Today on Inspired Writers, I am absolutely thrilled to have Lucy Varna, author of The Enemy Within.
Lucy Varna lives in Georgia, surrounded by her large, extended family.
Lucy has been a reader for as long as she can remember. After devouring every suitable book in her house, she moved on to newspapers, encyclopedias, and telephone directories. In desperation for new reading material, she began crafting her own stories, and thus was a writer born.
In addition to reading, writing, and studying dead people, Lucy enjoys knitting, music, and long drives through the countryside during autumn. Most of all, she likes to spend time with her family, particularly her teen-aged son.
To Learn More about Lucy, visit her website at: http://www.lucyvarna.com/
The Enemy Within
(Daughters of the People: Book 3)
Author: Lucy Varna
Genre: Romance (Paranormal/Suspense)
After fourteen years, Indigo Dupree returns to Tellowee, Georgia, to face the past she left behind. She's tried of running, tired of hiding, and wants nothing more than to help her mother through the final days of her pregnancy. What she doesn't want is to become romantically entangled, not even to the sinfully handsome Bobby Upton, whose kiss sent her fleeing a decade and a half before.
Bobby is the son of the Blade and a ruthless warrior in his own right. At sixteen, the age of manhood among the People, he tried to claim the woman he loved and failed, and spent the next decade hacking his way through Uncle Sam's enemies. Now a successful businessman, he's given the task of tracking down the People's enemies, including India Furia, the twin sister of his heart's only love.
Duty demands that Indigo atone for the sins of her sister by helping to bring her in. India has other ideas, ones that draw Indigo and Bobby into a deadly game involving the Prophecy of Light, forcing Indigo to choose between her duty and her heart.
Right now the first book, The Prophecy, will be available as a free download for the rest of 2014, and the price of book two, Light’s Bane, has been reduced to $0.99.
Book 1, The Prophecy
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Book 2, Light's Bane
Book 3, The Enemy Within
Now, on to my interview with Lucy!
Lucy: Indigo Dupree is an immortal Daughter, a descendant of the Seven Sisters who were cursed millennia ago for enacting revenge upon a group of men who killed their parents. She's lived a relatively short but varied life (she was born in 1851, though she appears to be about twenty-five), has kept her head down, for the most part, and is the peace keeper between her identical twin, India Furia, and their mother, Elizabeth. Unlike many Daughters, Indigo is a gentle person, in stark contrast to her sister, who never met a fight she wouldn't jump into. This is what's so special about Indigo, and it's one of the things that drew Bobby Upton, the other main character, to her from the start.
Me: Which actress could you see playing the lead character from your book?
Lucy: I actually have no idea. My editor insists that he sees Jaimie Alexander as Indigo. I'll take his word for it!
Me: What made you decide that you wanted to write in this genre?
Lucy: I didn't set out to write a paranormal romance. Several years ago, I took an idea (What if the Amazons of Greek mythology were real?) and ran with it. The result was the Daughters of the People Series. They're a mix between Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, and Suspense, which is what makes them so fun.
Me: Is there a certain type of scene that's harder for you to write than others?
Lucy: Anything with conflict. I hate interpersonal conflict, so it's sometimes difficult for me to have two (or more!) characters duking it out on the pages, whether through words or fists.
Me: If you didn't like writing books, what would you do for a living?
Lucy: Prior to becoming an author, I was a professional genealogist. I keep my hand in, but the longer I write fiction, the harder it is for me to keep track of all the changes in the world of genealogy. The biggest challenge is time. Writing occupies a large part of my day and my family pretty much everything else, so in order to have time for an outside interest, I sometimes have to write it into my schedule. That's probably what I would go back to if I had to stop writing.
Me: What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Lucy: My best accomplishment isn't actually an accomplishment at all; it's my son. He's the best thing I've ever had a hand in, though I can't take any credit at all for the way he's turned out. He's just a great person and I'm very proud to be a part of his life.
Me: What do you think makes a good story?
Lucy: That's a really complicated question. There's no one element that makes a story good or great or even terrible. The writing absolutely needs to be the vehicle for the story, and not a flashy one at that, so polished writing is a plus. The story needs to be compelling, the characters well-developed, no holes in the plot, and so on. But for me, it's whether or not I can sink myself into that world without wanting to leave it. It's the story you never want to end, or the one you're reading where you're continually checking the counter on your Kindle because you're afraid the story will end before you're ready to say goodbye to the characters.
Me: What books have most influenced your life most?
Lucy: The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. The Old Man and the Sea by Hemingway. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. Flowers for Algernon by Keyes. Beggars in Spain by Nancy Kress. The Bible, particularly Revelations. I enjoy reading books that make me think, though I absolutely hate modern "message" fiction. I just like reading, so the list is actually much, much longer. Poe, Hitchcock, McCaffrey, Heinlein...the list of books and authors that have influenced my life and the way I view the world is pretty long.
Me: What can we expect from you in the future?
Lucy: Lots of good things, I hope! The final book in the Daughters of the People Series is scheduled to be released early in 2016. I haven't yet made plans for what I'll work on after that, though it may be a second series set within the same world.
Me: What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Lucy: Write non-fiction. There's no better way to learn how to create a seamless, well-organized story.
Here is a sneak peek from The Enemy Within
“They’re not fairy tales.” She folded the paper in her hands into a precise, even rectangle. “It’s an ancient order made up mostly of immortal Daughters bent on keeping the Prophecy of Light from being fulfilled. They were wiped out centuries ago.”
“Are you sure?”
She nodded, though her expression remained uncertain. “Surely the Council wouldn’t hide their existence from the rest of the People. They were so powerful then, so dangerous. No one was safe.”
Which was an excellent reason to keep their return a secret. “I’ll see what I can find out.” “No, Bobby.” Her hand shot out to grip his arm and her eyes went round in her face. “Leave
it be. If the Order’s been hidden this long, exposing them can only bring trouble.”
He considered her for a moment, took in the fear on her face and in her warm grip. “If I didn’t know better, I’d think you were concerned for my safety.”
She dropped her hand from his arm. “I’d show the same amount of concern for anyone.” “Liar.”
“Think what you will.” She stood and handed him the paper. “I’ll try to give you an answer
on whether or not I’ll help track down India by this weekend.”
“That’s fine.” He rose and inched closer to her, lured by the sweet fragrance of her skin. “I’ll be by later tonight with supper.”
“That’s not necessary.”
“I insist,” he said mildly. “You need to eat and we have things to talk about.”
She narrowed her eyes at him. “You’re just trying to weasel your way into a kiss.”
He held up his hands in mock surrender and managed to edge closer. “You still need to eat.” “You’re not going to twist me around your finger like you do everyone else, Bobby.” She
put her hands up to ward him off. He slid in under her guard and gripped her waist, reeling her in until their bodies touched from waist to knee. Exasperation flickered through her expression. “You never give up, do you?”
“Would you believe me if I said I can’t help myself?” He lowered his head to breathe in her scent, let himself go dizzy with it. “That no matter how much I tell myself to back away, something keeps pulling me to you?”