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by Liia Ann White
1.What or who inspired you to start writing?
I’d been writing little things as a kid, fan fiction and that sort of stuff, then when I was 13 I read R L Stine’s Goodnight Kiss 1 & 2 and decided I wanted to write a proper story. I wrote several short stories and half finished romance novels from then, but when one short story was published when I was 15, I knew I wanted to be an author.
2.How did you come up with ideas for your books?
Dreams and nightmares. I have nightmares, vivid dreams, weird dreams and all sorts of craziness going on in my head each night and sometimes I have recurring characters that just don’t go away until I write about them. It definitely makes plotting easy J
3.As far as your writing goes, what are your future plans?
I hope to keep writing and writing and writing for as long as I can. Fantasy romance, urban fantasy, erotic romance, young adult, all sorts of genres.
And they’ll all be best sellers of course J
4.If you could be one of the characters from any of your books, who would it be and why?
I’d be Adora. Not only is she royalty, she’s a kick ass heroine. I don’t think I need to explain more right? Oh wait, and she’s incredibly sexy! Hehe
5.Do you belong to a critique group? If so how does this help or hinder your writing?
I’m not a part of a critique group as such, but I have a little writing family. A few author friends and I bounce different ideas off each other, do beta reads, critique each others’ work when necessary and we’re always 100% honest which is incredibly helpful.
I used to belong to a critique group (very briefly) and the writers just weren’t honest with each other. That’s not what being a critique partner is about.
When I finished Dark Waters last year, I wasn’t sure if it was hot enough, or if a certain scene worked. These friends told me honestly what worked and what didn’t. The fact that they all said the same thing was just a bonus!
6.What is the best and worst advice you ever received? (regarding writing or publishing)
The best advice regarding publishing is to be patient. One of my best friends, Sara Brookes, told me that and it’s still the best I’ve ever receive.
Regarding writing someone once told me to write for the market. That was possibly the worst writing advice I’d ever heard.
7.Do you have any hobbies and does the knowledge you've gained from these carry over into your characters or the plot of your books?
I’m vegan and while I don’t do it for political reasons, I like to have at least one vegan or vegetarian character in my books. People always say you should write what you know, so I do.
8.Do you have an all time favorite book?
Goodnight Kiss 1 & 2 by R L Stine. I absolutely love that and have since I was 13. I read it at least once a year.
Adult wise, I love My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult. I read that when I was about 15 and have read it several times over. There are so many issues and themes that just resonate with me and are suitable for almost everyone.
9.Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your book?
I’ve started working on the second book in the Water Lands series. It follows Adora and Randor on their new lives in the human world, but there will definitely be some twists and turns along the way.
I’ve also got an urban fantasy novel, Different, out on submission at the moment. It’s about a supernatural race I created, so I can’t wait for people to read it.
10. What is your favorite reality show?
Doomsday Preppers. Hands Down! I just love watching and shaking my head at some of the crazies out there.
11. Who is your favorite actor and actress?
Actor is Taylor Kitsch, not only because he is my future husband (stop laughing I really will marry him one day!), but because he has such a great actor, he can become the character so well you forget you’re watching a movie.
Randor is a Fae assassin. As the most feared military officer in the Faery Realm, he only got out by striking a deal with the late King to become an assassin for hire. Something he was only able to do because of his place as adopted family member. When he’s ordered to kidnap the Unseelie Faery Princess and deliver her to the Seelie Queen, he doesn’t think twice, until he sees his target. Adora. Unseelie Princess. Most beautiful being in existence and feared witch warrior and his soul mate. Disobeying orders is something he’s never done before. But when he brings her into the Human Realm; his home, he has no regrets. Until his Elvish friend, Kiel, disapproves and an unexpected attack raises questions about his loyalties. The only way that could have happened was if Kiel tipped off the Queen's witch, Maleficent.
Adora was fearless, powerful and intensely unhappy. Until she was kidnapped by a mysterious stranger, who happens to be her half human, half Seelie soul mate. After being attacked, Adora, fearing she'd lose Randor, admits her feelings for her soul mate. The two of them just need to find a way they can survive together - away from the feuding kingdoms. Entering the Seelie castle, under a pretense of needing the witch's help to bind Adora's immense power, they ask for Maleficent, whom they plan to eliminate so she can no longer track them.
When all hell breaks loose, they're involved in a fight including the witch, Kiel and the Queen. A fight that not all of them will survive.
“Lady Adora Belira, Princess of the Seelie Court, daughter of King Polara, and future ruler of the Water Lands.”
As the kingdom’s attendant announced her arrival in the court, Adora rolled her eyes. Stating her entire title each time she entered the room was so ridiculous and unnecessary. But Father had always been a stickler for rules. He was one of the last remaining old-school faeries, insisting his lands follow the ancient laws laid down by the Originals.
Adora had never followed the rules. Her mother was the enforcer of the family. Since she’d died, Adora had used her father’s obliviousness to her advantage and rebelled against him and the kingdom at every chance she got.
Father looked down at her clothing with a frown. She preferred to wear combat gear, consisting of a skin-tight top, pants, and versatile boots. The rest of the kingdom would prefer she conform and dress in something more fitting for a princess, a flowing gown that had no practical use whatsoever. She was a healer for the army. She needed to be prepared for anything.
“I do wish you’d wear something Kilip has prepared for you, even if only when dining in the court.” Father spoke with a slight wheeze.
“And I do wish you’d see someone about that cough you have,” she told him, sticking out her chin stubbornly. “It’s getting worse, Father.”
Adora sat by his side at the head of the royal dining table. Several heads turned and people gasped when she spoke to the king
with a tone of disrespect. Once again, she rolled her eyes. She’d been doing a lot of that lately.
“Mind your business,” Adora snapped at the gawkers. All of them looked down and focused on their own conversations.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Liia Ann White is an Australian author, hailing from Perth, WA.
She spent her childhood daydreaming about far off lands, creating her own unique characters, reading books about witches, faeries, demons, ghosts and a host of supernatural creatures. Eventually, she gained the courage to put her imagination to work.
A self-proclaimed geek, Liia collects Disney and Star Wars memorabilia and loves all things nerdy.
A vegan animal lover, she wishes to one day have her own rescue shelter for unwanted and 'unadoptable' animals. When not writing, she can be found reading or spending time with her dogs.
Liia is a member of Romance Writers of America, Romance Writers of Australia, Passionate Ink, Futuristic, Fantasy & Paranormal Chapter of RWA and Young Adult Chapter of Romance Writers of America as well as being the webmistress for YARWA.
Always interested in meeting new people, Liia can be found on facebook or twitter almost constantly.
Evernight Publishing: http://www.evernightpublishing.com/dark-waters-by-liia-ann-white/