Interview: L.A. Kennedy

l-a-kennedyJen:  Today we welcome L.A. Kennedy to Romancing the Book.  L.A., will you share a short bio with us?
L.A.:  L.A. Kennedy, beyond the story…

L.A. Kennedy is a Canadian-born writer, living in the ever-growing city of Vancouver, Canada. Here, she spends her days getting lost in the beauty of reading and writing. L.A. Kennedy mainly writes fictional books. And can be found researching myth, folklore, and everything in between, with a special interest in edge-of-your-seat paranormal romance. L.A. Kennedy can be found behind a mountain of books, on any given Sunday.

L.A. Kennedy’s writing credits include multiple series that mix mystery, horror, paranormal romance, fantasy, and intrigue.

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Jen:  Please tell us about your newest release.
L.A.:  Book three in The Genesys Project, Wicked Amour, brings the war to the doorsteps of readers. Wicked Amour is a story of Riam, the most trusted and controlled of all the Slayers.  During the cleansing of Blood Alley, Riam had been forced to leave a woman behind, Sasha. Plagued with guilt for leaving her behind, he is now tasked with deciding between releasing his wicked darkness and letting go of the woman he left behind.

One group of Slayers stands between the Rancor Order and the irregulars. Their most trusted Slayer must decide between releasing his wicked darkness or losing the woman he loves.

When the tides shift in the war against the Rancor Order, the Slayers are put to the test as the first Strain emerges. Bellum—the bringer of war—returns to Van City, hunting for the Slayers. She wants a piece of the pie.

The most trusted of the Slayers, Riam—of unknown origin—is faced with an adversary so great it is all-consuming. Riam, who has perfect control of every emotion he possesses, is overcome by one he doesn’t feel he’s worthy of—love. His formidable opponent? A woman held captive by the Genesys, Sasha Grant. Sasha isn’t like any other woman he’s met before. She is like him to the wicked core. In order to save her life, he must call on his people. Reaching out to those he’d shut the door on hundreds of years ago sends Riam into a head-on collision with the world that opened the door for The Genesys.

Breaking all the rules, Riam lets out the wicked warrior locked deep within his soul and hunts for the woman he’d die for.

The war has only just begun.

Here’s a short excerpt:

I’ll come back for you,’ Riam had screamed to her.

It had taken everything he’d had to force his feet to carry him away from her. Leaving someone behind had cut him up, but it had to be done. Sacrifice the one for the many. That had summed up his entire godforsaken life.

It was a pipe dream, never leaving someone behind. The thought was a noble one, but not realistic in the least. People were left behind all the time, or so that was what he had told himself when he’d had to leave her. It was inevitable in times of war. It’s in the fine print. It was the risk taken every time a soldier stepped onto the battlefield. They knew they could die on that field or be left to die alone. Every warrior alike knew those risks and took them willingly.

Movies gave people an unrealistic idea of what war was. It wasn’t glamorous and no one came back the same. War was hell. War was wicked. It was a tar pit of pain and suffering. The reasons people were fighting never truly mattered, not to war anyway. War didn’t care about good or evil. War couldn’t give two fucks if there were wounded dying in the field or if an innocent was trapped under rubble. That’s what war did—gave a man balls of steel then kicked them up into his throat with a bullet to the brain. The last thing he heard was the laughter of war. That was true war, not the shit they put up at the cinema, filled with romance and going home. No one went home, not completely. A piece was always left behind, a payment to war.

Riam had been front and center. He’d fought shoulder to shoulder with his people in endless wars against the evil and the wicked. And each time, he’d left people behind—good people, righteous people. They were his people, left in the trenches to save the innocents. Each time he stepped off the battlefield, war was beside him, clinging to him like a starved animal.

 

Jen: Are you a plotter or pantser?
L.A.:  I’m a little of both, overall. I like to have my entire story mapped out, piece by piece. Once all of my research is complete and my notes are as detailed as possible, my muse likes to drop in. She kicks things over, rips pages up, and sends me in a completely different direction.

Jen: Do you have a writing routine?
L.A.:  “You have to protect your writing time. You have to protect it to the death.” – William Goldman

My routine consists of me respecting my creative time. I set aside time each day and week, for writing. I turn off my phone, turn off any distractions, and write. To me, it doesn’t matter if I am writing my latest novel or if I’m researching, or if I’m writing a short story to get my juices flowing. I respect and protect my inner need to be creative. When I hit writer’s block, I read. I devour books. Reading is as important to me, as writing.

Jen: How do you remember ideas that come to you at odd times?
L.A.:  The best writing advice I had ever received is – always carry a pen and pad of paper. I have a pen and paper beside my bed, beside my shower, in my purse, basically every room of my house. I also have an app on my phone for making notes and a voice recorder, just in case.

Jen: Who are some of your favorite authors?  What are you reading now?
L.A.:  I have an eclectic bookshelf, housing James Patterson, Stephen King, Lara Adrian, Dan Brown, Dean Koontz, Robert Ludlum, L.K. Hamilton, Suzanne Collins, J. D. Salinger, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jane Austen, and dozens in between.

Currently, I’m reading The Count of Monte Cristo, written by Dumas. This one is hard to put down, it’s wonderfully written. I highly recommend it.  I’m at the halfway mark and wish it were twice as long.

Top 5 favorite books

  1. Misery by Stephen King
  2. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  3. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  4. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  5. Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz

Jen:   What’s next for you?
L.A.:  Poisonous Amour, book four in The Genesys Project, will bring Bane into the spotlight. The new recruit risks it all for love.  And, as always, I’m working on a few new ideas, seeing what grabs my attention.