I’m hosting an interview with the author of paranormal romance and suspense novel “The Enemy Within”, author Lucy Varna. I hope you enjoy the interview.
1) Have you been writing for a long time? What inspired you to start a writing career?
I’ve been writing fiction for about a year, though I wrote non-fiction for a decade or so before making the switch to fiction (still do, actually). I’ve wanted to write romance since I was a teenager, but always got stuck in the beginning of the story. The middle of the story always stumped me.
This past November (2013), I finally figured out a way around that, thanks to years of writing non-fiction, and have been writing fiction ever since. As of mid-September, I had written half a million words. That’s nothing to sneeze at!
2) Is The Enemy Within your first book? If not, please tell us a little about your first book.
The Enemy Within is the third book in the Daughters of the People Series, and my fifth published title under the Lucy Varna pen name. The first fictional work I published was The Prophecy, which was the first book in the same series. In The Prophecy, Maya Bellegarde and James Terhune work to decipher a handful of documents found in a grave at an archaeological dig in Sweden. One of those documents contains the Prophecy of Light, which foretells how the People may break the curse they live under.
3) Why did you choose paranormal romance as genre for your book?
Because of the heavy romance elements and the Happy Ever After, paranormal romance seemed to be the best place to put The Enemy Within. That said, it could easily have been placed in either Romantic Suspense or Urban Fantasy. I’ve always felt that since this series isn’t exactly magical, that fantasy might be a better home for it. That’s the downside of writing a cross-genre story, though. You never really know how to categorize it so that readers who would enjoy the story can find it.
4) Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
Write non-fiction. There’s no better way to discover how to organize a story. Also, never give up. Being an indie author is really difficult. It takes a lot of hard work, discipline, and determination. Be prepared for failure in the short-term, but never give up.
5) Do you have any works in progress you’d like to tell us about?
My current WIP is Say Yes, featuring Levi Ewart, a Son (the male offspring of a mortal Daughter), and Serafina Noland, a single mom. This one is steamy, but also very tender, and it deals with a lot of things I’ve had to face as a single mom, like dating and allowing other people into your child’s life.
About The Book
Author: Lucy Varna
Genre: Romance (Paranormal/Suspense)
After fourteen years, Indigo Dupree returns to Tellowee, Georgia, to face the past she left behind. She’s tried of running, tired of hiding, and wants nothing more than to help her mother through the final days of her pregnancy. What she doesn’t want is to become romantically entangled, not even to the sinfully handsome Bobby Upton, whose kiss sent her fleeing a decade and a half before.
Bobby is the son of the Blade and a ruthless warrior in his own right. At sixteen, the age of manhood among the People, he tried to claim the woman he loved and failed, and spent the next decade hacking his way through Uncle Sam’s enemies. Now a successful businessman, he’s given the task of tracking down the People’s enemies, including India Furia, the twin sister of his heart’s only love.
Duty demands that Indigo atone for the sins of her sister by helping to bring her in. India has other ideas, ones that draw Indigo and Bobby into a deadly game involving the Prophecy of Light, forcing Indigo to choose between her duty and her heart.
Lucy Varna lives in Georgia, surrounded by her large, extended family.
Lucy has been a reader for as long as she can remember. After devouring every suitable book in her house, she moved on to newspapers, encyclopedias, and telephone directories. In desperation for new reading material, she began crafting her own stories, and thus was a writer born.
In addition to reading, writing, and studying dead people, Lucy enjoys knitting, music, and long drives through the countryside during autumn. Most of all, she likes to spend time with her family, particularly her teen-aged son.
You can win print copies of the first two books in the series and a charm bracelet for the third book.
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