Behind The Books – Interview With Karina Halle + $15 Gift Gard Giveaway!!

by Maryse on July 18, 2012 · 130 comments

in Behind The Books

Author Karina Halle

Winner Announcement!!! —-> Congratulations Kristina T!! You have been randomly selected and have won the $15 gift card!! P.S. Everyone’s comments were so great and I loved reading each one of ‘em! I bet Karina did too. You guys all rock!! More giveaways coming up! ;)

I haven’t read a lengthy series, back to back without interruption in ages, but Karina Halle’s “Experiment in Terror” series absolutely hooked me. I could not, and did not want to stop. Especially when I hit the end of book #5. ARGH!!!! I need more!! Fortunately, there is more to come, (3 more books on the way, and a few short stories, too)!! *squee* I can’t get enough of these raw , real characters and I’m dying to explore every facet of them as the series progresses. And you know what makes it even better? Having a big group of reading friends that are just as ecstatic about them as me!

So… while we wait on book #6 (I hear some very good things are in store for us!!), I got us the next best thing. The author herself!

*beams while trying to maintain composure* Er? My cheeks are hurting… is this silly grin starting to look scary looking? OMG! Do I look like crazy clown lady right now? Eeeeeeep!!!


Maryse: Welcome Karina!!! I’m thrilled your here! This is one of my absolute favorite series, and I’m excited to have been a part of Dex and Perry’s world, even if it was for just a week. Having you here with us today is icing on the cake.

Tell us about your inspiration for the Experiment in Terror series. How did these characters come to you? Did you envision how the entire series would go from the start, or does it unveil itself piece by piece to you as you write each installment?

Karina: I’ve always been in love with being scared so writing a series of novels that dealt with what I deemed scariest – ghosts AND falling in love – seemed like a no-brainer. But it took a long time for the series to really come to fruition. I had gone to school for screenwriting and had written numerous scripts that either fell in the horror/thriller area or romantic comedy but while I could bang them out, I couldn’t really get them to reach people…also, I freely admit I love descriptions and the occasional purple prose (as I am sure you’ve noticed) and the freedom to write what I wanted. Screenwriting is a very rigid and pared down discipline so I figured some of my ideas may be better in a novel.

The thing is, I always assumed writing a novel would take me a really long time – like, years. It didn’t. In October 2009, I set the goal of writing every single day for one month and six weeks later, BAM I had Darkhouse (Experiment in Terror #1).

The specific idea for the series had come to me several months before. I came up with the name Perry Palomino (and Ada) one day when I was visiting people in Ontario. I wrote a short synopsis on my iTouch (which ended up being quite different from the series as it is) and then forgot about it. Months later, Perry nagged at me. Soon I conjured up Dex, I set my goal for writing every day and I was off and running.

The series has been planned from the very beginning but I’d be lying if I said I had all the answers up front. Characters grow without you knowing it and they end up dictating the ride – not the author. The series is more or less on the original track I set it on but I’m thrilled at the way new ideas and scenarios and characters have impacted the story. 

Maryse: These characters are way too alive to have almost never been created. And I get that the characters pretty much dictate the story. You start with something but as they grow and change, the original story does. I hear that a lot from authors, and I love how dynamic writing seems to be. It sounds exhilarating!

Good thing Perry nagged!!! ;)  We LOVE Perry. So many of us relate to her on a personal level. Pretty on the outside, and yet she suffers from bouts of “normal” self doubt and insecurities. Her character is real, and believable. Please tell us more about her. How were you able to breathe such life into a fictional character?

Karina: I wanted someone sassy and fun but realistic, too. Nothing bugs me more than seeing perfect characters in books and movies. I’m not thin. Many of my friends aren’t supermodels. Why should the characters be? Why not write someone that people can relate to? Why can’t a girl with some curves be as sexy and desirable as a stick-thin model? I know for a fact they can be and I was happy to have someone like Perry cement this fact in literary form. It’s just too bad the girl’s self-esteem doesn’t always correlate with the way she looks. Seriously. Perry is a hottie, not a dumpy, ugly chick that some readers seem to think. She’s just extremely hard on herself…and who isn’t?

I also wanted to touch on the nearly universal issue of “What the hell do I do with my life? What am I meant to do? Who am I meant to be?”

Maryse: Yep… everyone questions their current role in life, and you know what? I probably would have done the same thing she did. It’s probably why I got such a kick out of her dilemma. Going for what feels right in life, vs. going for what’s “expected”.

So….umm… Dex. *squeeeeeeeee* We LOVE Dex!!! *blush* Well… most of the time. ;) That is one heck of a complicated character. While we are able to see and feel everything Perry does, Dex can be an absolute conundrum to us. Mostly gorgeous, cocky and self-assured one moment (read: infuriating) and lonely, broken and even scary, the next (that’s when we want to cuddle him – well… not so much during his “scary moments” but you know ;) ). So who is Dex? Why is he so afraid of change, and why does he punish himself so much (and in turn, punish Perry)?

