LC: 1. I was afraid of dogs when I was younger, but had a pet snake.
2. You don’t ever want to watch a scary movie with me. I’ll be terrified and force you to sit with me to watch comedies until my heartbeat stops racing.
3. I’m a former Marine. But don’t worry, a very petite one who doesn’t look intimidating at all.
BBB: What actors would you choose to play some of your characters if your book were made into a movie or a TV show?
LC: Bradley Cooper in The Hangover would play a good Michel in Smoldering Nights, if he could speak in a sexy French accent.
For Tristan Stone, I can’t think of any living actors. But I do picture a young dark-eyes Jim Morrison of the Doors with the tall stature of Peter Steele of Type O Negative. And with Alan Rickman’s sexy voice. Killer combination.
BBB: How do you keep track of your world building?
LC: I have a hardbound book with blank pages I’ve used to draw maps of the nightclub Vamps, the surrounding area, Cape Ann, Massachusetts, character descriptions, timelines, and the paranormal elements for my vampires and shapeshifters.
BBB: Please tell us more about Smoldering Nights and the storyline that drives it.
LC: Nike is a firefighter who likes to unwind from her long shifts by wearing sexy outfits to go dancing with her fellow firefighter Maya at the goth club Vamps. Only this time, she runs into Michel, the man she’d been admiring from afar at a rock climbing gym, but had become tongue-tied when he’s around. Their initial encounter exceeds all her fantasies when he invites her to a private room upstairs. Just when things heat up, Michel’s enemies appear.
Michel isn’t mortal and someone from his past is on the hunt for vengeance. Michel and Nike are forced on the run and hide out in a coastal cottage in Maine where they can’t resist their attraction to each other. However, they still have many differences to overcome. And they’re still being hunted.
Smoldering Nights is the first in the Underground Encounters series where characters meet at the goth underground nightclub Vamps. The next book, Fiery Nights, focuses on Maya and the new owner of Vamps, Tristan Stone. Their initial attraction is overpowering, yet they both have secrets of their own, which threatens to keep them apart while at the same time bringing them together.
BBB: How many more books there be in this world?
LC: I’ve written four and I’m currently revising the last two I before I send in to my editor. Rock ‘n roll, shapeshifters, vampires, bounty hunters, and a lot of hot sex! I also have a shorter story in mind I plan to start after the holidays as well as ideas for others in the future. I originally had three in mind, but am having so much fun with this series that I plan to keep writing.
BBB: Did you do any kind of research to determine the details of your characters lives / lifestyles?
LC: For Nike and Maya, the heroines in Smoldering Nights and Fiery Nights, I wanted them to work in a male-dominated action-oriented field. I wanted them to be tough enough to work in that atmosphere surrounded by men, yet wanting to have an outlet to their high-stressed jobs; in this case, dancing in sexy outfits in an underground nightclub. And for all their toughness, one particular man touches a soft spot deep inside.
As I mentioned, I served in the Marine Corps when I was younger so I’m familiar with the male dominated work atmosphere. After being in a shapeless camouflage uniform being “one of the guys” all day, sometimes you just want to let your hair down and remember you’re a woman.
For some more recent stories with shapeshifters, I’ve read about animal characteristics and more about locations. My 3rd and 4th book include English references and settings. I have family in England and have visited several times, but I’ve had to do research to make sure things I’ve written are accurate.
BBB: Are you a plotser or a panster? or a Planster (a combo of both – lol)
LC: I wish I was a plotser, but I can’t do it. I wing it and see how the characters develop. So far, it has all come together in the end and it’s exciting to watch how things end up. But I do envy authors who can plan out every detail in advance.
BBB: What types of creatures can readers expect in your world?
LC: I’ve always thought vampires were hot, but now I’m seeing the allure of shapeshifters, so you’ll definitely see both of those, and maybe a gargoyle or two. I’m not a big fan of werewolves or zombies, but you never know.
BBB: What’s coming up for you in 2012 and 2013?
LC: Fiery Nights is coming out December 28th. I can’t wait for that! I LOVED the characters in that book so much that whenever they hurt each other, it pained me. I’m currently revising books 3 and 4 in my series, both include shapeshifters and rock and roll, which make it a blast for me. Then I’ll flesh out my gargoyle short story. I also enjoy writing non-fiction and have some ideas for the new year.
Here’s the blurb for Fiery Nights:
“Tristan Stone avoids people—the darkness that surrounds them drains him. When he sees Maya for the first time, alone on the dance floor, a light surrounds her. He must discover who she is and what gives her power.
Maya sees a man with haunting eyes watching her from the back of the club. She feels their connection, but thinks it’s merely physical attraction. Their passion ignites, overpowering them, and they must work together to understand their connection. The heat of their passion reflects their fiery personalities, which could send their world up in flames.”
Read more at Ellora’s Cave: http://www.ellorascave.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=Fiery+Nights
“I’ve loved the vampire myth since I was in third grade and had a crush on Dracula (rivaled only by my eternal love for Darth Vader). Now I have a strange attraction to Severus Snape–apparently I have a thing for dark, brooding guys wearing capes.
When I was younger, I served in the Marine Corps and backpacked around Europe on my own, which has provided me enough settings and characters for a lifetime of writing. Currently,I live in the Boston area with my fantastic, supportive husband and two kids. I’m very happy to be a multi-published, award-winning author writing in different genres.
Disclaimer: I go bat-shit crazy before Halloween and start decorating my house on October 1st. You can never have enough gargoyles.”
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