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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Author Interview & Contest with Lori Handeland

My last author guest this month is Lori Handeland!

Lori is published world wide in several genres--historical, contemporary, series and paranormal romance, as well as urban fantasy and historical fantasy. You may know her for her Nightcreature Novels and The Phoenix Chronicles!

Any fans of either series will find the following interview interesting! Also anyone wanting to try and win a set of Lori's books should make sure they enter the contest! Plus check out the new Nightcreature Novel! Book #10, MOON CURSED, is due out this week!


Amber - Welcome back to Amberkatze's Book Blog! It is great to have you here again as a guest! You have a new book out on March 1st. Can you tell us a bit about the story in Moon Cursed?

Lori - Great to be back. Thanks for having me.

In Moon Cursed Kristin Dainels is the host of the television show HOAX HUNTERS. She's traveled to the ends of the earth to explore, and expose, life's most enduring myths. Now she's bound for Scotland where she intends to get to the bottom of the Loch Ness Monster legend once and for all. But once in the quaint village of Drumnadrochit, on the shores of the loch, she encounters not only the local "keeper of the loch" the seductive Liam Grant, but many unanswered questions. Edward Mandenauer shows up for a creepy conversation, and before Kris knows what's going on, she's involved in murder, mayhem and mystery.

Amber - It is so great to see the Nightcreature novels back. Why did they take such a long break?

Lori - The Nightcreature Novels were a victim of the vagaries in publishing. They weren't selling as well as they should have and were put "on hold" while I was asked to write another series. But now they're back and I couldn't be happier.

Amber - Was it hard to go back to writing the Nightcreature series? Did you already have the new books written?

Lori - I was concerned it would be hard, but it wasn't. I was able to slip right back into that world, thank goodness! I did not have the new books written.

Amber - Moon Cursed is the tenth book in the Nightcreature series. How many more can we expect to see? Do you have some way you want to end it or will you keep writing them as long as the fans keep reading them? ;)

Lori - I will keep writing them as long as I can.

Amber - Away from the Nightcreatures and to the Phoenix Chronicles. Can we expect to see Liz again?

Lori - That is up in the air right now. Publishing again.

Amber - Can you tell us a little about your book Shakespeare Undead? I keep seeing it on Amazon but haven't quite managed to get it in my basket yet.

Lori - Shakespeare Undead is a mash-up in the tradition of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies or Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter. In my book, Shakespeare is a vampire and the dark lady of his sonnets a zombie hunter. They must join forces to save Queen Elizabeth and London from a zombie horde. Along they way they fall in love. I have just begun writing the follow up Zombie Island, my take on The Tempest, and the further adventures of Will and Kate.

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

Lori - Once I complete Zombie Island I will begin a new venture that I'm very excited about. I will be writing western historical romances under the name Lori Austin. I began my career writing westerns so I'm thrilled to be able to do them again.

Amber - Did you always wanted to be an author? Why did you pick the Paranormal Urban Fantasy genre?

Lori - I have always wanted to be an author, or at least since I was 10 when I figured out that was a job! I ended up in the paranormal genre eventually because that was what I enjoyed reading.

Amber - What other paranormal creatures would you like to write about besides the ones you've already written about?

Lori - I'm open to pretty much anything. I never know what kind of creature is going to pop out once I begin writing.

Amber - How do you pick the names for your characters? Do they have any special meanings?

Lori - Names are hard. I have to have just the right one and have been known to change the name after I've begun the book. I'm not really sure how I get to the "right" name. I just keep looking through baby name books until one strikes me as "the" one.

Amber - Would you ever be able to write a book together with another author? If yes, which author would you like to work with and why?

Lori - I have written a series with another author (my friend Linda Winstead Jones, w/aLinda Devlin)-alternating books in the same town--called The Rock Creek Six. (Basically the Magnificent Seven, with six) We had a great time and I'd be happy to do any other project with her at any time.

Amber - A lot of authors are writing now in both adult and YA genres. Have you considered writing a YA book?

Lori - I did write a proposal for a YA book. Unfortunately it didn't sell.

