About a week ago I received a friend request on Goodreads. When I checked out the person’s profile I saw that the request came from an author. You know I love meeting authors. So I took a chance and emailed her to see if she would be willing to do an interview on my blog. Yep, she said yes. How cool is that? And talk about cool, Chelsea Bellingeri writes about werewolves, witches, and zombies! Let’s get to know her.
Can you tell us a little about your latest release, Monster Club: Case of the Ivy Hollow Werewolf?
Yes, Monster Club is my baby. Out of all of the books that I’ve written, it’s my favorite because it takes me back to childhood. It’s my first venture into middle grade novels (my other five novels are in the young adult genre). When people ask me what Monster Club is about, I always describe it as a modern day Scooby-Doo. The series follows a group of kids who form a club to solve supernatural mysteries. In the first book of the series, Case of the Ivy Hollow Werewolf, a werewolf has been terrorizing the children’s town. The members of Monster Club have to discover the werewolf’s identity and stop it before the next full moon, which happens to fall on the school’s annual carnival.
I spent a lot of time in the library for the New England Witch Chronicles (“NEWC”) series. The NEWC series required a ton of research about the events of the Salem Witch Trials and some actual hard-to-believe historical events that took place in Scotland and New Orleans. I also took a trip to Boston, Salem and Ipswich to get a feel of the area. I wanted the setting in NEWC to come alive; I wanted the readers to feel the harsh winter and feel the palpable history in the air. Love & the Zombie Apocalypse didn’t require as much research, but I did take a trip to Flint, Michigan to scout the location. I visited the local establishments in Flint and took the “escape” route that I had my characters use in the novel.
You’ve written about a werewolf, witches, and zombies. Do you have a favorite?
Witches, hands down. They are limitless in what they can do, which makes them absolutely thrilling to write about.
How did you start your writing career?
I’ve been writing since the second grade, but I didn’t start writing professionally until 2008. I was working as an attorney at a law firm in New York City and I absolutely hated it. The only bright spot in my day was when I could read on the subway. I devoured books in the little bit of spare time that I had and, after one particularly terrible day at work, I was on the train home and I said to myself, “I need to be doing what I love – I’m going to write novels.” I started working on New England Witch Chronicles the next day and I haven’t looked back since. It’s been one of the best decisions of my life.
What inspires you to write in the paranormal genre?
I read my first Anne Rice novel when I was eight. It probably wasn’t age appropriate at the time, but I was hooked. I love every aspect of the paranormal genre – books, TV shows and movies.
Some authors love promoting their books and others hate it. Where do you fall?
I don’t particularly love it and, I’d always prefer to be writing, but promoting is a necessary part of the job. Promoting is time consuming and, it’s getting a little harder now that I have six novels out, but I try to set aside an hour each day to answer e-mails, work on social media outlets and all of the other aspects of marketing.
What’s the most embarrassing question you’ve been asked in an interview or during a book promotion tour?
Thank goodness I haven’t had any embarrassing questions yet, but I do have a confession – I get embarrassed every time someone asks me to sign a book. It’s crazy because I’ve been doing it for a few years now and you’d think I’d get use to it, but I get super embarrassed every time. My brain has a problem understanding why someone would want my autograph. During my most recent book signing last month, I was a nervous wreck for two whole days of meet and greets.
What question do you wish interviewers would ask, but they never do?
I wished interviewers would ask me more about what consists of my workday. Whenever people find out that I’m an author, they think that I sit around on the couch all day in my pajamas. Writing is my full time job. It’s how I support my family and, on any given day, I’m putting in 8 to 10 hours a day of writing, editing and marketing my books. My life is absolutely chaotic – sometimes even more chaotic than it was when I was an attorney. Being an author is a lot of hard work, but absolutely worth every minute. I love my job!
Chelsea Bellingeri is the author of the best selling young adult series, New England Witch Chronicles. Chelsea received a Juris Doctorate from New York Law School in New York, New York in 2007, and a B.A. in Sociology, with a concentration in Criminal Justice, from the University of Tennessee in 2004. She lives in Tennessee with her husband, Joe, and their son, Jackson.
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