Today we have with us the author of the Nightcreature novels, Lori Handeland. Welcome to RomFan Reviews, Lori. It is a great pleasure to have you with us today.
Happy to be here. Thanks for asking me.
This first question is kind of two parts. First, what made you decide to start writing and second, how did you get your start writing?
I always wanted to be a writer. Even when I was a kid and other kids would say they were going to be a nurse or a grocery store clerk, I'd say I was going to be a writer. Then they'd all look at me like I was a weird little kid. Which I guess I was.
However, when college time came I went to school to become a teacher since I'd been informed by everyone in authority that writers can't make a living. I needed a back up plan.
Of course once I got in the classroom I realized I'd rather wait tables than teach high school, so that's what I did. And I started writing a book.
I was lucky enough for that first book to be published, and I've been writing for a living ever since.
Tell us a little about your new book in the series, Marked by the Moon, which will be on bookshelves tomorrow.
MARKED BY THE MOON is the 9th book in my NIghtcreature Novel series, although each book can be read as a stand alone novel.
In it, tough as nails Alexandra Trevalyn does what most people can’t: She kills werewolves. Once part of the Jager-Suchers, an elite group of monster hunters, she’s going rogue these days, though she is no less determined to rid the world of bloodthirsty beasts…once and for all. That’s why Alex had no choice but to kill Julian Barlow’s wife—and will have to pay the price.
Julian’s brand of vengeance is downright devious, and now he’s turned Alex into a member of his pack. It’s only a matter of time before she falls under his spell. With the wild freedom of the wolf in her veins, Alex can’t deny that Julian wakes her most primal passions…and draws her that much closer to the moon’s call, where evil lies in wait.
You have two more books in the series scheduled to be released in 2011. Will we see more?
Yes, MOON CURSED, my take on the Loch Ness Monster, will be released in March, with CRAVE THE MOON to follow in July. I hope to do more Nightcreature Novels after that as well.
Another series you write is the Phoenix Chronicles series. Can you tell us a little about this series?
The Phoenix Chronicles is my urban fantasy series, which began with ANY GIVEN DOOMSDAY.
I’d long been fascinated by the tale of the Fallen Angels, or Grigori. How they came to earth to watch the humans, then mated with the daughters of men and produced a supernatural race known as the Nephilim. In the world of The Phoenix Chronicles, the Nephilim have been here since the beginning of time, wearing human faces, but beneath they are the monsters of legend—vampires, shape shifters and more.
The heroine, Elizabeth Phoenix, discovers there is a secret society that fights these supernatural creatures, and she’s just been put in charge of the ground troops. One little problem—the end of the world has been set in motion—doomsday is right around the corner—and she has no idea what she’s doing. Luckily she gets a little help from the two men in her life--her childhood love, Jimmy Sanducci, and her mentor, the Navajo witch, Sawyer.
You have written in several different genres. Do you have a preference and is there one easier to write than another?
I'm usually writing in a particular genre because I was possessed by a particular storyline, which makes that genre my favorite of the moment. I've never found any one particular genre easier or harder than another.
I know it seems these two questions are always asked, but readers and future writers like to know. What do you like most about writing? What do you dislike about it?
My favorite thing about writing is the wonder of it. Every day there is something new, someone new, some twist I didn't expect.
What I dislike most is that the writing's always there. You never get a break. There is no "off" day, no true vacation. Someone's always whispering--tell MY story next. Tell it NOW.
When you get some down time what would you be doing?
I am usually watching the myriad shows I've DVRd and never seem to catch up on, while I crochet. I also like to read whenever I get a chance. I don't get as much time to read as I used to and I miss it.
Who are some fellow authors you enjoy reading?
Janet Evanovich, JD Robb, Susan Elizabeth Philips.
Any advice you would like to give to future authors?
The only way to fail is to quit. Keep at it.
Where can readers go to find out more about you and your books?
Thank you so much Lori for spending some time with us. It was a pleasure having you here, and we hope you come back again real soon.
Anytime! Thanks for having me.
And now, Lori has offered to give away a signed copy of Marked by the Moon to one person who leaves a comment on this interview by Saturday, November 6th. Good luck!