I took some time to interview Lisa Sanchez, an up-and-coming author whose first paranormal romance novel will be released tomorrow!
1-Eve of Samhain, your debut novel, will be released May 25 by Omnific publishing. What's it about?
Eve Of Samhain is a modern spin on the Irish legend of the Gancanagh, or Love Talker. The Gancanagh is a male faerie, cursed with an orgasmic, yet deadly touch. Sex with this gorgeous, bad boy sends you spiraling into insanity. Yikes!
Quinn, our hero, is weary, jaded and riding out what he believes are his last days when he meets the protagonist, twenty one year old, Ryann Pierce. There’s an immediate physical attraction between the two, but of course love is never easy. Ryann throws Quinn for a loop when she doesn’t automatically fall at his feet like every woman before her. The feisty Ryann is more than a pretty face and a meaningless piece of tail. She’s special, and Quinn finds himself falling for someone for the first time in five hundred years.
2-How long did it take you to write?
The first draft took me four months to write. Not too bad. The editing, the rewrites? Yeah, those took a bit longer, lol.
3-When did you first know you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve been writing since I was a child. My mother used to give me random topics to write about and I’d go to work spinning goofy tales about Superman peanut butter (Do you remember that brand?) among other things. As a freshman in high school I remember reading Gone With The Wind (One of my favorites.) We were given an assignment to write a scene for a sequel. Sort of a “what happened next” type thing. Yeah…my paper was titled Back With Bunyons. I’ve got an odd sense of humor, what can I say?
4-Are there any other novels in the works?
Yes! I’ve actually penned the sequel to Eve Of Samhain. The protagonist in book two is a character you get to know in book one and that’s all I’m gonna say. Don’t want to spoil anything! My goal is to eventually write a book for each of the four friends. You’ve met three of the friends in EOS. Book two introduces you to the fourth and final protagonist.
I’m also polishing a romantic suspense right now that I’m really excited about. The hero is raw, wounded and gritty and I think I’m in love with him. Ha!
5-Who are some of your favorite authors to read?
Finally an easy question! Lol! J.R. Ward is my favorite author right now. The woman has an amazing voice, and the way she can weave a tale with layer after layer just blows my mind. She’s my hero for sure. I also love Diana Gabaldon, Gena Showalter, Charlaine Harris and Sherrilyn Kenyon and Karen Marie Moning (if you haven’t read her Fever series, you’re missing out!)
6-What's your typical writing process like?
Oye! Well I’ve got three daughters, so my schedule is pretty hectic. I usually try to get my writing done in the morning while the girls are in school. There’s too much distraction when they are home for me to concentrate. Afternoons are a wash because by then, I’ve morphed from mother into taxi, and am driving back and forth from tumbling classes and cheer practice.
7-What part of that process would you say is the hardest?
Dealing with rejection. Yep, the “R” word. Doesn’t matter who you are or what you write, we’ve all dealt with rejection. Writing is very subjective. What floats one persons boat leaves a bitter taste in someone else’s mouth. The key is learning how to pick yourself up, brush yourself off, and keep writing.
Dialog. I’ve got a house full of cheerleaders and the maturity level of a fifteen year old. Slang is my best friend and it springs forth at regular intervals like Old faithful. Oh, and shmexy times. I seem to be pretty good at writing the smut scenes. Who knew? My friends don’t call me Smut Queen for nothing
9-What gave you the idea for Eve of Samhain?
I’d entered a short story contest, and the prompt was something like “Girlfriends, Ghouls and Gorgeous Guys.” I’d been reading a lot of vampire fiction (still am) and wanted to try something different. I hit Wikipedia, did a search for mythical creatures and found our sexy boy. Woot!
10-And finally, what are your plans for the eve of your release date?
Hmm…lets see…I’ve set aside two hours where I’ll probably lie in the fetal position, praying people will like my book while simultaneously regretting my gratuitous use of the word “assface.” After that I plan on whooping it up and partying like a rock star. (Sssh…don’t tell anyone, but, I’ll actually be sitting on the bleachers in my daughter’s cheer gym watching her tumbling class and gossiping with the other moms. Real life=boring. Ha!)
Thank you so much Lisa for stopping by and taking time out of your busy schedule to answer some questions! Can't wait to hear rave reviews about this book!
Eve of Samhain can be purchased from Omnific Publishing's website here.
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