Karina: Ah, the golden question. I won’t really answer those questions because finding them out is half the fun. But I will say he does have his reasons…I don’t believe that a person’s past can excuse someone acting like an ass but it can at least explain them. I think The Dex-Files and future books will shed some light on this. 

Maryse: Noooo… *sigh*  you’re right. Half the fun in “Dex” is discovering who he is, bit by bit. Hey. Can’t blame a girl for trying. ;)  How hard is it getting into his head, when you write his POV? (by the way, THANK you for those scenes!! They make him that much more real.)

Karina: Once I get started and really settle into that brain of his, it’s not so hard. It’s fun. He really can be all over the place, can’t he?

Maryse: Yep. I crush hard on him, and yet, he can totally offend me at the same time. Hrmmm… Sounds like my college days. Do any of your characters resemble (in appearance and/or in personality) people you know? If you could have a “dream cast” who would portray your characters?

Karina: Of all the characters, Dex was originally inspired by a few people I knew, as well as some musicians (Mike Patton) and actors (Robert Downey Jr.) but he eventually came into his own. Now he’s just Declan Foray, his own person.

Dream casts can be hard…Dex is a really hard one to portray. I’d probably say a young Mike Patton for looks. I actually think the actress from Paranormal Activity would make a great Perry. I mean, seriously. She is hot, curvy, snarky, always has a camera up her face, being haunted, etc. Taylor Momsen is totally Ada Palomino, no doubt there. I thought of her when writing it. There’s a Dita Von Teese in Rebecca, Jessica Alba in Jenn and Bradley Cooper in…well…Bradley. Oh, and continuing with the casting musicians streak, let’s throw in Josh Homme as Maximus (here’s another picture of him). 

Maryse: I love visuals and that sure helped. I totally saw Dita in in Rebecca!! And while I didn’t visualize Jessica Alba, OMG YES to her (and my version of “Jenn” was pretty much… Jessica!). All of these are fantastic! Maximus, really comes to life in my head now.

I love how you build the tension and romance in the series, one book at a time. You don’t give it up, easily. From the start, the reader knows it’s coming. While the “paranormal” issues that plague Perry and Dex are paramount to the series progression, the romantic issues are just as important by way of character growth. You’ve turned something scary and almost inconceivable, into something that the reader personally becomes involved in. Tell us about your own emotions, as you’ve written this “will-they-or-won’t-they” storyline.

Karina: Oh my *George Takei voice* well I’ve experienced everything Perry has. So I know it hasn’t been easy. There are sometimes when I do yell at my computer “JUST KISS HER GOD DAMNIT GAAH!” or I get mad at Perry when she friggin flat-out lies or Dex when he’s being a scared little boy. For me, personally, writing Lying Season was enthralling and emotionally draining. I felt on edge the entire time. I hate confrontation, I hate feeling awkward for other people (which is why I can’t watch the BBC version of The Office), I hate it when you’re forced to see the things you don’t want to see. I wrote the last few chapters of that book in one day, a marathon for me, and I was left wrecked and fucked up for days afterward. That ending was a doozey. I still get verklempt thinking about it. 

Maryse: GOOD!!! Good to know that Lying Season messed you up as bad as it did us. Mind you… I LOVE you for it. That was an AMAZING exhilarating ride, and had just enough of everything to have met 100% connected and feeling butterflies in my stomach the entire book.

Music plays a big part in this series (lots of Seattle grunge band references) that I loved! Even a few moments of Dex singing to her, or… not to her… that sent me into an emotional tailspin. Do you have a playlist for your books? Anything in particular that played in the background while you wrote?

Karina: Oh yeah. I have playlists galore. GALORE! I have some of them on my blog but I can run through a few songs and albums that have been important in all books.

First of all, let’s talk about the book titles! Experiment in Terror itself is a song by the band Fantomas (which is a cover of song from the said titled movie). Red Fox is a song by the band Tomahawk (and it’s about skinwalkers…it’s where I got the idea!). Lying Season is a song by Alice in Chains. On Demon Wings is a song by jazz horror band Bohren and Der Club of Gore. Into the Hollow is a song by Queens of the Stone Age

Otherwise, albums that have been very influential are Fantomas “Directors Cut” and “Delirium Cordia” (the latter is only for the very brave…I listened to it during all of the asylum scenes in #4). Depeche Mode “Violater” and “Songs of Faith and Devotion” (“Halo” from the former is a great, um, “Perry and Dex having relations” song…that was also playing when I wrote that scene, the lyrics are very apt too). Massive Attack’s “Heglioland” and “Collected” are great for any intimate D&P stuff. Team Sleep. A ton of Nine Inch Nails, “Downward Spiral” and “With Teeth” specifically. Every Rob Zombie/White Zombie album. Slayer. Rob Dougan. Tomahawk. BILLY JOEL!

