Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Please Welcome My Guest

Please welcome my guest, LaVerne Clark.  

LaVerne lives in the beautiful coastal town of Nelson at the top of the South Island, the sun capital of the country.  She is a member of Romance Writers of New Zealand.  I am so very pleased to have her as my guest today.(And intensely jealous that she lives in the sun capital. I'd love to live in a sun capital.)


Tell us something about yourself both writing and not writing related.

I adore writing from the villain’s POV. I think the fun is writing from a ‘normal’ person’s perspective, and twisting it slightly. I’ve often been asked how such nastiness can come from such a nice person. :o)   I tell them the truth – it was the character talking – not me!

When I’m not writing, I take my greyhound out for a run on the beach [I watch her run – not join in ;)] and play social netball pretty badly. If you’ve read my books, you’ll notice greyhounds feature in both of them. I’m involved with an organization here in New Zealand that helps to re-home retired racers. They really DO make the best pets and are the ultimate couch potato. I’m madly in love with my one.

I'd like to take a brief moment and thank you for your work with former Greyhound racers. I have a friend who does similar work with retired racehorses. It's amazing how many owners no longer want the animal once they stop winning.  Okay, back to the interview.  Do you have a writing routine?  Where do you usually do your writing?

I write every day but Fridays. With a preschooler at home, I’ve found it impossible to do any writing while she’s here. Instead, I write in the evenings on the computer in the bedroom. After hubby goes to bed, I’ll continue on the laptop in the lounge till around 12 - 1am. It’s lovely at the moment with it being winter here and the fire roaring to keep me warm.

I'm jealous of your roaring fire.  I live in upstate NY and the leaves are just starting to change and the days and nights becoming cooler.  I'm dreading the upcoming winter season.  Why do you write in the genre/sub-genre that you do?  Any plans in the future to write in a different one?

I love writing suspense and although my latest is a fantasy, elements of suspense still managed to find a way into it. It is what excites me and what I find interests me most in my chosen reading material. Blame all those Linda Howard, Tami Hoag and Nora Roberts books I’ve devoured over the years.

Linda Howard is one of my favorite suspense writers.  How do you stay motivated when writer’s block hits or your muse won’t cooperate?

I’ve got a fantastic online group of writing buddies that include people from Australia, Japan and America. I swear I’d be lost without them in my life. They’re very good at giving me a kick-in-the-butt when I need one. 

Going to my desktop on the computer and seeing the covers of the two books I’ve managed to produce so far is always a motivating factor too. It’s still such a cool and inspiring sight to me.  :o)

What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done in the name of research?

My husband is a 5th dan black belt in jujitsu, so a couple of times, he’s allowed me to ‘try out’ a character’s actions on him when in a fight scene. It’s so much fun! I’m just glad the neighbors didn’t see us, or they might think us even stranger than they do!  :o)

What a great husband! I love that he helps you work on your fight scenes.  What’s the best writing advice you were ever given? 

That definitely had to be during my first attempt at NaNoWriMo. Even if you don’t feel like it, sit down in front of the computer and make yourself write something – anything – for at least half an hour. Writing is a habit.

Great advice.  Monday through Friday, I make myself sit down and write when I get home from work and before it's time to start dinner even when I don't want to. Usually I can get a few pages done in that hour or so.  What do you like to do in your leisure time?

Oh – to have leisure time! Sigh… No, seriously. I love catching up with girlfriends, spending time with my family and dog at the beach, reading, riding my bike or playing netball. Anything that takes me away from housework is a wonderful day for this stay-at-home-mum.

Tell us about your current release in a couple of sentences.

Jenna’s family moved to NZ after the atomic bombing at Hiroshima changed their lives – and their DNA. Years later, living a quiet life isn’t possible when Jenna saves a young boy from drowning in extraordinary circumstances, bringing her unwanted attention not only from the media, but the policeman in charge of the case, and a power-hungry villain bent on revenge.

Sounds great!!  Can you tell us a little about your next project?

I’m nearing completion of my first full-length novel as we speak J Although I’ve delved into the paranormal slightly again, this book is a suspense through and through. True to form, I’ve particularly enjoyed writing the villain. I don’t think I really want to know what that says about me J

Anything else you’d like to share?

