It’s my pleasure to introduce you to M. L. Lacy, author of the Chrysalis Series
What inspired you to write your first book?
I’ve always had stories rattling around in my head, but this one wouldn’t leave and what started as a short story blossomed into a series. Now I have all the other stories pushing to get their say on paper too, but this one is my heart.
I hear you on the stories rattling around. I often have that problem myself. 🙂 If you had to choose, which writer would you consider to be your greatest mentor?
Gosh…I’m going to say JK Rowling. Harry Potter reignited my imagination and made me stretch my limits and then made me stretch some more. Chrysalis took me out of my comfort zone and while it’s an adult read it stretches your imagination.
I love her books, too. Tell us about your book, Chrysalis – The Awakening. Introduce the main characters to us.
This is the first book in my series. This is the back cover blub:
All families have secrets. At 32, Bree Campbell discovers her entire life has been a secret. A human born into a family of magicals, she begins questioning everything and everyone around her. The prophecy told at her birth speaks of a Chosen One; the last and greatest of a long line of Chosen Ones charged with saving both the human and magical realms. Bree must face this reality and life with her new family; a clan of vampires protecting her. The sorceress, Esmeralda, will stop at nothing until this Chosen One is dead. None could then oppose her and she would be free to rid the world of all humans. Will Bree awaken the hidden powers and find inner strength needed to save the world?
Characters: Okay, there’s Bree, she is the heroin of the story. Then there is the clan of vampires that has protected her: Steven, her intended, her soul mate, her ultimate love. Bradley, the Alpha of the clan, Rick, and finally, Bill, who is her cousin…but not her cousin. The women that are in the clan: Madalyn – Bradley’s wife, Sandy – Rick’s wife, and Gina – Bill’s wife. Bree’s grandmother, Gran, as Bree calls her, makes several important appearances in the story. Then there are the evil-doers: Esmeralda, Bree’s arch nemeses and her henchman, Thomas.
There are multitudes of twists and turns and when you think you are heading in the right directions…it turns again.
The story takes place over seven days, with one side trip to Yellowstone, in Las Vegas. Bree knows nothing of the magical realm, or who or what she is to become. She joins her grandmother on the trip on the guise of going to a reunion, but the real reason is to make her aware of the magical realm…and reunite her with Steven…why you ask…you need to read the book to find out.
Sounds fantastic. I can’t wait to read it. Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Staying away from the safe, the tried and true, and stretching out and trying new things.
Do you have any rituals when you sit down to write? Coffee, certain music playing, that sort of thing.
I get up on the weekends, turn my computer on, make me a cup of coffee and sit down and type…and by the time I take my first drink of the coffee, it’s gone cold. I like it quiet. I like to hear the keys clicking on my key board and I type whatever comes in my head, I strive to get a chapter out in one sitting. Then I walk away, and when I come back a hour or so later…or longer, I re-read what I wrote, and continue. I don’t edit, I don’t worry about punctuation, grammar, spelling–nothing until the very end. When I’m completely satisfied, I then give it to my beta reader and wait for her feedback…and then I edit some more. All in all it takes me about 7-9 months.
I like quiet, too. It’s amazing how quickly time can go by when we’re doing something we love. What advice would you give to aspiring writers who dream of publication?
Stay true to your story, stay true to yourself and keep plugging along. I’ve been writing for only 5 years and have 4 books written, but I’ve been a dreamer for 50+.
Yep, I agree. Perseverance often equals success. Tell us your latest news and what’s next for you.
My next series, it will be much smaller that Chrysalis, is set to go into edits in October 2011 with a scheduled release date of April 2012. Here is a small insight into the story and I’ve posted the first chapter on my website: www.mllacy.com
All that Kelsey had thought to be true her entire life, shattered upon hearing her grandmother’s deathbed confession; her parents had not died in a fire when she was three.
Along with a box of letters and cards sent to her grandparents when she was a child, her grandmother shared the awful truth that, although her parents, had planned to return for her, they never did. For reasons unknown, her mother’s family would never accept her, and there was someone who wanted her dead. Having promised to never remove it, the necklace she wears is the only thing protecting her.
Her only clues are what she finds in the box, which isn’t much. The cards in the box were purchased in Keystone, South Dakota—a place unbeknown to the human realm, where magickals lived. Unaware of that fact, Kelsey embarks on a journey to find her parents, learn who wants her dead, and discover how and why the necklace protects her.
So, if you’re looking for a great fall read, check out Chrysalis – The Awakening
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