By A.C. James
Welcome to my blog interview with novelist Lia Davis. If you like what you read, please investigate her books on Amazon!
A.C. James: Hello, Lia. Please tell us something about yourself, where you’re based, and how you came to be a writer.
Lia: Hi, A.C. I live in northeast Florida with my husband, two young adult kids, and two kitties. I’m a nature lover, chocolate lover, a book lover, and I enjoy creating different worlds to escape to. I’ve always enjoyed creative writing. When I was younger, I’d play around—write out plays, or short stories. But I didn’t think of making it my career before because I really didn’t know what genre I wanted to write. That is until I started reading paranormal romance. That was five years ago and I haven’t looked back.
A.C. James: I can relate to that. My imagination was very vivid and very active as a child. But I never took my writing seriously until someone pointed out that I was a word nerd. I love paranormal romance and have been reading and watching it since I was a teenager. What genre do you generally write and what have you had published to-date? What do you think of eBooks?
Lia: I write paranormal romance. I just released my sixth book. Here is a list of my published works.
Ravished By Sunrise (a Decadent Publishing 1Night Stand)
Forgotten Visions (The Divinities #1)
Death’s Storm (The Divinities #2)
Winter Eve (Ashwood Falls prequel)
A Tiger’s Claim (Ashwood Falls #1)
A Mating Dance (Ashwood Falls #2)
I love eBooks! I own two Kindles and love the freedom of taking my books anywhere and everywhere.
A.C. James: Me too. I have the original Kindle and have never upgraded to anything fancier because it suits my needs just fine. Have you self-published any of those books? And if so, what lead to you to become an indie author?
Lia: I am actually both self-published and traditional published. Forgotten Visions is published through Soul Mate Publishing and Ravished pubbed by Decadent Publishing. The others are pubbed through my own publishing company I co-own with my writing partner, Carrie Ann Ryan.
A.C. James: A lot of authors are becoming hybrid these days—dipping their feet in both traditional publishing and self-publishing. Do you have a favorite of your stories or characters?
Lia: No, I don’t think so. Each story has a place in my heart and each is unique. Although, I am having a lot of fun with my shifters right now.
A.C. James: Well anything with fangs or shape shifters has my vote! Which authors did you read when you were younger and did they shape you as a writer?
Lia: I actually didn’t read much when I was younger. In my late teens I started reading historical romance, but no specific authors.
A.C. James: I’ve always loved books. They were a great escape as an awkward tomboyish teen. Do you manage to write every day, and do you plot your stories or just get an idea and run with it?
Lia: I do write everyday even if it is only one sentence or two. I have to keep my muse engaged or she tends to stray off. LOL. When I first started writing I was a pantser—just wrote as it came to me. Now I’ve learned to plot. I have a character spreadsheet for each series that includes a timeline of events and other notes that keep the back story flowing.
A.C. James: I envy those that can outline. I still pants it but I tend to do a basic story arc and character sheets that I use for reference. Do you do a lot of editing or research?
Lia: Editing and research comes with the job. And I found that I enjoy those aspects as much as creating the stories. I probably spend too much time researching sometimes, and many times get lost in the Google search engine. You know something shiny passes by and I have to check it out. LOL
A.C. James: It’s amazing how much mythology and history play a role in writing paranormal and being a history geek, I love to incorporate it whenever I can. What point of view do you find most to your liking: first person or third person? Have you ever tried second person?
Lia: Third person is my comfort POV. I have an urban fantasy romance idea stirring that I want to write in first person, but I’m not sure if I will. It all depends on the characters. First person is so limited to one POV.
A.C. James: I agree. It’s difficult because I love urban fantasy but most is written in first person point of view. I don’t like reading it but for some reason I can really get into writing it. I can get a little lost putting myself in the protagonist’s shoes as I’m writing which works really well for first person. What’s your favorite or least favorite aspect of your writing life? Has anything surprised you?
Lia: I use to say it was marketing, but it doesn’t bother me so much anymore. I’ve found that my biggest tools are Facebook, Twitter, and blog tours. And all three allow me to connect with my readers and meet new people.
A.C. James: Well it’s been a pleasure meeting you and having you on my blog for my Red, White, and Wolf Giveaway. Are you involved in anything else writing-related other than actual writing or marketing of your writing?
Lia: I’m working on a special secret project for Decadent Publishing for 2015. I can’t wait for that one. It’s going to be great. I’m also working with Carrie Ann to grow our publishing company by opening it up for submissions.
A.C. James: I bet that keeps you busy. Are you on any forums or networking sites? If so, how valuable do you find them?
Lia: Besides Facebook and Twitter, no. I am part of a blog group called Diamond Authors. There are 15 of us that blog twice a month about anything and everything. Here the link to check out: http://diamondauthors.com/.
A.C. James: That sounds like fun! What are you working on at the moment or next?
Lia: Right now I’m working on book three of Ashwood Falls, Surrendering to the Alpha. Then I start the second novella in the series, A Rebel’s Heart, that will be part of Fated Desires’ anthology with 4 other amazing authors due to release in November.
A.C. James: Tell us more about A Mating Dance and why it’s been such a big hit with your readers.
Lia: A Mating Dance is my first ménage story and tells the story of the first triad of Ashwood Falls. Blaine and Cameron had been in the mating dance for about 16 years, but there has always been something missing in their lives. When they meet Graham, they quickly discover he is their missing link. And Graham balances them quite nicely.
A.C. James: I always love a good ménage story 😉 And where can we find out about you and your writing?
Lia: You can find my lurking Facebook and Twitter. I’m also on Goodreads and G+
A.C. James: Thank you for interviewing today on my Paranormal Passion blog! Good luck with Surrendering to the Alpha and we look forward to having you back when it’s released. Lia is giving away 15 e-book copies of A Tiger’s Claim and A Mating Dance in my Red, White, and Wolf Giveaway. So if you haven’t entered yet to win this and other great alpha prizes click here!