I’ve really enjoyed this interview Katherine and am thrilled to be on your blog. Thank you for having me. :o)

If you’d like to visit me or know more about me and my writing, you can find me here:

Blog (Novel Natterings) – http://www.laverneclark.blogspot.co.nz

 Blurb:

In the wrong hands, Jenna Thomas’s legacy could be a curse—in her mind it already is.

As a child, a routine x-ray awakened an abnormality in Jenna’s DNA giving her the ability to “call” creatures and take on their attributes. Labeled a freak since then, Jenna’s learned to keep everyone at a distance. But all that changes the day she saves a young boy from drowning, and the story goes viral.

Nick Hawke, an off-duty policeman, witnesses part of the drama. Captivated by Jenna’s exotic beauty, he decides to investigate, not sure what to believe. Jenna puts his cynicism to the test—even as the attraction between them grows.

As word of her extraordinary rescue spreads, a dangerous man who will stop at nothing to control Jenna’s abilities draws near. With her feelings for Nick putting him in danger too, can Jenna risk everything to protect them both?

Excerpt:

“Back off everyone, give us room,” boomed Nick with authority. Everyone took a step back. An attractive woman holding a microphone stepped into the created space. Her phony smile flashed teeth like a shark. Circling, she came in for the kill, her cameraman capturing the moment. 

“Are you the lady who jumped in to save the boy? What made you do something so heroic? Witnesses say you were under for over ten minutes. How is this possible?”

The questions fired at her like a volley of bullets. Jenna flinched as each one hit its mark. She couldn’t answer honestly without sounding like a freak. So she said nothing, burying her head into Nick’s chest. His arms tightened around her. The subtle turning of his body shielded her from all those eyes. 

He pitched his voice to address the crowd. “It’s been a traumatic event for everyone involved, and as you can imagine, it’s not over for us yet. We’ve no comment to make at this stage, so please, give us some time to come to terms with what’s happened. Thank you.”

“Could you at least give me a little snippet, Sergeant Hawke?” pouted the reporter, pushing her chest out and fluttering her lashes. 

Jenna’s spine went rigid. A sick feeling of dread settled in the pit of her belly.

Police. Nick is a policeman. Dear God, I’m in trouble.

 Her head pounded and her hands shook. His arm tightened when she tried to pull away, holding her firmly in place. Any other person she could have fobbed off. Now she understood his aura of authority, his all-seeing gaze and concern at the thought of a child left alone in her car. He would be relentless uncovering the truth. 


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Great blurb and excerpt, LaVerne.  Definitely putting Affinity on my TBR list.  Thank you for being my guest today.  I enjoyed learning more about you and your writing process.

 

33 comments:

  1. Go LaVerne, you're an inspiration!
    I've got a copy of 'Affinity' on my e-book reader and am looking forward to finding some time to read it! Kim (Grateful)

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  2. Yay!! Thanks Kim. I hope you enjoy it - and that you got some writing time in yourself today :)

    Thanks for having me today Katherine. I adore your background. So wistful and reminds me of lazy childhood days :) Good on your friend for rehoming ex-racing horses. I admit to being clueless about what happened to the animals after their racing days are over. So sad. I love horses too, and no doubt one day will find myself with one or two ex-racers as well!

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  3. Hi Katherine! Great interview questions!

    And hi Laverne! I loved 'Affinity', and 'Guardian of the Jewel'. I know your new book's going to be great!

    Can I ask tho, when have you ever needed a butt-kick? You're our groups inspiration :D

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    1. LOL Kelly, our butt-kicking queen :) Thanks for the confidence and compliments, xx
      Can't wait to add your books to my shelves and virtual shelves too!

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    2. Hi Kelly,

      Glad you liked the interview. I always like to interview other authors and learn more about them and how they write. Thanks for stopping by.

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  4. Great premise for a book LaVerne. I love Science fiction/paranormal and I love romance. So this one sounds like a winner. Summer's ending here in NC. I hate seeing the days grow shorter. And the current temperature extremes from night to day (50's-80's) messes with my asthma.

    Love that you rescue Greyhounds. But wow! What big couch potatoes they must make. lol!

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    1. Hehehe Lilly - that they do! My girl won't get on the couch though, no matter how I've tried to entice her. Their manners are impeccable - she's much easier to look after than my children! :) Awww, I hope for an easy season for you coping with your asthma. Not fun at all! xx

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    2. Thanks. It was much better today. More even temps and lower humidity today.

