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Smoldering Nights: 1 (Underground Encounters) by Lisa CarlisleBBB: Tell us 3 things not in your bio we don’t know about you that might make us leery of befriending you. LOL

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

Author Bio:
“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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146 comments

  1. I would have befriended you when you were younger – I love snakes :D

    Mind you I also love Dogs :D

    ilona
    felinewyvern at googlemail dot com

  2. Do the people and events in your real life influence your writing at all?

    • Good question. My characters aren’t based on any particular people in my life, but their actions are. What I mean is that I and people I know make mistakes, say the wrong thing, try to do what they think is best for others–when it isn’t necessarily so and isn’t wanted–which is what makes them feel more real to me.

      As for events, I once ran into someone I recognized at the gym while wearing a sexy dress at a club and felt the awkwardness that Nike feels upon seeing Michel. However, it was not a romantic encounter like hers turns out to be. ;)

  3. In answer to the question about cross-paranormal species mixes, I say go for it, I love them.

  4. Answer the Author’s Question – What do you think about cross-paranormal species mixes? For instance, a shapeshifter and a vampire?

    I like it, it keeps things interesting. Opposites attract!

  5. 1.Military question-why not? New is always exciting
    2.Gargoyles would be fun-would they turn into hot men??
    3.If I remember, I will go check out the song. I figure if the author thinks enough of it to put the title, it must be worth checking out!

  6. I love gargoyles!

  7. What do you think about cross-paranormal species mixes? For instance, a shapeshifter and a vampire? I like them.
    Do you ever look up songs an author includes or do you just skip it? Sometimes.

  8. I’m not good at thinking up questions, so… let’s just do an old stand-by, what motivated you to become a writer?

    • That’s a good question.
      I’ve wanted to write since the sixth grade. My teacher gave us weekend assignments where we had to write a short story based on a theme and I looked forward to it every week. Looking forward to homework on the weekend, what was wrong with me? ;)

      • That’s a great assignment. I’ve loved to write ever since I was little as well. I was always a book worm and wanted to create my own stories. I would even act them out ;)

  9. Answer the Author’s Question – What do you think about cross-paranormal species mixes? For instance, a shapeshifter and a vampire?

    I’ve always felt that LOVE wants what it wants, and who am I to think it’s wrong. Love is bigger than all of us. Not to mention the angst that can be created between the two lovers which can totally make a story.

  10. Great interview.this sounds like a great book.
    What 3 words each, would you use to describe your hero and heroine?

  11. What was your favorite scene to write in this book?

  12. Ooh, good question.
    Nike is brave, confident, yet reserved.
    Michel is smooth, sexy, and considerate.

  13. Answer the Author’s Question – How about a romance between human in the military with a paranormal figure? Since I’ve written nonfiction about my experiences in the Marines and then fiction with paranormal romances, I’ve thought about one day combining my two worlds to see what happens. ;)

    There are a few series out there that have done this very thing and I think it allows another level of tension, because you can go so many ways with it. Does the government know about the paranormal? Does the government abuse the paranormal, protect them? Is there a secret government agency that created the paranormal species? is out to end the paranormal? or is helping to hide the paranormal from the rest of the world?

  14. Answer the Author’s Question – What about gargoyles? I think they’re sexy and spooky, but I might not be the norm. There are many statues of gargoyles in Vamps and I’m going to focus on one in an upcoming story.

    Never met a gargoyle I didn’t like! LOL
    Have you read Alexandra Ivy? She has the best gargoyle character!
    Otherwise, I don’t think I’ve given them much thought. Dated a guy when I was young that liked everything spooky and I bought him a small statue as a gift. My brain is peculating ideas on how these can be sexy… oh yeah… can see it now ;)

  15. Answer the Author’s Question – I listen to music all day long and include a lot of songs in my books. I’ve even created Spotify playlists on my site for each book. See http://www.lisacarlislebooks.com/welcome-to-vamps/playlists/. What do you think about music in stories? Do you ever look up songs an author includes or do you just skip it?

    Music is a big deal around our house and there are times that I look through the play lists to see if there is anything I recognize. I loved buying movie soundtracks, so yeah, I think knowing the song for the scene can set the mood.

    • Funny, I was just thinking of a couple of characters I’m writing about now. One would be into Adele while the other would be into harder rock like System of a Down. Opposites attracting, I suppose.

      • LOVE Adele! She’s been my recent addiction. Like Paramore and Evanessence and Lady Antebellum. Of course you can’t go wrong with classics like the Doors, the Beatles, Rush, Alice Cooper, Joan Jett, etc. Oh, and just list all of the 80′s music here LOL I’m so glad my kids enjoy listing to the “oldies” with me!

  16. I was afraid of dogs but loved snakes as a kid too. I used to wrap garter snakes around my neck :). How did you get over your fear of dogs?

