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HEA WITH LORIE O'CLARE

Lorie, thanks so much for taking time out to answer a few questions for us, hon.  I’m really glad you could make it.

Can you please tell us a bit about your latest release, THE BODYGUARD.  It’s an anthology right?

Yes. It’s an anthology. I’m in it with Gena Showalter and Cherry Adair. The theme running through the entire book is men who protect. So you’ve got three stories with super sexy, prime alpha men. My story, On A Moonless Night, is about a bounty hunter who is chasing a man he doesn’t realize is a werewolf. But a young, feisty, aggressive lady, who continually shadows him, becomes more of a distraction than he can bear.

I love anthologies…sometimes they’re just the right size, appetizers..*G*

Are you willing to fess up any hints on your September release, PLAY DIRTY?

PLAY DIRTY is my first book in a series of bounty hunter books. I think I’ve found my niche here. I love and totally drool over the hard abs and even harder nature of a pure alpha male. That’s what compelled me to write werewolves so long ago. I wanted a hero who could toss someone over his shoulder, in battle, or in the bedroom, without breaking a sweat, but who also had a tender side so fragile it desperately craved a woman’s touch. My bounty hunters make that match, and they’re completely human!

Here is the blurb for PLAY DIRTY, which releases Sept. 27th.

Heartthrob bounty hunter Greg King knows how to work it—and he knows that he can have any woman he wants. But there’s more to Greg than meets the eye…and he’s still haunted by the memory of his beautiful, estranged wife. Much as he’s tried to move on, he’s never been able to stop wondering what he could have done to make her stay…

After putting a vicious criminal behind bars, Haley King had no choice but to leave her loved ones behind and enter the witness protection program. Turns out that, in her new life, Haley has once again found herself in serious trouble—and needs help from the only person she can trust: her husband. Now, as old secrets threaten to tear them apart and danger closes in from all sides, it’s up to Greg to keep Haley safe…and convince her that this time, he’s playing for keeps.

That sounds soooo good!

A lot of authors stay with one genre.  Is there something that compels you to write in more than one?

I’ve never given any thought to remaining with one genre. I think because I started with Ellora’s Cave and they pretty much accepted whatever I wrote, I had the freedom to explore. After writing eight or ten lunewulf books, I was ready to write something different. EC didn’t have a problem with that. When I thought it would be fun to explore science fiction romance, and fantasy romance, they said cool, write at will. Then there were days when I craved a really good romantic suspense, so I wrote that. I think I write the way I read. There are certain genres I prefer, my favorite being historical romance, but that is only because I can’t write it, or won’t. LOL.

New York publishers don’t work the same way though. St Martin’s has my romantic suspense’s and for now that is what they want from me. Their mind set is an author should build her name in one genre so her readers know what to expect from her. I understand this and agree with it wholeheartedly as a reader. As a writer though, I love delivering the unexpected. Kensington has my contemporary fantasies. That is what I write for them. EC has my paranormals. That is what I give them. So far, it’s working out great. My readers can enjoy different genres from me but can tell by the book, since each of those publishers put out different looking books, what they’ll get when they pick up a Lorie O’Clare book.

Do you have a favorite character or is that like asking which son is your favorite?

It depends on which day it is as to which is my favorite. *grin* But in truth, you’re right. They are all my babies. A mama has enough room in her heart to unconditionally love all she’s conceived and I’m no different. I think, for me at least, it depends on the world the hero or heroine is in. I’ve enjoyed some worlds better than others.

I’ve always stood by the simple truth that my favorite world, and therefore my favorite series, are my NUWORLD books (no longer in print but I do sell them myself off my website. Click on the link on the main page at the top that says, “check out what I have on ebay right now.”) Otherwise, I honestly do love each book as I’m writing it, submerging myself into their world, walking alongside my hero and heroine. We become best friends. I always feel a little sad when a book ends.

If I were to mention a few though, just to satisfy your question; Rock Toubec and Simone DeBeaux in In Her Nature really stole my heart. I think it was probably so many told me not to write this book. (It is still one of my top selling books.) Both were so rebellious and Simone was definitely not viewed as a ‘good lunewulf’. But I felt everyone deserves a second chance to redeem themselves and Simone got that chance.

Oh, and Moira Tangaree in Living Extinct, book two in the Malta Werewolf series. Living Extinct is in the paperback Alpha Exiled. Moira was forced to leave her home, everything she knew and loved and start over. I believe many of us daydream, or have nightmares, about such a thing happening to them. Imagine moving so far away from everything you take for granted, all the people you know and all the places you frequent. You no longer know the person behind the gas station counter, or the check out lady at your grocery store. No one seeks you out, or cares if you come or go. You have to build all of that all over again. Moira built a very tough shell to keep the pain from consuming her after being forced to start over. She can’t even admit who she is, or reveal the pride she feels for her people, or she’ll risk death. When she slowly crawls out of that shell, the beauty she sees in life, and the man who helped her see it, almost made me cry.

