Welcome Lori Brighton! And GIVEAWAY!

Guess what everyone? Today I have my very first author interview! I humbly welcome Lori Brighton! I met Lori after I won a copy of her newest release The Ghost Hunter (my review here) a couple of months ago. After talking with her a bit, I can honestly say she is super dooper coolio!

So, welcome to my little space on the web Lori! I just wanted to ask you a few questions about your experiences as an author and stuff, well, I just want to know. Go ahead and get comfy, because I like to ask lots of questions. 🙂

When did you first start writing?

Well, I did dip my toes into the writing world as a first grader, when I wrote a book about a super hero Koala Bear. This book won some sort of writing award. But sadly, I put my pen and paper away. It wasn’t until I was in my twenties that I decided to try to write my first romance.

How many books have you had published or self-published?

I’ve had one book published by Kensington. Wild Heart is a historical romance with a bit of paranormal. The second book in the series will be available in March of 2011 and is called Wild Desire. The Ghost Hunter is my second published book and my first Self Published.

I just reviewed this! If you happened to have missed it you can find it here.

Not many people write in your sub-genre. What appeals to you about writing paranormal historicals?

When I started Wild Heart, I hadn’t planned on making it paranormal. But for some reason that just sort of slipped in. I thought it would make my characters connected on a deeper level. I love paranormal and action and bringing that together within a historical setting just seemed fun and unique.

I know your a busy woman! Tell us a bit about what you have on your plate right now?

Wild Desire, the second book in the Wild Heart series, will be out in March. I’m really excited about the book. It’s a lot of fun, very adventurous. I’m also working on book 2 of the Ghost Hunter series.

What kind of research do you do when planning for a new book?

Depends on the book. A historical will take more research, of course. The internet is definitely my friend! Fortunately, I can go almost anywhere. Still, it’s hard to find specifics. Wild Desire takes place in India. As I’ve never been there, I had to rely on the web and there were quite a few things that I just couldn’t find. So I’m sure I’ve written something wrong. (I would think a lot of people haven’t been to India either…so I bet no one notices. And those that have been to India…uh how cool is that?!)

You cross genres while keeping the paranormal aspects..do you prefer to write current or historical romance? Are you going to branch out even further into the paranormal world at some point?

I really do like them both and it would be very hard, if not impossible, to pick one. When I’ve been working on a contemporary, it’s nice to take a break and clear my head by working on a historical.

Actually, right now I’m doing the finishing touches on a young adult book. It’s about young adults with certain powers, so I guess you’d call it a paranormal, although I don’t think it’s your typical paranormal. (OOOO my interest is definitely piqued now, you can tell me more later!)

What genre and who are you reading right now? Favorites?

I’m reading a paranormal contemporary by Edie Ramer. Also, I’m critiquing/reading H.P. Mallory’s next book, another contemporary paranormal. Honestly, at this point I’m so busy that it’s hard to read for fun. I have a huge pile of TBR. I need to get started! (You and me both…but I don’t really have an excuse…*sigh*)

Do you have a guilty pleasure?

Definitely sweets. Baked goods and chocolate. I’m a junk food junkie, but less so the older I get. Also, television. I love my T.V.! God, television and food. Lol. I’m such a stereotypical American! (I totally hear you…Halloween trick-or-treating with two kids means lots of junk in my house..but I never say no to a peanut butter cup…ever…)

If your current book, The Ghost Hunter, was to be made into a movie who would you want to play the main characters? Why?

Ohhh, I like that question! Gerard Butler would play Cristian, my hero. He’s got that charming kick-ass attitude that I think represents Cristian so well.

As for my heroine, Ashley…. Maybe someone like Jennifer Garner from her Alias years.

And Colin (a secondary character) would be played by Alexander Skarsgard. (YUMMY, Seriously Lori, I love Alexander…drool)

Camile (another secondary character) would be played by Lenora Crichlow from BBC’s Being Human.

Halloween just passed, what do you do to celebrate? Do you like scary movies and haunted houses? Trick or treating with the family?

Definitely trick or treating with the kid. I don’t like gory movies at all, but I do like movies that are more like psychological thrillers. Like The Sixth Sense sort of thing. And I don’t like haunted houses. The idea of strangers jumping out at me does not appeal! Costume parties are always good! (I’m the girl in the haunted house you can hear screaming…I scream loud..even though I know it’s coming)

Thank you so much for doing this for me Lori! And Thank you for everyone that stopped by today! Now for the giveaway!!! Lori had graciously said I can give away two E-copies of her latest book, The Ghost Hunter! All you have to do is leave Lori a comment! I will post the winner tomorrow (Tuesday Nov 2nd). Please leave a way I can contact you if you win. If you don’t want to leave your email address here, please email it to me at: nmulder81(at)hotmail(dot)com. Easy Peezy!

13 Comments

  1. Lori, I won a copy of Wild Heart a while ago, and I love it. It’s one of my favorite books, and I can’t wait to read more of yours. 🙂 It sounds like you’ve got a lot of great stories going on, and I’m looking forward to them!

  2. Oh that was a great interview!
    And heeh, it makes sense that you want to write maybe in different genres at a time, to clear your head and get a different perspective.
    A YA book definitely attracts my attention too.
    Also, I so approve of the casting choices. Alexander Skarsgard is amazing imo <33 *g*
    And Lenora Crichlow is fantastic as Annie in Being Human!

    I have to admit that I haven't read any of the books 🙁
    But I'd love to be entered in the contest.
    Thanks for this opportunity

    yvantis[at]hotmail[dot]com

  3. What a fun giveaway and what a fun interview. I saw Julie A. Lindseys tweet about it. Also, reminded me to add you as a friend. Very exciting to have an author interview. I’m very curious about being traditionally published and then self publishing.

  4. You were a pro at the interview Nikki!

    Thanks so much for stopping by everyone. I really appreciate it. Isn’t Alex wonderful Kelly?!
    Ohhhh Kristin! A historian! I’ve always considered Anthropologists (my degree) and Historians cousins 🙂 Shauna, with self publishing you don’t have to wait months and years to hear back from editors and to actually get the book on the shelves. But of course when you self publish its all up to you; editing, promoting, book cover, all that. So I guess I can’t say one is better than the other. They’re both good for different reasons.

    Thanks again everyone, for your kind words. And thanks, Nikki, for letting me stop by!

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