Interview with Scott Prussing

What was your inspiration for Breathless, the first book in your Blue Fire Saga
I hate to admit to this because it sounds so commercial, but here goes. Twenty years ago, I wrote a mystery/suspense novel called Unturned Stones. It’s still my favorite of all my books. I think it’s totally original, well-written, with lots of clever twists. I managed to acquire a New York agent, but he was unable to get it published.

Flash forward 15 years. A friend of mine’s husband, who is an avid reader, read my book and loved it. He knows how hard it is to get anything published and casually uttered this “throwaway” line: “You should write something with vampires in it. Anything with vampires sells.” I thought: I can do that. So I did.

I wanted Breathless to be a Twilight type story that was really not like Twilight, if that makes any sense. So I started thinking about what I could do differently, but still appeal to that huge audience. I invented volkaanes (vampire hunters) and one-fanged vampires, and gave my heroine some definite strengths and weaknesses. I made my vampires a bit more traditional, with no “sparkling” or total assimilation into human society like attending high school. I used my mystery/suspense background to create a suspenseful story (why did Leesa’s brother suddenly disappear and what happened to him) as a backdrop for the romantic triangle of Leesa, a volkaane and a vampire.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind Restless, my latest book, is that my fans keep clamoring for more of Leesa, Rave and their magical fans. Restless is Book Six in the Blue Fire Saga. It might be the end of the saga, or it might not (I left myself a little bit of "wiggle room.")
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Far and away my greatest joy is interacting with my fans, mostly via Facebook. I'm very accessible, and often have long conversations with many of them. I've even "guided" a few of them through the process of creating their first books, which includes Smashwords, of course. My FB author page is simply Scott Prussing Author, so come by and give me a shout...
Who are your favorite authors?
This is a tough question, because my all-time favorite books are the Lord of the Rings trilogy, followed closely by The Fountainhead. However, I'm not much of a fan of Tolkein's other books, and I don't like any of Ayn Rand's at all, so it's hard to call them favorite authors. I like Terry Goodkind in fantasy and Michael Connelly in suspense.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
love riding my bicycle. I live in San Diego, only four blocks from the ocean and eight blocks from the bay. There is a three mile long concrete boardwalk along the ocean and a ten-mile bike trail around the edges of the bay. The weather is usually perfect and the scenery along both is fantastic. It’s not unusual for me to see dolphins offshore while I’m riding. As a special treat, when the tide is way out, I can ride my bike on the hard flat sand just above the water. That is the absolute best!
I'm also a big movie fan (theater, not rental), I like to hike and to golf. Naturally, I enjoy reading.
What is your writing process?
I just sit down at my computer and go. I do not use an outline or any character profiles. I guess I'm a "seat of the pants" writer. I just let the story and the characters take me where they want go. It can be challenging some times, but it's also great fun.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read mostly mystery/suspense, followed by fantasy. I really don't read any paranormal romance, even though my most popular series is in that genre.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I do not own an e-reading device (I've never even owned a cell phone!) My favorite reading device is the public library!
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Far and away my most effective technique has been making the first book in my series (Breathless) free, to hook readers into buying the following books in the sage. Lots of interaction and posting in groups on Facebook has been helpful as well.
Describe your desk
It's small and cluttered. But when I look up, I can see palm trees out my window. :)
Published 2013-08-30.
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Books by This Author

