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November James Gang Interview

Each month, I interview authors or publishing insiders who have some form of “James” in their names or in their books. My November interviewee is author Lindsey R. Loucks, who has a character named “James” in her latest book!


1. Let’s get the most important question asked first: Why James?

My main character in my book Sail (http://mybook.to/sail) is a female, but she needed to pretend to be a boy so she could sneak off the planet. She took on the name James because…well, that’s just what the story demanded. This book told itself, and I was just a spectator while it poured onto my computer.


2. What fiction genre(s) and/or sub-genre(s) do you write?

I write paranormal, urban fantasy, horror, dystopian, and contemporary, all with a hefty dollop of romance, from YA [Young Adult] to adult. I’m also toeing the waters into erotica.


3. Tell us about your latest release.

My latest release is Blood Song, which is my first vampire book. It’s part of a shared world, but the books don’t have to be read in any order. Here’s the blurb:

No talking, stay out of the shadows, don’t go out at night, survive…

Fin Vee is the chief hangman's daughter at the Church of Hangmen. Everyone has high hopes for her to continue the witch ritual that keeps the Berkano vampires away. When she steps on stage to sacrifice the little girl with the dazzling blue eyes and doesn’t, the Berkano come fast and furious to demand their sacrifice.

The only safe place is within the walls of the Church, but the Church casts Fin out, leaving her only with the annoyingly silent Hendry to guide her.

The Berkano only speak telepathically, so speaking out loud in the city’s streets is a death sentence. But as Fin discovers the truth about her beloved city and her Church, she finds she has a lot to say. And so do her new allies: a band of cowboy witches intent on overthrowing the Berkano, whatever the risk may be.

Even if that risk is death.


4. Is there a core story and/or a theme(s) in your books?

Many of my books have to do with the acceptance of one’s flaws or gifts. This usually influences who they become, which is a fascinating journey to witness.


5. Do you have a favorite hero and/or heroine in your books and why?

Oh, that’s tough. All of my heroines are fierce and love with their entire hearts, but I think my favorite is Absidy (aka James) from Sail because she’s had such a traumatic past trying to escape ghosts, but she’s resilient enough to have a sense of humor. I kind of want to be her best friend.

As for heroes, I’ve fallen in love with several, but Mase (also from Sail) is probably my favorite. He’s rugged, scarred, and isn’t afraid to lay his heart out for everyone to see.


6. What do you enjoy most about being an author?

I enjoy making myself laugh, because others who share my offbeat sense of humor hopefully will too. I also love seeing where my imagination takes me. Sometimes it’s the simplest things that spark a whole book. For example, Sail was inspired by a person walking their dog. My imagination must’ve been cranked to eleven that day.


7. Do you have any awards, reviews or kudos you’d like to tell us about?

I’m a two-time USA Today bestseller. One reviewer called Sail a “best read in years,” and I’ve been compared to Stephen King and Robert Heinlein. All of these things make my eyes pop out of my head. It’s a chore to find them again before my cat bats them under the couch.


8. How do you promote your books and your author brand?

I fling random things at the wall and see what sticks! I read books about marketing and keep watch of changing marketing trends. I’m about to go through an author rebrand with my contemporary books, which I’m a tad nervous about. As far as my erotica, I have no clue. I’ll probably pick a pen name for those, but the idea of having to build around a new name breaks me out in hives.


9. What is your next project?

Right now, I’m working on the third book in the Sail series and my erotica book. After those are wrapped up, I have an entire list of book ideas to choose from. Must. Write. Faster.


10. Do you have a bit of wisdom you’d like to impart or a favorite quote?

My favorite quote is from Gustave Flaubert: “Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.” I despise drama in my everyday life, but my books get a ton of it!


Lindsey R. Loucks’ Links:
Website: www.LindseyRLoucks.com
Facebook Author Page: www.facebook.com/LindseyRLoucks
Twitter Page: www.twitter.com/LindseyRLoucks
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6151511.Lindsey_R_Loucks
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Lindsey-R.-Loucks/e/B00CSUJI62/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1476228039&sr=8-1
Newsletter: http://bit.ly/lrlinsider
Lindsey’s Street Team: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1138813132822855/

Thank you, Lindsey! Stop by next month, when my interviewee will be author Kathryn Jane!

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