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Monday, September 26, 2011

Interview and Giveaway with Lori Brighton!

I am so glad to have with me here today author Lori Brighton. Brighton has taken the time out of her crazy schedule to have an interview here on my site and she is also giving away two, count them TWO prize packages away. So that means two lucky people will be getting books from this amazing author. So if you are a fan of some pretty sexy paranormal and historical romances, please join us and give a big warm welcome to Lori Brighton!





OBVB: Hello Lori Brighton. Welcome to Offbeat Vagabond. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

LB: Thanks so much for having me! Let’s see… I’m from the Northern U.S. but have lived in the south for a couple years now. I went to school for Anthropology and worked as a museum curator. About ten years ago I decided to try my hand at writing!


OBVB: When did you realize you wanted to become a writer?

LB: There was a brief stint in writing while in second grade, a story about a superhero Koala Bear. But I didn’t actually try to write any fiction until later in life. I wasn’t one of those natural born writers. I definitely had to work at it. But I have always had a huge imagination. I might not have written them down, but I always had story ideas in my head. I really got into reading romance in my teens and twenties. It was while in my upper twenties that I decided to try and write my own romance.

OBVB: I know that it has taken years before your first book was accepted. How did you react when you first got published? Did you celebrate?

LB: I did go to dinner, but honestly, when I got the call, I was more terrified. After I hung up with the N.Y. editor, I was sort of numb. It was all too much emotion and I was kind of left with, “now what the heck do I do?!” You know how it is, sometimes when you’ve been hoping for something for so many years and your dream actually comes true, you’re more in shock than excited.

OBVB: Do you have any favorite authors? Anyone who inspired you?

LB: I started with The Chronicles of Narnia. I loved the fantasy and paranormal aspect of those books when I was young. Then I found Anne of Green Gables and adored the sweet romance between Anne and Gilbert; still do. My first foray into romance was with Julie Garwood historicals. She’s still my all-time favorite. They’re filled with such romance and emotion, that I desperately wanted to write one of my own.

OBVB: Do you have a routine of any kind for when you write or do you just do it whenever?

LB: No real routine, but I should! I’d probably get more done. I always have my laptop on, so I’m always working on and off throughout the day. If I’m being good, I’ll go up to my office where it’s nice and quiet. Unfortunately, I’m often found sitting on the couch with the T.V. on.


OBVB: You write paranormal, contemporary, historical romance and YA, right? Is there one genre you find easier than others? Any kind that is your favorite?

LB: I love all genres! Historical used to be harder for me because of the research. But I’ve come to know the Victorian era pretty well by now so I’d say the genres are about even at this point. What’s hard is when I’m working on two books at once and one is a contemporary and one a historical! I’ll make simple mistakes, like just recently I released a short story in an anthology and I called the heroine Ms. James. “Ms.” is the modern way of saying “Miss.” I happened to also be working on a contemporary at the time, and accidently slipped eras. Fortunately someone else noticed it!  

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OBVB: Now there is a new anthology out, Entangled, that you and a bunch of other great authors are contributing to. All proceeds go to Breast Cancer Research. Can you give us more information on that? How did the idea for Authors4The Cure come about?

LB: I believe my friend and author Edie Ramer (a cancer survivor) was responsible for getting the group together. She asked if I’d like to join and I was only happy to contribute a short story. It’s the best thing about self-publishing, you can devote your time to charity. It’s a bunch of great paranormal romance short stories. Right now it’s only 2.99.

OBVB: When you aren’t writing, what do you do in your spare time?

LB: I read a lot of nonfiction and I love T.V.! I watch a lot, I’ll admit it. But I also love to travel and hike. Upon occasion, you’ll find me drawing and painting.

OBVB: I love your book covers. They are just sexy. Did you have any say in the process? Any favorites?

LB: With my two N.Y. books, I had no say at all. In fact they got the hair color wrong on my first book. Because they couldn’t change the cover, I had to go through the book and change their hair color!

But for my self-published books, yes, I get all the say! And it’s great! For my ya, The Mind Readers, I was fortunate enough to have my cousin design it for me. My anthology, Love Letters, was designed by author and cover artist, Harris Channing. Kim Killion at Hot Damn Designs did the covers for The Ghost Hunter, A Night of Secrets, To Seduce an Earl and my newest (that will be out in Dec.), The Demon Hunter. I love them all! Nothing is more exciting than getting your cover.

OBVB: You have written all sorts of romance books. Is there another genre you want to tackle that you haven’t tried yet?

LB: I’ll definitely be working on more paranormal, historical and YA. But I also have some contemporary ideas, more women’s fiction or contemporary romance that I’d like to eventually try. I don’t think I could pick just one genre.