I could probably go on, listing character after character and telling you why they are so special to me. In the end, I probably would have listed each of my books and I know you have more questions.

Who is in charge, you or the characters?

Have you ever heard an author tell you they are in charge? Don’t you hate it when people answer questions with questions?

Honest and truth, when I sit at my computer and open up a new blank page and start a word doc, I’m in charge. I say how long I sit there and write. My schedule determines when I have to walk away and leave the world I’ve created in flux until I return. So, I’m the boss.

With that said, yes, I’ve sat and watched words appear on the page and have had no idea where the story was going from there. I’ve been on the edge of my seat, my heart pounding, my fingers moving so fast there is smoke flying off the keyboards (not really but it seems like that sometimes) anxious to find out what happens next. And yes, I have fallen asleep (one time for several hours) and kept typing after being asleep. Those were interesting pages. Amidst the gobbly gook I actually found some pretty awesome sentences.

I’ve also created heroes and heroines and walked alongside them as their story progresses and have hit brick walls. In my mind I see my hero or heroine standing there, facing me with their arms crossed, tapping their foot impatiently, until I figure it out, hit delete, and go in the direction they want to take. Some characters are just like that. Everyone has their own personality, you know.

I love your paintings.  Can you tell us how they fit in with your books?

First of all, thank you! I’m definitely not a professional but I absolutely love painting and creating a visual world captured in one scene. I paint to relax, to soothe my brain, and quite often to play with scenes I’m working on in my head. I let them go in different directions, speculating where they might head after that, until I can’t stand it any longer and leave the painting to go back to writing.

At the encouragement of some of my readers a while back, I created a page on my website where you can see some of my paintings. I’ve sold some of them, but as I said, I’m not a painter by trade, I’m a writer.

Some people have comfort food, I have comfort authors.  Do you have certain authors you read to put yourself in “a better place?”

Not really. I’m not the kind of person who wants to do the same thing over and over again. I’ve always loved change. Lately though, I’ve been eating up Hannah Howell’s books. She has so many I haven’t read yet so I’ve been going through her back list. I really love Amanda Quick and as well, Jayne Ann Krentz. I tend to lean toward what I can’t write when I’m reading. I think that’s why I really enjoy the historicals.

Lorie, I love your tip about the notebook.  I think that would work w/ everyday things too…How did you come up w/ this idea?

I’ve always been very competitive by nature. My world today though is very solitary. I’m by myself most of the time. So the only person I have to compete with is myself. I keep track of what I do all day because, also, since I’m alone, there isn’t anyone to crack a whip over my head and tell me to get to writing. By keeping a notebook by my desk I know if I goof off all day and have nothing to write in my notebook I’m going to have to show a 0 for my word count for that day. Not to mention, I love writing. It has never been something I’ve had to force myself to do. But I can get busy with other things I know need to be done and end up putting off writing until they are all done. Sometimes that doesn’t happen. By keeping a notebook I’ll know to stop with whatever else I’m doing and make time to write. There is nothing more important than my writing. Well, except for my kids. J

How is your HEA fund coming along?  I think it’s a wonderful thing you’re trying to accomplish.

I think it is, too. Foreclosure is the scariest thing you can imagine. I know. I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. Too often it happens to hard working people, folks who are honest and trying to move ahead. They don’t deserve the humiliation and embarrassment of losing their home.

HEA is coming along slowly. I have started listing some of my books on ebay with all the money going to HEA. Right now, I have $35.98 saved, which isn’t enough to do anything with. Once I can get more people to donate money then I can search for someone in need. I’ve already received emails from a few folks who have shared their desperate situation with me. I just want to be able to help everyone of them. Unfortunately, I can’t do it alone.

If you’re curious, here is the link to HEA: http://www.lorieoclare.com/keep-the-hea-in-our-lives/

What made you decide to do the Ebay thing & sell your books there?

There were several reasons. Many readers wanted my older EC titles and weren’t able to find them. I am always getting emails asking when I would do a signing in different towns. A lot of people like autographed books. And, it is a way to bring in some extra income.

I buy the books from my publisher at a discounted amount in bulk. I list them on ebay, package them as they are won and mail them out. I have all of my auctions set so shipping is free in the US. It isn’t free outside the US. I wish I could do that but I just can’t afford it. I do charge $1.75 on top of the price of the book to insure it. That way if it doesn’t arrive, which seldom happens but I like to play it safe, no one is out any money.

I really love doing this. It has brought me closer to many readers I might not otherwise have chatted with. My books sell fast, too. That’s awesome to watch and know so many would pay to get my books. I can see the numbers on royalty checks but there is something about watching them fly off the shelf that leaves me with a really good feeling.

If you’re interested, here is a link that will take you directly to all books I have listed on ebay right now: http://shop.ebay.com/lorieoclare/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=&_trksid=p4340

Thanks again for being with us today Lorie.  I’ve really enjoyed chatting with you honey.

Thanks for having me. It was great chatting with you. J

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