A big welcome to E.T. Malinowski as part of her blog tour with Other Worlds Ink for Night Kiss from DSP Publications.
As an American novelist, what made you delve in to the subject of Kpop?
E.T.; This story came about from a picture and a song by Smashing pumpkins. I was just puttering around on google and just typed in “Kai” and “vampire” and found this awesome fanart of Kai as a vampire. The artist and I actually follow each other on Instagram now. Anyway, the picture is mostly done in black with the word “beware” repeated down the right side, on the left is half of Kai making the shush motion, the right side of his face hidden in shadow, and he has one tiny fang, blood spattered at the corner of his mouth, and gold eyes. I thought “Wow, Kai as a vampire is pretty damn hot.” That started the idea percolating in my brain when suddenly the words ‘my stan is a vampire’ popped into my head. See the Smashing Pumpkins reference? Granted, in this story the ‘stan’ isn’t the vampire, but that was the working title while I was writing.
What was your first experience with Kpop?
E.T. : My first Kpop experience was hearing “Gangdam Style” by Psy. It cracked me up because I love Anime and all I could think of was Mobile Suite Gundam. As far as which band/solo artist that hooked me on Kpop, that was Big Bang with “Fantastic Baby”. I started watching as many Big Bang videos as I could and that led me to my current favorites, EXO, BTS, and SHINee. Big Bang are still my first loves, though! I continue to find new-to-me bands, like TVXQ! who have been around for quite some time and I wish it was easier to purchase their CDs or Digital music, but I’m expanding my Kpop library, including Cpop (love ZTao) as much as I feasibly can!
In doing some research I see you like to take on the supernatural and LGBTQ romance, what drew you to such a niche subgenre?
E.T. : Well, that’s a fun one. I’ve been writing romance since I was 12 and I did fanfiction a lot. My friend, Bonnie, introduced me to Sherilyn Kenyon’s DarkHunter series and I discovered she had a Yahoo group where her fans could write their own original characters and create stories using her characters. It was awesome for a time. I got involved in this one group posting and created a character who just did not want to be straight and he wasn’t going to be quiet about it because he wanted to play with the big Russian guy. So, I reached out to the person who wrote the big Russian guy and asked if he’d mind and he said no, he didn’t. At first, I found writing a gay character a bit odd. I kept thinking “How is this different from writing a male/female relationship” because I didn’t want to misrepresent and then it hit me. It really wasn’t all that different. Sure, there are little nuances here and there. On the average, men are a little more aggressive in their passion and more visually stimulated whereas women, again on average, are more emotionally stimulated and slower to arouse, a little gentler in their love-making, but the underlying emotions are the same. I was fortunate enough to have a friend way down in Texas who flat-out told me I was better at writing male/male than male/female and I realized I was more comfortable writing gay characters so I just kept at it. As for the supernatural, that gives me a lot of freedom to play. I don’t have to stick to cut-and-dried rules and ideas. I do have some contemporary pieces and while I enjoy writing them, I have more fun writing paranormal romances. This series is letting me explore a whole new mythology and culture that I’ve always been fascinated with but only dipped into and I’m having a blast learning!
Ok, you have a lot of characters but let’s pick two of your minor characters, what would they say about living with you and what 2 things would they want your audience to know about themselves.
E.T.: Minor characters, LOL, define minor!
Let’s pick to of your supporting characters
E.T.: Okay, Shin-bai, he’s the head of Security for BL Entertainment. I think he would say I can be very focused at times and thus forgetful. I’ve been known to forget to eat when I’m writing. Shin-bai would want people to know that even though he doesn’t speak much, he is always watching over those he cares about. He would want them to know that he is not as scary as he seems unless provoked and he adores his wife.
Kim Kyu-won is an instructor at Jeonjin University. He’s also mentor to Jin-woo, Min-su and Jong-in. He’d want people to know I do my research! He would want people to know he is open to new things and new ideas, and has become a Bam Kiseu fan! He would also want people to know he supports and encourages everyone to love who they are and to accept themselves as they are.
Using your characters let’s play a quick game of word association with a sentence on why… unassuming, misunderstood, fearless, underrated, strong, empathetic, regretful, happy.
E.T.: Unassuming – Rhim Hyun-jo, he is quiet and soft-spoken, almost demur in the way he carries himself. He portrays an aura of delicateness that leads many people to underestimate him… and that’s just the way he wants it.
Misunderstood – Jung Cheongul, he’s a man of few words and doesn’t like to burden others with his worries. He may come off as domineering or even overly aggressive but there is more going on inside his head than most people realize. The reader will learn more about Cheongul as the series progresses and maybe even understand why he is the way he is.
Fearless – Yi Min-su, she is often the leader of the group. She presents herself in a confident manner and very rarely allows her own insecurities to show to any but those closest to her.
Underrated – Cheong Jin-woo, he looks so sweet and innocent that people don’t think he has much of a spine. They don’t think he can handle things but Jin-woo is stronger than he appears and he has a good heart.
Strong – Park Soon-joon, he is always there, giving support and direction when it is needed.
Empathetic – Liang ChenBao, this quality is never more apparent than when she is dealing with HanYin. She understands him, her many years of existence have given her such a range of experience that she is, perhaps, the most adaptable to new ideas and thoughts. This allows her to have a better understanding of the feelings of others.
Regretful – Jung Ki-tae, he regrets so many things and that colors how he perceives the world around him. This word not only suits him, but it also suits Cheongul, and even HanYin. All three are very hard on themselves when they think they’ve made a mistake or hurt someone they care about.
