Interview with Sophie Littlefield and Giveaway!


I’m continuing my Author Spotlight with Sophie Littlefield this morning. She’s the fantabuluous author of adult thrillers and a young adult dystopian fiction novel. If you missed the post you can find scroll down or find it here.

KM: I’ve asked you about your writing process, your new dystopian fiction novel, Banished, and even asked about what the future holds for a bestselling novelist like yourself. Now for some fun…Ocean or Mountains?

SL: Impossible to pick! Growing up in Missouri, we had neither, and I didn’t see them until I was a teenager. I still have a thrilling sense of adventure when I see either one. In fact I think that might be a good reason to keep your kids from experiencing anything at all interesting – you’ll suck the wonder out of it for them. They have to grow up a little before they can appreciate it.

KM: Coffee or Tea?

SL: Coffee, pots and pots.

KM: Music or Movie?

SL: Movie! I need the story. Everything’s about the story.

KM: Fall or Spring?

SL: October is the most beautiful month in Northern California. Plus, in the spring, my hiking trail gets muddy. Yuck!

KM: Twitter or Facebook?

SL: With great shame I confess that I once swore I would NEVER, EVER use Twitter. Now I kind of love it. Even if you say something dumb, which I often do, it’s quickly whisked away by the twitter stream and you can see what your friends are up to and you don’t have to concentrate too hard. Facebook’s fun too but I’m not very good at it so I feel a little like I’m playing with someone else’s matchbox cars when I’m trying to write clever status updates.

KM :Plotter or Pantser?

SL: Arrrrrgggg I keep trying to plot but I’m an undisciplined pantser to the core. Hell, I can’t even carry a coherent conversation for more than a few minutes.

KM: Big city or Country?

SL: City! City, for God’s sakes! Please, powers that be, lift me from this suburban purgatory where I have spent the last 13 years and drop me into any city on this earth. Ah, just kidding, kind of. I feel very lucky to have lived in a beautiful, safe community while raising my kids, but the MINUTE they are grown I am moving to Oakland.

KM: Boots or Heels?

SL: Oh! I am in love with both for sure, which is ironic since i spend 95% of my days in my ugly yet cozy fuzzy brown slippers, or my two pairs of New Balance sneakers – the “good” pair I wear to the gym and the “old” pair I wear for hiking. I always, always wear high heels when I go anywhere for my job – whether it’s a conference or an RWA meeting or signing – just because I *can*. It feels so good to dress up on the rare occasions that I do, so I overdo it – pile on the makeup, jewelry, etc.

I used to think I’d always pick a sexy heel over a pair of boots but a few things have changed my mind. One was buying my red wing motorcycle boots. They may be ugly, but they are the most badass things I own and I love to wear them into the city sometimes on rainy evenings. The other was a couple of writing friends who own breathtaking boots that would make me insanely jealous except they’re both really cool about helping me with fashion, which is not my strong suit – Daisy James and Gigi Pandian. The other day Daisy showed me this pair of black, over-the-knee high-heeled black boots that lace *up the back* – I was ready to sell my car to buy them.

KM: Finally…the question we’ve all been waiting for…Death by zombie or Death by Stella?

SL: Yikes! Love it, you crazy girl! Um, I’d have to pick Stella ’cause she’d be quick and merciful. The zombies….yuck! But your answer is WAY better 🙂

For those of you who are curious about my answer, here it is: I’d pick Death by Stella just so I could use it as bragging rights to those on the other side! “You got hit by a car? Lame! I was shot twelve times point blank by a bad-ass menopausal woman on a killing spree!” Classic.

I have to thank Sophie so much for stopping by. She’s busier than heck, yet still managed to lend me a few minutes for this interview.


*And here we are at RWA Orlando with fellow SFARWA ladies. I’m in black on the bottom, she’s the starlet in red on top. *grin

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Author Spotlight with Sophie Littlefield!


