Interview with Zeecé Lugo

Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors fall into two categories. The first group are the authors I grew up reading; many of them are dead or out of fashion. These include Ellis Peters (Brother Cadfael novels), Tolkien, Ursula K. Leguin, Isaac Asimov, Agatha Christie, Anne McCaffrey, Victoria Holt and Dorothy Eden.
In the second group are the readers I read and love now; these include Kresley Cole, Christine Feehan (Dark Carpathians and the Drake sisters), J.R. Ward, G.A. Aiken (love her dragons), Gail Carriger, and indie authors C.L. Bevill and Monique Martin.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My love of life. Every morning I get up with the expectation that something new and wonderful
is in the horizon. I always have plans and goals that excite and drive me. My only fear is that I'll
die before doing it all!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I read (always for fun and joy). I listen to music (lots of stations on Pandora). I love to grow things (pineapples, herbs, tomatoes, peppers,) and I love to play around with my computers (love Ubuntu). I spend time enjoying the view of the surrounding mountains from my wide balcony, and when I get the urge, I drive 20 minutes out to the beach.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I browse for hours and read the reviews that others write. If there are sample pages, I read them too. I read for entertainment and pleasure, so I stay away from drama and extreme suspense. Bloody zombies and serial killers turn me off. I love paranormal romances, romantic mysteries, fantasies, time travel, and humor.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was terrible. I know because I never throw anything I write away, and I recently dug it out of an old box.
It was unfinished, as most of the stuff I wrote as a young girl was always unfinished. And of course, it was romantic.
What is your writing process?
I do not write every day, but when I write, I get lost in the process. Sometimes I start at nine in the morning, and I am still at it at ten at night. When I am deep in my process, I even forget to eat! At times like that, I get upset if the phone rings.
My ideas do not come suddenly. They are ideas and plans that have been threading through my mind for years.
However, they often change during the writing, and characters go where I never meant them to go. For example, in A Whore and A Rogue, Jonas turned out to be gay. I never planned that. The original outline for the novel went out the window by the 4th chapter.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I was seven years old. My mother taught me to read and write before I ever started school. Our neighbors had two daughters in high school, and they lent me a book on Norse literature. The first story I remember reading and crying about was The Ring of The Nibelungs; it was in Spanish!
How do you approach cover design?
I don't. I looked up someone in the internet who did it for me. It drove me crazy for weeks that I had
no idea what I really wanted.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy because the theme of a changing world and the bittersweet passing of the elves touches something deep in me.

The Second Chronicle of Brother Cadfael by Ellis Peters is titled One Corpse Too Many. I love it for several reasons. The language is really beautiful; the author's voice is hypnotic. The characters are simple and yet so complex and so in tune with the world. Cadfael himself is fascinating. Finally, the writer takes you back in history and immerses you in such a way that it is painful coming back!

Kiss of the Highlander by Karen Marie Moning. This book made me laugh very hard and made me cry. It made me wish that I had written it. All her highlander books are great, but this one is special. Beautiful love story steeped in fantasy.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read only for pleasure. There is enough sadness and sorrow in this world that I do not have to go
looking for it. I feel the same about movies. I read paranormal romances, young adult paranormal, science fiction, mysteries, sexy romance, adventure, etc.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I own a Nook. I have Kindle for PC in my computers, as well as Adobe Digital Editons and Calibre. I use them all to load reading material into my Nook.
Describe your desk
It is totally taken up by a large monitor, a computer I built, and a printer. I write using Word and have little use for pen and paper.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The ease of self publishing. I really want to spend my time writing and not waiting for an agent to get back to me in six weeks. I also wish to keep full control of my work. Although my book is on Amazon also, I did not choose to go on KDP because I want to control my work. That is something that is important.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Well, I am just starting out. But just being able to have access to Apple, Kobo, Sonny, etc. through Smashwords has to have an effect on future success. Also, the amount of support and guidance that Smashwords makes available is extremely valuable to new authors.
What are you working on next?
A Whore And A Rogue is part of a series. I am now working on the story that goes back 80 years to show the birth of Daniel's Fork. That book I will give away for free download to readers at Smashwords and it should be available within the next few months. The next project will be titled Strongheart's Shadow, and that will continue the story of Will Evers and the healer, Setiyah.
Published 2013-10-08.
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Books by This Author

Five Stories Up
Price: Free! Words: 8,730. Language: American English. Published: January 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
A short story set in New York City on Halloween night. It is a delicious ghost story, suitable for all ages!