I’m pleased and excited to introduce Loren Weaver, the subject of this week’s interview. Like last week’s interviewee, Heather R. Blair, I met Loren online when she offered to review The Secret Dead.
Loren’s enthusiasm for writing, reading, and paranormal fiction is positively infectious, and this has come across not only in every interaction I’ve had with her, but also in Loren’s own Victoria Novak: Paranormal Division series.
The third in the series, Shadow’s Lament, has just been released, and I asked her along to give us a peek inside her head:
You have just released your third novel in the Victoria Novak: Paranormal Division series, Shadow’s Lament, and Tiger’s Peace is due out early next year. Victoria’s been busy. Where do you see the series going?
Well, I’ve already started on book five and have an idea for book six. I’m just going to keep letting Tori’s adventures happen until she’s worn out. I don’t have an exact number of books for her yet, because she’s too close to my heart for me to consider letting her go yet!
Your novels feature an array of paranormal creatures: vampires, werewolves, a rare sorceress. What is it that attracts you to writing about the paranormal?
I read and write to escape my reality. So I love the paranormal because it’s ‘what would happen if’ mentality. Besides, wouldn’t it be so cool to have a best friend that became a wolf, was stronger, faster, and more loyal than normal?
If you could choose one of your characters to turn into a real live person, who would you choose and why?
Trey, my werewolf baby. I wrote him at a time I needed a friend, so I gave him the qualities I wanted in a best friend. He’s almost perfectly tailored to be a new BFF, with a few flaws to keep things interesting.
If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?
That’s so hard! I have so many authors that I love and when I see their works praised, I think “I wish that were me.” But it’s more because I want Tori and the gang to have that kind of future than because I want to switch places with another author.
What do you find the hardest part of writing?
Taking the ideas in my head and actually getting them on paper. The transfer between brain and keyboard and the dedication to keep after it.
Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
Write everyday. When you go too long without writing, its harder to get back in the creative swing of things.
You can find Loren on Twitter, Goodreads, Facebook, and her website. Make sure you have a good dig around on her site while you’re there. She’s got reviews, info on her own books, and also some very interesting stuff on the paranormal.
Take a look at her books below:
The only living Sorceress, Victoria Novak, finally earned a peaceful, normal life. But with one howl on a full moon, her whole life crashes back into paranormal chaos. The FBI show up to recruit her to the Federal Paranormal Division, the very first all paranormal police force and she can’t decline.
Tori must train a new team of special agents in paranormal etiquette in the middle of solving a crime that’s leaving ravaged bodies twisted into grotesque shapes. Caught in the middle of a werewolf fight for dominance, Tori can’t let personal emotion interfere with solving a crime. Until the crime becomes personal.
With her life spinning into chaos, the real question is how far is she willing to go to answer Havoc’s Cry.
Victoria Novak, infamous Sorceress and Federal Paranormal Division Special Agent, just got a call from the police about four bloodless corpses. Now it’s time to investigate.
When she goes to the Coven Master for help, he gives her a vampire liaison. Gabriel, a 400 year old vampire with angel’s wings painted on his face, is violence on a leash. Tori and the team chase leads back to the new club Transylvanian Travesty, owned by a vampire that makes Tori weak with his power. But is he really involved in the killings?
A new vampire murder, paranormal politics, and police work. All in a normal day. But now, Gabriel’s ready to be free, and Tori may be the only way to ensure Archangel’s Salvation.
The Federal Paranormal Division just got a call from the police in New York. There’s been a rash of vampire murders in the Big Apple and they’re in over their heads. Of course, New York City is the vampire capitol of the western hemisphere, and going there without notifying the Council could mean the execution of Victoria Novak, the Sorceress and a FPD Special Agent.
Of course, she’s pretty sure that’s exactly the plan, but she can’t prove it. And so she must lead her team into the jaws of death because duty calls.
To make matters worse, caught in the middle of the drama are her old Coven Master and the vampire that finally gave her the freedom to leave his care. The more she digs into what’s going on, the more she hears Shadow’s Lament.
Novel Release Date: November, 2014!
Leroy has finally caught up with Victoria Novak, the only living Sorceress, after years of running and hiding. But this time, he has no intent to let her go. He’s kidnapped the Sorceress with no ransom. Tori hopes her friends at the FPD are searching for her, but there’s little hope they’ll ever find her.
When she’s thrown into a cage with a young weretiger with no control, things could get very messy very fast. Tortured by silver bars on a silver cage, this tiger’s never seen the light of day. But it’s not just cruelty that made Tori and the tiger cell mate, Leroy is tormenting her with something.
Tori learns some horrifying facts about her new tiger friend, and now must escape with him to bring her Tiger’s Peace.
Novel Release Date: January, 2015