Supernatural Six: Origins (6 book boxed set)
Price: Free! Words: 379,310. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
This amazing 6-book set contains the first books in six different supernatural series. In this collection you will find vampires and volkaanes, demons and angels, light and dark faeries, and so much more. A great free introduction to some awesome sagas by award-winning authors Scott Prussing, Lizzy Ford, Katie Salidas, Kim Faulks, Deena Remiel and Alexia Purdy.
Relentless (Blue Fire Saga #7)
Series: The Blue Fire Saga. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 71,770. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Relentless is Book 7 in the paranormal romance Blue Fire Saga. Leesa and Rave's relationship moves on to the next big step, resulting in new magical challenges and a danger that neither one of them could ever have expected. Will the changes bring them closer together or finally drive them apart. Relentless contains the same passion, charm, romance and supernatural danger as the first six books.
Anomaly
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 75,960. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Anomaly is a post-apocalyptic fantasy. A time travel experiment goes horribly awry. Instead of opening a doorway to the past, a portal is opened to a world filled with creatures who previously had existed only in humankind's legends and nightmares. Mankind's only hope lies with 7 teenagers, collectively called the Miracles. Each was born with a special power--but will their magic be enough?
Stefan
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 41,410. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Readers of all ages have been captivated by the passion and supernatural dangers of the Blue Fire Saga. Now, for the first time, we see the story through the eyes of the mysterious vampire Stefan. STEFAN is a must read for any Blue Fire Saga fan who wants a view into the heart and soul of this favorite Blue Fire character. Don’t delay—get your copy now!
Restless (Blue Fire Saga #6)
Series: The Blue Fire Saga, Book 6. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 74,540. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
RESTLESS is Book 6 in the paranormal romance Blue Fire Saga. The evil Necromancer is growing in strength. Soon he will have broken the seal between the world of the living and the world of the dead, unleashing his army of walking dead upon the world. Can Leesa, Rave and Dominic stop him before it's too late? RESTLESS is filled with surprises, big and small, good and bad, and pulse-pounding action
Heartless (Blue Fire Saga # 5)
Series: The Blue Fire Saga, Book 5. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 72,870. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Heartless is Book 5 in the Blue Fire Saga. It continues the story of Leesa and Rave, along with Dominic and Cali and other favorite Blue Fire Saga characters. Heartless also introduces supernatural enemies — xenorians. Members of an ancient sect, they believe all magic eventually turns evil and must be stamped out before that can happen. That’s definitely not good news for Leesa and her friends.
Fearless (Blue Fire Saga #4)
Series: The Blue Fire Saga, Book 4. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 77,140. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Fearless is book 4 in the Blue Fire Saga. It continues the story of college freshman Leesa Nyland and her supernatural vampire hunter boyfriend Rave. Fearless is filled with the same passion, suspense, supernatural danger and warm humor that readers loved in the first three Blue Fire Saga books. Don’t miss out on this next installment of this fun, fast-paced adventure. Get yours now!
Helpless (Blue Fire Saga #3)
Series: The Blue Fire Saga, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 73,510. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Helpless is book three in The Blue Fire Saga, a paranormal romance series. To avoid spoilers for books one and two, I will not summarize the plot here. Rest assured that Helpless is filled with the same romance, warm humor, suspense and supernatural danger as the first two books.
Deathless (Blue Fire Saga #2)
Series: The Blue Fire Saga, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 75,650. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Deathless is Book Two in The Blue Fire Saga, a paranormal romance filled with passion, suspense and supernatural danger. Book One, Breathless, drew praise from readers and reviewers alike, calling it "a must read," "a fabulous story," and "a genuine page-turner." Deathless is equally fun and engaging.
Breathless (Blue Fire Saga #1)
Series: The Blue Fire Saga, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 79,880. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Breathless is Book 1 in The Blue Fire Saga, a paranormal romance series filled with passion, suspense and supernatural danger. There are currently 6 books in the saga. Readers have been loving Breathless, call it "fabulous," "amazing," and "a page-turner." "A book you will fall in love with and want to read over and over again." ~Bite This! Vampire Book Blo
Tangled Webs
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 98,100. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Casey Conner has sworn off police work. Killing a kid will do that to you. Except for his nightmares, his new life is good--until some psycho begins copying killings from TV's most violent cop show. As the bodies pile up, Conner's fragile sanity is threatened when he is slowly drawn into the hunt for the killer. Filled with surprising twists, this book will grab you from the very first chapter.