Monday, January 21, 2013

Blog Ring of Power Interview--Lori Sjoberg--and a Giveaway!

We're in the middle of a Blog Ring of Power interview with Lori Sjoberg. You can find the other parts of the interview here:

Part One--Terri--About You
Part Two--Theresa--The Writing Life
Part Three--Emily--The Creative Process
Part Five--Dean--Words of Wisdom

Please check out Terri's post for details on how to win a copy of Lori's latest book, Grave Intentions. The giveaway runs through this Wednesday. If you'd like to learn more about her book first, keep reading.

Tell us about your new book—what is it about—and when it is out? Where can people purchase it?  GRAVE INTENTIONS is the story of David Anderson, a damned soul given one final chance to earn his salvation by reaping the souls of the recently departed.  Sixty years on the job have left him burned out and emotionally dead.  But then he meets Sarah Griffith, a scientist and lifelong skeptic who doesn’t believe in anything paranormal, and things become…complicated.  It’s scheduled for release on January 3, 2013, and is available at most online retailers (amazon, B&N, etc.)

What was the hardest part of writing this book? 
My publisher asked me to rewrite one scene, a scene that I truly loved.  You have no idea how hard it was to cut that scene and replace it with another, but thankfully it all worked out in the end.  Sometimes, you really do have to kill your darlings.

What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
Isn’t that kind of like asking a mother which of her children is her favorite?  LOL.  I don’t know if I have a favorite, but I do love the chapter where everything Sarah thinks she knows gets turned on its head.  It was fun to explore her reaction to such a drastic change in the landscape of her reality. (I’m trying really hard not to spoil anything.)

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in this book?  
In the grand scheme of things, no.  I love the story the way it is. 

Tell us about your book’s cover – where did the design come from and what was the design process like? 
All credit (or blame if you don’t like it!) for my cover goes to my publisher’s art department.  My editor gave them some ideas as to what elements he wanted the cover to include, and they did the rest of the work.

Growing up the youngest of three girls, Lori never had control of the remote. (Not that she’s bitter about that. Really. Okay, maybe a little, but it’s not like she’s scarred for life or anything.) That meant a steady diet of science fiction and fantasy. Star Trek, Star Wars, Twilight Zone, Outer Limits – you name it, she watched it. It fed her imagination, and that came in handy when the hormones kicked in and she needed a creative excuse for being out past curfew.
After graduating from the University of Central Florida, Lori spent over a decade working in the fun-filled worlds of retail management, financial planning, and insurance. The writing bug bit a few years later. After completing her first manuscript, she joined the Romance Writers of America and Central Florida Romance Writers. Now she exercises the analytical half of her brain at work, and the creative half writing paranormal romance. When she’s not doing either one of those, she’s usually spending time with her husband and children of the four-legged variety.

He’s handsome, reliable, and punctual—the perfect gentleman when you want him to be. But this dream man is Death’s best agent—and now he’s got more than his soul to lose…

 One act of mercy before dying was all it took to turn soldier David Anderson into a reaper—an immortal who guides souls-of-untimely-death into the afterlife. But the closer he gets to atoning for his mortal sin and finally escaping merciless Fate, the more he feels his own humanity slipping away for good. Until he encounters Sarah Griffith. This skeptical scientist can’t be influenced by his powers—even though she has an unsuspected talent for sensing the dead. And her honesty and irreverent sense of humor reignite his reason for living—and a passion he can’t afford to feel. Now Fate has summoned David to make a devastating last harvest. And he’ll break every hellishly-strict netherworld rule to save Sarah…and gamble on a choice even an immortal can’t win.

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What format is your book(s) available in (print, e-book, audio book, etc.)?  e-book

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