Interview with Gina Whitney, Author of Blood Ties

Title: Blood Ties

Author: Gina Whitney

Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance

College senior Grace is half witch, half mortal, and one of the most powerful supernatural beings in existence. Problem is she doesn’t know any of this yet.

But she’s about to find out—and fast. Her powers are awakening, and Grace is in danger as her transformation reignites an ages-old war between her clan and an evil rival witch faction that will stop at nothing to see Grace dead so their leader, the vicious, ruthless Catherine, can harness Grace’s incredible powers for her own dark purposes.

It’s up to Grace’s immortal Aunt Evelyn and her best friend Julie—a shape shifter from a long line of Native American mystics—to defend her. She also has James on her side, a witch from the Bolingbroke clan that has vowed since Grace’s birth to keep her safe. From the moment they meet, the two share a fierce supernatural attraction—a white-hot heat that neither can resist. Will their undying love protect her or put her in greater danger? Only time will tell, and time for Grace is running out.

Gina Whitney grew up reading Judy Blume,  and Nancy Drew books. She was raised in the town of North Valley Stream, New York(Long Island)and attended community college for fashion design. At 19 she opened a boutique. She recently published her first paranormal romance novel Blood Ties.  When she's not writing, she's hanging with family and friends. She shares a home with her wonderful son’s PJ and Drew, and their 200lb Mastiff Hercules. She currently live in Massapequa, New York. Reading has always been a passion and obsession. You can usually find her typing furiously while shouting obscenities over her latest work. She also enjoys a good laugh, being snarky, espresso, and above all steamy swooning angst filled novels. She's pathologically obsessed with True Blood(Eric ;), Games of Thrones, Borgias, Vampire Diaries and Originals. You can also find her chatting it up with readers on Facebook.

Book Trailer: 


“Don’t you have any feelings for me?” he asked, sounding sincere. His head was tilted down, his eyes looking up. He was coming to the painful understanding that I really did want his brother instead.
“No, I don’t have any feelings for you. Sorry.”
With those words I delivered a fatal wound to Adrian’s heart. It killed him to be rejected by the only woman he’d ever cared for. His emotions took a sharp turn, going from raw pain to unbridled fury. He pushed me backward with such force that I flew about fifteen feet.
“I have done nothing but love you since the day I met you. And you—you bitch—strung me along like a puppet. You are not getting away with that.”
Adrian pounced on me. He was heavier than his thin body suggested, and he weighed me down. He was turning into that monster I’d seen at the killing ritual. His nails started to claw up as he ripped my shirt apart, and left deep cuts. He kissed my chest savagely and covered my mouth so I couldn’t scream. My fangs came down, and I fought to open my lips so I could bite him. I tried to use telekinesis to get him off me, but my terrified state blocked it.   
“I’m taking what’s due me,” he said with a little froth in the corner of his mouth. He ripped the zipper out of my pants as if it were made of papier-mâché. He moved his sweaty hand away from my mouth. I bit wildly at the air, hoping to land my teeth in his flesh.
During the wrestling match, I was able to slam Adrian in the nuts. He rolled off me, clutching himself. I staggered to my feet and booked it to the house. Meanwhile, Adrian fought through his pain, ran me down, and tackled me. I landed on my stomach with him on my back, a puff of dirt rising around us. He straddled me, his knees digging into the backs of my spread thighs. I thought they were going to break. When Adrian got full control over me, he got between my legs and started pulling my pants down. Then I heard the sound of his belt unbuckling.


  1. Who is Gina Whitney, really?

     I consider myself a multifaceted person. I’m still learning about myself everyday. I’m a very emotional person (usually hidden from others). I tend to keep everything on the inside. This makes for great writing. I am a practical joker or just a joker by nature. Laughing is important to me. I enjoy joking around. There are serious sides to me as well. I take motherhood very seriously. It’s my job first and foremost.  Though, adventure is my middle name. This often goes hand in hand with danger. I’m fearless, and for the most part put it all out there. Loyal, you will never meet a more loyal friend.

  1. What inspired you to become an author?

      I love and constantly make up stories. I live to read and write. I’ve always have. Not all of us have had the best childhood. Let’s just say, that often times children prefer to live in their own world of make believe. I’ve gotten used to that world. Everyday, I’m inspired to create. It’s just who I am. A few years ago I went through a divorce. It wasn’t especially bad. But, instead of internalizing feelings I chose to create. That creation resulted in writing Blood Ties. Instead of focusing on negativity, I created an entire novel. I can see and visualize a certain scene. My fingers then articulate the description of those scenes and bring it to life.   

  1. You recently released Blood Ties, what can you tell us about the book?

            Blood Ties is a paranormal novel. I’ve been obsessed with paranormal anything. I knew my first book would tie heavily into that world. But, I wanted to create a new mythology for my witches. So, I made them vampiric or carnivorous. Embodied spirits that can be consumed along with their powers. I wanted to create a witchy meets underworld type vibe with some romance. Listen, I’m heavy into romance. I wanted more, but then this novel would’ve become something else entirely. So, I had to make a choice. My choice became…write the full on contemporary romance for my second book. I will write a follow up book to Blood Ties after my next book. In that novel I will answer any questions left lingering from the first. There Grace and James will grow and so will there romance along with all the exciting action I love.

  1. Do you have any other work in progress that you are able to share with us?

      Yes, I am working on angst filled dark edgy emotionally filled novel about a sexually abused girl who meets a devastatingly handsome uber male who is also the product of childhood abuse. We will get a taste of how there relationship works or doesn’t work. I plan to leave my readers with their hearts slamming against their ribcage and wrung-out on the floor…the title will be (I think) My beautiful addiction.

  1. If you could be any character, who would it be and why?
     I just finished “Entwined with you” by Sylvia Day. So, I’m feeling very bereft (among other things). I’m going to be honest and say, I would love to be Eva! I’m loving the whole billionaire Gideon loves Eva to the point of mental breakdown.


  1. Who is your favorite author and why? 
        I have many, as I read 285 books last year. I love to read. I’d have to go old school with Jane Austen. Why, you ask? I love that time period. It’s filled with epic romance. Jane Austen is clever, funny, and inimitable. I love her humor and how clearly people see each other.


  1. If you could travel any where in the world, where would you go and why?

           I’m an Italian girl who’s yet to travel to Italy. The beauty, food, people and culture make me smile. Sitting here if I close my eyes I can smell the olives from the groves and lemons so fragrant in the air. I can picture being on a countryside writing from a windowsill of a beautiful Italian villa.

  1. Is any of your characters based off of someone you know?

           Yes, all of the characters are facets of me. They are all people I wanted to be at one time or another. Completely fictional but nevertheless me. My favorite character is Addison.

  1. How exciting is it to be a published author?

           It is very exciting, and sometimes hard to believe all at the same time. It is a lot of work, but very much worth it.

  1. What advice would you give aspiring authors?

            I would tell anyone looking for advice to write what you love and more importantly for yourself. Also, get used to people saying “I have a great imagination. I could have written a book, but I just don’t have the time.” To those people I say “just do it then if it’s so easy!” It does make me laugh though:) Hater’s are going to hate!

      Qucik fire

      Coke or Pepsi    -  Coke

     Harry Potter or Hunger Games- Hunger Games

    Ebook or Print- Now I’m ebook all the way

    Write or Type- Type

    Chocolate or Vanilla- Chocolate

   Fantasy or Reality- Fantasy

  Vampire or Werewolf- Werewolf

  Walk or Run- Walk

  Fairies or Angels- Angels

  Blue or Pink- Blue(lol)