Sunday, June 6, 2010

Why I Write Fantasy - Sapphire Phelan and Pamela K. Kinney


 Welcome Sapphire Phelan and Pamela K. Kinney! This week I have two guests in one.

Amber: With two names that both write in the fantasy genre, do you have two reasons to write fantasy?
Sapphire and Pamela:
As Sapphire Phelan, I can write erotic romance to my fantasy stories, unlike Pamela, who would write straight horror, fantasy and sci fi, along with nonfiction ghost books.

Amber: Is this a personal choice?
Sapphire and Pamela: Just a personal choice, though I have written sweet too (like To Save the Day). Erotic paranormal is selling well though, so a lot of authors are doing it.

Amber: Any other reasons why you write fantasy?
Sapphire and Pamela: Because I read it and I can make my heroes and heroines a werewolf or fey and they still have all the problems and headaches a normal human has.

Amber: How does your non-fiction ghost research benefit your fiction writing?
Sapphire and Pamela: I got into writing the nonfiction ghost books when my editor, Dianh Roseberry, a fellow horror/sci fi/fantasy author became editor of this subdivision at Schiffer Publishing (only does nonfiction publishing). She posted on forum at Haunted Mid-Atlantic Horror Professionals if any like to do 'real' ghost stories for a book. So I submitted a book proposal and was accepted. Wrote Haunted Richmond, Virginia and it was published. Researching the real thing and even doing paranormal investigating, it helps me in fiction writing and gives me some cool ideas, too. Also the ghost books sell well and I think people now want to read my fiction too, once they read my nonfiction ghost books.

Amber: Why do you think readers love fantasy?
Sapphire and Pamela: With people still being laid off and reality (since 9/11) can be too much for anyone, this is a way to escape into a world where the hero or heroine battles monsters and wins. It's like taking a vacation from the mundane troubles of our world.

Amber: Would you write fantasy even if no one read it?
Sapphire and Pamela: Yes, I would. For I know there are still those that will read it and besides, I love writing in this world.

Amber: Thanks to both of you for stopping by.

Sapphire Phelan is an author of erotic and sweet paranormal, fantasy, and science fiction romance, along with a couple of erotic horror stories. She also writes as Pamela K. Kinney, for horror, fantasy, science fiction, and two nonfiction ghost books, Haunted Richmond, Virginia and Haunted Virginia: Legends, Myths and True Tales. She lives in Virginia with her husband and two cats, Ripley and Bast. She admits she can always be found at her desk and on her computer, writing. And yes, the house and husband sometimes suffers for it!

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  1. That was a fun interview. I often wonder how authors who write across genres switch gears so effectively. Now I have a better idea.

  2. Thanks, DOA for stopping by. Did you guess I started life as a librarian where it was very cold? Have you written any library fantasy? My WIP is a library urban fantasy.

  3. No stories set in libraries. LOL

  4. I am impressed with all the different genres of fantasy you write. I noticed you even write some horror. Very cool.

  5. Sapphire, send me your email address, all my messages have come back.

  6. Two names. Often authors have more than one name to protect themselves. Very interesting.