Please welcome Lee Roland to the virtual offices today! Lee is here to answer some questions about her new book, Vicious Moon, and after, you can enter to win all 3 books of the Earth Witches Series!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Lee Roland] I live in Florida and have the good fortune of being a full time writer. I write every day, though not as much as I feel I could, since I like to spend time reading, too. I’m pretty much an introvert, even if my friends describe me as a bit of a drama queen. I began writing in the sixth grade, but only became serious about getting published ten years ago.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Vicious Moon?
[Lee Roland] Vicious Moon is the third book in the Earth Witches Series. It follows Viper Moon (2011), Vengeance Moon (2012). The story involves a witch named Nyx, who ran away and joined the army to escape the ridged rules of her family and coven. She’s made a life for herself and eventually ends up in San Francisco working as a private investigator. Nyx is called home by her grandmother and then sent to find her sister Marisol. Marisol has gone to the city of Duivel, Missouri to study with another witch and is missing. Nyx does find her sister, but she also meets her match in Etienne, a man who has walked in the shadowy world of mercenary soldiers and criminal enterprises.
The Earth Witches series is Urban Fantasy with mild humor and a strong love story. The earth witches are keepers of the world’s magic. They are men and women, all servants of their patroness, the Earth Mother, they battle men and monsters to protect the world.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Lee Roland] I have been blessed with an active imagination. I have always loved the unusual. Characters come from need to make particular things happen in a story. I usually make them bigger than life, sometimes outrageous, then back them down meet the story’s needs. My inspiration also comes from the first books I read.
I have been strongly influenced by the stories of C.L. Moore. C.L. Moore wrote in the 1930’s and they were published in Weird Tales, a SF/Fantasy magazine popular at the time. They were then collected into a volume titled Northwest of Earth. There was a degree of prejudice against women in the genre at that time, so she had to use only her initials to be published. I have copies on my bookshelf, one an original edition. Northwest Smith could have been an inspiration for Han Solo, and Jirel of Joiry is the original queen of kick ass warriors. Jirel is the inspiration for every kick heroine I’ve ever written.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Nyx?
[Lee Roland] Stubborn, courageous, sarcastic.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Etienne had a theme song, what would it be?
[Lee Roland] I don’t think about Etienne in terms of music, but if I had to pick one I’d say a piece of classical might fit. The Planets, Op. 32, Mars, The Bringer Of War by Gustave Holst.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Nyx is never without.
[Lee Roland] With human beings and human nature, never and always are concepts riddled with exceptions. For Nyx, her magic is her best and worst weapon. It is in her genetic makeup. It never leaves her but often fails her when she needs it most.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Etienne’s bathroom?
[Lee Roland] Etienne is a man who has spent most of his time in foreign lands as mercenary soldier and sometimes successful thief. He’s far more concerned with the condition of his gun than other more personal things. He would never let himself stand out in a crowd. Quite accustomed to exotic and horrific odors of his world, he would never use any type of cologne or perfumed after shave. You wouldn’t find special moisturizing soaps or, unless someone else put them there, soft fluffy towels.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Nyx’s greatest regret?
[Lee Roland] At the time of the story, Vicious Moon, Nyx regrets that she hadn’t kept in contact with her grandmother and sister. She was too busy running away from a staid and constricting life. The need for freedom constantly conflicted with the need for family.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Lee Roland] Books I read when I was growing up. A love of myths, legends, epic poetry, set me apart from my peers, but I persevered.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Lee Roland] Silence, my computer, my books. I’m most creative in the morning. After one o’clock, my attention wanders. I always envied writers who could sit down a computer at any time of the day and actually produce great scenes.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Lee Roland] Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey. It’s a bit brutal but caught me at the first chapter.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Lee Roland] That’s difficult to answer because I can’t really remember the name, though I do remember the book. I checked it out of the school library at age twelve. Up until that point, my only reading had been in class as part of the curriculum. I read because I had to. The book was actually funny, laugh out loud funny, and I think that was the first time I realized that I could make the real world go away and live in fantasy for a while.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Lee Roland] I like family gatherings and meeting with my critique partners and other friends. I try to get out and away from the computer on a regular basis. When I start pushing on deadlines it’s important to take breaks.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Lee Roland] I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
I would love to hear from anyone with comments or questions.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
Win all 3 books of the Earth Witches Series (US Only) (June 25 – July 31)
About the series:
Dynamic Urban Fantasy by Lee Roland
The Earth Witches, the keepers of the world’s magic, find chaos and desire in the hidden ruins of the Barrows. Servants of the enigmatic Earth Mother, they battle men, monsters and personal conflicts to protect the world. With magic, modern weapons and strong companions, they persevere to save mankind from evil.
