Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Q&A with Lori Brighton ... with a giveaway!!!

1. Tell us about your newest release.

Sure! The Ghost Hunter is a contemporary paranormal romance. Here’s a blurb:

When Ashley Hunter inherits the Inn where her father mysteriously vanished years ago, she jumps at the chance to finally uncover the truth about his disappearance. But soon after taking ownership of the decrepit building, Ashley realizes she’s in for far more than she bargained. Not only has she inherited answers to many sought-after questions, she’s also inherited spirits, demons and even fallen angels! Then Cristian arrives, a gorgeous man who insists he merely needs a room to rent. She believes him, until one by one her ghosts start disappearing...

As a fallen angel destined for a life of servitude, Cristian Lucius is relegated to protecting earth from unwanted spirits. But he can’t accomplish this daunting task alone. He requires assistance from the very woman who frustrates him as much as she intrigues him. Cristian is determined to ignore his intense attraction for Ashley, and focus on his mission. If they don’t work together, they won’t have a chance in hell of defeating the demon threatening their lives. The problem is getting Ashley to trust him. No easy task, considering Cristian is the very man responsible for her father’s disappearance.


2. Can you tell us a little about your favorite scene in the story?

Good question! Hmm... There’s a shower scene, and it does get a little spicy, but doesn’t go as you’d expect. For me it’s the first time the hero and heroine really start to break down and show their true selves.

3. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I’d always had a huge imagination, but didn’t think about becoming a writer until I was in my twenties. I’d always loved romance novels and I’d just quit my job because we were moving, so I figured why not try it? Once I got started, I couldn’t stop. It only took me seven years for my first novel to get published. lol

4. Where do you get your information or ideas for your stories?

Everywhere! I came up with the idea for The Ghost Hunter after going on The Haunted Mansion ride at Disney World. I wondered, what would happen if a woman inherited a haunted mansion. And that was the start of the story. For my debut book, Wild Heart, my son was watching the Disney Tarzan cartoon and around the same time I saw a special on feral children. That’s where I got the idea for that book.

5. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I tend to write more than one book at a time and even different genres. Most writers would find this confusing, but I like the break. It helps me clear my head. It’s usually not too confusing, unless I’m writing two different views, first person for one book and third for the other. Then I might forget to switch from I to She.

6. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

The most surprising thing is that I never run out of ideas. I have so many written down and in my head, that I could write books for years at this point.

The most surprising thing I learned after is how hard it is to sell a book and make a living off of a writing career. I knew it was hard going in, but you don’t really realize how hard until you’re there.


7. What authors or friends influenced you in helping you become a writer?

Julie Garwood was the first romance author I read. I totally fell in love with romance books after reading one of her historicals. I was hooked and loved them so much, I decided to write one of my own.

As for writing partners, I’ve belonged to so many critique groups who have helped me along the way. I’ve had a few writing friends who have stuck with me. Most of the credit has to go to my writing partners: Harris Channing, H.P. Mallory and Leigh LaValle.

Of course I would not be here (nor would any other author) without the help of bloggers. Promoting is pretty much dependant on the author nowadays and blogging is the best way to promote your book. So I’ll always be grateful to readers and bloggers.

8. What does your family think about your career as a published author?

I have a very wonderful, supportive and creative family. My mother always had a book in hand and I have to say I get my imagination from her. She’s thrilled for me, as well as everyone else. My grandmother is so funny, she always reads my books even though I know the romance and sexual tension is a bit shocking for her. If only she knew what was really out there! lol

9. Besides writing, what other interests do you have?

Of course reading. I also love my television! As a family we often go hiking and traveling. I love the beach; our vacations pretty much revolve around the Ocean. I also love to draw and paint, although I haven’t done that in awhile.

10. Can you tell us about what’s coming up next for you writing wise?

My third book, Wild Desire, will be out March 2011. It’s a historical paranormal.

I’m working on a second book for The Ghost Hunter. In this second book, Devon (a secondary character) will be the hero. I’ve also got another Contemporary Paranormal I’m working on and Young Adult book that is finished and waiting to be published. And I plan to continue to write historicals. So plenty to keep me busy!


Visit Lori at http://www.loribrighton.com/ for more information!


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Lori is giving away two ecopies of THE GHOST HUNTER to two lucky winners. To enter, just post away by commenting/asking Lori questions.

16 comments:

cait045 said...

This is the first time I am hearing about Lori's series and I am excited to know it isn't a stand all books. I love series. The cover looks great.

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Lori Brighton said...

Thanks so much for stopping by Cait!

Sherry said...

This looks like a very good series and I love the cover. Lori is a new to me author.

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Edie Ramer said...

I've read both books, so don't include me in the drawing.

Terrific interview! I loved all the surprises in Ghost Hunter. It's a page turner.

Blodeuedd said...

Just stopping by to say hi to Lori :D
Yay Devon, any hint who his heroine is?

chey said...

This sounds like a book I'd like to read!

chey127 at hotmail dot com

LSUReader said...

Lori--You mentioned reading is among your hobbies. Can you tell us some of your favorite authors and books?

Jane said...

Congrats on the new release, Lori. Julie Garwood was my introduction to romance, too. Which of Julie's heroes is your favorite? I'm torn between Alec and Gabriel.

cories5 said...

Congrats on your new release! Is your YA book a paranormal as well?

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Estella said...

Congrats on your release!
How many books do you have planned for the ghost hunter series?

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Lori Brighton said...

Great questions!
As for The Ghost Hunter, the second book will star Devon, a secondary character in the first book. The heroine will be a new character. If it keeps doing well, there might be a third. But 3 would probably be it.

The Young Adult is hard to describe. It is about people will special abilities, but not sure if you'd consider it paranormal in the typical sense. No witches or vampires or anything like that. It's still with one publisher. I'm waiting to hear back to see if they want it; it's taking them forever! If they don't want it I'll self publish it very soon.

Julie Garwood is my absolute favorite author. As for a favorite hero of hers, hmm, I'm not sure! They're all sort of similar, which is why I sort of like them all! I'm going to have to dig out one of her historicals and reread it. I love her heroes!

Thanks so much for stopping by everyone!

Martha Lawson said...

Wow! This book sounds awesome. Lori you are a new to me author. I love finding them. Please enter me for this one.

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flchen1 said...

Hi, Lori! Your writing is new to me--congrats on your releases! I love hearing that you've got more ideas than time :) As a reader, I like knowing there's more where that came from :D

How fabulous that your family is so supportive of your writing! Does your husband read your books too? :)

Lori Brighton said...

No, my husband doesn't read them. But I'm not offended, he doesn't read at all, but for newspapers. And he's the one who always figures out my website and downloads my books and all that computer stuff that I can't do, so I can't be upset with him :)

Laurie said...

Hi Lori,

What a busy life you have.
I'm amazed that you can write more than one book at a time and in different genres.

Cristian, Devon, Fallen Angels, Ghosts.. contemps and historicals
WOW! I want to know more!!
Thanks for sharing.

Cherie J said...

The Ghost Hunter sounds great. I also love the whole special abilities thing with your YA novel. Paranormal does not always have to be about witches, ghosts, vampires etc. I love variety. Julie Garwood was the author that hooked me on historicals as well. Such an amazing writer.