Bio: Formally educated in hard and soft science (geology and bioarchaeology) University of Houston, Skhye Moncrief pushes the envelope writing cross-genre romance classified as either paranormal or fantasy romance, and kick-arse romantica. She resides in the Houston area.
Thanks for being here, Skhye. It’s a pleasure.
#1- Tell us a bit about yourself outside of your writing career...
I have Lyme Disease, Fibromyalgia, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. So, not much fun going on in my life outside of writing and eating anything classified as dessert. I used to love making altered art and collecting antiques. But now, I WRITE!!! Writing doesn’t require a whole lot of walking… And doesn’t wear a person out like my elliptical machine or writing.
#2- How does one go from a logical area like science to a creative one in writing?
I’m a Cancer. I’ve always been artistic. I use both sides of my brain equally. I always fall dead center on hemispheric tests. So, whether it’s in the stars on testable, I’m into just about everything except math. Uck! I need to wash my mouth out…
#3- How do you handle the negative reviews and critiques you receive?
You can usually find something good the reviewer said to use in a quote. Or just decipher the info into an area to focus on in your writing. I’ve always done that with critiques. I’ve taken over 80 hours of anthropology and usually rationalize criticism by looking at WHERE the person came from in her/his perspective. That always helps me decide whether to work with the advice or not. Especially if they write romantic suspense or category and don’t read paranormals.
#4- Can you tell us a bit about the book in this giveaway and where the inspiration came from?
I’m giving away a copy of Book 1 in my werewolf space opera, FERAL FASCINATIONS. It was born of a discussion I had with an ex-detective who talked about balls of steel. Balls of steel was the original title. I had already written the first chapter when I changed the title. I found the title in National Geographic’s TRAVEL of all places. Although it’s classified as romantica, I’ve received reviews that state it’s done tastefully…
"FERAL FASCINATIONS ...a surprise and an exciting read. It's not an easy novel to summarize but take my word for it…a summary can't do it justice any way. You have to read—and enjoy it—for yourself!... There's a lot of sex in this one but it's neither intrusive nor too graphic and every thrust of it moves the plot. Both Kindrist and Straightarrow, as well as the other characters—even the Bible-quote spouting Darla—are drawn with sympathy and realism. Pithy dialogue—a lot of it going on inside Jake's head, give the novel just enough of a quirky nature to keep it from the run-of-the-mill storyline of alien-abductee-saves-Mankind-and-gets-girl. 5 Stars!"
"Feral Fascinations is one of those werewolf science fiction novels that captures the imagination. Skhye Moncrief has done an amazing job of bringing a new world out and showing it to the reader with such amazing clarity. Feral Fascinations is an original novel many will enjoy as it combines both modern and futuristic elements twinned with horror... True horror and science fiction fans will take to this novel really well as the characters are fascinating and well worth reading about. The sex scenes are not descriptive, but leave plenty to the imagination so the reader can make of the scenes what they will." ~Sandra, Romance at the Heart Magazine
"This isn’t one of your brother’s Sci-Fi Books – it’s Rebel Mercenary meets Paranormal Alien Chick. The first chapter grabbed my attention. I loved the twist of the “hero” Jake Straightarrow being the one abducted. The “alien” Red Trekaar has been stalking/watching Jake for years and against all advise, chooses him for her “mate”. Jake’s a strong lead character, he doesn’t just roll-over and accept his fate. He’s strongly (sexually) attracted to Red, but resents being abducted and isn’t sure who to trust. Red is challenged with getting her new “mate” to accept her and his new life, as she struggles with her prophesized destiny. The storyline is complex and well written, Ms. Moncrief seamlessly blended earth religion, new-age mysticism, paranormal events, shapeshifing rogue spies, and a who-done-it twist. The love scenes were not overly explicit, but very romantic & emotionally heart felt." ~LynnMarie, HEA Reviews
#5- Any plans to write in a different subgenre of romance?
I was told by the co-owner of New Concepts that I could switch genres if I wanted—to have at it. I haven’t yet. But I write so cross-genre under the paranormal umbrella that anything is game. I’m about to write two cyborg stories. Of course, they’re part of my werewolf space opera series…
#6- Are there any upcoming releases we would like to know about, and could you give us your web site so readers can check it out?
Book 2 in the series, FERAL FLAW, was released February 11th.
Book 3 in the series, FERAL FEVER, will be released March 11th.
#7- This about concludes it. Thank you again for joining us. Is there anything else you would like to share?
Just a big thank you for taking the time to interview me. ~Skhye