Today I have the pleasure of interviewing Lori Whyte, author of the awesome His BBW to Hold, and Masquerade series, A Werewolf's Curse series, and a brand new Mannix Dragon Shifters series. Of course, if you know me at all, you'll know that my heart just started racing a little bit at the mention of a new dragon shifter series.
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Welcome to PNR Lovers, Lori!
Please tell our readers a little bit about yourself.
First, thank you so much for interviewing me today, Elianne! I’m excited to be here. Hmm… Where to start? I am a design consultant in my day job, which can be pretty hectic at times, so every opportunity to write is a blessing. I live in Alberta, Canada and I love it here. Although I don't always say it, the Rocky Mountains and Calgary, a vibrant prairie city, both play a huge role in my stories. My very own alpha hero is Scottish, but don’t ask me to try out my Scottish accent. I suck at it. Apparently, if my life depended on me saying Edinburgh properly I would be doomed. I also have two cats. One adores me. The other… not so much (I suspect she is a familiar in disguise).
Have you always wanted to be a writer? How long have you been writing?
Absolutely! I can remember writing stories when I was a little girl and making my family listen to them. LOL. At some point in my teens, I was going to the local library to do research for a novel I wanted to write (it never got very far). I wrote my first novel-length story in 2000 and have been actively writing stories ever since. I think I have at least eight unpublished novels and countless half-finished projects lingering in the recesses of my computer. I figure those were where I learned how to craft a story. I published my first novel in 2013 (under an alter ego) and have been addicted to sharing my stories with others ever since. I can’t imagine not writing.
We know you write Paranormal romance. Do you now, or have you ever written any other genres? If so, which? What makes PNR different than other genres?
For the last year, I've focused on writing sexy contemporary shorts and paranormal romances, but I didn't start there. My alter ego also has a few contemporary romance novels. 😉 But it doesn't end there! I have stories plotted in a bunch of other romance sub-genres from historicals to sci-fi, but those haven’t gotten very far yet because I really enjoy PNR. For me, PNR is a perfect blend of what interests me. I love the sexy heroes, the new worlds, the fantasy… It is exciting.
Are you a plotter or a pantser? What kind of research, if any, do you do for your books?
Remember those books lingering on my computer? Yeah… I've experimented with a lot of different approaches to writing. My current approach tends to be 1/3 plotter: 1/3 pantser: 1/3 quilter. I often start with one or two scenes, which could come from anywhere in the book and quilt the story around those. I plot the key turning points and pants the rest. I often have to go back and layer in details and foreshadowing.
I <3 research, but it depends on the book how much or what kind of research I do. I have an undergrad degree in history, so I can easily get lost in research, which is one of the reasons my historical romance ideas keep getting postponed. I know there is so much I would want to investigate. 😉 I also draw a lot on personal experience or the knowledge of friends and family.
From start to finish, how long does it take you to write a book? How many rounds of revisions to you go through before the story hits the shelves?
Tough question! I’m all over the place. LOL. It is hard to mark my writing time on any one project because I rarely write just one story at a time. Sometimes I start a story and then realize I need to let it steep a little more. Other times, the words flow out. Those are the good days. I started my first published novel in 2006 and didn't release it until 2013, during which time I wrote two other stories. I also had an army of beta readers and critique partners, which was a helpful experience in the sense that I came to realize there was no possible way anyone could write a story that everyone would love. What one person loved, another hated. It was amazing. So I decided to simplify things after that. The novel I currently have up for pre-order took about a year of thinking and writing from start to typing "the end" on my first draft. For this one, I am relying on the wisdom of one very trusted beta reader.
My revision process has several rounds. First, I read the story over and over and over again. At this point I'm looking primarily at continuity and plot threads. Then I run it through an online software program called AutoCrit. Lastly, I have my computer read it aloud to me (in a sexy male voice, of course). After I'm satisfied with all that, I send it off to my editor.
What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk? Do you have any writing rituals or habits that others might find a little odd?