    • Lisa and Viki S.

      My brother and I used to play with Garter snakes when I was little too. Never had a fear of dogs per say… my fear is of Chichihuas. My aunt had two different ones, same color, and they both bit me. I still get nervous around solid light brown chichihuas.

    • Funny! I once wrapped my ball python around my neck and played dead. My mom was not amused.

  17. Who are some of your favorite paranormal authors?

  18. If you had the chance to travel back in time – what era/time would you choose and why?

  19. Answer question: What do you think of cross-paranormal species mixes?

    I think it can be a very interesting combination. I just finished reading A Discovery of Witches which has a romance between a vampire and a witch.

  20. Answer question: How about a romance between a human in the military with a paranormal figure?

    This combination would present a lot of opportunities for conflict.

  21. If you had the ability to crawl/live in a literary world. What book series would you choose and what would you like to be there?

    • I loved Anne Rice’s vampire series and even drove to New Orleans when I was in college because I was fascinated by the world she presented. I haven’t read the more recent vampires books she’s written, but read the first three numerous times.
      How about you?

      • Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar. I fell hard for that series. I would love to visit the Shin’a'in (Tamra’s my favorite!), see the Hawkbrothers (Firesong was a hoot!) and I would love to be a herald just to have a companion!

  22. I also think gargoyles would make a great story.

  23. What do you think about cross-paranormal species mixes? For instance, a shapeshifter and a vampire?

    Don’t see why not. It really mixes things up! Cynthia Eden’s latest the hero turned into a werewolf. Then he became a hybrid mix due to his mate that made him into something more.

    But I like when authors are finding new species to slid in. Valkyries, Sirens, Elves (okay I’m an elf geek. Love drows)

  24. How about a romance between human in the military with a paranormal figure? Since I’ve written nonfiction about my experiences in the Marines and then fiction with paranormal romances, I’ve thought about one day combining my two worlds to see what happens. ;)

    Why not? That would be a neat combination. At least with the human in the military the paranormal would know their human can defend themselves. Though they are weak compared to them but they were not helpless!

    That would be an awesome combination and I would definitely read it.

  25. I like to check out the songs an author has included in the story, because they can be important to the story.

  26. What about gargoyles? I think they’re sexy and spooky, but I might not be the norm. There are many statues of gargoyles in Vamps and I’m going to focus on one in an upcoming story.

    that would be something different.. There is not many gargoyles in stories. I can think of Vickie Taylor’s gargoyl series. There is Hob in Alexis morgan’s fantasy-romance (I got the ARC coming to me for the second boo) and Alexander Ivy’s seies.

    • There used to be a store downtown that sold gargoyle decor. I loved it. Too bad it’s gone.
      This is the second time I’m hearing about Alexandra Ivy so I’ll have to check her stuff out. Thanks!

  27. I listen to music all day long and include a lot of songs in my books. I’ve even created Spotify playlists on my site for each book. See http://www.lisacarlislebooks.com/welcome-to-vamps/playlists/. What do you think about music in stories? Do you ever look up songs an author includes or do you just skip it?

    Julie Ann Walker is a prime example of this. She had a minor character singing “Take it on the Run” by Reo Speedwagon. I had to scour my ipod for that song to listen to it. I was singing along with Ozzie.

    But I like that about stories. Joan Swan a baddie was singing GN’R. I sang along with him. But yeah I like it when it’s songs that I know.

    When I write I have to have music to transport me away to write. It helps blend out the noise of the kids. Sometimes it’s bands and music I don’t know.

    • Checked out the playlist! Rob Zombie’s Living Dead girl. OMG! I got to see him live twice at Rock on the Range.. And he played this song both times. It’s awesome live

      Creep! I actually thought that band as Nirvana for the longest time. Though I disliked Nirvana I loved that song. I totally sang that on Rock World or Guitar World. The only time my kids got me to sing.

      Danzig! Got to see them live on Rock ont eh Range. I believe May 2012. It was a teenage dream come true!

    • Yes, it’s great to listen to music when you write. Sometimes I play the same song over and over again when working on a scene — my family just LOVES that. ;)

      • GUILTY! LOL.. After a while my hubby is like “Can we please listen to something else?” so I bust out the headphiones to spare my husband and sons.

  28. Great interview! So what’s your favorite scene in Smoldering Nights?

  29. If anyone of your books “came true” and happened in the real world, which one would you want that to happen to and why :D

    • Ooh, I’m going to have to say Fiery Nights. I think you can really relate to the characters. Plus, they’re human and just happen to have some extraordinary abilities. I would love to hang out with Maya and Tristan in real life!