The books from this series:
Viper Moon (Earth Witches #1)
ISBN-13: 978-0451233769 (352 Pages)
Cassandra Archer is the huntress. She has faithfully served the earth Mother for years, rescuing kidnapped children from monsters—both human and supernatural—dwelling in the ruins of the Barrows District. But when two children are kidnapped under similar circumstances, all clues point to a cataclysmic event on the next dark moon. Aided by police Detective Flynn and Michael, mysterious and dangerous resident of the Barrows, Cass must race against the clock and prevent a sacrifice that could destroy the entire town…
Vengeance Moon (Earth Witches #2)
ISBN-13: 978-0451236432 (352 Pages)
Madeline Corso can’t rest until she hunts down the three men who killed her father and witch mother. Two of them are now dead by her hand. Unfortunately, her second kill had witnesses. Sent to prison, she is rescued Sisters of Justice—a mysterious order of female warriors with ties to her mother. Her fighting skills are honed by the Sisters, and they have tracked the last murderer to Duivel, Missouri. He is hiding in the dark underworld of the Barrows. Once in the Barrows, she discovers that things aren’t what they seem. The danger goes far beyond her need for revenge. Can she rely on Michael, a handsome and possibly deadly stranger, to help her navigate a world of men and beasts? Or will she lose her heart before the mission is complete?
(Earth Witches #3)
ISBN-13: 978-0451238269 (320 Pages) Expected publication: July 2nd 2013 by Signet
Ex-soldier and Earth Witch Nyx Ianira is working as a PI in San Francisco when she sees the last thing she ever wanted to see: the Sisters of Justice—the mysterious Earth Witch police force. Three Sisters, a Triad, is usually a squad of executioners. This time, thought, the Sisters mission is to capture and escort an unwilling Nyx back to Twitch Crossing, Georgia. Nyx ran away from Twitch Crossing ten years ago to escape the stiff rules and duties of being a true Witch. She wanted a life of her own. Now she’s been dragged back to her swampy hometown because another life is in danger—her little sister is missing, and Nyx is the only one who can go to Duivel, Missouri and track her down. But the key to finding her may lie with the dark and tempting Etienne—a sinister criminal with a fearsome reputation, a ruthless attitude, and a total immunity to magic…
About Lee Roland
Lee Roland began her writing career in middle school when she wrote a short story for her brother. He turned the story in to his teacher as his own work. To his amazement and terror, the teacher was so impressed that she read it aloud to the class—and asked him to write another one.
Lee notes that, other than motherhood, she’s never had an exciting job. She might have dreamed of being a lawyer, nurse or police officer, but finding the right person to share her life with changed her plans. Her only credentials for writing are a terrific imagination, life experience and the love of words in a good story. She reads voraciously, but particularly loves Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance.
Lee lives in Florida and is a full-time writer. She is a member of RWA National and the Florida based First Coast Romance Writers.
Before being published, Lee won many RWA Chapter contests and garnered a Golden Heart nomination in 2008 with her post apocalyptic novel, LILITH’S CHILD.
Lee is the author of the Earth Witches series published by NAL, beginning with VIPER MOON in 2011.
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