Do you write in different genres?
Yes, I do. My debut novel, Reaper, is a YA paranormal romance. I have stories in several anthologies, one of which will be released in December titled One More Day. Besides Neighbors, I have another romance novella titled A Reason to Stay that was released last November.
If yes which is your favorite genre to write?
Romance. I love the smoochy smooch. Everything I write has to have romance in it.
How did you come up with the title for your latest book?
Titles come to me pretty quickly. Once I came up with Rena and the plot, the title was next.
Do you title the book first or wait until after it’s complete?
I usually title it after developing the idea and plot but before I start actually writing.
Is the book, characters, or any scenes based on a true life experience, someone you know, or events in your own life?
It’s set in neighborhood in St. Louis called Soulard. When I left Iowa and moved to the big city, my first apartment was in Soulard. The building where Rena and Riker live is the same building. Other than that, no.
What books/authors have influenced your life?
Kurt Vonnegut is my biggest influence. When I discovered his works, I realized there was an entire world outside the tiny town I grew up in. Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice made me want to find my own Mr. Darcy. Rats Saw God by Rob Thomas is a huge influence. I wished that book was in my library when I was a kid.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
What book are you reading now?
Beasts of Burdin by Alexander Nader. Definitely, Maybe in Love by Ophelia London
What books are in your to read pile?
My TBR list on my Kindle is over 150 right now. And there are about 40 books on my bookshelf waiting to be read as well. My most recent purchases are Out of My Mind and Panic both by Sharon Draper who is an amazing author and an even more amazing person.
What is your current “work in progress” or upcoming projects?
I just finished up a new adult novel currently titled No Regrets. It’s about an eighteen-year-old girl who has to work as the personal assistant to a massive jerk singer at her father’s theater.
I’m currently writing a follow-up to Neighbors called Roomies, which tells the story about Rena’s cousin Valerie and how she ends up in the same building. Also, I’m finishing a new adult novel called Full Count about a college baseball player who falls for a girl with a tragic past.
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
From No Regrets:
Nobody sane should ever be up at eight on a Saturday morning. I sipped my not-sweet-enough coffee as I hurried down the hall toward the room. The hot liquid burned the tip of my tongue, and I fought the urge to let a stream of profanities loose. No reason to wake up the entire third floor. That would only piss Dad off more.
I tossed the rest of the coffee in the trash at the end of the hall. There’d be more at breakfast, and it would be better than Mom’s generic brew. My right hand smoothed the turquoise blue polo, the required uniform for all employees of Mountain View Resort. I took a deep breath and knocked on the door three times, as instructed, and squeezed my employee issued clipboard to my chest.
What a waste of a Saturday. I could be bungee jumping, or sleeping, or ziplining, or sleeping instead of waiting on some one-hit wonder. My fist rose to hammer the door a second time when it flew open.
The first thing I saw was a wet chest. The water dripped down perfect pecs and the only six-pack I’ve ever seen before getting absorbed into the thin hotel towel wrapped around his waist. Wow. My face burned hotter than the coffee I’d just pitched, and I raised my head to meet the gaze of one Gracin Ford, celebrity bad boy and former member of Accentuate, a one hit wonder boy band.
What in the hell was my father thinking bringing this guy to Branson?
His eyebrows arched into his forehead as those bright blue eyes took a quick circuit over my body. What felt like ten minutes took less than ten seconds.
Sadly, he had to open his mouth. “Not my type, but thanks.”
Then he slammed the door in my face.
That son of a bitch! I punched the door three times, fully prepared to give this egotistical asshole a piece of my mind.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Never give up.
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Publisher: Entangled Flirt
Genre: contemporay romance
Rena Woods has a great life. She recently landed the contract to decorate the home of basketball wife, Cecilia Hood, her business is growing, and this contract could make her the elite decorator in St. Louis. Rena’s sacrificed her personal life for her company without a single regret. When Staff Sergeant C.J. Riker moves in across the hall, Rena can’t stand to be around him. He may be on the volcanic side of hot, but his attitude sucks. Riker does whatever he can to get under Rena’s skin.
After a massive blow to her business sends Rena on a self-destructive binge, Riker is there to save her from doing something she might regret. Could there be more to Riker than meets the eye? And will he open up enough to Rena to tell her how he lost his leg or shut out love forever?
About the Author:
L.S. Murphy lives in the Greater St. Louis area where she watches Cardinals baseball, reads every book she can find, and weaves tales for teens and adults. When not doing all of the above, she tends to The Bean (aka her daughter), her husband and a menagerie of pets. “A Reason to Stay”, a contemporary romance novella, is available as of November 2, 2012. Reaper is her debut young adult novel and is available as of January 7th, 2013.
She is a member of Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and the St. Louis Writer’s Guild.