Monday, November 04, 2013

Interview: Primani by Laurie Olerich

What inspired you to become an author? 

I spent years doing the practical things I thought I was supposed to do. I finished a degree, got a secure job, and saved money for emergencies. One day I realized I was frozen in a rut and bored out of my mind. Since I’m a single mom, grabbing a backpack and traveling around the planet was out of the question. I tried to find an escape in books but nothing scratched the itch. I didn’t quite like fantasy and traditional romances only reminded me that I wasn’t dating. Thrillers were too compact and over too soon. I wanted a new world to explore and live in for a while. So I decided to create my own world and adventures. By the time I was halfway through with Primani, I was hooked. Writing is the great escape!

How did you come up with the title for your latest book? 
I wanted the characters to have a unique name that reflected their roots. Primani is an old Latin word that means roughly “soldiers of the First Legion.” I could have just called them guardians, soldiers, mercenaries, or something similar, but Primani has a mysterious ring to it. Sean, Dec, and Killian are older than they seem--the Primani in general are an ancient group. I hope the name hints at that.

Is the book, characters, or any scenes based on a true life experience, someone you know, or events in your own life?

Yes! A lot of the outdoor scenes come from my own experiences. I lived in New York for years and spent tons of time in those mountains hiking, skiing, and setting up bonfires. The bear and the bonfire is a true story. Domino, the Dalmatian, is a compilation of three of the Dals I’ve owned over the years. I wish I could claim to have known someone like Sean, but sadly, he’s all imagination!

What book are you reading now?
Possession by J.R. Ward.
What is your current “work in progress” or upcoming projects?
I’m so excited to say I just sent Stone Angels to my editor. This is the third book in the series and really wraps up the mysteries I’ve built across Primani and Call the Lightning. Readers may notice this story switches back and forth between Mica’s and the male characters’ points of view. It was fabulous writing from the guys’ view! They hide so much of themselves from Mica in the first two books. In SA, you really get to know them.

Can you share a little of your current work with us?

Absolutely! Without spoiling the plot, I’ll say that all of the characters come to a crossroads they don’t see coming. Each must choose and choose wisely. Interconnected like never before, each decision can destroy someone they love. I think I’ve tortured them all just a little bit! Here’s a little nugget:

His eyes swiveled sharply to mine and I caught my breath. Brilliantly blue and intense on a good day, they were nearly black now. Flat and cold…and lost. The dim light cast eerie shadows across his cheekbones, making him somehow harder, more dangerous, feral.
“Don’t push me, Mica. You won’t like where it takes me.” His eyes traveled over my face and lingered on my mouth.
I licked my lips and looked away. What was he thinking? Once upon a time, I knew. Now, his face was blank, giving nothing away.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? 

Diana Gabaldon is my favorite author. I love that her books take me across years and continents while keeping Jamie and Claire’s relationship as the one constant in the stories. I get really bored with traditional romances. Her books sweep me up in a whole world of people and the focus isn’t always on Jamie and Claire. I also love her sense of humor that comes across in her writing. She’s been a huge influence on my style.

Who designed the cover of your latest book?

My very talented friend, Angela Bauer, designs and produces all of my cover art and marketing materials. She’s gifted and always comes up with beautiful designs that capture the essence of my work. I am truly blessed to have her support!

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Keep focused and keep writing! I’ve met several people who say they’ve started a book but haven’t finished it. My advice is to set aside a block of time each day (or whatever you can manage) to lock yourself in with your computer. I find that it’s easy to lose my train of thought if I take too much time off. I end up having to re-read the previous chapter to remember what I was doing. This is hard and takes up valuable writing time. So if you want to finish that book, make a date with your computer and don’t stand it up!

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Book One
Laurie Olerich

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy

ISBN: 978-1492124849

Number of pages: 432
Word Count: 99,582

Cover Artist: Angela Bauer

Book Description:

Mica Thomas is Sean O'Cahan's worst nightmare. Part angel, all Primani, he's a ruthless protector with unusual talents. Jaded by the weakness of humans, he takes a hands-off approach to his charges. His job's to protect her. That's all. But Mica's got other ideas. He's strong, but she's stronger. Will his one moment of weakness destroy them both?

Mica doesn’t believe in quaint notions of fate and destiny. She’s a live-in-the-moment kind of girl until she’s attacked and left for dead. When Sean and his friends appear out of thin air to rescue her, Mica knows there’s more to them than they’re saying. Secrets and lies pile up but she can’t walk away from him.

As the clock ticks, Mica is drawn deeper into the Primani world until there’s no way out.

Tick-tock. Time is running out. What happens when it does?

About the Author:

Laurie Olerich is the author of the new Primani series. Part urban fantasy, part romance, part paranormal...Three things she can’t live without! Laurie spent most of her life in the Northeastern United States and in Western Europe. She now lives in San Antonio, Texas, with her son and Dalmatian duo, Domino and Rambo.  Desperate to escape the heat, she lives vicariously through Mica and her Primani by setting their adventures in the mountain coolness of New England and the rainy days of London. Before throwing caution to the wind and diving into a writing career, Laurie dedicated 20 years to her country by serving in the United States Air Force. Much of her time was spent around men with guns and cool toys...this explains her obsession with both.


Laurie Olerich said...

Hi everyone! I'd love to hear from you today! Want to know more about Sean? Mica? Ask away! Oh, and in the interest of giving (I'm warming up for the holidays!) I'm offering Primani for free 6-8 Nov. If you're looking for a different kind of read, give Primani a shot. Its urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and action that will keep you up at night.