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

Lori - After I work all day I like to spend my evenings watching TV. My new favorite show is BEING HUMAN. I also love Castle, V, Fringe,Supernatural, Dexter, Medium, Bones. I can't listen to music while I write, but on my ipod I have quite a collection for when I jog--from Guns n Roses to John Denver.

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

Lori - Perhaps a fairy. Flying would be cool. Magic. Pixie dust. I could use that.

Amber - Thanks for visiting Amberkatze's Book Blog again!


Contest Time

Lori is giving away a set of The Phoenix Chronicles! Yes! One lucky winner will get all four books in the Phoenix Chronicles!

How To Enter

Which historical figure would you like to see go Paranormal?

No answer = No Entry

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The contest will stay open until Sunday 6th of March 2011 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.


Barbara E. said...

I think seeing Queen Elizabeth I (or even II) go paranormal would be cool. Also, maybe Edgar Allen Poe would be good, he's kind of creepy already.

Stephanie said...

I'd like to see Helen of Troy in a paranormal.


Meredith said...

How about Theodore Roosevelt? I used to read biographies of him when I was a kid.

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SiNn said...

good question id have to say id love to see Martin Luther king in a paranormal one or maybe Sue B anthony

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I love Loris books!

Lori Handeland said...

I'm hoping to do an Elizabeth I paranormal eventually, Barbara, but all the suggestions are great!

Thanks, Sinn!

Mardel said...

Being Human is one of my favorite dramas = or comedy/dramas.

I would like to see Queen Victoria as a paranormal - the almost puritan behavior of her with a paranormal side would be fun.

Or Crazy King George III. That would explain a lot, right?

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Blodeuedd said...

So many have already gone paranormal, but let me think...how about Attila the Hun, and his horde of zombies

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Bethany C. said...

I think Cleopatra and Marc Antony would make awesome vampires.


donnas said...

I always thought Shakespeare. But now that thats been done. Thanks!! I will move on to King Arthur.

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Calliope said...

Um...well, I think it'd be pretty cool to see Henry VIII go paranormal. Can totally see him being an incubus.


debbie said...

I think either ben franklin or queen boudicca would go great as paranormal.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the interview :)

I'd like to see CĂș Chulainn go paranormal, but since it's not sure that he existed, I would go with Queen Margot (Marguerite de Valois).

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Tore923 said...

I think Joan of Arc would be a good one to go paranormal. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this series. Tore923@aol.com

Andra Lyn said...

omg awesome contest!! Lets see...How about Napoleon? Perhaps the reason he was so good at conquering everything for a while was his paranormalness? lol
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Unknown said...

Definitely Henry the 8th!

Love the interview!

Julie S said...

I think it would be neat to have George Washington in a paranormal setting.


Sharon S. said...

I agree with Barbara E. Poe .

My favorite show is Supernatural and since that is going away after this season :( I have adopted Being Human. I want to find all the BBC episodes and see them too. I have heard it is better than our version.

thanks for the generous give away!

Dovile said...

I'd like Cleopatra to be the one to go paranormal. I can really see her as having supernatural powers, maybe as a witch.

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Aurian said...

I do love the Nightcreatures novels, still not sure about the Chaos books, though I have read them all. I must admit, I am not really fond about my favourite historical characters going paranormal (like Lynn Viehl series). I waited a long time before reading the last one in the Darkyn series, about Robin Hood. Guy of Gisbourne is in her latest one of the Kyndred. It is better if the book plays in the here and now, and not back then.
How about Hitler? He is a perfect demon, bent on the destruction of mankind and earth. He was certainly surrounded by more demons.

Lori Handeland said...

Thanks, everyone. Great suggestions!

I love Being Human!

I didn't realize this was the last year of Supernatural. Bummer. Love that show too.

Ina said...

I think it would be fun seeing Sissi in a paranormal world, wouldn't it? *g*
Lori, I've already read book 1 and can't wait to read on :)
wish you all the best, Ina

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Alicia said...

Wow! All four books. Awesome

I'd have to say I'd love to see Joan of Arc go paranormal. She was pretty close already.

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justpeachy36 said...

I love history and there are so many good ones to choose from. I think I would like to see someone like Davy Crockett or Daniel Boone as a werewolf.... or someone like Winston Churchill or one of the English Kings as a vampire. It could be cool... LOL.

