Please welome a great friend of the Rountable and my personal pal, LORI BRIGHTON.
Lori’s going to answer a few questions, talk about her books, both past, present and future! And two, yep I said TWO lucky commenters will received a free download of her recent release, THE GHOST HUNTER!
Have you always wanted to be a writer? How long did you write before you subbed your first story? And how long did you write before you sold your first piece?
No, I didn’t really want to be a writer. I know, that’s not the answer you normally hear. lol. I’d always had a huge imagination and loved to read and watch T.V./movies. But I didn’t even think about becoming an author until I was in my twenties.
After I wrote my first romance, I think I subbed right away, like maybe a year after I started. I was rejected, and rejected and rejected. It took me about seven years to finally sell my debut book, Wild Heart, to Kensington.
Who are your favorite authors? Do you have a favorite outside the romance genre?
Julie Garwood was the first romance author I read and I totally fell in love with her historicals. I think Johanna Lindsey was second, and again, I just fell in love. They’ll always be my favorites. I just don’t think authors write with that much emotion and romance anymore. As for outside the romance genre…hmm…maybe some books from my younger years like Anne of Green Gables and The Chronicles of Narnia.
Of all the characters you’ve written, do you have a favorite? If so, who is he/she and why is that character your favorite?
Honestly, I think Ella from my debut book, Wild Heart, is my favorite. She’s so kind and caring, yet will go to the extreme for the person she loves.
Not sure I can pick a hero. I do like Colin from Wild Desire, which will be out in March. He’s so charming and rakish. He reminds me of Indiana Jones.
I’ve always planned to write every genre. The first book I wrote was actually a contemporary romantic suspense that finaled in a few contests. And now I’m working on a young adult. So it’s not surprising that I’ve branched out. I’ve always been interested in the paranormal. Even though Wild Heart is a historical, it does have a little paranormal too.
Devon starring as the hero. I’m so bad though, I only work well under a deadline and since these are self published, I don’t have a tight deadline, so I find myself wandering around.
Also, you chose to self-publish THE GHOST HUNTER. What lead you that decision?
I’ll be honest, every editor I sent to rejected it. One rejected it just because it has ghosts in it and according to her, they didn’t buy books with ghosts. But I wasn’t ready to give up on the book. Fortunately, a friend told me about self publishing and I realized The Ghost Hunter would be the perfect opportunity to try it out. I mean, why not? It was just sitting on my computer.
With that said, I have friends who self published and have never been published by a New York publisher, friends who didn’t even send to New York but self published directly because they wanted to keep control of their work. Three women I know are doing incredibly well, much, much better than I am and making super good money and they (unlike me) were never even published prior to this.
Honestly, just like in the New York publishing world, you never know who will be successful and who won’t.
Before we offer a blurb of THE GHOST HUNTER, would you mind sharing a little about your upcoming release WILD DESIRE coming in March of 2011?
FIRST HE DROVE HER MAD
In what feels like a moment, Beatrice Edmund goes from being a proper lady cooped up in a stuffy Scottish castle to traveling miles from anything she’s ever known, in the midst of the wildest adventure of her life. And at the center of that adventure is the most infuriating, puzzling scoundrel on earth. She cannot take her eyes off him.
THEN HE DROVE HER WILD
Colin Fitch cannot deny he’s drawn to Beatrice—but lust is all he could possibly feel for the sharp-tongued minx. Still, if there’s a chance she can help him stop the madman he pursues, he must withstand her obvious disapproval. Yet withstanding the longing he feels for her is growing more troublesome by the second… And Colin has never been terribly good at staying out of trouble…
And of course I have to give you a blurb of The Ghost Hunter as well!
When Ashley Hunter inherits the Inn where her father mysteriously vanished years ago, she jumps at the chance to finally uncover the truth about his disappearance. But soon after taking ownership of the decrepit building, Ashley realizes she’s in for far more than she bargained. Not only has she inherited answers to many sought-after questions, she’s also inherited spirits, demons and even fallen angels! Then Cristian arrives, a gorgeous man who insists he merely needs a room to rent. She believes him, until one by one her ghosts start disappearing…
As a fallen angel destined for a life of servitude, Cristian Lucius is relegated to protecting earth from unwanted spirits. But he can’t accomplish this daunting task alone. He requires assistance from the very woman who frustrates him as much as she intrigues him. Cristian is determined to ignore his intense attraction for Ashley, and focus on his mission. If they don’t work together, they won’t have a chance in hell of defeating the demon threatening their lives. The problem is getting Ashley to trust him. No easy task, considering Cristian is the very man responsible for her father’s disappearance.
Thank you Lori for stopping by and sharing your views, your news and your stories!
And remember to comment for your chance to win THE GHOST HUNTER…Just in time for HALLOWEEN!!!!