Sunday Interview – Megan Cashman

Happy Sunday, Everyone! I hope, wherever you are, Spring is finally on its way!

Today, I’d like to introduce Megan Cashman. She was the first to respond to my call for writers to interview a few weeks ago. You may remember the snippet she sent me back during Scary October. Without further ado, here’s Megan:

Hi, Megan! Would you please begin by telling us a little bit about yourself.

I’m a freelance journalist from Staten Island, NY. I’ve been writing here and there for years, but last year I decided to finally become a serious author – and I did!

Glad you did! 🙂

On your blog you mentioned you are an NA author. Please explain the difference between NA and YA.

YA is when the main character is under the age of 18, usually in high school. NA is when the main character is between the ages of 18 – 26. This is a time period when someone is adjusting to the adult world and discovering themselves as adults and not as children. This would include first real jobs or internships, first real relationships, and everything in between.

The Dark Proposal Book Cover

Tell us a little about your first novel, The Dark Proposal.

It is the first book in a trilogy. It is about how college graduate Claire McCormick deals with her boyfriend – who reveals he is a bloodthirsty vampire – forcing her to choose to become a vampire herself. The follow-ups will be about what becomes of Claire and the vampires. 

What inspired you to write it?

A couple of things. One was when I used to daydream about a sexy vampire coming into my life, but then I realized vampires are evil so that fantasy wouldn’t be good. Also, I’ve always wondered how vampires deal with modern technology and everything used to track murderers these days. I decided to combine the two stories. 

Do you rely on a beta reader or writer’s group to help you through the editing process?

Both. Writer’s groups are good for interacting with other writers and also to submit work as you produce it. Beta readers I believe are best for when the whole draft is done and you need someone to read the piece in its entirety in order to critique it altogether, not just chapter by chapter.

What was the publishing process like for you?

I chose to self-publish, mainly because I liked the idea of being in control of my product. I did a lot of research on how to go about the process. There are many good resources online, mostly from self-published authors who offer no-nonsense, practical advice.

What do you find so fascinating about vampires?

Their longevity. Immortal, centuries old characters are fun. Their supernatural powers. I also find it fascinating to wonder how they live separate from humans, yet lurk in our shadows. How do they see humans? What do they think of our world? It’s like another dimension, only it isn’t.

Were there any particular vampire myths that you referenced when writing this or did you create your own mythology about the vampires in your story?

I was strongly influenced by YA author Christopher Pike’s take on vampires in his The Last Vampire series. I read the books in junior high and really got into them. I liked the idea of a vampire being able to venture into sunlight on occasion – which is how Bram Stoker also portrayed Dracula, by the way. Pike also had his vampire to be able to consume human food and drink, only she didn’t really need it. I did the same for my vampires; they do it for necessity to hide their vampireness from humans. But I keep the pale skin, the ability to read minds, the ability to move around in mere seconds (think True Blood), and of course the fangs are there. Furthermore, I have a part in my book that explains who were the first vampires and how they came about.

Is there anything else you’d like to add before we say goodbye?

I have plenty of story ideas in mind – fantasy, historical fiction, even fiction about everyday life in our world. This trilogy is not going to my last work. 🙂

We look forward to your future works. 🙂

Are there any social media sites you’d like to share with my readers?

Twitter: @MeganCashman
Facebook: www.facebook.com/MeganCashmanBooks
Blog: megancashmanbooks.wordpress.com

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009AL4RKE
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/276775

Thanks you for taking the time to talk to us, Megan. Good luck with your writing. 🙂

Scary October – Day 11

I’d like to introduce the work of  young woman, Megan Cashman. She contacted me late last week and asked if I would post a part of her vampire story. Of course I said, ‘YES’! So here it is:

The Dark Proposal (The Claire McCormick Trilogy)

Blurb:
If your boyfriend suddenly reveals he’s a vampire, and also wants to make you one or else…what would you do? That is the dilemma college graduate Claire McCormick faces. Her life is turned upside down when her boyfriend Daniel Bertrand reveals he is a murderous vampire who wants her to be his companion forever. But when Claire hesitates at his proposal, her life spirals down into a nightmare. She has to choose between becoming an evil being herself or have her and her loved ones suffer. The Dark Proposal explores Claire’s fears while she makes her decision. Along the way, she learns the true, sinister reason why Daniel wants her to be vampire.

Warning: Contains some graphic scenes and some strong language

Excerpt: 

There was a pregnant pause with both waiting for the other to speak or make the first move. For a second, she wondered if this was going to be the moment he would make her like him or kill her instead.

“No, Claire,” he spoke suddenly. She jumped, startled. “It’s up to you to say yes. And remember I did tell you I can read your thoughts.”
“Then please stop, because you’re freaking me out,” she said.
He arched one eyebrow, and for a moment, she feared he would attack her. But instead, he crossed one arm across his chest and put the opposite hand under his chin, as though contemplating something.
“I see you’ve accepted somewhat of what I revealed to you,” he finally said.
“A little.” She felt like she preparing for war.
“What?” He sounded curious. “Is there something else you can’t comprehend?”
“Yeah,” she said in a shaky voice. Her eyes were downcast, and when she was ready, she lifted them to look right at him. “I did some research while in New Jersey. There’s a lot of websites about real vampires.”
“Yes?” Daniel raised his eyebrows. 
Taking a deep breath, she said, “I think you killed Colin Willis.” 
His face expressionless, he lowered his arms and closed his eyes, shaking his head. He ran one hand over his face as Claire continued.
“I read a blog about his murder. There are rumors going around that he had two holes on the side of his neck. There was no blood in his body.” She swallowed and asked, almost pleading, “Did you really do it? Honestly, Dan?”
Removing his hand, he looked right at her and said, “I think you know the answer to that question.”
If you want to learn more about Megan’s writing, follow these links:
Twitter: @MeganCashman

Book can be found on Kindle here

 Thanks for the excerpt, Megan, and good luck with The Dark Proposal. 🙂