Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Interview: Jude Magdalyn Series by L.M. Pruitt

I would like to welcome a very special author to my blog today, L.M. Pruitt. She here to do a guest post and if you continue to scroll down we have reviewed all three books in her Jude Magdalyn series. So welcome L.M Pruitt.

I know you get asked this question over and over but can you tell us a little about yourself? Maybe something juicy. ;)

Oh, God, something juicy, lol. Well, I don’t know if it qualifies as juicy since I’ve mentioned it before but I’m a big believer in female masturbation. I feel like every woman should explore and be familiar with her own body, for a variety of reasons, including the fact it’s been proven that women who masturbate reach orgasm faster and more often. I joke that I own stock in Duracell and I’m usually one of the first people invited on a random sex-store run.

When did you first start writing? Are you a full time author or do you do it on the side?

Professionally, I’ve been writing less than five years. I write full time and still hold a day job (although I’m crossing my fingers this is my last football season waiting tables).

Do you have a author that has really inspired you?

I have a few—Nora Roberts, because she is beyond amazing. I can only hope to be half as prolific as she’s been. Seanan McGuire, because she writes both urban fantasy and what amounts to straight up horror with the same flawless execution. And Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, because they created one of the most amazing characters in history (for me, anyway), Agent Pendergast.

How long does it normally take you to write an average book or your last book?

There’s no good way to measure this. Usually I have two or three irons in the fire, so it’s hard to judge, but probably around 3 months, give or take a few weeks.

What do you think makes a story great?

Emotion—any kind, really. Some of my favorite books have scared the crap out of me while others have made me weep. I feel as long as a book produces some sort of emotion, assuming it can be skewed in a positive direction, then it’s passed the threshold from good to great.

Can you describe your book "Shades of Gray" in one sentence?

Overly sarcastic former street urchin/current con artist finds out there’s more to her adopted hometown, and herself, than meets the eye.

Tell us a little about your Jude Magdalyn series.

Well, it’s set in New Orleans, both because I love the city and because it’s a great place to blend magic and vampire legends. The series centers around Jude Magdalyn, the head of the Covenant, a varied group of magical users. Vampires, voodoo, and dhampirs are only a few of the other people and things Jude finds herself dealing with over the course of the series.

Have you done lots of research for your books or do the stories just come to you?

It’s a combination. I know with Frankie, the idea of the character and a good deal of her backstory just popped in my head. When I got down to the meat and bones of the story, more research came into play with things like weapon carrying laws, geography, and human trafficking statistics.

What are you currently working on?

I’m finishing up the second book in the Frankie Post series, Borrowed. I’m also getting the first book in a new series intended for release next year ready for editing.

Can you tell us about some of your prior achievements?

Not quite sure what you’re looking for here, lol. As far as writing, each book in the Jude Magdalyn series has broken in to the Top 100 in Contemporary Fantasy on Amazon in the US and the UK. The Moon Rising series holds the same status in the UK (Top 100, Contemporary Fantasy), but not the US.

Is there anything that I didn't cover that you would like to talk about or say to your potential readers?

Be prepared for next year—things are going to explode.

Just for fun:
Hardback or Paperback? Both
Dog ears or Bookmarks? Neither—I just remember the page number
YA novels or Adult novels? 90% adult, 10% YA
Library or Bookstore? Bookstore
Reading glasses or No glasses? Contacts, lol
Snack while reading or No snacks? Depends on if I’m hungry, lol
Beach or Mountain? I’m from Florida—beach, baby
Vampire or Werewolf? Neither—whatever Riordian from The Fever series is, lol
Hot or Flirty? Flirty
Movie 1st or Book 1st? Book
Contemporary or Historical? Contemporary
Page-Turner or Tear Jerker? Both, lol

L.M. Pruitt has been reading and writing for as long as she can remember. A native of Florida with a love of New Orleans, she has the uncanny ability to find humor in most things and would probably kill a plastic plant. She is the author of the best-selling Jude Magdalyn series, the Moon Rising series, and the Frankie Post series. She is currently at work on the next Jude Magdalyn book, Shades of Blood. She makes her home in Florida with one two cats—one smart, the other an idiot.


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