L. K. Below writes romance and speculative fiction.
Under her full name, Lindsay Below, she publishes
young adult novels.
Visit her on her website at www.lbelow.net or on her blog at http://lbelow.blogspot.com.
Lindsay, so glad you are here today for an interview. Before we get started, can you share some information about your current release, Unveiling His Princess.
Prince Bennett knows that he must marry his princess, but when he meets her something seems amiss. He cannot reconcile the lively, veiled beauty he consorts with at night with the waspish princess he meets during the day. And to make matters worse, he can barely fight off his attraction to a fur-clad scullery maid. Whatever will he do?
This sounds like a very intriguing book. Where can we find it online?
Buy link: www.liquidsilverbooks.com/books/unveilinghisprincess.htm
Well, let's get started. I'm sure our readers are excited to learn more about you and your books.
Why did you become a writer…was it a dream of yours since you were younger or did the desire to write happen later in your life?
Writing hasn’t been a dream so much as an obsession. From the moment I began, I knew that I had to keep going, but I didn’t decide to make it my career until I graduated from high school. At that point, having written several books, I knew that no other career would make me happy. So I ran at it full tilt. I’m 21.
That's great...love prolific writers.
What was the inspiration for your latest work of fiction?
Unveiling His Princess was inspired by the Brothers Grimm fairy tale “Princess Mouseskin.” I have to admit, my collection of the fairy tales is dog eared as I folded the corner of every tale which I thought had the potential to become a story. I’ve now written another two stories (unpublished for the moment, though one is under contract) “based” on a fairy tale. Unveiling His Princess has stuck the closest with the original tale, though it differs somewhat in terms of the characters and the ending.
Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?
My characters reside entirely within my own mind. If I give them characteristics similar to people I know, it’s entirely coincidental. If a character doesn’t speak to me as vibrantly as a person sitting right beside me, I don’t write their story. It will come out lackluster, anyway.
What was the most interesting research you had to do for any of your books?
For one of my works in progress, a historical romance taking place as the New World was being colonized by the English, I stumbled across an old account from a Dutch boy who had been sold to the Powhatan Indians in exchange for a village. This account described many fascinating events including the fact that the Powhatans weren’t blameless in the hostility between the two peoples -- they purposefully lured in the English under the guise of a truce only to kill the entire crew of the ship that sailed upriver.
I have to admit, I easily lose track of time when it comes to research. I love the past.
I love history as well.
Where do you go to do your research?
Most of it I do from my computer at home, although I have been known to patronize the local library from time to time as I scour the reference books they have on the shelf. I’m also a total bibliophile, so I also have enough reference books to fill a library!
Are you currently working on any new book projects?
I’m always writing new projects! Currently, I’m working on the sequel to Never a Princess, Always a Frog -- a contemporary romance coming out from Lyrical Press, Inc. later this year. The sequel, titled Beauty in His Bed, is a modern book with hints of the fairytale Sleeping Beauty in it.
Sleeping Beauty is my favorite fairy tale. Can't wait to read that book.
What’s your writing schedule like? When do you find time to write?
I have the privilege of being able to write full time. While my boyfriend is at work, I park myself at the computer and immerse myself in writing -- or, since it also is a full-time job, in promoting my works.
That's true, promoting definitely takes time.
How have your friends and family received your career as an author? Are they supportive?
My family has been immensely supportive in this. Both my parents and my sister constantly acclaim their friends and colleagues about me -- not to mention strangers sometimes! Not to mention when I need help with research or creating a title, they’re more than willing to help out.
My boyfriend, Travis, has also been invaluable on this journey. He’s helped to shape some works I’ve had trouble with and he helps with the business end writing.
That's great. Having support from friends and family is so important.
What’s the most challenging aspect of writing for you? ~ POV issues; using too much passive voice and not enough active voice; trouble creating active and engaging dialogue; using too many similar words in starting sentences; or something else?
My biggest challenge is finishing the projects that I start. I have too many WIPs to count. Partway through, I’ll get a brilliant idea for something else, and it takes all my self-discipline to resist the call of that new manuscript. If I succeed.
So nice chatting with you today.