MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR LAKEN CANE
LC: Hello Amy! Thanks so much for inviting me to do an interview.
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
LC: My name is Laken Cane and I write urban fantasy and paranormal romance.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
LC: The Rune Alexander series is a dark urban fantasy/horror series with ten books and a short—book eleven is on the way. Here’s the link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B073FPSW8J
The Silverlight series is an urban fantasy reverse harem series, with three books currently available and book four—the final book in this series—in progress. I hope to have it out by the end of the year. You can find it here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07GR2BVXK
I also have the Waifwater Chronicles, a paranormal romance series starring a really awesome and unique witch. There are currently two books in that series. Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B076HS6YYX
I have a paranormal romance standalone called Harbinger Bend. It’s about a woman running from her abusive husband, right into a town of vampires, suspicion, and murder. Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074VG78SC
And last, I have a paranormal post-apocalyptic tale about a young girl and her struggles against the dangerous, monstrous creatures that inhabit the new world. It’s called We, the Forsaken and THIS book you can have as a free gift for signing up for my newsletter. Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MTG6MX5
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
LC: I will always have an extra special soft spot for the Rune Alexander series. My favorites of that series are probably Kill Switch and Chasing Darkness.
Was it always meant to become a series?
LC: I almost always write with series books in mind. It’s hard for me to write standalones!
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
LC: I usually begin writing first thing in the morning, while drinking a pot of coffee. I’ll write for three or four hours and then stop to tend to my day. I have an office, but I find myself at the dining room table more often than not. Depending on what’s going on, I’ll write in the middle of the day, with another pot of coffee, and then again at night. I try to write at my standing desk for a few hours, because sitting too much is not good, as we all know. I write a lot. And I like cake.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
LC: I’m currently writing the final book in the Silverlight series, and then I plan to work on the final book in the Rune Alexander series. I need to give the fans the happy ending they deserve and wrap up a few things. And then it’s on to a new series—and yes, I have some ideas in mind!
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
LC: I love naming my important characters! Sometimes I may get a little carried away—Levi and Denim, for instance—but that’s okay.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
LC: I did that with Silverlight, the reverse harem series. I’m really enjoying writing these books. Who would have thought? The series is a mix of paranormal, horror, mystery, and romance.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
LC: Having other responsibilities that take away from my writing time. Also promo. And blurbs!
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
LC: I love book trailers. I haven’t actually made any, but I love them. 😀
*Disclaimer * This video was done by a friend of Laken Cane.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
LC: The best thing is that I can do what I love and make a living at it.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
LC: Still writing and with a few more series—hopefully ones that make me rich. Either that or I need to play the lottery more often.
Have you always liked to write?
LC: Absolutely. I firmly believe I was born to write. I’ve been doing it since I was very, very young. Badly, but still. 😀 It’s what I have to do.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
LC: Learn the craft. Read everything you can on how to write. Understand that it’s hard work. Take it seriously. If you’re going to publish a book, make sure it’s your best work. Find a writer’s group. Listen to advice from seasoned authors. Keep a little notebook and pencil on your nightstand. Write every single day, even if you don’t want to, don’t feel like it, don’t have time. Write a little if you can’t write a lot. There are tons of online resources. Take advantage of them. Read.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
LC: Something in the medical field!
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
LC: I read some of them, mainly the ones on Amazon. I like to use parts of them for back book covers and in posts for social media. I don’t respond to them, but I do pay attention to actual intelligent reviews, whether positive or negative. They can help me become a better writer.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
LC: Here’s an excerpt from Bloodhunter, book one in the Silverlight series—
Shane rested his shotgun on his shoulder. “There are two things that can drag you out of the darkness.”
I didn’t ask what those two things were, but he told me anyway.
“Blood,” he said. “Killing. Fighting.”
“And sex.” I looked at him. “It’s always going to be sex.”
He nodded. “But not with me. That wouldn’t bring you back. You need someone almost taboo. Someone who will make you feel something I can’t.”
“Who?” Miriam took a step closer to us, putting herself between me and Clayton. Maybe that was an accident, maybe it wasn’t.
Shane noticed, as well. “Don’t worry,” he told her. “Not even Clayton could pull her out of this. At least not as fast as she needs out.”
“Then who?” Miriam tilted her head. “Who can drag her out of there? Because I’ll go get him.” For a second she perked up, and if I hadn’t been so wretched I’d have laughed. “Me?” she asked, taking another step toward us. “Is it me? Because I’m willing to take one for the team.”
Shane stared down his nose at her. “Full of sex and nightmares,” he murmured. “Aren’t you, Miriam?”
She shrugged. “Yeah. So? I do what makes me feel good.” She pointed her chin at me. “She could make me feel good.”
“You’re not the one,” Shane said. He looked at me. “She knows who it is.”
And suddenly, I did know.
Even the thought of him made a sprout of something red and obsessive and violent burst through the crust of darkness.
“I am the one,” someone said, and we all turned at the voice.
Amias Sato slid from the shadows.
He was covered with blood, and I wanted to add to it.
“Oh,” Miriam breathed. “Angus will kill us all if we let that happen.”
Revulsion rose inside me, turned to anger, morphed into rage, and God, how I welcomed that rage. It was bigger than the darkness. More consuming than the despair. I grabbed it with both hands. Then I ripped Silverlight from her sheath, and I leapt at the vampire.
I thought I saw him smile before he turned and flew away, his long, silky hair flowing behind him like a teasing, enticing, irresistible song of seduction, and I could only follow with my sweet rage and my need and my desperation.
Clayton, Miriam, and Shane slipped away, leaving me to the master.
To my master.
For better, for worse.
So help me God.
You can find Bloodhunter at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07B9L8PHF
Where did your love of books come from?
LC: I have no idea. I’ve loved reading since I can remember. I read anything I could get my hands on, and to me, there was nothing better. Libraries were my happy places.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
LC: Stephen King, Laurell K. Hamilton’s early Anita Blake books, Robert R. McCammon, John Saul, Clive Barker, Dean Koontz, and Peter Straub, to name a few, were some of my favorites. They all influence my writing in some ways.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
LC: Rune Alexander. She’s such an imperfect woman with some really big issues, but she has so much heart to her. She’s brave, protective, and a true badass.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
LC: Yes. Yes it does.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
The Internet. Facebook.
Where can your fans find you and follow??
LC: A few places!
First, I want to give you a free book for subscribing to my newsletter: Here’s the link! BookHip.com/JKWRXR
My website: www.lakencane.com
Tap the follow button on my Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/author/lakencane
Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorLakenCane
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️
LC: Thank you for having me