Another post today (yes, I'm on a roll, innit?). I'm delighted to welcome author Lia Davis. I met Lia on a crit loop, and soon after, we shared a publisher too. A lovely person, Lia always has a nice word and good cheer to give to everyone, and has that special, wonderful touch that turns mere acquaintances into friends faster than you can say 'Twister!'
Lia is a fellow 1NS writer, and today she's telling us a little more about herself, and about her 1NS release, Ravished Before Sunrise.
So, Lia - lovely to have you over today! Tell us a bit about you, and something we don't know/wouldn't expect about you.
Hi, Zee! Thanks so much for having me over today. I’m a mother of two young adults. My son turns 20 in August. Wow, now I feel old. LOL. My daughter will be 19 in October. As for something you may not know, I struggled with vocabulary and reading in elementary through middle school. It wasn’t until high school that I started reading romance.
Better late than never, eh? Lol. And no, don't feel old - it's all in the mind!
What’s your favorite moment of the day, and why?
The early morning in the fall.
Why become a writer?
After discovering paranormal romance, I met my muse and she hasn’t shut up since. Lol. I have to write or she’ll drive me crazy with all the story lines she feeds me.
Lol, she sounds like a riot!
As writers, we are bombarded with ideas every minute of every day. How do you sort through these ideas, to stick to the 'viable' ones?
I hand write everything down. Each book has its own spiral notebook and I write my ideas down in them and organize them in OneNote when I’m ready to write that story.
OneNote - I love that program! Very useful for writers, indeed.
How do you develop an idea into a book?
I don’t think I develop them. Lol. It’s more like they’re thrown at me at the oddest times. I carry a note pad in my purse. Once I get home, I have to plot out the characters and setting first thing. The rest I have to pants it. I tried to plot and outline, it doesn’t work for me. My CP, Carrie Ann, tells me I plot myself into a corner.
Lol, yeah - that can happen. J
Which is easier for you – narrative, or dialogue?
Both actually. They come easy for me in the draft. It’s deep POV and descriptions that I have to work harder on.
Preferred genre to write?
Paranormal. It has endless possibilities as far as creativity. I can turn my muse loose to have as much fun as she wants. J
How do you get into your characters' heads and shoes?
My pre-character plotting helps with this. I defined who they are and I put myself in their shoes. Most of the time it just flows out naturally. Sometimes I have to work a little to capture one of them during edits/revisions.
Hmmm, lucky girl...
Drafts, edits, polishing – love or loathe? Can you please explain?
I have mixed feels about this one. LOL. I love it because it the chance to make changes and really god deeper into POV (remember, I’m a pantser). I don’t like it, because it’s hard for me to eliminate all those repetitive words.
Best advice you've received, and that you'd want others to know?
Write, write, and write some more! And join a critique group.
Tell us about your latest release
Ravished Before Sunrise is one of the latest installments in Decadent Publishing’s 1Night Stand series. It’s about a woman who tired of her less than exciting life hiding her difference from both the humans and paranormal and decides to call on Madame Eve to help her have one night of adventure and passion. And a vampire widower who gets set up for 1Night Stand’s services by his daughter.
In 5 words:
Your book: Hot, sexy, fun, adventure, fate
Your heroine: Half-breed, redhead, smart, artist, sexy
Your hero: Dark, vampire, sexy, father, compassionate
You as an author: creative, quiet, reader, mother, wife
Where can we find you and your books?
Here's the blurb for Ravished Before Sunrise:
Vampire Darian Wyman is surprised when his daughter signs him up for a one-night stand with an exclusive matching agency. At first he's appalled by the idea, but as he reads the details of the date he becomes intrigued. For one night he will get away from the life he has long grown tired of to be hunted and captured by a would-be huntress. But he has plans of his own for his little vixen.
However, when Darian discovers the truth about Ema's inhuman abilities, the date could end before it gets started.
And an excerpt!
Emalee’s pulse raced as she drummed her fingers on her desk and searched the website. A giddiness she hadn’t known since senior prom ran through her. The site claimed unlimited possibilities, a chance for adventure. Could they mean it? Because she’d already seen things beyond what humans deemed possible. Hell, her whole existence was unimaginable.
Her life had taken a lonesome turn when a friend she hadn’t seen since high school noted how much younger than the rest of her classmates she looked. Her long-lasting youth had become a liability. Drawing too much attention to her unusual gift wouldn’t prove wise. In some cases, it could get her killed. With no alternative, she’d closed the door on her life among humans and moved into the local witch coven, where everyone was different.
“What will you do?” Her best friend since preschool, a coven member in good standing, sat next to her for moral support and encouragement. Ema didn’t need much encouragement. The second Beth had mentioned a one-night stand, she’d been hooked. And Madame Eve’s dating service would save her from dying of boredom, at least for one night.
But could she go through with it? A wicked smile tugged at her lips and her inner voice said, “Hell, yeah.” Human strangers gave her a sense of safety. They knew nothing about her past or her unusual abilities.
“Just one night?”
Lia Davis is a mother to two young adults and two very special, equally different kitty cats. She’s a wife to her soul mate, who drives her crazy during editing/revisions. She and her family live in Northeast Florida battling hurricanes and very humid summers. But it’s her home and she loves it!
An accounting major, Lia has always been a dreamer with a very activity imagination. The wheels in her head never stop. She only recently became serious about publishing her work and loves it more than she imagined. Writing is a stress reliever that allows her to go off in her corner of the house and enter into another world she created, leaving the day job where it belongs.
Her favorite things are spending time with family, traveling, reading, writing, chocolate, coffee, nature and hanging out with her kitties.
Check out this book, peeps! It's on my TBR (yes, the ever-growing one!) list.
From Mauritius with love,