Saturday, October 8, 2022

Darkly Dreaming by Chloe Hammond - Book Tour

 Book Blurb

Have you ever longed to leave your life behind? Sever all ties and disappear?
Even for just one second? What if it wasn’t a choice anymore?

Darkly Dreaming is a literary exploration into a sinister world where vampires lurk in our shadows.
As interested in our heroines’ emotional changes as their physical transformations, the story leads you through their infection, transformation, and difficult adaption to their strange new life. We experience their hopes and compromises, heartbreaks and rage as deeply as they do.

A modern gothic, these vampires aren't the undead, they have been infected by a virus and undergone physical changes as radical as a butterfly during metamorphosis.

These vampires are as beguiling, cruel and fatal as cats, and just as irresistible.

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Author Interview
1.     What would you consider to be your Kryptonite as an author?
Facebook, lol. It eats time and is utterly addictive.

 2.    If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Stop waiting for the perfect moment. You’ll never have enough time and energy to plan the perfect literary novel. Just write what you can when you can- you need to keep in contact with your creative side, or your mental health will suffer. And don’t write to please or impress others, just write for the sheer pleasure of it.

 3.    What book do you feel is under-appreciated? How about overrated?
Under Appreciated- The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. It’s staggeringly well written, and historically and socially important.

Overrated- ugh, Fifty Shades of Grey. I tried to read it, and only managed half of the first page. It set my teeth on edge it was so abominably written. I have no problem at all with sexy books- mine have their fair share of spice, but please, read something that’s well written- Anais Nin is gorgeous, or some good old fashioned Jilly Cooper is a saucy read!

 4.    Favorite childhood memory involving books?
Going to the library on a Saturday morning and choosing from what seemed like an infinite wealth of worlds, then settling down on a Saturday afternoon to escape into a new universe.

5.    If you could dine with any literary character, who would it be and why?
Esme Weatherwax. I adore her- so stoical and strong, continually under appreciated and under estimated, but never bears a grudge, for long.

 6.    What fantastical fictional world would you want to live in (if any) given the chance?
Robin Hobb’s Six Duchies, ideally, the Rain Wilds.

7.    Did you want to be an author when you grew up?

8.    If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
Quirky. Kind. Determined. (Other people may well say bonkers, soft, and stubborn!)

9.    What is your most unusual writing quirk?
My writing has it’s roots in my dreams. I have very vivid dreams, and these become scenes in my novels, or short stories.

10.      What’s one movie you like recommending to others?
The Pianist- it’s so well made. Adrian Brody is my favourite actor. And it’s historically intensely important.

11.  If you could own any animal as a pet, what would it be?
Lioness. I wouldn’t even care if she ate me.

12. Have you ever met anyone famous?
Yes, several- our old house was Honolulu House in the UK Being Human, so yes, I met Aidan Turner! But I also met Russell Tovey- a genuinely lovely man- he came into the house and spent ages chatting with our foster children, and Nicola Walker, who is totally unassuming. Michael Socha is hilarious, I’d have adopted him in a heartbeat. All the cast and crew were lovely, those years they filmed were the best summers of my life.

Author Bio
Chloe Hammond is an Aquarius, and she’s very Aquarius. Born in Liverpool in 1975, she grew up in rural West Wales. She now lives in Barry, South Wales, with her husband and rescue cat and dogs. She studied Creative Writing as part of her degree always planned to write, but life got in the way.

Chloe worked in homeless hostels, particularly with vulnerable teenagers for twenty years, and saw too many of the world’s uninvited monsters. She developed extreme anxiety and depression, which caused terrifying nightmares and sleepless nights.

In her typically contrary way, she used this to her advantage and the nightmares became this novel, and the sleepless nights were when she found time to write it.

She created her own monsters to deal with the memories.

Her best friend, and number one cheer leader, was her inspiration and the person she could spin other worlds with. When her friend died suddenly of a brain haemorrhage, Chloe struggled to overcome her grief to start writing again. She had just found her rhythm again, when the worldwide pandemic hit, and she was gripped in the terror of losing more loved ones.

She dug deep, and is currently working on the third book of the Darkly Vampire Trilogy, as Rae and Layla are booting her brain, demanding their story is written, they have adventures to live.

Chloe has had several poems and short stories published in various charity anthologies. She was nominated for both Best Paranormal Author and Best Horror Author in Reality Bites 2018 Book Awards. Chloe won a Gold Stake award at the International Vampire Film and Arts Festival 2022, for her short story, The Caretakers.

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