Sophie Littlefield is the author of several thrillers for adults, including A Bad Day for Sorry and A Bad Day for Pretty. Her debut novel, A Bad Day for Sorry, has received nominations for an Edgar Award, an Anthony Award, and a Barry Award, all for Best First Novel, the Macavity Award for Best First Mystery, the Crimespree Award for Favorite First Book and the RTBookReviews Reviewers Choice Award.

I’m thrilled down to my toes that Sophie agreed to be the Author Spotlight for October. I’ve gotten the chance to know her at the San Francisco Area meetings for RWA–another great reason to join a local chapter of writers–and let me tell you, she’s awesome. Her books are page-turners with real gritty characters you want to keep your eyes on. And her spunky southern personality sparkles through her dialogue making you want to get to know the writer behind the award winning novels.

Here’s your chance. I’m doing a two-part spotlight this month with the opportunity to win a free signed copy of Banished in celebration of its release!

This little snippet was taken from Amazon.com:

“There isn’t much worth living for in Gypsum, Missouri—or Trashtown, as the rich kids call the run-down neighborhood where sixteen-year-old Hailey Tarbell lives. Hailey figures she’ll never belong—not with the popular kids at school, not with the rejects, not even with her cruel, sickly grandmother, who deals drugs out of their basement. Hailey never knew her dead mother, and she has no idea who her father was, but at least she has her four-year-old foster brother, Chub. Once she turns eighteen, Hailey plans to take Chub far from Gypsum and start a new life where no one can find them.

But when a classmate is injured in gym class, Hailey discovers a gift for healing that she never knew she possessed—and that she cannot ignore. Not only can she heal, she can bring the dying back to life. Confused by her powers, Hailey searches for answers but finds only more questions, until a mysterious visitor shows up at Gram’s house, claiming to be Hailey’s aunt Prairie.

There are people who will stop at nothing to keep Hailey in Trashtown, living out a legacy of despair and suffering. But when Prairie saves both Hailey and Chub from armed attackers who invade Gram’s house in the middle of the night, Hailey must decide where to place her trust. Will Prairie’s past, and the long-buried secret that caused her to leave Gypsum years earlier, ruin them all? Because as Hailey will soon find out, their power to heal is just the beginning.

This gripping novel from thriller writer Sophie Littlefield blazes a trail from small-town Missouri to the big city as Hailey battles an evil greater than she ever imagined, while discovering strengths she never knew she had.”

Now, let’s get to know Sophie Littlefield a little more…

KM: When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

SL: The minute I could write words! I used crayon to “write” in my books when I was little and I think even then I wanted to be part of the process of making stories.

KM-Can you give the rundown of your journey to publication? Was it riddled with gravel and obstacles? Or was it a smooth, pristinely paved road?

SL: HA – love that, and yes, mine would be gravel-strewn and there would be places where the asphalt was broken and giant potholes. I wrote my first book about 17 years ago, and wrote lots more before I ever sold one. A BAD DAY FOR SORRY was my ninth book. I received countless rejections and some of them were very painful.

Just the other day I found a home for a story which, when I wrote it, received one of the chilliest rejections ever. The editor pretty much hated it, and I allowed myself to believe it was a bad story. But time passes and eventually I re-read it and thought to myself that it had some merit. The editor who chose it for an anthology loves it, and I respect his opinion. I wish I could go back to my former self – the one crying and/or cursing in front of the keyboard late at night – and whisper that it really would work out one day, if I just kept trying.

KM: After being nominated for a whole slew of awards (all of which you so deserved) for A Bad Day for Sorry, how did you deal with the pressure to pump out a second critically acclaimed book? And a third?

SL: I was lucky – I had finished the 2nd and 3rd before I was even nominated for any awards. Back then I only had one series, and few promotional obligations – I had no facebook or twitter account and was not on any guest blogs – and so I had the time to write ahead. Next month, when I attempt to finish the fourth in the series, I will be trying to juggle so much more, and I think *that’s* when I’ll have my emotional breakdown 🙂

KM: How would you describe Banished to your ABDFS followers?

