do much of my actual writing a night. I need a certain type of quiet to write. Family takes up my day and once the house is quiet and the munchkin and the hubby are all tucked into bed, I go to work. I’ve been known to be up until the very wee hours of the morning working on my various stories.
WHAT IS THE GREATEST MISCONCEPTION ABOUT WRITING?
That it’s easy!
Seriously, I may call myself a professional day-dreamer, in jest, but it’s not all lying around like a lump.
Writing is hard, time consuming work. I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve slaved at my computer: Editing, doing research, studying writing craft, writing character bio’s, outlining, writing plot summaries, writing synopses, querying, participating in critiquing and revision groups. Many people have the misconception that it’s just a simple matter of jotting down a story. That is only one small part of the process
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS YOUR INTERESTING WRITING QUIRK?
Not sure how interesting it is, but I almost always have music on when I write. Music helps me, set the mood. For example, if I am writing a sexy love scene, I need music that “feels” sexy. If I am writing an action scene, I need fast paced music with a strong beat.
WHAT’S THE GREATEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU WOULD LIKE TO PASS ON?
No one ever publishes a first draft!
If you aspire to become an author and sell your stories, study the craft! There are hundreds of spelling, punctuation, and grammar rules to remember and use. (Sadly, much to my editor’s dismay, I still abuse them regularly)
Buy and read every book, on writing craft, you can find and join a critiquing group. They are an invaluable tool to help you edit and revise your work.
Thanks, Katie, for the great talk! I look forward to seeing more of your work coming soon! Now guys, the following are links to where you can either A) pick up your own copy of Immortalis Carpe Noctem, or B) learn more about Katie. So take a look at the links: