Have you started another book yet?
LP: When I’m not working part time for a non-profit organization, I am working on my chapters for book two, Into The Fire.
LF: Along with Into The Fire, I’m just putting the finishing touches on Echo Prophecy, the first book in my debut solo series. It’s a paranormal romance slash time travel novel with strong mythological connections to Ancient Egypt. It follows a young archaeologist, Lex, as she uncovers a historical mystery, a terrifying prophecy, and an ancient, powerful species that has been hiding among humans for millennia. I’m aiming to release it in late summer.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
LP: Writing full time and enjoying life. Hopefully I’ll have the time to get back into horseback riding again as well. I miss it, a lot.
LF: Writing, globe-trotting with my husband, and spending a lot of time in my garden.
Are you reading any interesting books at the moment?
LP: My guilty pleasure is reading J.R. Ward’s, Black Dagger Brotherhood. I’m catching up on her latest books in the series, anxiously waiting for the Blay/Quinn story to come out.
LF: I’m totally addicted to George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series. I also just started The Iron King, by Julie Kagawa and am loving it.
Are there any new authors that have sparked your interest and why?
LP: We’ve met Tahereh Mafi a couple times and she’s so quirky and fun. I think in a lot of ways she reminds us of…us. Watching her grow and succeed as an author has definitely been inspirational. We loved Shatter Me and can’t wait to see where the rest of her series leads us.
LF: Good answer. Ditto.
What are some of the best tools available today for writers, especially those just starting out?
LP: I just discovered Scrivener and I love it! It keeps me organized and I need that to stay focused.
LF: Yeah, I’m on board with Scrivener too. Also, post-its are the greatest outlining and plotting tool ever invented.
Do you have any advice for writers?
LP: Go with your gut and keep in mind that you will NEVER please everyone–that latter is something I’m coming to terms with during this process.
LF: Put your manuscript aside for several months–like lock it away in a safe and don’t peek at it even once–and then when you look at it again, you’ll have all these new ideas for improving it. I know a ton of people have already said it, but there’s a reason–they’re right!
What do you do to unwind and relax?
LP: I love curling up and watching movies with my man or drinking wine and laughing with my friends.
LF: I spend a lot of time cooking–like several hours a day–and I listen to an audiobook while I’m doing it. It’s akin to meditation for me. Also, gardening, walking, and running…also while listening to an audiobook. Haha, I’m totally an audible.com junkie.
What dreams have been realized as a result of your writing?
LP: That I am capable of achieving my dreams.
LF: Writing something that other people can connect to…a story and characters that make them feel something. Even though it’s what we were trying to do, I’m still astonished. It feels amazing.
When you wish to end your career, stop writing, and look back on your life, what thoughts would you like to have?
LP: I did everything I wanted to and have no regrets. I want to have enjoyed the path I chose, my life.
LF: I would like to think that my work, my writing, meant something to somebody else. That would make all of the time and effort worth it.
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Genre – Science Fiction
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