Writer Interview: Kristopher Norris

                                                     Kristopher Norris

 

Kristopher Norris was a military brat and lived in England, Europe and Germany and got to experience many amazing things at a tender age. Now he resides just outside Omaha, NE. He is father to a beautiful young daughter. Kristopher is a big fan of the paranormal, particularly vampires, which started when he first watched The Lost Boys with Kiefer Sutherland.  Kristopher started off as a ghost writer and after many years has now taken the brave leap to self-publishing his own stories, an admiring quality in itself.  He loves to read and write horror, paranormal, fantasy, high fantasy and thrillers, and as just completed his debut novel, the first of a series of book he titles  The Chronicles of Vincent Black, Vampire Assassin.

 

INTERVIEW

1. What are you working on right now?

Another ulcer?… besides that… My main focus the past few months has been marketing Blackjack, book one of The Chronicles of Vincent Black, Vampire Assassin. With that has been a lot of work outside of writing; blog updates, which I’ve been slacking on; tweets and status updates, a year ago I didn’t even know what a tweet was. The guilds to self-publishing weren’t lying when they said it’s a different game.  

Outside of the business end of things, I’ve been working on Double Down, Vincent’s second novel and a completely separate story line; a yet to be named urban paranormal, new city, new characters, new lore, new world.

2. Can you tell us a little something about it?

I could. In fact, it would make for a rather dull interview if I didn’t. Without giving too much of either story away… I’m really happy with Vincent’s journey. He went through a lot in Blackjack; found out a good deal about himself and the people he works with….plus, you know, learning vampires are real would send anyone for a loop. Double Down opens up with Vinny back in his own city of Las Vegas. It’ll be great! He’s more confident in his abilities, he’s on his home turf, but I promise he’ll still blunder about some. He is still learning… the baby among immortals. The werewolves play a much larger role in the second book. We see a lot of the secondary characters come to the fore ground. Personally, I’m very excited. Tarja, the beautiful vampire, is nearly a constant part of the story. She has always been one of my favorite characters to write.  

 

The unnamed project is another urban paranormal. This one is based around a half-demon who works for the church as an investigator. It’s still very much in its early formation but I’ll still pretty excited about it. I’ve already fallen in love with one of the supporting characters. If the story doesn’t take hold, I might have to transfer her into Vincent’s world. I have every confidence it’ll hold up to the writing process.

3. Tell us, why do you write? Where do you draw your inspiration from?

I try to take my inspiration from everywhere. Hell, I was inspired while reading through these interview questions. A scene smacked me in the head just a few moments ago and I had to jot it down so I could get back to the interview. You and one of my fans clicked a light on upstairs.

Vincent and Carmen are going to have fun with this one!! Sorry, got excited there for a moment. But, like I said, I find inspiration everywhere.

I guess you’ll have to read the books to find out which…and, trust me, you’ll know it when you read it!


4. When I write, I require Jaffa cakes (and lots of them), do you have a writing must-have?

Hehe…. Sorry, still thinking about the last question. Yes, I do. A big bowl of M&M’s: half peanutbutter half peanut….

Sadly we don’t have Jaffa cakes state side (or at least not that I’ve seen) I asked a fan to send me some but I got the impression that they wouldn’t survive from the shop to the post office.  

5. What is your favourite book?

That’s not an easy one… wow, umm… yes… that one. The one with the pages and the story and the characters and the shenanigans…you know that one!

No, honestly I love too many to pick a favorite. However my favorite series are easy, Both by Jim Butcher: The Dresden Files and Codex Alera. If you haven’t.,.,, you should… go now. I’ll wait…

…done yet?…

 …Weren’t they great!?


6. Which author’s career, alive or passed on, do you admire the most, and why?

I don’t know. I don’t try to dive into personal aspects of people’s lives. I admire anyone who takes a chance and lives a dream. Even if they fall, or even if it’s short lived, they tried damn it and that’s more glorious than any bank account could muster.

I admire all the helpful authors I’ve had the good grace to meet along my way. Coming from ghost writing to self-published was scary.  But, I quickly learned that I was not alone. I’ve found a ton of support from other indie guy and ladies. It’s been wonderful. Sorry, a little off topic but those are the writers and authors I respect and admire the most.   


7. Tell us something about yourself…an annoying habit or party trick perhaps? Can you speak a foreign language or have a hobby?

I have a horrible habit to type the way I speak… and, to use a lot of “…” oh well…thankfully I keep it at bay when I’m writing. Text and emails….forget about it.

8. Do you have a blog, website or social networking account people can go to if they wish to learn more about you or your work?

 

http://thechroniclesofvincentblackvampireassassin.blog.com/

 

http://www.goodreads.com/KristopherNorris

 

http://www.amazon.com/Kristopher-Norris/e/B00EAXYMIO/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

 

Twitter @V_BlackBooks

 

facebook.com/TheChroniclesOfVincentBlackVampireAssassin

9. And now, for the most important question of all: Jaffa cakes – love them or hate them?

I’m trying to get some!   

 

Kristopher is the first male writer Ive been able to interview, and what a great interview it is. He shares the same genre passions as me, and I cant wait to get my hands on a copy of BlackJack. For more information on Kristopher and to follow his work, follow the links above.

 

Thanks again Kris!

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