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