**AUTHOR PEEK** Interview with Author, Lorelei Bell
Before we get started talking about your writing, tell us a little about yourself, where you’re from, what you do for a living (if you’re not a fulltime writer) what hobbies you have, etc. Whatever you’d like to share.
I’m currently driving a transit bus for a university. That’s my day-time job. When I get home I work on the writing (although I think about it during my day job and make notes when I can). I began writing when I was 17. I’m in my 50’s now. I have had times when I took a hiatus from writing, but I would miss it, or a story would take shape in my head and I’d have to write it out.
I’ve always had a soft place for the vampire, and so my stories almost always have vampires in them.
I live at a forest preserve/prairie preserve/wetlands, and enjoy nature walks, watching birds, etc. Recently we’ve taken in a feral cat who had kittens over the summer. They are a big distraction—but a good one.
1. How did you get started writing?
I took a creative writing course in my senior year in high school, and that did it for me. I joined a writing group in 1983, and that helped me a lot. I spent the next 20 years working at my craft, trying to get published. Agents were not into what I wanted to write, apparently.
2. What genre(s) do you write in and why?
Urban fantasy, basically. It’s the easiest for my imagination to simply take flight. I don’t like restrictions on what I write. I can incorporate a lot of crazy things, creatures, and places into my stories and there is no rigid plot structure to adhere to.
3. What is your favorite part of writing?
I think it’s when the story begins to unfold in my head and I let the thing gel and I see the scenes, and work out the plot as I go along. The whole structure part is fun.
4. What is your least favorite part of writing?
I don’t mind editing, but it’s really time consuming.
5. Where do you get the ideas for your stories?
There’s this little place in town… hah! I’ve always had crazy ideas for stories. They merely come to me. I’m very prolific. I once filled 3 paper grocery bags of my writings from my father’s house when he died. This was accumulation of my early years of writing.
6. What is it that makes your writing different from all the others in your genre?
My genre is split between urban fantasy and mystery with a dose of my own brand of humor. I enjoy a good mystery, and so have incorporated at least one mystery in every book. I weave horror elements as well as romance threads into the stories as well.
7. Are you an avid reader? When you do read someone else’s writing, what is your favorite genre?
I like to read at night, or when I’ve got extra time with nothing to do (I’m anal on having my hands filled with either a pen or a book). I enjoy a well-crafted, well-written book. I like authors J.K. Rowling, Dean Kontz, Charlaine Harris, Kim Harrison, and others that are in my genre.
8. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?
“Vampire Nocturne” is my third in the series, a steam-punk adventure for Sabrina Strong – a touch clairvoyant/ sibyl. I hope to see it published sometime this fall. I’m waiting on my edits which should be coming to me within a week or so. After that, it won’t take long before it goes up.
Sabrina Strong’s cousin, Lindee, has disappeared, and when she goes to the last place Lindee was seen, she finds herself transported to another world and century, where vampires rule. While trying to solve the mystery of where Lindee could be in this world, Sabrina encounters Drakulya—the real-life Dracula—a.k.a. The Impaler—who has somehow managed to become a vampire living in this strange world, and rules as King. He is mystified by Sabrina’s various abilities (like being able to disappear at will from her imprisonment), and he’s decided she’s
to become his blood dame. Meanwhile his son, Jett, simply wants her, despite the fact he is to marry a vassal’s daughter, Penelope.
After discovering that some very unusual creatures, called Dreadfuls, who spread sickness and death through the village—including Drakulya’s own wife who is near death—she realizes she is the only one who has the power to stop them. When it is discovered she can “kill” them, Drakulya gives her status in his house. Now Sabrina’s services have become high in demand, and she has to figure out who is the creator of these creatures before it’s too late. She needs to solve this mystery before she can find Lindee, and must go up against a blood broker who may be behind another murder of a very popular blood dame.
Throughout she encounters handsome men of this world, some of which may be more into her blood than romance.
Links to Lorelei Bell’s website, blog, books, etc.
Lorelei’s Muse: http://loreleismuse-lorelei.blogspot.com
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