Please enter me in the giveaway.


Audra said...

I would love to see Mary Queen of Scots go paranormal- I will also miss the great Winchester Brothers they are great.

Amy said...

Would be really interesting to see Helen of Troy go paranormal. There would certainly be lots of drama!


Anonymous said...

I would love to see the Bronte sisters, sort of a Becoming Jane thing, but paranormal.

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heatwave16 said...

I'd like to see Elvis go paranormal. This way we could explain all of those sightings after his death. A vamp that moves around the country playing in bars.

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JenM said...

I always thought it would be great if Abraham Lincoln was immortal and couldn't have been assasinated. I'd love to see an alternate history with that premise.

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Unknown said...

Any of the Little Women.

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wildcat32 said...

I would like to see Annie Oakley in a paranormal.

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Lori Handeland said...

Have you read Charlene Harris,Heat? She's got a paranormal Elvis. What a hoot.

And there's Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter. But I like the idea of an immortal Lincoln.

Anonymous said...

I would like to see King Henry VIII. I think of him as a vampire.

A paranormal Mata Hari would also be quite cool - a succubi spy ;-)

Karmajnke said...

I think Leif Ericson would make a GREAT werewolf. We would have to have a much tamer but stronger Alpha male to keep him in line though.

A'lina said...

I think Cleopatra would be a great character to go paranormal!

Magaly Guerrero said...

Napoleon Bonaparte. Can you imagine how ruthless of a story that would make?

Oh! And Attila the Hun, and his horse too ;-)

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Lori Handeland said...

Some really great suggestions, thanks. I love Daniel Boone-werewolf. LOL!

Stacy of the Wheeler Clan 4 said...

King Tut. Benjamin Franklin as a vampire or monster...creepy experiments. LOL

Stacy of the Wheeler Clan 4 said...

Edgar Allen Poe would be SUPER creepy as a paranormal!

Brook and Greek said...

Who would I like to see go paranormal? Freud of course! That would rock! That would make a fun book to read!!



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crystletellerday said...

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lilypad98010 said...

Benjamin Franklin would be a hoot!
I understand he was a womanizer and was loved in France.

wgbc1446 said...

Ben Franklin. wgbc1446[at]yahoo[dot]com

Persephone said...

Amelia Earhart. I think she would make a wonderfully interesting subject of a paranormal book.

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Nickolay said...

I would love to see a paranormal version of Abraham Lincoln


April said...

I would like to see Florence Nightengale be paranormal - an immortal life saver FTW!
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valerie2350 said...

Einstein ;)

Kitty Cardero said...

Joan of Arc

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susan1215 said...

I'd like Cleopatra to be the one to go paranormal

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Pamela S said...

I'd love to see Thomas Jefferson. I visited the amazing home he built, Monticello, full of unique ideas ahead of his time. Plus mazes in the gardens. Those could be incorporated into "devices" he uses. Thanks so much! pamelashockley(AT)netscape(DOT)net

Dawn Reid said...

Joan of arc would be cool

susansmoaks said...

i would love to see abe lincoln
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Unknown said...

So many great choices, hm.. I think I would most love to see Queen Victoria or Julius Caesar go paranormal :-D that would be fun :-)

Thank you for the fantastic giveaway Lori! :-)

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Melissa B. said...

I think if Jack the Ripper was paranormal it would explain so much!

clynsg said...

I think Abigail Adams would be good in a paranormal role. She seemed to have paranormal patience anyway!

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Unknown said...

I would love to see Cleopatra go paranormal. garrettsambo@aol.com

Anonymous said...

I would like to see Benjamin Franklin go paranormal


Denise S. said...

I'd like to see Benjamin Franklin go paranormal.
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goofyme said...

I'd like to see/have seen (President) George Washington go paranormal.

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Pam S said...

Great post - Ty for sharing... and congrats on your latest release Lori!

Hmmm I am late to this post and there are lot of great answers here already lol. Hmm.. What about Christopher Columbus, Squanto, Captain John Smith, Pocohantas, Frank and Jessie James? I didn't see any of these mentioned and think they could have interesting stories.

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Roseann K. said...

How about Jackie O? Interesting?