OBVB: Your most recent book, To Seduce an Earl, came out at the end of July, can you tell us a bit about it?

LB: Sure! It’s really one of my favorites, very emotional read. But as with all of my books but for the ya, it’s for 18 and older. Here’s the blurb:

Grace Brisbane will do whatever it takes to save her dying mother, but with a stepbrother intent on gambling and drinking, their funds have run dry. What’s a girl to do when she’s left poor and destitute? Seduce an Earl, of course. Handsome and rich, the Earl of Rodrick is the perfect target. Unfortunately, Rodrick despises innocent virgins. There’s only one place where Grace can learn the secrets of seduction… Lavender Hills. The moment Grace spots Alex, the man who will teach her the ways of intimacy, she knows she must guard her heart. Alex is charming and gorgeous and completely inappropriate.

As a young man, Alex Weston is blackmailed into working at Lavender Hills in order to save his family from London ’s prisons. There could be worse ways to spend his days and nights. Still, seduction has become a chore and thoughts of freedom keep him up at night. Until he receives a new client, the sweet Grace Brisbane. He should be thinking only of his growing need to escape, instead he’s captivated by the lovely Grace. The more time they spend together, the more he realizes that their brief meetings aren’t enough. For while marriage between a lady and a whore could never happen, Alex knows in his heart that he is willing to accept nothing less.


OBVB:  Are you currently working on anything new?

LB: I’m working on book 2 in the Hunter Series. It will be called, The Demon Hunter, to be released in December. I’m also working on book 2 of The Mind Readers Series. And I’m working on another contemporary paranormal book. I have so many ideas, the problem is getting them all done.


OBVB: Lastly, do you have any advice for us aspiring writers? Anything for us fans?

LB: I know it’s cliché, but you can’t give up. It took me 7 years to get published. I’ve heard of it taking 10, even 20 for some people. If you really want it, you can’t give up. You also have to have thick skin. Everyone and their mother will be judging your work. If you have low self-esteem, it can seriously damage you. If someone doesn’t like your writing, don’t take it personal. It just might not be their type. And last, keep an open mind and don’t judge other writers! I never, ever thought I’d be self-publishing and now I love it!

As for advice for readers… the best thing you can do if you like a book is tell your friends. If a writer’s sales aren’t good, its most likely that book 2 won’t be coming out. And if you enjoy a book, leave a review, even a simple one, on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. When I’m deciding to buy a book, I read reviews all the time, so they do help an author so very much!

OBVB: Thank you so much for visiting OBVB. Hope to do this again soon.

LB: Thank you so much for having me!


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 Giveaway Time!


Brighton has been nice enough to give away 2 packages to TWO winners. The packages include:

*Ebook copies of The Mind Readers, To Seduce An Earl, A Night of Secrets, and The Ghost Hunter

*A signed paperback copy of Wild Desire


*To enter, please leave a comment or question for Brighton with your email address*

*Winner will be chosen randomly by random.org
*Contest open internationally
*Contest ends October 3rd
*All books are mature except The Mind Readers

6 comments:

  1. Awesome interview once again Diana! I have to check my good reads account to see if LB is listed in my to-read list.
    Yet again you introduced me to a new Arthur that if memory serves I haven't heard of yet. It's so hard to keep track of sometimes, well for me that is. I will most definitively add her if she isn't already listed. I so love to see interviews from Arthur's TY LB and Diana. What a great giveaway chance!
    SacredmOOn1

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  2. I enjoyed the interview, I love to learn more about authors and their work that I don't know much about.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

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  3. Great interview. Your a new author to me but after what I just read, I now have you on my wishlist here. I think its awesome how you can write so many different types of genres. How do you switch from writing one type of genre to another?

    LadyVampire2u AT gmail DOT com

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  4. Thanks for stopping by!
    Switching genres can be difficult. Especially if i'm going from historical to contemporary. Or first person to third. But it's also nice because there are times when I need a break from a book and going in a completely different direction helps clear the mind!

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  5. LOVE this review Diana! It's so much fun learning of another author who loves to dabble in all sorts of genre's instead of just one main one. I've heard about this author and I'd love to check out more of her work. Due to my love of Paperback's I'm going to have to request to be placed in the giveaway for the signed copy of Wild Desire! :-D Thanks so much!

    paperbackdaydreamer (at) gmail (dot) com

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  6. Really a great interview! :) I have the anthology on my want list to get one of these days. :) Thanks for introducing a new author to me. :)

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Due to the daily spam comments I have been getting lately and to avoid the annoying word verification, Anonymous comments are no more. I do not want bargains on bags, watches, jerseys, boots and other crap. Geez, they could at least spam me with book and movie stuff, I would be somewhat interested LOL! Thank you :D