Lisa Beth Darling

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Interview By: Tamazon

Date: June 02, 2011

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The Heart of War | Moon Mistress Publishing | DARK Erotic Paranormal Romance | 12/10/2010

Inside the Heart of every Warrior breathes the Soul of a Hero--even within The Heart of War.

Meet Ares God of War, the greatest Warrior the world has ever known. He's moody, grumpy, dominant, ravenously sexual, and above all, built like a Greek God.

Suspected of killing his Daughter in-Law, Psyche, and long in exile from Olympus, the solitude of Ares' secluded Greek Isle is interrupted when Magdalena MacLeod a plucky little Fey washes up on his shore after believing she's been shipwrecked. It's not mere fate that has brought the unlikely couple together yet it may be what tears them apart.

Branded with a golden chastity belt bearing the mark of Cernunnos, Celtic God of the Forest and Death, Alena has been on the run from her husband the Great Horned God for 200 years.

When the Olympians discover her presence on Ares' island, they send Apollo to the island while Ares is away with orders to bring her to Olympus. With nowhere to run and strikes a bargain with the God of War--her virginity for his protection.

Ares sees a sweeter deal; her in his bed and himself back in his rightful place on Olympus among the Gods. If it means turning Alena over to Zeus afterward, well that's of no consequence to him...is it?

After Alena proves herself to the God of War in battle and in his bed, the Ares must choose between his Divinely Dysfunctional Family, his pride, and Alena.

Get lost in this sweeping dark saga of lust, rage, revenge, and redemption. Battle Ancient Gods while falling in love with Ares God of War and Alena MacLeod. They share a love that will rock the world from the heights of Olympus to the Celtic moors.

Please describe your writing environment.

My office is rather small, as you can see I sit at a very old desk--made circa 1940--and it's absolutely HUGE. I'm always accompanied by a picture of my grandfather smiling at me and my very first letter from Stephen King. That letter was sent to me way back before he got so famous and was actually typed and signed by him. My walls are filled with my own photography including black and whites taken inside the Norwich State Hospital, said to be one of the most haunted places in Connecticut. I also have a signed poster from the "Rock Bottom Remainders" hanging on my wall it's signed by Stephen King, Dave Barry, Amy Tan and a several others. It hangs next to my 5 shelf wood & glass bookcase which houses my Stephen King collection, research books, and herbal/pagan books.

Please tell us your latest news!

My newest novel "The Heart of War" is receiving fantastic reviews! I'm just thrilled about that, I never expected it to be so well received or acclaimed. It's gone so well that I've recently gone into the merchandising business and have some super sexy items featuring 'Ares' and 'Raven' from the upcoming sequel "Child of War".

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

Well if you couldn't tell already...my favorite author is Stephen King and he has been ever since I picked up a copy of "'Salem's Lot" when I was 10. I have an original paperback of that book and it's one of my most prized possessions.

I love nearly everything about his work though I wish he'd do more sex! I've always loved his use of children in his stories, they bring an element of innocence and magic that really can't be captured in any other manner. I also like the fact that, for the most part, what's really terrifying about his books is that they could happen. Not necessarily when he's dealing with ghosties and demons but rabid dogs? Sure. The end of the world via Captain Tripps (The Stand) you bet'cha. He uses The Shop (the government) in scary ways as well such as in "Firestarter" or "Under the Dome".

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I was in the 4th grade and we were given our first creative writing assignments. We were supposed to write a little story about the first flight of a baby bird. Everyone's story was sweet and light and sunshine...but mine. In my story, the baby bird flew too high, he crashed into an air plane and fell to the Earth dead. The mama bird cried, the papa bird cried, even God cried as He sent to the rain to fall. I knew from that second that writing was for me, I would always do it. I have. I've now been writing for 36 years and I haven't stopped.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Do your own thing. Never try to fit into someone else's mold. It's one thing if a publisher says something like: This is wonderful, if you could fix small glitches for us we'd be glad to take you on. But it's completely another when they want a total overhaul of your work so that even you don't recognize it anymore. Find your own voice, find your niche, and people will join you. It's most important to always stay true to yourself and the story you're writing.

Do you have a favorite object that is pertinent to your writing?

Several; candles and incense are very important to me. I'm pagan so I always like to invoke the Gods to help me with my writing. It's also good to have a cup of coffee or Coke, my cigs, a bit of Old Toby. I'm all set especially if it happens to be a rainy day and I'm alone in the house. Oh! Under those conditions I can sit there for hours on end just skipping down my merry little path and having a ball.

What main genre do you write in?

Erotica Romance

Do you like to mix genres?

I like to go wherever the story takes me and if that means mixing it up then that's fine. I don't believe in categorizing everything or being limited by category definitions.

What inspires your writing?

Anything can do it. I happened to be on the Internet looking around for yummy pictures to add my 'pick me up' collection of hot guys when I stumbled upon a photograph that grabbed me by the throat and wouldn't let go. In less than 5 minutes I had a 500 page novel rolling around in my head. That's the "The Heart of War" started, all because of a photograph.

Do you have any animals? Do they influence your writing?

I love cats. I've always owned cats. Mostly they're black males, I take them because most other people don't want black cats. My current kitty, Harry--named for Harry Potter--is THEE coolest cat EVER. He likes to garden me with, sleep with me, sit on my lap. But that's not all, he's such a pet-me-ho that if you live on my street and you keep a regular schedule he will wait for you on the sidewalk outside my house just so you can pet him.

If you had to choose one person to have dinner with, who would it be? And why?

I'd say Stephen King but I'd really like to spend an entire weekend picking his brain. I'd love to have a nice dinner with the man who inspired "The Heart of War", Kevin Smith. No, not the funny pudgy guy from New Jersey. The awesome hunk who portrayed 'Ares' on Hercules and Xena. Once dinner was over, perhaps he'd stick around for dessert!

Thank you so much for having me here today I've really enjoyed it. Don't forget on December 31, 2011... A God is Born in "Child of War", I hope you'll join me as Ares and Alena's adventures continue.

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