Saturday, October 30, 2010

Author Spotlight - L.M. Pruitt Interview with Reviews

When preparing for my part of L.M.'s blog tour, I couldn't decide what I wanted to include - her guest blog or to ask a few questions of my own. Being the indecisive person that I am, after stewing over it, I said "Screw it" and decided to include both. So I divided them up to avoid having a SUPER long post - an introduction to L.M. and her entry in one and my interview with her and BOTH of my reviews in the other. So please check both of the posts out - she is an amazing author and reading her books have been a really emotional experience for me.

*click on the title for the interview and reviews*

So, could you share something about yourself
I don't have a green thumb. I have a black thumb. I've actually been forbidden from buying anything other than a plastic plant. My mom gave me bamboo one time--I killed it. So no plants for me.

How would you describes your books to someone new to the series?

I usually say they're somewhere between urban fantasy and paranormal romance, at least in terms of genre. As to what they're actually about, the words that get sued most often are magic, vampires, humor, sarcasm, and New Orleans.

How did you come up with idea behind your book? What made you write the characters the way you did and how did you develop their personalities?

 I actually started with the character of Jude. I had been writing, or trying to write "fluffy" books, and they just weren't me. So I took a break from writing for a few years, and then one day the idea of Jude popped into my head. She did change and evolve (no leather, because while it sounds cool, it's impractical and hot as hell), but it wasn't until I had Jude firmly into place that I moved out into supporting characters and then the story itself.

Some of the characters, such as Gillian, had very defined roles. Others, such as Elizabeth and Rian and Lies, were originally intended to be minor bit players, but who they were was so compelling that they ended up with a large chunk of the pie. Theo and Williams also changed as I wrote the story, with the end result being one very alpha male and one gamma male. And Jude doesn't have the patience required for an alpha male, lol

When you started writing Shades Of Gray, did you realize how dark and edgy it would be? What surprised you when you read over it?

 No, I can't say that I am. My original intent was to write a story where the main character, Jude, was as real to life as possible. She sounds, thinks, reasons, etc, like most people in their mid-twenties would. Maybe she's a little more ruthlessly practical, but she still sounds like the girl next to you on the bar stool. And then take her and drop her down in a fantastical situation. Fantastical situations always have a dark component to them, it's part of the battle, part of what makes the victory at the end so meaningful. Vampires, wars, centuries old strife, major secrets--if it didn't come out dark, I was doing something wrong.

What did surprise me was how easy it was to get that darkness in there. I'd thought my forte was sarcasm and humor and some weird stream of conscious thing, but writing edge was relatively easy. Well, easy to envision, slightly more difficult to execute. It's hard to type when you're a little teary eyed, but if something doesn't move me why should I expect it to move a reader?

Tell me something about Shades Of Desire

The main core of Shades of Desire--vampires in the attic and the double homicide of 1978--are true. Well, as true as you can get without actually knocking on the boxes. The legend of the casket girls who didn't make it to New Orleans and the luggage that did is mentioned during walking tours of the city. The double homicide is something harder to come by, and I've never managed to track down the names of the girls, only the gruesome details.

What would you want readers to know about the characters in the series? What extra insight would you offer to help the reader connect with them?

I think that sometimes because Jude is so modern, readers expect everyone else to be. Which they are, but it's a thin veneer. The Covenant has been in operation for centuries, so people raised in it, even the outcasts, are going to have a different view on things. Men are going to be more tolerant of things and more easy going in general because they've been raised in a female dominated society. This isn't to say they're pushovers--they've just got a much longer fuse. The same veneer of modernity is over Williams and his vampires. Predators adapt--you can't manage to hide in a crowd if you stick out like a sore thumb. So they look like us, but they don't think or reason like us--use what you have to take what you want and protect what's yours however necessary. A vampire is a new level of practical that we can't aspire to reach.

What is your vision for the series?

I have a rough outline for the next 3-4 books. I'm not saying I'll close the series out after the sixth book--I'll have to see how both I and Jude and the gang feel. There may still be story left to tell. If there's not, then they'll let me know.

Thank you so much for being part of my blog :) Seriously, watch out for this author because she's definitely going places!

Here's the books in her Jude Magdalyn series -

Shades Of Gray
Book One of Jude Magdalyn series

My Review

Jude Magdalyn Henries has what some--okay, many--would call an unconventional life. Orphaned at birth, raised by nuns, teenage runaway, fake tarot card reader--there is very little about Jude that’s normal. Jude plays hard, which means she has to work at least semi-hard, but when she accepts an invitation to do a private tarot reading, “unconventional” takes on a whole new meaning. Almost nothing shocks Jude anymore, but when she finds out that she’s the last in a line of matriarchal leaders of a magical group, shock is definitely what she feels. The Covenant has been waiting for Jude to come into her birthright for the past twenty five years. And then there’s the war between vampire factions for control of the city of New Orleans. In the end, the fate of the city hinges on one last battle, ranging from roof top to Bourbon Street to the bottom of the Mississippi River.

Shades Of Desire
Book Two Of Jude Magdalyn series

My Review

All I wanted was a little peace and quiet. Instead, I've got dead Covenant members and a steady stream of letters from the new guy in town. His beverage of choice? A 2002 Merlot, with a shot or two of powerful virgin blood. On top of that, I'm breaking in a new police liaison, failing at playing matchmaker, and fighting nausea like it's a full time job. Did I forget to mention that I've also got enough girls living at the Crossroads to start my own boarding school? Peace and quiet? Out the window.
So there you have it - an amazing author, an amazing series !! Make sure to check out her blog and to hunt her books down to read. I will be hosting a giveaway for her two books (just have to figure out the logistics of it) so keep an eye out for it :)

1 comment:

Kristina Barnes♥ said...

I've seen you mention these two books before. I can definitely say I'm intrigued, since you seem to love her books a lot! and LOL! I have a black thumb, too! I wonder if that helps her with her writing process.

Anywho, great interview. I'll definitely be on the lookout for that giveaway ;)