Addison Avery is one pseudonym for International bestselling e-book and trade paperback author, Destiny Blaine. When Addison isn’t writing, she can be found in a casino or on a sandy beach with a good book in hand.
Addison and her husband have spent twenty-three years together and live in East Tennessee with their four pampered dogs. Their daughter is in college and their son is serving in the United States Navy.
Q: The Living Cold series focuses on vampires who are “out” among the upper echelons of society, and their undead status seems to enchant and intrigue the human population. In House of the Doomed and Damned, Quarantine is a known vampire and famous for throwing lavish parties in hopes of meeting his mate. What was the inspiration or premise of series and for Quarantine’s own story?
A: The story inspiration and ideas derived from spending a lot of time in Savannah when I was in my late twenties. The characters from House of the Doomed and Damned as well as those introduced in Hell to the Damned were inspired by real people I met while spending time there. The idea for “Quarantine” specifically stems from a rumored Savannah host during that era, a fellow who was said to hold the most marvelous parties in all of Savannah. I never met him, but he was so legendary, I imagine he must’ve been a supernatural creature—maybe even a vampire!
Q: The vampires in this series absorb the traits of the humans they drink from. What inspired this concept, and how did this affect the way you approached the vampire-human relationship between Quarantine and Marvin in the beginning of this book?
A: I wanted the Living Cold characters to be different from the vampires I’d written in the past. The idea that these vampires would absorb their victims’ traits developed after I considered Mrs. Robinson and how she wanted to become a vampire’s lover. She often threw herself at the males, but the immortals didn’t want her blood. There needed to be a significant reason why and the idea of absorbing human traits was born.
Q: The vampires of Savannah often have to overcome their own personal flaws and shortcomings to make their relationships work. What interests you about troubled and difficult heroes, and what’s your favorite part of telling their stories?
A: Writing tortured heroes and showing their independent trials and tribulations can be very rewarding, especially when the character can overcome obstacles. What I love about the Living Cold books is found in the way the heroes develop independently as well as the personal growth they experience through their fated relationships.
Q: The nosy Mrs. Robinson, who stirred up plenty of trouble for Colburn and Felix, can’t seem to help creating more drama for Quarantine and Marvin, and the reader will love to hate her. What was it like writing her character?
A: Mrs. Robinson was a pleasure to write because of her ultimate destiny. After Felix’s sister glamoured her, she was doomed to a fate she deserved, though we don’t really see this until House of the Doomed and Damned.
Q: What do you do to relax or get the creative juices flowing when you are struggling to meet your writing goals or deadlines?
A: I write my way out of any potential slums when the creative juices stop flowing, but if that doesn’t work, I push away from the desk and take a walk or swim. When my back is up against a wall of deadlines, the easiest way to overcome writer’s block is to really slip into character. If I can do that then the possibilities are often endless, but taking on a character’s persona isn’t always as easy as I’d like for it to sound!
Q: You’ve written in a variety of subgenres. Which is your favorite?
A: I love them all. For the last few years I’ve written over two million words a year. If I’d stayed with one or two genres, I’d be bored to tears by now.
Q: If you could be any of your characters, who would it be and why?
A: In Living Cold, I’d choose Quarantine Valentine. Quarantine is stronger and more settled once he falls in love. In many ways, his relationship with Marvin Tesler could’ve made him weaker, especially since Quarantine has been looking for love for several decades. Quarantine could’ve easily crumbled under Marvin’s expectations and demands. Instead, Quarantine stands his ground and makes Marvin aware of his faults without outright condemnation, which would’ve been Quarantine’s first nature. In the end, Marvin and Quarantine are more likeable characters and much stronger together than when they were apart. Quarantine and Marvin’s romance is rewarding for both men because it really is a love that can’t be easily emulated. Felix and Colburn have a strong connection as well, but Quarantine definitely has it all. More importantly, he appreciates what he has because of the long road he traveled to gain what he wanted most—his fated mate.
Q: One of your books is going to be adapted into a film. Which one? And who plays the main characters?
A: I’d probably go with Mighty Men with Weapons because if we’re filming on location, we need a beautiful setting and warm weather. Set in Rarotonga, Cook Islands, Mighty Men with Weapons is a romantic thriller/suspense. We’ll cast some guys who look like they can handle the heat and adventure. The main characters will be played by Bradley Cooper (The Hangover), Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy), and Alexander Skarsgård (True Blood). I’ll only sell the film rights if I can play the female lead for obvious reasons!
Q: Tell us something we don’t know about you that might surprise us.
A: I’m a workaholic by the very definition. I realize there is a bit of a negative connotation that goes along with the word, but what I’ve found in our industry is that the true workaholics are those who strive for better works. They want their next book to be better than their last and it’s not necessarily because of the monetary rewards, but more or less because of that profound need and drive that lives within them.
Q: Who do you look up to? What are some of their qualities that you strive to possess as well?
A: I don’t really “look up to” anyone specifically. I admire a lot of writers with traits that indicate they are committed to their craft and willing to focus on their work. They give back to the industry in one way or another and that’s important.