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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Welcome to author Lindsay Avalon



Welcome back to the blog Lindsay,…….thank you for visiting today

Tell us a little about yourself

I am a wife, a programmer, and now an author. I have an adorable mini Schnauzer and more books than I have room for. I love reading romance because no matter what may be happening in my life, I can always count on my books to end happily ever after. The day I met my husband was the day I truly began believing in happily ever after. After hearing me complain a few too many times that I had “nothing” to read despite the hundreds of paperbacks scattered around the house, my husband began suggesting I write my own stories. When I finally took his advice I discovered that although I enjoy my day job as a software engineer, my true calling is to be an author.

My sister drilled into me an appreciation for fantasy and mythology, something I try to bring to my books. My debut novel, Breaking the Nexus started as a book written for NaNoWriMo and has grown to so much more. It was the conduit that introduced me to a fantastic group of independent authors who have changed my life in unimaginable ways.

When I’m not writing, I’ve found a passion for blogging and interviewing fellow authors. I also love reading (of course!), baking, crochet, sewing sock monkeys, playing video games, and all sorts of random crafts. I have an incurable love of rubber duckies and stuffed animals, and I believe nobody should have to grow up if they don’t want.



Q. What book/s have you brought along to tell us about today?

Breaking the Nexus



Throughout history, myths and legends of extraordinary creatures have been told and retold. Fantastic tales of demons and banshees, gryphons and dragons, and of course, magic. Stories that every child grows to learn are nothing more than fantasy…or are they?



Beyond the world you see lies a hidden realm, the Mythrian Realm, inhabited by all of the creatures you’ve been told are mere fiction. Only one thing lies between humans and the truth: the Nexus. A magical barrier erected millennia ago to separate the two realms, it has stood the test of time. Until now.



For Mythrian Sha Phoenix, magic is nothing new. But when she stumbles upon a portal on the verge of collapse, her fate will forever change. Pulled through the portal into the Human Realm, she lands in the middle of Detective Connor Flynn’s brutal murder scene. Soon it is obvious someone is using blood magic to try to bring down the Nexus. Together, Connor and Sha must work to unravel the secrets before the barrier falls and the realms collide.



The Nexus is breaking and all hell is about to unleash…literally.



Q. Are you working on another book right now?



Breaking the Nexus is the first book in a sub-trilogy of my new paranormal/fantasy romance series, Mythrian Realm. I am starting on book 2, Waking the Phoenix, that will pick up right after the events of Breaking the Nexus.



Q. What do you enjoy most about writing?



The ability to transform these day dreams and stories I have swirling in my head onto paper in such a way that people seem able to join me in my world. When I hear people tell me that my book felt real to them despite having magic, mythical creatures, and the concept of two realms separated by an enchanted barrier, I’m amazed and thrilled they can experience a bit of what happens in my head on a daily basis.



Q. What do you like the least?



I really love all aspects, including promoting myself. The only thing I dislike is how little time I get to write. I work full time as a computer programmer and it severely eats into time I could spend writing J



Q. Would you like to see any of your books as movies?



I think my Mythrian Realm series would be a lot of fun as a movie, but at the same time I’m not sure how that would work. I have difficulties picturing books as a movie in terms of what actors would play what characters. However, when I read a book, I play through scenes in my head almost as if I were watching a movie so it’s not hard to imagine my book on the big screen one day. That would be so awesome!



Q. If so can you name any actors you would like to see as the lead characters in your book.



Like I said, this is hard for me. I don’t know many actors so I wouldn’t know where to begin picking who would play which characters.



Q. What things do you like to do to relax?



I love spending time with my husband and dog, chatting with my new friends, reading, crocheting, making sock monkeys, playing video games, and doing whichever craft happened to amuse me at that point in time.



Q. Do you have another job as well as writing?



In my day job, I’m a code monkey (smiles) I work on web applications.



Q. If you could have one super power in your existence, what would it be?



The ability to control the elements. I think that would be such a kick ass power to have, hence why my Sorceri characters have that ability.



