Please welcome Author Zoey Sweete onto the Road to Hell. Zoey Sweete is the author of Blood Vengeance The Draven Witch Series Book 2 Other books written by Zoey Sweete are Blood Magic The Draven Witch Series Book 1.
Now, it’s time to create a little hell and get to the good stuff by revealing all of Zoey Sweete’s wicked secrets while on the Road to Hell. LOL Yeah, you wish! ;-D
Grab your favorite drink, sink your teeth into something decadent, sit back, relax and enjoy getting to know Zoey Sweete…
GRACEN: Tell me three things about yourself that we cannot find on the internet or in your bio?
Zoey Sweete: I am extremely hard headed and stubborn as my fiancé would tell you, and can be a handful at time, but says I am worth it. I call it sweet disposition he calls it bitchiness…LOL..I originally didn’t want to write the paranormal genre, I was more into poetry and psychological thriller type writing, but once I got the idea for this series in my head it just wouldn’t go away. I had to write it. I was also a salon manager and lead master stylist for close to 10 years before I decided to pursue my passion which is writing and publishing.
GRACEN: What hobbies and interests do you participate in when you’re not writing?
Zoey Sweete: I have a 4 year old daughter that takes up a lot of my time, but she is the reason I push myself so hard. I also own Mystic Press, which is a small press publishing company, along with Mystic Marketing and Public Relations. I find that helping authors achieve their dreams of being published is the greatest feeling in the world. I also love making book trailers and helping fellow authors get the exposure and credit they deserve. I didn’t have a lot of help when I first started from the publishing house I was with before I took over Mystic, so I relied on the help of fellow authors such as yourself to get the word out. It was a huge help. I am very close with my authors and try to form very personal friendships with them as well as a business partnership. I think it is very important. I also love spending time with my fiancé whether its snuggling up watching a movie or just talking. He has been so supportive with my writing that I try to make sure I spend as much time with him as possible.
GRACEN: Do you have any writing quirks or certain things you MUST have or do before beginning the writing process?
Zoey Sweete: I wouldn’t say I have quirks, but music is a huge inspiration for me. Book 1 I did a ton of research with a detailed outline, but with book 2 I just flew by the seat of my pants and screwed myself royally. I got stuck with a huge ass case of writer’s block for 4 months. So what did I do? I decided to start a novelette back story series kind of like a guide for this series and I be damned if the same thing didn’t happen. So, there will definitely be a process now. I may not research for a year, but some outlining will be a must. Give me some Seether, Manson, Three Days Grace, and some ear buds and I will be just fine. Like I said music is a huge inspiration for writing.
GRACEN: If you were plotting to take over the world, how would you do it?
Zoey Sweete: Zoey Sweete to take over the world…hmmm…I don’t know if I would want to take over the world. I would definitely seek help from my fellow mischievous authors, which will remain nameless to protect their wicked ways..lol…and definitely seek the skills of my fiancé, who was a Marine and one of the best snipers. He has a unique set of skills that might come in handy.
GRACEN: If you could make one statement that the entire planet would hear and remember, what would it be?
Zoey Sweete: Nothing is impossible to a willing heart.
GRACEN: What genre do you write and why that genre?
Zoey Sweete: I am currently in the paranormal genre, but I don’t want to be just classified in that one alone. I have poetry coming out in the anthology Misery Loves Company, I am writing dark erotica for the anthology, for Dark Desires, and a horror story for In the Darkness When Light Fades, a dark paranormal/horror anthology. I will also be actually taking a leap of faith and publishing my psychological thriller, and possibly a romantic tragedy. So I’m not just about one particular genre, I have a whole world open to me.
GRACEN: For those who are not yet familiar with Zoey Sweete, can you please give us some details about the book and/or series?
Zoey Sweete: The Draven Witch Series starts out with Blood Magic which centers around Renee Draven a witch/vampire hybrid coming to terms of having the world set on her shoulders. Her family’s bloodline has been sought out and hunted by Damaskeos, who has found by draining the witches he can take in their power. It introduces the set of main characters who follow in Blood Vengeance book 2. Renee has failed, and must learn to deal with her past as well the secrets of her family and take in what is about to occur for the future. People who think they know what is going to happen will be left with their mouths open. I am also working on The Draven Dynasty, a novella series that tells the back story of the Draven Witch Series. The first one Blood Destiny explains how the bloodline came to be and gives the readers a look into the past. The second book Blood Lust will be all about Damaskeos and how he came to be and his first kill of the bloodline and finding out that Renee is the one foretold to end him. I plan on having five books total from the Draven Witch Series, and at least four books in the novella series. I am also planning a Demon Hunter Series, because Tristan is just that type of character. He deserves his own series.
GRACEN: Do you have any new stories in the works and can you tell us a bit about it/them?
