Title: Long Live Dead Reckless
Author: Safari Spell
Series: Long Live Dead Reckless #1
Genre: New Adult, Paranormal Romance
Release Date: July 19, 2016
Talor Gardin may be a princess, but her life is no fairy tale.
A year ago, her mother died and her father burned down their house. Now with a father in and out of a mental ward, she’s working a minimum wage job to finish her last semester of college. To make matters worse, she gets itchy every time a guy makes a move on her. The itch could be anything, really: a desire to escape her haunted hometown, a financial windfall, the name of some vampire…or all the above. Whatever the reason, she thinks the answers are written in the freckle constellations of her cute new coworker, Sage Talis.
Sage is the quiet, polite type with plenty of secrets – like fangs and a price on his head – and Talor can’t figure out what makes him so irresistible until she hears him sing. But when cryptic letters appear on her wrist, Talor is thrust into a world where fantastic creatures lurk just below the skin, strangers keep calling her a princess, and everything she’s been through is nothing compared to what’s coming.
What is the biggest influence/interest that brought you to this genre?
Hands down, the delightful Delilah S. Dawson! She is such an incredible writer. I’ve read almost all of her books and she is so consistently good. I actually worked with her at a local online newspaper but have never met her in person. Her books always have realistic heroines and phenomenal world building, which is what I love about them.
When writing a book, what is your favorite part of the creative process (outline, plot, character names, editing, etc)?
Not outlining or plotting, I can tell you that! I’m a “pantser” kind of writer, which means I’m terrible at organization and awesome at letting my imagination go nuts on the page. I can’t believe I’ve written a single novel writing the way I do, and somehow I’ve written three. Probably my favorite part of the process is sitting at my computer and never knowing what I’m actually going to write. It really does feel like an adventure. I just pick a character to follow around and watch them interact with everyone else. It’s kind of crazy. And I do mean crazy. Editing that is horrendous work!
When reading a book, what genre do you find most interesting/intriguing?
I lean a lot towards fantasy and romance, and I love a good time travel or multiverse. I’d love to write a time travel one day, but it feels a little out of my wheelhouse right now. I really can’t stop reading historical novels and anything with a mythical element to it. Any series by Heather LL FitzGerald or Lisa T. Bergren is a total binge read for me!
If you could co-author with any author, past or present, who would you choose?
That’s tough. Everyone I can think of is so much more skilled than I am, so trying to write at their level would be…embarrassing. But I guess if I had to say someone, it would be Rainbow Rowell because she’s one of the most natural writers I’ve ever read.
Have you always wanted to write or did it come to you "later in life"?
I attempted my first (terrible) novel as a teenager. It’s horrible at best, but it did unleash my love for writing. I remember being so excited to get home after school so I could spend countless hours crafting that story. I would only stop writing when my mom saw my lamp on and took away my notebook in the middle of the night so I’d go to sleep. I was so sleep deprived while writing that book, but it made me so happy!
Safari Spell is a native of Albany, Georgia. She has a BA in Journalism from Valdosta State University. She currently lives in North Georgia with her husband, hilarious daughter, and a backyard jungle harboring all the dinosaurs everyone thinks are extinct. Her dreams include chasing autumn around the globe, owning a wallaby, and riding a camel for at least nine seconds.