Interview & Contest: Lisa Beth Darling

lisapicJen: Today we welcome Lisa Beth Darling back to Romancing the Book. Lisa, will you share a short bio with us?
Lisa: Writing with a strong passionate flare that never flinches, Lisa defiantly ventures where other writers dare not tread. Daring the reader to delve deep into the dark she creates stories filled with heart stopping action, gripping drama, nail biting suspense, and hot steamy sex. This is dark romance at its gritty best. ALL FICTION works are intended for Members of A Mature Adult Audience who love to submerse themselves in the rich seduction of worlds full of love, lust, rage, redemption, obsession, betrayal and madness. They are not for those who are faint of heart or who typically enjoy a sweet read.

By opening one of her books, you will enter a myriad of worlds from the heights of Olympus to life in a small New England town. Enter and discover characters bold and brash as Ares God of War, Colonel Kevin Smith and Richard Mason along with villains so dark and ruthless you’ll love-to-hate them.

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Jen:  Tell us about your newest release.
Lisa: Currently I’m working on two short series, The Doc, a contemporary adult romance/erotica series and Sister Christian, a contemporary adult family drama. Please note that Sister Christian is not a ‘Christian’ or ‘religious’ series.  Even though these series are unrelated, they both use the same male lead character of Doctor Richard Mason.

The latest release in The Doc series is book #2 Cold November Rain wherein Doc (Mason) discovers the identity of his mystery lover, a woman with whom he had a one night stand and cannot get out of his head. Doc’s not the only man interested in the fair ‘Rose’, a spurned lover is watching them one who has an axe to grind with Mason.

The latest release in the Sister Christian series is book #2 Sins of the Father wherein Mason helps his newly discovered sister, Hannah Rice, confront the demons of her past in a very unconventional manner.

Both series are expected to be complete late this year with The Doc running three books and Sister Christian running four or possibly five books.  After that I’ll be on to Stay With Me, a standalone novel revolving around Kate Montgomery, a modern day witch, and her son, Jack who’s about to discover who he really is as his mother battles breast cancer.

Excerpt from Cold November Rain

“Long time no see, huh, Doc?” The big blonde man crooned savoring the moment and the look on Mason’s face. “License and registration, please?”  He shined the light into the car. “Evening, ma’am, can I see your ID, please?”

“We weren’t doing anything wrong.” Juliette stammered as she pretended to look around for her purse which was in the backseat.  She didn’t want to give him her ID and saw no reason to do so even if he was a cop. Rummaging around, she offered a sad smile, “I must have left it back at the house, officer.”

Rick turned and gave her a sharp look. He just saw her dump the purse back there not ten minutes ago. He kept silent it was Ritter after all. It all started three years ago when Trooper Ritter wandered into the clinic with the sniffles and a big case of Holier Than Thou. Ritter felt that Mason had been rude to him during the exam so Ritter decided to harass Mason on his way home. He busted Mason on a possession charge that almost cost Rick his career. Well, six full bottles of Oxies were a lot and the State of Vermont considered it Possession with Intent to Sell. Mason produced his prescriptions, Ritter said they were forged, then the bastard began investigating his patients. For nearly a year Ritter stalked and harassed Mason at every turn. The Trooper pulled him over for; drunk driving, reckless driving, a busted tail light (which mason was positive Ritter busted just so he could pull him over), he even tried to arrest Mason for shoplifting….twice! To Mason, it seemed that every time he turned around there was State Trooper Ritter.  Mason tried to take out a restraining order but they weren’t easy to get against cops. At the end of his trial, when Mason was found innocent the judge was very explicit in his desire for Trooper Ritter to quit playing games with Doctor Mason.

“Actually ma’am, its Trooper…State Trooper Ritter. What’s that smell? It wouldn’t be marijuana, would it, Doctor Mason?” Ritter asked as he took Mason’s license and registration. “Those Oxies just not enough for you these days? What with the rain and all?” He offered slyly. “Have you been drinking tonight, Doctor Mason?”

