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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Author Interview & Contest with Lori Devoti

About a couple of weeks ago I read Amazon Ink by Lori Devoti. It was an amazing read and one of the first things I did after finishing it was contacting the award winning author. Lori Devoti was happy to hear from me and instantly said she would love to be a guest on the blog.

So today I welcome Lori to Amberkatze's Book Blog and hope you all enjoy the interview answers she gave me to post. Make sure you check out her books and also check out the contest below (US & Candada only!).

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Amber - Welcome to Amberkatze's Book Blog! It is great to have you here as a guest! Could you start things off by telling my readers how you came up with the idea for your Amazon series? Was it a long process or did it just come to you?

Lori - It came in bits and pieces. I'd been thinking of doing a story on Amazons for quite a while before I actually started writing.
Amber - Will there be more books in the series? How long would you like to see things continue? Do you see an end in sight?

Lori - I would like to write at least one more, but for now, unfortunately, no more books are under contract. That doesn't, however, mean I might not go ahead at some point and write the book anyway. With the changes in publishing (growth of eBooks) that is something an author can actually consider even without a publisher behind the book.

Amber - Your main character has a few generations of family around her. Is family very important to you?

Lori - Family is important to me. I think I drew on the generations shown in Amazon Ink from my childhood. Unfortunately, my children don't get to grow up surrounded by multiple generations like I did.

Amber - What kind of research have you done for your books? Anything interesting or is the research boring?
Lori - I enjoyed the research I did for the Amazon series. It was mainly a combination of researching real archeological digs of female warrior graves and Greek myth.

Amber - The Amazon books are your Urban Fantasy debut but you have written quite a few other books. Can you tell us a little about them?

Lori - My first two books were romantic comedies set in my home region of the Missouri Ozarks. When the popularity of romantic comedy took a dive, I switched to dark paranormal romance. I have six of those out with Harlequin Nocturne and a seventh coming out in July.

Amber - Why did you become an author and what drew you to the paranormal genre?

Lori - I became an author because I was at home with my kids and had the time. That sounds horribly unglamorous, but it's the truth. So far as paranormal, I have been a big fantasy reader for years. It was a natural move.

Amber - How much say do you have in the book publishing process? Eg. Do you get to pick the cover?

Lori - I get input on the covers, but I don't get to pick them.

Amber - What are the good times and bad times of being an author?

Lori - Good times are going out and seeing people or hearing from people who "get" your books. My bad times have all pretty much been when I was trying to write too much in too short of time. Not good.

Amber - What is next? Are you working on any other projects you would like to tell us about?

Lori - I have a few things in the works. I have more Nocturnes coming out this year and next. I also have a paranormal young adult out with editors and am working on a new single title paranormal romance proposal. When I am finished with it, I have an idea for another urban fantasy I'd like to try.

Amber - There are alot of online sites taking up peoples time lately. Are you on Facebook or any other sites? Do you think the sites are useful or do they just take up too much of your time?

Lori - I'm on Twitter and Facebook. They can take up time, but you need some time away from writing and being an extrovert I need some outlet. I have over the years eliminated a number of things though that I felt were just time sucks--mainly loops.

Amber - What are you listening and watching lately? Is there any music or other media that influences your writing?

Lori - Not really. I write in silence. I do watch a lot of reality TV. I love reality TV. I think you can get a lot of insight into how people think and act watching it.

Amber - If you could be any paranormal creature, what would you be and why?

Lori - I'm not sure. Maybe shift into a cat. I love the way they show their mood with their tails.

Amber - Thanks for being a guest on Amberkatze's Book Blog! I hope you will stop by again!



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Contest Time!

Lori is going to send one lucky winner a surprise package. All she can guarntee is that it will include one of her books! Please note that this contest is only open to US & Canada mailing addresses!

How to Enter

Which of Lori's books would you most like to have?

No Book = No Entry

Earn more entries for each place you link this contest on the net. You can post on Facebook, Twitter & MySpace but make sure you add links here for me to confirm your entries! However please do not make individual postings for each entry. Please post all your info in one post.

You can also earn extra entries by emailing your friends about the contest. Just make sure you send a copy of your email or receipt to me at Amberkatzes_book_blog at gmx dot net.

Make sure you post your links here so I can confirm your entries.

Keep the contests going by using the Amazon link below and around the site!

The contest will stay open until Sunday 30th of May 2010 4pm CET and the winner will be picked by a randomizer. Entrants should check back to see if they have won. I do not hunt down winners and will pick new winners for any prizes not claimed within 7 days.

50 comments:

Vickie said...

I would like to receive AMAZON INK since it's the first in the series. I like to start at the beginning of a new to me series by a new to me author.

Fun interview as always. I love the weekends when I can check in for who's up that week on here.

Katie said...

Great interview!

I would love Amazon Queen since I have Amazon Ink already. :-D

Thanks!

Barbara E. said...

I enjoyed the interview with Lori, it's always fun to learn more about a great author. I'd love to win a copy of Amazon Ink, since I don't have that book yet.

skyla11377 said...

I Would Most Like To Have The Vampire Who Stole Christmas.

