My Biggest Fan
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Cait: Hi Lea, is there anything you’d like to say before we start?
Lea: I’m particularly excited about this book because it’s the first time one of my stories is released by a publishing house—so thank you for giving me the chance to talk about it!
Cait: You’re welcome! My Biggest Fan is a great read. I had the pleasure of reading it during the draft stage and loved it. Would you tell us about your book?
Lea: Shawn Torien is a handsome, arrogant bassist with the groove rock band Bloodless. At thirty four, he’s seen everything, been everywhere, and all is handed to him on a silver plate, groupies included. His rock star attitude is questioned when the record company’s young webmistress Samantha joins the band to cover their life on the road. As she has crushed on Shawn for years, he takes great pleasure in teasing her and pushing her away… until he learns to know her.
Cait: Shawn is deliciously hot and talented. This On the Go Romance is really a must read. How did you come up with the title?
Lea: My Biggest Fan describes the story idea in a few words. We think this rock star character considers a year-long infatuated stalker his biggest fan of all, but we soon learn that another person has been an even bigger supporter since he was born.
Cait: How much of the book is realistic?
Lea: Every aspect of the story is real, and its themes of redemption, forgiveness, and care for society’s weakest, is applicable to any real-life situation.
Cait: You craft this story so well. Who designed the cover?
Lea: Sour Cherry Design. I think it’s gorgeous, and it represents the book so well!
Cait: It is gorgeous. Sour Cherry Design designed my cover for Kidnapped Hearts as well. I love how vivid the covers are. Do you have a specific writing style?
Lea: No, it depends on the POV. When I write in 1st person present tense, I use short, direct sentences, relaying what happens in the moment—while the 3rd person past tense allows longer, descriptive sentences with more frequent use of imagery. It also depends on the genre: writing swift, nail-biting suspense and action scenes demands a totally different technique than romance, where you have more time to contemplate and delve in sensory details.
Cait: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Lea: Finding the right words. Since English isn’t my first language, writing it is a constant, painful challenge, and I’ve had a steep learning curve in the past year.
Cait: You write beautifully. What are your current projects?
Lea: After finishing a novella targeted for an erotica anthology, I’m working on two other stories in parallel: the thriller sequel to my debut novel “Wild Hearted” and a romance/suspense collaboration novel.
Cait: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Lea: My friend DC Stone, an immensely talented author who has taught me all the basics of the writing craft and guided me through every step of the publishing process with admirable patience and kindness. I am her biggest fan.
Cait: DC is very talented and a great teacher. She also taught me a lot of valuable information about the craft. I’m very appreciative. Would you name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Lea: Without a doubt, The Coffee Talk Writers, a group of dedicated authors and friends who are being incredibly supportive and helpful.
Cait: We have a wonderful group. Thank you for being here, Lea. Below are Lea’s links. If you have any questions for Lea, feel free to leave a comment.