Interview with Laurie Olerich

What made you choose to write in the paranormal genre?
I love creating the world and the lore that goes with it. My stories are meant to be an escape for readers. What better way to forget your problems than to lose yourself in a world that may or may not exist alongside our boring one? Each book builds on the lore and the backstory so it unfolds in real time as you read. I love giving my characters unique psychic abilities that give them an edge on the bad guys and in the bedroom too--telepathy, telekinesis, energy exchange, teleporting... Imagine the possibilities!

My paranormal world includes Primani (immortal soldiers), psychics, angels, and demons (both good and bad). Oh, and just because this is PNR, there’s no reason to leave out the occasional kinky character, is there? These guys have needs too! Now, isn’t that more fun than cowboys and bikers? Wink, wink!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I’m originally from a little town near Pittsburgh, PA, but my family moved to Texas when I was a teenager. I graduated in Texas but always missed my Beaver County friends. Since I had zero money for college, I joined the Air Force. This turned out to be the best decision I’ve ever made. I was blessed to live in Plattsburgh, NY (setting of my Primani series), Germany, and San Antonio, TX, during my 20-year career. My Air Force family is irreplaceable and joined me in many of my wilder adventures that eventually ended up in my books. Living all over the world gave me a great opportunity to learn about other cultures and to incorporate those differences into my stories.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Understand the market and expect ups and downs. This isn’t an easy industry. Take each day as it comes and don’t get discouraged. It’s super easy to publish a book today. That means there are literally tens of thousands of new books added to Amazon--daily. There are no one-hit wonders anymore. You have to write because you love the CRAFT of writing and not to have fame and fortune. Writing beautiful scenes, memorable characters, breathtaking sex takes love to do right. Don’t expect to quit your day job. Success can take years. Write because it brings you joy.
Describe your writing style.
I describe my writing style as action oriented, fast paced, and conversational. My characters tell the story from the prologue to the epilogue. Sure, I have to guide them along and fill in the details, but the story comes from them. I love the twists and turns this brings to the plot. The romance is as important to me as the plot and action scenes so I let it flow as the characters want. I believe romance has to flow organically so I don’t try to rush it. Same thing for sex. Each couple has their own personalities so their romance and sex scenes will be as true to that as I can make it. For example, my crazier couples will have sex in public or indulge in hot, wild monkey sex. My more spiritual, sensual couples are more likely to make love in a steamy lagoon or an elegant hotel room.

In a nutshell, I write stories to sweep readers into my world. I prefer to sprinkle clues and Easter eggs across the book and weave the backstories along the way to create that delicious feeling of anticipation that my readers really want.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing my first series, "Primani," in 2012 to escape from the endless routine of my life. One day I realized I’d hit 40 and still hadn’t found myself! I’d started writing several times and always got sidetracked. This time, I sat down and mapped out the project and dove in head first. Where to set it? New York, of course! One of my absolutely favorite places, upstate New York became the setting. Male characters? Well, they had to be hot…badass fighters…supernatural powers to keep things interesting…bingo! Primani! Not quite angels, but created from the archangels to keep chaos in check and demons under control. Super soldiers in their own time, once they were made by the archangels they gained immortality and very unique powers.

There had to be a woman, so I could live out my own daydreams! Mica and Sean came to me immediately--they just wanted their story to see the light of day. What’s not to like about an impossible attraction? Young love and passion? Oh, and kick ass snow sports set in the high mountains of New York and Vermont? These two characters were almost too easy. But then Killian and Declan came along. These two Primani completed the circle of family that I wanted to create. Killian’s character started out in a support role, but very quickly took over as one of the strongest of the group. By the time I’d gotten to Call the Lightning, Killian was shoving his way into every scene and demanding to be center of attention. It’s funny how characters do that!

Stone Angels brings Mica’s story to an end. Her transformation from simple human to an immortal with a direct link to Armageddon is paced across all three books. She cannot get to the end without the help and love of Killian, Sean and Declan. The four are forever connected by blood and saol.