Maryse: What a fantastic list! In realizing that you are a huge music fan, I found out that you are also a music journalist and have worked in the music industry for years. Tell us about that exciting part of your life. Who’d you meet? Any funny moments? Any crazy anecdotes? Favorite bands (past and present?).

Karina: Where do I even begin? I have a ton of crazy anecdotes but I’m not sure how fitting they are for the public (or even if I’m allowed to disclose them!). Some of my funnest (is this not a word yet?) experiences have been with my favorite band Faith No More. From drinking with them in their dressing room in Finland with a toy monkey, to being on stage in LA to watch them with Jerry Cantrell, Danny Devito, Dave Lombardo, Scott Ian, Kirk Hammet, etc. Funny things include being catapulted over a fence and flashing everyone in an attempt to get into a Bad Religion photo pit. Being driven around on the Slayer tour bus après show in Seattle. Introducing comedian Brian Pohsen to Rob Zombie (talk about surreal). Drinking with the Deftones and Baroness in Spokane. Actually most of the fun moments involve rock stars and alcohol! Some of the moments I’m most proud of are my interviews with Chris Cornell and Bill Gould. 

Maryse: Yeah… I get it… “unofficial nondisclosure agreements” and all that. ;) But some of these definitely sound like scenes that should be in future books. I’m just saying’. ;) hehe. The *flashing everyone* one made me giggle.

Tell us about your experience with self-publishing. You’ve mentioned some difficulties time-wise when you: “…became a cover-planning, editor-hiring, social media-guru, marketing-and-PR-powerhouse, and everything else that running your own publishing company entails…” Has it been harder then you expected? Is the complete control over your series, characters and marketing worth taking on the extra duties?

Karina: It’s extremely hard and much harder than I expected. I mean, I did know going in that I would have to find an editor and a cover artist and do my own publicity but I had no idea how hard it would be to get noticed, to stand-out. I know Darkhouse can be a bit of a rough book for some people (it’s my first book and there’s not much I can do about that) so I just hoped that people would like it enough to keep reading. Most did but even then I wasn’t reaching the people I wanted to. I knew I had a good product with the series, so I felt extremely hopeless for a while. I had no clue how oversaturated the market was and it took me a good year to finally found the audience I always knew the books were for (and you Maryse were a HUGE help). These books aren’t mainstream, they aren’t strict romance, they kind of straddle pop culture, age groups, genres…so finding the audience has always been a very important and tricky thing for me to do. But hey, it’s getting better every day!

Maryse: Awww so good to know that this is working out for you. You should be writing, that is for sure! And I’m thrilled I got to be a part of it. *hug*

How many more books (and possible short stories) are expected in the Experiment in Terror series? What else are you working on?

Karina: Eight novels, 2-3 novellas…and a trilogy WAY down the line. Possible spin-offs too (I’m looking at a certain character) but we’ll see because I do have a lot on my plate with 10 potential novels all vying for attention. I’m just about to start a book called The Devil’s Metal, which I am hoping for a September release date. It’s a 2-3-book series, adult paranormal romance. A lot of it is based or inspired by my work in the music industry. It’s set in the 1970’s and it’s: Almost Famous but with demons instead of groupies. I’m super freaking excited to start it. 

I’m still working on my contemporary adult comedy romance called Lost in Wanderlust and hoping for a November release for that. Then I’ve got either a new adult contemporary or an adult horror romance before the year is gone (of course Into the Hollow and The Dex-Files too!)

Maryse: Oh rock star books!!! YAY!!!! See… a few of your real-life rock star “memories” might fit in perfectly. I’m very excited to read them all.

The Experiment in Terror books are emotionally intense and addictive, and so many of us consider it one of our favorite series. Do you have a favorite book or series, that affected you similarly?

Karina: At the moment, the Fever series since you kept recommending them to people who loved EIT! Ha ha.

Maryse: LOL!!! YES!! Nobody can resist Barrons. So glad you liked my recommendation!

Okay so for all of you wanting to know more, or to stay in touch with all things Karina, Dex & Perry related, check her out here:
       <——- THESE are the books, in order. Here is the Experiment in Terror Reading Order Guide, with information about upcoming releases, release dates, and conversations about how amazing this series is.
AND AND!!! I’ve just received confirmation from the author that I shall be hosting a “Dex POV” scene… and *ahem* …. it shall be the STRIP CLUB scene!! *SQUEE!!!!* (I’m blushing like mad!!)
Okay!! Time for the giveaway!

P.S. –>  $15 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card giveaway (to one lucky winner, that I will randomly choose from the comments below).

How to enter for a chance to win it? Just leave a comment below, I will end the “contest” at 9pm EST tomorrow night (Thursday July 19th 2012), and I will contact the winner by email to confirm if you want the Barnes and Noble card or the Amazon card. The winner will be contacted and the gift card will be sent to the email address provided (make sure it’s valid!!). NOTE: The “winner” will have 48 hours to respond to the winning email notification. If no response is received, I will randomly select another winner. Make sure to check your email, so you do not loose your chance. This is open to anyone that can receive an emailed giftcard from either of these two companies.

