Hey everyone! We have an interview with Author Lisa Beth Darling and a giveaway. Be sure to check out her books!!
Tell me about your book(s). How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
My OF WAR Series centers around Ares God of War, a half-human half-Fey woman named Alena, most of the Greek Pantheon and some of the Celtic Pantheon. I've always loved mythology and, strangely enough, Ares in particular. I started the series with "The Heart of War", it was intended as a stand-alone novel and was purely for my own amusement. I mean, who would ever buy Ares as the hero? Other than me, that is. I started with a simple question; What would happen if Ares fell in love?
Not lust. Not intense like. But True Love. He had a notorious love affair with Aphrodite but most scholars agree Ares never married. He had many lovers and thousands of children but no wife. Perhaps that was because not even the Goddess of Love could capture The Heart of War.
What makes your book(s) different from others in the same genre?
The OF WAR Series is a little different in that Ares God of War is the hero but he's still Ares and not a watered own version of him. The whole series is set in Modern Day but keeps all of the flavor of the past. Rather than being faced with a Mortal Enemy/antagonist the Gods are faced with each other. They're a very dysfunctional family. They end up dealing with a lot of the same trials and tribulations most of us face but on a grander scale.
What's a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
My actual working day starts at 8am when I walk through the doors of my office at my paying gig and then ends at 2pm when I walk out again. I get home by 2:15 and try to buckle down to write for the next two hours. I don't always make it. Life gets in the way; dinner, the laundry, someone needs something, you know how it goes. I have an idea of where I'd like to end the writing day but never push myself to get there because often times the story has other ideas and it's always best to explore them when that happens.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Creating my own worlds.
What do you do when you're not writing?
In the nice weather I try to garden. I love to take pictures. This summer my husband should have his motorcycle back on the road so I'm looking forward to long rides and hot dogs hunts in the very near future.
What are you working on now?
"Kingdoms of War" this is the last story in the OF WAR Series and is due out some time next year. I'm very interested to find out how it all ends.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
Dancing on the Edge
Which one of your characters is most like you?
I suppose its Alena the woman who capture's Ares' heart. I'm an aging woman (46) with a lot of life experience and wisdom behind her as well as gray in her hair. I also like to live a life of balance and peace but if someone crosses me, they better watch out. I can be wicked and fierce just like her.
What paranormal creature would you be if you could?
In the end, I know I would pass up such an offer and remain a mortal woman. But, just for fun, let's go for broke; I want to be a Goddess.
What is the first book you remember reading?
There are two; "Johnny Appleseed" and a story about two teddy bears that went to the circus, but I can't remember the name of the story. I can see the cover plain as day; it has two bears one in a red/white striped shirt the other in a blue/white striped shirt, they're holding hands and each has a balloon. Isn't it funny how the mind works sometimes?
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Lisa is giving away 2 sets of the first two books in the series. Just comment below thanking Lisa and some way for us to contact you in case you are one of the two lucky winners!
We would like to thank Lisa for doing an itnerview and giveaway with us!