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Passport: Florida: Author Kristen Painter on her Re-invented Florida

Submitted by on June 27, 2011 – 4:00 am6 Comments

Today we are so excited to introduce author Kristen Painter who is ‘launching’ Passport: Florida. Noa has been lucky enough to read ‘Blood Rights’ and well, she is waiting impatiently to share her review later this summer.

Kristen Painter’s writing resume boasts multiple Golden Heart nominations and advance praise from a handful of bestselling authors, including Gena Showalter and Roxanne St. Claire…

A former New Yorker now living in Florida, Kristen has a wealth of fascinating experiences from which to flavor her stories, including time spent working in fashion for Christian Dior and as a maitre’d for Wolfgang Puck. Her website is at and on twitter on . Her new gothic urban fantasy series, , launches from Orbit Books this fall.

When I started writing the first book in my new House of Comarré series, Blood Rights, I never considered setting the bulk of the book anywhere other than Florida. Sure, it’s my re-invented Florida and things aren’t quite as sunny (pardon the pun) in 2067 as they are in 2011, but it’s a place that’s rife with possibility. That’s one of things I love living about here.

Florida might seem like a big orange grove to some people, or maybe the home of a certain mouse, but when you live here, you quickly learn that Florida is so much more than that. Sure, we’ve got our share of fun theme parks, but we’ve also got the Space Shuttle, which we’re sad to say goodbye to, the mysterious Everglades, an area I’ve really enjoyed using in the series, the sparkle of South Beach’s nightlife, the diversity of the Keys, the gently rolling hills of Western Florida and the panhandle where the beaches are the color and texture of powdered sugar and the Gulf is the most inviting blue.

In Blood Rights, changes brought about by hurricanes, rising ocean levels and shattered American politics have transformed Miami into Paradise City, the central locale for most of my main characters. The haves and have nots are more clearly divided than ever before, electricity is a premium product and othernaturals mingle with humans as the newest members of society. Paradise City is indeed paradise for some. For others, it’s hell on earth.

For me, it’s been a blast to write! I hope you check it out on October 1st, when Blood Rights hits the shelves. The next two books in the series, and will follow on November 1st and December 1st so if you like being able to sink your teeth into a series (pun fully intended this time), this will be a great way to get started.

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  • SarahEm says:

    Definitely just put this one on my wish-list. I can't wait to read it.

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  • KittNLuv says:

    I am absolutely in love with these covers (and Nekro!) Completely jealous that Noa got to read it first, but so happy to find out how much she loved it. Can. Not. Wait.

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  • Day says:

    Very exciting! I love reinventions of settings. It really adds to the fantastical element.

    Thank you Kristin for visiting can't wait to read all of the books with their beautiful covers!

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  • Mona says:

    I'm so jealous that Noa got first crack at it. Where's my calendar? I gotta start marking off the days.

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  • trev says:

    very nice blog, I am glad I found it

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