Good Luck!!

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Kimberly B July 18, 2012 at 4:17 PM

OK, I have finally found the time to read all the EIT books without to much interruption. I just ordered all books up to 4 and I will get started tonight. I cant wait, YAY! I was going to read them last week on my trip with family to the smokies but scary story+ cabin in woods= me being way to freaked out. Thanks for the interview, Maryse your recommendations are always spot on. Little scared to start, I hope I can sleep tonight!

Nicole July 18, 2012 at 4:20 PM

I have been dying to read this series. I am getting married next month so am tight on cash but as soon as all that’s over I am going to devour these books!!!! I cannot wait! Maryse, you have me SOOO looking forward to this series! Your blog is amazing… thank you for all the work you put into it for all of us. :)

Jessica July 18, 2012 at 4:30 PM

I started the series and was really bored with the first couple, but since Maryse kept recommending them, I had to finish the series. And then after the first couple I really got into it and enjoyed the series. Can’t wait to read the upcoming books.

Jenn July 18, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Can’t wait to read them. I ordered the first one a few months back.
Thanks for the giveaway – Amazon.


Mich July 18, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Hi, I would love an Amazon gift card and I will use it to start reading this series. Your comments and reviews have pique my interest! Thanks for the reviews and the interview with the author:)

Vonda July 18, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Thanks to your site, and the raves from you and your followers, I found this magnificent series. I’m reading Old Blood (5.5) now, but have to admit that I skipped to the back to read the teaser chapter for book 6, and I can not wait for it to be released!

Melissa P July 18, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Ive read the whole series so far and am waiting on the Dex files (and the rest of the series) and loved them ALL. Regarding the music playlist Karina spoke of, I so didnt know the titles of the books were song titles!! and I had never heard of Faith No More until Karina shared a youtube vid Ashes to Ashes and I love them! Im looking forward to reading more books from Karina. Especially that Rock Star novel… so excited! Thanks for a wonderful interview :)

Shawana July 18, 2012 at 4:49 PM

I have only read book 1 but this interview has gotten me even more excited about reading the rest of the series!!

Angi Johnson July 18, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Omg, I am on pins and needles until the next book comes out! I can’t wait!

Tammie July 18, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Looking forward to the next book….Amazon gift card for me.

Terri S July 18, 2012 at 4:56 PM

I’m so in love with this series! And omg I can’t wait for that Dex pov from the strip club!

Laura July 18, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Great interview! I didn’t start off loving the series, but it grew on me and I am a total fangirl now. LOL.

molliekay July 18, 2012 at 4:56 PM

I don’t have enough good things to say about Karina’s books. I’m on pins and needles waiting for the next Experiment in Terror!

Tiffany Riach July 18, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Love this series! I can’t wait for the next book!

danielle james July 18, 2012 at 5:01 PM

These sound absolutely amazing and I plan to start them right away. You are main reason I even know about these books and you just have this way of convincing people that any book is good. So thank you for the recommendation.

Lindsey July 18, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Excellent interview! I’ve read two of the EIT books, and I’m hooked!

Sidonna July 18, 2012 at 5:03 PM

I SOOOO need the amazon card! I am flat broke until payday and I am dying to read “On Demons Wings” and “Old Blood”!!

Tammy H July 18, 2012 at 5:03 PM

I started this series just because Darkhouse was free and I was looking for something new. I fell in love with this series very quickly. I’ve read them all. I finally convinced my daughter to read Darkhouse and within a week, she had also read them all. We both are totally addicted now! Can’t wait for the next book!

katherine walsh July 18, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Thanks for posting this interiew!!!! love her books!

Marisa R. July 18, 2012 at 5:05 PM

I cant get enough of EIT! I am trying to read other books to keep my mind off the weeks still left until the next books. Its just not as satisfying! Thank you Karina for the little bites here and there of the Dex Files. It does help the anticipation a bit.

Casey July 18, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Great interview..Loved the series and it’s always good to get an inside perspective..Thanks again Maryse ;)

LucyLou July 18, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Love these books and Dex’s POV on Karina Halle’s website. Ready for more!

Nicki July 18, 2012 at 5:08 PM

I luvvvv Karina’s books. She makes her characters come to life!!! Really loved the interview and can’t wait for Dex’s POV. Can’t wait for the rest of the series.

Marcia G July 18, 2012 at 5:08 PM

I never thought I would be into these types of books but I am so glad I took the chance and read them. They were great! I can’t wait for Into the Hollow :)

Carol July 18, 2012 at 5:09 PM

I have read and reread this series at least 9 times and so ready for the next book!!!

