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My Writing Process – Blog Tour – by Author Emily Guido


This is a blog tour about how authors discover their writing process.

My wonderfully talented blogging friend David Lee Summers posted his post last week and you can see his incredible blog here 

Now onto My Writing Process:

4 Seditious Book Cover 1What am I working on?

I am in the final edits of Seditious, the 4th novel in The Light-Bearer Series. I have Ransom the 5th novel finished and doing preliminary edits. However, I am in the process of finishing Conundrum the 6th novel.

In Seditious, Tabbruis is tested with his dark past coming to haunt him called . . .  Bathsheba!  She is serious trouble. However, the most heinous threat comes from the Evil Lord Cromwell, a very powerful Blood-Hunter.

The team at the Castle Charmeine has its hands full in Ransom and it does not disappoint. As a matter of fact, I believe the series just keeps getting better and better. More Blood-Hunters, Light-Bearers, Angels, Demons, Witches and Warlocks to come.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Book loversMy writing is different because I never mentioned in any of The Light-Bearer Series that the Blood-Hunters are Vampires. I wanted my own definition of a vampire. So, I didn’t follow the lore that Bram Stoker, my very favorite Author, wrote Dracula.  My work is spiritual but The Light-Bearer Series is certainly is not a religious series per se. How can you mention Angels and Heaven, and not mention God? That would be very difficult.

Also, I concentrate on making my work a “believable-fantasy.” I mean, The Light-Bearer Series is set with the contemporary themes of our time. Yes, my characters do not exist, but I wanted to make the reader believe that they could be, just a little. I have a friend who is always telling me that my writing is “living ability,” and I always wondered what that meant. However, one day I was at a book signing and a fan told me that she read the books and thought I had been in Iraq or had a relative in the Army in Iraq.  I didn’t, but I did a lot of research.

ALL the history in the novels are true, and I have gone into great research to correctly portray the long 8000 year history of Tabbruis and his fellow Blood-Hunters and Light-Bearers.

Why do I write what I do?

11-5-2013-9-31-32-amI LOVE PARANORMAL and I LOVE ROMANCE!  It’s that simple . . .  Why would anyone write what they aren’t interested in?

I am an avid reader in my genre. I also am an avid reader of Independent Authors too. I love the unknown that you get with a Paranormal Genre. I am getting my MBA in August, 2014 and I use my writing as an outlet for all the wonderful scenes going on in my head.

Tabbruis is such a dark, luscious character to me. His head is always centered on one thing and one thing only . . . Charmeine!  She is his light in his dark world. Tabbruis is a hunk-a-hunk-a burning love, but he doesn’t have any purpose without Charmeine and her love. Saving the world is just a side-effect of being with Charmeine. He would be happy if the world went away and it was just them, all alone. He loves her with a determination and strength that is deep in his sole. Charmeine is his life and to him, nothing matters but the woman in his arms . . . Charmeine.

Yes, Charmeine loves Tabbruis right back; however, her love is a “special kind of love” she wants to accept everyone. She wants everyone to be supported and loved. She is a wonderful role model for us all. Her tolerance and acceptance of everyone, no matter what or who they are is something lacking in this world. Unless that person is a scumbag, like the dastardly, venomous Pascal or Bathsheba.

Why do I write? It’s clear, I write of things that make me excited, scared, romantic, and most of all happy!

How does your writing process work?

thursday14I spend no preparation time because I see the scenes in my head and write as I view them. I know, I know . . . a lot of writers would think I was crazy, but believe me, I can’t write off an outline. I have to let the story flow and evolve it the way.

I know in my heart that true fans of Paranormal reading will never fade away. They are the people who like to escape in their minds to a world that is colored and framed by the author. The people who want to read are reading and the others can do as they wish.

If one person likes “The Light-Bearer Series,” and that person to tells another how they enjoyed “The Light-Bearer Series,” one person to recommend “The Light-Bearer Series,” and the news will grow exponentially.

I try keep my head and use my author friends for support and guidance. They are my lifeline.

I love my fellow BLOGGERS and AUTHORS!

Thanks for stopping by. If you have a question about my process, feel free to ask down in the comments!


Please visit the following blogs to learn about these wonderful authors.

J Alan Erwine –

J is a science-fiction writer, editor, and game designer. He has sold more than 40 short stories to a variety of markets, as well as three short story collections, and three novels. He is the co-designer of the Ephemeris Science Fiction Role Playing Game and the creator of the Battle for Turtle Island RPG. He has edited for ProMart Writing Lab, Sam’s Dot Publishing, and Nomadic Delirium Press, and he edits the magazines, The Fifth Di… and The Martian Wave for Nomadic Delirium Press. When not writing and such, J loves to spend time with his amazing wife, Rebecca, and their three lovely daughters, Eryn, Juliah, and Alexis.

Paige Addams –

Writing paranormal romance under her pen name, Paige Addams, she is currently preparing to release her first self-published book – Tales of Ejoma: Book One. “I love world-building – piecing together magic, history, and language – to try and create a fantasy world I hope readers will enjoy exploring.”

 Just because . . . This song inspired “The Light-Bearer Series” it’s one of my all-time favorite songs:

Interview of the men in The Light-Bearer Series

377303_4040958076419_1469625629_n (2)This is Emily Guido reporting to you live from the “Castle Charmeine” in Romania.

I have been waiting for the interview for several days now. 

I didn’t know what to expect but when these gentlemen came in… I am (swallow) pleasantly surprised to say the least… (swoon)…

Gentlemen,Good Evening!

ALL: Good Evening.


Emily:  Let me start out with a general question just to break the ice.  Do all four of you live at the ‘Castle Charmeine’?

ALL:  Yes.


