Today’s guest is the fabulous Laura Drewry!
Laura wrote western historicals for Zebra.
Her upcoming release, The Devil’s Daughter is out this April from Dorchester and I can’t wait to read this western with a twist!
I invited Laura here to tell us about the book and more…
Please tell us about your upcoming release, The Devil’s Daughter.
The Devil’s Daughter is the story of Lucy Firr, sent from Hell to claim an unborn child’s soul, and Jed Caine, a man determined to help his dead brother’s widow through her confinement so she will deliver a healthy baby. To get to the baby, Lucy needs to go through Jed, but he’s not about to let anyone – not even his new wife – do anything to risk the baby’s health.
Here’s the back cover blurb:
GIVING THE DEVIL HIS DUDE
Shoveling sulfur and brimstone could really get a girl down. When her dad offered freedom for the fiery depths in exchange for one simple soul-snatching, Lucy Firr jumped at the chance. With her considerable powers of seduction, she threw herself at rancher Jed Caine. Yet instead of taking her to bed, he made her muck out the pigsty.
It would take the patience of a saint to resist the likes of Lucy Firr and Lord knew Jed was no saint. The temptress fired his blood like no woman he’d ever met. Why she’d suddenly latched on to him, he had no idea. But the safest place for her and her virtue was out in the barn.
Lucy could see the heat in Jed’s gaze. But it was the tenderness of his touch and his hard-won smile that undid her. She was supposed to steal his soul, yet here he was capturing her heart.
What inspired the story?
This isn’t exactly how most books come to be, but. . . .I was having a meeting with my then-agent at a conference and she suggested I come up with a proposal for a western paranormal. I’d never written a paranormal before and wasn’t convinced I could create a completely believable world of vampires or shapeshifters. As I walked around the hotel after our meeting, the title popped into my head for no apparent reason (as ideas often do) and The Devil’s Daughter was born. I loved the title so much that the story simply grew from it, instead of an actual character or plot line as is often the usual way. I was absolutely thrilled when my editor told me I could keep the title!
Which of your characters is most like you?
I hope none of them. I certainly don’t set out to make any of them like me because I think I’m a fairly boring person. I don’t do well with conflict and tend to be a little. . .wishywashy. LOL Who wants to read about a character like that? Not me. I want characters to be exciting (even if it doesn’t seem exciting to them), and I want them to stand up for themselves, or at least get to that point in their character arc where they can.
What is your favorite part of being a writer? Least favorite?
The best part of being a writer is the writing, of course. I love creating a new character, giving her a history, making her imperfect, and then finding her a man who will love her – warts and all. Oh, and I absolutely love envisioning the final scene; the one where you can’t help but sigh and smile, maybe even shed a tear or two.
The worst part is, hands down, the rejection. But it’s a big part of the process so you put up with it. And one acceptance outweighs ten bazillion rejection letters, so it all works out in the end. 🙂
Is there anything you would like to write, but haven’t? For example, any other genre you’d like to try?
I’d love to write children’s books. Some of my favourite times are reading to the kids at bedtime and if I could write one of those books – one that kids and parents both love – that would be perfect!
Who has inspired you as a writer?
Dr. Seuss because he makes up words that we, as readers, have incorporated into our lives as though it was perfectly natural. LOL
Stephen King because his books have scared me so much, I no longer walk over storm drains and avoid clowns at all costs.
And every author who has ever made me sigh, laugh, cry, cringe, or yell at a character.
What would you like to tell aspiring writers?
Put butt in chair.
Write what you WANT to write, not what you think you SHOULD write.
Describe yourself in 3 words.
I had several different lists ready to put here, but my son told me they were all too self-depreciating, so maybe I’ll skip this one.
If you had a time capsule to be opened 50 years in the future, what would you put in it?
baby pictures of my boys and recordings of their voices
Stephen King’s book “It” (I read it years ago, and figure I might get over my terrorized mind in another 50 years or so)
All my Mary Balogh books
What is next for you?
I’m working on the sequel to The Devil’s Daughter, called Dancing with the Devil. It’s the story of Deacon (Lucy’s brother), his bumpy ride through the world of humans and one woman’s hard-headed love. I also have a few more proposal out with editors, some historical, one contemporary and I’m working on a non-fiction proposal, too.
Is there anything you’d like to ask readers?
What makes you pick up a book off the shelf? Is it the cover? The title? The back cover blurb? First page?
What do you love most in a hero? A heroine?
Are there some plot lines or character traits you love/hate?
Do reviews (good or bad) affect your decision to purchase a new book?
Do you read the dedication? (it’s the first thing I read in a new book)
Would you like a free bookmark? LOL
Thank you so much Laura for that great interview! I can’t wait to read the upcoming book…I have never read a western paranormal before.
You can learn more about Laura and her books at her website: http://www.lauradrewry.com/
So, readers…go ahead and answer Laura’s great questions…
And check back tomorrow as Laura “Complete the Sentences!”
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