Gemma Anne O’ Sullivan, also known as Gem, is the daughter of a human mother, Megan McKay, and a vampire father, Michael O Sullivan. She is a hybrid and the first female of her kind, a secret kept by the McKay council for two and a half decades. The reappearance of Sire Raymond Pitout in Canada threatens and compromises her secret, as the International Vampire Council sends out its head of security, Lord Malcolm Murphy (the first hybrid), to protect Gem and destroy Sire Pitout.
Malcolm finds things becoming complicated, especially when he falls in love with Gem. He meets Gem’s friend, Deidre Wolff, who turns out to be an alter-seer (an oracle/vampire hunter), and also her human sister, Grace O’ Sullivan, who has the same unique trait as her aunt, Mia O’ Sullivan, Michael’s twin sister. With all of these unique personalities under one roof, Malcolm has his work cut out for him.
Love, intrigue and suspense all combine into one riveting story. Hybrid is a “must read” for those who dare.
Tell us something about yourself.
I’m originally from South Africa, but now living in a lovely city of Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada. Apart from writing, I love to read, paint, embroider and dance.
What inspired you to write this book?
I might been seen as an unlikely author, suffered from dyslexia my whole life I never thought being a writer. I have always been interested in the supernatural, paranormal and immortality of vampires which lead to a story that kept on repeating as dreams, so I decided to write these stories down until it turned into two exciting novels.
How did you choose the title?
I came up with Hybrid as it’s about a woman born from a human mother and a vampire father. She is a hybrid and the first female of her kind, a secret kept by the McKay council for two and a half decades.
What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?
As this is my second book with Strategic Book Group I found it a bit easier to have this book published.
How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?
I started writing quite by chance, the more I wrote this story the more excited I became about the concept, characters and the mystery, that transferred into a novel. Giving the manuscript to friends and family they finally encouraged me to have it published.
Do you have any writing rituals?
For me, writing sparks mostly at night, when the house is quiet, the kids are in bed and dreams get more vivid. I would wake up in the early morning hours with ideas, sometimes fatigued; I would be determined to get them down on paper.
How do you come up with the names for your characters?
I used names that appealed to me and subconsciously liked.
Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book? What?
Goodness yes, its takes dedication and perseverance.
If you were doing it all over again, what would you do differently?
I don’t know if I would do it any different, but I do learn new things all the time.
What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors?
I enjoy ready various genres. Romance, mystery, conspiracy theories and fantasies mostly Dan Brown, Steve Berry, Charlene Harris, Lindsay Sands and the like.
Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?
I’m working on “A Bride Reborn” with a reincarnation theme. In short is about a vampire sovereign that fall in love with a young human girl and make her, his bride but someone does not approve and kills her she returns centuries later. The story starts in the 1400 and ends in the present day. It’s filled with love, intrigue and murder.
What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
Be true to yourself, set goals, dedicate and persevere. Good luck
Who is the perfect reader for your book?
Mature teens, and adults that love vampire romances novels.
Where can readers learn more about you and your book?