Peggy B July 18, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Love this series. Waiting for the next book is like slow torture. Can’t wait for the Dex Files and Into the Hollow.

Mandi July 18, 2012 at 5:14 PM

I’m currently reading the Providence trilogy by Jamie McGuire. Next on my list is EIT, and thanks to your freebies and bargain updates I have the first 3 waiting for me on my kindle. Thanks so much for the awesome suggestions and book reviews. I have a ton of favorites in my collection thanks to this site. <3 Mandi

Francesca Kulzer July 18, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Loved the interview – thanks for sharing :) can’t wait for the Dex Files and Into the Hallow to come out

Jeannie Smith July 18, 2012 at 5:18 PM

YAY!!!! The strip club scene!! I have been dying to read Dex’s POV from that one. I kept wondering what he was thinking about when I read it. I am so glad to get my EIT fix today.

Cindy July 18, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Love the EIT series! Currently on book 4! I need to read the tent scene from Dex POV! Thanks for the interview!

DebLI July 18, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Just got the first 2 books on my TBR. Looking forward to starting them!

erika garcia July 18, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Ok so let me start my comment off by saying….I have read every book in the EIT series and I cant get enough!! I live and breathe Dex and Perry. They are my sweet escape. I am totally pissed that I have to wait to read the next book until October!!! But I will have the Dex files to hold me till then but even then I will be desperately awaiting the next one. Marina you are awesome and I freaking love these books I’m so glad to have stumbled upon them. I have read the entire series in a month and a half. Taking breaks to sleep and eat of course =) Dex and Perry rock!!!

Brooke July 18, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Great interview! I follow you on facebook daily waiting to see what other awesome books I need to add to my list! Thanks for the contest!

erika garcia July 18, 2012 at 5:36 PM

I meant Marina you r awesome!!!! Stupid kindle autocorrect =)

erika garcia July 18, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Aaaah it did it again!!! Ok u get the point Karina rox!!!!!

Shahneela July 18, 2012 at 5:37 PM

i have already read Darkhouse
The Benson
and half way through the Dead Sky Morning..
I really wanna win so I can read the other books in series..
I ‘m so in love with Dex and Perry..

Riva July 18, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Love, love, love this series. Great interview, seriously cannot wait for the next Dex pov to be released

Dusty July 18, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Dying for Dex’s point of view at the strip club! That seriously has to be the best scene of all to get his take on! =)

Priscilla July 18, 2012 at 5:39 PM

I am with you ..started the series and could not put them down unti l was forced to because I had read through all the published books. I then re-read them lol. Great series and wonderful interview.

Mindi Stacey July 18, 2012 at 5:40 PM

I have the 1st book in the series and haven’t read it yet, but is is definitely at the top of my TBR list! Can’t wait!

Alisha S. July 18, 2012 at 5:45 PM

<3 EIT!! Amazon Gift Card Pleeeeeease!!!!

Alexsandra July 18, 2012 at 5:48 PM

I love the EIT series!!!! I ended up reading them because of your review on Dark House. Can’t wait for the next book to come out. :)

Jannette July 18, 2012 at 5:48 PM

I don’t know this series yet, but I’m interested in finding out more.

Pam K. July 18, 2012 at 5:55 PM

I’m a little scared to start reading this series but I have the first 2 ready on my Kindle when I work up the nerve. :)

Carrie P. July 18, 2012 at 5:57 PM

This is one of those series that completely sucked me in. In fact, I’m in a position I’ve never been in before…trying to restrain myself from reading all of the books one right after the other. The only reason I am not devouring all of them in a row (just finished Lying Season) is that I don’t want to run out. I hope this series goes on for a very, very long time so that I will always have my Dex and Perry fix!

Misty H. July 18, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Just wanted to say that I love following your blog. I have the first book of the series but have not read it yet. Been really into sci fi romances lately and so have not read the first book. However, with all the excited recommendations for the series I am more curious about what the series will be like.

Rachel July 18, 2012 at 6:02 PM

I hate being scared, so I’ve been really hesitant to read this series. BUT. Because of all the great feedback on this blog, I finally downloaded it to my Kindle app! Now I just have to find time (in the daylight) to read it! But I’m a lot more excited now than scared, thanks to this interview. Thank you Maryse and Karina!

Joy July 18, 2012 at 6:03 PM

I would love an Amazon gift card! If I won, it would go towards my already huge amazon bill I’ve gotten due to your amazing recommendations! ( wink wink. ;) )

Valerie July 18, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Wonderful interview, ladies! I have read the first 3 and need to start the next one asap. thanks for the chance to win!

