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