Raven's Kiss | Paranormal Romance | April 13, 2011
Life is sometimes a real kick in the pants for Raven Grace, who's become a Shapeshifter as a result of a daemon's curse. Now she works as an undercover agent for THE RECOVERY, an organization dedicated to wiping out evil Others and restoring peace and tranquility to her hometown of Carolers Falls. When she gets a lead on the daemon who turned her, Raven finds herself trapped in a parallel world where she has to rely on the help of the charismatic Finn McPhee, a Scotsman who sets her blood racing, in order to unravel the secret of her past...
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Please describe your writing environment.
My writing environment is my very sloppy, very overcrowded den. I share my computer desk with two overflowing bookcases and two huge litterboxes :) I have my CD player positioned on top of the desk, which has three shelves. Once I'm in my chair, I crank up the CD with either Michael Buble or Phantom of the Opera and away we go!
Please tell us your latest news!
Well, my big news is the release of my latest paranormal, RAVEN'S KISS. The cover is super-sexy and I'm really excited to release this story!
Also, during the month of May I'm hosting a fundraiser for KIDS NEED TO READ on my blog, www.catsbooksmorecats.blogspot.com. KNTR sends books to kids who live in underprivileged areas whose families can't afford to buy them, or who do not have easy access to a library. This is the charity that Nathan Fillion (ABC's Castle, Firefly) founded. During the month of May, I'm donating the proceeds of MY SUPERHERO SISTER entirely to them, so if you know of a teen/tween who might enjoy a good YA fantasy, it's only $1.99 and you will be helping a good cause :)
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
My favorite author would have to be J. D. Robb. I really love the way she writes, so descriptive. She has a knack of making the characters just jump off the page and immersing you totally in the story. If I could write just one teeny bit like her I'd be a very happy camper!
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I always liked to make up stories as a child. I loved to read comic books, and if I didn't like their endings I'd just rewrite them :)
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Yes - dont ever get discouraged, just keep on, nose to the grindstone, and never, ever give up. It WILL happen. Patience is a virtue.
What main genre do you write in?
Paranormal / Urban Fantasy
What's been the most challenging part of writing for you?
Staying focused on the storyline I'm writing at the current time. I have so many ideas in my head that I'm afraid my mind tends to wander.
Who has been your best supporter? How have they been there for you?
My best supporter would have to be my friend Viola who lives in Phoenix. When we worked together we were at a seminar and she turned to me and said, "You know, you should be a writer." I looked at her and said, "Gee, I've always dabbled in it. I guess I am." It was after that I started to write seriously with an eye toward getting an agent and eventual publication. I did have an agent briefly in 2008; it didn't work out, but I'm hopeful to get another someday.
Do you like to mix genres?
Absoluely. I constantly mix paranormal with mystery. My books are very cross-genre, which, as one agent told me, makes me hard to "brand" or "market". Probably a reason why I like indie publishing.
What inspires your writing?
Gosh - it could be anything. A word, a phrase...the inspiration for a book that I'm publishing later this year was a name on, of all things, a garbage truck! sometimes I'll even write a book around a phrase I like. It all depends. When the muse strikes...
Do you have any animals? Do they influence your writing?
Absolutely. I have four cats: Rocco, an opinionated black tuxedo cat; Max, a gold tabby; Trixie, a gray tabby; and Gata, a white and gray cat. Rocco especially is an influence - he likes to sit on my lap while Im trying to type and often "paws" the computer screen if i write something he does not like. Rocco does most of the writing on my blog, catsbooksmorecats.blogspot.com. He's very into charities that invlolve Children and animals, horror movies and Nathan Fillion!
Toni Lotempio, Author of Paranormal Romance and YA Fantasy