  30. Do you have a favorite place to write?

  31. Cross-paranormal species sound interesting!

  32. Hopeflly this wont sound too wierd, but I haven’t read your books but I love you already! Halloween is my favorite time of the year, I keep my house full of gargoyles, bats and black roses AND star wars, all year long. (it does drive my husband crazy) I’m not too fond of cleaning, and my husband likes to say that although the house is decorated like the Munsters, he can do without the cobwebs! I love the pic of you on your site in front of the Darth pic! We’re a family of Sith here.

  33. I bought the book it sounds great!!

  34. What about gargoyles? I think they’re sexy and spooky, but I might not be the norm. There are many statues of gargoyles in Vamps and I’m going to focus on one in an upcoming story.

    I think Gargoyles could be sexy. There is one as a main character in the Negotiator series by C.E. Murphy. (heart of stone book 1) That’s all I’ll say, I don’t want to spoil it for anyone.

  35. Hi,

    if you were not a writer, what other creative outlet would you pursue?

  36. As for music, I do look up certain songs. I’m glad you put the lists on your site. I want to hear some of them. I have my mp3 player on all day while I work, usually I listen to audiobooks, but I need my music too. It always makes the day go a little faster. Do you listen to audiobooks at all?

  37. I would have no problem reading about cross paranormal species mixes. hey in today’s world, anything is possible, look at Underworld!! :)

  38. Locations sounds like a fun thing to research! Many of the places I want to visit are inspired by the books I read. I like when characters feel like they are from their settings, everything from the accents and way of living.

  39. Regarding the military thing, once again anything is feasible. Did you ever Jeaniene Frost books? Eventually her main character Cat is in the military, and her boyfriend is a vampire. She is trained by the military to hunt rogue vamps. Very smoking series, that one. I would def read about it.

  40. I like stories with species mixes because it makes things interesting and I’m curious to learn how they act and are like.

    I think a military person with a paranormal being sounds very exciting. I admire traits in both kinds of characters and have never read a book with this pairing before.

    I’m intrigued by gargoyles and that’s because I don’t know much about them. I would like to see them as a main character.

    I like to attach music to scenes in books. I don’t go out and search for music but sometimes a song will recall a book and later I link the song to the book.

    Is there a paranormal pairing you are thinking of having?

  41. I love all your comments!
    I’m thinking of a number of pairings, but I think my gargoyle story is next.

  42. Cross paranormal species does sound interesting.

  43. Hi! :) And oh dear, I can’t get past that snake… LOL Once upon a time my paternal grandmother had a snake – the once or twice we visited them when it was there, I simply stayed in the living room, could not go near it, no how. But I’m with you on the scary movies – give me funny, or just at least light. :) And in reference to your being a former Marine (though isn’t it once a Marine, always a Marine, so no former stuff…) – Thank you! :)

    Lois

    • Yes, you’re right! Thanks for the comments.

    • And as for the questions up above –

      - music in stories… well, I really can’t say I’ve come across it. If I have, I just can’t think of an example of it. So might depend on whether I just skip it or look it up.

      - gargoyles… well, never really thought about it, but they are different, and we always need something different in any genres to keep it new and fresh; so go for it! :)

      - crossings between paranormal and military or paranormal elements – sure, why not? :)

      Lois

  44. Do you have a favorite city or country from your travels through Europe?

    • I’d wanted to go Paris since I was a kid and ended up staying there when I backpacked around Europe. I could always go back. I love England, too, and have family there.
      There are so many places that were unique and awesome in their own way — Venice, Barcelona, Munich, Innsbruck and Salzburg, Austria…

  45. Chocolate, strawberry, or vanilla? :) Or, what’s your favorite flavor? (This is a tough question for me…I love all three. Especially in ice cream. Which is sooo not easy for me to digest anymore, sigh.)

  46. Answer the Author’s Question – What do you think about cross-paranormal species mixes? For instance, a shapeshifter and a vampire?
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    I think they are all potentially very interesting, and we will see that more and more and readers and authors perhaps get tired of the “usual” paranormal creatures. Books with cross-species characters definitely catch my eye right now.

  47. Answer the Author’s Question – How about a romance between human in the military with a paranormal figure? Since I’ve written nonfiction about my experiences in the Marines and then fiction with paranormal romances, I’ve thought about one day combining my two worlds to see what happens. ;)
    ~
    I’d probably be interested. Lots of built-in conflict right there!

  48. Answer the Author’s Question – What about gargoyles? I think they’re sexy and spooky, but I might not be the norm. There are many statues of gargoyles in Vamps and I’m going to focus on one in an upcoming story.
    ~
    There was a book I loved as a kid–maybe it was called Stoneflight? About a gargoyle that came to life. Loved it! So yes, the idea appeals to me for sure.