Happy – Jung HanYin, he is always smiling and he is always making sure everyone he cares about is fed and happy. In truth, he needs his family to be happy for his own sense of well-being.
I know that your time is short with us so a final question. We hear there’s a part two in the works… can you confirm this? If this is so is there anything you can share?
E.T. : There is definitely a part two on the way… and a three, four, and five! We’ll be hearing more from our fabulous LeiChen and meeting a bevy of new characters to love and hate… maybe. As far as excerpts, well, I haven’t decided if I want to tease you guys like that! If I do, they will be available on my website and also on my
E.T. Malinowski has a new queer paranormal book out: Night Kiss.
What could be frightening enough to freeze the blood of a centuries-old Vampire turned K-pop idol?
Being bound to someone.
University student Cheong Jin-woo dreams of working in the arts, especially for BL Entertainment and his favorite band, Bam Kiseu. After seeing the band perform, Jin-woo separates from his friends to explore. What he discovers backstage will change his life.
Does he embrace it or run?
Jung Ki-tae has kept his secret for centuries—until a young fan interrupts his feeding. Even more disturbing is the instant bond Ki-tae feels with Jin-woo—a complication he refuses to allow. Yet resisting becomes increasingly difficult as Jin-woo and a group of students win the chance to make a video for the band, working closely with them for weeks. The obsession Ki-tae felt toward Jin-woo—even before tasting his blood—deepens into genuine feelings, feelings that terrify Ki-tae. But when he finds a way to break the bond, he’s torn between severing the connection and protecting Jin-woo….
Especially with a mysterious killer getting closer.
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Jin-woo was late and Min-su was going to kill him, but if he hadn’t gone back to the studio, they wouldn’t have their visuals, and then she would have killed him slowly. He’d had to scramble to find someone with the keys, too, forcing him to miss all the other presentations. He never realized how hard it was to find maintenance personnel on a campus this size. When he finally reached Min-su, she looked scared as hell.
“What?” he asked. “What is it? What’s wrong?”
“Um, I… I can’t breathe. I really… can’t.” Min-su puffed out her cheeks and fanned her face. “I didn’t…. If I had known, I would have chosen a different outfit. I would have done my hair, and my makeup is just…. Dammit. Why didn’t anyone tell me they were going to be here?”
“What the heck is she talking about, Jong-in-a?” Jin-woo demanded.
“We’re not just presenting to Park Soon-joon hyung,” Jong-in said quietly.
“Of course we aren’t. Seonsaengnim is there as well,” Jin-woo said. “This isn’t new.”
“It’s…. We’re…. Jin-woo-ya, Bam Kiseu is in that room!” Min-su said, grabbing him by his vest and shaking him back and forth. “HanYin oppa is in that room! Ki-tae oppa is in that room! Cheongul oppa is in that room!”
Jin-woo did the only thing he could think of. He slapped her.
Min-su stumbled back a few steps and just stared at him. Then she narrowed her eyes and came at him.
Jin-woo threw up his hands in defense of the punch coming his way.
“I’m sorry!” But it never landed. He peeked with one eye. Min-su looked completely calm.
“Thank you,” she said with a sigh. “I was losing my shit, and that’s not acceptable.”
“You’re good?” Jin-woo said.
“Good,” Jin-woo said as he began to shake. “I’m going to pass out now.”
And he did just that.
Jin-woo didn’t remember hitting the floor, but he figured that must have happened, as he was staring up at the ceiling with Min-su slapping his face and Jong-in looking terribly concerned. He caught Min-su’s wrist and held her hand to his face for a few moments, closing his eyes once more.
“No, you cannot pass out on us again. We’re up next, Jin-woo-ya!” Min-su said, an edge of desperation in her voice.
“I’m not going to pass out again. I just wanted you to stop slapping me and calm down,” he said. Then he slowly sat up, rubbing the back of his head. He looked at Jong-in and teased, “You couldn’t have caught me?”
“Nope, Min-su-ya was in the way.”
“Hey, this is not my fault,” she said, putting her hands on her hips.
“Well, you were shaking Jin-woo-ya pretty hard,” Jong-in pointed out. “There’s no need to panic. They’re people, just like us.”
No, not just like us, Jin-woo thought but wisely kept the words to himself.
An avid reader, E.T. finds inspiration in all her favorite genres, from mainstream romance by her favorite authors to Japanese manga and anime. To her, even the classic fairytales hold that spark of motivation and if there is one thing she has learned from her many years of writing solely for herself, it’s this: never deny the Muse, she gets cranky and pulls out the bullwhip. E.T. Malinowski is the youngest of seven girls. It was her love of reading that eventually led her to attempt writing. From there, a passion was born.
She began writing romance in her early teens and, at that time, never dreamed of sharing her work with anyone. With the help of several dear friends, not to mention her ex-husband, she found the courage to take that last step towards publication. As the single mother of three rambunctious boys, finding time to write is a bit difficult. Yet E.T. manages to do it, even if it’s on break or lunch at a regular day job.
She has found her place in homoerotic romance. To her, love doesn’t recognize gender rel=”noopener”boundaries and is always special. An avid reader, E.T. finds inspiration in all her favorite genres, from mainstream romance by her favorite authors to Japanese manga and anime. To her, even the classic fairytales hold that spark of motivation and if there is one thing she has learned from her many years of writing solely for herself, it’s this: never deny the Muse, she gets cranky and pulls out the bullwhip.
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