Right now, I love reading J.R Ward, Felicity Heaton, and Laura Wright, but my tastes change quickly, so who knows how long it will be before there's a new name added to this list.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading is at the top of the list right now. When I'm not doing that, if it's nice outside, I'll be on the back of my motorcycle, holding onto my hubby. Otherwise, watching movies and TV shows, going for walks, and procrastinating on starting to exercise. Okay, I did forget another place a spend a lot of time. The internet. Mostly reading blogs and on Google+ and Facebook.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Truth is, I download a lot of free and 99 cent ebooks to try out new-to-me authors, some of which I actually read. That's how I found Felicity Heaton. Now I'm hooked on a couple of her series. I'm sure there are a lot of great books waiting for me in that huge digital TBR pile.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I can't say that I do because that would have to go back to either grade school or high school, and my memory is really bad. I do remember my first serious attempt at writing, though. It was a dark fantasy vampire novel that topped out at over 140,000 words - and sucked even more than the vamps in it did. There are some hidden treasures in there, some great scenes I wouldn't mind using somewhere else. But for that book to ever see the light of day, it will need some major revisions.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Simple answer... I'm a control freak. Longer answer... I'm like a lot of new indie authors in that I never even attempted to go the traditional route because I did enough research to know it had a lot of drawbacks I didn't want to deal with. Plus, the fact that I write vampire novels in a time when the market is filled with them meant it would have been almost impossible to sell the idea of another vampire series to a publisher. I'm enjoying having full control over every aspect of my books, from choosing my own editor to picking my own cover, etc.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Of course I love creating the stories, but the best part is when a reader loves my characters as much as I do. Knowing I'm touching readers the way the authors I love touch me is what makes all the hard work worth it. If readers lose themselves in my books, fall in love with my heroes, and picture themselves as my heroines, that's my greatest joy in writing.
How do you approach cover design?
I've tried to make my covers a little different than the usual erotic paranormal romance covers, but I do shoot for sexy, eye-catching covers. I decided early on that my covers would have a signature look and style so readers could pick them out easily. In a world where one cover looks just like the next, I knew I had to incorporate something that would set my covers apart from the masses. It helps that I'm also an artist and amateur photographer so I have experience with the basics needed to create a great cover. That's not to say there wasn't a lot of trial and error in the beginning, but the end products turned out better than I could have hoped.
What do you read for pleasure?
I mostly read erotic romance and vampire books, but I will read just about anything that grabs my attention. For me to stick with a book, though, the characters have to pull me in. I can enjoy a book with a slow or non-action-packed plot if the characters come to life. On the other hand, all the action in the world and the most intricate plot won't hold my attention if the character development is lacking. The great books are the ones with the best of both.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I have lived in Southwestern Pennsylvania my entire life, and I set my first erotic paranormal romance series, The Nocturnal Surrender Series, in this same region. I did make a twist in the series by creating a fictitious city, Lansford, PA, which is supposed to be the Sin City of the East. Even though a lot of the action takes place in the city, I've used the beautiful mountains and country in this area of the state as a big part of the setting in my books, as well. I'd say my love of country living comes through in my writing.
What are you working on next?
Besides continuing my erotic vampire romance series, The Nocturnal Surrender Series, I am starting my erotic angel and demon series, The Immortals of Marumar. I can't wait to write about these sexy winged creatures and those devilish demons and incubi. Beyond those, I have plans for a few other series, and I am currently developing those ideas further. You can stay up to date on my writing by visiting my website at www.lorrainepearl.com.
Why do you prefer to write erotic paranormal romance?
I think I'll break this answer down for each word in my preferred genre.
For the erotic aspect of my writing, I want to empower women sexually. We have been too shy about sex, and a lot of women don't even enjoy sex. I hope my books - as well as those of others who write erotica - will help women explore their sexuality more and realize it's not something to be ashamed of.
As for the paranormal aspect, I'm a huge vampire fan. Always have been, always will be. I've also started enjoying angel and demon books, so now my paranormal preferences have expanded - as have my writing preferences.
Lastly, the romance aspect of my writing comes from a love of happy endings. Most of us grow up dreaming of the elusive "one" who will be our soul mate, who we'll love and who will love us. Romance novels are just a natural extension of that dream, which unfortunately, many of us never achieve. It's fun to lose ourselves in that fantasy world for a while, and I want to create an escape like that for others.
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