Sunday, July 10, 2011

Warrior Reborn blog tour - Interview!

Welcome to the next stop on the
Warrior Reborn blog tour!

Today, I'm so happy to have author, K.H. LeMoyne, here today for an interview.

Thanks so much for joining us today on Reality Bites!

This is the 2nd book in The Guardians of Eden series. Can you tell us a little about the world you have created in this series?
The Guardians are a race originated in the Garden of Eden and bound in a covenant to ensure the evolution of mankind, with each Guardian child releasing the souls for mankind’s spiritual well-being. However, their race is composed of a finite group of people, representing segments of humanity from all over the world. Each adult Guardian in a generation is gifted with a unique power. Compliance with the covenant rewards each Guardian with a mate with whom they share a soul for eternity.
Life was good until two hundred years before the series starts chronicling the Guardians. A plague killed most of the adult Guardians on earth. The children under the age of maturity were sent back to the Sanctum in Eden for their protection. It was children raising children. Not only has much of their history been lost, but now as adults they’ve been unable to find mates within their race, and the curse of the plague still hovers over them.

The Guardians seem like such a fresh idea to me, what was your inspiration?
I’ve often wondered if the human race hasn’t had help at critical times in our development. Or perhaps I am just the eternal optimist and hope that we aren’t alone and super powers really do exist. Out of those musings the Guardians of Eden were born.

How exactly do you pronounce Briet? :) And where did you come up with her name?
Brie (like the cheese) + ette. Actually, her name is Scandinavian, meaning ‘beautiful’. Each of the Guardian siblings, one brother and one sister, hail from different parts of the globe. For the most part, the names of the characters reflect geographically where their families originated from or the primary culture in that area. Some examples of the other character names: Tsu and Quan are from an eastern province of China, Kaax is Maya, Kamau is from Kenya, Xavier and his sister Sagari, are from the Basque region of Spain, and on it goes.

What do you love most about this series?
I love that all the characters share a legacy but differ in their powers and lineage. This allows a wonderful range of options for each of the Guardians and since they’ve been sequestered for the last two hundred years due to plague, there are many scenarios to let them playout their powers and interaction with mankind.

How many books do you have planned for us?
The mystery suspense of the Guardian plague is resolved in eight books, which follow eight of the main characters. However, I have several novellas and side stories for characters who deserved their own happy endings. However, it isn’t my intention to have the series last forever.

Do you have a favorite place where you go to write?
My office. It took me forever to set up a space that works for me and just sitting down with the story or research is usually enough to get me started for the day (if I stay away from email and the internet). That said, when my son was in college I used to have five-hour car trips to pick him up at the end of the summer and for breaks. I would listen to tapes from various writers’ conferences during the trip and carry a hand-held cassette recorder in the car. When something in a workshop or presentation resonated with me, I’d stop the cd and record my thoughts on the cassette: scenes, plot points, and questions to transcribe later. It was wonderful for bursting out lot of ideas. And yes, I was driving, but I only had to turn on the recorder (not hold it), so rest assured, I maintained the ten & two position with my hands on the wheel from most of the trip.

Can you give us 3 random facts about you?
Hmm, I collect tarot card sets (love the artwork), I’m a fan of the Marvel and DC comic book heroes, and I attended kindergarten and first grade in Spain. Sadly, I’m no longer bilingual.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing?
I spend time with my family and read. Nothing’s better than curling up with a good book or my Kindle.

What can we look forward to from you in the near future?
I am finishing the second book, Shepherd, from my cyber/futuristic series which is due for August/September delivery. Then I’ll be finishing work on book three of the Guardian series, Tsu’s book: Destiny’s Mark, targeted for year-end delivery. And hopefully, a novella for the Portals of Destiny series: The Dragon Rider’s Princess, will also be out around that timeframe.

Quickies- Favorites:
Cookie - Black & whites
Comfort food - spaghetti
Drink- vodka martini, straight up with an olive (a rare treat)
Music – rock (multi) and Spanish flamenco guitar
Movie – Harry Potter (any of them)
Book / Author:  Hmm, I can’t pick just one. So here’s my beginning list:
Marjorie M. Liu/ Hunter Kiss series, Jim Butcher/Dresden Files, Michelle Sagara/Chronicles of Elantra, LJ DeLeon/Warriors for Light, Harry Connolly/Twenty Palaces series…and of course, Lora Leighs/Breeds and Joey W. Hill/Vampire series

Finally, any advice for aspiring writers out there?
Write because you love it. Then write, keep writing, and don’t stop, because no one is born an author and everyone—everyone has to write through miles to find their voice. Most important, enjoy the journey.

Again, Thanks so much! I appreciate you taking the time to answer my questions! :)
Thank you for hosting me, Mandy.
 KH LeMoyne was born into a naval family, experiencing total emersion in Spanish kindergarten in Rota, Spain. Her childhood of migrating up and down the eastern US seaboard, with hops from California to Arizona to Virginia, inspired her love of stories and myth. After fifteen years as an Information Systems professional, she now writes full time in romance: fantasy, futuristic and paranormal and straight urban fantasy under another pseudonym. She lives in Maryland with her wonderful husband and a pair of corgis. Much to her dismay, she rarely encounters supernatural beings other than on paper.
KH Lemoyne’s current series books Betrayal’s Shadow, Warrior Reborn, XX and Return of the Legacyare available in eBook, with paperback editions coming late summer. She is currently finishing the second in the Phoenix series, Shepherd, (due for release in August). You can find out more about her books at http://www.khlemoyne.com/ and her blog: http://khlemoyne.wordpress.com/ 


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July 12 – Readergirls  http://readergirls.blogspot.com

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2 comments:

  1. What a wonderful interview! Thank you for sharing.

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