Andrea Bulrer July 18, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Love it!! I can’t wait to finish out this series an read some of her new stuff. Great interview! Thanks for doing what you do Maryse!! :-)

Mary July 18, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Thanks for the Perry and Dex fix! It’s so awesome to get the nitty gritty on how this all came about. Halle sounds like she’s a lot of fun; it’s no wonder her books are so great! Can’t wait to read the upcoming ones! (if I’m randomly selected of love a kindle card) <3

Minha July 18, 2012 at 6:33 PM

amazon gift card???? Oohhh yeah!!!!
I just got the first book in the series… only because of your recomendation. You are making me chnage my TBR list order again :)

Sheri Zee July 18, 2012 at 6:36 PM

I’m in! I’d love me an Amazon Gift Card! :)

Roni Dillard July 18, 2012 at 6:44 PM

I was the same way about the series! I read every thing in a couple of days and so anxious for more! Karina is an amazing author and I hope she keeps writing!

Rebecca Perry July 18, 2012 at 6:46 PM

I swear I turn into a squealing teenage girl with her first celebrity crush anytime a new Dex File or book comes out! I have never been so invested in a series where I have had book hangovers, thinking about these characters long after the book is done. It helps that my name is in the book albeit in two different characters! I love the music references and realness of Perry and Dex, they grow on you for sure. Cannot wait for Dex Files and Into The Hollow! :)

Laura J. July 18, 2012 at 6:49 PM

I am starting this series at the beach next month. It has been painful to wait, but I need good reading for our vacation! I would love either gift card. :)

Krista July 18, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Love this series!! Can’t wait for Dex Files.

Daron July 18, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Love your book blog, great recommendations and look forward to reading this series!

Amy Mills July 18, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Great interview!!!
I really loved seeing photos of those who you think would match character wise!!!
My mind was really off on Rebecca’s though and not sure on Max – may need to check out another photo on that one to see it in my head.
Cant wait for the Dex POV’s

Pam July 18, 2012 at 7:04 PM

Thanks for the interview! So nice to get into an author’s head and see how they feel about their characters!

Tatiana Bustamante July 18, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Amazon gift card !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Awsome

Jackie July 18, 2012 at 7:06 PM

I am so glad I read this series based on your recommendation ! I fell in love with dex ! I cant wait to read more !

Sandra July 18, 2012 at 7:07 PM

Forget the gift card – I’m happy to know you are hosting the strip club scene!!! I LOVE THIS SERIES – I CANT SAY IT ENOUGH. Remember when you first read True Blood and you were all giddy, this is how I feel about this series but like 100 times more because Perry is AWESOME. Gah! Karina is talented & beautiful!! Love you girls – and I am starting the Fever Series because you told me I would like it since I loved EIT.

Nicole July 18, 2012 at 7:14 PM

Oh & I forgot to mention… Karina looks like she should be a model… She is gorgeous!!

Michele Hammel July 18, 2012 at 7:16 PM

Hi Maryse! I just want to take this opportunity (since I haven’t before) to thank you for your awesome reviews of the EIT series–they convinced me to go to Amazon and download every single one of them! I read them nonstop and have since reread all of them and now I have my husband reading them (he’s almost done with Dead Sky Morning). We like to discuss Dex and Perry and I try to get everyone I know to give these books a chance. I love your blog and and have put several books in my “to read” list based on your reviews. Keep up the great work! ; )

Karina, I love all your books and I LOVE Dex and Perry! I check out FB everyday for word about more Dex POV excerpts (can’t wait for the Dex Files!) and Into the Hollow! I’m a fan for life!


Nikki A. July 18, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Great interview! This is one of my favorite series! Can’t wait for the next book!

julie n. July 18, 2012 at 7:22 PM

I’ve read the first 2 books. Can’t wait to read the rest! Great interview.

Kelli July 18, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Yes Please for Amazon gift card! Just ran out of gift card credit, would be perf!

Melanie July 18, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Can’t wait for the next book! One of my favorite series for sure! Thank you Karina and Maryse for such a fun interview!

Sandra E July 18, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Love love love this blog and this series!!! Awesome interview :)

Tammy Weeks July 18, 2012 at 7:44 PM

Cant wait to start readding these books. After seeing your blog on them I had to get the first couple to give them a try. Now, I just need the time to start

Carla July 18, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Wow! This was so good! Thanks Maryse and Karina. It’s good to know more about the woman behind those books.

I don’t know about you guys, but the funny thing about this series for me, is that actually i kind of vizualize Karina as Perry. I like the way she describes her, she feels real. And actually i think curvy womens are really beautiful. Then again, maybe that’s because i’m brazilian and we have lots of them here. hehehe Anyway… it’s so easy to relate with her.

I’m really excited about these news books too.

Maureen July 18, 2012 at 7:48 PM

What a great interview. I just love Dex…Perry too. I can’t wait for the next book!

Ashley west July 18, 2012 at 7:49 PM

This is so exciting. To quote you, *squeeeee*

Amazon please!

Lindsay July 18, 2012 at 7:51 PM

Thanks for the interview. I’m not familiar with this series, but it’s definitely going on my TBR list.

