Thanks for joining us Loreth. Please tell us about your book
IN THE BARREN GROUND is the story of young, rookie cop, Tana Larsson, who is driven by her past mistakes to take a post in the far north, close to the Arctic Circle—a place where darkness consumes the winter, and where humans are scarce, and predators roam freely. When her superior goes out of commission, Tana becomes the sole police officer in 17,500 square miles, and when a call comes one frigid night about the fatal wolf mauling of two students, the only way to reach the remote scene is to enlist the help of rogue bush pilot Cameron “Crash” O’Halloran, who is not quite what he seems. And neither is the mauling what it appears on the surface. It’s a dark, gritty suspense, with romance, and undertones of horror.
What should readers expect from your titles?
My more recent works tend towards the dark side. Readers have called then emotional, atmospheric with a vivid sense of place, and have said that I pull no punches. My heroines are strong characters, but they are not without their vulnerabilities and faults. Or fears. They are not looking to be rescued by the heroes they meet along the way, but often the hero will offer them a lens through which they can reexamine and understand themselves in new ways.
Getting a book to market often takes a village. Who has helped you on the way?
My husband is a total stalwart in his support of my writing career (and a saint for putting up with me during the dark deadline hours!) And I cannot say enough about my Montlake publishing team—from my talented editors Alison Dasho and Charlotte Herscher, to the copy editor and proofreading teams, to the art and publicity/marketing departments, to our author liaison goddess, Jessica Poore, who keeps all the authors ridiculously happy and seems to be able anything we throw at her within minutes and with aplomb -- They’re the village that helped put this book into the hands of readers.
Do you have a favorite or interesting reader meet moment?
The have a recent ‘oops’ meet moment that comes immediately to mind. It happened at RWA in San Diego this past July. I was part of the Montlake publisher-sponsored signing when a woman with a delightful smile came up to my table to say hello. I grabbed a copy of IN THE BARREN GROUND from my pile and asked to whom I should sign it for, and she said: “Oh, actually I’ve already read that book.” That’s when her name tag came into focus, and I realized she was my new editor who I’d not yet had occasion to meet in person!!
What's a writing day like for you?
When I’m on deadline I tend to follow a rather mundane-sounding routine. I rise early (the tighter the deadline, the earlier—think 5 a.m.!) And I writing in timed forty minute chunks, taking a ten minute break to catch up on admin, or to tackle other chores etc, before buckling down for the next forty-minute ‘session.’ I find that pacing myself in this way—including forced short breaks from the computer—gives me the best intensity of mental focus and I can keep these work-rest chunks going for long hauls. I do use software to lock myself off the ‘Interwebs’ during those sessions, otherwise my brain tries to ferret down those suddenly-attractive online escape holes whenever the going gets tricky, or tough :) By the afternoon, however, my Black Beast of a Labdradog has had enough of this!! and is demanding his run or hike/swim in the forest, or in winter, we hit the trails daily for a cross-country skiing break. After making and eating supper with my family, I hit the computer again for the evening/night shift.
What's next for you as an author?
I’ve just completed the manuscript for THE DROWNED GIRLS, and I cannot wait to bring this story to readers! It’s the first in my three-book Angie Pallorino series—a darkly gritty, sexy, female-driven police procedural series with a romantic arc that develops over three books. THE DROWNED GIRLS releases in late spring next year, but is available for pre-order now.
About the Author
Loreth Anne White is an award-winning author of romantic suspense, thrillers, and mysteries. She has won the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award for Romantic Suspense, the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the Romantic Crown for Best Romantic Suspense and Best Book Overall. In addition, she has been a two-time RITA finalist, a Booksellers’ Best finalist, a multiple Daphne Du Maurier Award finalist, and a multiple CataRomance Reviewers’ Choice Award winner. A former journalist and newspaper editor who has worked in both South Africa and Canada, she now resides in the Pacific Northwest with her family.