Thanks to Wendy for doing this interview with me. It was well appreciated! :)
1. What kind of research did you have to do for the Sweet series?
I read about angels and demons in the Bible (since I was going with a Biblical approach to the world building), and I researched the cross country trips to see what path they would take and what cities/landscapes they would encounter.
2. Which Duke is your favorite? Least favorite? Why?
My favorite is Anna's dad, Belial/John, because he's tough and scary, but he's really a teddy bear when it comes to Anna. My least favorite is Kaidan's dad, Pharzuph, because he's truly a nasty bastard.
3. When you aren't writing, what do you like to do in your free time?
Spend times with my family. My children are seven and ten, so they are at really fun ages, and they keep me busy with their hobbies and activities! We are also blessed to have a pool, so we spend lots of time swimming and going to the local bay beach.
4. Who is your favorite character out of all of your books? Why?
Kaidan Rowe because of his complexities. He forced me to push my limits as a writer.
5. What was your best subject at school?
Actually, biology was always my favorite and best subject! Writing and reading was something fun I did on the side, but I never enjoyed the kind of writing and reading they had us do in school.
6. Where did the idea for Sweet Evil come from?
My overly-active imagination, lol. Literally, it seemed to come out of nowhere, bit by bit. Random scenes came at me, and I had to sort of piece them together.
7. Will there be any novellas for any of your books?
Not at this time, but I'm open to ideas if the publisher is interested.
8. Which writers inspire you?
J. K. Rowling and Jennifer L. Armentrout
9. What's the hardest thing about writing?
Coming up with interesting plots. If something doesn't magically "hit me," I have a really hard time trying to brainstorm.
10. What are your favorite books?
I love paranormal and fantasy romances, like the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout and Poison Princess by Kresley Cole.
11. Was it harder for you to write Sweet Evil or The Great Hunt?
The Great Hunt. High fantasy requires extreme world building from the ground up, and it was hard for me to convey all of the details. As a reader, I like to have some things left to my imagination, but not all readers enjoy that. They want everything described.
12. What advice would you give for aspiring authors?
Write the story that's on your heart. Don't worry about trends or what anyone will think.
13. What's your favorite color?
14. Which of the characters in your books do you think you relate most to? Why?
Anna because of her tender heart and compassion.
by L.J. Smith
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