Interview with Blaine LeRoy

What's the story behind your latest book?
Transfusion of Darkness is a very personal work combining my love of vampire lore with my personal experience as a two time cancer survivor. I wrote it over a decade ago while recovering at home from a Bone Marrow transplant to cure Leukemia. It contains quite a bit of factual information mixed in with pure fantasy and many people who know me well comment on the biographical similarities.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Frustration with the print publishing world. I kept running into the catch 22 of publishers not accepting any unsolicited manuscripts except from agents and agents not accepting unpublished authors. I'm sure there are lots of great agents out there looking for new undiscovered talent, but after bashing my head against the wall too many times I lost interest in wasting my valuable energy to try and track one down. Smashwords has given me an amazing opportunity to share my work without all the hassle and hoops
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords provided everything I need for publishing success. Very detailed instructions of how to best format my work and help distributing it.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love to get lost in my imagination and writing gives me an amazing gift to put it all out there, revisit or even share it with others.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans mean everything no matter what artistic endeavor, whether singing, painting, writing. I have difficulty expressing myself verbally, but when I stand on a stage and sing a song I tap into emotions and put them out into the world. The same is true for a painting or piece of writing. I dig things out that sometimes I didn't even know were hiding in there. It's all very fulfilling in and of itself, but then to have an outside party express appreciation for it, is the most incredible feeling of gratitude and validation, it's impossible to accurately describe. It's like instant karma, what you put out there comes flooding back at you multiplied.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I remember when I was little, my grandmother would talk about a story she helped my aunt write for school about the little people who lived inside the walls and when I got to the age when we started writing in school, my first story was about that. I'm sure it was not anything nearly as complex as my memory has turned it into, but I remember getting a very good mark and the teacher commenting on it. I think I might have been 8 or 9.
What is your writing process?
I am a daydreamer and my stories take form there. I have about six of them rattling around in my brain at any one time, none of them in text. When I start writing I start at the beginning and go scene by scene. I know a lot of write's put stuff down the minute it comes to them no matter what order and piece it together later. I leave those middle pieces in my imagination until I get to them and often find that as the story writes itself they change dramatically in my mind
How do you approach cover design?
When I finished my novel, I sat down at my painting table and let my mind wander through the story. Then I picked up a brush and tried to put the vision on canvas. Once the painting was finished it was just a matter of scanning it and do a little fine tuning in photoshop then creating text
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Outsider, S.E. Hinton. My cousin was two grades ahead of me and had to read this novel for English class. He read me a couple chapters and I later picked it up when he was finished. The story was so well told I felt like I could be one of the guys in the book and it ignited my love of reading.

Interview with a Vampire, Anne Rice. There was a raw honesty in this novel that really spoke to me.

Outlander, Diana Gabaldon. This novel spun such a beautiful love story with such detailed history, I couldn't put it down.

The Skystone, Jack Whyte. Jack Whyte's historic fiction series about the fall of Roman Britain and the rise of King Arthur took all the magic out of the myth and put it into a historic context that made me feel like it could have really happened. Which in and of itself was magical. It was on Jack's reader's forum that I met my friend Laura who encouraged me to write my own novel.

Gates of Fire, Steven Pressfield. This novel is so brilliantly written that I was lost in my imagination and a year later when I saw the trailer for 300 I said to my partner, "Why are they already remaking this movie, I just saw it." and then realized I was remembering the book.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love historic fiction mostly. Authors like Pauline Gedge, Jack Whyte, Diana Gabaldon, Steven Pressfield, and Anne Rice.
I also love fantasy and the supernatural.
Published 2015-02-01.
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Books by This Author

Transfusion of Darkness
Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 167,850. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Horror » Undead
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Rio Donnelle is a top music producer with a great partner and what seems to be an exceptional future, until he is diagnosed with Chronic Myloid Leukemia and a chain of events is set off that transforms him into a vampire with no knowledge of who created him or why.