  49. Answer the Author’s Question – I listen to music all day long and include a lot of songs in my books. I’ve even created Spotify playlists on my site for each book. See http://www.lisacarlislebooks.com/welcome-to-vamps/playlists/. What do you think about music in stories? Do you ever look up songs an author includes or do you just skip it?
    ~
    I tend to skip. Too much work to look them up. :)

  50. How Many gargoyles! do you have?
    I love Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar to spent most off my 2o’s reading her books but it’s been awhile so there more then likely books out to the series that I have not read yet I should check on that.

    • Not enough gargoyles, if you ask me! I’m looking at framed postcards of the gargoyles of Notre Dame in Paris right now. They’re hung up right over my monitor. I sometimes wonder if people come into my office and think I’m a freak, but hey, it’s my workspace. Whatever works. ;)

      I should look for that book/series. Thanks.

  51. What do you think about cross-paranormal species mixes Well I love them just a few weeks ago I read a book with a werebear and a wererabbit that fell in love it was so funny and cute but I like the unfunny books to.

  52. Answer the Author’s Question – How about a romance between human in the military with a paranormal figure? well one of my favorite series has military guys in it but thay are the one’s that in up with the ESP and I just love that series by Christine Feehan so I think I would love Military people falling in love with a paranormal

  53. Okay Lisa – what are the odds you will come around and throw a Wearwolf into one of the stories ! Some of us like them !

    Loved Smoldering nights- and cant wait to read more . Will the other books of the series be in the same setting Of MA or other places , or are you not saying ?

    I bet you would do well with time travel ( writing I mean )

    • Thank you!
      I really don’t see the attraction to werewolves–must be my aversion to dogs. ;) But there is one werewolf character I like–Professor Lupin in the Harry Potter books.
      Ooh, time travel sounds tough. But it does sound intriguing.

  54. Answer the Author’s Question – I listen to music all day long and include a lot of songs in my books. I’ve even created Spotify playlists on my site for each book. See http://www.lisacarlislebooks.com/welcome-to-vamps/playlists/. What do you think about music in stories? Do you ever look up songs an author includes or do you just skip it?

    MUSIC referances in books ? GREAT – if you know the songs already it sets a great tone to the scene and you can immerse yourself in the story more- if you DONT know the song – look it up definately , its always nice to hear new stuff ( or new to you )

    I also wantto know your favorite Eurpoean city – and will we be seeing a far away place in one your books , so many beautiful places to consider

    • Yes, I love the comment about music! I agree completely.

      I hope so. My last book jets back and forth between Boston and London, two of my favorite cities. But yes, I need to add more international settings.

      I love Paris. But have been to some other cool European cities, too, each which would make a great setting for a romance. Dubrovnik, Croatia, was very beautiful.

  55. What was your favorite childhood book?

  56. Have you ever written fan fiction? For what fandom?

  57. It’s very interesting to read about cross species characters, because they’re unpredictable and intriguing, because I know traditional creatures like vampires, werewolves etc, so they are more unpredictable.

  58. Romances between a human and a paranormal being is my favorite kind to read of, whether the human is military or something else:) It would be interesting to read about how his/hers military training would affect their dealing with the paranormal.

  59. I don’t think much of gargoyles actually, they remind me more of beasts than intelligent beings. I’m open to a story that would change my opinion though:)

  60. I don’t usually look up songs from books because I don’t want to stop reading, and by the end of the book I usually have forgotten the songs. I think absence of music it’s one of the greatest drawbacks of books as compared to movies. Maybe in the future we’ll have ebooks with music playing in the background while they’re read:)

  61. New author for me but definitely one on my radar after reading the blurbs on your books!

  62. If you could choose only one time period and place to live, when and where would you live and why

    • This is a tough question for me. Earlier I mentioned Ancient Egypt, but I also think we live in a fascinating age right now with all the technology changing our lives in ways we never would have dreamed. Of course, there are downsides to that, too.
      I did find a copy of Anne Rice’s The Mummy, which I read 15-20 years ago, which is probably why I’m thinking Ancient Egypt.

  63. What do you think about cross-paranormal species mixes? For instance, a shapeshifter and a vampire?
    As a lover of all this supernatural, absolutely. If a were or a vamp is sexy? why not double the fun!

  64. How about a romance between human in the military with a paranormal figure?

    Absolutely! If the story is “believable” to the writer, you know us readers are in for the ride.

  65. What about gargoyles?
    I’ve read several gargoyle books and love them. The whole art behind the paranormal genre allows the writer to strip away the horror and make them sexy and lovable to the reader.

  66. What do you think about music in stories? Do you ever look up songs an author includes or do you just skip it?
    It’s pretty hit or miss with me, while I’m reading. If it’s something I’ve hear before, I may acknowledge it with a mental nod but as most of the authors are years and years younger than me, most of the music is unfamiliar. I have though clicked on the playlist when offered on a readers blog with a book review.

  67. As a pantster, if you have to provide an outline or a pitch, how do you compose it?

  68. Whats your favorite part of the story?