Kristina T July 18, 2012 at 8:01 PM

YIPPEEEEE!!! Maryse, you are right on the money. I can totally see the comparison between Fever series and EIT. I can’t wait for book 5 to come out :)

Michaela July 18, 2012 at 8:11 PM

I absolutely LOVE Karina’s writing and I can’t wait for more to come from her! Thank you Maryse and Karina for this interview!

Maryse, I’m constantly adjusting my TBR list because of you! I must say, you’ve opened my eyes to more books than I could have imagined! THANK YOU

MissyGirl July 18, 2012 at 8:19 PM

I can’t wait to start this series! I have books 1, 2, and 2.5. I’m ready to delve in!!
(amazon, please!) :D

Cortney July 18, 2012 at 8:31 PM

absolutely love the books…convinced my sister to read and she loves them also…

Stacy July 18, 2012 at 8:34 PM

This was a wonderful interview! Well done ladies! Karina Halle is a truely gifted author and I too have fallen under her spell! As for Maryse, you are the best darn book blogger in the world!!! Period!

Deberito July 18, 2012 at 9:01 PM

I am addicted to reading and I am so thankful to have found your blog Maryse. Your recommendations are right on. Karina, thank you for such a unigue and irresistable series. I love Dex, Perry and Ada. How will I survive until the next book is out??

Trisha July 18, 2012 at 9:31 PM

This is the BEST series! I downloaded and read the first two books on our family vacation last month. Getting ready to start the 4th book now — which Maryse rates very high!!! I’m pacing myself!

Teresa E July 18, 2012 at 9:36 PM

I love this series!!

Courtney July 18, 2012 at 10:08 PM

Absolutely loved these books and it’s killing me to wait for the other books to be released!

Anita Fleming July 18, 2012 at 10:13 PM

Once I started reading the series I was obsessed! Hubby thought I was a little crazy when I took my Kindle with me EVERYWHERE for a week or so until I read them all. I would LOVE to win some money to apply towards the next EIT book when in comes out. <3

Tracie July 18, 2012 at 10:38 PM

WOW….I am so happy that you are getting the Dex strip club POV !!! I can’t wait to read it. What a great interview. I LOVE this series and can’t wait to read the next books! :)

Stephie July 18, 2012 at 11:07 PM

Omgoose! I need more Dex now! Can’t wait for the Dex Files :) )

Andrea F. July 18, 2012 at 11:10 PM


Lisa July 18, 2012 at 11:11 PM

Thanks again Maryse for the interview you know what the fans like

Jessie C. July 18, 2012 at 11:52 PM

Thank you! Love Amazon gift card, great to pick up summer reads.

Missy July 19, 2012 at 12:16 AM

Great books! Can’t wait for Dex POV.

Hai K July 19, 2012 at 12:57 AM

Looking forward to starting this series!

Tori July 19, 2012 at 12:59 AM

I have had these in my TBR list, but have been trying to save them for an international flight in a few months. Nothing like a series to make the hours fly by. I don’t know if I can hold out though. So many good reviews!

Mimi Sanchez July 19, 2012 at 1:23 AM

Hi Maryse! Since reading your blog, I’ve gotten buried in tons of books…and I’m not afraid to admit it to anyone who asks. I even comment on Facebook all the time (Sanchez Fam). So I talked about you so much that my mom – who’s lost her husband recently – decided to buy a Kindle Fire. We’ve read almost all your books – we’re devoted fans. When we got to the EIT series…we were scared but both of us would read one book in a day staying up late! It gave my mom something to look forward to..& a great reprieve from grieving. It also gave us a way to bond. Both of us were almost crying on that last cliffhanger…and we’ve set alerts to keep checking webpage for next book. I can’t thank you enough!! Aside from our dear Fifty…these are my FAV!!!! It’s a different series then the everyday love story..and I love love love that! Not to mention my mom needing it. Keep us posted with any news as we read your blog everyday!! XOXO

Victoria D. July 19, 2012 at 1:56 AM

Great interview! I love the series and am anxiously awaiting the next installment.

Miss Vain's Paranormal Fantasy July 19, 2012 at 2:03 AM

Awesome interview Maryse!;)

I bought the Experiment In Terror series at your recommendation but have yet to read it. But after this interview I know I must read it!!:) Thanks for the giveaway!:)

kayna July 19, 2012 at 2:31 AM

I love the series it was really cool to see the author’s thoughts on the series. Its one of my favorite books to date!!

Lynette July 19, 2012 at 3:30 AM

Recently read the first book in the series and loved it! Can’t wait to read the rest!

Jessilynn July 19, 2012 at 3:32 AM

Love EIT and Karina!!! When her website told Nook readers to contact her for availability of Red Fox, she emailed both Red Fox and The Benson to me for FREE!!!! Super generous!!! Can’t wait for more!!!

Doris L July 19, 2012 at 8:32 AM

So many recommendations/books not enough time!! but EIT just went to the head of the TBR list.

