Sunday, January 30, 2011

Q&A with Laurie London...and a giveaway!

We are excited to have first time author Laurie London visiting us today. She's going to answer some questions I posed to her and then it's your turn to ask her questions. She's giving away a copy of her book to one lucky reader. All you need to do is post a question for her.


1. Tell us about your release.

My debut novel, BONDED BY BLOOD, is the first book in the Sweetblood series from HQN. Here’s the back cover blurb:

Deep within the forests of the Pacific Northwest, two vampire coalitions battle for supremacy—Guardian enforcers who safeguard humanity and Darkblood rogues who kill like their ancient ancestors. Now, Guardian team leader Dominic Serrano will be forced to choose between the vengeance he craves and the woman he can’t live without…

Movie location scout Mackenzie Foster-Shaw has always known that she’s cursed to die young. No one can protect her from the evil that has stalked her family for generations—vampires who crave her rare blood type. Until one afternoon in a wooded cemetery, she encounters an impossibly sexy stranger, a man she must trust with her life.

For Dominic, a man haunted by loss, Mackenzie satisfies a primal hunger that torments him—and the bond they share goes beyond heat, beyond love. She alone can supply the strength he needs to claim his revenge. But in doing so, he could destroy her…

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

One of my favorite scenes is at the end of the first chapter. With an unconscious Mackenzie in his arms, Dom emerges from the trees surrounding the cemetery and sees not a car or a truck, but a white motorcycle parked on the gravel. He asks himself, “Who is this woman with the Hello Kitty keychain?”
When I wrote this, I had no idea how he knew about Hello Kitty. I doubt my husband could look at a keychain and recognize it by name. I wondered how and why a man like him knew about Hello Kitty. The reason ended up seeding the events of the second book.

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

I’ve always enjoyed writing, having written my first “book” at age ten about a racehorse, but when my sister became a Golden Heart finalist, the possibility suddenly existed that I might be able to achieve something exciting with my writing too.

4. How did you react when you got "the call" that you'd sold your book?

Actually, I didn’t get “the call.” I got “the text.” The day I was leaving for the Emerald City Writers Conference, my agent called to say we had an offer. I was excited, thrilled, and could hardly believe it was real, but because the deal wasn’t final, I couldn’t say anything. That weekend, I walked around the conference like a blank-eyed zombie. The following week, I was having dinner with a friend when I received a text message from my agent. She was at a cocktail party and had closed the deal with my editor. My friend and I toasted my first sale over Thai food and a pear/mint cocktail.

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

Wearing my noise-cancelling headphones that are turned on, but with no music playing.

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

That other people actually enjoyed reading what I’d written. For so long, I wrote just for myself. When a couple of my stories did well in contests judged by complete strangers, it was an eye-opener for me.

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

My sister is my most important influence. She’s been a member of RWA for a number of years, going to conferences, participating in critique groups, entering contests, and then, selling her book. When I let her read a story I’d been working on, she gave me some good tips and told me it had potential.

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

My husband and kids are thrilled, even though my kids won’t be allowed to read these books. I tease my daughter that I’ll let her read it when she goes to college. My mom, dad, and inlaws are excited for me, however, I’ve advised my inlaws not to read it. They’re pretty conservative and don’t watch sexy R-rated movies, so I think the books would be a little much for them!

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

Like most writers, I love to read and am a member of two book clubs. I also like to cook and when I have time, I enjoy all sorts of craft projects. Until my horse got hurt (she’s better now), I had her with a trainer and we showed in Quarter Horse shows with all the fancy tack and clothes. I’m hoping to show her again this spring.

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

Book two in the Sweetblood series, EMBRACED BY BLOOD, comes out in July.

11. How can readers connect with you online?

I’m online at http://www.laurielondonbooks.com/, Facebook www.facebook.com/LaurieLondonAuthor, and Twitter www.twitter.com/LaurieBLondon. Readers can also email me at Laurie@LaurieLondonBooks.com

Thanks, Patti, for having me on today! I’d love to give away a signed copy of BONDED BY BLOOD to one of your readers.

38 comments:

Sheree said...

Congrats on your debut! I love your book covers! Very eye-catching, first hot red and then the cooler blue.

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lushbookreviews said...

Great interview Laurie! I can't wait to read bonded by blood. Heard so many wonderful things.
:-)

Jennie said...

Great interview! This book sounds like an interesting read. I'm curious about the Hello Kitty scene. Hehe

debbie said...

I enjoyed the interview. I used to raise and help show quater horses,also. It is alot of fun. I would love to read your book.
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theJeepDiva said...

Great interview, awesome giveaway!
How many books are supposed to be in this series?

Mary Stella said...

This sounds like exactly the kind of read I enjoy. I like the HEllo Kitty idea. It makes me believe that stroing hard hedged heroes also have a softy side. Besides my daughter was (still is) a die hard Helly Kitty fan.

MaryS

archercrafts said...

Great interview! I always love learning about new authors especially when they write a book like this that I am totally interested in. Thanks!

CrystalGB said...

Great interview. Congrats on your debut release. Sounds good. :)

Katrina W said...

