Word-Slingers – Interview of LM Preston

Today’s guest is the lovely and talented LM Preston, who is touring with her upcoming book, Purgatory Reign. Unfortunately, even if you love the sound of it, it’s not out until March 2013! How’s that for majorly unfair?! Ah well, take it away, Ms. Preston!

1)                  How long have you been writing?

I first started writing poetry, short stories and songs (yes, at one time I wanted to be a song writer) around the age of 10 years old. About the same age as my youngest daughter who is starting to write stories.

2)                 How many balls do you juggle on a daily basis, and how do you manage to keep them all in the air (usually), (ball = work, writing, family, etc.)

I juggle way too many balls during the day. I’m almost obsessively organized with about three different calendars and a website I use called todolist that keeps me on track. I’m an engineering team manager, a mom, a wife, and Vice President of the Mid Atlantic Book Publishers, a moderator on YAlitchat.org and was formerly the Co-Chair of the Maryland Writers Conference. But to say I do all that alone, totally not possible, my family is very supportive. 

3)                 What can you tell us about your release Purgatory Reign. What I’m looking for is the story about how the story came to be, not just the blurb and what not. J

Well about three years ago, I found a short story my husband wrote for a creative writing class. The story depicted a secret that was hidden from the world and how these adult characters fought to hide this secret. It sparked a story in me and I went to him and asked him if I could write a story, into the future about the kids of the people in his short story. He said ‘I don’t care, go for it’ and I put together the outline for Purgatory Reign and he was floored. He became my sounding board for the core of the story and then I went off and wrote it. When I read it to him (we read my books while we drive on long family trips) he was shocked and happy with what I developed. I now have three books in the Purgatory Reign series that’s already outlined. However, there is room for my husband to build an awesome story on the ancestors who spurned the adventure that my main character, Peter Saints gets caught up in. 

4)                 What is it about the YA/paranormal romance/sci-fi genre that you like so much?

I personally write in a Young Voice because that part of my life was so vivid. I didn’t have a typical upbringing and when I look back on it I had so much material to pull from. As far as paranormal, I basically stayed away from that genre for awhile solely because it stirred up memories that I thought of as frightening when I was younger. One part in Purgatory Reign, towards the end, is loosely snagged from an old memory of mine and I morphed it into something even more frightening. As for Sci-Fi, I’m an engineer and love the freedom that the world building in science fiction gives me.

5)                 Do you think you’ll move to another genre (or focus more on one than the others?), and if yes, what to and when?

I actually have started a sweet romance series of short stories that will end in the word ‘LUV’, the first short story in that series is called, Flutter Of Luv, and I’m working on Thundering Luv, that should be ready summer of 2013.

 6)                 Sweet or sour?

Sweet all the way. I’m a candy addict and always prefer to have dessert over dinner.

7)                 Chocolate or vanilla?

Is there anything in the world worth having besides the sweet, smooth taste of chocolate 😀 (TM – Ummmm….right, YA. Can’t answer that as I might. Hehehe. A good book! But yeah, I give ya the chocolate thing. Lindt’s da bomb.)

LM. Preston loved to create poetry and short-stories as a young girl. With a thirst for knowledge worked in the IT field as a Techie and Educator for over sixteen years. She started writing science fiction under the encouragement of her husband who was a Sci-Fi buff and her four kids. Her first published novel, Explorer X – Alpha was the beginning of her obsessive desire to write and create stories of young people who overcome unbelievable odds. She’s believes in sharing knowledge and encouraging others on their writing journey and is the Vice President of Mid Atlantic Book Publishers Association, former Co-Chair of the Maryland Writer’s Conference, a moderator for YALitchat.org as well as a speaker. She loves to write while on the porch watching her kids play or when she is traveling, which is another passion that encouraged her writing.
Author Links
Title: Purgatory Reign
Series: Purgatory Reign, Book 1
Release: ebook (March 2013) Print (May 2013)
Publisher: Phenomenal One Press
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Romance, SciFi
ISBN: 978-0-9850251-3-7
EBook: 978-0-985-0251-4-4

Tagline: Something evil this way comes, unfortunately for it, Peter Saints is waiting.
Seventeen-year-old Peter Saints’ life stinks. But things are about to get much worse. First, his parents are murdered in front of him. Then another victim dies in his arms.
Visions plague Peter with warnings that something wants him for a sinister cause. It desires the one thing that Peter refuses to give – his blood.

On the run with Angel, a scruffy kid, Peter starts to unravel the mystery. It’s the one secret the heavens sought to hide from the world. Unfortunately, when Peter finds the answer he hopes that will save the girl he loves, he opens the door to a great evil that happens to be salivating to meet him.

A sickening thump made Peter jerk around. His face crinkled with fury. The car threw the sparse girl’s body upwards into the air, and sped off down the street. She bounced several times on the pavement. Peter ran and knelt beside her. Blood dribbled from her lip. And he felt like garbage, being the cause of her injury.
She smiled at him. “Petah. I…knew you would come.” Her dazed eyes never left his face. “Take me home, Petah.”
He shook his head and searched around. Surprised the street was now deserted. Tendrils of guilt filled his chest. Another one…my damn fault.  My fault.
Hope you’ve enjoyed LM Preston’s visit at the blog. Please let her know you’ve been here and say a few words below. 🙂



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