SL: It’s a very different voice – dark, angsty, fearful. Hailey, the protagonist of BANISHED, is not at all sassy or vengeful, and my treatment of the issues she faces is serious, rather than tongue-in-cheek as in the Stella books.

That said, my editors have told me there is common ground between the books. They find voice similarities (hard to see when you’re the author) as well as setting – both take place in rural Missouri. And a sense of justice and empowerment for the women and girls in the books, of course.


KM: How were you able to effectively switch gears between mystery and dystopian YA?

SL: For reasons unknown to me, I have no trouble at all switching – and while writing these books I was occasionally working on still other projects as well, I have never had any difficulty putting myself in the head space and mood of whatever character I am writing. Maybe it’s a sign of some mental illness or shortcoming, but I prefer to think that I am simply nimble emotionally. Just as some people can learn many languages and keep them separate in their minds, I seem to have a facility for understanding psyches – real or fictional.


KM: Can you give the rundown of your typical writing day?

SL: Ugh! I am hoping this is not always the case – but I’m pretty obsessed right now. I get up around 6am and make breakfast for my kids and chat with them until they leave at 7. Then I’m in the chair until they get home – with a break for the gym or to take a hike. I spend the evening with them – I like to cook a decent meal for them most nights – and there’s a lot of talking and yelling and playing with the dog, and hollering about tardies and detentions, and Junior and I might paint our nails or go to Marshalls, which is just 2 blocks from our house. Then we all do homework – mostly email and promo, in my case – and Junior would kill me for this but I still read to her, just a few pages. None of us gets enough sleep – I’m usually at the desk until after midnight.

Now I should point out that, while I’m in the chair and hands-on-keyboard, much of that time is not being used…ahem…productively. This is my curse, and I am working really hard to try to become more productive. Also, I take breaks every hour or so to do all the house stuff – cleaning and laundry and napping and *occasionally* brushing my teeth.

KM: What’s next for you?

SL: Later this week I’ll be attending Bouchercon, which is the big mystery conference – kind of like RWA National for romance. This will be my fourth one and I love it, especially since now I have so many friends in the business.

Next year, I’ll have four books coming out. The third Stella, A BAD DAY FOR SCANDAL, will be out in June. The sequel to BANISHED, UNFORSAKEN, will come out next fall. And I’m very excited about a new series, a post-apocalyptic trilogy from Harlequin Luna. The first two books will be out in March and August, and they are titled AFTERTIME and REBIRTH.

I’ll be doing some travel next year, including the ALA conference, possibly SCWBI, BEA, and then Thrillerfest and RWA in the summer.

Visit her online at www.sophielittlefield.com.

Buy Banished at Amazon here.

**Thank you so much Sophie, for taking the time to answer some questions about your writing process. More to come tomorrow…

If you’re wondering how to get your hands on Banished, it’s easy. All you have to do is Follow my blog with an email and leave a comment on either today or tomorrow’s post featuring Sophie Littlefield. In that comment, let us know what type of book you like to read best. Is it historical? Thriller? Paranormal? Suspense? And let us know what draws you in about those books. Contest ends one week from today: October 19th, 2010. U.S. entries only, please.

My comment (though I’m not entered to win): I usually like a plot-driven paranormal with uber powerful alpha males and blood spilled on the page. Lately, though, I’ve been hooked on historicals. I’ve read two this summer and plan to read many more. Did I mention Banished is tops on my To Be Read pile?

Stay tuned tomorrow for some of Sophie’s likes and dislikes, including how she’d rather kick the bucket: Death by zombie or Death by Stella.

Spotlight with 2009’s Mr. Romance, Charles Paz

Today’s spotlight is a little different. Instead of having a writer or author stop by to answer some questions, I asked Charles Paz, 2009’s Mr. Romance to be the spotlight for the month. He’s dabbled in modeling and photography, and graced the cover of a few romance novels. (Side note: Charles and I grew up in the same hometown; even went to the same elementary school.) It’s very cool that he took time out of his busy schedule to answer some questions. Thanks again.

