Author of the Week: L.A. Fiore
L.A. Fiore, Author of the Week
Marionettes!! To kick off the return of Author of the Week, I have the AMAZING L.A. Fiore with us this week. She has dropped by to give us an interview and even share an EXCERPT from her newest release Devil You Know. Plus, there’s a signed paperback GIVEAWAY so be sure to scroll through the article and enter for a chance to win!
Please welcome her to the blog this week and let’s make her feel awesome! <3
About L.A. Fiore
In elementary school, third grade I think, I wrote a book as part of a class assignment. It had a cardboard cover, the pages were typed and the illustrations were done in my seven-year-old hand. The title: The Case of the Missing Jewels. The main character was my stuff rabbit Whitey.
I won an award through the school district for that book and it was then that I realized I could share what was in my head with others. Later, in University, I majored in Economics but that’s pretty dry material, so I started writing daily tales that starred my friends. They were silly and fun and each ended in a moral, something profound like: Never eat a pickle in cowboy boots unless you’re walking backwards. By the time I graduated, I had quite a following.
My dream has always been to write: to lose myself in the world of my creating. After University, while working in Corporate America, I wrote novel after novel, many finished—far too many unfinished—and I tried to get them published the old-fashioned way: query letters to literary agents with no luck. My husband encouraged me to go the ebook route but it had always been a dream to get that box of books: the first off the presses.
In 2012, I relented and published six of my books on Amazon as ebooks. It was really more a lesson for my kids to go after their dreams; to teach them by doing and not just saying. I really never thought any of my stories would take off and so I was taken completely by surprise at the success of Beautifully Damaged. In the Spring of 2013, I got the call I had been dreaming about getting since my first novel back in 1993: a publishing house was interested in Beautifully Damaged and the sequel. This past February, I got that box. I was really sick with the flu, but I watched as my husband opened the box and just seeing my book looking back at me, I’ll never forget it.
I can’t even begin to tell you what it feels like to be living my dream. I wouldn’t be here if not for the fans of Beautifully Damaged, so thank you for helping to make my dream come true.
Interview with L.A. Fiore
- If you could go back and reread any one book for the first time what would it be?
If I could go back and read one book for the first time it would be JD Robb’s Naked in Death. I absolutely LOVE Roarke. He is my ultimate book boyfriend and the story is brilliant.
- What is the greatest piece of writing advice you ever received?
The best advice I ever received regarding writing is you’re never going to please everyone so don’t try. Write your story.
3.What is your biggest pet peeve?
When reviewers rip an author apart about grammar but their reviews are riddled with grammatical errors.
- Do you prefer to write during the day or night?
I prefer to write during the day, but if I’m under a deadline I’ll write through the night.
- You are stranded on an island…you get three items what do you bring?
My Kindle, a solar powered battery charger and a satellite phone. ; )
6.Name one song you could listen to everyday and never grow tired of it.
Everything from Lifehouse.
- What is your favorite dessert?
Any form of cake with rich icing—chocolate, vanilla, pina colada…I’m not picky.
- If you could tell your younger self one thing what would it be?
I’d tell myself to get on social media before launching Beautifully Damaged, so I could have rode the wave of that book and connected to readers sooner. And I’d upload it to another reporting platform so I qualified for New York Times Best Seller.
- Coke or Pepsi?
10.Chocolate or vanilla?
- Do you outline your story or fly by the seat of your pants?
I never outline. I jot ideas down, but I just start writing and see where the story and characters go.
- If you could sit down with any author for dinner who would it be and why?
I’d love to have dinner with Julie Garwood because I adore all of her books; I’d love to meet the woman who brought to life some of my favorite book characters.
- If you were a secret agent what would your codename be?
- You get to choose the car of your dreams what do you get?
1967 Mustang Shelby
- Love at first sight or lust at first sight?
Love…I experienced it, though at the time I didn’t appreciate the outrageous irritation I felt was love. It was, because I married him.
- What’s one author you wish more readers knew about?
Jessica Wilde. She’s a wonderful writer and a super awesome person.
- What are you currently working on?
Elusive. It’s a romantic suspense based in the Caribbean…lost treasures, sunken ships, murder, mystery.
- Finish the sentence. “If I wasn’t a writer I’d be____.”
A baker. I’d love to own a bakery in NYC where I specialized in wedding cakes.
- Finish the sentence. “A world without books would be_____.”
Depressing. We all need to escape reality sometimes and there’s no better way than through books.
- Tell me something about you that would surprise most.
I hold conversations with my animals, even Tigger, and he died a few years ago.
- Who is your #1 Book Boyfriend?
- Team Edward or Team Jacob?
Team Edward. Jacob was awesome in the books, in the movies not so much.
Excerpt from Devil you Know by L.A. Fiore
Text copyright © 2016, L.A. Fiore
All rights reserved
As soon as Ryder saw me she smiled then did a double take at my coffee drinking companion, followed shortly with the crash from whatever she had been holding dropping from her hands.
“Hey, Thea.” Her eyes took their time moving down Damian’s body and I got it, he had a damn fine body, but I didn’t like her looking. “Who’s your friend?”
She knew who he was, but they had only met that one time, years ago. It was possible Damian would buy that she didn’t remember him. Not likely. I played along anyway. “Damian, Ryder, Ryder, Damian.”
A chin lift was his greeting. A saucy smile was hers. “How do you know each other?”
As soon as the words were out of her mouth, her eyes bugged out of her head. I could only chalk up her behavior to temporary insanity. Damian had rendered me stupid on many occasions, but he was going to be suspicious as to why my best friend was pretending she didn’t know who he was, as in he would deduce that we’d spent the night, many nights, talking about him. It was time for diversionary tactics.
“We met over a pigeon. He flew into a shop window, the pigeon not Damian, and Damian here was just heartbroken. I mean tears, manly tears, just coursed down his cheeks. I was a distance from him, but he carried on in such a way I thought I better check it out. And when I saw the little bird in his big hands…” that had me looking at his hands—big, blunt cut nails, wide palms and long fingers. I remembered those hands wrapped around my face possessively, those fingers inside me. The memory had my mouth going dry. I rallied, “Long story short there was no saving the pigeon, but his death wasn’t in vain. We roasted him over a trash can fire and shared him with some of the locals. Squab, it’s quite good.”
Damian and Ryder were both looking at me like I’d lost my mind, but at least I had successfully taken the focus off Ryder.
Synopsis for Devil You Know by L.A. Fiore
Damian Tate. One look into his sad green eyes and I was hooked. I wanted to be the one to make him laugh, to make him smile. I hadn’t expected him to be the one to make me blush, to make me hot…to make me fall in love. He was my first kiss, my first love, my first everything. I wanted forever with him, but life got in the way.
He enlisted, I went to college, and for years we were never in the same place long enough to pick up where we left off.
Thirteen years after he left, tragedy brings him home. The stoic boy I fell in love with grew into a quiet, dangerous and wildly sexy man. He still tugs on all the right strings for me, but he seems determined to keep me at arm’s-length.
However, when trouble comes knocking at my door, he is the one to put himself between that trouble and me.
Spending time with him might drive me insane, or it might be our second chance at first love.
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