Wow love the red cover reminds me of Vampires ,, hawt !! and blood !! Your book sounds fang-tastic ** sorry had to add that one ** my kinda book :) I love hot vamps !!! and this cover is def that !! Congrads on your debut !!! off to facebook to fanpage you :) good luck with everything and Ill be follwing you along your way !!
;) thanks for the great interview !! and blurb !!

kat whittaker
kittee_cat@bigpond.com

Karen H in NC said...

Hi Laurie,

Congratulations on your debut release. The cover is yummy! And I love the Hello Kitty reference.

BTW, are you related to another romance author, Julia London?

throuthehaze said...

Congrats on the release! What is the name of the hero of your second book?

throuthehaze at gmail dot com

Kimmie, Nola said...

Great interview! I'm excited to read your books!

Congratulations on your first book!!!!

Kimberly

StacieDM said...

Congratulations on Bonded by Blood! I'm so glad your horse is doing better. I grew up with horses so I know how much their owners become attached to them.

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tetewa said...

I've been hearing alot about this one, congrats on the releasse! tWarner419@aol.com

Laurie London said...

Thank you, everyone, for stopping by and commenting!

@Sheree, thanks! I think they did a great job on those covers too.

@lushbookreviews, thank you! Hope you enjoy reading it.

@Jennie, LOL on Hello Kitty. I actually wrote a guest blog on Silk and Shadows about how that all came about.

@Debbie, A fellow QH girl!!! Yay!

@theJeepDiva, So far, there are two books...but I may have some news to share soon.

@MaryStella, I liked seeing a softer side of Dom when you find out how he knows about Hello Kitty. It totally melted me!

@archercrafts, thanks. So glad it sounds interesting!

@CrystalGB, thank you!!!

@Katrina W., thanks! No, I'm not related to her. :-(

@throuthehaze, thank you! The hero of the second book is Alfonso, Dom's brother and he's the blacksheep of the family. I had such a great time writing his story.

@Kimmie,Nola , thanks so much!!!

@StacieDM, thanks! We were days away from the biggest show of the season, when she slipped and tore a muscle in her leg. Poor baby! But she's completely healed now, thank goodness!

Sweet Vernal Zephyr said...

Great interview! Sorry to hear about your horse but glad to know she is all better now. :D

booklover0226 said...

Hi, Laurie.

I enjoyed the interview and look forward in reading BONDED BY BLOOD.

Thanks,
Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

Estella said...

Looking forward to reading Bonded By Blood!

Cybercliper said...

Congrats on receiving "the text"! I can't imagine the feeling! Love vampires and can't imagine ever getting too much of them. Look forward to checking these out! annhonATaolDOTcom

❤Stephanie! said...

Loved the interview, and can't wait to read the book!

Stephanie
thestephanieloves[at]gmail[dot]com

Sherry said...

Congratulations on your debut release. This sounds like a very interesting book.

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Izzy said...

Congrats on your release Laurie!

best of luck
Izzy
bradunwanted @ yahoo . com

Rebecca J. Clark said...

Hey Laur--this is so much fun, following you on your blog tour. :) I take full and all credit for you being where you are today, because I recognized your potential. LOL. Seriously, with or without me, you'd be doing great.

:)

elaing8 said...

Great interview and congrats on your new release. It sounds really good.I'm looking forward to reading it
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sgambunny said...

I would love to read the book! it looks SO good!

sgambunny @ hotmail . com

Danielle Gorman said...

I can't wait to read this book. It looks so good. Definitely going on my wishlist.

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Jessica said...

Great interview I really enjoyed it

Thank you for the giveaway.

jsididia@gmail.com

Judy Wiebe said...

Congratulations Laurie. Great interview and a wonderful story. Was "the text" before or after the boat ride?

Judy

Seo said...

Sounds like a really great book Laurie! Congrats on your debut

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Cecile Smutty Hussy said...

This is a great interview and **yayay** Congrats on your new release. It sounds really quite delicious! I'm looking forward to reading it.. hint hint!!!

alliwantandmorebooks@ gmail.com

Martha Lawson said...

I am so excited about for this book!! It looks awesome, and I can't wait to get my hands on a copy. I'd love to be entered to win. Thanks and congrats!

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Steph said...

Hi Laurie congratulations on your wonderful release!

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Caffey said...

Hi Laurie! I've been seeing the ads for this book and its almost here, finally! Huge congrats to you! It was great reading your interview. Great too you make sure you take time out for you to enjoy those crafts! So glad the horse is doing better!

cathiecaffey @ gmail.com

Pam P said...

Congratulations on the release, Laurie! Love paranormals and vamps, always looking for more to read and this sounds good.

Laurie London said...

Thank you so much, everyone, for stopping by and commenting. :-)

@Sweet Vernal Zephyr (love your screen name!) Thank you. It was scary, but she's completely healed now after being on complete stall rest for almost 6 months.

@Rebecca J. Clark <-- That's my sis that I talked about. See, she's pretty nice.

@Judy Let's see...I was on "the boat" because I'd already received "the text." :-) (Judy is in my local writing chapter and took a few of us out on her lovely boat before the ECWC conference.)

donnas said...

Congrats on the release! It sounds really good and Im looking forward to reading it.

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Chelsea B. said...

Hi, Laurie! Great interview and congrats on your release!

Mikki-Manó said...

Congrats for the release and thanks for the giveaway =)
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