I am so happy to be taking part in the blog tour for a new and very exciting book Kalorama Road by a very talented author E. Denise Billups.This blog tour was wonderfully put together by Jina Bazzar who made sure everything was on track and none of the blog tour articles you see on this site or all the other participating sites could have happened without her hard work. Make sure if you get time to check out all the wonderful posts for the blog tour. Links to participating blogs can be found on the above schedule list. 🙂
So without further ado, I present to you all Kalorama Road by E. Denise Billups …
There something Allie can’t remember, hidden memories bordering consciousness that refuse to surface until one day someone, something, ignites horrifying images of a forgotten night.
A year after graduating from Emsworth University, a mysterious email appears asking Allie one single question. What happened at 1414 Kalorama Road? Allie has no memory of that night and has tried to recapture what happened when a classmate went missing at an off-campus party. Someone wants her to remember, and they’re getting closer and more insistent. Forgotten memories gradually start to surface with gruesome images and a revelation that could ruin the reputation of her esteemed alma mater, Emsworth University.
Interview With The Author
Where did you get the inspiration for Kalorama Road?
My brief blogging experience inspired my third novel, Kalorama Road. When I set out to write the story, I imagined a romance mystery titled A Blog Affair; however, my muse craved a paranormal thriller. Because the main plot takes place in a Washington, D. C.’s residential area, Kalorama Road was a more fitting title than A Blog Affair.
Your main character Allie goes on quite a journey in the book. What do you think are qualities that make her easy to relate to for readers and engage them to want to go on this journey with her?
Allison, though strong and fiercely independent, is flawed by her parent’s divorce and their lack of affection toward her and her older sister, Nikki. Her childhood affected her behavior and shaped her romantic ideals. Purposely, I crafted the first half of the book about Allie and her sister to reveal how a tenuous family life secured their close bond. I hope Allie’s vulnerability is relatable and will engage readers on her troubling journey.
How many drafts of the book did it take to get it just right?
When the main premise of the story changed, I had to backtrack several times to make sure the story flowed correctly. My muse kept swerving in different directions wanting to be a paranormal story, not straight suspense. It took four drafts to capture my muse’s vision.
Where did you get the inspiration for the book trailer?
Wow, I love creating book trailers. When I’m having one of those days, where words aren’t flowing smoothly, creating book trailers is a creative outlet to reboot the writing process. Kalorama Road’s trailer wasn’t about the main character Allison, but the student, Belle, who disappeared. Belle is the catalyst that drives this story forward and I wanted her paranormal presence to represent the trailer.
Who was your favorite character to write in the book and why?
Without a doubt, it was Ryan. I’ve never written a male POV so I was a little worried about capturing a convincing voice. I love this ethical, chivalrous, and stubborn investigative journalist and his persistence to unearth the truth. I’m not sure I captured a strong, male POV, but it was fun writing Ryan’s effort to expose illicit affairs at Kalorama Road.
What writers have influenced you to become a writer? What writers’ work do you like reading in your spare time?
My fascination with books began in grade school. Anything I could read, I’d read. As a teenager, it was mainly classics, Emily Bronte, Jane Austen, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Toni Morrison, and the list continues. Since Harper Lee was my hometown native, To Kill a Mockingbird was compulsory reading. Bram Stoker, Stephen King, Anne Rice, Edgar Allen Poe, Ira Levin, Ray Bradbury… Jeez! The list goes on. Every author I’ve read has impacted my writing, although my preference is horror, mystery, supernatural and psychological thrillers. Right now, my reading is eclectic. In my effort to support the Indie community, I’m reading multi-genres and enjoying talented Indie Author’s work.
Mystery writing can be quite a difficult genre to write with having to keep the ending suspenseful and making sure all the parts fit together seamlessly. Did you have the ending in mind before you began writing or did it come together during the process?
I’m glad you asked this question. I wrote the ending long before I imagined the beginning. When the initial premise changed from a romance mystery to a paranormal thriller, I tweaked the ending a little. From the ending, I worked backward a few chapters before crafting the story’s beginning.
Which areas of the book do you feel will draw readers in the most? Characters? Dialogue? Action? Setting? Or a combination of many elements?