Zoey Sweete: I have Wicked Love a book that I have been working on since I was about 14, but never had the guts to publish it. But I think it’s time to introduce my readers into other works other than things that center around the Draven Witch Series. As I mentioned I have plans on being in three anthologies. One will feature my poetry, Misery Loves Company, Dark Desires will allow me the chance to finally write an erotic short story, In the Darkness When Light Fades, will show people the darker side of my writing with a short horror story. Of course the wheels are always turning and I am not going anywhere for a long time.
GRACEN: If you could describe your writing with one word or brief phrase, what would it be? Please delve into the core of your writing to tell us what word or phrase you want readers to take with them when they’ve finished reading your story.
Zoey Sweete: I want them to be taken away to another world, or let it have an impact on them that others do not. With my paranormal writing it would to be taken away, let them feel the sorrow or fear the characters feel. With my other work the impact, feel the way I did when I wrote it as a lot of my future work will be taken from experiences I had or traumatic occurrences I went through.
GRACEN: What, in your opinion, makes your story unique and what makes it stand out from other stories in your genre? Think of this as a pitch to convince readers to pick up your books.
Zoey Sweete: I think every story in unique in their own way. I don’t want people to think that I feel as if my book is better than anyone else’s book it is different. I’m sure there are others that have the some sort of characters but I have rarely seen them all combined in one book. I have the witch/vampire hybrid, I have the demons, I have the demon hunter, the slayer, I have higher beings, I have werewolves, I have, werelions, I have the vampire, and I think it makes it quite diverse to have all of them in the same series. There is even ancient Druid magick that is brought into it.
GRACEN: What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever done in the name of research?
Zoey Sweete: I went on a paranormal movie kick when I first started my series outline. I would say some of them were pretty rotten movies. I wanted to make sure mine stood out. I looked up demons, went to bookstores bought demon lore and witchcraft books, and some of the looks I got made me feel weird. So I have done it all.
GRACEN: Of all your books, which character did you have the most fun creating and why?
Zoey Sweete: That is an easy one. It would be Tristan. He is the British comic relief. He is such a sarcastic smartass and says the things no one else has the guts to say. He always has an answer for everything whether he is the one being asked. I absolutely love writing him. He is a blast. I think that’s why he deserves his own series.
GRACEN: If you had the opportunity to meet just one of your characters in real life, who would it be and why?
Zoey Sweete: Again it would be Tristan. I think it would be such an entertaining time to be in his company. I am sure there would a few interesting things pop up.
GRACEN: Which of your characters would you never want to meet under any circumstance and why?
Zoey Sweete: I don’t know about meeting but I definitely wouldn’t want to piss her off and that would be Demya, as for now. She is probably the darkest character I have but that will change at the end of book 3. Then there will be a whole new evil brought in or resurrected per say. Of course a whole new villain will be born at the end of the series and not so sure I’d want to be in their company.
GRACEN: If you were interviewing yourself, what is the one question you would ask yourself and please give us the answer to that question?
Zoey Sweete: What is it really like being an author? A lot of people don’t understand what’s like being an author. My fiancé had a hard time dealing with it when we first got together. He didn’t understand that when I say I have to write it means get off the computer so I can write. He also didn’t understand that my mind is always going. I have sometimes 10 characters at once in my head and of course he likes to playfully say I’m crazy or I have multiple personalities, but it’s the truth. Other authors understand that but I don’t think “normal” people really get it. Our minds never shut off, we are always thinking and plotting. He has always been supportive but really ‘gets’ me now. Which I am thankful for.
GRACEN: Thanks so much for joining us, Zoey Sweete! It’s been a treat getting to know you better!
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Blurb for Blood Vengeance Book 2 of The Draven Witch Series
There is an evil rising that wishes to seek havoc….Renee Draven believed her battle was over but her nightmare is just beginning. There is a darkness lurking seeking vengeance; with vengeance comes loss and family secrets will be revealed. Renee will question her lineage and her power; while other Evils play on her doubts she must determine truth from lies. Or will the lies be enough to rip the light from our heroine’s soul? With the past revealed the future holds a shock conclusion. New heroes will be found and new allies will be made…lives will be lost and hearts will be broken…are you ready for the ride to hell and back?
Lily had disappeared and she stood alone, and cold with the Evil One. He smiled at her, motioning for her to come closer. Renee did not hesitate. Something pulled her to him. They were only inches apart, when Damaskeos pushed her against the alleyway wall, with one hand making its way up underneath her shirt, flickering over her nipple, his wicked smile growing, while the other moved her hair from her neck. His tongue ran down the length of her neck from her ear downwards. Renee shivered underneath his touch and something foreseen stirred inside her. His fingertips moved around to the back of her shirt and there was a power to them that she had never felt before. She shuttered at the thought, she almost liked it. Renee could feel his lips on her ear, “Do you remember how it felt Draven? When my fangs entered your flesh, you let me take you willing, as she did, no fighting. It will happen again, I will have all of you. Our destinies are intertwined. Remember that Draven. I always win, always.”
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