MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR L.E. WILSON🦋
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
My name is L.E. Wilson and I write sexy Paranormal Romance.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
Well, I’ve always loved romance, and I’ve always loved the paranormal. I used to have the entire set of the Mysteries of the Unknown books by Time. Remember those? So, when I discovered paranormal romance, it was the best of both worlds and the only genre I ever considered writing in. I honestly don’t know if I could write a book without at least some hints of it in there.
Can you tell me about your Series?
I currently have three series published: Deathless Night Series (Vampires), The Kincaid Werewolves, and The Moss Witches. Deathless Night Series was my first series, and having always been a vampire fanatic, it was a natural choice for me.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
I would have to say that Blood Obsession, the third book in the Deathless Night Series is my favorite. The main character is Aiden, a hot British vampire who makes me giggle even while I’m fanning myself. LOL
Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?
I would have to say my influences for this series are a combination between Anne Rice, Steven King, J.R. Ward, and Kresley Cole. 😀 The Kincaid Werewolves and The Moss Witches are spinoffs from the first series.
Was it always meant to become a series?
Yes, all of my books were always planned to be in a series. I, myself, prefer to read series. It gets you more invested in the characters I think.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
My typical day is a morning walk, followed by coffee. This is when I do the business part of being an Indie author (check emails, social media, etc.). By 10am, I’m writing, and I write until around 5-6pm. I do a lot of writing sprints with some author friends, and it helps me get to my daily word count. I have a home office, which I painted and decorated myself. I totally love it! I have a chair in the corner where I do most of my writing, and a sit/stand desk. I usually don’t write at night or on the weekends very much, unless I just have to get the story out or a deadline is coming up.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
I do! I just finished Bewitching Alice 2, the second book in The Moss Witches serial. It went live on September 29, 2017. And Blood Choice, the final book in the Deathless Night Series, will be coming out October 27, 2017, and is available for pre-orders now.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
I put a lot of thought into my character names. I try to make sure they’re true to the time period, and they usually have meaning behind them. For example, in Blood Submission (DNS #5), the hero is a very dark anti-hero. So his heroine’s name is Laney, meaning “Torch of Light”. She’s the light in his life of darkness.
Where do your ideas come from?
I have no f*****g idea. LOL. No, seriously, they come from songs a lot, or photos that I see. But mostly from songs.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Keeping my family out of my office! LOL
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Finishing that first book, completing a full-length novel. It took me a year to write it, and I’ve never felt such a sense of pride in myself. It doesn’t even matter if it’s crap, (which I hope it isn’t), but the fact that I finished it.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
The best thing about being an author, to me, is meeting and talking to my readers. Knowing that I could give them something that they enjoyed so much, something that gave them an escape from everyday problems, is the best thing ever.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Have you always liked to write?
I have, although it was mostly poetry and stuff like that. I never in a million years thought I would write novels for a living.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Start out just writing for yourself. Write what you want to read, and don’t worry about anything else at first. There’s lots of time to fine-tune your craft once you discover your creativity.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
Ideally, I would love to be a photographer, or maybe work with animals. In reality, I would probably still be working in accounting. I hate accounting. lol
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I did at first, but now I only glance through them on occasion when I’m looking for marketing material. I’ve only had one “bad” review that really took it out of me, but most of the time I take it all with a grain of salt. And I never respond to them. Reviews are for other readers, and not everyone has to love my books, and that’s okay. There are very popular authors out there that I can’t read for whatever reason. Everyone has different taste.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
Not having enough time. I love everything about being an Indie author, but seriously, I need more hours in the day.
What are you working on now?
Right now I’m working on the edits of Blood Choice (Deathless Night Series #6), part 3 of Bewitching Alice, and getting the outline together for the third book in my shifter series – The Kincaid Werewolves.
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
Here’s a little taste from Blood Choice, a Paranormal Romance:
She’d just changed into a pair of loose pajama pants and a white cotton tank when there was a knock on the door. Pausing with one hand in her sock drawer, Shea closed her eyes. Her hands began to shake. Quietly closing the drawer, she placed them over her stomach. Butterflies were slamming around in there again, and she was glad she hadn’t fed.
It was him. She didn’t know how she knew it, she just did.
His scent came to her before she reached the door; woodsy and masculine with a touch of something dark and wicked. It called to her like a warrior’s song. His blood would taste sinful and delicious, she knew, and her fangs shot down into her mouth even as her inner muscles clenched with longing of a completely different kind. Closing her eyes, she battled the urge to fling open the door just so she could lay her eyes on his face.
“Shea, I know you’re there.” His low voice came through the heavy wood. “Open the door.” It wasn’t a request.
She should definitely not open the door. As a matter of fact, she should leave him out there for the others to find. But before the thought had even completely formed, she found her hand on the lock, then on the latch as she opened the door wide.
He was even more alluring than just a few hours ago. Impossible, but true. Cruthú sat quietly on his shoulder, her talons making deep impressions in the soft cashmere of his dark, blood-red sweater, yet he didn’t appear to be in any pain. His eyes immediately dropped to her mouth, then down to her nipples, easily seen protruding beneath the thin material of her tank. They hardened even more beneath the weight of his stare, and his lips parted on a harsh exhale.
She crossed her arms to cover herself, and to keep herself from yanking off her shirt and baring her breasts to his hungry gaze. “Please go away,” she whispered.
He ignored her, and continued his perusal all the way down to her bare toes, peeking out from the hem of her pants, and then slowly back up to her face. “I can’t,” he said simply. “Let me in, Shea.”
