Author Interview: L.M. David
L.M. David has been writing novels since Jr. High School. Originally drawn to the genre of Science Fiction, she developed a fascination with paranormal/urban fantasy/romance, attracted to the dark erotic world of vampires, which sparked a deep interest with folklore and legends. L.M. is an avid reader, and in her spare time builds computers, quilts, and makes jewelry. She has worked as a legal assistant, and now as an insurance medical biller and coder. Born in New Jersey, she relocated to California and now considers herself a Southern Californian.
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When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
At age 11, I meet a person named Lazette who wrote science fiction stories. Being fans of Star Trek, we set out to create out own science fiction domain, complete with planets, rules and I even drew pictures to keep things straight. Writing has been a nasty habit ever since.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I write in spurts and often my inspiration comes from dreams. I can’t write unless without a diet A&W rootbeer close at hand. Music is also a must. When doing a battle scene, the music is heavy metal, love scenes … well it’s a combination of classical, folk and R&B.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
How easy it is to lose oneself in the world you create if you believe in what you’re writing. Since I cater to vampires, and have read almost every story there is, it never ceases to amaze me how versatile they are. Some fly, some turn to mist, etc. The subject is endless. I read one book where the vampire was also an angel. That one floored even me.
Where did you get ideas for your books?
I am always coming up with ideas because I ask the question “what if.” From there, it’s a matter of finding the right situation and from there, its a matter of filling the holes and getting it down in the computer.
Out of all the books you have written which is your favorite and why?
Touched, The Hunter Legacy, is the only book that is currently published but I have another, working title is Psy-V Project, which is set for release April, 2013. Between these two books, it’s Touched. Why? It was the first book I wrote when becoming completely serious about becoming published, and the one that received the most rejection notices whereas my second book, when submitted, had none. The first publisher it was pitched to accepted it.
What age group do you think best describes your reader?
Vampire lovers, those that crave romance, and people who just want to get lost in a world that doesn’t exist but could if you looked in the right places.
What do you think makes a good story?
Great characters, which means no one dominates anyone, they all work towards the greater good for all.
Who are some of your favorite Authors?
D.B. Reynolds, Kresley Cole, Kerrelyn Sparks, Jacquelyn Frank, Kathryn Smith, Lyndsay Sands, Gena Showalter and Lara Adrian.
If you could pick one actor to play a character in your book in the movie version, who would it be?
Oh, geez, that is a tough one. If I had to choose, it would be Chris Evens.
What song best describes your book and Why?
“Night on Bald Mountain” from Fantasia. It starts out slow, explodes into utter chaos.
Who are some of the people who influenced your love of writing?
Lazette, the one who originally started me writing. Since then, my Prose writing groups, Eileen, Michelle, Erik, Patrick, Naomi and Rob Smales, who recently wrote an anthology with the son of a famous writer, Stephen King.
If you had one piece of advice for an aspiring Author, what would it be?
Never give up. Determination is your best weapon towards getting out there and having your work appreciated. Someone once said that 1% of those who want to become published make it because the other 99% give up.
What would you like to say to friends and family of writers (not just your own)?
Encourage those who want to become writers. It’s the best feeling in the world to gain acceptance. And totally cool when you finally get that book in your hands, nothing feels better than that.
What projects do you have up and coming?
Psy-V Project will be out in April, 2013 and the sequel to Touched has been submitted for consideration along with the last in the trilogy and sequel to Psy-V. I also have another up for consideration titled, The Darkside.
Is there anything else you want to share with your readers?
Yes, love Indie publishers. With the top six clinging only to best-selling authors, there are writers who are good but go unnoticed because the competition with the larger presses is so great. Indie writers can bring about different angles to stories that larger publishers would ignore. I believe in giving the unknown a chance.
An Excerpt from:
Touched: The Hunter Legacy
A storm is approaching.
Not the characteristic tempestuous weather cyclone but rather a malicious squall, the blackest evil. I trust my instincts, which are raw with anticipation.
Sleep, for someone like me, is inconsistent. And when I manage an hour or two, it is ruined with images of a walking catastrophe… a thin, emaciated face of translucent skin and silver white hair. His eyes, dark rubies that glow like burning charcoal. Among his own, he’s an anomaly.
He also wears anger like a suit of armor.
This creature has staked a claim in my jurisdiction – I know it as sure as I am thinking these thoughts.
If he has come to hurt those I protect, this abnormality of my ilk is in for a rude awakening.
This creature reeks of evil personified, dangerous.
Vampyres are protective, territorial. I am the vilest. So if he wants to start trouble …
… I’m the one who will give it back to him.