Yes, he had. He’d a drink at the bar and two at Juliette’s house there was no sense in lying about it since Ritter could probably smell the booze on his breath along with the pot in the car. Rick was sure he was taking a tiny detour downtown before the night was over. “I’m not drunk.”

“I didn’t say you were, I asked if you’d been drinking.”

“Yes.”

“Well then, I’ll just run these to make sure they’re still valid. You’re not under suspension for DUI or anything.”

“I’m not.” Rick said angrily.

“Good, then if it all checks out I’ll have to give you a breathalyzer, if you pass you can go back to doing whatever it was you were doing.” Ritter said with a wicked little grin.

“This is harassment. The judge told you to leave me alone.”

“You can lodge a formal complaint in the morning, Doctor Mason.”

“Did you get your rocks off watching us?”

The wicked little grin on Ritter’s face brightened as he looked past the good doctor to his companion, “Not tonight, Doctor Mason. Not tonight.” Ritter said happily as he made his way back to his car and pretended to call in the information.

 

Jen: How do you remember ideas that come to you at odd times?
Lisa: I used to keep hundreds of scraps of paper around the house and a pad by my bedside in case I woke up in the middle of the night with a great idea. Then I realized I was losing sleep and sort of became a zombie for a while as the house filled up with post-it notes!  Once that became so outrageously frustrating that I stopped doing it, I understood the ideas were never lost. They always came back to me at the right time during any given story even if I thought they were completely forgotten. Now I sleep through the night (most of the time, at my age sleeping through the entire night is a luxury!) and my house is no longer cluttered with pads, scraps of paper, and of course, post-it  notes.

Jen: Is there a genre you’d like to write?  Is there one you’ll probably stay away from?  Why?
Lisa: I became known for Dark Paranormal Romance/Erotica due to my OF WAR Series and people seemed to think that was all I was capable of. What they didn’t realize was that I’d written nearly 10 novels before The Heart of War was released and almost none of them were paranormal. They were contemporary romance, horror romance, and even some sci-fi based novels.  When that series was over I wanted to get back to my roots, so to speak, and stretch my wings. With The Doc series, we have contemporary romance/erotica with a dash of thriller and with Sister Christian we have an entire series devoid of sex and romance! Well, until we get to the last book or so but I’m not giving away any secrets there. If I had to pigeon-hole myself, I’d say that my genre is Love and Relationship Based stories no matter their backdrop. I’ve also done a few non-fiction books. I’ll write whatever The Muse calls upon me to write there’s no particular genre I would ever stay away from even if it made me uncomfortable. After all, by not limiting myself, that’s how I grow as a writer and hone my craft.

Jen: How do you come up with characters names?
Lisa: Generally my characters either name themselves or I think way way way back to first and last names of people I’ve known. That doesn’t mean the characters are based on those people and I never use the full name of someone I know/knew. I do my best to stay away from hokey names that somehow are supposed to describe the character, you’ll never find a ‘Goodheart’, ‘Thornheart’, ‘Blackheart’ or anything like that in any of my books.

Jen: Are you a plotter or pantser?
Lisa: A bit of both. I don’t sit down and plot out stories any longer, I like to be as surprised as the reader in that regard, but, in my head, I do try to stay a few chapters ahead of where The Muse are in the story.

Jen: Are there any other writers, published or not, in your family?
Lisa: Yes, actually, my family is full of wonderfully talented and creative people. My father could come up with a limerick about darn anything on-the-spot and he had a wicked sense of humor. I had an aunt and an uncle who were both stellar poets. In fact, my aunt’s son, decades ago, put together a book of their works and gave it to family members as a Christmas gift. Nature’s Magic Touch was the title and I still have mine. That cousin is a very talented watercolor artist and musician, his daughter is also a very talented musician and songwriter. Of course, I’ve been married for 29 years to another talented musician and songwriter, my husband, Roy.

 

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