Bloodline Book 1
Determined to turn her fantasy into reality, Ana starts her journey to become a vampire. Along the way, she learns the truth about their secret society, discovers her prestigious bloodline, and falls in love. Not all vampires are accepting of humans and war looms in the shadows. An ancient tome reveals the vampires’ alien descent and sparks war. An army bent on eradicating her coven’s existence threatens her new world. Survival or annihilation will be in Ana’s hands.
Bloodline Book 2
In the year 2516 humans share Earth with elusive vampires and GeMs—a new species of blood-drinkers who appeared after the Flood. Months before his five-hundredth birthday, Theodor De Croix, Prince of The Old Coven, crosses paths with Vivienne. Torn between proving himself worthy of his bloodline and centuries-old beliefs about true love, he saves her life but rejects the idea that she might be sent to him by fate itself. Vivienne is a human scientist turned GeM in an accident. Body and mind forever altered, she struggles every day to adapt to her new life. Attracted to the man who saved her, but fearing his kind, she finds herself in more danger than ever.
Caught up in a whirlwind of dreams and evil plots, both must confront their own demons in order to save each other, testing the powers of fate and love.
Please tell us a little bit about yourself, such as: your family, where you live, pets, favorite color, favorite film, favorite book, and favorite scent.
Born and raised in Bucharest, Romania, I emigrated to Canada when I was twenty-nine and I lived in Montreal for seven months, then in Toronto for fourteen years. Currently I live in the sunny San Antonio, Texas with my husband.
My all times favorite book, very few ever heard about, is ‘Letter from an Unknown Woman’ by Stefan Zweig. It’s one of saddest books I’ve ever read, still close to my heart.
When it comes to a favorite movie, there’s a tie between ‘Star Wars’ (any of them) and ‘Dirty Dancing’.
I have argued with many about my favorite color, white. Some say it’s not a color but a shade. My favorite scent will always be the ocean.
What inspired you to write your first book?
As a teenager, I visited Dracula’s Castle. I was still inside the medieval construction when the first idea sparked in my mind. Life interfered, things happened and my dream to become a writer slipped onto the back seat. It took over thirty years for the ‘Bloodline’ trilogy to come to life.
Tell us a little about your current or upcoming release: your inspiration, main characters, setting, etc. What was the most difficult process? The easiest?
Since the day the first idea sparked to life while walking the narrow, dark, and dingy corridors in Dracula’s Castle, I shared my mind with my characters. It was then when I first asked myself how the world would be if vampires were real, living among us, humans. My main character in Bloodline Origins, Ana, has a lot from myself. Just as I always dreamed of being a vampire in a different world, in an alternate reality, so does she. Only she actually goes for it. Vampires had been written over and over again. But for me, there was always this feeling that they wouldn’t all be bloodthirsty monsters. I also never thought of them as being cursed, or undead. So, I made them of alien descent since aliens are another fascination of mine. What better way to combine the two? The story line was the easy part for me. Writing it in a language that’s not my first, was by far the challenging part.
Tell us about your process. Do you plot/make outlines for your WIPS, or are you a total pantser?
I think I’m a combination of the two, if you count outlining a novel, or more, in my mind. For me it’s important to see the novel rolling in my mind as a movie would. I need to see the scenes, hear the dialog. I usually have a starting point and a destination. With a general theme, I set at ‘seeing’ the novel first. To most it looks like daydreaming, but it’s my process. Sometimes I’ll start laughing for no reason just because of a snarky line in my head. There had been cases where I’ve altered a whole plot, just to fit in one line. So, a classic outline, written wouldn’t work for me. I tired and felt constricted, obligated to follow a certain road. Until I ripped the paper in a million pieces, and started to write. I guess freedom inspires me.
What are your current projects?
With the ‘Bloodline’ trilogy done, I’m attempting a new series. This time I kicked it up a notch and went aliens. ‘Star Class’ it’s a seven books series, at least for now, each of them taking place on a different planet. I’m already seeing all these worlds building in my mind. Each of the books will be a stand-alone. The only thing keeping them in a series is a tiny little detail common to all my main characters: a golden star tattoo.
