Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Author Spotlight - The Inspiration behind "Twilight Over Moldavia"

When I was a young girl, I used to watch "Creature Double Feature" on Saturdays and became convinced that there were beings who went bump in the night like vampires, werewolves, witches, and zombies. Silly me – I thought if I covered my neck with my sheets the vampires couldn't get me. Oh, and I never did figure out what happened to all the lint under the bed so I think there was merit to my theory.

All those creatures of the night resonated with that young girl so when I grew up, I wanted to write about them. Being the optimist I am, I gravitated toward romance writing. When I discovered paranormal writing, I'd knew I'd found my niche.

In 2005, I wanted to write a paranormal romance about a werewolf. Vampires were pretty popular back then and I wanted to explore the wolf. My idea? I wanted to write a fairytale in reverse where the princess had to save the prince. Inspiration had taken root.

I threw a dash of gothic and a pinch of moonlight into the plot and wrote "Twilight Over Moldavia." Prince Stefan had been cursed to become a werewolf on his 18th birthday. Can Caroline's love save him? I wrote the first draft then tackled "The Wolf's Torment," explaining how Stefan came to be cursed. I went through several drafts of each and my self-published "The Wolf's Torment" in 2007 had more horror elements than romantic ones. In 2009, I signed contracts with Desert Breeze for the Moldavian Moon Series. The published version of "Twilight Over Moldavia" is draft #4. It's a story close to my heart because I love how Caroline and Stefan come together to face adversity. I usually don't draw inspiration from music, but for their story, I drew a lot from "Astronomy" by Blue Oyster Cult. Inspiration comes from the willingness to explore - and Blue Oyster Cult.

BLURB: Would you marry a man cursed to become a werewolf?

4 Stars, Vijaya Schartz, author
In this novel full of danger and intrigue, sexy scenes, and unspeakable secrets, the werewolves are the villains, and oh how dangerous they are, and unwashed, and uncivilized. The kind of villains you love to hate.

5 Stars, Mona Risk, Author "No More Lies"
Burkhart's writing style grabs the reader from the first page. She keeps you breathless with her suspense as she transports you to exotic areas you will enjoy discovering.

Barbara Hodges, Author, "The Blue Flame"
Twilight Over Moldavia whisked me into a part of the world I knew nothing about, and gave me a wonderful love story filled with suspense too. What more could a reader desire? I will be reading the first book in this series and will be looking for the third, I can’t hardly wait.











  1. I love hearing about how authors get their inspiration! We've all got similar interests (writing) but how we get the words on the page, and choose which words to use, varies so much. Great post!

  2. Great source of inspiration. To me there's a sense of pleading and quiet desperation and melacholy in the melody of this song. I knew a Blue Oyster Cult song or two back in the day. This one was new to me.

    Wishing you well with this release.

  3. I used to believe a lint monster was under my bed for many years lol
    good luck with your book.

  4. I can see how this song fits the mood of your work. :-)

  5. Jennifer, I agree - we share the same passion, but how we words on paper make us unique.

    Maggie, you nailed it! Yes, quiet desperation, melacholy and pleading, perhaps an aching are all wrapped into the song. Quiet desperation for Stefan, melacholy for Theresa and pleading perhaps for Caroline. Perfect.

    Margaret - what - there's such thing as a lint monster? Shhh...don't tell my boys.

    Loraine, thanks for popping in. I'd like to think the tone of the song matches the cover well, too.


  6. I used to hide under the sheets entirely,leaving my doll at the top with her head on the pillow, so they'd get her instead of me. What kind of a mother does that make me?
    Nice post and the books look really good.