Today I’m happy to welcome fellow Ozarks Romance Author member Lisa Medley whose debut urban fantasy novel REAP & REPENT just released on March 3. Congratulations Lisa! Your story to publication is unique and exciting. Would you share a little of that with us?
My story began with a contest. Which I lost. In September of 2012, I entered the Harlequin "So You Think You Can Write contest. Out of more than 700 global entries, my first 5,000 words made it into the Top 28 when I was asked to submit the full manuscript for final judging. After more than a month of grueling waiting and nail biting via social media, I learned I had not moved on to the Top 3.
At that point, I pretty much considered the adventure over. I was proud of how well my book had fared and was ready to begin the long road to submitting it for publication. As I made my plan of attack but before I had actually sent it anywhere, I got a THE CALL from Harlequin for its newly launching imprint, Harlequin E.
They bought the first book (the contest entry) and the next two in the series. All three will publish this year.
What a fantastic story. And it's a perfect one. Love how your publishing came from a contest you lost! Please tell us a little about your debut title.
For an overview, here's the blurb:
Deacon Walker is a burned out loner, whose two hundred years as a reaper have left him empty inside. But when he meets Ruth Scott, a gorgeous shut-in with unusual gifts, he’s forced to set his career complacency aside to train her for a destiny she never knew existed. Soon the two will face the ultimate test: a battle against demons determined to destroy humanity, one soul at a time.
Great blurb, Lisa.How did the concept for the reapers come to you?
I needed something that hadn’t been reincarnated for the umteenth bazillionth time. Something that might stand out in a crowded field of paranormal monsters in love.
I chose reapers because there just weren’t that many authors writing about them. The reapers I knew of aren’t sexy. Reapers are death. And skeletal. And…grim. So I set out to make them better. Still human-looking but human DELUXE! Lots of dark potential there. I sat down and got to work making a world for them to live in, threw in some demons, an evil fallen angel and the Reaper Series was born.
Sounds fantastic.Would you share an excerpt?
Absolutely. This is from the Prologue.
I love this story! What’s your next project?
My current WIP is a ghost romance called Haunt My Heart about a hexed Civil War soldier who gets a second chance at life. I’m halfway through the writing of the first draft. After that, it’s back to the reapers for book four. The characters are already talking to me … late at night.
That premise sounds great. Now, what one tip would you offer writers?
Keep writing. Don’t get stuck on your first work. Write it, polish it, start submitting it and move on to your next project. You’ll have to keep juggling but you might have to plant a lot of seeds before something starts to grow. It only takes one seed grown to fruition to reap a harvest.
Excellent advice. What if we want to know more about reapers?
I’ll be posting on my website Lisa Medley, Author Blog all month about my reaper world. Come visit and leave a comment so I’ll know you stopped by!
Here's a little more about Lisa. Lisa Medley writes reapers. The grim kind. Her urban fantasy romance, is available now in a Harlequin E Box Set with three other Harlequin debut authors. A lover of beasties of all sorts, she has a farm full of them in her SW MO home including: one child, one husband, two dogs, two cats, a dozen hens, thousands of Italian bees and a guinea pig. Not so in love with the guinea pig. She can do ten pushups IN A ROW and may or may not have a complete zombie apocalypse bug-out bag in her trunk at all times. Just. In. Case.
REAP & REPENT is available in a Harlequin E Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance Box Set with the works of three other amazing new Harlequin authors! REPEAT & REPENT will be available for single-title release June 2, 2014.
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