Saturday, January 17, 2015

Interview with Laura Lee Author of the Karli Lane Series

Q. What is it about the paranormal, in particular vampires, that fascinates you so much?

A. That would definitely be their immortality and superhuman abilities. Plus, fangs are totally hot!

Q. Do you have a formula for developing characters? Like do you create a character sketch or list of attributes before you start writing or do you just let the character develop as you write?

A. Character development is probably my favorite part of the writing process. I like to create bios before adding someone into the story. Where did they come from? What does their family unit look like? What past event(s) has shaped them into who they are today? After deciding who I want them to be, I think about their physical features. Once that's decided, I make a list of their traits or copy/paste a random picture from the internet into their bios.

Q. What is the most interesting thing you have physically done for book related research purposes?

A. I recently traveled to Ireland and Scotland. Both countries are heavily immersed in folklore that translate well into paranormal fiction. There was inspiration around every corner!

Q. With the book being part of a series, are there any character or story arcs, that readers jumping in somewhere other than the first book, need to be aware of? Can these books be read as stand alones?

A. With this series, you need to read it from the beginning. If you didn't, you'd miss out on significant character and plot development pieces.

Q. Do any of your characters have similar characteristics of yourself in them and what are they?

A. I may or may not share a similar love of the "F Bomb" with my character, Karli Lane. Although having children prevents me from saying it aloud as often as she does.

Q. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? How do you deal with it?

A. Definitely. When I'm stuck, I go into revision mode. That usually helps me get back into the zone so I can pick up where I left off. If not, I take a breather and try not to stress out too much. The ideas flow pretty freely once I'm able to clear my mind a bit.

Q. Do you write in different genres?

A. I do. I'm currently published in paranormal romance and will be releasing my first contemporary novel later this year.

Q. Do you find it difficult to write in multiple genres?

A. Not at all. I enjoy reading many different genres which has carried over into writing.

Q. When did you consider yourself a writer?

A. I started taking myself seriously about four years ago. I've written short stories and poetry for as long as I can remember, but writing a novel was never in the cards until the self-publishing option came into play. One day I just decided to go for it and never looked back! It truly has been a dream come true.

Q.  What are your guilty pleasures in life?

A. A Cadbury's chocolate bar with a glass of Moscato.

Q. Other than writing, what are some of your interests, hobbies or passions in life?

A. If I'm not spending time with my family, I will read anything I can get my hands on. I'm a sucker for spicy romances starring vampires or cowboys. I'm also addicted to HGTV, especially anything involving the Property Brothers.

Q. Where is your favorite place to read? Do you have a cozy corner or special reading spot?

A. My favorite place to read is anywhere! That's the beauty of having an e-reader!

Q. What can readers expect next from you?

A. My next release will be the third installment in the Karli Lane series, Finding Faerie. Shortly thereafter, I will release Deal Breakers, which is my first full length contemporary romance.

Q. Where can readers find you on the web?

A. Readers can find me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or my website.

*A lonesome fairy with no clue how to wield her powerful magic.

*A ruggedly handsome warlock torn between his past and his present.

*A five hundred year old, sinfully sexy vampire who's obsessed with solving the mystery of a particularly interesting bartender.

Karli Lane is the only fairy left on the planet. Vampires had driven her race to near extinction, causing the others to return to their homeland over twenty years ago. Orphaned at a young age, she was forced to hide her identity in a world full of exposed supernaturals.

Facing her upcoming immortality, her life has become a complicated mess. A new employer and a gruesome murder bring two incredibly complex men into her life, making matters worse. She finds herself riding a non-stop emotional roller coaster while trying to figure out who she is, how to control her powers, and most importantly, how to stay alive.

Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords!

Becoming immortal sucks.

Karli Lane is a hot mess. Her hormones are out of control, her heart can’t decide between two men, and most of her magic is still a mystery. To top it all off, a beautiful stranger with ties to the past shows up in Vegas, raising questions and wreaking havoc.

With her immortality fast approaching, new dangers lurk on the horizon. Secrets are revealed, making her question everything she thought she knew. Will she be able to get her act together in time? Or will she fall victim to those who wish to see her demise?

Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords!

As a powerful warlock and supernatural detective, Vance Alexander didn’t think anything could surprise him. He’s seen it all in Sin City over the years. Or so he thought. Then one night his world is flipped upside down when he meets the mysterious Karli Lane at the scene of a horrific murder.

Karli is the most frustrating, sexy, and intriguing woman he’s ever known. She’s hiding something big and he’s determined to unmask her secret while protecting her from the vampire who’s looking to make her his next meal. He finds himself calling upon his professional and magical skills in attempt to solve the case, beat the vampire, and get the girl.

This novella is a companion story in the Karli Lane series told from a never-before-seen point of view. It is meant to be read after enjoying the first two full length novels in the series: Pixie Dust & Vampires, Warlocks, and Exes ~ Oh My!

Available on Amazon, Barnes &Noble, and Smashwords!

About the Author

Laura Lee has spent most of her life with her nose in a book thinking of alternate endings or continuations to the story. She won her first writing contest at the ripe old age of nine, earning a trip to the state capital to showcase her manuscript. Thankfully for her, those early works will never see the light of day again! Nowadays, she prefers to write for grownups, specifically focusing on romance novels with some heat. She’s a sucker for spicy romances, especially those involving vampires or cowboys!

Laura lives in the Pacific Northwest with her wonderful husband, two beautiful children, and three of the most poorly behaved cats in existence. She likes her fruit smoothies filled with rum, her cupboards stocked with Cadbury’s chocolate, and her music turned up loud. When she’s not writing or tripping over Barbie dolls, she’s reading anything she can get her hands on.

For more information, check out her website or like her on Facebook

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