Like so many of the authors I introduce you to, I met tonight’s guest on Facebook and though I’ve yet to read her books, a few of them are definitely on my “To-Be-Read” list (of course, some of them (her steamy romances in particular) aren’t something I would ordinarily read…but with writing as incredible as hers, I’m sorely tempted). Lori’s writing is as diversified as it is prolific. With a number of books under her credit ranging in genres from contemporary romance to paranormal romance to straight up kick-butt urban fantasy to even young adult books, Lori probably has a little something for everyone and from any literary taste.
Lori Devoti worked for three different newspapers in two different states before deciding to stay home with her children and begin writing fiction. The author of urban fantasy, contemporary romance and paranormal romance, Lori has been a finalist for many awards including the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award. She lives near Madison, Wisconsin with her husband and children as well as two dogs. (Taken from her website…http://www.loridevoti.com/)
Her most recent release, part of her Urban Fantasy Amazon series, called “Amazon Queen” features the tough-as-nails, you-don’t-wanna-be-a-guy-in-their-presence infamous Amazons of myth and legend…now finding themselves in the completely alien world of modern day America. Times have changed. And in many ways, so have they…but that seems to be the crux of some of their problems.
Here’s the back cover copy for Amazon Queen. Take a look and see for yourself…this stuff looks great!
Amazon queen Zery Kostovska has never questioned tribe traditions. After all, these rules have kept the tribe strong for millennia and enabled them to live undetected, even in modern-day America. Zery is tough, fair, commanding–the perfect Amazon leader.
At least, she was. A new high priestess with a penchant for secrecy and technology is threatening Zery’s rule. Plus, with the discovery of the Amazon sons, males with the same skills as their female counterparts, even Zery can’t deny that the tribe must change. But how? Some want to cooperate with the sons. Others believe brutal new leadership is needed–and are willing to kill to make it happen.
Once, Zery’s word was law. Now, she had no idea who to trust, especially with one powerful Amazon son making her question all her instincts. For Zery, tribe comes first, but the battle drawing near is unlike any she’s faced before…and losing might cost her both the tribe and her life.
Want something of a more steamy kind of fiction? She writes incredible paranormal romances, as well…including the Nocturne series featuring all sorts of cool creatures like vampires, werewolves, fairies, elves, and even a few zombies thrown in for good measure. Here’s a back cover blurb for the Nocturne series book “Hellhound King”:
All Raf Dolg wanted was revenge. Marina Adal–part witch, part elf princess–had betrayed him once, condemning the handsome hellhound to an elfin dungeon. But once the lithe and seductive Marina is in his hands, Raf realizes that the long-haired beauty is also a victim of betrayal–a pawn in the plans of a cruel elf lord and of the destiny tying her to the throne of Alfheim. Together they face the treachery that nearly tore them apart as well as their own divided souls. Bound by their love, the two outcasts must band together if their passion is to stand a chance…
Here’s what Romantic Times Magazine has to say about Hellhound King:
“Devoti hits a home run. Sparks fly between Raf and Marina, and the story will keep you on the edge of your seat. Devoti makes a supernatural world seem as if it really exists.” –Alexandra Kay, Romantic Times Magazine.
Recently, I had an opportunity to sit down and talk with Lori about her writing, her interests, and future projects. Here’s what she had to say:
1) By far, I would have to say you are my most prolific author I’ve featured yet. Not only do you have a number of books available, but you’ve written in several different genres (paranormal romance, romantic comedy, and urban fantasy)…do you have a favorite genre to write and if so, tell us why it’s your favorite?
I also have a paranormal YA out with editors. That or urban fantasy is probably my favorite. I enjoy focusing on one character’s individual journey and the adventure plot a lot and I get to do that in those books. With romance the romance itself has to take center stage.
2) Personally, though the thought of their existence kind of scares me to death as a male, I’ve always been fascinated with the Amazon myth. Tell us a little about your Amazon series. Over all, what is the premise? Where did the inspiration come from? And in one sentence, what should readers know before they jump into one of your Amazon books?
I’m not sure where the inspiration came from. I’d just been thinking about Amazons for quite a while and decided to start researching them. I discovered there isn’t that much on them in myth. So, I turned to archeology and found some fascinating stuff. That really got me going. The premise is that Amazon are real and still alive today. Also, that as humans moved into the new world, so did they. The big conflict comes in when they discover their sons, which years earlier they stopped killing and even stopped maiming, actually have powers similar to their own.
I don’t think there is anything anyone needs to know before jumping into my books. I’d start with the first one though—Amazon Ink.
3) Tell us a little about the Nocturne series. How does it differ from Amazon? What’s it about?
Nocturne is a dark paranormal romance line for Harlequin. The books are shorter—75,000 words versus the 90,000 or so of my Amazon books—and the focus is on a romance. My Amazon series has very light romantic elements, but definitely can’t be described as a romance series. Most of the books I’ve written for Nocturne have been part of my Unbound series which is based on Norse mythology. My heroes are shape-shifting hellhounds and garm. My heroines have varied from witches to valkyries. I’ve also written vampires for Nocturne and have a werewolf/zombie book, Zombie Moon, coming out with them in July.
4) Traditionally published authors always have the best stories to tell about the process of publishing. Do you have any interesting things that happened to you while trying to break into the industry? Having several successful series, has it become any easier to sell your books to publishers?
If your books are doing well with a publisher then selling another book to that same publisher is easier. If your books are doing very well, selling another book to any publisher is easier. If your books are doing okay, but not shooting skyward in the way of sales, well…it isn’t that much easier than being unpublished. If you have a book that tanks, then selling again to NY can be even harder than when you were unpublished. That is when you see authors take a pen name a lot of times—to hide that ugly past.
I don’t have any interesting stories. I did sell my first book myself without an agent. I pitched to the editor at a conference, sent in the manuscript and two weeks later she called with an offer. That was fun.
5) What are some of your greatest influences (both literary and popular movies/TV, etc) for your writing?
Strangely enough, I always say my childhood past of watching westerns at the drive-in with my parents had a huge influence on my writing. I don’t write westerns, but I really tend toward those kind of protagonists. Death before honor and all of that. (Although honestly, Charles Bronson totally freaked me out.)
6) What do you have lined up for the future? What are you working on now?
Right now I’m working on a single title paranormal romance proposal. My next Nocturne is due in the fall though. So, soon I’ll be starting on that. I think it’s going to be vampires and werewolves….not sure.
7) If there was just one thing you’d want your readers to know about Lori Devoti, what would it be?
Hmmm. That I apologize for being so bad about updating my site, sending out my newsletter and getting to the post office box? I mean well….I really do. And that I really do appreciate each and every one of them!
Thanks for having me!
No, Lori…thank you! I look forward to reading your Amazon series and definitely recommending your romances to my romance loving friends!
You can find Lori’s books at all the major book retailers, as well as online at Amazon.com, BN.com, etc. Happy reading!