1-Congratulations on your 2009 Mr. Romance win! What have you been doing since earning the title?

Thank you very much. It’s been a very awesome accomplishment. I’m very grateful for it and all that has come with it. Seems like it’s been so long since I won that thing. Hahaha. Since then, I have been on a few book covers. Connie Mason’s Lord of the Devil’s Isle’, I’m on the cover of that. I won that one from the contest. I’m also on a few e-books as well. I’m not only a paid MODEL, but also PHOTOGRAPHER for the covers as well. I multi-task very nicely.

2-Is modeling and gracing the cover of romance novels something you always wanted to do? How’d you get into it?

I never in my life would have thought I would have done what I have. I used to weigh almost 300lbs and decided to change my lifestyle. I did a body building show and lost 90lbs. I did some photoshoots after that, which lead to modeling, which lead to people in the industry noticing me, which lead to me competing and winning the competition, which lead to where I’m at now. Not an ‘icon’ in the industry, but definitely more than just an option and refuse to be forgotten.

3-I follow you on Facebook and noticed you’re taking up photography as well. What’s it like to go from in front of the camera to behind it?

I’ve always been the guy that takes pictures. Disposables in high school. Point and shoots at family events. I went to a shootout in Vegas and they handed me a camera and wanted to see what I could do with it. So, I took a shot, looked at it, adjusted the lighting and a few other things and took another shot. Showed the guy and he called everyone over to check it out. I guess that’s when “5th Element” was born. I’ve been shooting ever since. I have been doing a lot of shoots with models and stylists, but I do my best work with kids and families.

4-What has your experience been so far, working with people in the romance industry?

Hahahaha!…Oh, the industry…sigh. It’s had its moments. The good with the bad. The salty with the sweet. The authors, fans, writers. Most of them are pretty awesome people. I’m very glad to have met them. Now, the publishers on the other hand…very different story. Now, I’m not talking bad when I’m talking the truth. All I’m gonna say is that it’s a little sad when people see you as a “threat” to their company, and do a lot to tarnish your name and reputation. I’m more of “The People’s Covermodel” though. Hahaha! I love the fans and authors who want me on their covers. Always will. It does hurt a little to know that the publishers kinda got me “black listed”, but I’m not gonna let being Mr. Romance define who I am.

5-I’ve heard all kinds of stories from writers/authors who attend the RT Convention…what’s it like from a models perspective?

OH MAN. The good ole RT Convention . I highly recommend anybody who writes books, read books, or loves books to go to one. This year it will be in Los Angeles. I’m pretty sure I will be there. It’s gonna be a BLAST. As a model, hee hee hee, it’s pretty fun. Like I said, I’ve been dubbed “The People’s Covermodel”. I’m not your normal I’m better than you, stuck up covermodel. I literally approach and talk to everyone there. In some ways, it has hurt my career because I get looked at as just another person by some people in charge of covers. I’d probably get more work/covers if I was quieter, kept to myself and kissed butt with the people in the higher ranks of the companies. I honestly could care less. I’ve never been one to kiss butt to get anywhere. I’d much rather meet the fans, sign autographs, take pics and make sure the people who attend this convention have fun, than to just do private parties with higher ranks, try to score cool points and get on covers. Before I’m Mr. Romance, I’m always gonna be Charles Paz and in a way, being who I am is what got me to where I am now.

6-Finally, where do you go from here? Any big plans? Goals for the future?

The best is still ‘unwritten’ I guess. I don’t think too far into the future. Life is day by day. Choice by choice. I have been training for the Sacramento NPC Body Building show that is the first weekend of November. It will be my 4th show and I’m hoping to do well. Afterwards, I’ll more than likely do a few photoshoots as well. In all honesty, ‘Mr.Romance’ wants to settle down with a ‘Miss Romance’. Hahaha. Not gonna just go out there and get hooked up with the first girl that comes, but I’m thinkin’ it’s time to not be afraid of loving someone again and actually be happy. The photography business will be booming real soon. You can checkout my modeling and fashion photography on “Fifth Element”, which used to be my Mr. Romance page. Click here for more info.

