Interview and Contest with Lori Handeland

Jen: To promote her upcoming release of Crave the Moon, our guest today is Lori Handeland.  Lori, will you please share a short bio with us? 

Lori:  Lori Handeland is a two time RITA Award winner and the New York Times Bestselling author of the paranormal romance series, The Nightcreature Novels, as well as the urban fantasy series, The Phoenix Chronicles and the historical fantasy series, Shakespeare Undead. Soon Lori will start a new venture, writing western historical romance under the name Lori Austin. Lori lives in Wisconsin with a husband, two sons and a yellow lab named, Elwood.

Check out her website at

Jen: Tell us about Crave the Moon and where is can be purchased. 

Lori: Crave the Moon, the next entry in my Nightcreature Novels paranormal romance series, will be available next week-June 28 at bookstores near you and for purchase through any online retailer.

Crave the Moon tells the story of Gina O’Neill, who will do anything to save her beloved ranch, which has been in her family for generations. Enter Mateo Mecate, an archeologist who believes that the Nahua Springs Ranch holds an important key to Aztec history—one that will restore his standing in the archeological community. But he never expects to go head-to-head with the maddeningly sensuous owner, Gina. The ranch seems to have cast a spell on them both…When Gina and Matt delve into the secrets of this ancient place, they awaken something unspeakably evil—a shapeshifter who is centuries old. A werewolf with vengeance on its mind. A sorcerer of incredible power. Can Gina and Matt defeat this enemy—even as their conflicts deepen…and their attraction grows more dangerous?

Jen: At what age did you discover writing? When where you first published? Tell us your call story. 

Lori: I decided I wanted to be a writer when I was ten and realized that there was actually a job involving all those books I had my nose stuck in.

I was first published in 1994. I got the call on October 5, 1993 at 11:05. LOL!  At the time my kids were little—5 and 3. I was making them lunch. My agent had just called me about a rejection on a different book and had no idea why she was calling again since I hadn’t realized she’d sent Second Chance out at all. But she had and Dorchester Publishing’s Alicia Condon had bought it. I wrote 8 books for them in several genres—historcial, suspense, paranormal—before moving on.

Jen: Are there any other writers, published or not, in your family? 

Lori: Both my sons are extremely talented writers but so far they’ve only used that talent for term papers.

Jen: Do you have any “must haves” with you while you’re writing? 

Lori: I must have coffee and my writing chair and silence.

Jen: How do you remember ideas that come to you at odd times? 

Lori: I scribble them on anything available or send myself an email on my iphone.

Jen: Have you noticed your writer’s voice has changed over the years due to experience? If so, how? 

Lori: My voice had become more sarcastic and humorous over the years. Not sure why.

Jen: Is there a genre you’d like to write? Is there a genre you’ll probably stay away from? Why? 

Lori: I would like to write some women’s fiction in the future. I won’t bother with Regency.

Jen: Do you have a favorite character or one you most identify with? 

Lori: I identify with whatever character I’m writing at the time. I have to or it would be hard to finish the book.

Jen: Do you do anything to celebrate a sale, new contract or release? 

Lori: Over the past few years I’ve started buying myself “freaky Barbies” whenever I get a new contract. For instance I have The Birds Barbie, The Munsters Ken and Barbie, The Adams Family Ken and Barbie and I just recently purchased The Wicked Witch Barbie with Winkie Guard Ken. They crack me up.

Jen: What’s the most interesting comment you’ve received about your books? 

Lori: My mother in law always looks at me after she finishes a book and says: But you’re so nice. This kind of disturbed me until someone pointed out that at least she wasn’t saying: Ah, now I get it.

Jen: What’s next for you? 

Lori: Next I will return to the genre I started in, western historical romance. I’ve always loved it, missed it for years and have now gotten the chance to return to it for NAL, writing under my first pseudonym, Lori Austin.

Jen: Where can you be found on the web? 


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  • The prize is a print copy of the first book in The Nightcreature Series, RITA winning novel, Blue Moon.
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