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  5. Affinity sounds great, LaVerne! Adding it to my TBR list now.

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    1. Great to see you Sarah - and thanks! I loved writing this story so much :)

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  6. Good morning LaVerne,

    I have to admit to being partial to dandelions in this form even though they are weeds. Maybe because we used to make a wish and blow on them to scatter the seeds when we were kids.

    Thanks for being my guest. :o)

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    1. Me too Katherine! They take me right back to my childhood too :)

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  7. Love the blurb and excerpt. I'm going to have to find some more leisure time myself to get some reading done :) Best of luck with your release!

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    1. Lisa, I agree the blurb and excerpt are great. Thanks for stopping in. :o)

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    2. Thanks Lisa! Sigh...leisure time sure is hard to find some days isn't it?

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  8. Your book sounds terrific, LaVerne. On my TBR list now.

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    1. Hi Andrea! Lovely to see you here and thank you :)

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  9. I also love the villain's POV. I guess it's our alter-ego. Can't wait for your next one. Good Luck!

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  10. Wow, awesome interview and excerpt. Congrats on your release! LOL about your hubby letting you try out *fight* moves on him. I'll bet he's very helpful! Have fun and best wishes for continued success. :)

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    1. Hi Joya,

      Glad you liked the interview. I thought it was pretty cool that LaVerne's husband helped her with her fight scenes too.

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    2. LOL - isn't it great Joya and Katherine :) Strangely enough, most of my heroes tend to be tall, dark and leanly muscular too like my hubby, unless I'm aware I'm doing it again and change him deliberately! :) Thanks for stopping by Joya - lovely to see you here!

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  11. Nice interview, LaVerne, and I really fancy the idea of having a beach on your doorstep. New Zealand is one place I would love to visit some time. Best wishes with sales!

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    1. Hi Nancy,

      Thanks for stopping in. I'm not a big fan of water that goes past my calves but I imagine it must be great to live close to the beach in the summer time.

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    2. Hey Nancy! NZ is a looong way away from Scotland isn't it, but well worth the effort IMHO. We should do a house-swap one day! I'm desperate to explore Scotland one day too.

      My children and dog adore the beach, even during the winter months - and Katherine, I'd have to side with you - I'm not much for swimming, especially in the sea. Give me a pool any day. But the view is spectacular.

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  12. Nice interview, ladies. I also love writing the villain's POV. Helps me release some built up angst. Loved the blurb and excerpt. I'll be sure to check this one out. :)

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    1. Hey Melissa,

      Maybe I should start writing my villain's POV. I never thought about it as a way to release all that stress and angst that builds up. Thanks for coming by. :o)

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    2. Oooo Melissa! THAT must be why I enjoy it so much! Isn't it fun?! I wondered why I felt so good afterwards ;) Thanks so much for stopping by :)

      Go on Katherine - you'll have a blast! :)

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  13. Thank you for mentioning that greyhounds make great pets. The fact that these dogs are so gentle and loving despite living as racing dogs is truly amazing.

    Greyhound racing is cruel and inhumane. The greyhounds live in sometimes squalid conditions, and when let out to race, they suffer and die from injuries such as broken limbs, broken necks, paralysis, and cardiac arrest. The greyhounds are short-term investments, valued only as long as they generate a profit for their owners.Their post-racing fate falls to volunteer adoption groups that work tirelessly to adopt retired greyhounds into loving homes.
    For more information on injuries these dogs suffer, please view:

    http://www.grey2kusa.org/azInjuries.html

    http://www.grey2kusa.org/eNEWS/G2K-022811Email.html

    Dogs play an important role in our lives and deserve to be protected from industries and individuals that do them harm.

    VWolf Board Member, GREY2K USA

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    1. Hi Val,
      I agree with you on a lot of your points and am so glad to give my Jazzy a loving home. She really is the best thing thats ever happened to us as a family. :)

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  14. Hi LaVerne,

    Just wanted to thank you again for being my guest and allowing me to interview you. I hope you have great sales. :o)

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    1. Thanks so much for having me Katherine! It was a blast! :)

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  15. I have GOT to get this book! I don't know when I'll ever get to read it, but I want it. Congrats on both books LaVerne.

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  16. LOL - thanks Calisa! Maybe we could do a book swap? I've been meaning to get my copy of "Home" as well! But yes, the curse of the writer - finding time to read! :)

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