In parts two and three, the story takes place two years earlier at Kalorama Road. A combination of action, characters, dialogue and settings will attract reader’s attention. The pace increases and unknown characters are disclosed. Ryan’s daunting role is introduced to the reader for the first time. Belle’s unscrupulous past is exposed, one that might stun or fascinate readers. In Chapter 33, the entire night unfolds through several eyes supernaturally. This scene, fun and interesting to write, pulls pieces of the mystery together seamlessly, hopefully holding reader’s attention to the end.
What is next for you in your writing career?
I’ve written several short stories, aimed for release in 2018. I’m considering a sequel to my first novel, By Chance, and another Haunted House Story that takes place in the South. Southern folklore, filled with ghost stories, roused my fascination with supernatural mysteries. Hopefully, I’ll continue writing for the rest of my life, whether for profit or enjoyment.
What other books have you out that readers can also check out alongside Kalorama Road?
I published my first novel, By Chance, a supernatural thriller, in 2014, about three clairvoyant women of South Carolina. In 2015 I published my second novel Chasing Victoria, a contemporary suspense novel without any paranormal activity, well, there’s a little fortune-telling but that’s about it. Between writing Kalorama Road, I published two supernatural short stories in 2017—The Playground, and Rebound.
Finally, if you could describe Kalorama Road in one word what would it be?
Hmm, I’ve never thought about this but Awakened, is the first word that came to mind.
Lisa, thank you for having me as a guest on your wonderful blog!
And thank you so much Denise for being a guest on here on Culture Vulture Express too! 🙂
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Startled by the flashback, I pause in the room’s center wondering what triggered the memory. How strange . . . All this time, I couldn’t remember how I bruised my forehead. The sight of the fireplace must have sparked the memory. I move toward the windows, stand between the curtains, face the room, and study the space like a ghost returned to its demise. Vapors whirl and whisper like mist taking shape. At the moment the unfolding manifestation is inscrutable. Unaware of what’s emerging, I walk through a ray of light streaming through the windows. Buoyant speckles stir fast, too fast. Fearfully, I stop and stare at the rapid charge. It’s nothing, I rationalize, just dust I’ve disturbed, I reassure an anxious mind. My back crawls with a creeping sensation. I spin around to empty space. “Okay Allie, get a grip.”
Resting my hand on the mantel, I examine the empty chasm and ponder whether a fire burned that night. I can’t remember. For a moment, the space spins and the unpleasant anxiousness swells, grating my memory. I try to squelch the aura and familiar angst I’ve lived with for months, intrusive energy invading my mind, a remote space refusing to open. I breathe deep, expel unease, and concentrate on a room I’ll never see again. Turning in several circles, I absorb every vibration, smell, color, and sound, trying to conjure that night.
A gentle breeze like fingers icing my skin raises hairs on my arms. Swiftly, I turn toward closed windows, searching for something a breeze can escape. Impossible! The only vent lies across the room. An overwhelming scent of roses whirls gossamer coils about me. My mind recognizes but refutes an invisible presence. It can’t be real. It’s just my imagination, and the room making me anxious. Instantly, something seizes my consciousness. Spectral hands clamp my body, guiding a slow descent, lowering me safely to the floor.
Kalorama Road is the author’s third novel.
Originally, Kalorama Road was titled ‘A Blog Affair’.
The ending was crafted long before the author wrote the beginning.
The inspiration for Kalorama Road came from an article the author read about men and women finding true love through blogging. The idea intrigued her skeptical mind.
The scene the author grapple with the most was the murder scene
The author is an avid coffee drinker and she’s written about coffee in most of her novels.
About The Author:
An author with a rare mixture of Southern and Northern charm, E. Denise Billups was born in Monroeville Alabama and raised in New York City where she currently resides and works in finance. A burgeoning author of fiction, she’s published three suspense novels, Kalorama Road, Chasing Victory, By Chance, and two supernatural short stories, Rebound, and The Playground. An avid reader of mystery and suspense novels, she was greatly influenced by authors of that genre. When she’s not writing or reading, you can generally find her training for road races and marathons. She’s s a fitness fanatic who loves physical challenges of all types (running, biking, yoga, dance, and more) a discipline she uses to facilitate the creative writing process.
Good luck with Kalorama Road Denise. Hope it sells many deserved copies! 🙂
The next post in the blog tour will be tomorrow and can be found on Whitney Skirvin’s blog Whit Lit Reads. Be sure to check it out when you get the chance. 🙂