Though not born in the south, my mother took me back to NC at a young age (6 weeks) and I grew up there. I’ve been blessed to travel to numerous places and meet lots of nice people. Now settled in Colorado, I still get wanderlust and love to travel as well as live my dream of writing. My husband and family keep me grounded and refuse to let me beat up on myself during down periods.
Did you always want to be a writer?
As a solitary child I made up stories in my head. That didn’t change with growing up. I did try the put them down on paper a few times, but the time demand created problems in the family so I would stop. It took marriage to a wonderful man who encouraged me to write before I overcame the mental hurtle of ‘making the time.’
Tell us a little about what you’re working on right now.
Right now I’m working on DEAD Hot. This is the 5th in a series the publisher wants ‘lots’ of books on. The DEAD Hot focus is shifters… a little different than the typical werewolves. Of course, some of the characters from earlier books are there to support them.
I also need to finish Banshee Magic, the 3rd book in the Magical Love series.
Is there anything surprising you’ve learned about the publishing industry that you’d like to share with us?
Everything! The behind the scenes goings on of the publishing houses, the way different editors ‘edit’ and view things, and how much an author is expected to promote in addition to writing another book.
There are lots of rules out there, like “show, don’t tell” and “don’t use adverbs”. Are there any rules that you break and why?
My editors will probably say “all of them” and they are mostly right. There are times when rules are made to be broken. Sometimes you may need to tell a little, but not as an info dump. Adverbs can by friends if not overused.
How would you describe your writing style and genre?
I’ve been told my writing has a lot of humor, so guess one could call it humor with spice. Most of my published work is either Spicy Paranormal/Fantasy Romance or Erotic Contemporary Romance.
I love character-driven novels myself. Can you tell me where you got the ideas for some of your characters and describe a few of them?
The ideas come from everywhere. Sometimes a friend, a snippet from my childhood (or one of my relatives who shall go unnamed), something on the news, a conversation overheard in a store or restaurant…ideas are everywhere!
In DEAD Awake, the party girl heroine wakes up as a vampire and a lifestyle change. New identity, the whole nine yards. DEAD Faint, the heroine is a country girl visiting the big city who has a life altering experience…as in turned into a vampire.
The Magic series, Emma is pushing forty and given up on love. It takes a little magic from an interfering Scottish Cailleach to get her on the right path. She also discovers a lot about her family she didn’t know.
Do you create challenges for your characters to overcome and why?
Gotta have that conflict even if it’s the characters discovering things about themselves and growing! Otherwise it really isn’t a story with bones.
The inevitable: are you a plotter or a pantser?
I’m a combo…have to start with a roughly outlined plot that is always subject to change. Sometimes things go pretty much as intended, other times they take off and do their own thing.
And, lastly, who has impacted your writing the most?
In life, my aunt that I lived with until I was ten. Some of my warmest memories are the times I spent with her and most of it was simple stuff. In my writing, my husband. His encouragement keeps me going in the down times.
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By Lizzie T. Leaf
Waking up to discover you’re a vampire then fainting at the sight of your number one food source isn’t healthy.
Billie Joyce’s dream visit to New York City turned into a nightmare. Now not only is she one of the living dead, but she has to contend with a know-it-all vampire who wants to tell her how to talk. Not gonna happen!
“I think the question that needs to be answered first is… what is your name?”
Billie Joyce clenched the sheet higher across her breasts as she stared at the suave man standing at the foot of the bed. How did she get here? Had he kidnapped her to make her his sex slave or something?
“Very well, we can start with my name. I am Daniel Cedric Phillips, at your service.”
The cute little bow that went with the statement almost made her smile, until she remembered the alley. Was this one of the men who’d jumped her? If so, then he should know why her clothes were bloody since knife wounds tend to make a person bleed. No. This dignified gentleman couldn’t have been in with those ruffians. To begin with, he was a lot older than either of the two young good-for-nothings who caught her in the alley. So how did he fit into the picture then?
“And you are?” His quirked eyebrow offered her encouragement.
“Billie Joyce Nolan. My family and friends call me Billie Joyce. Why am I here? What happened to end me up in this bed?”
“Well, Billie, I have a friend who will be here any minute and will answer all of your questions.”
His smile would make a lot of women happy if it were directed at them, but the fact he didn’t get her name right was none too impressive. “Billie Joyce. My name is Billie Joyce.”
“Why do you use two names when one works just fine?” He quirked his eyebrow to emphasize the question.
“That’s the way it’s done where I come from.” The raised eyebrow thing was beginning to get on her nerves. And who was he to make fun of her name?
“Oh, and where would that be?”
“Wolf Knoll, just a hoot an’ holler in the mountains northwest of Charlotte. My family’s lived around those hills for as long as most can remember.” The man’s full lips pulled up in what might be either a smile or a sneer. Billie Joyce wasn’t too sure.
“That explains it then. You Southerners seem to have a fixation with two names. I find it unnecessary. Billie works for me.”
If she had any clothes, she’d hop right out of this bed and smack that smirk right off his face. “Well, it don’t work for me. My name is Billie Joyce and that’s what you can call me…if you need to call me.” Obviously, she’d been mistaken in her thoughts of this man making her his sex slave. No one this high-falutin’ would have anything to do with little old her, no matter what her name was.
Available August 3rd at Musa Publishinghttp://musapublishing.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=37_39&products_id=346
Will also be available at Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook and All Romance eBooks shortly after the Musa release.
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