Author Stacey Rourke

Friday, December 13, 2013

Spotlight on LM Preston

A couple of years ago I had the opportunity to meet LM Preston in person. She's an incredibly talented author, not to mention exceedingly knowledgeable about all elements of the indie world. Therefore I was prepared to be intimidated by her. I got over that after about ten seconds. LM is a sweet, funny person with an infectious laugh and a Disney obsession that matches my own. That, combined with her amazing work, have me squealing with fan girl glee to spotlight her today and introduce you to your next favorite writer! Without further ado, let's meet LM Preston!

LM, thank you so much for taking the time to be here today! Do you have anything you would like to say to your readers?

Yeah, my character’s have issues, and if you to have them, you have to remember that you own your feelings, your destiny, your dreams, and you can do anything. Even when people, circumstances are built up around you that say you can’t. How do I know that’s true, well because I have overcome many obstacles and no one, nothing, can take away my smile and the strength I’ve gained through the school of hard knocks. So I hope you enjoy my characters, because each one of them hold a strength I found in each and every young person I’ve known.

Can you tell us a little bit about your book Purgatory Reign?

Purgatory Reign is an action packed, paranormal, romance with a splash of adventure, that takes the reader through several cities, into secret hidden sanctuaries while on the run with Peter Saints, our seventeen year old hero and his friends.

Which came first for you, the characters or the plot?

The characters always come first for me. I build their profiles, find pictures of people that look like them, and then their story hits me. I build the outline for the book only after I’ve build the character profiles.

Can we expect more novels from you in 2013?

Wastelands is my current work in progress, I worked on it for nanowrimo and am in the editing stages. It’s the second book in the Bandits series and should be coming out Spring, 2014. Also, I’m finishing up 1st draft of Deviant Storm, book 2 in my Purgatory Reign series that will be coming out in Oct, 2014.

Your life is a romantic comedy; what humors but very embarrassing thing happens on your first date/when you meet the love of your life?

I took my ‘aunt’ along to meet my now husband when we were just 15yrs old at the bus stop. My friend had set us up on a blind date. My aunt and I were both the same age and she had explicate directions to scope out the bus and decide if we should ditch him if guy was a dud.

Now, the moment of truth – I laid eyes on him and was like, “WOWSA!” I literally had to gulp my heart back in my chest.

He looked at me and smiled (I believe he was thinking the same thing – but I was wrong.)

I stood there and grinned like a fool, then tripped forward as my cousin elbowed me. Oh…forgot she was still there. I whispered to her, “Beat it!” and she promptly left.

Then I looked back at him and he was frowning…yep, frowning. The first thing he said to me was, “Ummm, you don’t look like what I thought. Are you sure you’re 15? I mean…you are really small. How tall are you?”

Okay, yeah, I’m only about 5ft to his 6ft 2inches, but I was fun-sized!

What is your favorite part of writing?
The escape of becoming another person, being in another place, and believing that I can control the outcome, but most writers know that the characters seem to control the story.

When do you prefer to read?
I read mostly at night before I go to bed, or in the car while my husband is driving.

Vampires or Werewolves?  Vampires all the way. I’ve been a vampire lover since I was twelve years old and trust me, that was a long time ago.

Ebook or hardcover/paperback? Well, if you would’ve asked me this question about five years ago I would be paperback all the way. But now, I have way more ebooks than I do paperback and I’ve read mostly all of them that are on my ereader or cellphone.

Favorite color? Green, and believe it or not, that’s been my favorite color for as long as I can remember.

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Thank you LM, for stopping by! I hope everyone checks out Purgatory Reign today!