And you can also see my family and children, along with other fun shoots on my Charles David Photography page. Click here to be redirected.

I would like to thank Kristin for this interview. I always take the chance to reach out to fans and this is the best way for them to learn a little bit more about me. I always appreciate and love the fans. And always remember….. RULE #37

Thank you so much for taking the time to answer some questions for Pararomance readers! I’m not sure what Rule #37 is, but I wish you luck with your modeling and photography career!

Author Spotlight with Kiersten White


I’m so excited about today…not only because it’s Friday and the weekend looks bright but because I’m interviewing blogger extraordinaire and future NYT Bestselling Author Kiersten White. I asked her a slew of questions about how she got her start and what’s propelled her to where she is today: on the precipice of her YA novel breaking out.

1-Your debut novel, Paranormalcy, comes out August 31st from Harper Teen. What’s it about?

Evie’s always thought of herself as a normal teenager, even though she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she’s falling for a shape-shifter, and she’s the only person who can see through paranormals’ glamours.

But Evie’s about to realize that she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.

So much for normal.

2-What inspired you to write it?

A shiny pink Taser showed up on my doorstep one day, and as I considered its various uses a tall dark man sporting some very sharp canines jumped out of the bushes and lunged for my neck. Luckily my finger was already on the trigger and he was in for a shock. After I subdued him, several people in suits showed up and said they’d take it from there. Which got me thinking–if the goal were to neutralize vampires and other dangerous supernatural creatures without killing them, what better way to do it than a secret, international government group? And who better to work for them than a sarcastic, delightful sixteen-year-old girl?

Except minus the part where I got a Taser and took out a vamp.

3-What is the most difficult part of the writing process for you?

Finding the time. I love writing first drafts and I love editing–but as a stay-at home mom to two energetic young kids who have issues with bedtime, finding the time to do any of it is a daily challenge!

4-What would you say is the easiest?

I love editing. I know that makes me weird, but I really enjoy having a finished draft that I can then tweak and rearrange and smooth and prune. It’s not as much work as actually creating, and I love seeing something that I made progress and become what I’d hoped it could be!

5-How long did it take you write Paranormalcy, find an agent, then sell it?

I already had my agent when I wrote Paranormalcy. Another novel of mine was on submission with editors and I needed something to distract me. I wrote the first draft of Paranormalcy in three weeks, edited it a couple of times, and then set it aside. When we decided to pull the book on sub, I went back to Para and spent a solid three months editing it–sending it to critique partners, cutting 10,000 words, smoothing it out, and even going so far as to read the entire thing out loud to myself to make sure it was in the best possible shape. My agent loved it, editors immediately responded, and three weeks later we had a three book deal with HarperTeen in a pre-empt. It was definitely a whirlwind, and much, MUCH more fun than the first book that never sold.

6-Finally, do you have any advice for writers seeking publication?

Work! People freak out when they hear that I wrote Paranormalcy in three weeks, but what they don’t see are the four years I spent writing before that novel, or the months I spent editing, using everything I’d learned through reading, my own writing, and from my critique partners. Writing is fun and engaging and wonderful, but if you really want to get published, you’re going to have to put an insane amount of time into it. You’re going to have to sacrifice. You’re going to have to work, and it’s going to be hard.

But is it worth it? Absolutely!

Thank you so much Kiersten, for taking time out of your busy schedule to stop by Pararomance and answer some questions! I, for one among many, can’t wait to get my hands on Paranormalcy come August 31st.

I’m already counting down…

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Interview with Alice Gaines


Today I’m interviewing multi-published author Alice Gaines. If you haven’t had a chance to curl up with one of her books, you’re truly missing out. Her newest release, Miss Foster’s Folly, is about to be released and bound to garner the same rave reviews as her last.

Welcome Alice!

