Hello, Five Scribe Readers: Whether it's a mystery, romantic suspense, a thriller, an erotic tale, I love it all--from spicy to sweet. There are so many ways to tell a story. When I read the following blurb about Author Lia Slater, and read her perspective on things, well, I just had to talk to her. See if you don't agree. Please welcome fellow Coloradoan and author Lia Slater as she promotes her new release, WERE BLOOD.
Lia Slater thinks the world would be a better place if everyone read romance novels. Slater says there's so much to learn from the storylines. Love. Loyalty. Confidence. Passion. Desire. Conflicts would be resolved with happy endings. And of course the sex would be mind-boggling. Lia is well on her way to helping the world become a better place by writing steamy romance with heart pounding emotion.
D.B.: Good morning, Lia. Thanks for being here. First of all, I thought your blurb was adorable. And wouldn't it be cool if all the life lessons and world conflicts could be resolved with happily ever afters? I think you're on to something.
L.S.: Thanks for having me, Donnell! If only everyone read and loved romance novels.
D.B.: You write, hot, steamy. You also create great characters and world building. WERE BLOOD is the third book in a series. It's the story of a werewolf/woman who falls in love with an enemy vampire. These themed novels are incredibly popular. What compelled you to write this series?
L.S. Thank you! I love writing make-believe and that's exactly what the books in this series are -- dark, steamy fairy tales. I'm attracted to paranormal stories, so it only felt natural to include paranormal creatures in this series.
D.B.: I'm always amazed at the different way authors can make vampire legends their own. I thought you did a particularly good job with Worth, the male protagonist in the story. He is a decent guy, not at all like the bloodsuckers who surround him. In Worth's world, he occasionally draws blood from a willing human (He is sexy after all), or he stays out in the sun all day and burns to a crisp. This way, he receives the sun's nutrients to stay alive and immortal, but once he comes in from the sun, he quickly heals. I did wonder if you ever put a time limit on this. What happens if he stays out too long? I'm also curious, what stories influenced you, if any? Talk about what makes you want to write about vampires and then explain how you came up with your own brand on the legend.
L.S.: Great questions. I didn't get too detailed about what happens to Worth if he stays in the sun too long. But he is immortal so I imagine he'd just be in a heck of a lot of pain until he found refuge and allowed himself to heal. The vampires in this book can't be killed by the sun. Just the opposite--the sun provides the nutrients needed to produce blood for them to survive. They just have to endure the physical pain that the sun causes them, which most of them avoid by taking blood from others.
About what stories influenced me? Any and all. I soak it all in. But I do try to give my stories a twist so they're unlike anything out there. About vampires: At first, I hadn't anticipated on writing a vampire as one of my heroes. The series is based on a pack of werewolves. Blanca is one of the females in the pack and when I began brainstorming her story, it felt natural--or unnatural, depending how you look at it--to have the hero as a vampire. With her history, I imagined it would create a ton of conflict.
D.B.: Blanca is your female protagonist. She is a shapeshifting wolf. She's an interesting character, and, Lia, forgive me, when I read your description of her, she had a lot of your physical traits ;) I smiled as I read, and I wondered if you'd written this as an indulgent fantasy. Talk about Blanca's character and the female protagonists in your books. Are they various sizes and shapes, or was this an erroneous assumption on my part? Talk about Blanca's name. It means white, doesn't it? Where did you come up with that and what does the name mean to you? Interesting names for your protags by the way.
L.S.: Did she?! Well, I guess I should say thanks! LOL! I try to give my heroines different physical characteristics. The heroine in WERE SLAVE has black hair with blue eyes, the one in WERE SEDUCTION has brown hair with brown eyes. The heroine in FATAL EXPOSURE has red hair with green eyes (at first). It just so happened tha Blanca has my hair color but with amber eyes. It does seem that most of my heroines are petite or average height, probably because I can relate a little more with the vertically challenged.
