Yes, I know its Christmas Eve but its also the last 7 days of 2011!! So many great authors, and books were released this past year and I know many have pre-ordered or added to your wish list for 2012!! To kick off this Countdown to New Years Bash, I have the lovely Leia Shaw. Thank you so much for this interview Leia, and be sure to keep an eye on her in 2012!! She has many great books coming out!!!
Tell us a little about yourself Leia!
Okay, well, I live in New England with my husband and two kids. I have 6 tattoos and a diet Pepsi addiction. I love to read, be outside, and play zombie chase with my kids.
For those who have not had the pleasure of reading your Shadow of Destiny series, can you tell us a little about it?
Shadows of Destiny is a series about a group of supernatural characters that live in our world (and sometimes the Underworld) but are hidden from humans. This includes; vampires, werewolves, fae, witches, sorcerers, and even dragons. Though each book can be read separately, the characters and events overlap. My books are character stories and true romances (steamy sex and all!), but I add a lot of humor and action. I love alpha males but also appreciate a strong, smart heroine.
Natalia and Cristian are total opposites, even species! A werewolf and a vampire. How was the writing process in order to achieve this great story. Were your characters cooperative or stubborn?!?
Yes, they are opposite in temperament. Natalia is cold and emotionless. Cristian is warm and passionate. They were a blast to write, especially the parts where Cristian taunts and teases her and we start to see Natalia’s exterior crack bit by bit. My characters are always stubborn. They pretty much invent themselves and demand I write them.
Well, in my opinion it’s a little darker. Also, both of the characters are supernaturals already established in who they are. My first two books were about heroines coming to terms with their identity. Natalia has been a vampire for over 800 years. Cristian a werewolf for over 300. And this story is more insular. It really revolves around the character’s journey, less about the world-building.
What are 3 words you would use to describe Natalia?
Sexually repressed! Lol! Okay, that was two. Umm…self-disciplined.
What coming up for your series?? **Crosses fingers and hopes Maddox's story is soon LOL**
Sorry to disappoint you but Maddox’s story isn’t for a little while. But trust me, it’ll be a good one and worth the wait. Poor Maddox has a rough two years of torture before we hear from him again. But don’t worry, he’ll get the best HEA out of the whole series. I promise. The next book coming up this summer is Destiny Bewitched. Samantha, a witch from my first book, journeys to the Underworld to save her sister who’s been taken to repay a debt her father owes. A demon, Geo, finds her fighting a pack of werewolves and saves her. Both of them need each other for reasons you’ll have to read when the book releases, but they team up to rescue Sam’s sister. This book will be my longest and most fantasy oriented as it all takes place in the Underworld. I’m pretty excited about it because I can really let loose with the creativity. There’s going to be an Underworld version of gladiator games that will be pretty wild to write. And as usual, lots of alpha men, romance, and sex!
Who has been your best or favorite character to write and why?
Sage hands-down. She’s the most like me. Now I should probably be offended because she’s the character readers dislike the most. Lol!
A la twitter style.. using only 140 characters, describe Destiny Unchained!!
Oh geez. Have I mentioned I hate twitter for that very reason? Okay, here we go. Cold-hearted vampire assassin teams up with warm werewolf alpha to hunt down a sadistic killer.
Who is your favorite Paranormal Romance Author? Any specific books or series?
Easy. Kresley Cole. She’s my writing idol. Her Immortals After Dark was my introduction to paranormal romance and still remains a favorite to this day.
For fun, New Years in coming, how do a werewolf and a Vampire hunter bring in the New Year?!?
Well, a werewolf would be surrounded by friends and family because they are social creatures. There’d be plenty of food, children, laughter, and beer. As for Natalia, without Cristian, sadly, she’d be hunting her latest target. All alone.
Puppy chow! It’s chex cereal covered in peanut butter, chocolate, and confectionary sugar. It’s addicting. I don’t make it because I’d eat it before it got to the party but I always hope someone else makes it.
Puppy chow?!! I guess I need to try those!! LOL Thank you again Leia for this wonderful Interview!! I love all you stories, and will be anticipating Maddox's story!! Can't Wait!! I know the rest of you can't wait to hear about the Giveaway!! Leia is graciously giving one lucky winner a $10 Amazon GC! Just fill out the rafflecopter form below. Remember you can *sign in* to rafflecopter either with you facebook or name/email!
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Check out my review for Destiny Unchained HERE!!
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