My best writing time is when the house is silent. I get a little giddy with excitement when my sexy Scot tells me he has an evening meeting. Since he doesn't go out every night, I've recently resurrected a habit I had when I was writing research papers in university: I listen to Mozart's Requiem to block out ambient noise. I'm curious to see if that impacts the mood in my stories.
What’s your favorite genre/sub-genre to read? What are you reading now?
Other than PNR? J My Kindle and Kobo are stuff with paranormals, e-roms and historical romances. I'm addicted to Amanda Quick's Arcane Society, which I'd classify as historical paranormals. Oh, and I adore Elizabeth Hoyt's historicals too (even if they aren't PNR). Her heroes are hot. *fans self*
I am currently reading Zoe York's A Viking's Peace in her Vikings in Space series. It's a lot of fun and I'm enjoying it… It is also reigniting a desire to write sci-fi romance. *sigh* There are so many things I could write if only I didn't have to sleep!
And now for the silly… if you were a wolf shifter, which position do you think you would hold in the pack?
The last FB meme I did on this very subject said I would be an Omega. LOL. I’m not sure about that though. At my day job, I tend to be a bit more alpha than not. Hmm… Should I admit that in public? I'm not sure.
Could you tell us a little about what you have in the works that readers can look forward to?
I am currently working on my next Mannix Dragon Shifter romance. This one is a second chance MFM romance that takes place on the night of a snowy Winter Solstice. The characters discover that true love is the ultimate holiday gift. I've been dreaming about this story for months and am thrilled to have it finally coming to life.
Can you share a short excerpt of your newest release?
Sure! I'm going to share an excerpt from Their Runaway Mate, which is currently up for pre-order. Some sentences and words might be tweaked in the final edit, but here it is:
Her pulse raced as she turned to Dillon. His gaze was pinned to her. His strong jaw moved in a slow and sensual rhythm as he chewed. She could only imagine what else he could do with his mouth… and it was all X-rated. The glint in his eyes suggested he knew exactly what wicked thoughts were filling her mind.
She tried to shove them aside, because regardless of the sexual energy whirling over them her decision couldn't be postponed. Everything depended on one question: Did she trust them? She almost couldn't believe it, but she did. She breathed in deeply to steady her nerves. "Okay, I'll stay with you until you have an opportunity to talk to the Dragon Council."
Kylan eyed her. "Was there a possibility you wouldn't have stayed?"
She smiled at them. "Of course."
"So we have two weeks." Dillon crossed the kitchen to her, closing the distance between them until his broad muscular body was only a few inches from hers.
Wow, he was even more handsome at this proximity. His dark hair fell over his forehead as he tilted his head toward her. She wanted to touch the stray hair, confirm if it was as silky as it appeared.
"During that time," Dillon continued, "will you let us try to persuade you to…?" He let the suggestive implication dangle in front of her.
"Persuade me to do what?" Was he really proposing what she thought he was?
While she'd been focused on Dillon, his partner had approached her from behind. Although Kylan didn't touch her, he stood close enough that heat cascaded off him and warmed her back. The two men were so tall, big… powerful. No one had made her feel petite before, but these men did. And safe. She'd never felt this safe with anyone before. She'd always had to protect herself.
"What he means is," Kylan whispered in her ear, "will you allow the possibility of mating with us? We want to get to know you better."
Her skin tingled at his seductive tone. "As in sex?"
Dillon's eyes twinkled. "Or you could call it mind-blowing bliss."
Her body throbbed at the promise. She'd only be here for two weeks and then she could leave at the end—no, not could, she would leave at the end. Her life was waiting for her, but that didn't mean she couldn't enjoy herself for a bit. A little holiday with two smoking hot men sounded pretty damn awesome.
Where can our readers find you?
My FB reader's group (My usual haunt): https://www.facebook.com/groups/418034185045205/
My FB page: https://www.facebook.com/LoriWhyteAuthor
My Twitter: https://twitter.com/lori_whyte
My Blog / Online home: http://loriwhytewrites.blogspot.ca/
Thank you so much for spending your time with us, Lori. I'll be looking forward to some posts letting me know when your dragon shifter series comes out.