Heather Uren July 19, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Hi Maryse, would love to win the Amazon card! Have loved your recommendations of EIT and Fever series. Can’t wait for more Dex and Perry

JenM July 19, 2012 at 8:57 AM

These book recommendations drive me crazy. So many books to read. How can I ever keep up? I’ll have to check this one out also.

Brandie July 19, 2012 at 9:01 AM

I CAN NOT wait fro more Perry and Dex! Great interview Maryse. I will be stalking your blog for that Dex POV;)

Johanna July 19, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Loved the interview!! I cannot get enough of Perry and Dex… I heart them so much :) I am really excited about this series and have recommended it to all my fellow co-workers :)

P.S. B&N giftcard would be awesome :-P

Kendall Grey July 19, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Karina, you continue to amaze me. I’m just so awed and inspired by your drive. I HAVE to read these books soon. Congrats on your continued success!

cHRIS July 19, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Great interview. And I will have the books to my “to be read” pile, or que in Kindle.

Great blod – glad I found it. (So is Amazon!!!)

Nicole July 19, 2012 at 10:32 AM

OMG… another Dex POV scene!?! I can’t wait! I love this series and thank you so much Maryse for introducing me to them. I am in love =)

Christine July 19, 2012 at 10:44 AM

I would love an Amazon GC I love your page!!! Its my home page!

Rebecca B. July 19, 2012 at 10:52 AM

This series has made it to the top of my tbr list. I loved the Fever series.

Maryse July 19, 2012 at 11:18 AM

A TWEET from Karina!!! She revealed a bit more about that spin-off trilogy she mentioned up there in the interview:

Karina Halle ‏@MetalBlonde “Writing The Dex-Files is SO much fun. I’m glad that the trilogy I’m doing in a few years will be mostly from his POV.”

Teresa H. July 19, 2012 at 11:20 AM

I just downloaded these books to my iPad. Can’t wait to read them. Great interview!

Erin July 19, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Awesome interview! I have to admit that I am having a hard time reading this series, I’ve only finished the 1st book. I’m not sure what the problem is but after reading this interview I’m putting 2nd book at top of my TBR list!

Maryse July 19, 2012 at 11:27 AM

And she just tweeted this update too:

“@ItsMaryse haha, I’ve got so much stuff going on, I forget! But yeah, it will be book #1 Dex, book #2 Perry, book #3 Dex. Fall 2014? Maybe.”

Donna R. July 19, 2012 at 12:06 PM

This looks like a great series – Amazon card would make it possible to read!


Dannette July 19, 2012 at 12:31 PM

I absolutely love the series. Perry and Dex are so much fun. I cannot wait for the next bk or bks

Lisa July 19, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Well after reading this and after you & my BFF have raved about this series, I guess I need to start on it. That gift certificate certainly would help out.

Lindsey July 19, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Thank you for the interview! The books sound amazing!

Paige P July 19, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Great book recommendations and a prize drawing… awesome! :)

Tricia July 19, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Omg. I cant wait for book 6 or the Dex Pov!!!!!! I loved this series and too read all 5 books in a row. LOL.

STEPHANIE July 19, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Hope I win! Love your blog Maryse. I haven’t read the series but I have bought several and are on my to read list!

Aubrey July 19, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Thanks for the interview and giveaway.
family74014 at gmail dot com

Memphis Steve July 19, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Karina writes faster than I can read. I finish a book and she already has two more out. And all while still interviewing rockstars in Finland, maintaining a blog and generally living a rockstar life anyone would envy. And all the while, she’s pretty hot, too. This girl is going places.

Tiffany July 19, 2012 at 4:56 PM

I just love the Experiment in Terror series!

Chasity July 19, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Ohhh I cant get enough of Dex and Perry…. I was actually depressed when I read book 5 because there was nothing else right away. I felt so disconnected for a while. Old Blood helped a little but I just cant wait for book 6. Ummmmm Dex….. ;-) Also, love your blog! Gonna have to check out the Fever series.


Conchita July 19, 2012 at 7:28 PM

The hardest part of a good series is the waiting. I’ve recommended this one to my husband, my daughters and my sons so we can all share the misery of waiting for the next book.

Emmy @Sinfully Delicious Book Reviews July 19, 2012 at 11:41 PM



tina kaminoff July 20, 2012 at 12:15 AM

love love love cant wait i love these soooo much you have no idea. oh wait you probably do!!!!!

Kristina T July 20, 2012 at 11:00 PM

As Maryse has officially coined, SQUEEEEEEEE!!! Thank you Maryse :) ))

tandthart July 21, 2012 at 8:26 PM

Where/when will we find the Dex POV?

Heidi July 21, 2012 at 10:17 PM

I know I’m reading this a little late, but what a great interview! It’s always fun to learn more about how an author “ticks” and Maryse, you did a terrific job getting that information out of Karina :o ) We are all waiting anxiously for more EIT and Perry/Dex!

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