Author of: Blood Lines series
Favorite Candy: Scharffen Berger chocolates…or any premium choccy, actually :)
Super Power Most Covets: Time Turning
Favorite Vampire: Eric Northman, from Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse series
Q.) First can you tell us about your Blood series
M.L.) The series is set in the Texas Hill Country, a place both of beauty and starkness.
Q.) What about your take on vampires, do you stick with tradition or tweak it a bit?
M.L.) I love to tweak tradition and make it work in a physical setting. When I first started writing the books, I considered the various legends and chose what made sense if vampires really did live today. If I could make the legend sensible (outside of the whole walking dead thing), then I used it. My vampires can be religious, can see themselves in mirrors, and aren’t allergic to garlic. However, they still need to avoid the sun and prefer the night. They can eat and enjoy regular food, but need blood to survive. Food is a taste thing only–they can’t garner nutrition from steak.
Q.) If you were given the option, would you be turned?
M.L.) Probably. As long as I’d be assured of weath. ::g::
Q.) What would you do if you met a “real” vampire? Would you be a vamp groupie or would you dash for the nearest stake?
M.L.) If it were one of mine, I’d probably be a groupie. If it were a more traditional vamp, I’d run for the hills.
Q.) Who makes the best hero–slayer or vamp? Why?
M.L.) Depends on the context, but if the vamp is someone who despite their challenges can still be heroic and help others, then go team Vamp!
Q.) Ultimate fighting challenge, vampire, werewolf or witch/wizard–pick your opponent and explain your choice…
M.L.) Ooh, this is a toughie! I think I’d rather go up against a vampire, because as long as I can stay alive until the sun comes out, I can perhaps win. A werewolf would be really hard to kill, and a witch/wizard, if they were dark, yikes! Not someone I’d want to meet in an alley.
Q.) Are you a plotter or a pantser? Character-driven or plot driven?
Ever try to be the opposite? Do you have a set method you use when starting a book?
M.L.) I’m utterly a pantser. I’ve tried really hard to be an organized outliner, working out the kinks, geting the storyline set down before I flesh it out, but it’s not yet worked. In fact, when I did try this, I ran into a major block, because my brain was convinced I’d already told the story. When I first start a book, I do a lot of thinking about the underlying theme. What it’s about (other than the main plot), where it’s set, what’s the main challenge for my protagonist and what needs to happen by the end. Then I start writing.
Q.) What is the smartest thing you’ve done so far as advancing either your writing or your writing career? What is something you wish you had done differently?
M.L.) Smartest thing: I didn’t give up after my original publisher flaked out and disappeared off the face of the earth. What I wish I’d done differently: Had 20/20 hindsight and waited before committing to the flakey publisher.
Q.) Can you describe three things in your writing area that tell us something about you?
M.L.) A photo of Johnny Depp wearing a white tank, sitting at a piano. A Middleman button from ComicCon 2008. A Baby Dracula VooDoo Baby doll.
Q.) Any new projects on the horizon? What would you like to try next?
M.L.) I sold an essay to BenBella books for an upcoming anthology on the TV show, Supernatural. The book, In the Hunt, will be out in March 2009.
I’m currently working on the 3rd book in the Blood Lines series (the last in my contract) and honestly, I have no clue what I’m going to try next. I’m considering a couple of ideas, but nothing concrete.
BLOOD BARGAIN, ISBN 978-0809573059, November 2008 MATTERS OF THE BLOOD, ISBN 978-0809557905, March 2007 Web site: http://www.thelima.com