1-Miss Foster’s Folly is set to be released June 14th from Carina Press. What’s it about?

It’s about a spinster from Gilded Age Manhattan who inherits a huge fortune and plans to sleep her way across Europe. Unfortunately, the man she chooses to rid her of her virginity insists he wants to marry her.

Juliet Foster and David Winslow, the Marquis of Derrington, spend most of the book fighting the battle of the sexes in reverse. He wants her heart. She wants his body. Eventually, they both get what they want.

2-What gave you the inspiration for this story?

The idea came to me in a flash at an RWA meeting. Our editor guest challenged us to come up with a hook for a historical romance, and I blurted out “A wealthy spinster wants to sleep her way across Europe.” Ta da!

3-When did you begin your writing career?

1990, almost exactly twenty years ago. I had a horrendous day job that I could only tolerate by escaping into fantasy for hours at a time. I’d just bought my first computer, and back in those days, you couldn’t do much with them but actual work. So, during the day, I made up a story, and at night, I wrote it down. I didn’t tell my husband what I was doing for weeks. Fate stepped in, and RWA national was having its national convention in San Francisco that year. I attended, and I haven’t stopped writing since.

4-What would you say is the hardest part of the writing process?

Rewriting. I hate rewriting. I know that makes me a bad writer. Bad. But, there you are.

Also, there’s a scene in Laura Kinsale’s Flowers from the Storm that I’ve tried to recreate in one of my own books for years. I never get close.

5-The easiest?

Dialogue. I hear voices in my head all the time. I only have to write them down, and I look brilliant.

6-What would I find on the top of your To-Be-Read-Pile?

Laura Kinsale’s Lessons in French and Charles Pierce’s Idiot America. I usually have one non-fiction and one romance going at a time.

7-What advice do you have to new writers?

Don’t let the bastards get you down. It’s amazing how perfectly delightful and intelligent people (editors and agents) can have the astonishingly bad taste to reject your stories. Unfortunately, that’s the world we all have to write in. Whatever you do, do not let them steal your love of storytelling. The best revenge is new pages.

8-Tell me a little about Carina Press and your experience with them.

Carina brings all of Harlequin’s savvy and expertise to e-publishing. I’ve never dealt with a publisher quite like them. We have a monthly on-line and conference call meeting for staff and authors. We have almost weekly training sessions in marketing and social networking. The covers are gorgeous. My editor, Jessica Schulte, is a living doll. (She, at least, recognizes my greatness.)

One of the very smart thing Carina is doing is to put a reasonable price on the books. I’ve never understood why e-books have to cost as much as books that have to be printed, shipped, and stored. Honestly, I think readers are ready to revolt over the price of books. I hope they discover Carina and realize their reading doesn’t have to take a huge chunk out of their budget.

9-What would you say is your biggest folly?

Oh, lordy. I’m of the “sex, drugs, and rock and roll” generation. Drugs weren’t my thing, and I prefer soul music to rock-and-roll. I’ll let your imagination go from there.

10-And finally, are there any other books in the works?

Always. I have an idea for a series flitting around in my head. It’ll be historical about three young women schoolmates who play tricks on each other, mostly involving men. One will be very tall, another a full-figured woman, and the third will be extremely intelligent. Each will be determined to maintain her independence from men, and each will fail when the right man comes along.

~Thanks Alice for stopping by and sharing some of your insight into your writing process and what’s going on in the mind of a pro! Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of Miss Foster’s Folly!

Miss Foster’s Folly is available through Carina Press here.
Or through Amazon.

You can also find Alice Gaines on her blog.

Interview with author Lisa Sanchez!

I took some time to interview Lisa Sanchez, an up-and-coming author whose first paranormal romance novel will be released tomorrow!

1-Eve of Samhain, your debut novel, will be released May 25 by Omnific publishing. What’s it about?
Eve Of Samhain is a modern spin on the Irish legend of the Gancanagh, or Love Talker. The Gancanagh is a male faerie, cursed with an orgasmic, yet deadly touch. Sex with this gorgeous, bad boy sends you spiraling into insanity. Yikes!

