L.A. WILD: CHANCE THE DARKNESS CAME TO ME WHILE DRIVING HOME
Posted by Ognian Georgiev
L.A. Wild published her debut novel Chance the Darkness in November. The English author is a specialist at urban fantasy genre. She loves to travel, to drink wine with friends and to write. The second part of her The Dark Series will be published in the next months. Let’s welcome our next guest.
– Lee-Anne, what is debut book Chance the Darkness about?
– My favourite subject! I can drone on for hours about the Dark Series. I love it. I love profiling all the characters; Summer, Black, Dillon, Marinus and many more. I love learning about them, their quirks and behaviours. Even the bad guys are awesome.
The book is urban fantasy with romantic elements. It’s not a standalone book but there are raunchy scenes in places so it’s definitely for the adults.
So, quick summary which in reality I’ve pinched from the synopsis and tweaked, Summer’s twin dies, and her whole life begins to unravel in ways she never could have imagined. A crazy lady ranting in her head, blood-drinking ghouls, a psychotic cult demanding she channels some powerful objects.
Then she meets Black. Tall, handsome, godlike. He harbors sinister secrets and lives by his own set of rules—rules no one can begin to comprehend.
While searching for her sister’s killer in a seedy part of Glasgow, she discovers nothing about her life is what it seems. Family secrets, betrayal. Her emotions run hot, she makes some seriously bad choices. But with the heart of Scotland becoming a paranormal battlefield, Summer has to fight just to stay alive.
– How did you decide to write the story?
– With my computer and four large A4 note pads for capturing scenes when I wasn’t close to my computer.
That might not be the answer you were looking so here’s another one.
The idea came to me while I driving home from work. I bounced the idea around for, oh, about a year, plotting all the intricacies, main plot, sub plot, right through until the end, Then I put fingers to keyboard and started to type.
– What was the biggest challenge during the write up process?
– Time. There was never enough hours in the day between a nine hour job, two hours of commuting and a bottle of wine.
– Tell us something more about your main character Summer? Is she close to someone from your real life?
– She’s a complete figment of my imagination and a pain in the arse to write because she won’t do what I’ve plotted. Instead, she fights me every step of the way.
– How much time did you need to finish the story and to publish it?
– Five years
– What is your previous writing experience, do you have some short stories or unpublished novels?
– I’ve previously written romance and short horror stories all of which are unpublished – best thing really.
– Who are you?
-I love this question. I’m a little person in a very big pond humble by the people I meet and speak to daily.
– What are your writing habits?
– Hit it hard, write every day. Let everything inspire.
– Are you satisfied by the sales of the book?
– I was happy after the first sale and the first good review, at least someone experienced enjoyment from my imagination.
– What are you doing to promote your book by the best possible way?
– By pushing my editors to finish book two so I can publish as soon as possible. I’m a reader first, and I know I don’t like to pick up a series unless there’s at least two or three books already published. When both my books are out, I’ll start promoting, until then, I’m happy to let it ride the waves.
– When we will see your next novel?
– As soon as my editor gives me the all clear
– What is your real name and why you select L.A. Wild for your writing pseudonym?
– My real name is way too long to fit on the book covers, so I took my Nan’s awesome maiden name out of respect for her.
– You moved from England to Australia in 2006. What was the reason behind such decision?
– One too many bottles of wine, a bad day in the best job ever and two friends already in Australia calling me a random times during the night to tell me how great it was. A week later, I booked a one way ticket.
– What are you working in your daily life?
– Mum and writer, although I’m due back at work in the next couple of months.
– If you may ask yourself one question in the interview what it will be? (Don’t forget to answer)
– What’s the best thing about being a writer? I get to unclip the tight leash keeping my imagination chained to a lamp post.