What is your book’s genre or category?
The genre is paranormal romance
Can you describe the story in one or two sentences for our readers?
Amy is a riding instructor and hasn’t had a date in a while, not since her ex left her for scrawny stripper. When her horse nearly runs over a handsome billionaire, her life takes a dark and dramatic turn, a turn filled with wolf-shifters and danger at every corner.
Tell us the story behind story. What influenced you to write it and how long did it take you?
Well, I have always liked paranormal romances, but always found it a bit strange that the FMC would be so accepting of her boyfriend/lover suddenly revealing that he’s a vampire and or shifter. I don’t know about anyone else, but I would certainly freak out! Because of that, I wanted to write a story that would seem actual… something that could really happen.
Writing Unbroken started as a series, and when I was done with the parts, I compiled them into the novel. It took me about a month and a half for everything to be written and edited before I published.
Is there a part of you in any of the characters?
Of course! Amy is stubborn and Trevor likes to be in control – both are characteristics that I have. 🙂
Do you have more books planned?
Yes, as a matter of fact, I do. I’m working on a series now (of which the first one should be published when this interview is posted), called “Look But Don’t Touch”. This will be a different sort of paranormal romance. While it will feature an average woman and your typical hot billionaire, the MMC won’t be a shifter or a vampire… but a normal human. The paranormal comes in the fact that the billionaire cannot touch anyone skin to skin… for a reason for readers to discover.
Do you have a favorite book that inspires you?
Inspires me… wow. I have shelves full of books and I love them all. To pick one would leave me feeling guilty about not picking the others. Any book that can stir my imagination so much that I feel like I’ve been on a trip while sitting in my chair… that’s my inspiration.
When did you decide to become a writer?
I’ve always wanted to write but didn’t take the plunge until the fall of 2013. I had a story in my mind that just wouldn’t leave me alone until I got it down. I read articles from authors saying how their characters were like voices in their heads, begging to be heard… and I never would have believed it if it didn’t happen to me too! You end up writing to get them to shut up.
How do you find the time to write?
You find time for anything you enjoy doing… and writing is what I enjoy. It gives me an exciting sense of power. That might sound funny, but really… I dream up characters and can make anything I want happen to them… anything at all. Powerful, right? Albeit a false sense of power, but still. 🙂
How can readers find you online?
They can find me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/livleighton and at www.stylofox.com, where I make blog posts. Oh, also they can sign up for my publishing updates newsletter at http://eepurl.com/Ldfff
Excerpt from Unbroken
Trevor laughed. “Not the movies, I meant, just more about the archetypes, we’ll call it.”
I absently looked around the theatre as I considered his question. “I never thought about it much. After all, they’re not real. It’s like thinking about unicorns or Santa Claus.”
“I guess it could be.”
“But if I think about it, I would imagine their lives must be pretty sad.”
“Well, take a werewolf, right? It’s like you have the extra strength and speed… and you can do things no human, or wolf for that matter, can do. Still, you don’t really belong anywhere. It’s like you’re part of two groups but don’t really fit in either. It’s almost too cruelly ironic to be believed.”
He smiled then, genuinely beamed, and it felt as if I’d answered the top question on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire correctly. Weird. Not what I expected in a conversation with an oil tycoon.
“I think that’s a fair summation. So you don’t find them scary?”
“That’s a hard question. If they were real, it would be difficult to know fact from fantasy unless confronted by one, but I certainly wouldn’t want to end up a wolfie snack.”
“No, one wouldn’t want that,” he said, kissing my temple, sending butterflies soaring through my stomach.
I had to pause a moment to gather my thoughts. “I still think wolves get the better deal than vampires.”
“Well if you compare wolves to vampires… wolves at least are still alive. Vampires? They don’t die, at least unless someone stakes them or sets them on fire. Can you imagine how hard that would be? Being immortal? Never changing, probably having to restart your identity every couple decades because you’re not aging. Then, of course, unless Twilight’s right, you can’t ever be in sunlight again. Forever in darkness. It just sounds unbearable.”
He stiffened then and sighed. As content as he was with my previous answer, now he seemed completely deflated by my second. “Yes, but wolves you’re still alright with?”
“I suppose.” I laughed. “I never figured you for a paranormal creature geek.”
He said nothing for a moment and laughed. “Yeah, I suppose I am.”
“I think it’s cute. Behind all of…,” I motioned to his body, “this, there’s a nerd dying to get out.”
“You got me,” Trevor nodded with a smile. His unreal blue eyes studied me for a moment, but I couldn’t read his expression. Hunger maybe? I could only blink at him and smile. Suddenly, he pulled me to him and kissed me. His lips were soft and silky. Emboldened by his advances, I opened my mouth and invited his tongue. Time seemed to stop, and there was nothing on earth but the two of us. Our tongues entwined and explored each other… at a slow, leisurely pace. He reached across to cup the nape of my neck, threading his fingers delicately through my hair. I shuddered and broke away.