Little Blurb about yourself:
Thanks so much, Sue, for having me as a guest on your blog. I write paranormal and romance, often at the same time, and live with my husband, two teenagers, two cats and one wayward puppy. I like to create stories that have happy endings, because it’s a good way to balance my other job as a nurse practitioner in a neonatal intensive care unit.
1. Who or what inspired you to become a writer?
Charlaine Harris. I read “Dead Until Dark” in one sitting and got up thinking, “that’s what I want to do.” I’d always thought about writing, but it wasn’t until I had so much fun reading her book that I decided I wanted to learn how to do the same thing.
2. How long did it take you to write Forever and Ever, Amen?
I started it in July 2011 and had the first version ready to query by spring 2012. Got some feedback that prompted a major overhaul, and queried Crimson Romance with the new-and-improved version in October 2012. It was published in January 2013.
3. While writing how many times do you go back and rewrite a plot?
I’ve done some major re-writes – changing the main character’s point of view from third to first person, changing the hero from a pixie into an angel – but I usually work out the major plot turns before I start, and so far haven’t had to rework the structure of any piece. Never say never, though. The good thing about working on the computer is that if you want to change something, you just back-space. It’s real easy. ;)
4. You run into a bookstore, where do you go first?
The shelves holding the urban fantasy books. Then I migrate to the paranormal romance, with maybe a side-trip through the mysteries and/or contemporary romance.
5. How many books in a month do you tend to read?
Somewhere between six and twelve, if you count novellas and anthologies.
6. In all the books you've read, who is your most favorite character and why?
Ooh, tough question. I relate to ordinary women who find it in themselves to do extraordinary things. I like Sookie for that reason, and Jane True from Nicole Peeler’s Tempest series. Tish (or Leticia) from Delilah Dawson’s “Wicked As They Come” is a similar type, and she’s a nurse, which makes her especially cool.
7. State 5 random facts about yourself.
1. I graduated from W. T. Sampson High School in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Class of ’80 rules!
2. I share a birthday with Jessica Lange, Bob Marley, my friend Lori, and Adolph Hitler. The last one gives me the most trouble, because people do crazy stuff (think Columbine High School) in his memory.
3. I’m embarrassingly addicted to my iPhone.
4. My dog is named after the Barbara Streisand character in “What’s Up, Doc?”.
5. My husband’s nickname is Snake. And I’m not even joking.
8. Your favorite Genre?
I definitely skew towards paranormal and fantasy. I love exploring the possibilities of what could be.
9. What are you currently reading?
Coincidentally, just today Amazon sent me the newest Sookie Stackhouse book, “Dead Ever After”. She’ll get an automatic pass to the top of the TBR pile. Then I just finished “Mélusine” by Sarah Monette. It was so good I had to order the next three books in the series.
10. What is the best book you've read?
I don’t know. The Bible? No, I’m kidding. This question is even harder than ‘who’s your favorite character’. I’m going to call it a three-way tie between “The Fellowship of the Ring”, “The Vampire Lestat”, and “Dead Until Dark”.
Did you notice that two of my top three feature vampires? Now you know my secret.
11. Any new projects coming up?
I hope so! I’m querying two novels – each is the first book in a series – and working on a contemporary romance.
Here’s your chance to market your book. Describe it. And why readers should pick it up?
Molly’s a forty-something single mom who goes out for Happy Hour and comes home with a helluva hickey. Turns out, it’s really a demon’s mark, and she’ll have to face the three things that scare her most or risk losing her soul. An earth-bound angel named Cass is assigned to help her, but he’ll never earn his wings if he loses his heart to the lovely Molly.
Like all my favorite characters, Molly’s an ordinary woman who has to deal with some pretty extraordinary circumstances. Before I wrote the book, I made a list of the things that scare me the most, and then made Molly experience them. She handled herself way better than I ever would have. While there are angels and demons – and even a vampire – the heart of the story is about family and resilience and love, things that everyone can relate to.
Forever and Ever, Amen
Genre: paranormal romance
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Number of pages: 210
Word Count: 65,000
Molly, a forty-something single mom, tangles with the wrong guy and gets a hell of a hickey. That blotch is really a demon’s mark, and she’ll have to face the three things that scare her most to get rid of it.
First, Molly loses her job and then she has a near-sex experience with her philandering, not-quite-ex-husband. Worst of all, she has to sit by a hospital bed, wondering if her son is ever going to wake up.
The Powers That Be assign Cass to help her. He’s an angel who’s trying to earn a seat in the celestial choir by helping out a human in need. Vanquishing the demon would be his ticket up, but only if he plays by the rules. He’ll never earn his wings if he loses his heart to the lovely Molly. But she has even bigger things to worry about. She stands to lose her soul.
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About the Author:
Liv Rancourt writes paranormal and romance, often at the same time. She lives with her husband, two teenagers, two cats and one wayward puppy. She likes to create stories that have happy endings, and finds it is a good way to balance her other job in the neonatal intensive care unit.
Liv can be found on-line at her website & blog www.livrancourt.com, on Facebook www.facebook.com/liv.rancourt, or on Twitter www.twitter.com/LivRancourt
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