As I have previously mentioned, I am a blogging virgin and an avid reader with no writing skills (as an author) or aspirations. With that said, I wanted to dive into this blogging business by doing my first (fanfare please) author interview. Since a face to face sounded more interesting, I contacted Lori Handeland who I knew lived in my neck of the woods (southern Wisconsin) and because I'm curently reading her newest book, "Rising Moon." We met at the halfway point over hazelnut coffee (yum). I should have warned her that I usually don't drink caffeine and by arriving an hour early (I am directionally challenged), I was pretty wired.
BV: Did you always write paranormal romance?
LH: In the beginning I wrote historicals, westerns, suspense and some paranormal.
BV: What draws you to the paranormal genre?
LH: My mother worked nights so I was home with my dad. We watched a lot of Twilight Zone and Outer Limits. My mother feels that put me on the paranormal track.
BV: I love that one of your characters, Will Cadotte, is a Native American Indian who uses the old ways to aid him in solving mysteries. Is this part of your heritage?
LH: There is some Sioux in my father's family, but I basically research the culture.
BV: What was your defining moment to become an author?
LH: At age 10 I loved to read and being an only child I read a lot. In high school, I was voted most likely to win a Nobel Prize.
BV: What is your favorite part of the writing process?
LH: I guess that would have to be whatever part I am currently doing.
BV: Several of your books are set in Wisconsin. Do you feel this is fertile ground for werewolves?
LH: We do have a cabin in the woods and there are a lot of wolves there.
BV: Last week there was a full moon and a man in Fond du Lac, WI was arrested for breaking and entering. He claims he is a werewolf. Is he one of your sources?
LH: (Just smiles)
Bottom line…as of this writing the man in Fond du Lac has still not gotten any hairier
Lori and Me