MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR LEANN MASON!
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
*My name is LeAnn Mason and I write Urban Science Fantasy Police Procedurals… but since those don’t really exist, I usually go with Urban Fantasy.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
*The Minefield Enforcers series centers around an 18 year old Enhanced human named Nathalee. The world is as we know it… with one small difference. There is an offshoot branch of humans who have evolved to possess either mental or physical abilities. These “Enhanced” humans have been herded into isolated and monitored communities away from the rest of the human population. Unable to leave, the Enhanced are forever kept like bugs under a microscope… or prisoners.
Nathalee doesn’t feel like she fits in, her telepathy seen as an invasion more than a gift until one encounter with a mute man puts her on a path she’d never considered. She gets a chance to make a difference, to help people, as an enforcer and she latches on with both hands and begins the ride of her life.
I started this journey with two things in mind: A telepathic protagonist and a mute love interest. The rest developed as I decided that I’d like to incorporate a law enforcement aspect that I have a wealth of sources to tap.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
*I love urban fantasy especially if there is a suspenseful element. So I went and combined a few of the things I really liked and prayed it appealed to others.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
*The most extensive research I did for this series, is in the procedure and little details of law enforcement tactics and specifics then checked to make sure my medical facts also ran true.
Can you tell me about your Series?
*The series is about a segregated group of mutated humans who’ve evolved to have mental or physical “abilities” and have been corralled away in walled towns because of the fear the world had of them. They’ve now been given the chance at integration, if they prove they can handle the Enhanced who lose control.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
*I love certain things about both books so far. I love bringing the world of Minefield alive in Illusionary and the character development and trials faced in Fragmentary. I just like this world!
Was it always meant to become a series?
*It was always supposed to be a series but originally thought about making it a serial and keeping it going indefinitely with each book being a separate case. But now see this portion with an end.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
*Geez, I have to squeeze writing in when there’s not kids or hubby around add in a day job and that usually leaves late evenings.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
*I’m in the editing stage on Fragmentary, Book two of the Minefield Enforcers series. It’s set for release September 14, 2018, right before I leave to be a signing author at PennedCon 2018!
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
*The two main characters, Nathalee and Holden are near and dear to me. Both names are ones I considered for my children, though I did amend Natalee to Nathalee for a little more uniqueness.
Where do your ideas come from?
*I actually brainstorm case ideas/profiles with my husband, it’s good family fun.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
*Paranormal is my next attempt I think!
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
*Flow. I have a habit of overdetailing…
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
*I personally love a good book trailer but sadly, cannot afford to do one just yet. One day I hope to have one made that makes people eager to read the story behind it.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
*Hmm… I’m really not sure. Probably that I have a few people that like my writing enough to want more.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
*I love the people I’ve met and friends I’ve made since beginning my author journey. So many good souls have helped me out and walked the road with me, we’re like a big family now.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Cringing while my daughter drives me around. shudders*
Have you always liked to write?
*I have, though I never thought to pursue it until about eighteen months ago with some encouragement of some awesome indie peeps.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
*Keep writing. Keep tweaking. Take advice but stay true to your story. Be gracious.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
*I always wanted to be a vet tech.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
*I do read them. I haven’t responded to any… am I supposed to? I have been lucky enough not have any “bad” reviews, at least that I’ve seen, so I’m not entirely sure how I’d respond but I like to think I’d learn from it.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
*Timeline stress. I’m not the most efficient person so setting a timeline and sticking to it can be a bit of a chore for me.
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
*She would probably destroy me but I had righteous anger on my side. Seeing her thoughts had me in a headspace I’d never occupied before. It should scare me, my reaction, but at this moment I just didn’t care. I wanted blood.
“If you dare utter the words going through your head right now, I will kill you.” The words were eerily calm. Cold. The truth as I saw it.
“Come over here and forget about those, I need you more.” I waggled my eyebrows suggestively and tried to keep a straight face visibly perked swaggering slowly toward where I still half lay on the couch. He leaned in close, hovering his upper body just in front of me, dripping wet and delicious. My mouth went dry as my eyes tried to commit all his cut lines to memory, I didn’t even mind that he was dripping on me.
Until he shook like a dog.
I flinched, instinctively pulling my hands up in front of my face and squealing. That rich, rumbling laugh sounded in my head, and I returned it, pushing him away. “Go! Dry thyself Drippy!”
Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?
*I don’t fit cleanly into any genre really. I guess right now that’s how I balance them. 😉
Where did your love of books come from?
*My mother. She used to read to me all the time. I loved getting lost in the stories and that feeling never faded.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
*I definitely do. Some for each genre.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
*You know, I love them all but have become quite attached to my “Stealth” Enhanced Primal, Devlin.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
*Both depending on whether I’m in a groove or searching for my line.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
*Noise. Anything other than music is like an instant death to my writing flow. It’s too distracting, too hard to focus. Music on the other hand… I NEED it to write. Well to be fair, I need it in general.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
*I try for originality. I don’t want to be just another such and such story. I like to throw a kink into the mix, give people what they may not have known they wanted.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
*I have quite a few author friends who are awesome sounding boards and cheerleaders. They definitely keep me going both through solid and rough times.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
*So many things started, so few finished.
What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
I never thought I’d be interviewed so I’m not really sure what question I’d have wanted to be asked. *shrugs I just kind of like answering them in general.
Where can your fans find you and follow??
Amazon Author Page: https://amazon.com/author/leannmason
Goodreads Author Page:https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17567374.LeAnn_Mason
BookBub Author Page: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/leann-mason
Reader Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/LeAnnsEnforcers/
FB Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/LeAnnMasonAuthor/
Newsletter Subscription: http://eepurl.com/dqEK8L
Illusionary, Minefield Enforcers Book 1: http://hyperurl.co/Illusionary
Fragmentary, Minefield Enforcers Book 2: smarturl.it/Fragmentary
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️
*Thank you for your interest!