Thank you, Lila for having me on your blog.
Did you choose your genre or did it choose you?
The genre chose me. I read across genres and enjoy them, but when I sit down to write stories they are always fantasy based. My plots vary depending on which pseudonym I’m writing under, but the need to create unusual worlds, and characters that are challenged by them, is who I am as a writer.
It’s five o’clock somewhere…Let’s have a drink! What cocktail best describes you and why?
A good blended scotch. The best have so many layers and make you remember them. I’d like to think of myself the same way. Wouldn’t we all?
On my desk I have a rhino that my husband gave me to remind me I’m rhino-tough, as you have to be in the business. Is there anything you have that you use to remind you of that?
I need a rhino! Frankly, I’ll stew for a day. Talk to my spouse or my critique partner. Then turn to logic. Whatever the issue, there are always logical ways to deal with a situation or perhaps frame it from a different perspective. Afterward, I usually go back to my writing cave for several days and submerge myself in characters—they may talk back, but I don’t need a thick skin for them.
It seems we all endured English and/or World literature coming up in high school…What was the worst book you were ever forced to read and what about it turned you off?
Wow, the worst? I don’t retain the worst for long. But I can mention one of the books that has stayed with me for a long time. It was from my son’s school curriculum, not my own. The Giver by Lois Lowery. People have different takes on the open ending of the story, which I really like. My son and I disagree, but I like to think it’s because I’m more of an optimist. I think about that story often, the mark of a gifted storyteller.
You have a million dollars that you must donate to one charitable organization. Which one would you choose and why?
I would split up the donations. I’m a very middle-of-the-road kind of person and like the idea of spreading goodness around. However, a major portion would go to homeless shelters for families, battered women, and especially children.
Do you have one of those pesky day jobs, or are you a full-time writer? If you do have another career what do you do and do you enjoy it?
I had a full-time career in information technology, but now my day job is writing. Eight to ten hours a day. The great thing is that I’m accountable for all the decisions and productivity. The tough thing is, the buck stops with me.
Due to the world we live in, most editors will tell a romance writer they have the moral obligation to protect their characters from scary life altering things, thereby being obligated to the reader. What are your thoughts on this? Do you protect your characters and how?
I don’t protect my characters, but sometimes I protect my readers. Things happen in my stories and they aren’t always good, but I leave the worst of things off-screen. I’m not a big believer that realism in fiction means graphic gore or violence. And while my stories do have some bad things happen, the overall theme for the series and each book is one of hope, so scary is only a tool to highlight a critical point in the story.
Wine or beer? - wine
Cake or pie? – toss up, a moist flavorful cake or a fruit pie. I like them both
Steak or burgers? – steak!
LW Herndon is a pseudonym for the author of the Thaddeus Kane urban fantasy novels and the Declan Other Realm young adult urban fantasy tales. More information on LW Herndon and future books can be found at the website http://www.lwherndon.com and blog http://demonssorcerersandmore.com/lwherndonblog
The Mark of Kane, the first in the Thaddeus Kane novels is available
Hallowed Vengeance, the second in the Thaddeus Kane novels is due for Fall 2012 release
That’s not my L.A. I operate under the mantle of the city as a troubleshooter for the demon clan who saved my life. Not a bad job if I can stay alive, but I have my limits. I refuse to risk innocents, which causes me problems. That one line I won’t cross for anyone. Loyalties—I have them. I’m pretty sure none of my associates would approve of my particular choices.
Human sorcerers are murdering my clan to harness superpowers and I’m the only one capable of finding the evil. A tough assignment, made harder by my secret alliance with a rival demoness to save prophetic teenagers from the same horrible fate. I’m all they’ve got.
Lifting my camera, I pointed my lens at the far side of the crowd and framed another shot. “Would think the fire was too hot for anyone to get inside to check.”
“Neighbors have confirmed everyone should have been home.”
“Tragic.” I kept my tone light, conversational, but I couldn’t shake how close we’d both been to reaching Ayden and his family in time. Perhaps minutes from saving them.
I turned to check around me, mostly to obscure any view of her by the rest of the crowd.
She followed my search for a moment, and then comprehension dawned on her face and her color paled. “You think the killer is still here?” Nervously, she stepped farther away from me.
I hesitated for a mere second, then took her by the arm and guided her quickly to the edge of the gathering. “If that’s the case, Jezrielle, you’d best leave.”
She froze, body and expression, suddenly speechless. Then in a hoarse voice, she choked out, “How?”
With my back to the crowd, I looked at my camera and pretended to check the number of shots I had left. I didn’t acknowledge her or her question, did not give any overt sign of a continued conversation with her. In my mind, I saw her name, one of several on a list in the folders at home. From my pocket, I withdrew a new memory card and a small slip of paper with my cell phone number.
“Go. Now.” I brushed by her, slipped the paper into her pocket, and raised the camera for more shots of the inquiring minds attracted to the scene. I knew the minute she took my advice. Her scent shifted direction and diminished with my first fully confirmed, very tantalizing aroma, of live pre-immortal.
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