What is your favorite pastime, other than writing?
When I don’t write, edit, or daydream, I play on line games or go shopping. I used to play ‘World of Warcraft’, and currently I’m into ‘Star Wars, the Old Republic’.
How would you describe your style of writing to someone who has never read your work?
I write sweet/clean romance, from multiple points of view. Even if I keep a closed door when it comes to romance, there’s enough tension to speed up your heart a little. I try to focus on the action, world building and character development. Being born and raised in Romania, I have views and in general an outlook on life a little different than most. It’s what triggered the concept behind my first series, Bloodline, where vampires are of alien descent. It’s a paranormal romance, where vampires take center stage in a world where they are quite different from what most would expect. Twists and turns will take the reader in unexpected directions, all while some humor always finds its way in. First book, Bloodline Origins, is already available in both e-book and paperback. Second one, Bloodline Destinies, is available on e-book, with paperback option soon. Bloodline Revelations, the third and last in the series (at least for now), should be out in August 2019.
What mindset or routine do you feel the need to set when preparing to write (in general whether you are working on a project or just free writing)?
There isn’t much of a routine, but a mindset. When I write a first draft, I live, breathe and walk in the world I’m creating. I need to be there, in my character’s shoes, see what they see, feel what they feel and act like they would. After I’m done and go in edit mode, I fight with every word. English is my fourth language that I learned, so it’ll always present a challenge for me. With Romanian being first, at different times in my life I was also fluent (or close to), in Spanish and French. Perfecting my English came with a price, and I forgot the others, but kept my fluency in Romanian.
Do you take your character prep to heart? Do you nurture the growth of each character all the way through to the page? Do you people watch to help with development? Or, do you build upon your character during the story creation?
I always have my character developed in my mind before starting to write their adventure. Sometimes their name will determine their personality, other times I chose their name to match the specific persona. I don’t plot much and I’m not the one to write pages of an outline. As long as I have a general direction, a starting point and an end, with my characters in place, I’m good to go. The details, twists and surprises come to me while I’m writing.
Have you found yourself bonding with any particular character? If so, which one(s)?
Always! I tend to put a little piece of myself in each character I write. In my debut novel, Bloodline Origins, Ana- the main character, is a version of myself in many aspects. I even find that naughty part of me in some of my villains, give them the freedom to act like I would never do. I don’t believe in perfection, and that reflects in my writing. My characters always make mistakes, learn from them, more or less, depends on each case, and move on. I try to keep the nature of each of them as real as possible, in an imaginary world. We all need something to connect with, a common ground, and I believe it’s our mistakes, and how we deal with them, that define us.
Do you have a character that you’ve been working on that you can’t wait to put on paper?
Yes, I do. With my Bloodline trilogy done, I’ve on a new project. I’m planning on a seven-book series, ‘Star Class’. Each book will take place in a different world, on various planets, and a specific set of characters, so they can be read in any order. I already finished the first draft for ‘The Agent’, first one and I can’t wait to write the second. The main character will have a past inspired from my grandmother’s life. She was my favorite person in the whole entire world, so Maya in ‘The Pilot’ has a special place in my heart.
Have you ever felt there was something inside of you that you couldn’t control? If so, what? If no, what spurs you to reach for the unexpected?
I always found myself wondering about the infinity laying outside our world. Since I was very young, I wished to explore those possibilities. Unfortunately, technology didn’t take us yet far enough into the journey of the Universe. The only option left, was my imagination. It’s probably the reason I write fantasy, paranormal, science-fiction, and everything that’s out of the ordinary, different from the life we all know. Vampires, aliens, shifters, dragons, and many other creatures, they all live in our imagination, but what if they were real? What if there are worlds out there where they live and perhaps watch over us?
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About the Author
Born and raised in Bucharest, Romania, Iuliana Foos currently lives with her husband in San Antonio, Texas. When she doesn’t daydream or write, she enjoys drinking copious amounts of coffee and playing online multi-player games, hoping one day to have a white sanded beach as her backyard. Becoming a traditionally published author has been a life-long dream turned reality.
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