It’s Fang Friday AND Friday the 13th! What better way to spend the day than reading a good paranormal romance! Joining us today is L.S. Broomfield, author of Cruentus: Rise to Power.
How long have you been writing?
It feels as though all my life because I have always wanted to be a writer. But, writing with purpose, in reality, it has only been about two years.
Has your family ever read your books?
My husband read my short story in Evernight Vol 2 “Firefly” and loved it, but he has not read other pieces I have written, nor have my children. They are more of my own personal cheer squad which is equally as important, for me, at least.
Did you learn anything from writing your book? If so what?
Oh my gosh, yes, I have learned so much from writing my novella and short stories. The greatest lesson I learned was that there is so much more to writing a book than just sitting and putting words to paper. You have to be determined and not set unrealistic goals for yourself. And included in that, realizing that I could not map out the entire book itself, there came a point when I had to let the characters do what they wanted.
Do you ever experience writers block and if so what helps you get past it?
I believe writer’s block affects all of us in some way or another. Each of us also deals with it in our own personal way. For myself, I’ve found that changing focus and doing something new or putting the current ‘work in progress’ away for a while has helped. A little time away refreshes me and helps me dive into the story again.
Back in high school, would you put yourself with the nerds, jocks, preppy, goth, or choose another group? Tell us why?
A nerd. For sure. I was one of those kids that loved to learn, and still to this day my love of learning remains. I did the extra homework and actually read entire novels for a novel study in class. I had the drive and determination to excel in things I did, which definitely carries through in my present life.
How much input do you have in your cover design?
I have the ability to put quite a bit of input into my cover design. I have a majorly talented friend, Soxie Weston, who creates my covers. Any tweaking, whether it is minor or major, she will make it happen. I am very blessed to have her.
Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
The greatest piece of advice I could ever offer to aspiring authors is to never give up on something you believe in. It’s not all glamour. It’s hard work and you need to be prepared to get out there and network. Never set a deadline, write as you feel, and yes, by all means keep on task, but never force it.
Every author gets them. How do you handle bad book reviews?
At first I was a little upset. I mean after all, as authors, we believe we have written the next hottest book to ever hit the shelves, right? We have bled into those pages, but it is not really the case. After I thought about the three star review, I decided that no matter who the author is, late, great or new, they have all received bad reviews/ratings during the course of their career. That thought eased my upset. Authors like J.R. Ward, J.K. Rowling and even Anne Rice suffered from criticisms, and that put my focus in the right direction. I realized that no everyone will love what I write, and that’s okay because there will always be supporters out there as well.
Please tell us about your latest book release or the book you are currently working on.
My latest book release was in May of this year, Cruentus: Rise to Power. It is a story about Emiliana and Donato, and how love works to overcome even the most odd of circumstances when faced with darkness.
My current work in progress is Cruentus: Dragos. Not the official title, but certainly sufficient for now. It is the second book in the Cruentus story and focuses on Dragos Cruentus, son of Donato and Emiliana.
I also have a joint collaboration with fellow author, Ashley Nemer. The book, Soul Mates, will be released in October through Secret Cravings.
I live in God’s country–Labrador. I wasn’t born there but it’s where my family and I call home.
I was born in Corner Brook, NL and raised in a small community on the Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, called Hawkes Bay. As a child I always wanted to write. I didn’t have any predilection of what to write as long as I was writing I was happy.
I remember fondly growing up and travelling to Flower’s Cove to visit family and letting my imagination soar as the pen sketched across the paper. Mind you, at a young age, it was perhaps mostly incoherent thoughts tossed across the pages but still for all, it was a desire even then to write.
Then I met this amazing group of individuals that completely stoked the embers of my creativity and reminded me how amazing it felt to write again after so many years of letting life take over.
It was through these individuals and the support they have continued to show me that I was brave enough to write and let people read. Writing is one thing but allowing others to read the words you spent hours putting to paper is entirely another thing. It opens you wide to both praise and criticism. It’s a scary feeling yet wonderfully exciting.
I have many to thank for helping me to be where I am but none of this would have been possible without the support of my husband, Shawn, and my amazing kids, Shawntelle, Brittany, Daniel and Jacob. These people fill my world with color and make it worth writing—they enable what I love to do.