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Sue Brandes said...

Hard choice~I would love the Hellhound King. Great interview Lori.
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Karen W. said...

I already read AMAZON INK and loved it, and I just picked up AMAZON QUEEN, so I'd love to have THE HELLHOUND KING.

Thanks for the contest!

karenwitkowski AT aol(dot)com

Linda Henderson said...

I've read a lot of her Nocturnes and really enjoyed them. I would love to have Amazon Queen, it sounds like a book I'd really enjoy.

seriousreader at live dot com

heidi330 said...

Great interview!!!
I would like the first in the series, Amazon Ink. this is the first I've heard of her books so I'm excited to read them.
thanks
Heidi

wanda f said...

I would love to get The Hellhound King the excerpt I read was awesome.Great interview Lori.Just want to say I love your books

SiNn said...

Loris books rocks! I have hell hound king would lovee to get Amazon ink and Amazon queen they sound freakin awesome cant expect anything less really

awesome interview


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debbie said...

I would like to read Amazon Ink, since I haven't read any of her books before.
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SandyG265 said...

I haven't read any of her books so I'd like to read Amazon Ink.

Diana Dang said...

I would love the first novel of the Unbound series!

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Sweet Vernal Zephyr said...

Amazon Ink would be a good addition to my collection!. Thanks for the interview.
Miranda

Bethany C. said...

I would most like Amazon Ink. I'd heard about it for a while, and didn't realize it would (potentially) be a series.

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Elizabeth said...

great interview
I love to win amazon queen.
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Christine H said...

The book I'd want most is the first one since I haven't read her series befor4e so I choose Amazon Ink.
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Deedles said...

Thanks for the interview.
I would like Holiday With A Vampire II.
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BrigidsBlest said...

I would most like Amazon Ink; strong female lead characters are always a pleasure to read about.

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Rosie said...

Since I haven't read the first book yet, I'd love to win Amazon Ink.

Thanks for the contest!!

rosie

Patsy said...

I enjoyed your interview. I would like to read The Hellhound King.
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van_pham said...

i would love amazon ink!

thanks for the contest!!


van

Marianna said...

I am dying to read Amazon Ink! My library recently got rid of their only copy of the book, and I didn't even get to read it. wah...

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jellybelly82158 said...

I would love to win a copy of AMAZON INK. I haven't managed to get a copy of it yet and I like to start a series at the beginning

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Jennifer Mathis said...

I would love the Guardian’s Keep as somehow I missed that one out of the series I have already read Risk and Venge's stories and I loved them. yeah Weird that i skipped a book But i got them at our wal-mart and they are not known for being a good book store I guess

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throuthehaze said...

I would love Amazon Queen (I already have Amazon Ink!). Great interview!
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mithah said...

Amazon Ink would be great!

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layla418 said...

I'd most like to win Amazon Ink.

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Lisa R said...

Which of Lori's books would you most like to have?
Amazon Ink as I Must read a series in order

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Pamk said...

Great interview. I'd love to have Amazon Ink and I tweeted @ http://twitter.com/Pamk258/status/14715791296
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Roxy said...

I'd pick Amazon Ink. I really like the covers for both amazon books.

etirv said...

Unbound by Lori Devoti would be my pick!

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Christa said...

I'm most interested in Amazon Ink to start the series. : )
Thanks for the giveaway.
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k_sunshine1977 said...

i would like amazon ink, as i've been dying to read this series...

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WonderBunny said...

I have the first book so I would love a chance at reading the second, Amazon Queen.

s7anna said...

I would love to win a copy of the Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance...

Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.

*hugs*
Anna
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mountie9 said...

Honestly I would love to win Amazon Ink because it is the first in the series and I have never read anything by her before

thanks for the chance
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Jo Ann said...

I would like to receive AMAZON INK since it's the first in the series.
Thanks for the interview, enjoyed learning about Lori.

LuAnn said...

I'd like to try Holiday with a Vampire because I collect holiday reads and this would be a great one to add!

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Kimberly B. said...

Oh, what a great giveaway! I'd love to win a copy of Amazon Queen, because I have the first one in the series and it looks so good. Thanks very much!
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heatwave16 said...

I'd love to have Amazon Ink. I have Amazon Queen, and I'm starting in the wrong order. :)

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blackroze37 AT yahoo.com said...

ok is the mazon ink or queen first ,
on ur website it shows


Amazon Queen

Release Date: April 27, 2010


amazon ink

Release Date: May 26, 2009


i would like the fist one

Stephanie said...

I would love to have Amazon Ink as it's the first in the series. I really enjoy Lori's books.

Eternal Night said...

I would like Amazon Ink since its the first book in the series.

Tanks for the giveaway.

EternalNight06 at gmail dot com

Dawn M. said...

Amazon Ink would be my choice. :0)

Thanks!
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Virginia C said...

Wow! Thanks for a great interview and giveaway! I'd love to win "Zombie Moon"!

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tetewa said...

I'm always looking for new series to read so my pick would be Amazon Ink! tWarner419@aol.com

vvb32 reads said...

love a chance to read the amazon series - amazon ink!
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