As far as indulging in fantasy? Honestly, when I write, I'm writing about the characters, and I take a backseat as they travel through their journey. It would be much, much too personal (for me) to think of myself in these roles. I'm just the hermit writer sitting at my desktop thinking up these crazy ideas. Feel free to ignore me as you read my stories. LOL. About Blanca's name: I know someone who knows someone named Blanca. When I heard the name, I knew I had to use it. Same thing with some of the other names I've chosen. I hear them and I have to use them. Blanca as a Spanish adjective means white. As a noun, it can translate as an old Spanish copper coin, minim, or half note. (I hope I got that right!)
D.B.: Works for me. Both of your protagonists are pretty darn heroic -- well, Blanca does have the foulest mouth I've ever seen, but that eventually fades. They are surrounded by corruption, evil. They are good, albeit mistrusting of one another, because they're enemies. I found myself thinking of Romeo and Juliet. They are so passionate about one another and yet both sides of their worlds are forcing them apart. You really do practice what you preach about much to learn from a romance novel. Are all your themes like this?
L.S..: I find that a common theme I use is survival along with forbidden love. Yes, Blanca does have quite a mouth on her, doesn't she? Sorry about that. She couldn't be contained.
D.B.: One part of the book didn't quite make sense to me, and I hope you'll explain this away. When Blanca fantasizes about Worth, she thinks about having his children. He's immortal, she's of a different species. Do you address this in different books? I'm thinking Biology 101 here, and scratching my head. How is this possible?
L.S.: Blanca is also immortal like the rest of her pack--well, except for a few vulnerabilities. So the couple will live happily ever after, barring any disaster. And I'm sure they'll have cute little pups with sharp fangs. Hey, it could happen! This is one of those times that the reader will have to suspend their disbelief, which happens a lot with paranormal fiction. Maybe I'll give the kids a cameo in the next book. That would be cute.
D.B.: It would! ;) Will you talk about writing for Ellora's Cave? What have you learned from them, what are they primarily looking for, and what would you say to writers who want to pursue a publishing career with them?
L.S.: Ellora's Cave, I believe, wants to see sexy stories that have a great plot with genuine characters. Erotic romance isn't simply sex scene after sex scene with some fluff added here and there to fill the pages. Readers want more than that. The customers are intelligent women (or men) who want their money's worth. So, for anyone who'd like to write for EC, or any other erotic publisher, I suggest letting your inhibitions go (because this is erotic romance!) and writing the best story you can. You can find their submission guidelines here: www.jasminejade.com/t-writerscircle.aspx
D.B.: Will you give us a brief summary about the other books in the series, and what's next for Lia Slater?
L.S.: WERE SLAVE begins the Were Legends series. It's a romance between the werewolf pack leader and the human queen of the country who's captured and imprisoned [by] the pack. WERE SEDUCTION is the second book where the second-in-command of the pack falls in love with a witch who has less than altruistic motives in seducing him. But, nonetheless, can't help falling for him as well. The next story on my agenda would be to finish up the series. I think one more book might do the trick. Side note: Each story can be read as a stand alone!
D.B.: Thank you so much for the interview, Lia. I think you're onto something. Let me know when you're not busy writing. I'm going to nominate you for political office :) Boy, could our politicians learn something from you!
L.S. Glad to know I have your vote! LOL! Or we could just send them a few romance novels. They might learn something.
Readers: I'd love to give away an eBook copy of WERE BLOOD to one of the readers. Or FATAL EXPOSURE, if you prefer romantic suspense over paranormal. Please let me know which one you'd like in the comment's section. [INTERVIEWER'S NOTE: Be sure to leave e-mail to be entered in the drawing. Names will be drawn on Friday October 22nd.]
JESSICA!!!! IS OUR LUCKY WINNER OF LIA'S SLATER'S WERE BLOOD. CONGRATULATIONS, JESSICA, WE'LL BE IN TOUCH.