Because real life is about more than finding true love and having great sex, my characters face devastating losses, painful truths, and choices that tear them apart. Exploring what makes us human is what I enjoy about writing. I love to put my favorite characters into painful situations and then watch how they handle it. Sure, I’m mean to them, but they like it!
Are any of your characters’ adventures based on real life experiences?
Oh, absolutely they are! All of the snowboarding, hiking, and rafting adventures come from firsthand experiences—though I exaggerated the rafting trip through the tropical jungle in “Benn.” I’ve got a deep, dark obsessive love of creepy and abandoned places so the Roman catacomb scenes, crypts, and abandoned subway tunnels were natural settings for life and death events. I’ve explored all of these places and more. Did you notice that I didn’t mention any of the crazy places my characters have sex? I WISH I could say those adventures were based on personal experience, but I haven’t ever blown up a building with a supernatural orgasm. At least, not yet. I’m still living, so there’s still time.
What's the story behind your latest book?
In my Demons After Dark series, I've taken 12 demons who worked the night shift in Hell's SuperMax prison and exiled them in the human plane. Thrown into human bodies, they struggle to survive with no powers and limited memories. In book three, Former Hell’s Fury champion, Koivu, is desperate to return to Hell to reclaim his title and stolen life. As an extreme athlete, he had fame, glory, and more pleasure than he probably deserved. He was a freakin’ rock star! Being exiled in a broken human body is his worst nightmare. Stripped of his powers and unable to fight, he’s consumed by frustration, counting the seconds until he can go home. His future looks bleak until he meets a sexy, soft-hearted physical therapist with a three-legged Dalmatian who heal much more than his shoulder.

Physical therapist Micki Glass knows something about damaged people. She’s been struggling to get over her ex for three long years when this crazy man crashes into her life. He’s crude and intense but irresistibly charming. With his feral eyes and sexy smile, Koivu takes her on a sensual joyride that makes her feel like a woman again. As their affair heats up, she craves him like oxygen until she discovers what he really is. With more than her heart on the line, can she accept his past and love him for who he is now?

The day of reckoning is looming closer and the sacrifices have begun. Can Koivu stop the murders, find the rest of the Trinity, and convince the woman he loves to give him another chance?
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love creating the world and building characters. I totally lose myself in their adventures and find that the characters write their own scenes. That’s the coolest part of writing: sitting back to read a scene and not knowing how the characters ended up where they did!
What do you read for pleasure?
I've got pretty eclectic tastes. I love to dive into one of Janet Evonavich's Stephanie Plum novels because they're really funny. I also like learning so I read books on viruses, gardening, and economics. When I'm looking for something sexy, I usually turn to Elaine Barris' Flames of Vampire Passion books or J.R. Ward's BDB. I'm soooo behind in my pleasure reading though. I have way too many unread books.
What’s your vision for the future of publishing?
Regardless of what the techies say, there will always be some readers who prefer to go to a brick and mortar store for their books. I’m one of these people. The big, beautiful bookstore is a treat on a Saturday afternoon. On the other hand, the internet provides instant gratification, cheap (often FREE) books, and a million new authors and sub-genres to pick from. Indie authors would gladly display their works in a traditional bookstore, but the traditional publishing houses have the corner on that market. I think readers would love to see more variety in the stores too. I know I would, but there’s only so much space and only the most popular books/genres get to hang out there. The number of indie authors will continue to swell and the internet will happily expand to accommodate them over the next few decades. Readers who are hungry for new and exciting books will shop there. I believe the bookstores will continue to support the big publishing houses, but sales will dwindle as the newer generations embrace more and more ebooks.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Two things really influenced me to self-publish. First, I’m impatient. The process of traditional publishing takes forever to go from manuscript to the final version sitting in Barnes and Noble. The process of finding an agent alone could take years! I wanted to launch my writing career so indie publishing worked for me. The second factor is related to the first. Writing a good story is only part of producing a book. I was, and still am, pretty unfamiliar with the business of books. I found it much easier to write the book than to write the pitch and query letters needed to snag an agent. My books combine several genres and don’t quite fit the niche that traditional publishers seem to want. I sent out a handful of query letters before I decided I didn’t want to spend hours working on that. I wanted to spend my time writing my next book. Again, that impatience! Indie publishing allows me to control every aspect of my career and allows me to focus my energies on writing the next book.
Who’s your book boyfriend or secret book crush?
I absolutely adore Sean from my Primani Series. He’s an amazing soldier with a dry, sarcastic sense of humor. He’s one of the toughest fighters I’ve created, yet he is profoundly gentle with his young son. I’ve thrown so much at him, but he always manages to come out stronger.
Published 2018-11-18.
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Books by This Author