His golden eyes locked with hers, bright and intense, and after a slight hesitation she stepped back out of the way so he could enter. He came inside, but kept his distance, much to her relief, and continued past her into her small apartment. Shea closed and locked the door behind him, taking a few moments to gather her composure before joining him in the other room. It didn’t do much good.
She found him in the kitchen, rummaging through her fridge. He helped himself to a bottle of water and took it to the kitchen island, seating himself on a stool. Cruthú hopped down and went to investigate the pages of a magazine lying near the sink. He looked like he belonged there.
“You shouldn’t be here,” she told him. “If the others caught you—”
“Your scent is everywhere. They will know you were here. Luukas will recognize it.”
He gave a small shrug, completely unconcerned. “Possibly.”
“What am I supposed to tell him?”
“Whatever you’d like.”
Why was he making this so hard for her? Shea closed her eyes. “Jesse, please. Just go.”
He was silent for a long time, then suddenly his mouth quirked up in a semblance of a smile. “Worried about me, Shea?”
She shook her head. Yes. “No. I’m worried about me when they find out I allowed you into my apartment.” The lie was bitter on her tongue. She was terrified for him. Luukas was nearly himself again, though lately he seemed to be backsliding. But he would rip Jesse apart if he found out he was here, and he had five witches and four other vampires to help him.
The fact that she didn’t include herself in that group didn’t escape her, but it wasn’t something she was willing to examine too closely at the moment.
Tipping the bottle up to his mouth, Jesse never took his eyes from hers as he drank, his Adam’s apple sliding up and down with each big swallow. When he had quenched his thirst, he set it on the counter and leaned back in his stool. “I came to invite you on an adventure.”
She crossed her arms over her chest again when his golden stare fell and lingered. Shea didn’t want to feed into the idea of going anywhere with him, but to distract him—and herself—from the way he stared at her breasts, she asked, “An adventure?”
“Why in the world would you think that I would want to go anywhere with you?” It was a reasonable question. But the answer, when it came, completely floored her.
“I think you know.”
“No, I don’t.”
“Shall I spell it out, then?”
“Fine.” He leaned forward in his chair, pinning her to the spot with the heat glowing from his eyes. And though he never raised his voice, each word cut into her like a knife, whittling away her defenses until there was nothing left but a wall as thin as paper between them. “Because I sensed you in that altar room before I even knew you were there. Because ever since I first laid eyes on you, I’ve needed you near me. Because I long to touch your skin and hear your voice—all of the time. Because I crave the feel of your hands on me with everything inside of me. Because I nearly come when I imagine you feeding from me—and I imagine that quite often.” He paused. “Because I’ve never felt such a loss as the day you walked away from me.”
Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?
Growing up, I was always a huge fan of horror novels and anything to do with the supernatural. I also loved Historical Romance novels. So, when I discovered my first Paranormal Romance, it was the best of both worlds for me. From the moment I first began to think about writing, there was never any doubt in my mind that my books would be Romance, and they would all have at least an element of Paranormal to them.
Where did your love of books come from?
My mom. She’s always been an avid reader, and she introduced me to my first books as a child, and my first romance novel as a teenager.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
I have a lot, but to name a few: J.R. Ward, Kresley Cole, Sabrina York, Celia Aaron, Anne Rice, Stephen King, Nalini Singh, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Rebecca Zanetti…I could go on and on.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
I can’t answer that. It’s like asking if I have a favorite child. (I do, but I would never admit it.) J
Does writing energize or exhaust you? The short answer?
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I pretty much write what I want and I don’t really worry about it until after it’s out in the universe. I write like no one else is ever going to read it. I think if I did it any other way, I’d never publish anything because I would never stop trying to make it perfect.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
I have to give a huge shout out here to all of my RWA peeps! I discovered the organization shortly after publishing my first book, and I’ve learned so much and gotten so much support from every other author I’ve met. I really don’t know what I would do without them. Writing can be so isolating, it’s important to have your tribe, I think.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
Well, This Wasn’t What I Expected.
Where can your fans find you and follow??
Readers can find me at any of these links:
Facebook Author Page: https://facebook.com/lewilsonauthor
Facebook Private Fan Group-Vampires in the Vineyard: https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=vampires%20in%20the%20vineyard
Amazon Author Page: amazon.com/author/lewilsonauthor
L.E. Wilson writes Paranormal Romance with Bite (because Vampires!) starring intense alpha males and the women who are fearless enough to tame them—for the most part anyway. 😉 In her novels you’ll find smoking hot scenes, a touch of suspense, a bit of gore, and multifaceted characters, all working together to combine her lifelong obsession with the paranormal and her love of romance.
Her writing career came about the usual way: on a dare from her loving husband to “write a damn book” already while folding laundry one day in Texas. Taking that as the challenge that it was, she grabbed her mango Hard Lemonade, hit the pool, and Blood Hunger, the first book of her Deathless Night Series, was born. Little did they know just one casual suggestion would open a box of worms (or words as the case may be) that would forever change their lives.
Peach tea and her tiara are a necessary part of her writing process, though sometimes you’ll find her typing away at her favorite Starbucks. She walks two miles to get there, to make up for all of those coffees. On the weekends she likes to hike, garden, cook vegan food, and have date nights with her favorite guy.
On a Personal Note:
“I love to hear from my readers! Contact me anytime at P.O. Box 5671, Round Rock, TX 78683 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️