Crazy/Awkward Interview – Kristen Strassel


Today Kristen Strassel stopped by for a crazy/awkward interview. Her New Adult paranormal romance “Because the Night” is available, with a follow-up coming soon! Check out the blurb:

Sex, Blood, and Rock n’ Roll.

Immortal Dilemma is the hottest band in the Las Vegas vampire rock scene. They draw insatiable fans from around the globe, thanks to a supernatural attraction called Bloodlust. Tristan craved such an opportunity to fill his empty mortal life, and now he has eternity to earn his place along the legends of rock n roll debauchery.

Callie always feared that Tristan’s excesses would get him into trouble, but she never thought they’d lead him to immortality. To reconnect with him, she must weave her way through a world not only she had no idea existed, but does not welcome her.

Blade turned down a spot in Immortal Dilemma after learning what he must sacrifice for that lifestyle. He finds Callie a refreshing change from the girls in the vampire rock scene. When Callie drags Blade back into the world of Immortal Dilemma, his resistance drives her into the waiting arms of Tristan, who shows her the true meaning of Bloodlust.

But the very things that Callie fights so hard to save are the very things that fight to destroy her.

Buy it: Amazon | B+N.

Check out Kristen’s:

Crazy/Awkward Interview with Kristen Strassel

*gestures at the empty seat beside her* Hey, Kristen! *kicks the plastic T. Rex off the seat before her guest can sit* So glad you could stop by for this chat. Want a piece of fancy chocolate or cheese? *eyes carefully to see which is picked*

Hey! I took the chocolate. Hoping you don’t mind I bit into a bunch of them before taking the one that I liked.

So Tristan and Callie from “Because the Night” appear in your young adult novel “Seasons in the Sun”, too. While writing the first one, did you know you were going to write another book about them?

Tristan and Callie hooked their claws into me quickly. I always knew they wouldn’t go quietly, as soon as I met them. However, I didn’t know I was going to write a prequel. One of my early beta readers had a lot of questions about how they met, so instead of weaving it in to Because the Night, I wrote her a book. Because that’s what I do.

That leads me into my next question:

Q: Which rock star, current or dead, would you have turned into a vampire?

A: It’s a tossup between John Lennon, because he was the freaking walrus, and Jimi Hendrix, because imagine what he could have done with the guitar had he had more time. And his hair was rad.

Q: (Like Cartman from Southpark) Someone sends you an aquarium of sentient sea monkeys. Over the course of a week the creatures build a civilization dedicated to you. You hope it’s based after which ancient nation? And what do they name it?

A: I would hope Kristenia was based on ancient Greece, because those Gods seemed like they were really hot. I’d just lay around and let them peel me grapes. The Gods, not the sea monkeys.

Q: How do you feel about robot drivers?

A: I’d love one. I spend a lot of time driving for work, and sitting in traffic. If I had a robot to get me around, I’d be able to sleep on the go. I’d get some writing done, but I get motion sick.

Q: When it’s cold out, you wish you could a) curl up in bed beneath a blanket with a cup of something warm b) build a weather machine to bring back summer (and then hold the city hostage with tornado threats until they pay you one *million* dollars) c) sail to a tropical island with a personal boat boy (read: hot guy in swim trunks).

A: Ooooh. B. I love summer so much. And some days I identify with Dr. Evil. A lot.

Q: Describe your perfect minion.

A: My perfect minion would do all my laundry, go get me coffee, and rub my feet.

Q: If you had to choose between having the perfect job with unlimited funds until you die or an immortal life doing a boring job, which would you choose?

A: I have a fun job without unlimited funds. So I’m leaning towards that one. Although living forever sounds excellent, cubicles give me hives.

Q: Create a cocktail based on your book. What is its name? What’s in it? How does it knock us off our asses?

A: I did! Venomtinis! They’re basically Mind Erasers, which is Kahlua, vodka, and soda.

Q: You receive a phone call everyday at 1:05p.m. The caller says, “Say cheese,” and then hangs up. Who is it from, why, and what do you do after?

A:  It’s a mouse, and they want me to watch Days of Our Lives because that’s when it’s on here.

Q: The only good _____________ is a _______________ ______________.

A:  The only good muffintop is a frightening snowball.


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