If Just One Person (The Suicide of Shari Jensen)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,750. Language: English. Published: September 5, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
Shari Jensen could be your sister, your mother, or your best friend. She’s everyone and no one. She’s an ordinary woman suffering from depression. She’s middle-aged and divorced. She has a dysfunctional family and forgetful friends. She appears strong, but deep down inside, she’s screaming for help. Her story is a reminder that even strong, successful women can feel lost and alone.
Koivu (Demons After Dark Book Three)
Series: Demons After Dark, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 71,380. Language: English. Published: October 12, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Urban
Former Hell’s Fury champion, Koivu, is desperate to reclaim his title. Exile in a broken human body is his worst nightmare until he meets a sexy, soft-hearted physical therapist who heals much more than his shoulder. PT Micki Glass can't resist the man behind the feral eyes until her world crashes to the ground. Can she love him for the man he is now and forget the demon he once was?
Daddy's Little Demon Slayer (Primani Series Book Seven)
Series: Primani. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 38,850. Language: English. Published: July 7, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
The big, bad world’s a scary place when you’re only five years old. If you’re a typical little boy, that is. When Cian Leahy, heir to his father’s powerful ancestral magic and future bringer of the apocalypse, gets lost, he isn’t scared. He’s having the adventure of his life! With Mica out of town, can Killian rescue Cian before she finds out?
Benn (Demons After Dark Book Two)
Series: Demons After Dark, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 74,220. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Urban
A former shrink in Hell's SuperMax prison, Benn’s positive he’s lost his damn mind when he wakes up in the body of an uptight antiquities professor. One glance in the mirror shows he's not in Hell anymore. Lainey Hayes is horrified. Spending months tramping through ruins with Dr. Daniels sounds like Hell, but she’s shocked to discover this adrenaline junkie is nothing like the jerk she remembers.
Vanek (Demons After Dark Book One)
Series: Demons After Dark, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 70,660. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Vanek: Being human sucks. Before I was betrayed and exiled, I was a badass Painkiller in the worst prison in Hell. Now? I’m stuck in the body of a kinky mercenary with no powers and no way to get home. Dylan: I hate demons. My life is tied to a sadistic soul broker and I’m running out of time. How ironic that my only hope of freedom is a sexy ex-demon with a blank past and a broken smile.
Saol Mates (Primani Series Book Six)
Series: Primani. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 91,030. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Dec and Rori’s romance continues with the next book in the Primani Series. After two years, they can’t wait to get married and live happily ever after. The date is set. The invitations have been sent. The demons have been quiet. What could possibly go wrong? Enter the vengeful Angel of Wrath and a bloodthirsty new demon on a mission from Hell. What could go wrong? Everything.
Darkness Calling (Primani Series Book Five)
Series: Primani. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 86,690. Language: English. Published: March 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Finally freed from a century in purgatory, former-wild child Aisling just wants to raise her son and live as a normal human. Her taste of freedom is cut short the moment her past comes to claim her. Sean is sick and tired of his baby mama’s hateful attitude. But when a brutal old enemy shows up to destroy everyone he loves, he discovers Aisling is hiding more than her feelings for him.
The Lost Soul Trilogy
Series: Primani. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 389,790. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
The Lost Soul Trilogy is a magical blend of paranormal and urban fantasy romance that follows a reluctant psychic and the tight group of powerful warriors charged with her accidental journey to immortality. Sometimes dark, funny, full of twists and steamy passion, the Lost Soul Trilogy proves no one is truly lost.
Broken Souls (Primani Series Book Four)
Series: Primani. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 117,480. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Manhattan psychic Rori Austin’s life is over. She just doesn’t know it yet. Plagued by recurring nightmares and terrifying fugues, she’s hanging on by a thread. When she blacks out and wakes up in 1969, she knows she’s out of control. When too-good-to-be-true Declan shows up out of nowhere, she’s thrilled until he starts asking questions she has no intention of answering.
Stone Angels (Primani Series Book Three)
Series: Primani. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 152,090. Language: English. Published: May 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
In the riveting conclusion to Mica’s story, nothing is as it seems. Secrets, lies, promises. Where is the truth? When Sean goes rogue, Mica risks everything to save him from falling to Hell. Forbidden to interfere, Killian sends Mica to help. If Sean hurts her, he’ll be dead. Haunted by an eerie sense of déjà vu, Mica is stunned to find the truth at last. 3,000 yrs is a long time to wait for love!
Call the Lightning (Primani Series Book Two)
Series: Primani. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 141,220. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Psychic Mica Thomas isn't having a good year. First, the love of her life vanishes. Second, a sadistic demon tries to use her as leverage. Third, her totally wonky powers are driving her nuts. And then there’s Killian... His eyes hold secrets that confuse her & his touch sends her blood racing out of control. She has to trust him, but the secrets & lies are tearing the team apart.
Primani (Primani Series Book One)
Series: Primani. Price: Free! Words: 98,250. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
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After surviving a brutal attack, psychic Mica Thomas vows to live life on her terms, but when an old enemy returns, she’s swept under the protection of an immortal special ops team with a mission too fantastic to believe. For Primani Sean O’Cahan, this should be a routine protection detail, but nothing about this crazy, sexy woman is routine. He's forbidden to mess with destiny, but he's no angel.