Dover-CastleEmily:  Now, who originally owned this enormous and ancient castle?

Tabbruis (in a slight European accent):  I think Dmitri should answer that one.

Dmitri (in a very thick Romanian accent): Oh my… Well, you see my dear; I came to Romania a long time ago, over 5000 years ago, as a matter of fact. 


I had many experiences here and some of the local townfolk used to make up a scary bedtime story about me… the “Red Dragon” is what they called me. 

But then Tabbruis came, and we began to share the castle.


6a00d83451f4a069e2014e89ddd499970d-800wiEmily:  Excuse me?  (wide open eyes) What do you mean by “Red Dragon”?

Dmitri:  Oh my… Well, my dear, Emily that is “Dracul” to you and I.


Emily:  Uh….Dracula?

Dmitri:  Well, my love, if you want to think it is me. Oh my…that is fine for me.

(Smiling at Emily with his bright white teeth and long eye-teeth)


Slide1-1Emily:  Oh!  Well that’s okay… (a little scared… turning to Tabbruis now…)  

Tabbruis please tell me about yourself?  

(Still looking out of the corner of my eye at Dmitri who is smiling at me like a cat watching a canary)

Tabbruis:  I… well I am just a happy man now that I have Charmeine. 

She is my love, my wife, and she literally lights up my life. 

Before I met my soul mate, I was incomplete…  I do not know how to explain it…

Thomas:  He was all alone.  Tabbruis accepted it, but he was not happy?

Tabbruis:  Yes, quite right.  I never thought I would ever be mated to a woman.  However, now that I have my soul mate, Charmeine, she is my universe.


EdSpeleers3Emily:  Well Thomas since you spoke up?  How are you today?

Thomas:  Yes, well… I am fine.  We are very busy at the castle expanding and renovating. 

There is a lot of family to accommodate, and we are constructing new rooms right now.

NealNeal (In a gruff African accent):  My lover and Husband, Hameal, and I are constructing new additions to the Castle Charmeine. Hameal is skillfully assisting me.  

However, you three are trying to get me killed or at the very least permanently injured!

Tabbruis: I am sorry Neal. I became distracted… Charmeine was just so beautiful in her dress, that I could not concentrate.

Neal:  That is no excuse for not paying attention; it was a power nail gun!


Emily (snickering):  So I take it there was a mishap with a tool in the renovations?

mDmitri:  Oh my…

Yes well…

Tabbruis did not look where he was going…

Consequently he shot a nail, and it landed in my good friend and protector, Neal…

Thomas (laughing out loud):  He shot him in the butt!

Dmitri:  Oh my… yes but… (excuse the pun) everything is fine. 

We, Blood-Hunters, heal very fast my dear Emily.

Tabbruis:  Thank God for that!


Emily:  So… on another subject… gentlemen, um tell me you are all so incredibly gorgeous, are all Blood-Hunters like you?

Dmitri:  Oh my… well, I believe we are all classically handsome…

(giving a wink to Emily… *she swoons*)

 An image from the Dolce & Gabbana watch campaignTabbruis:  Dmitri… I think she means that we are some sort of eye-candy for the ladies.

 Dmitri:  Oh my… I wonder what kind of candy I am?

(looking at Emily with his eyebrow raised)

 Thomas (little squeak):  I am… well yes ma’am… we are all… UGH!

 Neal:  Yes!  I believe all Blood-Hunters are pretty good looking, but my love, Hameal is incredibly gorgeous!

 Tabbruis:  Neal means that Blood-Hunters, in general, are good looking… (Rolling his eyes)


Emily:  I’m getting something of an undercurrent to this question?  Is there?

Dmitri:  Oh my… see my love, Emily, we are all good-looking to the ladies.  Yes, very much so. 

Thomas:  But we did not ask to be so good-looking… I guess it comes just natural?


 The MEN of the Castle Charmeine  

            Dmitri           Thomas             Tabbruis           Neal

Emily: (fanning myself with my notebook):   You all…  I mean are all Blood-Hunters good-looking?

Tabbruis:  Well women seem to be naturally attracted to us.


Emily (gets a drink of water… starting to get dizzy looking at these wowser men):  How could women not be attracted?

Neal (gruffly):  Do not look!

Thomas:  She is a human woman.  She cannot help but be attracted.  Neal, just because you are not attracted to her does not mean she cannot look.

Neal:  Well, I am certainly no woman’s eye candy!

Dmitri:  Oh my… (as he purrs to Emily)


Emily (trying to avoid Dmitri but loving every minute):  Have you had women falling over you before?

Tabbruis:  Many times… but I waited 8000 years for Charmeine, my love!

Thomas:  I… I am taking the fifth on that!

Dmitri:  Oh my!

Neal:  Never… Thank God!


12756856294JmmmlEmily (pulling my hair up and taking a big gulp of water):  Tabbruis, can you tell me your favorite past time at the Castle Charmeine?

Tabbruis: That is easy, spoiling my love, Charmeine.  We have two horses, Tristan and Isolde, which we ride and go down to our private beach.  (Tabbruis smiled in revelry)


sexy-couple-on-beach-sideEmily:  Private beach?

Dmitri:  The Castle Charmeine has a beach flanking its property on one side, so we ride out there every chance we get.

Neal:  Yes, Tabbruis and Charmeine are out there quite a lot.

Tabbruis:  I will have to admit that Charmeine and I love the beach.  I just want her to happy.  I love Charmeine so much…

Thomas, Dmitri and Neal:  We know!!!

Emily:  Well, on that thought, (wetting my lips down and fanning myself) I will end this lovely interview. 

It certainly has been fun interviewing the “MEN FROM CASTLE CHARMEINE!”





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