Today I am happy to introduce urban fantasy author Loren Rhoads to my blog.
Hello Loren, tell us about your book.
Lost Angels is about a succubus named Lorelei who decides to bring down an angel. Azaziel turns around and possesses her with a mortal girl’s soul. Lorelei and the ghost become friends as they contend with demons, harpies, fiends, and Lorelei’s grudge-holding sister as they try to find an exorcist who can separate the two of them again. The book sashays across the line between dark urban fantasy and erotic horror with some romance thrown in.
Tell us about your writing process. How do you fuel your writing?
This book was different than the others I’ve written because it was a collaboration. I’d worked with other people before on short stories, but a book is a completely different animal. The funny part is that Lost Angels was meant to only be a short story. I wrote The Angel’s Lair a scene at a time, sending one each day to Brian. It was scary to show someone my rough drafts like that, but because I knew he was waiting for it, it was the fastest I’d ever written a story. Little did I know that Brian was biding his time, ready to jump in and extend the story! As soon as I wrote “The End,” Brian picked up the thread. He wrote the scenes where Ashleigh, the mortal girl, dies and then continued on into the possession ritual. I was blown away. I’d never conceived of a mortal possessing a devil before.
What’s the best part of being a writer?
I love planting images in other people’s minds. That seems like magic to me.
What is your favorite scene in your book?
There’s a scene toward the middle of the book which is really the turning point for Lorelei. She and Ashleigh have been tossed out by Lorelei’s boss, the demon prince of LA, who tried to separate the two, but couldn’t do it without destroying them both. So Lorelei and Ashleigh trudge across LA in the middle of the night, scared and wounded and completely alone. A temptress shows up and offers to turn Lorelei’s body over to Ashleigh. Lorelei believes there’s no better life than being a succubus and she can’t imagine why Ashleigh would refuse the offer. And for the first time, someone does something for Lorelei for no reason other than that it’s the right thing to do. Ashleigh saves Lorelei and the succubus is amazed and grateful. From that moment on, the two of them are friends. It was tricky to write for two people inhabiting one body, but I’m really pleased with how it turned out.
Tell us about your main character. What makes her so special?
Lorelei is evil, sure, but she’s really good at her job, so that means she is also lots of fun. It’s a job she was literally created to do, but she’s not mean about it. She likes people. She doesn’t see leading them to damnation as negative in any sense. She’s just giving people what they want. It was important to me that Lorelei be sympathetic and likable.
Do you have any advice for someone starting out as a writer?
Go out in the world to write. It’s hard to write at home, particularly if you have a family or critters who don’t respect your need for solitude. I like to write in cafes, so I’ve arranged my life so I can drop my daughter off at school, then sit in a cafe to write over breakfast almost every day. Some days that’s all the writing I get done, but at least I can go on about everything else I need to do, knowing that I’ve accomplished something. Cafes work better for me than libraries, but you can write in the food court at the mall or on a bench in the park or whatever and get the same effect. Changing your scenery, having life going on around you: it helps to quiet your mind so you can focus.
Tell us about your book cover. Did someone design it for you?
I love this book cover! It was designed by Carmen Masloski, who is on DeviantArt. She customized it for us, combining the girl and the cityscape, changing the color from her initial artwork. I couldn’t be happier. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with for the second book of the series.
What new projects are you excited about right now?
I’m doing a major revision of Angelus Rose, which is the sequel to Lost Angels. It will be out in November. Lorelei wants to work things out with Azaziel, but she finds out that he’s experimenting with souls after their deaths and this time, Hell is ready to go to war over it. It takes characters and themes from the first book and just explodes them. I’m really looking forward to seeing what people think of it.
Thanks for being here today, Loren. I love hearing about how you collaborated.
Thanks so much for letting me stop by your blog, Coreena!
Synopsis of Lost Angels:
The succubus Lorelei sees an angel in one of her boss’s dance clubs in LA. She vows to bring him down, no matter what it takes. Unfortunately, she never guessed she’d find herself possessed by a mortal girl’s soul and searching for an exorcist.
About Loren Rhoads:
Loren Rhoads is the author of The Dangerous Type, Kill By Numbers, and No More Heroes, parts of a space opera trilogy called the In the Wake of the Templars trilogy. She’s the co-author of the As Above, So Below series with Brian Thomas. Loren’s other stories about Lorelei the succubus have appeared in the books Sins of the Sirens and Demon Lovers.
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