The Next Step PR client interview
with Author L. A. Fiore
What genre do you write in?
Romantic Suspense. I love romance, but I need to kill someone in my books.
What was the last book you released?
Devil You Know was the last book I released in March 2017. It’s the story of Damian and Thea who form an instant attraction, but life keeps getting in the way of them being together.
How many books have you published as of today?
Ten, my eleventh is releasing in July. I still can’t believe it.
Have you always wanted to be a writer?
Yes. I’ve always shared my brain with characters. It was inevitable that I would eventually write their stories down.
What would you be doing if you weren’t writing?
I would love to own a bakery specializing in wedding cakes.
Do you have any writing in your background or you went to school to write?
No, I was an Economics major in university, but I did start a sort of blog (before blogs were a thing) where I wrote stories every day that featured my friends. I had quite the following by the time I graduated.
Do you have any plans to write in any other genre?
Supernatural, paranormal, I think would be a lot o fun. I do have two books in that genre, but they need work. I’m hoping to get to them soon.
When do you get the best book ideas?
Usually when I’m cleaning the house, a character will come to me and then I create a story around that character.
How much of yourself do you base your characters on?
There is some of me in my characters, even if it’s just a comment I would make in a situation, but most of their personalities evolve as their stories unfold.
Where is your favorite writing place?
My office. I’m surrounding by books and paraphernalia that represent my characters. My husband calls it cluttered, I call it cozy.
Do you have a writing “schedule” so you can experience life or do the characters take over and NEED to be written?
I start work as soon as the kids leave for school and I usually stop to make dinner. Unless I am really moving on a story then I write nonstop, usually well into the night, until the story is done.
Do you map out your work? What is your writing process?
No, I just start writing and the ideas come to me.
Who is your all time favorite author?
Nora Roberts, especially her earlier work. The woman is amazing.
What writing advice could you share with an author who is just now getting started?
Write for you, write your story. You aren’t going to please everyone, so don’t bother trying. Tell the story you want to tell. And don’t get discouraged. There is a lot of competition in the book world. If you keep at it, you will eventually find your niche.
How much work goes into publishing a book?
Outside of writing the story, you have to have it edited and formatted and ebook files created. And if you’re doing audio and paperbacks, you have to work with voice actors and graphics designers. Then there is the marketing and promoting of the book. It’s very time intensive, labor intensive and costly, but holding the paperback or listening to the audiobook…there’s nothing like it.
What are you working on next?
Elusive is my next book releasing on July 21, 2017. Pirates, shipwrecks, a sexy romance, murder and mayhem. Being bad never felt so good.
Will we see you at any events in 2017?
A Dark and Seductive Affair in Charlotte in July, Indies invade Philly in September, Love N. Vegas in October and FBBF in Manchester, England in November.
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L.A. Fiore is the author of several books including Beautifully Damaged, Collecting the Pieces and His Light in the Dark. Her favorite movie is Star Wars, a love her son shares. They hope to build their own Millennium Falcon one day. She would like to meet the Winchester Boys to thank them for enlightening her on the versatility of salt as not just a food enhancer, but as protection from supernatural threats. And she thinks it would be interesting to be a zombie, to get an idea of what life is like as a brain-addicted fiend so she can be their voice to tell their side of the story. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and kids, their two spoiled cats and their awesome dog.
I didn’t set out to be a pirate.
Life for me was about surviving the ugliness that people knew existed but didn’t talk about.
I lived in hell.
Then I saw her.
I knew I couldn’t keep her, but for just a little while I had found heaven.
Eight years later, I can’t get her out of my head.
It is a mistake sailing to her island.
It is a mistake reaching out to her.
She doesn’t recognize me. Or maybe she does.
Closure, it is all I’m after.
Then my past comes back to haunt me.
She’s thrust into my ruthless world. An angel.
A romantic who has a journal that leads to a shipwreck and a lost treasure.
She wants to find the ending to a love story that is over two hundred years in the making.