Quinn, our hero, is weary, jaded and riding out what he believes are his last days when he meets the protagonist, twenty one year old, Ryann Pierce. There’s an immediate physical attraction between the two, but of course love is never easy. Ryann throws Quinn for a loop when she doesn’t automatically fall at his feet like every woman before her. The feisty Ryann is more than a pretty face and a meaningless piece of tail. She’s special, and Quinn finds himself falling for someone for the first time in five hundred years.

2-How long did it take you to write?
The first draft took me four months to write. Not too bad. The editing, the rewrites? Yeah, those took a bit longer, lol.

3-When did you first know you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve been writing since I was a child. My mother used to give me random topics to write about and I’d go to work spinning goofy tales about Superman peanut butter (Do you remember that brand?) among other things. As a freshman in high school I remember reading Gone With The Wind (One of my favorites.) We were given an assignment to write a scene for a sequel. Sort of a “what happened next” type thing. Yeah…my paper was titled Back With Bunyons. I’ve got an odd sense of humor, what can I say?

4-Are there any other novels in the works?
Yes! I’ve actually penned the sequel to Eve Of Samhain. The protagonist in book two is a character you get to know in book one and that’s all I’m gonna say. Don’t want to spoil anything! My goal is to eventually write a book for each of the four friends. You’ve met three of the friends in EOS. Book two introduces you to the fourth and final protagonist.

I’m also polishing a romantic suspense right now that I’m really excited about. The hero is raw, wounded and gritty and I think I’m in love with him. Ha!

5-Who are some of your favorite authors to read?
Finally an easy question! Lol! J.R. Ward is my favorite author right now. The woman has an amazing voice, and the way she can weave a tale with layer after layer just blows my mind. She’s my hero for sure. I also love Diana Gabaldon, Gena Showalter, Charlaine Harris and Sherrilyn Kenyon and Karen Marie Moning (if you haven’t read her Fever series, you’re missing out!)

6-What’s your typical writing process like?
Oye! Well I’ve got three daughters, so my schedule is pretty hectic. I usually try to get my writing done in the morning while the girls are in school. There’s too much distraction when they are home for me to concentrate. Afternoons are a wash because by then, I’ve morphed from mother into taxi, and am driving back and forth from tumbling classes and cheer practice.

7-What part of that process would you say is the hardest?
Dealing with rejection. Yep, the “R” word. Doesn’t matter who you are or what you write, we’ve all dealt with rejection. Writing is very subjective. What floats one persons boat leaves a bitter taste in someone else’s mouth. The key is learning how to pick yourself up, brush yourself off, and keep writing.

8-The easiest?
Dialog. I’ve got a house full of cheerleaders and the maturity level of a fifteen year old. Slang is my best friend and it springs forth at regular intervals like Old faithful. Oh, and shmexy times. I seem to be pretty good at writing the smut scenes. Who knew? My friends don’t call me Smut Queen for nothing 

9-What gave you the idea for Eve of Samhain?
I’d entered a short story contest, and the prompt was something like “Girlfriends, Ghouls and Gorgeous Guys.” I’d been reading a lot of vampire fiction (still am) and wanted to try something different. I hit Wikipedia, did a search for mythical creatures and found our sexy boy. Woot!

10-And finally, what are your plans for the eve of your release date?
Hmm…lets see…I’ve set aside two hours where I’ll probably lie in the fetal position, praying people will like my book while simultaneously regretting my gratuitous use of the word “assface.” After that I plan on whooping it up and partying like a rock star. (Sssh…don’t tell anyone, but, I’ll actually be sitting on the bleachers in my daughter’s cheer gym watching her tumbling class and gossiping with the other moms. Real life=boring. Ha!)

Thank you so much Lisa for stopping by and taking time out of your busy schedule to answer some questions! Can’t wait to hear rave reviews about this book!

Eve of Samhain can be purchased from Omnific Publishing’s website here.

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