Q. If money were not an object, where would you most like to live?



I’d somehow transfer Disney World to Ireland so I could combine my two favorite places J



Q. What kind of car would you have if money was no object?



I used to always love the Lamborghini Diablo. Still do, though I haven’t seen one in forever.



Q. What’s your favorite food?



This is hard to answer. I don’t have just one specific food. It’s a toss up between chicken fingers, ice cream, bread, and cheese lol



Q. Favorite color?



Blue!!!



Q. Can you think of a song or piece of music that could be your theme tune?



There isn’t a specific song, just the overall genre of trailer music. The epicness of it inspires me and gets my blood pumping so I write faster and better.



Q. Just answer these questions as quickly as possible.


Chocolate or vanilla?-----  Chocolate

Dog or cat?----  Dog

The film or the book?----- Book

Heels or flats? Heels

Jeans or dress? Jeans

Beach or Snow resort? Beach

Flowers or chocolate? Chocolate

Bath or shower? Bath


Q. What do you love best about yourself? My personality and my hair

Q. What do you like least? Like many women, my weight.

Q. Do you have anything to share with other authors that might be a help?



Don’t give up and be prepared to work your ass off. This is not an easy field, especially when you’re an indie author. Write because you love to write and you have a story to tell, not because you want to get rich. If even one person loves your books, focus on them and remember you have a fan. This is a labor of love and you shouldn’t give up no matter how tough things get.



Q. Is there anything you would like to say to your readers?



Thank you so much for your support. Words cannot express how much it means to me whenever someone tells me they bought my book or can’t wait to buy it. Without you, I’d still feel unfulfilled whereas now I know my true calling is to be a writer.



Can you share one of your favorite parts of one of the books?


Excerpt

“Stop that,” he ordered, the command holding no heat. He shifted her weight for a moment while he unlocked the front door and pushed it open.

Unable to resist pushing him a little further, she brushed her lips against his skin once more. “Stop what?” Sha gazed up at him, the heat of his eyes making her melt. Those metallic eyes shifted and swirled unlike anything she’d ever seen, even among the Metallum Sorceri she’d met over the years.

He let her body slide down his, hands settling on her hips, holding her body close against him for a moment. “You’re playing with fire,” he warned.

“That’s alright, lucky for you, I’m an Infernum.”

“Really? And what does that mean?” Although he towered over her, his head was bent and she thought she might be able to reach his mouth if she stretched

“It means I happen to like playing with fire,” she whispered, standing on her tip toes to brush her lips to his.

She’d intended it to be a brief kiss, more of a tease than anything else. They hardly knew each other and had just escaped from a potentially deadly situation, after all. But the moment their lips met, all rational thought became impossible, incinerated by the flash of desire that swept through her.

One hand slid into her hair and fisted, pulling her head back to give him better access to her mouth. His tongue swept over hers, drawing a low moan from her. By the flame, his taste. Her hands grasped his coat as she pressed her breasts against his chest, pressure building low in her core. He was staking his claim on her, and she wanted more. Frantic to feel him, she pushed her hands beneath his shirt, running her fingers along his chest through the dusting of hair on his chest. Too soon he broke away, both of them breathing heavily.

“That—that probably shouldn’t have happened,” he said after a moment, stepping back to put some distance between them.

Sha touched her lips, swollen from their passion. Kissing him had electrified her senses, energizing her more than when she tapped a node, a direct line to power. It would be all too easy to become addicted to him. “That’s funny, I was thinking it should happen again.”

“Sha, I’m serious. I’m supposed to protect you, not make out with you on my porch.”

“Connor, I’m serious,” she mimicked. “I can protect myself and I don’t know what ‘make out’ means, but if it makes you feel better, I kissed you.”

His hand smoothed over her hair, brushing it from her face. “You’re a witch, aren’t you? Say it again.”



Find Lindsay online:
Blog: http://lindsayavalon.blogspot.com



Twitter: @LindsayAvalon

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3 comments:

  1. Thank you for a great interview of Lindsay Avalon

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  2. Awesome interview with Lindsay Avalon. I really enjoyed reading it.

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  3. Very nice interview and excerpt.

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