This is an opportunity to go behind the scenes, get into the nitty-gritty of the many paranormal worlds and enter into the fertile imaginations of authors I love. Bring a flashlight. It’s sometimes dark in here, but so worth the trip. Remember, monsters need love too. Otherwise, how would we ever have baby monsters?
Think on THAT a while…
Welcome, Author Leia Shaw! You’ve just released Destiny Forgiven. Tell us a little bit about your story.
Destiny Forgiven is probably my saddest book, but with the biggest story of redemption. Maddox and Felicity are childhood sweethearts, but also natural born enemies. Years after the last time they’d seen each other, Felicity, a rebel shifter, is caught and imprisoned in the sorcerer’s dungeons. Her torturer is none other than Maddox, the boy she used to love. But he isn’t like the charming, happy boy she knew. This Maddox is hard and cold, and doesn’t have any memory of her. The book is her fight to not only stay alive, but save her best friend’s life by undoing the brainwashing he’d been through.
Do you consider your book(s) urban fantasy or paranormal romance? What attracted you to the genre?
Definitely paranormal romance. The focus is on the characters, the love story. The plot is important too but more the background. I love the mystery and magic, and the freedom to come up with creative monsters and worlds and things. It’s a lot of fun.
Let’s talk beasties. Do any monsters make appearances in your novels. If so, tell us about a few of them. Do you have a favorite? Don’t lie. Every parent…erm…author…does. Spill it. If not, what makes your book paranormal, urban fantasy or science fiction?
Oh goodness. Tons of monsters and beasts. Especially in Destiny Bewitched, the 4th book in the series. The book takes place almost entirely in the Underworld so we meet all kinds of creatures. Erebus is a lot of reader’s favorite. He’s a shadow hound, and best friend of Geo, the demon hero in that book. Geo and the heroine, a witch named Samantha, travel to the Underworld Games – a sort of gladiator games but with magical creatures. They fight wargs and incubi and all sorts of nasty…things there. It was one of my favorite books to write.
Is this a series? Stand-alone book? If it is a series, what does the future look like for this series? How many more books to come? What can we expect and more importantly…WHEN!
Shadows of Destiny is a 5 book series along with 3 novellas. There are more planned but not for a while. I have other projects I’m working on before then. A girl’s gotta change things up once in a while 😉
What else are you working on?
Right now, I have a contemporary erotic novel in the works with my co-writer Sorcha Black. I also finished a New adult named Boy Meets Nerd that I’m looking for a home for. I’m lengthening a sci-fi highlander novella to self-publish too, called My Scottish Keeper. So I’m a busy busy girl! Lol.
Of all the characters in your fictional word, which one or couple would you most like to hang out with over a long weekend? What would you do together? What actor or actress would play him/her in a movie?
That’s a hard question! I’d probably like Sage and James, from my first book Destiny Divided, best. They are just hilarious together. It’s a very volatile love/hate relationship. Literally explosive. Lol. I’ve yet to find an actress I like to play Sage. She’s kind of unique that way. But Neil Jackson is who I picture for James. Confident, British blond with major sex appeal.
Let’s talk about craft. Are you a plotter or pantser? What are the first steps you take before diving into the writing of the next book?
Pantser mostly. I rarely know the end of the book before I start. I plot the first chapter and know the general direction of the book, but usually I like to just jump in and go with it.
How long does it typically take for you to write a novel. Best case scenario? How about editing? How long will you pick at it before setting it free to the world?
It takes about three months for me to write a book. Maybe longer counting editing and formatting. I don’t tend to sit on projects for long because more books equal more money for me. So as soon as I’m fully done and think it’s ready, I release it into the universe. Lol.
Do you have any advice to new authors or anyone considering writing fiction?
Get an awesome critique partner or group. Seriously there’s nothing more valuable to me than the advice of other authors I respect.
Can you give us a taste of what to expect?
When shifter rebel, Felicity, is thrown into the sorcerer’s prison, she meets the legendary torturer known as Inkman. The menacing guard with the gruesome tattoos is almost unrecognizable, but she could never forget her childhood sweetheart, Maddox Blackwell.
But he has no memory of her. Brainwashed and broken, his human emotions have been destroyed, leaving him bereft, without an identity. Now only darkness remains. As she fights to make him remember their past, forgotten feelings reignite. Love was once a breath away. Can she save him before he must take that final step and execute her?
Where can we find you and your books online?
Leia Shaw is the bestselling author of the paranormal romance series, Shadows of Destiny. Thinking up fae politics, plotting dragon power games, and calculating how fast werewolves can change forms has given her a way to express those dark places in her mind. More recently, she’s branched out into the erotic world and has co-written several humorous but heartwarming contemporary BDSM romances, 31 Flavors and the Badass Brats series.
Leia lives in New England with her husband and two kids. Though she will go to her grave denying it, her husband insists she would be thrilled if he suddenly sprouted fangs.